Technically Route 62 starts just east of Ashton [-33.83068, 20.08088] in the Western Cape and ends west of Humansdorp [-34.03310, 24.60565] in the Eastern Cape. However, various marketing people have done what marketing people so often do, and have taken the liberty to extend it somewhat.
Route 62 is now generally accepted as linking Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, and to include Worcester, Robertson, Rawsonville, Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor, Ceres, Wolseley, Tulbagh, Wellington and Paarl.
Google Maps tells me that this is 504km, just longer than the same route via the N2 (by taking the R60 south from Ashton to Swellendam and onto the N2). Whilst there is no denying the superiority of the N2 for getting from A to B speedily, the road less travelled will not take that much longer and will provide you with a wonderful journey through the Little Karoo.
You will pass:
- Platform 62
- Die Kloof Farmstall
- Akkerboom Trading Post
- Ronnie’s Sex Shop
- Huis River Pass (www.calitzdorp.org.za)