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

The Owner’s Cottage at Grande Provence

The Owner’s Cottage at Grande Provence

The Owner’s Cottage at Grande Provence is a mix of grandeur and contemporary luxury. Located in Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands, the cottage welcomes you to four luxurious bedrooms, a deluxe suite, a conservatory, a lounge, with swimming and spa pool area. It is set on the lush Grande Provence vineyards where you can enjoy wine tasting, cellar tours and a sculpture garden.

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The Last Word Franschhoek

The Last Word Franschhoek

If you’re looking for a perfect boutique hotel, then The Last Word Franschhoek is for you! This 5-star hotel is all about French Provençal living. With 8 superior double rooms and 2 pool suites, the boutique hotel feels like a private retreat. Its public areas, pool and courtyard are elegantly designed. Its interiors are luxurious and modern – with a fresh design approach.

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Mont Rochelle Hotel & Vineyard

Mont Rochelle Hotel & Vineyard

The 26-bedroom hotel Mont Rochelle is in the Cape Winelands – just an hour outside of Cape Town. The quaint town of Franschhoek is famous for its gourmet food and wine. The hotel is also within 35 minutes’ drive of the Stellenbosch, Paarl and Somerset West wine routes.

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Majeka House

Majeka House

If Stellenbosch is where you want to be then Majeka House is the perfect place to stay. With top class vineyards and restaurants, galleries, museums and interesting shops just a short distance away, Majeka House is in a prime location in Stellenbosch. The accommodation is luxurious, service is fantastic and there’s an excellent bar, restaurant and spa. You can enjoy meals at the award-winning restaurant with modern French cuisine.

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Leeu Estates

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 the refurbished 19th-century Manor House with its six rooms and suites. There are two rooms adjacent to The Manor House, and the remaining rooms and suites are located in spacious cottages among the gardens, oak trees and vineyards.

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Franschhoek Country House & Villas

Franschhoek Country House & Villas

The restored manor house dating back to 1890, is situated on the outskirts of Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands and is surrounded by enchanting vineyards and mountains. An hour’s drive from Cape Town makes it the perfect getaway for anyone visiting the Western Cape. The 5-star manor house offers 14 luxury rooms and there are also 12 villa suites.

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Le Quartier Francais

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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Oude Werf Hotel

Oude Werf Hotel

A stroll from the many historic attractions of the Winelands ‘capital’ of Stellenbosch, Oude Werf combines a centuries-old heritage as South Africa’s oldest continuously operating hotel with luxury contemporary comforts and intimate hospitality. Rest in one of 58 beautifully designed, deluxe en suite accommodations. Enjoy classic Cape flavours and vintages…

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Spier Hotel

Spier Hotel

Village-style buildings, lush green lawns and spacious rooms situated next to the calming Eerste River are the defining characteristics of the 4 star Spier Hotel. Our 153 rooms are clustered around six courtyards, with each courtyard boasting its own swimming pool.The design is reminiscent of the Bo-Kaap or Mediterranean villages…

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La Cle des Montagnes

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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Angala Boutique Hotel & Guest House

Angala Boutique Hotel & Guest House

Angala Boutique Hotel is where homely luxury blends with the pristine beauty of nature. Located in the heart of the Cape Winelands between magnificent mountains, Angala is a retreat for body, mind and spirit.

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Leeu House

Leeu House

Leeu House lies on the main road of Franschhoek, in the Cape Winelands. This beautiful boutique hotel has 12 bedrooms, each with a superbly comfortable bed, and well-stocked drinks and snacks (complimentary). Stroll to Franschhoek’s restaurants and sidewalk cafes, or ask the hotel’s driver to take you anywhere within a 10km / 6mile radius (again, complimentary). Staying here also gives you access to the gym, spa and other facilities at their sister property – Leeu Estates.

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Featured Tours in Cape WinelandsDiscover our tailor-made tours

Romance in Southern Africa

Romance in Southern Africa

Spend 15 days on a luxury safari in the most romantic lodges in Southern Africa. Kick off your journey in the metropolis Cape Town and explore the city, and the Cape Winelands’ culinary delights and famous wines. Fall in love with the Big Five and Africa’s lush bush on a private game reserve. End your trip soaking up the sun on a romantic island off Mozambique’s coast.

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Family-Friendly Fun in South Africa

Family-Friendly Fun in South Africa

We’ve tracked down the most child-friendly lodges and safari experience in Africa for this trip. Spend 13 days exploring the most beautiful sights in South Africa: Cape Town, De Hoop Nature Reserve, Franschhoek and the Madikwe Game Reserve with your entire family. This safari is the best combination of city, bush and winelands.

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Golf, Wine & Safari Experience

Golf, Wine & Safari Experience

Enjoy the best of South Africa over 14 days for the best golf safari. We’ll show you the best golf courses in South Africa as well as beautiful wine estates and game viewing.

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Ultimate Luxury in Southern Africa

Ultimate Luxury in Southern Africa

Indulge in the best that Southern Africa has to offer on this tailor-made 14-day luxury safari. This superior itinerary will let you experience beautiful scenery and incredible experiences as you journey from Cape Town to the Cape Winelands, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Escape the hustle and bustle of life – and delight in an exclusive safari experience.

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Family Adventure in South Africa

Family Adventure in South Africa

A family safari in South Africa is an exciting adventure! Over 12 days, you and your family will meander from Cape Town to Hermanus, ending off at beautiful Stellenbosch. Then you will go to South Africa’s prime safari destination, at Madikwe Game Reserve, to see the Big Five. This itinerary is perfect for families and multi-gen groups.

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Exploring the Garden Route: Self-Drive Journey

Exploring the Garden Route: Self-Drive Journey

Be seduced by the 300-km scenic Garden Route in South Africa, which is famous for its incredible coastal vistas and natural beauty. The Garden Route features a range of wildlife, outdoor activities, mountains, excellent beaches and quaint towns. On your 17-day self-drive, you’ll discover: Cape Town, Cape Winelands, Swellendam, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay and the Shamwari Private Game Reserve.

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Culinary Journey through South Africa

Culinary Journey through South Africa

Taste the culinary delights of South Africa from Cape Town to Johannesburg in 12 days. You’ll explore the exquisite cuisine that Cape Town and the Cape Winelands have to offer. You’ll be seduced by South Africa’s most famous wines. Leaving the city for the bush, you will see the Big Five and experience Africa’s vast bushland with its unique food offerings and delectable menus. This safari is perfect for foodies and wine lovers.

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Other regions in South AfricaExplore

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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De Hoop Nature Reserve

Just three hours’ drive out of Cape Town lies De Hoop Nature Reserve, a fantastic destination for hikers, cyclists, bird watchers and anybody who loves being out in nature. The reserve extends to the De Hoop Marine Protected Area, which provides an important sanctuary for marine life. And, every year…

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George

George lies at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains, a short drive from the Garden Route coast. For keen golfers George is a must, as the town is home to South Africa’s premier golfing resort, Fancourt. Here you’ll find not one but two of the country’s top courses: The Links…

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Gondwana Game Reserve

Gondwana Game Reserve lies at the start of South Africa’s Garden Route, about a four-hour drive from Cape Town. Set against the backdrop of the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountain ranges, this beautiful reserve is home to elephant, zebra, cheetah, rhino, lion, giraffe and other big game.

Go on…

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Hermanus

Hermanus lies less than two hours’ drive from Cape Town, or slightly longer if you take the scenic coastal route that carves between mountains and sea. Located on the well-named Whale Coast, Hermanus is the winter playground for Southern Right Whales. From July to November, whales gathered in Walker Bay…

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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….

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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.

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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…

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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…

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Madikwe Game Reserve

On the border of Botswana lies Madikwe, 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…

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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…

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Oudtshoorn

The Klein Karoo beckons visitors to sample its thrilling beauty, myriad of attractions inherent in its people, indigenous environment, and culinary delights. It’s most famous and largest town is Oudtshoorn, which is also known as the “ostrich capital of the world”. It’s a beautiful town surrounded by the Swartberg and…

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Plettenberg Bay

The Garden Route is one of the most beautiful, awe-inspiring stretches of land in South Africa. Plettenberg Bay is one of the most beautiful towns on the Garden Route. Nestled beside a brilliant blue coastline, Plettenberg Bay beckons visitors to sample its thrilling beauty, myriad of attractions inherent in its…

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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…

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Route 62

Route 62 is a scenic route that snakes through the Western and Eastern Cape in South Africa. Route 62 leads through the wine-growing areas of Wellington, Tulbagh, Worcester, Robertson and the Klein Karoo and is one of the longest wine routes in the world. Along the route, there are many…

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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…

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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. …

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Swellendam

Swellendam is a great place to start your Garden Route adventure. Nestled at the foot of the Langenberg Mountains, Swellendam is steeped in history, Cape Dutch architecture and culture. Just 2.5 hours outside of Cape Town, it’s on the Garden Route and welcomes visitors with coffee shops, top restaurants, and…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Whale Coast

Just outside of Cape Town, the Cape Whale Coast stretches from the small town of Gordon’s Bay to Gansbaai along the Western Coast. It can easily be called ‘Heaven on Earth’. The pristine stretch of South African coastline is flanked by mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.

The main…

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