Taste a more mellow side of Cape Town on the sheltered vine-covered slopes of the mountain, home to gracious wine estates, extensive gardens and ancient oaks.


Constantia – away from the crowds

Hotels in Constantia and the ‘Southern Suburbs’ of Newlands and Bishopscourt reflect yet another side of Cape Town. Reminiscent of its gracious colonial past. Majestic oak trees, verdant wine estates and endless swathes of roses and blue agapanthus. All are set against the forested slopes of Table Mountain.

The main ‘attractions’ of this area are the Constantia wine estates. Kirstenbosch botanical gardens, superb restaurants and a relaxed tranquil vibe. Relax in a quiet area yet have the city on hand to visit. Here there’s a sense of tranquility and peace.

It’s also a great area if you like to be active. You can enjoy gentle woodland strolls, mountain bike rides or a more strenuous hike up the mountain. All the better to indulge at some of the many notable Constantia restaurants in the evening.

Many of the Constantia hotels lie on famous old wine estates. Such as Steenberg Hotel, and the Cellars-Hohenort. These have excellent restaurants, consistently voted some of the best in South Africa. Others such as well-run Vineyard Hotel with its 7 acres of grounds are close to Kirstenbosch gardens. And the excellent shopping of Cavendish Square.

Too far away?

Some people think that hotels in Constantia are too far from the action! The reality is that Cape Town is only 20-25 minutes away by car. And important to note – Cape Town, much less than many cities, is NOT just about the city centre.

You’ll want to visit Kirstenbosch gardens, or perhaps head to the beach and enjoy a trip around the Cape Peninsula. All of these activities are better accessed from the Constantia hotels than hotels in the city centre or Waterfront. The beaches of False Bay and the charming quirky fishing villages of Kalk Bay and St James are only 10-15 minutes away for example.