The Cape Winelands
If you’re thinking of visiting Cape Town, why not include the Cape Winelands in your itinerary, home to some of the most prestigious wineries, producing world-class wines in wonderfully scenic locations, and just an hour east of Cape Town. South Africa’s Winelands region is one of the first areas of the country settled by Europeans and a hub for all things food and drink. Some of the most well-known wine varieties grown in the Cape include: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc.
The Cape Winelands
Fun fact – The history of South African wine dates back to Jan van Riebeeck, who was tasked with planting vineyards for grapes and wine to help the sailors of the Dutch East India company ward off scurvy in the 1600s.
Vineyards in The Cape Winelands
Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl, form a triangle, and you can easily visit all three in one trip. Our South Africa specialists have experienced them extensively and can suggest an itinerary that includes the Winelands based on your preferences.
Franschhoek: Known as the food and wine heartland of the country, fine wines are produced all around and world-class cuisine is available in the wide range of restaurants. In addition to this, Franschhoek offers breathtaking scenery and a town that is packed with wonderful arts and crafts, antique shops and galleries.
Stellenbosch: The oldest town in the country after Cape Town, it is one of the most scenic areas to visit in South Africa. Offering a variety of accommodation, Stellenbosch is an ideal base from which to explore the Winelands. The small town is packed with history for visitors to discover, plus excellent restaurants and warm South African hospitality.
Paarl: As with most of the towns in the Winelands area, Paarl has a historic charm, culture and heritage. A great destination if you are looking to experience natural beauty. The area offers breathtaking scenery with many cycling and nature trails as well as the Paarl Mountains.
The stunning Cape Winelands
Table Mountain, Cape Town
Cape Town, Garden Route & Safari
Our self-drive 8-night Cape Town, Garden Route & Safari itinerary begins in Cape Town, ‘The Mother City’, where you will enjoy three days of touring to discover the city sights and surrounds, including the stunning Winelands.
Between Cape Town and the Eastern Cape runs an astonishingly beautiful stretch of coastline dotted with quaint towns and villages; a journey in itself which only ends when the safari starts in the malaria-free Eastern Cape private game reserve of Kariega.
This is a self-drive tour, allowing you to travel and discover at your own pace.
This itinerary features luxurious, 5-star accommodation at three of Red Carnation’s most stunning hotels.
All the hotels are located in some of the most picturesque spots in South Africa and combined, they boast city excitement, a wilderness escape and a peaceful beach retreat.
Spend 4 nights in bustling Cape Town at the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, where a complimentary shuttle to the stunning Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is provided. Followed by a 3-night stay at the stylish Bushmans Kloof in the heart of its very own private wilderness reserve. And finally, transfer to Durban for a 3-night stay at Oyster Box Hotel, which boasts stunning coastal views.
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