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Getting to the Winelands
Primary airport Cape Town
Flight time approx 13 hours
Time difference GMT +2
Entry details (for British nationals) UK passport holders don’t require a visa for stays of up to 90 days. Passports need at least 6 months validity from your date of entry, plus at least two consecutive blank pages. All children under 18 require an unabridged birth certificate - those not travelling with both parents require additional paperwork Before you depart, check the latest travel advice at www.fco.gov.uk.
Stellenbosch Wine Tour (from Cape Town)
Perfect for those with limited time, this tour takes you to beautiful Stellenbosch in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Here you can sample the area's famous red Pinotage wine and learn about the region’s ideal wine making climate.
- Prices from £30 per person
Hermanus Whale Watching & Wine Tour (from Cape Town)
Travel along the dramatic Cape Coastline to Hermanus for arguably the best shore-based whale watching in the World and the chance to see a magnificent Southern Right Whale breaching. Tour also includes a visit to the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, famous for its Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay wines.
- Prices from £40 per person
Contact Darren to discuss your holiday plans
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Darren, your guide to wine from Escape Worldwide.
“The wine here is amazing, and so cheap - do what I do and visit some wineries to taste a few!”
What to do in the Winelands & Whale Coast
What else to do in the Winelands than to drink wine?! There are numerous wineries that open their doors to visitors, and there’s even a wine tram in Franschhoek so you can leave the car at your hotel! This region is also renowned for its fine food (at low prices), while the stunning scenery is ideal for walking off some of your excesses. At the coast, Hermanus is the heart of whale watching country, and boat trips can be arranged here - or just stand on the cliff top in the town centre and watch from there! Further down the coast, Gansbaai is famous for its shark diving.
Where to stay in the Winelands & Whale Coast
There’s a good selection of hotels throughout the Winelands and Whale Coast area, as well as other areas of the Western Cape. Accommodation in the Winelands area is focused on the three towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl, with Stellenbosch having most options. Hermanus on the Whale Coast is the heart of hotel options here, while small towns such as Montagu, Arniston and Swellendam offer options for the journey from the Winelands to the Garden Route.
Holiday ideas to the Winelands & Whale Coast
South Africa’s Winelands can be visited on a day trip from Cape Town, but to do the area justice allow a few days - if you’re on a fly-drive it’s a good idea to have a car-free day! The Winelands and Whale Coast are ideally located en route from Cape Town to the Garden Route, and the driving is easy, or head back to Cape Town and fly on to destinations further afield such as Durban, Kruger or the islands of the Indian Ocean.
Beautiful vineyards with a mountain backdrop and charming towns such as Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl are all waiting to be discovered just an hour’s drive from Cape Town. Its combination of wonderful scenery and fantastic food and wine, along with high quality accommodation, makes the Cape Winelands an ideal area for a few nights’ relaxation. Hermanus is South Africa’s premier viewing site of the majestic Southern Right Whale; from June to November they can be seen close to the shore. Route 62 offers a wonderful scenic alternative to the N2 highway between Cape Town and the Garden Route while the Little Karoo is splendid in its stark beauty and semi-arid desert landscape.
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|Cape Town, Wine, Whales & Garden Route|
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|Victoria Falls, Garden Route & Cape Town|
|Victoria Falls, Safari, Garden Route & Cape Town|
|Dubai, Cape Town & Garden Route|
|Dubai, Cape Town, Garden Route & Safari|
|Winelands & Whales|
|Safari Game Reserves|
|Durban & KwaZulu-Natal|
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|Winelands - Batavia Boutique Hotel|
|Winelands - Franschhoek Country House|
|Winelands - Lanzerac Hotel|
|Winelands - Oude Werf|
|Winelands - Spier Hotel|
|Whale Coast - Auberge Burgundy|
|Whale Coast - Harbour House Hotel|
|Whale Coast - The Marine|
|Western Cape - Aquila Game Reserve|
|Western Cape - Arniston Spa Hotel|
|Western Cape - The Hideaway Swellendam|
|Western Cape - Mimosa Lodge Montagu|