Nature and Activities in Cape Winelands

Bastille Festival

Festivals

Bastille Festival

Franschhoek, being the French Corner of South Africa, celebrates Bastille Day with reckless abandon. In fact, they like to commemorate their forefathers by celebrating for the entire weekend of 17 – 18 July 2010. Expect music and merriment – plus of course good food and wine galore. These are possibly the only days in the year that you can get away with wearing a beret! Other Bastille highlights include a food and wine marquee, the Franschhoek minstrel parade, a pétanque tournament, a barrel-rolling competition and lots more.

  • Contact: Franschhoek Tourism Information Centre, 62 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek
  • Tel: 021-876-2861
  • Fax: 021-876-2768
  • Email: info@franschhoek.org.za
  • Web: www.franschhoek.org.za
  • Updated: 31/01/2010

Gudrun Grunewald, Happy Holidays

Wine

Gudrun Grunewald, Happy Holidays

"She's amazing, professional and very knowledgeable about wines; we really enjoyed our wine tour", yet another satisfied customer told me. Gudrun's daily wine tours take you off the beaten track (just what we like) to smaller, more boutique wine farms for tasting and tours with plenty of great scenery and and history thrown in too. Cape Town and extended Garden Route trips available.

  • Prices: Wine Tours from R400 per person.
  • Cel: 082-699-3098
  • Email: happyholiday@adept.co.za
  • Web: www.happyholiday.co.za
  • Updated: 31/01/2010

Paradise Stables

Horse riding

Paradise Stables

Wine-tasting on horseback... the only way to travel. Pieter Hugo leads you on a four-hour trail via two wineries on pure-bred Arabian horses, stopping for half an hour or so at each. Other horse trails are also available and we'd suggest taking a picnic too to really make a trip of it.

  • Prices: Wine tasting on horseback R500; hourly trips R200 per hour.
  • Contact: Robertsvallei Farm, Franschhoek
  • Tel: 021-876-2160
  • Fax: 021-876-2160
  • Web: www.paradisestables.co.za
  • Updated: 31/01/2010

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About Cape Winelands

For sophisticates - like myself - who have come to expect the finer things in life, the Cape Winelands are the only place to go. They cover a relatively small area of verdant valleys and vertical mountains that spring up out of the sea on the far side of the Cape Flats, about an hour east of Cape Town. Centred around the towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl, Wellington, Worcester and Robertson, this is the heart of the South African wine industry, encompassing more than 200 wine farms.

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