Cape Winelands & Beyond, Uncorked: 8 Days
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CAPE WINELANDS AND BEYOND, UNCORKED!
(Private 8-Day Tour)
Day 1 - Overberg
Day 2 - Overberg
Day 3 - Paarl
Day 4 - Paarl
Day 5 - Cederberg
Day 6 - Cederberg
Day 7 - Langebaan
Day 8 - Langebaan
Depart the city and travel over Sir Lowry's Pass to the Elgin wine region for a wine tasting at Paul Cluver Estate. Continue on to Bot River for lunch and further wine tastings. Then drive via Caledon and the Klein Riviersberge and on to our accommodation.
Suggested accommodation: Blue Gum Country Estate is a working farm and vineyard, with comfortable accommodation and a wonderful restaurant. It is an ideal base to explore the surrounding vineyards, nature reserves, and charming villages and towns in the area. It is also a 20-minute drive from the Walker Bay coastline, whose cliff tops offer superb viewpoints to sight Southern Right whales which migrate to these waters each year between July and November to mate and calve. Accommodation at Blue Gum for 2 nights.
Full day exploring the surrounding Agulhus and Overberg region, with stops in Napier and Elim. Time permitting, visit Cape Agulhus, the southernmost point of the African continent, and the fishing hamlets of Arniston and De Kelders (with more whale-watching opportunities during season).
After breakfast we make our way to Paarl via Hermanus, driving along the scenic coastal road to Somerset West in the elbow of False Bay. Explore the Helderberg and Stellenbosch wine region - the traditional wine 'mecca' of the Cape, with a lunch stop en route. Finally, continue on to our accommodation in Paarl.
Suggested accommodation: Roggeland is an exclusive guest house, set in the Drakenstein mountains, offering Cape hospitality with true wine-country ambience. The eighteenth-century Cape Dutch homestead of Roggeland is a national monument, with original Yellowwood beam and reed ceilings, thatch, antique furniture and artworks. The menu de gustation, with specially selected wines to partner each dish, varies daily. Dinner is a 4-course, candlelit affair, with more carefully selected wines. Accommodation at Roggeland for 2 nights.
Full day exploring the Paarl and Franschhoek winelands region, with tastings at some of the well-known estates in the area, as well as a chance to sample local cheeses and produce. Then browse the shops and galleries of Franschhoek in the beautiful valley of the Huguenots. Lunch in this town (often referred to as the mini “gourmet capital” of the Cape) with its many fine eateries, before returning to Roggeland.
Depart for the Cederberg. Stop for a wine tasting in the Wellington or Paardeberg wine regions. Continue to Malmesbury and then to the Algeria area of the Cederberg. Here, enjoy a tasting of some award-winning wines from Cederberg at the highest winery in South Africa. Continue on to Clanwilliam and then drive over the Pakhuis Pass to Bushmanskloof Wilderness Reserve.
Suggested accommodation: Bushmanskloof is an ecological oasis, situated between the spectacular sandstone rock formations of the Cederberg, and the vast plains of the Great Karoo. Unique and unspoilt, it is home to an incredible variety of wildlife and plant species. It was once the hunting ground of the intrepid San (“Bushmen”) and is world renowned for it San rock art, with over 130 sites located on the property. Accommodation at Bushmanskloof for 2 nights.
Full day at Bushmanskloof to explore this unique region.
Depart for the West Coast region after a morning activity and brunch. En-route stop at the Bird Island Sanctuary at Lamberts Bay to visit the Cape gannet colony, then continue via Elands Bay and Veldrif to Langebaan, and the adjoining West Coast National Park.
Suggested accommodation: The Farmhouse sits on the hill above the Langebaan Lagoon on the Cape West Coast. Originally built in 1860 as the Panorama Farm Homestead, it was beautifully restored in 1992, recreating the original Cape Dutch farmstead atmosphere. It retains the charm of reed ceilings, huge fireplaces and outstanding views of the lagoon. The restaurant offers traditional Cape cuisine and an award-winning wine list, which includes local West Coast and Swartland wines. Accommodation at The Farmhouse for 2 nights.
Full day exploration of the West Coast wine region and surrounding area, with a tasty local lunch. Travel to Darling and enjoy tastings at Cloof, Darling Cellars and Ormonde wine estates. In August and September, we may visit the West Coast National Park to view the spectacular spring wildflower displays.
Depart for Cape Town.
Note: Winery visits will depend on daily opening times, public and religious holidays, and any seasonal closures due to harvest, or over the winter months.
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