Southern Africa is a land of fascinating contrasts, natural wonders, abundant wildlife and intoxicating scenic beauty. Apart from that the Cape Wine lands is a scenically enchanting region of dramatic mountains and fertile valleys, planted with vines stretching across rolling fields. Here farmers enjoy perfect conditions and produce of the best wines in the world.
Wine lands and Garden routes of Cape Town in South Africa are full of enthusiasm and hopefully here one can get infected with the “South African wine virus”. Franschhoek vineyard lies in a beautiful contained valley; this picturesque little town was founded by the French Huguenots in 1688. The town has become a popular tourist destination with boutique guest houses and many of the Cape’s best restaurants with not forgettable the great wines.
Cape Town is southern Africa's most beautiful, most romantic and most visited city. Indeed, few urban centres anywhere can match its setting along the mountainous Cape Peninsula spine, which slides into the Atlantic Ocean.Experience the city's rich floral heritage and beaches with distinct qualities, drink atop the Table Mountain, mingle through the Green market square and ferry down to Robin Island Museum that gives you a sense of the city's heritage.
Franschhoek is a wine lovers delight… the valley has a deep vigneron tradition, dating back to the 16th century. Some of South Africa's oldest and most famous wine estates are found here. These Grand Oldie Cape-Dutch farmhouses and wine stores have watched proudly over the land for centuries; and the Vineyards & Wine Estates still produce some of South Africa's top wines today.
Arrival in Cape Town, settle and rest with information about the trip. One can also explore to an array of shops and restaurants.
There is plenty to do in Cape Town, depending on your interests, including some fantastic museums. A hop-on, hop-off bus is a good way to see the main sights, and explore at your leisure.
A half day trip to Robben Island is highly recommended. This is where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned during apartheid and offers an interesting account of the apartheid era.
When the clouds have rolled off the mountain, do take a trip up Table Mountain by cable car one morning or afternoon. The views are spectacular, and this is an experience not to be missed!
Your hire car will be dropped off this morning and you will then set off on your drive to Franschhoek in the Wine lands, a journey of a couple of hours. Settle into your accommodation and then take a stroll into this quaint town to enjoy the cafes, art galleries and restaurants.
Spend your time in the Wine lands either exploring the wine estates independently, or booking a guided tour.
This area is steeped in history, dating back to the Huguenot refugees who moved to South Africa to escape persecution in France in the 17th Century. There is a memorial to the Huguenots in Franschhoek, as well as a small museum – well worth a visit if you are interested in history.
The Wine lands are known as the gourmet capital of South Africa, boasting some of the best restaurants in the country as well as small delis, charming cafes and bistros.
Today you can have a leisurely drive back to Cape Town and in the early evening make your way to the airport to drop off your car. From here, fly back to your own destinations.