Scenic Mountains And Valleys Of The Winelands

Just a 45-minute drive from Cape Town and you’re in the scenic mountains and valleys of the Winelands – gracious gabled Cape Dutch homesteads, cask-lined cellars, oak-treed towns, historical monuments and fine restaurants.

The charming towns and wine routes of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl and Wellington are there to be explored and savoured, like good wine! Stellenbosch & Franschhoek are packed with cafes, galleries and restaurants.

The Overberg, linking Cape Town and the Garden Route, is the area ‘over the berg’ (berg = mountains) from Cape Town. There are many nature reserves, beaches and the beautiful coastline. Known as the heart of the whale coast Hermanus offers probably the best land-based whale watching in the world. Southern Right Whales visit Walker Bay from July until December every year. The cliff tops in Hermanus offer the tourist great views and the ability to watch the whales close up.

Travel Itineraries Featuring The Cape Winelands & Overberg

Special Places To Stay In The Cape Winelands & Overberg

Mont Rochelle

Mont Rochelle is in one of the most unique and beautiful settings in the Cape Winelands, surrounded by vineyards, high on a mountain overlooking the picturesque Franschhoek valley and offering breathtaking views from every angle. The tranquil ambience is reflected in the 16 elegant bedrooms which have spectacular views of the vineyards and mountains.

Oude Werf Hotel - Stellenbosch

With a history dating back to 1802, Oude Werf Hotel blends contemporary comfort with a period-inspired ambience - it is considered by many to be South Africa’s oldest continuously-operating hotel. The hotel is located in the heart of historic Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands, in tranquil, oak-lined Church Street.

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve And Wellness Retreat

cedarberg mountains, western cape

Nestled at the foothills of the Cederberg mountains, 270km from Cape Town, Bushmans Kloof is the ideal wilderness getaway to escape the city and relax. Malaria and predator free, the reserve offers wide open plains, ancient rock formations, waterfalls and an abundance of flora and fauna.

The spa uses unique products made from indigenous rooibos, flowers and plants. The service, organic cuisine, varied dining venues and superb facilities have won Bushmans Kloof international recognition. This Natural Heritage Site is also home to many exceptional San rock art sites. Guests can choose from a range of outdoor activities, or do absolutely nothing but succumb to the peace, quiet and tranquility. A Relais and Châteaux property.

Franschhoek Country House And Villas

14 rooms and 12 villa suites

A delightful boutique hotel, overlooking the beautiful mountains of the Franschhoek valley and surrounding vineyards. Stylish rooms and luxury suites are well appointed, some including open fireplace, private verandah or balcony.

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

Sanbona is a 54 000 hectare (130 000 acre) reserve, only 3.5 hours drive from Cape Town, and home to the Big 5. However, there is much more to Sanbona – wide open spaces; indigenous flora and fauna; rock formations and San rock art. Sanbona is also home to rare white lions as well as the even rarer riverine rabbits.

Gondwana Game Reserve

Gondwana Game Reserve on the Garden Route, is inland from Mossel Bay, 4 hours drive from Cape Town & just 45 minutes from George Airport. Activities on this 11 000-hectare malaria-free ‘Big 5’ reserve include game drives, horse-back safaris and guided nature walks.

Pelagus House

6 rooms and 1 penthouse

Yards away from the cliff path and the ocean, Pelagus House is an ideal spot for viewing whales in the land-based whale-watching capital of the world. Relax in the library, the cosy lounge or at the swimming pool.

Stylish rooms offer a fridge, hairdryer, satellite TV, a safe and a tea tray. Walk to the nearby town for the shops and restaurants,or follow the cliff path to the harbour. Hearty breakfasts can be enjoyed on the veranda in summer.

Beach and golf nearby. TGCSA 4-Star Guest House. Children 15+ welcome.

Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse

4 bedrooms, 1 suite and 1 self-catering/catered house

Surrounded by mountains, farmland and a large nature reserve, you are only an hour away from Cape Town. The exceptionally friendly and courteous staff take pride in welcoming you to the Victorian farmhouse and showing you to your air-conditioned bedroom, with its period bathroom. The food is special, with lavish brunches and high teas, and a gourmet four-course dinner served in the conservatory.

Explore the working farm and nature reserve on foot or by mountain bike. Bartholomeus Klip also offers stylish self-catering at Wild Olive House, perfect for families with children, with its own pool.

The De Hoop Collection

27 Cottages & houses, from 1 to 4 bedroom

On the coast near the southern-most tip of Africa, lies De Hoop Nature Reserve, a World Heritage Site encompassing a pristine coastline. The restored Opstal Village houses the restaurant, deli, shop, swimming pool and tennis courts. A charming collection of self-catering cottages, houses and homesteads is spread throughout the reserve. Whales (in season), dolphins, seals and other sea creatures abound.

Spot 86 mammals, including Cape Mountain Zebra, bontebok, eland and other plains game. A birders and botanists paradise, enjoy a choice of guided tours including walks, mountain biking trails, interpretive marine walks and stargazing.

Grand Dedale

6 Suites & 1 Honeymoon Cottage

Grand Dédale is a classic Cape Dutch style manor house situated on the Doolhof Wine Estate, close to the town of Wellington. This elegant property has wide verandahs, sweeping stairs, vine covered patios and ornate gables. A set 4 course dinner menu, complimented by award winning Doolhof wines, is served in and around the porch area, with views across to the mountains.

There are 6 suites and rooms in the Manor House and a freestanding cottage, which used to be the old winehouse, now a lavish double level honeymoon house!

Harbour House Hotel

Harbour House rooms & 18 New Wing rooms

Harbour House Hotel is a Cape Cod style building in the centre of bustling Hermanus, overlooking the Old Harbour. It consists of the restored Manor House with intimate Romantic Rooms, all with views over the garden and pool area, as well as the New Wing with 18 spacious suites with sophisticated modern décor, each with a kitchenette and lounge leading towards the private balcony.

Hermanus is known as one of the world's best land based whale watching towns from June to December, so a visit to the region during the Whale Season is an absolute must.