The Cape Winelands Route is one of the most sought-after routes in South Africa, but it's not surprising that many a people are yet to see this amazing route. If you have not seen or taken a tour through the Cape Winelands yet, this is something that should definitely be on your "to do" list in 2018. With picturesque rolling vineyards and nature reserves, the Cpe Winelands has so much more to offer than what meets the eye.
Start by checking in at Hawksmoor House at Matjieskuil farm, a Cape Dutch country retreat situated 15 minutes from the Stellenbosch town centre. After checking in, take time to tour this working farm and soak in the historic charm, spectacular views and the romantic sunsets. Here, you can indulge in wine tasting, braai, picnics or simply order a meat and cheese platter to nibble on. The inviting swimming pool makes an ideal spot to sit back, relax and enjoy a good book with a refreshing glass of one of the wines made in-house.
When you are all relaxed and rested on the following day, then you can get started with your itinerary. The first best thing to do is to start exploring the lush green valleys, furnished with rugged mountains, streams of plenty and blue skies and flourishing with viticulture and restored Cape Dutch farmsteads holding interesting histories and enchanting architecture. With a number of wineries waiting to be explored, you can pick and choose from the endless list it offers. Some wine farms offer opportunities for cheese tasting and olive tasting as well. Some wine tours are available on horseback rides or cycling.
When you've learnt all you can about wine, you can go sightseeing or strawberry or cherry-picking around the Cape Winelands. Stellenbosch is one of the oldest towns in South Africa comprising of a rich history worth seeing. From churches and museums to galleries and homesteads, sightseeing will surely take you back in time. When you want to feel a little bit of sun on your back, then fruit picking is the way to go. Enjoy the warm sunny weather at one of the farms, picking cherries, strawberries grapes and more. Hiking and walking in the valleys are also ideal ways to spend a day.
To experience an alternative lifestyle, a tour around the Mbekweni area in Paarl is totally worth the see. Here you can be enchanted by the 5-storey wooden rasta house that was built over 20 years. Chippa's place is a fantastic place if you are looking to experience a real South African "tshisa nyama". Their doors are always open, come rain, come thunder and the atmosphere is great. It's a real township experience, or what is popularly known as "the kasi" expereince. Siyaya African restaurant is another eatery of interest where you can indulge in exotic African flavours and cuisines.