CAPE TOWN & WINELANDS
The oldest town in South Africa, and undeniably the most beautiful, Cape Town is an absolute must-visit for any first time traveler to South Africa. A multicultural harbour city cradled beneath the infamous flat-topped Table Mountain, named one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Cape Town offers something for everyone, young and old. For adventure seekers Table Mountain provides incredible hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty, while those who prefer a little more leisure can ride the cable car ride to the top and enjoy the vistas that stretch out over the Atlantic Ocean to Robben Island. A melting pot of stories and flavours, lazy days on fine white sand beaches with their icy waters and hidden treasures of art, local hangouts and breathtaking beauty.
Trips to the Winelands, watching breaching whales from the shore along the south coast and trying one’s hand at a host of adventure sports from surfing to snorkelling, shark cage diving and paragliding. And of course there is the rich and troubled history of South Africa and Cape Town itself, with a current of positivity and harmony throughout. Exploring the townships of Langa, visiting the colourful Malay Quarter in the Bo Kaap and taking a ferry and tour to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for so many years. The biggest question will be how to fit it all in!
A mere 45 minutes drive from Cape Town city centre surrounded by the Cape fold mountains lies the heart of the Cape Winelands region, which stretches across a multitude of towns including Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl, Wellington and Tulbagh. Today this region has extended to include newer wine regions such as the Swartland, Constantia, Durbanville Hills and Elgin among others, and together these areas produce some of the finest wines the world over.
However, this area is not just about wine! Apart from boasting the most incredible scenery it is home to some of the best restaurants in South Africa, incredible artists and artwork, tremendous architecture that tells the story of the history of the Cape and not to mention a few animal sanctuaries perfect for a family day out.
There is something for everyone in the Winelands; picnics in vineyards, active days out on a mountain bike in the towns or mountains, riding a tram between the wine estates, strolling through spectacular gardens or immersing in the history of Cape Town with visits to the Paarl monument. And not to mention wine tastings and pairings – think sparkling wine and nougat or red wine and chocolate!
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The costs indicated are dependent on various factors including seasonality and availability, they are estimates based on mid to high season rates. Let us put you in touch with an experienced travel planner who will build a package to suit your requirements and budget.