Breede River

The Breede River (Afrikaans: Breederivier), also known as Breë River, is a river in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. Travelling inland north from Cape Town, the river runs in a west to east direction. The surrounding western mountains formed the first continental divide experienced by European settlers in the 18th century. The Titus River and Dwars River become the Breë River.

The Breede River valley stretches from McGregor in the south and Gouda in the west, to Montagu in the east and the Karoo in the north with the N1 passing virtually through its centre in a north easterly direction.

Wine tasting and purchase: The valley is littered with wine producing vines due in no small part to the hot climate that is perfect for fortified desert wines like Hanepoot and Muscadel in particular. More than 50 wine estates are incorporated into various wine routes within the valley as well as a Brandy route as a result, and the relatively new and extremely popular Route 62, marketed as the longest wine route in the world, makes its way through the valley to the Klein Karoo too.

River Rafting: The Breede River is a popular location for river rafting tours. The gently flowing water and the absence of crocodiles, hippos and mosquitoes make this a popular weekend destination. Several tour operators launch about 20 km south of Swellendam in two-man blow-up boats.

Coming soon: a directory of accommodation, business and tourism resources in the Breede River valley