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A World in the Winelands


A world in the winelands

The Cape winelands are some of the most breathtakingly beautiful in the world. Several of the wine routes, including Constantia, Durbanville, Darling, Stellenbosch, Helderberg, Paarl, Franschhoek, Wellington and Walker Bay, are within an hour or less easy driving distance from Cape Town. Others, like Breedekloof, Worcester, Robertson, the Little Karoo, Tulbagh, the Swartland, Olifants River and the Northern Cape take you on a slightly longer journey through constantly changing and spectacular landscapes.

Fondly dubbed the Mother City, Cape Town is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and boasts five of the top 10 attractions in South Africa. These include the V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain, Robben Island, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens and Cape Point.

A well-developed infrastructure in the Western Cape includes top-class hotels, guesthouses, restaurants, wellness spas, game lodges and golf courses. The various wine routes offer a wide variety of activities, from horseback trails to mountain biking and hiking. The Cape has the best land-based whale watching in the world. Unspoilt beaches, fynbos, spring flowers and abundant birdlife are also among the natural attractions.

Gracing many of the Cape’s historic wine farms and towns you’ll find well-preserved examples of the charming Cape Dutch architecture which flourished during the 18th and 19th centuries. The homes have distinctive gables, thatched roofs and thick lime-washed walls.

Cape Town Water & Tourism Facts

Planning to visit Cape Town and the Western Cape?

Come and enjoy, but be mindful of the drought

Cape Town and the Western Cape are open for business in spite of the current drought. Visitors are arriving in a place with a significant breadth and depth of experiences and exceptional beauty. However, as beautiful as it is, the Western Cape is a water-scarce part of the world (much like other successful tourist regions like Southern California and Western Australia) and is vulnerable to the effects of climate change and is susceptible to periodic droughts.  READ MORE