An area of exquisite beauty with verdant green vineyards, oak avenues leading to elegant Cape Dutch wine estates and the charming towns.
The Cape Winelands is an area of exquisite beauty with verdant green vineyards, oak avenues leading to elegant Cape Dutch wine estates and the charming towns. It is only 45 minutes from Cape Town, so you can visit from there. But, if you have time, we recommend staying a couple of nights to really savour the area. It contains some of the most charming towns and villages in South Africa: Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Tulbagh. Here rocky mountains overlook green vineyards and oak avenues lead to elegant Cape Dutch wine estates.
Indeed the main pleasure of the Cape Winelands is the enjoyment of the good life. Appreciating the wine and the Cape Dutch architecture, and enjoying lazy meals in their excellent restaurants. Browsing in shops and art galleries or taking scenic drives or walks in the mountains. This corner of South Africa is not somewhere to be hurried.
Check out the four main areas to stay below:
Stellenbosch - central and historic so easy to get to everywhere
Franschhoek - pretty and quaint, surrounded by mountains
Somerset West - closer to the sea and Hermanus so makes a good to base to explore several areas.
Northern Winelands of Tulbagh, Wellington and Paarl - more off the beaten track and unspoilt.
These are some of the best rated places to visit in Cape Winelands based on popularity and experience rating by our travelers
We arrange trips to more than 100+ destinations throughout the African continent.
Need a little help? View our Safari Guide to help you get started
Africa Travel Specialist
The Cape Winelands and its “Show Towns”! To write a post comparing Stellenbosch versus Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands is fairly dangerous. I may have furious hoteliers from both towns claiming...