The Western Cape has much to offer in the line of unforgettable experiences and world-class activities. So we'd be remiss not to mention what is arguably one of the jewels in the crown - the Cape Winelands. From Constantia to Stellenbosch, Paarl to Franschhoek, the choices are endless. There are countless vineyards to be explored, vintages to be savoured and glasses to be knocked back. Think rolling vine-covered hills, Cape Dutch gabled buildings, mountainous backdrops and of course, fine wine.
The toughest part of it all will be picking which wineries to visit; that's where we come in. Hotspots2c’s tailor-made travel experts are here to design a trip that suits your every need and help you tick off your must-do winelands wish list items. Tell us your favourites, we'll share ours and come up with something spectacular.
With years of travel experience and insider access, let us realise your travel dreams. No-fuss from start to finish – let us know what you need and we'll create a seamless trip filled with personalised experiences. We'll take care of all the finer details so that you can focus on the most important thing; having a good time!
Surprise your palate as you pair local wine with perfectly matched cheeses at Fairview.
Indulge in pure bliss with a cosy pairing of Muratie's fine port with decadent chocolate.
Tease your tastebuds along Franschhoek's charming streets in the gourmet capital of South Africa.
Get off the beaten track for a synergy of soul and soil on an open 4x4-vehicle vineyard drive and wine tasting.
Picnic alfresco or dine in oppulent decadence at Vergelegen.
Plan your day, your way. The Cape winelands are a treasure trove of gems to be discovered. The best part? There is way more on offer than just world-class wines. The views, the interesting cuisine and the rich heritage are just some of the perks that come alongside a day immersed in the wonderous winelands. We’re here to help you find the best of the best and take you to the hotspots you’re just dying to see.
Our winelands tailor-made tour rates include a professional guide as well as a registered tour vehicle for the day (±8hrs). You’ve got 200km on the clock, a local guide with insider knowledge, and a travel expert support team on standby to put together your dream trip. No need to feel guilty about the extra glass, just sit back, sip up and soak it all in.
Staying longer? Let us add accommodation to your day to make it an overnight stay package.
Choose from the list of activities below or let us know what you'd like to experience.
Overnight accommodation included according to your selected stay package. Subject to availability.
This trip will be tailored exclusively to your needs.
Led by a local English-speaking professional tour guide.
Private transfers to your choice of tour highlights for the day.
There is no central meeting point, a transfer service will collect you from your Cape Town accommodation.
The fare stated includes the use of a guide and vehicle for a day (with a distance under 200kms). All optional activities will be added at an additional cost in your package price.
Local and international flights are excluded.
You are responsible for your own personal travel insurance.
You can purchase meals + drinks on tour.
Since the beginning, working as a guesthouse manager 13-years ago, I have been involved in creating personalised experiences for people in the travel industry. It has grown into my work passion and I love being able to create tailor-made experiences for people that they will remember for the rest of their lives. In between doing that, I create my own memories and experiences by spending time with my family (usually on the beach), attending festivals and capturing it all with my camera.
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Full amount required to reserve or confirm a booking.
Children are welcome on private tours. Some activities will have age limits and alcohol may only be served to adults over 18 years of age.
11 official Languages Spoken
Afrikaans – English – isiNdebele – Sepedi.– Sesotho – Siswati – Xitsonga – Setswana – Tshivenda – isiXhosa
How to say hello?
Molo – Xhosa
Sawubona - Zulu
Hallo - Afrikaans
Dumela - SeSotho
Electricity – Volt & plug
The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins.
WiFi/Internet Access on tour
WiFi can be found at most accommodations, restaurants and airports, however, the download speed is often slow and many connections limit your data usage. In short, you’ll be able to stay connected with home, but don't expect to watch HD movies in your spare time.
When to go
South Africa is blessed with a mostly mild climate, but different areas will yield different temperatures throughout the year. Summer in South Africa is usually peak season, lasting between November – February, however Easter time (March) is often still considered peak season too. Temperatures range from 25ºC in coastal areas to high 30ºs in inland areas. Cape Town has ideal weather during this time and Durban sports warm beaches and humid air, Johannesburg experiences hot clear days and often an afternoon thunderstorm.
Shoulder season is April and May, as well as September and October. Surprisingly, the weather in Durban is often at its best during this time, and other areas simmer down from their scorching highs. Prices are lower and crowds are smaller. September and October see eruptions of flowers and blooms all around the country.
Winter is beautiful in most parts of the country. Cape Town experiences winter rain and is often a little cold and miserable, but still crisp and beautiful. Because of the warm Indian Ocean, Durban has spectacular weather in winter, often hovering around 20-25ºC with clear blue skies. Inland areas get quite chilly and the odd snowfall is not uncommon (it only lasts for a day though!). Prices are at an all time low and it is an ideal time for game viewing, as the animals are more active in the cooler weather.
Best time to go
Jun-Jul = Safari
Jan-Feb = Beach
With the possible exception of Christmas Day and New Year's Day, most tourist services and attractions are open on South African public holidays. In addition most city shopping centres, restaurants and entertainment venues remain open.
|1 Jan||New Year's Day|
|21 Mar||Human Rights Day|
|30 Mar||Good Friday|
|2 Apr||Family Day|
|27 Apr||Freedom Day|
|1 May||Workers' Day|
|16 Jun||Youth Day|
|9 Aug||National Women's Day|
|24 Sep||Heritage Day|
|16 Dec||Day of Reconciliation|
|17 Dec||Day of Reconciliation Holiday|
|25 Dec||Christmas Day|
|26 Dec||Day of Goodwill|
Visa & Travel docs
Travellers from most Commonwealth countries (excluding New Zealand), most Western European nations, Japan and the USA receive a free, 90-day visitor's permit on arrival. These travellers do not need a visa to enter South Africa. A valid passport is essential with at least two empty pages. You generally will need to show return or onward travel arrangements. Children aged under 18 must show an unabridged birth certificate (showing both parents details).
Some countries do, however, need a visa. Visas are not issued upon entry, they must be attained beforehand. It is advised that you clarify this before you leave, the Department of Home Affairs office has a comprehensive list of countries that do not require visas. http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/exempt-countries
What to pack
We're generally laid back in South Africa, so no need to haul out your best silks and diamonds when you head to our shores. Here's some clothing advice when in South Africa:
Health & Safety
There are no compulsory vaccinations required to enter South Africa with exception of a yellow fever vaccination if you have been in a yellow fever area within the last 12 months.
The only major health risk you might face in South Africa is malaria, which is confined to small areas in the north-eastern parts of the country. Small pockets of the northern parts of the Kruger National Park fall under this area but the risk here is considered extremely low and it is not always necessary to take anti-malaria tablets. Remember as a precautionary measure to check with your accommodation what is recommended.
South Africa may have high crime statistics, but if you conduct yourself wisely, most tourists enjoy the country without any incident at all. Ensure that you lock away your passports and travel documents in a safe, which is usually provided by your accommodation. Don't flash around valuables and keep an eye on your belongings at all time. Majority of South Africa’s crime is opportunistic petty crime, so if you are vigilant about your belongings you should not have any problem.
South Africa has 3 world-class airports that receive international flights every day; Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Most international airlines will have flights into one or all of these airports daily.
There are numerous budget carriers that offer domestic flights between the major cities for very reasonable rates; this is the fastest and safest way to span large distances, especially between Johannesburg and Cape Town, which is a 2-hour flight.
From the airports there are numerous shuttles and taxis that you can pick up upon arrival, there are also many different car hire options at each airport and in all major cities. Uber is another reliable and affordable option.
Our currency in South Africa is the South African Rand. You can easily convert your currency to rand at a bank or Forex Bureau, the airports and larger towns often have many different Forex options. You can also withdraw from an ATM, banks are available throughout South Africa. Be sure to check what international bank charges you will incur for withdrawals before you arrive. Major credit cards are usually accepted in hotels or restaurants, however, there may be a surcharge. It is advisable to have small amounts of cash for curios and tipping.