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Top Choice Winery in Paarl

Babylonstoren

This 2.5-sq-km wine and fruit farm is on the north slope of the Simonsberg mountain between Klapmuts and Paarl. Its highlight is an 800-sq-metre, formally designed garden; inspired by Cape Town’s Company’s Garden, i…
Top Choice Cabaret in Darling

Evita se Perron

This uniquely South African cabaret, featuring Pieter-Dirk Uys as his alter ego Evita Bezuidenhout, touches on everything from South African politics to history and ecology. Nothing is off limits – including the cou…
Top Choice Winery in Franschhoek

La Motte

There’s enough to keep you occupied for a full day at this vast estate just west of Franschhoek. As well as tastings of the superb shiraz range, wine-pairing lunches and dinners are served at the Pierneef à la Motte…
Top Choice Winery in Franschhoek

Boschendal

This is a quintessential Winelands estate, with lovely architecture, food and wine. Tasting options include bubbly, brandy or wine and chocolate pairing. There are excellent vineyard and cellar tours; booking is ess…
Top Choice Winery in Paarl

Avondale

This quiet spot in a gracious old homestead serves delectable, organically made wines. The formal tasting takes around an hour, or you can join a two-hour eco-safari through the vineyards on the back of a tractor, w…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Langebaan

West Coast Fossil Park

The first bear discovered south of the Sahara, lion-size sabre-toothed cats, three-toed horses and short-necked giraffes are all on display at this excellent fossil park on Rte 45 about 16km outside Langebaan. Fasci…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Gansbaai

Walker Bay Nature Reserve

This coastal reserve has excellent hikes and is a prime birdwatching spot. The main attractions though, other than the ocean vistas, are the impressive Klipgat Caves, site of an archaeological discovery of Khoe-San …
Top Choice Winery in Paarl

Spice Route

Spice Route is known for its complex red wines, particularly the Flagship syrah. Aside from wine there is a lot going on, including glass-blowing demonstrations, wine and charcuterie pairings (R85), a chocolatier (t…
Top Choice Winery in Stellenbosch

Spier

Spier has some excellent shiraz, cabernet and red blends, though a visit to this vast winery is less about wine and more about the other activities available. There are superb birds-of-prey displays (adult/child R75…
Top Choice Seafood in Langebaan

Die Strandloper

The West Coast life exemplified – a 10-course fish and seafood braai right on the beach. There’s also freshly made bread, bottomless moerkoffie (freshly ground coffee) and a local crooner who wanders the tables stru…