Framed by sun-splashed vineyards and craggy mountain peaks, the picturesque valleys of the Cape Winelands are famous for their grand old estates, pretty little towns, award-winning restaurants and - of course - for their wine. An easy hour’s drive from Cape Town, a Cape Winelands holiday perfectly complements a stay in one of the world’s favourite cities.
There are more than 20 wine-growing regions surrounding Cape Town but the term Cape Winelands generally refers to the three most popular: Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl, each set in rolling countryside with spectacular Alpine-style views. Wander the oak-lined streets of Stellenbosch, stopping in at art galleries and quaint coffee shops, or take your pick from the many excellent restaurants in Franschhoek – South Africa's undisputed culinary capital.
A handful of these highlights are included on our Cape Winelands day tours but with so much to see and do in the area, we’d recommend a longer stay. Luxurious manor houses and secluded boutique hotels make the Cape Winelands an obvious choice for a honeymoon or romantic break but it may surprise you to learn that kids love the Winelands too. There’s a wide selection of family-friendly accommodation, outdoor activities such as mountain biking, horse riding and quad biking, and many wine estates boast large picnic-perfect lawns.
Browse our range of popular Cape Winelands holidays, most of which start with a few days in Cape Town and end on the beaches of the world-renowned Garden Route. Alternatively, simply contact one of our Africa Safari Experts and they’ll tailor-make a Winelands escape that best suits your tastes and budget.
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