Riebeek Valley

Accommodation in Riebeek Valley, West Coast, South Africa,

Information on Accommodation, Restaurants, Businesses and

Activities in Riebeek Valley, South Africa


The Riebeek Valley encompasses Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West as the two main areas of the Valley.  Located in the Western Cape Province, it is believed to be one of the oldest areas in the country.  At just approximately 80 kms north-east of Cape Town the towns are easily accessible to tourists and is popular for day visitors from the Mother City as well.

In 1661 Commander Jan van Riebeeck under the leadership of Corporal Pieter Cruythoff, set off on an expedition of inland discovery in the direction of Paardeberg.  When they ascended a mountain (Kasteelberg Mountain) overlooking the fertile area of the Riebeek Valley, they then named the one town Riebeek Kasteel in honour of the Commander.

During the 1900's the towns were laid out as farmers began establishing themselves.  It was then that The Royal Hotel was born which today is the oldest hotel in South Africa.  The Riebeek Valley is popular for its surrounding beauty and rural atmosphere.

The area is mostly known for its wines, wheat and olives, and is home to several wineries and olive oil producers.  The cellars are open to visitors for tastings and tours.  Many writers, painters and other artists have made the valley their home eliciting an arty, alternative atmosphere which only makes the area more appealing.

For tourists there are a range of accommodation options to choose from catering to all tastes and budgets. Although quaint and quiet the Riebeek Valley certainly has plenty to offer visitors.  For the outdoor enthusiast there are hiking and mountain bike trails and 4x4 routes.  The tourism office in Riebeek Kasteel will guide you to the best possible route.

Things to do and see in the Riebeek Valley:

  • De Oude Kerk Museum – paying tribute to the Voortrekkers who settled here
  • The Olive Boutique
  • The Gallery – beautifully showcasing works of art
  • Le Petit Chocolat – divine handmade chocolate
  • NG Church – built in 1913 impressively overlooking the town
  • Jan Smuts Museum
  • The Olienhout “Post Office” Tree
  • Various wine estates
  • The Royal Hotel – colonial style building, worth the treat!
  • Short Street Market
  • The Village Market

The Riebeek Valley is a food lovers delight with many restaurants, bistros and coffee shops offering delicious delights.  The town has plenty to offer in terms of retail, having excellent shops and resources.

See the business directory for more information.


Exploring Riebeek Valley alone: Top 10 activities for solo travelers

  • Scenic Hiking Trails: Lace up your hiking boots and set out to discover the valley's breathtaking landscapes on foot. From gentle strolls to challenging hikes, Riebeek Valley boasts a variety of trails that lead you through indigenous fynbos, vineyards, and quaint rural villages.


  • Wine Tasting: Indulge in the region's renowned wine culture by embarking on a solo wine tasting adventure. Visit local wineries and vineyards to sample exquisite wines while soaking in the serene ambiance of the valley's wine estates.


  • Olive Tasting: Experience the distinct flavors of Riebeek Valley's world-class olive oils by embarking on an olive tasting excursion. Delight your palate with a range of olive varieties and learn about the art of olive cultivation and production.


  • Artisanal Markets: Immerse yourself in the valley's vibrant community by exploring its artisanal markets. From handmade crafts to fresh local produce, these markets offer a glimpse into the region's creative spirit and culinary delights.


  • Photography Expeditions: Capture the beauty of Riebeek Valley through the lens of your camera on a solo photography expedition. From sunrise vistas to sunset panoramas, the valley provides endless opportunities for photographers to unleash their creativity.


  • Cycling Adventures: Hit the scenic cycling routes of Riebeek Valley for an exhilarating solo adventure. Rent a bicycle and pedal your way through the valley's charming countryside, taking in the sights and sounds of rural life along the way.


  • Culinary Experiences: Treat your taste buds to a culinary journey through Riebeek Valley's eclectic dining scene. From farm-to-table restaurants to cozy cafes, savor the flavors of local cuisine prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients.


  • Cultural Immersion: Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the valley by visiting its museums, galleries, and historical sites. Learn about the fascinating history and traditions that have shaped the identity of this vibrant community.


  • Nature Retreats: Unwind and rejuvenate amidst the tranquility of nature at one of Riebeek Valley's secluded retreats. Whether it's a rustic cabin in the woods or a luxury eco-lodge, find solace in the valley's serene natural surroundings.


  • Stargazing: End your day of exploration by gazing up at the star-studded sky above Riebeek Valley. Away from the glare of city lights, the valley offers an ideal setting for solo travelers to marvel at the wonders of the universe.


Riebeek Valley





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