Escape to the Cape Winelands District for Summer!  

Posted on 13 November 2023

Nestled in the valleys bordered by Cape Town, the Karoo, Overberg and West Coast, the Cape Winelands district offers a diverse range of experiences for visitors of all ages. As the warm days of the festive season approach, we invite you to explore the unique activities that our region has to offer, providing adventure and excitement beneath vast blue skies. This year, consider booking your summer getaway in the spacious Cape Winelands.  

During the day, the Cape Winelands district welcomes you with a plethora of outdoor activities. Explore the stunning landscape and enjoy the freshest air and breathtaking views. There is no end to the methods you can use to travel in the district. Thrill-seekers can elevate their experience by booking tandem paragliding, soaring away on a hot-air balloon flight, choosing to drop straight out of a plane or catching a thermal in a glider. 

Should you wish to be a little closer to the ground, but not want to have to steer or drive, there are a number of options. Travel by steam train while sampling some wines or visit the wineries and eateries directly by making use of the Wine-Tram or the hop-on hop-off wine valley safari or grab a tuk-tuk tour. These are wonderful guilt-free ways in which to indulge a little!  

The Cape Winelands is not only famous for its wines, but MTB enthusiasts, trail runners, hikers and mountain climbers (of all kinds) can find their perfect space among some of the best-kept secrets in the country. In fact, the district boasts the newly established Paarl Rock Mountain bike trail, which links farms around the Rock, providing 200 km of uninterrupted mountain biking trails. 

For those who prefer the roar of an engine or who need a little speed, there are quad bike adventures, 4×4 routes and a fabulous zip-line to conquer. The Cape Winelands even offers a few novel alternatives – take a tractor ride to the top of a mountain and view the world from a completely different angle or book a chauffeured Cadillac for an afternoon. 

And of course, one can slow down to a trot by horse riding, carting or even just going for a stroll through historical towns, botanical gardens and perfect estates. There are ghost, township and historical tours that will enrich your knowledge and prickle your senses.  

Children of all ages are catered for as well – from petting zoos to waterslides – so there is something  for everyone!  

Bring your camping equipment or choose to glamp, self-cater, stay on a farm or live in luxury. Almost all places to stay offer a way to cool down on warm summer days. When dusk starts to settle and the air turns to velvet, the options are almost as endless as those during the day. Besides the many eateries that will please the pocket and palate, one can gaze at the stars, or settle down and watch the flames of a campfire. 

This summer, we invite you to escape to the Cape Winelands district, explore, relax and celebrate amidst the natural beauty and warm hospitality of this remarkable region. Your adventure awaits. Create memories that will last a lifetime.  

So why wait? Book your trip now and experience the magic of the Cape Winelands district in a way you’ve never imagined. Cape Winelands, a thousand things to do … and then some wine. 

To plan your visit to the Cape Winelands district browse the website and click on any of the 15 towns on the map to be redirected to the local tourism association of the selected town. Here you will find all the accommodation, news, reviews and ‘what’s on’ information particular to that town. Please be assured that most of our guest houses, hotels and other venues have independent electricity supply or are off the national electricity grid to ensure your stay is as comfortable as you dreamed it would be! 

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