South Africa’s World-Class Wine and Culinary Safari Destination
The Cape Winelands of the Western Cape is a top safari destination and manages to effortlessly combine the beauty of ripening vineyards, award-winning wines, Cape Dutch manor homes and world-class cuisine in valleys surrounded by indigo mountains. The Cape Winelands towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, your gateway to the winelands, are situated close to Cape Town, and offers visitors access to its rich history and culture. Enjoy unforgettable wine-tasting, dining or wine-pairing at a world-renowned wine estate, experience the town’s hospitality and beauty, stroll down a beautifully restored street in the historical town centres or visit the many museums and monuments that pay homage to our proud history.
Offering A Thousand Things to Do to Keep Everyone Busy
In the Cape Winelands district, there are 1 000 things to do before you taste our award-winning wines, beer, gins, and brandies. Whether you prefer the bustle of busy eateries, farmers’ markets, and live music, or the quiet of a morning hike and the peacefulness of a winding gravel road, or a combination of both, the Cape Winelands district is a safe, welcoming oasis for all travelers, groups, couples and families. The region offers wonderful options for accommodation to suit all needs and budgets. Apart from a wide choice of wine estate cellars lined with top-class wines, visitors will discover a variety of locally produced cheeses, olives, export-quality fruit and organic produce to sample and buy. Make sure to sample a glass of pinotage, which is a red wine blend unique to South Africa. Adventure activities include sky diving, mountain-biking, e-biking, horse riding or ghost touring, and places to visit are in abundance in all the towns. And for the kids there are animals to pet, birds that will amaze, and even a juice tasting so that they do not feel left out.
Franschhoek, the gourmet food capital of South Africa
The town of Franschhoek is situated against a backdrop of orchards, vineyards and mountains, and is definitely one of the most beautiful towns in the Cape Winelands. As you enter Franschhoek you will notice that most of the farms still bear their original French names, some complete with a spectacular Cape Dutch homestead, towering oaks and rolling vineyards. Franschhoek has become known as South Africa’s culinary capital, providing visitors with a memorable dining experience. The town’s main street is filled with art galleries, boutique shops and top restaurants. The Franschhoek Valley offers an array of cellars, ranging from quaint boutique wineries to the large cellars that offer visitors organized tours and tastings. The fertile Franschhoek Wine Valley is home to some of South Africa’s noble cultivars and classic styles including some of the country’s extraordinary Method Cap Classique, which can all be enjoyed during a trip along the Franschhoek MCC Route.
Stellenbosch, a grand old town shaded by ancient oak trees
The town of Stellenbosch is the second oldest settlement in South Africa after Cape Town. It is surrounded by the vineyards of the Cape Winelands and the mountainous nature reserves of Jonkershoek and Simonsberg. The Stellenbosch Wine Route offers a staggering 200 wine estates in the immediate area, many which are open to the public and have daily wine tours and tastings, not to mention restaurants with vineyard views or picnic baskets to be enjoyed on their expansive lawns. The town itself is the perfect place to walk around on foot and you can do a little shopping before enjoying a decadent meal in the shade of its famous 300-year-old oak trees. Make sure to head for Dorp Street, the historic heart of the town and a national monument, thanks to its grand display of old Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian buildings. The renowned Stellenbosch University also adds a lively atmosphere to the town with its students filling the many bars and sidewalk cafés.
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