Named after the Roman goddess of agriculture, the small town of Ceres is nestled in a magnificent valley. It’s the most important deciduous fruit- and juice-producing district in South Africa. The valley is beautiful in spring and even more so in autumn, when the fruit trees change colour.
The mountain passes around town are its greatest assets, offering some stupendous scenery. The Gydo Pass rises steeply as you head north from Ceres towards Citrusdal and the Cederberg Mountains. On the southern side of town is Mitchell’s Pass. Completed in 1848, this became the main route onto the South African plateau to the north, remaining so until the Hex River Pass was opened in 1875. Stop for tea and cake at the cafe situated in the old toll house.