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Escape city action for a tranquil 2 to 4 night stay in the Cape Winelands - a 1hr drive from Cape Town. An inland mosaic of wine estates, the winelands is all about lazy, shaded verandahs with panoramic mountain views - serving gourmet food and award winning wines. Add-on a few extra nights in one of the nearby coastal towns - like Hermanus, Gordon's Bay or Paternoster - and you have the perfect holiday mix of fine wines... and barefoot beach bliss. Car rental strongly suggested for easy exploration on well-kept freeways and roads allowing you to discover breathtaking scenes of natural beauty, crashing surf on a sandy beaches, arts & craft markets, quirky country stores and fabulous wine estates along the route... Do pack that Panama hat!

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guided winelands day tours are available from Cape Town but we strongly suggest, if time allows,
do an easy 1hr self drive and stay 2-3nights OR overnight here on the way to the Garden Route
a typical day can fit in a morning- and afternoon wine tasting - with a lazy lunch in between
at a favourable exchange, you can also buy wine by the case and have it shipped home
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where to stay in the Cape winelands

Our favourite winelands village is Franschhoek and its absolutely beautiful surrounding valley. Staying in Franschhoek allows driving around the valley by day - and easy strolling to village restaurants and cafe bars by night. Explore quirky shops, restaurants, bars and galleries all lining a singular, quaint main road. There are MANY places to stay but listed below some of our favourite options in Franschhoek, Hermanus and Paternoster. Beware - some places on this page are simply fabulous...
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La Residence - luxury country estate hotel and villas, Franschhoek

30acre estate with vineyards & plum orchards set against a dramatic backdrop of looming mountain
11 palatial suites and 5 villas offer complete tranquility, exquisite beauty, opulence and grandeur
glittering Indian chandeliers, vaulted ceilings, original art, huge mirrors and exquisite flowers
elegant antiques and plush, colourful furnishings complete this lavish winelands experience
1hr self drive from Cape Town OR hotel offers pre-booked return transfers 
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suites from R5400 to R9600 pp per night b&b
vineyard suites with 1-3 bedrooms from R10900 to R32800 per night b&b 

rates include breakfast, snacks, local beverages, tea/coffee, laundry, wifi and transfers into Franschhoek
rates exclude road transfers to/from Cape Town and staff gratuities
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Angala Boutique Hotel and Guest House, Franschhoek

set high on the slopes of the Simonsberg - spectacular views across vineyards to distant mountains
12 spacious suites/cottages with aircon, private bathroom, private garden verandah & valley views
Nespresso machines, iPod stations, wifi, complimentary mini bar & 10 units with outdoor showers
shaded verandahs, sun loungers on lush lawns & sparkling eco-pool set in established garden
a luxurious barefoot sanctuary also offering spa treatments and mon-sat gourmet dinners
set amongst wine estates a 50min drive from Cape Town, 30min drive from Franschhoek
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rates 2018 - suites or cottages from R2125 to R5422.50 per person per night b&b
rates exclude spa treatments and dinner
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Maison Chablis - b&b guest house, Franschhoek

elegant georgian guest house situated an easy 3minute walk from the buzzy village main road
7 spacious airconditioned suites with private bathrooms, mini bar, tea/coffee and television
sparkling swimming pool with sun loungers in established lush green garden setting
stroll around the area and explore quaint little streets & fabulous architecture 
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rates 2018 - from R745 to R1070 per person per night b&b
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Cape winelands and coastal beach bliss

The Franschhoek winelands lie inland (between 2 oceans) so adding on a 1 or 2night barefoot bliss coastal stay is easy. Drive 1.5hr from Franschhoek to the Indian Ocean side and discover Gordon's Bay and Hermanus - famous for its land-to-sea whale viewing during July to November and 40min away from great white shark cage diving headquarters. Or, drive 2.5hr from Franschhoek to the Atlantic Ocean side and immerse yourself in the simple joys of laid back West Coast life in the quaint seaside village of Paternoster. Just beautiful!
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where to stay in Hermanus

An easy 1.5hr drive from Cape Town, Hermanus has won international acclaim for mesmerising land-to-sea whale watching (July to November) from its amazing cliff paths offering spectacular views across Walker Bay. Unusual for this region, a few local wine estates are making their mark in wine circles so one can now unwind with a wine tasting - after a hair-raising great white shark cage dive at Gansbaai - only a 40min drive from Hermanus.
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Birkenhead House, Hermanus

a superior seaside experience await at this exhilarating cliff-top villa overlooking Walker Bay
11 suites offer plush accommodation, sea or mountain views, superb cuisine and bespoke service
arresting furnishings and eclectic artwork mix classic beach house style with quirky opulence
direct beach access, spa, gym, complimentary Hermanus transfers, all meals and bar included
staying here feels like being hosted fabulously by a good friend at his luxury beach house
probably one of South Africa's most magnificently positioned and memorable seaside villas
1.5hr drive from Cape Town and 40min drive from Gansbaai shark cage diving
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rates 2018 - from R3600 to R8900 per person per night - all meals and local bar brands included
rates include all meals, snacks, local bar brands, full mini bar, tea/coffee, laundry, wifi and transfers into Hermanus
rates exclude road transfers to/from Cape Town and staff gratuities
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where to stay in Paternoster

Sand, sea, sky, space and the freshest seafood await in the post card pretty fishing village of Paternoster, situated along the unspoilt shores of the Cape West Coast - an easy 2hr drive from Cape Town. A seafood mecca, Paternoster exudes immeasurable charm and offers a romantic hide-away for couples, honeymooners or anyone looking for a sense of beach style simplicity. Pristine sandy beaches, charming whitewashed cottages, fresh air and the laid-back, idyllic character of a traditional fishing village. Crayfish tail anyone?line WINE

Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel - Paternoster, West Coast

14 contemporary rooms/suites with private terrace or courtyard and breathtaking ocean views
luxurious exec suite with terrace, lounge/dining area with fireplace and loft office
high ceilings, crisp linen/towels, handmade stone baths/vanities & outdoor showers
organic textures, solar heating, low energy air-con, pool and wellness suite
all rooms with wifi, TV, DVD/audio, phone and Nespresso tea/coffee stations
2hr drive from Cape Town
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map of Cape wine estates

from quaint country farm stalls to award winning wine estates and magnificent garden settings
this map indicates our favourite wine estates & restaurants (website links below map)
explore at leisure and should you discover some gems of your own, let us know!
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where to go in the cape winelands

one can easily be overwhelmed but the sheer number of wine estates and attractions
but here, a quick list of our favourite things to see and do in the winelands
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franschhoek - 1hr drive from Cape Town
en-route from Cape Town to Franschhoek, stop for lunch & garden tour at Babylonstoren
lazy, shaded garden lunches at La Motte, Maison, Mullineux Wines and Delaire Graff
all with fascinating architecture, art, interiors, gardens, views and gourmet menu's
take time to stroll around one of the world's greatest motor museum collections
the winding Franschhoek pass and Dieu Donne offer panoramic valley views
aromatic small plates of North Indian cuisine at Marigold, Heritage Square
PRE-BOOK your amazing dinner at the award winning La Petite Colombe
arts, crafts, collectibles, clothing and all sorts from funky village shops
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stellenbosch - 45min drive from Cape Town

Oom Samie Se Winkel for candy, chandeliers, furniture, art, wedding dresses and koeksisters
we like estates WarwickKanonkop, Muratie, De Morgenzon, Jordan and the scenic Stark Conde
red wine drinkers must try Meerlust Rubicon Red - along with the estates other fine wines
then add local Simonsberg cheese, fig preserve and home made brown bread...

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paarl - 45min drive from Cape Town
Fairview or Rhebokskloof - great lunches in tranquil garden settings
fabulous valley views from the Afrikaans Taal (language) Monument
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somerset west - 45min drive from Cape Town
between Stellenbosch and Somerset West, stop for lunch at award winning Overture
and down the road- worthy wine estates Ernie Els, Waterford and Rust-en-Vrede
in Somerset West, visit Lourensford and do a forest picnic at Vergelegen
some modern architecture and lunch with a sea view at Waterkloof
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hermanus - 2hr drive from Cape Town
on the way to Hermanus, consider a rocky mountain zip slide experience
three great wine estates to visit in this area are Iona, Creation and Raka
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breede river valley (robertson - bonnievale) - 2hr drive from Cape Town
wacky wine weekend a full of fun annual wine tasting festival - if it rains, pack your gum boots
buy chilled wines & country picnic baskets for a 1hour river boat picnic cruise at Viljoensdrift
Springfield (fabulous wines) & Graham Beck (fabulous sparkling wines) are two favourites
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suggested Cape winelands itineraries

Cape Town to Winelands to Kruger Park - 10nights

day01 - arrive Cape Town and stay for 5nights
day06 - collect rental car for 1hr self drive to Franschhoek and stay 2nights
day08 - drive 1hr to CPT airport, drop car at airport and fly 2.5hr to Kruger Park
             meet&greet for transfer to lodge and let the 3night big game safari begin
day11 - fly 1hr Kruger/JNB + connect outbound flight from JNB

Garden Route to winelands to Cape Town to Kruger Park - self drive and flights - 14nights

day01 - arrive PE Airport, collect rental car , drive 2hrs to Storms River and stay 2nights
day03 - drive 1.5hr to Knysna and stay 2nights
day05 - drive 1.5hr to Oudtshoorn and stay 1night*
day06 - drive 2.5hr to Barrydale and stay 1night*
day07 - drive 3hr to Franschhoek and stay 2nights
day09 - drive 1hr to Cape Town and stay min of 3nights
day12 - fly CPT/Kruger Park and end your holiday with a thrilling 3/4night safari
day15 - fly 1hr Kruger/Johannesburg and fly out of Johannesburg
*optional as one can drive from Knysna to Franschhoek in 1 day

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