Where to Stay - South Africa

Cape Winelands Tour, Western Cape

Some suggestions for a 2 Day Tour of the Cape Winelands. Explore some of the beautiful towns in the area such as Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.

Cape Winelands - 2 Day Tour

The Cape Winelands produce some of South Africa's finest wines with a wealth of wine estates situated in this extremely fertile area. No trip to South Africa would be complete without a couple of days spent exploring this beautiful region. An ideal itinerary would be to spend a night at either Franschhoek or Stellenbosch followed by a day spent visiting some of the pretty towns in the area and an overnight stay at one of the wine estates. Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are surrounded by a number of famous wine estates such as Simonsig, Spier, and Boschendal with Laborie and Nederburg close by near Paarl. The Stellenbosch Wine route was the first wine route in South Africa and attracts thousands of visitors every year.

Stellenbosch is is a pretty town with fine examples of restored 18th and 19th Century Cape buildings. Franschhoek is another pretty town famed for its excellent cuisine and set against the rolling slopes of the Franschhoek Mountains. The Wine Estates on both the Stellenbosch and Franschhoek wine routes offer daily tastings and many have their own fine restaurants as well and provide excellent places to stop for lunch. Because there are so many wine estates in the Cape Winelands it it worthwhile deciding before you leave which estates you want to visit. Next decide which towns you also want to visit in the area - i would suggest doing this in the morning and then perhaps taking lunch at one of the wine estates. Alternatively have lunch in somewhere like Franschhoek and dine at one of the wine estates. Remember to nominate a driver for the day if you are doing the tour yourself as South Africa is no different to many other countries in their intolerance of drink-driving.

Accommodation ideas for the Cape Winelands

Day 1

Drive to Stellenbosch or Franschhoek. Spend the morning exploring and perhaps stop for a spot of lunch. In the afternoon drive off to explore one of the wine estates close by. Stopover for the night at one of the wine estates or choose from one of many beautiful guest houses in this area.

Day 2

After enjoying a good breakfast set off to explore the local area taking in the beauty of the extremely fertile valleys that make this area so perfect for grapes. Stop off for lunch at another Wine Estate to enjoy excellent food followed by a trip around the wine estate enjoying the wine tasting

Some Wine Estates near Franschhoek
  • Mont Rochelle - Tel: 021-8763000
  • La Motte - Tel: 021-8763119
  • Boschendal - Tel: 021-8704210
Some Wine Estates near Stellenbosch
  • Delheim - Tel: 021-8884600
  • Simonsig - Tel: 021-8884900
  • Hartenberg - Tel: 021-8652541
  • Neethlingshof - Tel: 021-8838988
  • Spier - Tel: 021-8091100
Some Wine Estates near Paarl
  • Nederburg - Tel: 021-8623104
  • Fairview - Tel: 021-8632450
  • Laborie - Tel: 021-8073264
  • KWV - Tel: 021-8073007