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Ceres is a town with 46,000 inhabitants in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. It is the administrative centre of the Witzenberg Local Municipality.

It was named after the Roman goddess Ceres. The town is situated is extremely fertile and is a major producer of South Africa's fruit. It is situated in the Warmbokkeveld (Afrikaans: "warm antelope field") Valley about 170 km north-east of Cape Town, which is climatically warmer than the surrounding highlands, which is known as the Kouebokkeveld ("cold antelope field").

Ceres is well-known for fruit juices exported worldwide bearing the town's name. It is also famous locally for winter snow and cherries.





History of Ceres

Ceres is the largest town of the Witzenberg Local Municipality in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. Ceres as a Town was established in 1854.

The first inhabitants of the Ceres area were the San and the Koi while the first Europeans estableshed settled from 1729 onwards. San Rock paintings can still be found in the area of Ceres. Stock farming was mostly established in the Ceres area and later fruit farming became very popular.

Ceres experiences a typical Mediterranean climate. The town experiences warmer temperatures in summer, due to its inland location with infrequent rainfall, however winters are cool to quite cold and wet, with frequent snowfalls on the surrounding higher-lying ground. The Warmbokkeveld is climatically warmer than the surrounding highlands, which is known as the Kouebokkeveld ("cold antelope field"), with the latter often experiencing snowfalls in winter.

On the 29th of September 1969 a massive earth quak shook the district without warning. The epicentre of the quake was on a major local structure called the Worcester fault, which had clearly been geologically active in the distant past but had not moved in over three hundred years of recorded history. Ceres was affected badly. Many old Cape Dutch buildings were damaged and some lives were lost.

Modern Ceres

Ceres is well known for fruit juices exported worldwide bearing the town's name. It is also famous locally for winter snow and cherries. Cape Town residents flock to the town during winter. The nature arround Ceres are beautiful and things to do include zip line slides, hiking and 4x4 driving.


Camps Bay Attractions

Theatre on the Bay Pieter Toerien
Aquila Game Reserve
Aquila Game Reserve is a four star establishment with all the features associated with an exceptional safari lodge. The reserve is 7500 hectares of southern Karoo, and home to the big 5 legends of the wilderness. Elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino. Visited by Paris Hilton and Kian from Westlife, published in the, “World’s 21 favourite things to do in Cape Town,” and considered one of the top 10 daytrip destinations by Sawabona Magazine, Aquila Game Reserve is a major Cape Town tourist attraction.
Aquila Game Reserve

Camps Bay Accommodation
The Bay Hotel Camps Bay
Sothemba Lodge
Situated a distance of 83km from Ceres, on a world renowned bird-finder route, a wide species of birds make it an ideal base point to explore the Tankwa Karoo. With an approximate 400 metre rise between the guest house and upper reach of the farm, very significant changes in the flora and fauna and bird life can be found.
Sothemba Lodge
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Sandbar Camps Bay

Ceres Fruit Juice
Since the early 1980's, Ceres Fruit Juices has been successfully exporting its brands to a great number of international markets. Currently we are exporting to more than 84 countries in Africa, Europe, the Far East, Middle East, Asia and North America.
Ceres Fruit Juice

Ceres Transport Museum
The Ceres Transport Museum Mission is to preserve and promote Ceres’ historical and cultural heritage through collecting, conserving, documenting, research and displaying natural and cultural objects related to the history of the greater Ceres area.
Ceres Transport Museum

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