A drive to the Cape Winelands, comprising primarily Franschhoek, Paarl & Stellenbosch, will immerse you in culinary taste sensations, green vineyards with majestic mountains as a backdrop, historic villages with Cape-Dutch architecture and colourful experiences. Taste world-class legendary wines from celebrated wine farms dating back centuries. Situated less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, hop around the leafy quaint villages, each with their own unique attributes to make them worth the visit. The Cape Winelands offer some of the best culinary experiences in South Africa and, with a range of romantic luxury accommodation and family friendly hotels (and now family friendly wine-tasting!), the region continues to delight as the perfect wedding, family holiday and honeymoon destination.
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At every time of year there is something special happening in the Cape Winelands. Autumn colours of reds, rusts and golds add a magical glow to the vines, summer is the perfect time to sample a crisp white wine al fresco or winter time brings gluwine and roaring fires. Many start a self-drive holiday along the Garden Route with a visit to the Cape Winelands and for this the best months are between November and April (summer sunshine!).
Taste world-class wines, take a stroll around the vineyards, sample culinary delights in Franschhoek – home to the finest restaurants in South Africa. Pop into an art gallery or sip coffee on the leafy streets of Stellenbosch. Marvel at the Paarl mountains or catch a train between Cape Dutch Wine Farms on a self-made wine tour. The list is endless and a visit to the Cape Winelands perfectly compliments a stay in the vibrant Mother City or the start of your Garden Route meander.
Keep heading east from the Winelands once leaving Cape Town and head off on your self-drive trip along the spectacular Garden Route towards Port Elizabeth. Or take the one hour drive back to Cape Town to catch a flight to your next destination. To combine the best of culinary and safari experiences head to Kruger National Park to complete your African experience with the ultimate Big 5 Safari.