Welcome to Wellington

While in the area, don’t miss the chance to drive the spectacular Bainskloof Pass, one of South Africa’s finest. It was built between 1848 and 1852 by legendary pass builder Thomas Bain, and other than having its surface tarred, the road has not been altered since.

There are several walks from the pass, including the 8km Bobbejaans River Walk to a waterfall. This walk starts at Eerste Tol and you need to buy a permit (adult/child R40/20), available from the tourism bureau.

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Private Wine Country Tour with a Twist from Cape Town

Head off to the wine-country via the N1 to one of the Cape’s first farming districts – Paarl. The town is set at the foot of the cluster of remarkable granite domes from which it takes its name. Your first stop of the morning is Rhebokskloof, situated in a beautiful valley on the slopes of the majestic Paarl Mountain. Embark on either a 1,5hr horse-back or quad-biking trail which offer panoramic views of the Wellington and the Drakenstein Mountains and over the estate . Return to enjoy a wine tasting in the tasting room or gardens. Proceed to the town of Franschhoek, historically dating back to the 17th century when the French Huguenots arrived. Billed as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, this charming town, in a most picturesque valley, retains a French Huguenot style. Franschhoek complements the artistry of its chefs and winemakers with the breath-taking beauty of its setting. Enjoy a classic cellar tour and wine tasting at Haute Cabriere Estate. Growing only the classic champagne components, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the Pierre Jourdan and Haute Cabriere wines complete the champagne portfolio. Haute Cabriere is synonymous with tradition, authenticity and is famous for entertaining tastings and informative tours. Cabriere produces an excellent range of brandies, white, red and dessert wines. After the tasting take some time to enjoy the fabled culinary skills of the chefs at one of the many award winning restaurants.After lunch, imbibe the atmosphere of this charming French colonial town by enjoying a stroll along the main road through town, flanked by galleries, boutiques, antique shops, bistro’s & cafés, historical buildings and specialty shops (do not miss the opportunity to visit the Huguenot Chocolate Factory if you have a sweet tooth!). Depart Franschhoek and travel via the Helshoogte Pass into historic Stellenbosch. Time permitting, enjoy your final tasting of the day at Blaauwklippen Wine Estate where wines are “created in the vineyards and not in the cellar” – ie very little intervention in the cellar when creating wines, in that they use natural yeast from the grapes which has a distinct impact on the taste of the three different wine selections.

$148.18 Private & Custom Tours

Private Cycling Tour: Wellington Winelands from Cape Town

Guests are met by their qualified cycling and wine guide at their accommodation in Cape Town at 8am. Wellington is a beautiful hidden valley which is situated between Cape Town and the statuesque Hawequas mountain range. The area is well-known for producing some of the best Pinotage of South Africa due to its dry and favorable climate. We start the 7km long ride from an old historic wine farm and ride along a very scenic and quiet farm road, a mix of well-maintained gravel and some paved sections in between. The Hawequas Mountain stands majestically to the eastern side of the valley and presents an impressive backdrop to the many vineyards. One of the highlights of this tour is a private cellar tour at a very old and historic wine farm with a personal wine tasting included. The ultimate Winelands experience is to relax with a glass of Pinotage and enjoy a picnic lunch with mountain views. Mountain bikers can go for a ride at Welvanpas farm which offers routes for every fitness level and provides the opportunity to cycle in between beautiful vineyards. Alternatively, take a leisurely stroll along the shady river walk and enjoy the calm surroundings. On the way back to Cape Town you have the option of doing another wine or Brandy tasting in Paarl (own expense).