Exploring South Africa one town at a time: Wolseley #45

Railway station, Wolseley, South Africa (2020-01-05)

“Stop dreaming about your bucket list and start living it.” ~Annette White

Wolseley is a small town in the upper Breede River Valley region of the Western Cape province of South Africa. In the 2011 Census it had a population of 1,528 people. It is located 90 kilometers (60 mi) northeast of Cape Town, in the Land van Waveren valley between the Waterval Mountains to the west and the Witzenberg Mountains to the east.

Wolseley is located just off the R46 regional route, which runs north to Tulbagh and the Nuwekloof Pass to the Swartland, and east over Michell’s Pass to Ceres. The R43 regional route begins nearby at a junction with the R46, and runs south to the N1 national route at Worcester. The R43 also connects to the R301 over Bain’s Kloof Pass to Wellington.

It is also situated on the main railway line from Cape Town to the interior. Wolseley railway station is served by Metrorail’s “Boland Blitz” service, with one train per day in the morning from Worcester to Cape Town, and one in the evening in the other direction. Wolseley is also the junction for the now-closed branch line to Ceres.

As part of the Cape Winelands and Route 62, Wolseley is of course home to a variety of wineries. From award-winning organic wines to family owned boutique wineries, visitors have a wide range of wines to taste..

Traditionally a farming community, a variety of farming activities and associated businesses can be found around Wolseley such as fruit, vegetables, wine, olives, wheat, dairy and cattle.

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