Cape Winelands

An hour’s drive northeast of Cape Town is an expanse of the most beautiful countryside in South Africa, with jagged mountain peaks and lush valleys lined with vineyards. Historic towns, quaint villages and gracious Cape Dutch homesteads are to be found in the Cape Winelands.

Stellenbosch is South Africa’s oldest town and its rich history is evident in the beautifully preserved architecture along oak-lined Dorp Street. Nearby, the charming village of Franschhoek is known as the ‘gourmet capital’ of South Africa because of its plethora of wine estates, award-winning restaurants and intimate bistros.

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Highlights in Cape Winelands

  • Enjoy wine tasting and cellar tours on grand estates
  • Try wine and chocolate pairing
  • Lunches on sunny terraces and dinners in top restaurants
  • Golfing on world-class courses
  • Hiking, biking and horse riding in beautiful mountain scenery

Featured Accommodation

Pearl Valley Golf Lodge

Step into Wineland’s heaven when staying at Pearl Valley. Part of the Val de Vie Estate, it is home to modern suites, a signature golf course, an on-site spa, state-of-the-art gyms and extensive hiking, biking and running trails. Celebrate a quality lifestyle, including fine wines and food, when choosing Pearl…

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Leeu Estates

This exclusive five-star boutique hotel has 17 luxurious rooms and suites, surrounded by 68 hectares of vineyards and gardens in the Franschhoek valley. With views of the mountainside and river, the hotel is just minutes away from the village of Franschhoek. At the centre of this working wine farm is…

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Le Quartier Francais

The latest addition to Leeu Collection’s portfolio is Le Quartier Français. This romantic 21-room boutique hotel with its charming three-bedroom LQF Villa is home to world-renowned restaurant The Tasting Room. Located in the heart of Franschhoek, Le Quartier Français is the ideal base from which to explore the surrounding winelands,…

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La Cle des Montagnes

A home-away-from-home, each villa not only provides complete privacy and security, but unlike any other professionally serviced villa product in Franschhoek, lends itself to entertaining, with spacious living rooms with fireplaces and a library, indoor and outdoor areas, a private swimming pool and garden, as well as a fully equipped…

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La Residence

The vineyards and mountains of the Franschhoek Valley paint the backdrop to La Residence. Located on a 30-acre estate, this opulent retreat has 11 Suites housed within the 1930s chateau, and 5 private and spacious Vineyard Suites (great for families and groups of friends). Fine antiques, Persian rugs and glittering…

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Delaire Graff Lodges & Spa

Delaire Graff Estate is an incredible art, wine and food destination on the slopes of the Helshoogte Mountains near Stellenbosch. Stay in one of 16 private lodges or the Owner’s Villa, each with all the luxurious touches from fine Egyptian linen and handmade chocolates to a heated plunge pool. The…

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Babylonstoren Farm Hotel

Babylonstoren is a peaceful sanctuary on a historic Cape Dutch farm. The suites and cottages have thick, whitewashed walls that keep them pleasantly cool in summer, and are heated by fireplaces in winter. At the heart of the farm is a magnificent fruit and vegetable garden which the chefs visit…

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Featured Tours in Cape WinelandsDiscover our tailor-made tours

Golf, Wine & Safari Experience

In just under 2 weeks you’ll experience the best of Cape Town, the magnificent Cape Winelands, beach-lined Garden Route and a wildlife safari at a private reserve. As for the golf, we’ve included 6 rounds at top courses including South Africa’s #1 course, The Links at Fancourt.

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Garden Route

South Africa’s Garden Route is holiday perfect: long sandy beaches, magnificent forests, lagoons, rivers and a million things to do. Although the official start of the Garden Route is Mossel Bay, you know you’ve arrived somewhere really  special when you round the coastal pass down to the small seaside town of…

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Cape Town

Cape Town is one of the world’s best-loved and most beautiful cities. Set against the instantly recognisable backdrop of Table Mountain, this laidback seaside town has something for everyone: mountains, beaches, buzzing outdoor markets, world-class restaurants, a fascinating mix of cultures and plenty of adventure activities.
The city’s most popular attraction…

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Kruger National Park

South Africa’s largest reserve, the Kruger National Park spans nearly two million hectares (roughly the size of Israel or Wales!). To the west of the park lies the Sabi Sands and other privately owned Kruger reserves, while within the park are exclusive-use areas such as the Singita concession.
The Kruger Park…

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Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

The Sabi Sand Reserve borders the southwestern part of the Kruger National Park and is arguably South Africa’s most exclusive private reserve. There are no restricting fences between this 65,000-hectare reserve and the Kruger National Park, allowing the game to roam freely between the two.
Known for its extraordinary leopard sightings,…

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Whale Coast

The well-named Cape Whale Coast runs from the hamlet of Rooi-Els to the De Hoop Nature Reserve. Backed by fynbos-covered mountains, this magnificent stretch of coastline is the winter playground for southern right whales. Every year, from June to November, whales gathered in these waters to calve and mate – putting…

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Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve shares a common, unfenced border with Kruger Park and is home to many exclusive lodges. It’s home to the Big Five, and famous for ‘the white lions of Timbavati’. The reserve is brimming with abundant wildlife, birdlife and lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and buffalo roam freely as…

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Johannesburg

Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest city and the commercial heart of the country. Until recently, most travellers viewed Johannesburg as nothing more than transit city. But that view has changed and Jozi (as it’s is affectionately known to locals) is rapidly becoming a travel destination in its own right.
Joburg has…

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Madikwe Game Reserve

Bordering Botswana, Madikwe Game Reserve is one of South Africa’s largest game reserves. This is prime big game territory set against rugged landscapes with rocky hills, woodlands and rich, red earth. Madikwe is not open to the general public, and visitors must be accommodated in one of the luxury lodges within…

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Thornybush Game Reserve

Named one of the best Big Five reserves in South Africa, Thornybush is next to the Kruger Park and shares a fenceless border with Timbavati Game Reserve. Surrounded by prime game habitat it’s no wonder that this is a prime safari location. You can go on early morning and late afternoon…

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Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

Kwandwe Game Reserve flanks both the north and south banks of the Great Fish River, in the rugged Eastern Cape Province. The 22,000 hectare (54 000 acre) reserve is a sanctuary for thousands of animals including lion, black and white rhino, buffalo, elephant and cheetah. Meaning “Place of the Blue Crane”…

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andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

Cradled between the Lebombo Mountains and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, Phinda Game Reserve is Big 5 country and home to healthy populations of other classic African mammals such as black rhino and cheetah. The bird watching here ranks among the best in South Africa with 415 recorded species,…

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Shamwari Private Game Reserve

This private reserve is 25 000 hectares of wildlife terrain in the Eastern Cape in South Africa. Perfect for malaria-free safaris, Shamwari is an excellent destination for families, groups, and solo travelers. In the local language, Shamwari means friend, and this translates into the lodges’ hospitality and top notch service. Conservation…

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Route 62

When travelling from Cape Town to the Garden Route, why not skip South Africa’s N2 national highway and opt instead for Route 62. This incredibly scenic road trip takes you through the wine-growing areas of Wellington and Robertson, over spectacular mountain passes and across the semi-desert plains of the Klein Karoo….

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The West Coast

Charming fishing villages and delectable seafood is what the West Coast is famous for. Enjoy whale watching outings, hiking, golf courses, nature walks and amazing views! Visitors can also enjoy carpets of flowers in spring, ancient San cave paintings in the Cederberg Mountains, and fantastic bird watching, to name only a…

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Pretoria

Pretoria is South Africa’s administrative capital – with its colonial buildings and Jacaranda trees lining the streets, has a far more sedate pace. It’s located just 50 kilometers north of Johannesburg. Pretoria is often the first or last stop in the journey for luxury trains like the Blue Train and the…

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Cederberg

The Cederberg mountains lie about three-hours’ drive out of Cape Town. Fantastic hiking trails, clear mountain streams, sandstone rock formations and ancient rock art make this area truly spectacular. Lying within the Cape Floral Kingdom, the seemingly barren Cederberg explodes with colour in late winter and early spring as the flower…

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Umhlanga

Located on Durban’s coastline, the resort town of Umhlanga is known for its warm waters, beautiful beaches, and tropical weather. Most of the luxury hotels are situated on the beach front, overlooking the Indian Ocean. The town attracts holidaymakers and is a great destination to enjoy Durban’s warm waters, relax and…

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Central Drakensberg

Known to the Zulus as the Barrier of Spears, the Drakensberg is a formidable mountain range with peaks rising to 3,000m. The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park has been granted World Heritage Status in recognition of its awesome natural beauty and rich collection of San rock art dating back 3,000 years. Our favourite…

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Amakhala Game Reserve

Amakhala lies in the dramatic landscape of the Eastern Cape, and is home to the Big 5 as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra, and wildebeest, all of which can be viewed on guided day and night game drives. The Bushman’s River cuts through the reserve and offers water-based game-viewing and excellent…

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De Hoop Nature Reserve

Just 3 hours’ drive out of Cape Town, on the Cape Whale Coast, lies De Hoop Nature Reserve. This beautiful reserve is a fantastic choice for hikers, cyclists, bird watchers and anybody who loves being out in nature. The reserve extends out to the De Hoop Marine Protected Area. Every year,…

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Lowveld

Mpumalanga’s Lowveld region lies between the northern reaches of the Drakensberg mountains and the Kruger National Park. The largest Lowveld town, and the capital of Mpumalanga, is Nelspruit which is where you’ll find Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) – the gateway to the Kruger Park.
Hazyview and White River both make…

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Maputaland Marine Protected Area

Maputaland Marine Protected Area comprises three protected areas, Lake Sibaya Nature Reserve, Kosi Bay Nature Reserve and Rocktail Bay. The reserve extends all the way from the northern Mozambican border to Sodwana Bay in the south. This gorgeous sub-tropical paradise includes immaculate forests and wetlands dotted with lakes and marshes as…

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Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve

The uniqueness of the safari experience at Tswalu is in the beauty of the 100 000-hectare southern Kalahari wilderness. With a variety of interactive safari experiences, the reserve offers wide open spaces, rolling savannah landscapes and the Korranaberg mountains. Guests can view game on foot, on horseback or in 4×4 game…

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