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Things to do in Cape Winelands

Our most recommended things to do in Cape Winelands

Franschhoek: E-Bike Guided Winery Tour

1. Franschhoek: E-Bike Guided Winery Tour

Meet your guide at Hey Joe Brewing Company in Franschhoek, a village with centuries-old vineyards and historic regional architecture. Learn how to ride your e-bike, adjust the seat post, and grab a helmet. Cycle through the countryside following picturesque trails and roads. Take in the breathtaking scenery while avoiding the main roads. Visit 2 wineries and cycle through vineyards, tasting wine at each spot. Take pictures of lovely Franschhoek Village and the surrounding mountains from different angles. Listen as your informative guide fills you in on the rich history of the area.

Stellenbosch: Guided Historical Walking Tour

2. Stellenbosch: Guided Historical Walking Tour

Explore the “village of the oaks" with its shady oak avenues bordered by the water furrows of the Mill Stream. Admire the charm and harmony of the Cape Dutch Architecture and listen to tales about the colorful inhabitants across the four centuries of the town’s existence. Discover where Simon van der Stel, the town’s colonial founder, set up camp on the Eerste River, and where the river got its name. Perhaps you'll meet an angel at the "Angel Factory," or a ghost in the graveyard of the ”Moederkerk.” Amble The Braak, or village green, with its historical buildings surrounding it on 3 sides, and Dorp Street, the oldest residential street in South Africa. Learn about the famous graduates of Stellenbosch University, who include prime ministers and sportsmen alike. Over the course of the 1.5-hour tour, gain local insights into one of South Africa’s most historic towns.

From Cape Town: Stellenbosch Winelands Tour & Wine Tasting

3. From Cape Town: Stellenbosch Winelands Tour & Wine Tasting

Explore Stellenbosch's world-renowned wine region on a bus tour from Cape Town. Visit the Stellenbosch Wine Estate to savor two wine tastings and a wine and cheese pairing. Learn about the fascinating history of the town on a guided walking tour.  See for yourself why South Africa is so famously known worldwide for making crowd-pleasing and award-winning wines on this winelands tour. Be picked up from your hotel in Cape town and head straight to the cradle of the country's most beautiful wine region, Stellenbosch. Learn how the South African wine industry arose from refugees from France. Find out how they applied their skills in Stellenbosch and transformed the region into the center of the South African wine industry. Arrive at the Stellenbosch Wine Estate and discover the winery's fine wines during a wine tasting, as well as a wine and cheese pairing tasting. Afterwards, embark on a guided tour of the charming town of Stellenbosch. Learn about its historical Dorp Street and DeBraak. Continue to the cellars for a guided tour. Take in the ambiance created by vast barrels of wine ageing. Next, enjoy a second wine tasting to sample more local notes and flavors before heading back to Cape Town.

From Cape Town: Franschhoek Wine Tram Hop-on Hop-off

4. From Cape Town: Franschhoek Wine Tram Hop-on Hop-off

Uncover the lush beauty of the Franschhoek Valley on a hop-on hop-off tram and bus tour. Travel by air-conditioned bus from Cape Town and hop aboard the tram which stops at wine estates. Savor a range of wines while you take in the views from the tram. 8:30 AM - Navy and Burgundy Line: After the guides stop at the last pickup point, you will depart Cape Town at 8:30 AM and head to the Franschhoek Valley. Arrive at the Groot Drakenstein station in the Franschhoek Valley by motor coach and board your choice of tram line (clockwise and counterclockwise) stopping at Zorgvliet, Vrede and Lust, Sols Delta, Plaisir de Merle, Camberley, Le Pommier, Boschendal, or Allee Bleue. 9 AM - Pink and Grey Line (from December 26th - January 2nd): After the guides stop at the last pickup point at 9 AM, depart Cape Town for Franschhoek Valley. Arrive at the Franschhoek Terminal by motor coach and board your choice of tram line (clockwise and counterclockwise) stopping at Chamonix, Dieu Donne, Franschhoek Cellar, Grande Provence, Haute Cabriere, Klein Goederust, Leopard's Leap, and Rickety Bridge. The circular routes stop at any of the 8 wine estates with the tram or tram bus passing every 60 minutes. Hop-on-hop-off at your preferred wine estates. Wine-tasting fees are excluded and payable on the day. Each of the lines has a wide selection of wine estates to visit, from boutique to marquee estates, and offers a unique perspective on the Franschhoek wine experience. At 4:45 PM, head back to the bus for your return to Cape Town.

Cape Town: Full-Day Winelands Tour with Wine Tastings & Food

5. Cape Town: Full-Day Winelands Tour with Wine Tastings & Food

Uncork the Cape winelands and get drunk on its rich history, culture, and scenic vistas on a day trip from Cape Town with a guide who takes the terror out of terroir. Travel in a spacious bus and enjoy tastings of wine, cheese, and chocolate. Take in the countryside with a vineyard lunch. Hop aboard spacious and airconditioned bus in Cape Town and take in the wine country views on the way to the Paarl wine region which is famous for its cheese and wine tastings and great views. Continue to the Franschhoek wine region, a historic French enclave and the granddaddy of South African viticulture. Admire stunning mountain views as you make your way to the to student-settled Stellenbosch for home-cloned Pinotage and award-winning farms. Stop for a delicious a la carte lunch with vegetarian options. Visit a1688 French-run slave farm which was turned into a 21st century community-driven wine project. Immerse yourself in the facinating story of the region with a local guide. Travel along Cape Town's high roads and back roads tasting and learning about South Africa’s bubbly Cap Classique, heady ports, sweet dessert wines, and plenty of red and white wines.

Stellenbosch: 4x4 Wine Tasting Safari

6. Stellenbosch: 4x4 Wine Tasting Safari

Discover a unique and affordable way to experience the Cape Winelands on a Open Safari Vehicle (OSV). Spend an allocated amount of time on each winery either sipping wine or exploring the wineries and their unspoiled beauty. Follow the world-renowned Stellenbosch Wine Route and discover award-winning wineries, garden walks, amazing views of historical buildings of beautiful Stellenbosch and the picturesque mountains and landscapes of the Simonberg/Banhoek and Jonkershoek Valley. The Stellenbosch North Wine Safari is a great way to experience some of Stellenbosch's leading wineries. These wineries include Stark Conde which boasts the Postcard Cafe, a huge Koi fish dam for the young to enjoy. Secondly, Rustenberg, which boasts beautiful gardens on their property, which is open for day visitors. Finally, end your tour with a visit to Glenelly with some wine and beautiful views of Stellenbosch.

From Stellenbosch: Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Tour Southern Route

7. From Stellenbosch: Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Tour Southern Route

Discover well-known large estates such as Spier Wine Farm which has over 300 years of history dating back to 1692. Explore smaller, privately-owned Haskell Vineyards which is the residence of many of the most famous names in South African wines. For a change of pace, visit the Van Ryn’s Brandy Distillery. Housed in a preserved chateau-like complex on the banks of the Eerste River, it is the only local producer of brandy in the region. Learn about the origins of Van Ryn’s dating back to 1845. Situated high on the slopes of the Helderberg mountain, explore Alto Estate, world-renowned for its handcrafted red wines since 1922. Get a fantastic panoramic view of the region from Kleine Zalze Lodge, which is located alongside the first fairway of De Zalze Winelands Golf Estate. Along with the awe-inspiring manor house, Neethlingshof estate is steeped in history which dates back to 1705 and is distinguished by its beautiful avenue of stone pines.  With this pass, take your time at each location, and craft an itinerary suited to your interests and schedule.

From Cape Town: Full-Day Winelands Tour with Tasting

8. From Cape Town: Full-Day Winelands Tour with Tasting

Join this guided tour to explore the 3 wine regions of Paarl, Franschhoek, and Stellenbosch. Be treated to chocolate, a wine tasting, and a cellar tour at Rheboksloof wine farm near Paarl. Drive through Paarl and then enjoy a photo stop at the Drakenstein Prison. Arrive at Franschhoek and spend some time exploring the town on your own. Enjoy lunch or indulge in an extra wine tasting. Afterward, take a scenic drive over the impressive Helshoogte Pass to the picturesque town of Stellenbosch. Have a walk around Stellenbosch before heading off to Simonsig. Take part in an afternoon wine tasting with cheese at Simonsig in the Stellenbosch region before heading back to Cape Town. Your wine guide will highlight points of interest along the way and will be on hand to answer any questions you have about the route or wine farms.

Stellenbosch/Franschhoek 20 Wine Tasting & Lunch Shared Tour

9. Stellenbosch/Franschhoek 20 Wine Tasting & Lunch Shared Tour

Enjoy a day filled with beautiful scenery and wine and cheese tasting on this small group shared tour of the Cape Winelands of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek and sample up to 20 different wines with stops at 4 award-winning wine estates. Choose between two options, one including wine tasting fees and lunch or one that includes wine tasting fees only. Shortly after pick up at your accommodation between 8:00 and 8:30am, we head off on an all-inclusive, full-day Cape Winelands tour to Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, known as the American Express Wine Route of South Africa. We begin with a town orientation tour of Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa. Our first wine-tasting stop will be at the Delaire Graff Wine Estate. Known as the Jewel of the Cape Winelands, Delaire Graff is not only famous for its award-winning wines, but also for it spectacular views and Instagram moment photo opportunities. Here you will taste 5 premium wines. From there, we will drive to Tokara Wine Estate. Tokara prides itself in producing world-class red wines, award-winning olive oil and spectacular views in the Stellenbosch Winelands. Here we will taste up to 4 Premium Wines. Next, we drive to Delheim Wine Estate, where we will enjoy lunch and our third wine tasting. Enjoy a main course lunch with premium wine tasting outside on the terrace (inside the restaurant in Winter) at the Garden Restaurant overlooking the lush green gardens. Choose your main course meal from a selection of meat, poultry, fish or vegetarian options. Only the main course is included in our tour price for only guests who have booked and paid for the wine and lunch option and may not exceed R275,00 per person. Should you exceed this amount the additional cost will be for your own account. Additional Wines, Soft Drinks and/or any other courses from the menu are for your own account. Water for the table is included. Guest(s) who booked the option of a wine tour with tasting fees only, will have to pay for lunch at their own account. Our final wine-tasting stop will be at one of the most popular wine-tasting destinations in the Cape Winelands, known as Fairview Wine Estate. Here we will taste up to 6 types of wines paired with 6 carefully selected types of cheese, ranging from red and white cultivars. A brief optional stop will be on offer in front of the Drakenstein Correctional Centre (formerly Victor Verster Prison) to take a photo with the Nelson Mandela monument. Kindly note that this stop is not compulsory and is optional. Our tour culminates with a drive through the town of Franschhoek, known as the food and wine capital of South Africa. It is home to some of the finest restaurants and wine estates in the country. Learn about the French influence on the Cape Winelands and stop at the French Huguenot Monument for a photo opportunity. Afterwards, you’ll head back to Cape Town and be dropped off at your accommodation.

Cape Town: Tandem Skydiving

10. Cape Town: Tandem Skydiving

Get your adrenaline pumping with a tandem skydive in arguably South Africa's most scenic skydiving location. Marvel at panoramic views over the Cape Peninsula and Winelands. Upon arrival at the local partner's skydiving center, you'll get a full safety briefing before boarding their dedicated aircraft for a 20-30 minute plane ride to altitude. Then, jump out of the plane with your tandem instructor and enjoy a thrilling freefall for 30–35 seconds. Once your instructor has deployed the parachute, float back down to the ground as they talk you through all the local viewing highlights. On solid ground, have a look through the HD video and high-quality photos produced during your skydive and, if you want, purchase them to share your memories with friends and family.

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What people are saying about Cape Winelands

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,904 reviews

It was an amazing day tour! We've been to 4 sites and tasted around 4 wines in each place. I loved learning more about how they started producing wine in South Africa and hearing more about the types of wine. They had vegetarian options on the lunch menu. I recommend you have breakfast before the tour since you will start drinking around 10 am.

Absolutely amazing, I had the best time and felt extremely safe the whole way through. Some of the nicest people we’ve met in South Africa & one of the most memorable experiences we have had!! If you’re thinking of booking it, DO IT!

Amazing experience, very well organized, tried different wineries and they were all so nice. Great value for money to be able to visit multiple wineries.

The experience is as described and more, it is one of a kind. Loved the fact that different pairing experiences were part of the package

We went on the Northern Route Tour, our tour guide was Marshall, he was absolutely excellent! Made the tour that much more memorable