Cape Winelands

Stellenbosch, Constantia, Paarl, Franschhoek and Somerset West are some of the more well-known towns or villages within the wonderful Cape Winelands which sit between the west coast and Overberg regions.

The area is punctuated by beautiful and historic wine estates with a backdrop of mountains. The grand Cape Dutch homesteads are surrounded by lush gardens and acres of vines. Visitors can enjoy outdoor picnics, wine tasting, gourmet dining and vineyard tours. There are 18 official wine routes including Route 62, the world's longest wine route, and the Stellenbosch wine route, the oldest. There are also two brandy routes in this picturesque region.

Constantia is the closest wine estate to Cape Town - just a 20 minute drive. Franschhoek is considered the most pretty village and is also the 'gourmet capital of South Africa'.

We think you needs a few days to explore this area and get the most from it - self-drive is easy, routes are well-signed and there are literally dozens of places to visit. Our tip is to let us recommend somewhere traditional to stay - on a wine estate or in a Cape Dutch homestead, where you can park the car, have a fantastic dinner and indulge in the wines which make this area famous - Grand Roche in Paarl is a very good place to celebrate a special occasion for instance - the tasting menu on the verandah of the house looking over the vineyard was superb when we visited. In Franschhoek, we know several lovely places to stay within walking distance of the main street.

Safaris visiting this attraction

13 days
From £1790
A Taste of South Africa

A very popular holiday that starts on safari in the Kruger before heading to Cape Town, the Winelands, Hermanus and the beautiful Garden Route

7 days
From £730
Cape Town Short Break

Spend a week in Cape Town, South Africa - one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the world. Car hire is included and you have a choice of hotels from boutique guest houses to five star luxury.

10 days
From £1085
Classic Garden Route and Cape Town

A self-drive tour along the world-famous Garden Route including Knysna, Hermanus, the Winelands and Cape Town

12 days
From £4370
Explorers Against Extinction Cape Town, Garden Route and Conservation Safari

A fabulous tour staying in handpicked luxury accommodation and visiting Cape Town, the Winelands, the Garden Route and a malaria free private game reserve

12 days
From £3495
Highlights of Southern Africa

This leisurely holiday gives you the chance to see Cape Town, a private safari in the Kruger and visit the spectacular Victoria Falls

8 days
From £3270
Luxury Cape Town & Franschhoek Escape

A superbly indulgent week long break combining two of the Cape's hottest properties.

12 days
From £5075
Luxury Safari, the Blue Train, Cape Town and the Winelands

A lovely holiday starting with a safari in the Pilanesberg National Park (malaria free) followed by a classic luxury train trip across the country, a few days in exciting Cape Town and ending in the beautiful Winelands

11 days
From £8330
Opulent Cape and Safari

Staying in luxury properties and including car hire this opulent self drive itinerary takes you from Cape Town via the Winelands and Hermanus to a safari in the Kruger

12 days
From £2500
South Africa: Family Caper

A self drive tour along the stunning Garden Route including Cape Town, the Winelands and a malaria free safari

19 days
From £3635
Ultimate Garden Route Self Drive

This is a comprehensive self drive holiday to South Africa's beautiful Cape, including a Big Five safari

12 days
From £6315
Ultimate Safari, Rovos Rail, Cape Town and the Winelands

A true once-in-a-lifetime trip combining a luxury safari, a trip on board the iconic Rovos Rail and a stay in the gorgeous city of Cape Town before exploring the scenic Winelands

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