Add-on a few extra nights in one of the nearby coastal towns - like Hermanus or Paternoster - and you have the perfect outinafrica holiday mix of fine wines... and barefoot beach bliss.
Below a few of our favourite outinafrica places to stay for a true winelands experience
Next up, some Indian Ocean magic
The Franschhoek winelands lie inland (between 2 oceans) so adding on a few nights of barefoot coastal bliss is rather easy. Drive 1.5hr from Franschhoek to the Indian Ocean side and discover Hermanus - famous for its mesmerising land-to-sea whale watching (July to November) directly from its amazing cliff paths offering spectacular views across Walker Bay. Unusual for this region, a few local wine estates are also 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.
14 aircon rock & thatch chalets with a central dining/bar area with swimming pool
situated on a hill overlooking the distant plains and an active watering hole
please note that multiple steps render no wheelchair access
charter from Windhoek to airstrip + short transfer to lodge
Or head for the crashing surf of the Atlantic Ocean
Sand, sea, sky, space and magical wild flower displays 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?
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
From quaint country farm stalls to award winning wine estates and lazy lunches in magnificent garden settings, the winelands has it all! Below our lists of favourite wine estates & restaurants so you can explore at leisure. Should you discover some gems of your own, let us know!
Oom Samie Se Winkel for candy, chandeliers, furniture, art, wedding dresses and koeksisters
we like estates Warwick, Kanonkop, 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...
30min charter flight to Maun
connect 2.5hr flight Maun/Cape Town
transfer to city and stay Cape Town for 6nights