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.
Sand River Conservatory - Wagon House (sleeps 12) offers self catering accommodation in the Ceres and Touws River district in the Cape Winelands and Breede River region of the Western Cape. SRC lies in the foothills of the Bontberg mountains about 230km f
This charming 1800's self catering farmhouse Hartebesskraal, is nestled at the foot of the Klein Drakenstein Mountains in the heart of the winelands. Situated between Paarl and Franschhoek in Western Cape.
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.
22 Van Wijk Street Tourism Accommodation provides room only accommodation in Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands and Breede River region in the Western Cape. Four lovely rooms in a pre-1910 house right in the center of Franschhoek. Two Double bed rooms, a D
Eendracht was erected on the sixth oldest site in Stellenbosch, next to the Village Museum that consists of the four oldest houses in Stellenbosch and forms the core of the historic town.
The house sleeps more than 10 people. The house has an open plan kitchen with a built in fireplace/braai. Firewood, linen and towels, coffee and tea, fresh bread and milk are provided. Breakfast and dinner as well as babysitting can be arranged on ...
Treat yourself to a night in a luxuriously decorated room within a beautiful idyllic garden setting in the Cape Winelands. The guesthouse is surrounded by romantic Lavender Fields and mountains-meet-vineyard-themed outdoor scenery
A warm-hearted villa in the centre of historic Stellenbosch. This elegant renovated 1920's villa offers a serene retreat within easy walking distance of the diverse attractions this vibrant University town offers.
Denneboom Vineyards and Wildlife offers self catering accommodation in Voor-Paardeberg in the Paarl Winelands, Cape Winelands. A boutique producer of wine and olive oil and purveyor of 4 star accommodation. Our self catering accommodation was born out of
Gecko Rock provides camping and self catering accommodation options in the Touws River area in the Breede River Valley and Winelands region of the Western Cape. Our mission at Gecko Rock is to offer our visitors an unparalleled outdoor experience in the S
A mere 5 minute walk from the village of Stellenbosch and the University. 10 stylishly decorated luxurious, en-suite rooms, furnished with beautiful antiques and a touch of Africa. Air-conditioner/heater, satellite television, mini-bar, tea/coffee...
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, Paarl. Enjoy the beauty and peace of nature that surrounds you.
Big Sky Cottages is a mere hour drive from Cape Town and offers modern self-catering semi-detached cottages on the foothills of the Mostertshoek Mountain between Wolseley and Ceres, overlooking the beautiful Buchu lands with breathtaking views of the vall
Bertha's Guest Flat is a charming, fully equipped, self-catering flat in the heart of historical Stellenbosch. It sleeps one to four people. It consists of two bedrooms, a large sitting/dining room and a stoep and garden.
Ladera-vista is nestled against Paarlberg offering panoramic views of the Paarl Valley and the Drakenstein Mountains. Five self-catering units in a rustic, country atmosphere that indulges the senses and rejuvenates even the most weary of minds.
Hamlin Country Cottage is a spacious three bedroomed self catering establishment situated in Paarl and close to KWV Cellar, Nederburg Wines, and Fairview Winery & Cheese.
Fairfield Cottages provide self catering guest farm accommodation in the Ceres Valley, Cape Winelands. Situated midway between the Town of Ceres and Prince Alfred Hamlet. Fairfield Cottages is set on a 100ha operational fruit farm against the foot of the
Meustroom (number 4 and 7) are upmarket, self-catering apartments situated in a small block of flats, called Meulstroom in Stellenbosch. It is surrounded by historical houses, centrally situated yet in a quiet area..
Dreamcatcher sleeps up to 6 people, but whether you rent one, two or three bedrooms, the whole house is at all times exclusively yours!