The charming little town of Tulbagh is situated within the valley of the same name, and surrounded by the magnificent mountain ranges of the Western Cape. Summers are sweltering and winters are icy, but Tulbagh is picturesque and inviting all year round. This historical retreat lies about 90 minutes’ drive from the bustling hub of hotels in Cape Town, and enjoys being a convenient, nearby, getaway for locals, as well as a popular escape for international tourists.
Here are five of the top activities and attractions in Tulbagh, recommended for anyone visiting the town: Continue reading
Simondium is a little hamlet, barely more than a suburb. However, it remains one of the constituents of the world-renowned Cape Winelands. As such, it welcomes many tourists – both from around South Africa and abroad – to enjoy its scenic backdrops and explore its many hidden gems. Being as centrally situated as it is, Simondium benefits from the many attractions and activities of the larger towns around it such as Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.
Due to its positioning, encircled by the lush green mountains of the Cape, Simondium can become extremely hot in summer and cold in winter. Therefore, the best times to visit for those that want to hike, walk or cycle would be in spring (September to November) or autumn (March to May). Continue reading
Wellington is famous for its wines and brandies. Its excellent soils and climate conditions yield wonderful grape varieties that are ideal for producing world-class flavours and award-winning labels. While Wellington is one of the smaller members of the Cape Winelands, there remains plenty to see and do within its borders, particularly for those that value the splendour of the outdoors.
Here are a few ideas:
1. Tour The Estates
The wine and brandy estates of Wellington are not only abundant, but they are set within stunning surrounds that make visiting them quite spectacular. Nestled against the backdrop of the Groenberg Mountain and on the banks of the Kromme River, the picturesque retreat of Wellington makes for very special tastings of different brandy and wine varieties as well as tours of the cellars. Continue reading
Stellenbosch is known for its history and university, as well as its status as one of the main towns of the Cape Winelands in the Western Cape Province. There is so much culture here, creating an almost tangible buzz. While the local wine farms and estates are, without a doubt, some of the most popular attractions to those visiting Stellenbosch, there is plenty more to see and do.
After a tour of the local wine farms, the following five attractions are also well worth a visit … Continue reading
Franschhoek is known as a slice of France in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Having been established by the French Huguenots centuries ago, it retains much of the ambience of the unspoilt French countryside, with clear African influences and inspirations throughout, creating a unique destination to explore.
Paarl is one of the oldest towns in the country and an important part of the Cape Winelands. This charming, sometimes even quaint, region also plays a major role in celebrating the foundations of the Afrikaans language. Therefore, it combines a fascinating history with wonderful wines and spectacular scenery, leaving no shortage of things to do in Paarl.
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Franschhoek Rond en Bont is a community tourism route that showcases the fascinating history and culture of this part of South Africa’s Western Cape Province. The goal of this very special route is to expose the diversity of the community of this picturesque valley and to share a glimpse into their lives and loves. Continue reading
The Drakenstein Lion Park is situated in the Cape Winelands and comprises 50 acres of sprawling lion habitat. The Park is actively involved in improving the quality of life of lions in captivity, locally as well as internationally, either by offering these animals a lifetime home or working in conjunction with other animal welfare organizations to secure a safe future for individual animals in dire need. Continue reading