The largest wine producing region in the Western Cape, and home to delightful villages and gourmet restaurants.
Reasons to visit the Winelands include:
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.
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.
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.
A historical guest farm in Franschhoek in the winelands.
Auberge Rozendal is situated in the Stellenbosch Winelands and a great base to explore the area.
Stay on an historic Cape Winelands werf, enjoy being a part of farm life, stroll though gorgeous gardens, swim, relax at the spa and savour delicious food.
A lovely small luxury country hotel in the winelands
A gorgeous small winery near Franschhoek with luxury accommodation and award winning restaurant.
A lovely thatched mansion house in the midst of a working vineyard, with top notch accommodation and amenities on the outskirts of Franschhoek.
A gorgeous historic hotel in the heart of Stellenbosch with one of the Cape's top restaurants.
River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa is a short walk from Stellenbosch centre and offers superb facilities in a tranquil setting.
Time: GMT +2 hours
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.