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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Wellington activities

$127.55 Private & Custom Tours

Bespoke, Private Cape Winelands Tour with Leading Wine Expert

09h30 Pick up at your hotel anywhere in the Western Cape 10h30 Visit to your first wine estate/vineyard/wine producer - at this time in the morning, we normally focus on the lighter wines, perhaps the sparkling wines of Cape Point Vineyards.  Fiona will introduce the estate to you and then there will be an opportunity to taste the wines available. 11h30 Visit to your second wine estate/vineyard/wine producer - your second stop is normally accompanied by a private tour of a component of wine making (e.g. a cellar, a vineyard) by a professional from a particular vineyard.  Opportunity for tasting. 13h00 Lunch stop - we choose restaurants of particularl reknown in the local wine industry, those where chef and sommelier have a particularly good relationship, and/or where a tasting menu is offered. 14h00 Visit to a scenic part of the Winelands - where exactly we'll go depends on where we'll do the final tasting for the day but very often the Helshoogte Pass between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek is chosen or the Bainskloof Pass near Wellington. 15h30 Third and final visit to wine estate/vineyard/wine producer - our third stop is where we focus on heavier wines, such as ports, reds and red blends.  A popular choice is the award-winning Hartenberg Estate. 17h00 Drop off back at your hotel, anywhere it the Western Cape

$304.11 Food, Wine & Nightlife

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.

$339.62 Cultural & Theme Tours

Full day Ceres and Bainskloof trike tour.

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Bainskloof Pass, Western CapeIn 1854, Bain’s Kloof Pass – an engineering masterpiece designed and constructed by Scotsman Andrew Geddes Bain – providing access to the hinterland beyond the mountains, became the official ‘Gateway to the North’, over which countless wagons creaked their way to the diamond and gold fields.A National Monument, the magnificent Pass remains a well-travelled attraction and offers unsurpassed vistas, indigenous and unique flora and fauna, crystal-clear rock pools, camp sites and hiking trails.Bainskloof Pass lies on the R301 regional road between Wellington. The 18 kilometres pass, opened in 1854, was constructed with the use of convict labour. Originally built for horse-drawn traffic, the pass was later tarred.The pass reaches 594 metres (1,949 feet) at its highest point. Here, the road joins the Witte River, which descends the northern side of the mountains through a precipitous cleft to a stretch of rapids, waterfalls and natural pools.This is a stunning road to travel by trike.Duration: 20 minutes

$1203.77 Private & Custom Tours

4 Day Garden Route Private Tour

Highlights of day 1:Driving along Route 62, also known as the longest wine route in the world, it curves and stretches from Wellington travels through The Breederiver Valley, Tulbagh, Worcester, Robertson and The Klein Karoo. Highlights of day 2:George, named after the British monarch, King George 3rd, was established as a result of the fast growing demand for timber in the cape which was used in building, transport and furniture trades. Today George is the administrative center for the garden route. Highlights of day 3:Knysna’s port could provide shelter for up to about 50ships at a time and the regions abundant timber as exported as early as 1787. Being such a difficult port to enter, a harbor pilot was employed to assist large vessels and the pilot was known as John Benn. A double-deck pleasure cruise currently operating as tourist attraction on the Knysna Lagoon is then named after this iconic man in Knysna at the time. Highlights of day 4:Although Mossel Bay was discovered in 1488, in 1501 a Portuguese navigator, Pedro d’ Ataide, sought shelter in Mossel Bay after losing much of his fleet in a storm. He left an account of the disaster hidden in an old shoe which he suspended from an old milk wood tree. The report was found by the explorer whom it was addressed to – Joao da Nova – and the tree served as a kind of post office tree for decades there-after and is known today as the now famous “Post Office Tree” in Mossel Bay.

$30.19 Transfers & Ground Transport

Franschhoek or Wellington Private Transfers - Charter - transport from Airport

Enjoy the luxury of a private chauffeur who will drive you safely to Franschhoek or Wellington from Cape Town International Airport.Your private Chauffeur will be waiting for you in the arrival terminal holding  a sign with your name on it. The Chauffeur will monitor your flight in case of any delays and will adjust his timing accordingly. Once you've arrived he will assist with your luggage (max 3) and take you to the car. Thereafter take you straight to your destination in Franschhoek or Wellington. To make sure that all goes smoothly, we ask you to provide us with your flight details, landing time and the address of the destination in Franschhoek or Wellington.

$153.96 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).