Tulbach on a rainy day..



Tulbach via the Bains Kloof Pass in a torrential down pour.

The Western Cape has been experiencing a serious drought so a little rain was not going to put a damper on our tour to Tulbach. Heading N1 North, Klupmuts offramp direction  Wellington and on to the Bain Kloof Pass. Raining hard all the way, windscreen wiper on full blast and  waterfalls at e very turn, cascading onto the road making it rather scary at times. Up in the mountain our viability into the Kloof was meters. On the other side of the pass we stopped to see the white water rushing down the river with more water cascading from mountain. Incredible amounts of water rushing down the river.

Tulbach was just as wet and we drove down Church Street viewing the longest road of historical building-Old Cape Dutch with thatch roofs, old Edwardian and Victorian homes beautifully restored after the earthquake destroyed most of the town in 1969.

Richie got some love from the resident cat

Paddagang was our lunch destination, the old slave lodge of the town, with fire places burning to create a warm welcome after our wet journey. The local cat even curled up on Richie’s lap during a hearty lunch of boere caviar(marrow bones), Oxtail stew and Tulbach Cellars Pinot Noir.


Our waiter suggested we head up the Valley to Oakhurst Olive Farm first then sample some Krone  our way back at Twee Jonge Gesellen.  Oakhurst does a Olive tasting which was superb. Olive tapenard, fresh olives and their award winning olive oil with fresh ciabata, all available for sale.

Now i’m a bubbly lover and with Richie having volunteered to drive us home the girls tucked in. 6 generous tasting glasses filled with Chardonnay, Cuvee brute, Rose Cuvee brute, Night Nectar, Night Nectar Rose & Vintage Rose Cuvee Brute!!! with our driver well rested and lunch settled we hit the road back to Cape Town.