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Cape Winelands

Why visit the Winelands?

The largest wine producing region in the Western Cape, and home to delightful villages and gourmet restaurants. 
Reasons to visit the Winelands include:

  • Take a wine tour! Even the smallest vineyards have tasting rooms and welcome visitors.
  • Spend time in Franschhoek, the ”˜food and wine capital’ of South Africa, and indulge in your inner gourmet while staying in one of its boutique hotels, or tour the town and enjoy its Cape Dutch architecture.
  • Try some of the more adventurous activities available ”“ mountain biking, canoeing and horse riding to name a few”¦
  • Visit the fine restaurants, galleries, museums and theatres in Stellenbosch ”“ or follow its 44-cellar Wine Route!
  • Hike in the huge granite hills of the Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve, then wander into Paarl itself for another vineyard visit or wine tasting.
  • Spot the more than 50 national monuments in Swellendam, one of the oldest towns in South Africa. 
  • Visit one of the many nature reserves, such as Marloth. This area is rich in wildflowers and fynbos and home to wildlife including the Cape Mountain Zebra, bushbuck, klipspringer and leopard.
  • Go rock climbing around Montagu ”“ or visit its hot mineral springs.

When to visit the Winelands?

The hot, dry summer months from November to April are perfect for al-fresco dining and wine tasting. Winter brings roaring fires in cosy guesthouses. Autumn sees spectacular changes to the foliage of the picturesque vineyards.

How to do the Winelands?

This region is easily accessible from Cape Town in just under an hour’s drive. From your hotel or guest house or hotel, all activities and wine tours can be easily organised.

Accommodation in the Winelands

River Manor is a short walk from Stellenbosch, and is a luxurious retreat. Or why not base yourself at a vineyard? La Petite Ferme is a gorgeous guest house and winery near Franschhoek.

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Time: GMT +2 hours

Flight time:

There are daily flights from Europe to Johannesburg (about 10 ½ hours direct) and Cape Town (about 11 hours). There is also a good network of domestic flights connecting all main towns.

Language: English is South Africa's main administrative language and is widely spoken. There are also 11 official tribal languages.


Visas are not required for British passport holders.


No vaccinations are compulsory. Malaria is found in certain areas (mainly Kruger and the east coast towards Mozambique), but not throughout the country.



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