Tulbagh lies about 180 kilometres north-east of Cape Town in the Breede River valley, surrounded by the picturesque Witsenberg mountain range. The town was founded in 1743 by the first settler families, the Trekboers. The "Oude Kerk", established by the Trekboers, is the oldest church in South Africa.
Tulbagh made headlines in 1969, when a devastating earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale, destroyed large parts of the town. An extensive reconstruction programme initiated by the government provided the funds for the resoration so that Tulbagh nowadays boasts a truely impressive collection of buildings in the Cape-Dutch style.
The warm Tulbagh valley with its fertile soil offers ideal conditions for vineyards, and the Tulbagh wines are among the best in the Cape. The best known names are Drostdy-Hof, Twee Jonge Gezellen, Tulbagh Winery and Theuniskraal.
The Oude Kerk Volksmuseum in Church Street exhibits furniture and clothes from the Victorian age and numerous documents concerning the earthquake and the subsequent restoration works.
Also worth a visit is De Oude Drostdy. Built in 1804, this building was the seat of the magistrate. Today the Oude Drostdy is a National Monument and cultural-historical museum that forns part of the Drostdy complex.
Photo top: Tulbagh in front of the Witsenberg Range. Left: Diligently restored houses in the Cape-Dutch style. Centre right: De Oude Drostdy. Bottom right: Wine Farm. More information and addresses to be found on the blue INFO page.