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.


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 set against the forested slopes of Table Mountain.

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

Constantia is 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.

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 most cities, is NOT just about the city centre. You’ll want to visit Kirstenbosch gardens, or perhaps head to the beach and most people take a trip around the Cape Peninsula. All of these activities are better accessed from the Constantia hotels than city or Waterfront hotels. 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.

Plus if you like to enjoy a round or two of golf during your holiday. Constantia is surrounded by some of the top courses in Cape Town.

Newlands may be a happy compromise, only 15 mins from the city centre, in the same vicinity of the Kirstenbosch Gardens.


Why you may love it

  • Constantia is the oldest wine producing area of South Africa
  • Many of the Constantia hotels lie on famous old wine estates, with excellent restaurants, consistently voted some of the best in South Africa
  • Constantia boasts two fantastic golf courses, Westlake and Steenberg golf clubs
  • Kirstenbosch Gardens’ tree canopy walkway affords visitors a completely different vista of the beautiful gardens
  • Excellent shopping at Cavendish Square

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  • Groot Constantia HistoryEstablished in 1685 by Simon van der Stel
  • WineWine-growing region within the city limits of Cape Town