Riebeek Kasteel is one of the oldest villages in South Africa, located in the heart of the Riebeeck Valley in the beautiful Western Cape province. With Cape Town about 80 kilometers away, the Swartland is a sought after area for Kapenaar and travelers of “All over the World”.
In this beautiful Mediterranean valley you will also find sister city Riebeek West, both named after the leader of the inland expedition to Paardeberg from 1661; Jan van Riebeeck. The valley with its fertile land gradually attracted more and more farmers and around 1900 there was a church and a hotel (Royal Hotel), the oldest hotel in South Africa.
Now you will not only find farms here, but also cozy shops, terraces and galleries, because the village attracts numerous artists such as painters and writers to this picturesque place of aesthetic beauty with a look reminiscent of the Tuscany of Italy. Beautiful full red wines, delicious olives and cozy bistros reinforce that impression. No shortage of inspiration for artistic minds.
The beautiful background of the village, the Kasteelberg, ensures protection of the crops and beautiful holiday snapshots. Visit the “Vlock Casteel” at the foot of Kasteelbergrand where you can taste farm products. From olive oil to fruit and everything in between, feel free to take some time for it!
And in such a beautiful area as Swartland it is wonderful to walk and there are also numerous hiking trails, hiking trails and mountain bike routes.
Festival enthusiasts naturally take the event calendar into account. In May there is the olive festival, Shiraz and art weekend is in October and the Med parties are in March, where the wine, olives, art and culture of Swartland are celebrated.