• Cape Winelands

Cape Winelands Holidays

Welcome to the Cape Winelands – the gourmet capital of South Africa. Featuring charming towns, such as Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, the region offers Cape Dutch architecture, boutique hotels and world-class wine tasting in centuries-old vineyards.

Sit back, soak up the sunshine and pour yourself a glass of the region's famous red, pinotage. As you savour the spicy, fruity notes wafting from your glass, gaze across valleys striped with grapevines and appreciate the fertile beauty of the Cape Winelands.

Hike along nature trails in the achingly beautiful Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve, take a hop-on hop-off tram tour or visit the Huguenot Memorial Museum dedicated to the French settlers who arrived in the Cape in the seventeenth century.

Combine your getaway to the Cape Winelands with a visit to Cape Town, one of the world’s greatest cities, or team with a wildlife adventure at Kruger National Park or the Cape Whale Coast at Hermanus for a magical holiday in South Africa.

 

Destination Highlights
  • Visit a vineyard to sample world class wines of the area
  • Beautiful scenery, from rolling hills to mountains
  • Explore the pretty towns of Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl
  • Experience exceptional dining in South Africa's gourmet capital

Time Zone

GMT +2 hours

Flight Time

Approximately 11 hours and 30 minutes direct to Cape Town from London Heathrow, operated by British Airways. Indirect flights are available with South African Airways, Emirates, Qatar and KLM via their hubs.

Currency

ZAR - South African rand

Visa Information

British citizens do not need to obtain a visa for South Africa for stays of up to 90 days. However, strict entrance policies apply for passengers travelling with children under the age of 18.

Language

English is widely spoken

Health Information

Some special vaccines are required for travel to certain areas of South Africa. We recommend that you speak to your GP about the latest medical advice as soon as you have booked your trip.
  • Wineries and Vineyards

    South African wine is famous around the world, and there's plenty of top wine estates and local vineyards for you to discover – many of which offer tastings or tours, and even fine dining, in stunning surroundings. Try the award-winning Groot Constantia, just outside Cape Town, and Spiers Estate, in the heart of the Stellenbosch winelands, which is also home to a cheetah sanctuary and birds of prey centre – both have excellent restaurants.

  • Visit Franschhoek

    The ultimate lunch stop, this stylish, picturesque town is known as the gourmet capital of South Africa. From tapas to tasting menus paired with the locally produced wines, you can dine like a king in Franschhoek's award-winning restaurants and cute pavement cafes. The main street is also home to quaint boutiques, chic hotels and attractive Cape Dutch architecture, served with a side dish of gorgeous valley views.

  • Visit Stellenbosch

    The historic heart of the Cape Winelands, pretty Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa. With its friendly feel, tree-lined streets and charming Cape Dutch buildings, this genteel town is home to wine, gift and antique shops and art galleries, as well as the oldest university in South Africa.

  • Visit Paarl

    Surrounded by rolling vineyards and mountainous landscape which provides a multitude of varied hiking and mountain biking terrain, visit Paarl for antique shops, beautiful old buildings, and fine wine and cuisine in cosy bistros.

Our Cape Winelands destinations

Cape Winelands

Franschhoek

Franschhoek

Cape Winelands

Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch

Cape Winelands

Paarl

Paarl

Types of Cape Winelands holidays

Stellenbosch

Cape Winelands Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

You can take a non-stop flight from London Heathrow Airport to Cape Town International Airport which is around 11 hours and 30 minutes. From Cape Town airport, it's then approximately 173 kilometres to drive to the Cape Winelands district. 

Each season is distinctive and brings something special to see and experience in the Cape Winelands; soak up the sunshine while enjoying al fresco dining and chilled wine in the summer (between November and January); discover the region in autumn, when the vineyards turn to stunning shades of orange and gold; wait until winter and cuddle up next to a roaring fire with a glass of fruity red when the sun sets; or visit in spring, when beautiful wild flowers adorn the valleys and mountains.

We highly recommend the popular wine-making towns of Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl. They are all within easy reach of each other and offer different sights and experiences. A prime spot for whale-watching, coastal Hermanus is also within easy reach of the region. 

You might also like these

We think you might also like to take a look at these destinations. If you'd like some advice, our Destination Specialists will be able to find something that is right for you.

South Africa

Eastern Cape

Eastern Cape
Hermanus

South Africa

Cape Whale Coast

Cape Whale Coast

South Africa

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park
Lions Head and Cape Town

South Africa

Cape Town

Cape Town