Full Day – Scheduled or Private (approximately 9 hours)
The Cape Winelands region boasts great beauty, culture and is steeped in South African history. With the sheer vastness of wine estates on offer, we are truly spoilt for choice. The day also includes a visit to the Cheetah Outreach facility near Somerset West.
English tour guide, entrance fees applicable to itinerary
Cheetah Outreach Centre and 3 wine tastings
+/- 08:30 – Pick up from the hotel.
Depart Cape Town and head to Somerset West where the Cheetah Outreach facility is located. Created to raise awareness of the plight of the cheetah and to campaign for its survival Cheetah Outreach is continually evolving and taking on new challenges. The facility is home to various small predators as well as ambassador dogs that are part of the ongoing educational programme designed to inform people about non-lethal predator control methods. Enjoy a tour of the facilities and get to know more about the mission and work of the centre before heading off to Stellenbosch.
Arrive in Stellenbosch for your first wine tasting of the day. In Stellenbosch town, drive down the canal-lined avenues, in the shade of giant oak trees and past the beautifully preserved historic buildings.
Travel over the Helshoogte Pass to the town of Franschhoek, which was also subsequently settled by the French Huguenots in the 17th century. Billed as the gourmet capital of South Africa, this charming town, in the most picturesque valley, retains a strong French Huguenot style represented in the longstanding architecture and lifestyle. Enjoy a wine tasting before taking the time to enjoy the fabled culinary skills of the Franschhoek chefs at one of the many award-winning restaurants (to own account).
Onward to Paarl, one of the Capes first farming districts. The town is set at the foot of the cluster of remarkable granite domes from which it takes its name. Renowned for its haunting scenic beauty and deep viticulture and fruit-growing heritage, Paarl’s fertile soil and Mediterranean-like climate provided the perfect conditions for farming. Settlers planted orchards, vegetable gardens and grape vineyards, thus rooting Paarl’s long and continuing history as a major wine and fruit producing area of South Africa. Enjoy a final wine tasting before returning to the bustle of the city after an enthralling day in the countryside. The tour ends with drop off at your hotel.
Bring your swimsuit / bathing costume. We recommend some warm clothes – even in summer it can get chilly at sea. We highly recommend guests who are prone to any kind of motion sickness (or are unsure if they are) to use anti-nausea medication well in advance.