The Winelands region is located a short driving distance from Cape Town and whilst it is easy to include a day trip to this region from Cape Town, we do encourage to spend a night or two in the region. The main towns of the area are Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, although there are a number of smaller towns as well. Franschhoek is a small village nestled in a valley, flanked by mountains making this a very picturesque setting and fondly nick-named the ‘gastronomic capital’ boasts an eye-watering selection of restaurants and pavement bistros. Stellenbosch is the 3rd oldest town in South Africa with oak lined streets and a charm of its own. We recommend staying in the historical quarter that also offers a host of restaurants strolling distance from your lodge. There are also many wine farms that offer a great overnight option with beautiful vistas and country feel.
Extending to the Hermanus (Overberg) region which is where the Southern Right Whales come into the bay to calf, and offering some of the best land based whale-watching during the months from June – November. We do also highly recommend the boat based whale watching as this rewards you with amazing close visuals of these gentle sea giants. This mountainous area also boasts its own lesser known winelands with a great selection of quality wine farms. The area offers some great Blue Flag beaches and a real country-arty feel to it. Great to visit, even out of the whale season – its beaches are some of the locals best kept secrets!
Below we have included some of our favourites in the region, but do call or email us if you have any specific requirements as we have plenty more on our database.