To the East of Cape Town surrounded by a semicircle of picturesque Boland mountains are the Cape Winelands. Dotted about in the fertile lush green valleys of the region are the vineyards of the Western Cape, the towns and villages everyday words to wine connoisseurs throughout the world. Here you will find Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch and many other world famous names. French Huguenots brought the art of wine-making to the Cape in the late 17th Century and it was here that the first experiments into finding out the best cultivars were carried out.
There are a number of tours that have been set up for the visitor to sample the superb wines of the Cape Winelands, to view the homesteads that have been handed down from generation to generation and to witness the wine-making process. The Cape Winelands are bordered by the Hottentots Holland, the Franschhoek mountains and in the North by the Wemmershoekberg. The former two mountain ranges form part of the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve and the only way to see this reserve is to hike through it on the Boland Hiking Trail. Shorter hiking trails are available in the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve just east of Stellenbosch. This mountain reserve harbours one of the richest and most diverse populations of indigenous wildflowers in the world, and it is known that there are more than 35 threatened species in the region. The dominant vegetation in the reserve is fynbbos with patches of the original forest dotted about on the upper slopes. Leopard, caracal and genet have been seen in the area.
Butterfly World, just off the N1 on the R44, is well worth a visit, especially for the kids.
Franschhoek was originally known as the French Quarter or le Quartier Francais as it was in this region that the original Huguenots settled to escape religious persecution in Europe. The town has now become known as the food and wine capital of the Western Cape, and visitors flock here from all over the world to sample its products. The town houses a Huguenot Monument and museum.
Paarl in the Cape Winelands is known as the Pearl of South Africa and gets its name from the vast round granite rocks at the summit of the mountain overlooking the town, where Die Afrikaanse Taalmonument is located. The name Peerleberg or pearly mountain was give to the berg by Abraham Gabbema in 1657 because of the way the mountain glittered in the sunlight after a shower. The town was established in 1720 with the building of the first church. The Afrikaanse Taalmuseum houses the press where the newspaper de Zuid-Afrikaan was once printed.
The Cape Winelands town of Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa after Cape Town, and was founded in 1679. The town is famous for its wines, its university and its Cape Dutch architecture which can be seen in its many historic buildings, such as those found at the Burgerhuis Museum. The town is also known as Eikestad (Oak Town) because of its numerous oak trees. The university has produced six South African prime ministers and several Springbok rugby captains. Stellenbosch houses a Brandy Museum where many examples of old brandy stills can be seen. A food and wine festival is held here in the last week of October each year. Musical concerts play every summer at the Spier Summer Festival.
The town of Wellington in the Cape Winelands region lies in a valley known as Val du Charron, or Valley of the Wagon Makers after the trade of many of the early French Huguenots who settled in the area at the end of the 17th Century. There are several excellent wine cellars in the Wellington area where the visitor can enjoy wine tasting. Wellington offers the visitor a magical and captivating atmosphere and friendly people. Wellington was originally named Limiet Vallei or the Frontier Valley, but the name was changed in 1840 in honour of the Duke of Wellington and his defeat of Napoleon at the battle of Waterloo. There are several cellars in the area that offer wine tasting.
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Span Spek se Plek is a working farm where there are lots of places to picnic, walk, climb and mountain bike. There are dams to swim and fish in. We always hope our guests will have time to relax and enjoy the simple pleasures that the farm offers.
Boschendal is a picturesque 300 year old farm in the Franschhoek Valley known for its award-winning wines. Boschendal Accommodation comprises of a number of historical cottages that have been renovated to offer guests an opportunity to experience the Bosc
Het Logement is an upmarket, self-catering apartment situated in a small block of flats, called Meulstroom in Stellenbosch. It is surrounded by historical houses, centrally situated yet in a quiet area..
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In the Vineyard self catering cottages are situated on Uitkyk farm, a small family owned vineyard and olive farm, nestled at the foot of the Simonsberg mountains in Klapmuts, Stellenbosch. Enjoy the beauty and peace of nature that surrounds you.
Sand River Conservancy lies in the foothills of the Bontberg mountains and offers self catering accommodation in 2 very distinct houses, Sandkop which is very modern and luxurious and the Wagon House which is old, rustic and more basic.
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Situated fifteen kilometres from the pretty Boland village of Robertson and nestled in the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains, the PAT BUSCH Private Nature Reserve is only one and a half hours scenic drive from Cape Town. A world in one valley...
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Heuwelsig Cottages is situated on a working wine farm, surrounded by lush vineyard, orchards and scenic landscapes, just 5 km from the well-known village of Franschhoek, about an hours drive from Cape Town.
Bona Vista is in the heart of the Cape Winelands, which is surrounded by a semicircle of picturesque Boland mountains. It is an active wine and fruit farm with a thoroughbred horse stud.
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Ballinderry is the hidden treasure of Robertson. Located in the heart of the Winlands, this luxury 4 star graded guest house offers Superior Accommodation, champagne breakfast and gourmet dinners. Deluxe honeymoon suite and WIFI-internet available.
We invite you to share our tranquil, secure and comfortable home, on a small Cape/English lifestyle farm, situated 10 minutes from historic Stellenbosch, in the Blaauwklippen valley surrounded by the majestic Stellenbosch and Helderberg mountains.
Our mission at Gecko Rock is to offer our visitors an unparalleled outdoor experience in the South African Karoo - one of the most unique natural areas on earth.
Ibis and Heron cottages are ideal for a relaxing few days or a family holiday. Also perfect for groups of up to 12 people.