Cape & Winelands Explorer
SELF DRIVE TOUR
This week-long self-drive takes you from Cape Town through the heart of the Cape Winelands region. You will stay at three unique boutique hotels, each with their own individual charm and character. The driving distances between each overnight point are short which affords you the opportunity for leisurely driving days and plenty of time to experience all the region has to offer.
- Explore the magnificent Winelands region
- Enjoy amazing boutique hotels
Cape & Winelands Explorer
Day 1 : Cape Town
On arrival at Cape Town Airport you will be met by a representative who will assist you to the car rental location. Collect your car and drive to your hotel. Your accommodation is the Cape Cadogan Boutique hotel, located in the suburb of Gardens in the heart of Cape Town’s City Bowl. This original Georgian-Victoria townhouse holds National Monument Status and looks more like a private residence than a hotel.
Day 2 : Cape Town
A free day to explore Cape Town. Why not take an optional city tour of Cape Town (at additional cost), exploring the Castle of Good Hope, the Company Gardens with the Iziko National Art Gallery and Iziko South African museum. Walk through the Bo-Kaap with its Cape Malay influence or visit District Six a site of forced removals under Apartheid legislation that uprooted an entire community. Alternatively enjoy a culinary experience exploring this multicultural cuisine with European, Malay, Indian and African influence. A Robben Island tour covers the history of the island as a place of isolation having been used as a leper colony and a place of incarceration by the Dutch East India Company when they colonised the Cape. Once you reach the island you will be given a guided tour of the island and the prison. Part of your tour includes viewing the prison cell that held Nelson Mandela captive for 18 of his 27 years and the lime quarry where prisoners were set to work.
Day 3 : Winelands
Your short drive today takes you through the heart of the Winelands to the town of Wellington. Your accommodation is at the Grand Dedale Country House, nestled at the foot of Bainskloof Pass in a beautiful long valley, this exclusive Estate is set on 380 hectares of vineyard, forest and fynbos and is surrounded by three dramatic mountain ranges. The Kromme River, which is supplemented by water from “Gawie se Water” runs through the Estate and is a major natural attraction.
Day 4 : Winelands
A free day to explore or relax. Wellington, which is steeped in history and culture is a five-minute drive away. The estate offers a variety of activities such as walking, hiking and mountain biking. Enjoy a private tasting of the Grand Dedale wines. The wine routes of Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch can be reached in around thirty minutes. Each town offers a multitude of excellent wine estates that allow you to taste the best of South African wines.
Day 5 : Stellenbosch
Today’s short drive takes you south to the heart of the winelands and the famous town of Stellenbosch. Your hotel is the owner-managed and blissfully private, Majeka House, an ideal base from which to explore Stellenbosch with its interesting shops, galleries, museums, and alfresco café culture. A walking tour of this historic university town brings its history to life. Join a walking tour and experience local chocolate and wine pairings, a local produce lunch platter and local arts and crafts.
Day 6 : Stellenbosch
A free day to explore the region. Numerous famous vineyards and award-winning restaurants, dotted along the Stellenbosch wine route, are within striking distance of your hotel.
Day 7 : Cape Town
A short (approx. 25 mile) drive will take you back to Cape Town. Return your car to the airport location and continue on your journey.