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Posted on: Monday, 29 June 2009
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Things to Do in The Cape Winelands

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Hot Air Ballooning

Hot Air Ballooning

You’ll be hard pressed to find a moment to put your feet up and relax in “couch potato” fashion if you are planning to spend time in the Cape Winelands. That’s not to say you won’t be relaxing … there are plenty of things to do that require minimum input for maximum return … but you certainly won’t be watching much television!

Start your day on a Hot Air Ballooning trip with Winelands Ballooning, which will have you floating cloud-wards in a musical silence across the peace of the Winelands. Your colourful craft launches at sunrise and you will be laid back to earth after an hour of hot air ballooning, where a retrieve vehicle will collect you and return you to a breakfast spread in Paarl, at the Grande Roche Hotel. Simply magical!

Cape Winelands

Cape Winelands

If heights are not your thing, try a sedate horse-drawn carriage ride around Rhebokskloof Estate and stay for lunch afterwards or get pampered at any one of the excellent Spas (the Camelot Spa at Le Franschhoek is a personal favourite) or if you prefer something more active but none-the-less relaxing, try an outride with an optional picnic (for you and the horses if you like) at Spier Wine Estate.

That you should visit a wine estate and do some wine-tasting probably goes without saying, or get to know the story of the South African wine industry by booking yourself on a Walking Wine Tour in the Stellenbosch Wine Region. For adrenaline junkies, head on over to Shootopia Shooting Range … beginners are welcome to shoot the breeze while experienced shooters are welcome to put big holes in small targets.

There are Farmers Markets a plenty to stock up on all thing yummy, good and organic, or stop and smell the flowers at the beautiful Botanic Garden in Stellenbosch before you head off for a memorable luncheon at another fabulous wine estate.

The Franschhoek Motor Museum will appeal to all motor car enthusiasts and although people normally associate Franschhoek with wines, the Dieu Donné Microbrewery might make for a pleasant change … and if none of these suggestions quite “pop your cork”, check out more suggestions at Things to Do in the Cape Winelands.

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Tania Stephenson


Tania loves to cook and create magic in the kitchen for family and friends (or even just herself). Be it finding a new recipe or making a tried and tested dish from her recipe folder - the kitchen is her sanctuary. Find her hanging out with friends round the braai or curled up on the couch reading the latest crime drama. With a spring in her step and a song in her heart you’ll find her supporting local artists in theatre, music and dance – from a hip hop competition or the latest musical on stage at Artscape in Cape Town. Enjoying all things culture she likes to share her experiences and delights with those around her.

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4 comments about Things to Do in The Cape Winelands
  1. June 30th, 2009 at 14:44
    Sally says:

    What can we do over the Christmas and New Years holiday?


  2. June 30th, 2009 at 18:43
    South Africa Editor says:

    Hi Sally

    Where will you be over Christmas and New Year? We will definitely be posting different options for the holiday season including special offers and parties, closer to the time, but in the meantime check out our Events section, as some events will already have been announced.

  3. July 1st, 2009 at 20:59
    Gloria says:

    Are there any walking through the wine valley excursions, popping into each for a meal, sleep over and wine tasting before venturing off to the next one. Similar to the walk along the Wild Coast stopping each night at a different hotel. I stress the prices for this are aimed at the South African and not over seas tourists. Be great if there is something like this!!!!

  4. July 2nd, 2009 at 15:03
    South Africa Editor says:

    Hi Gloria

    I don’t know about a specific excursion, but I am sure that type of tour could be custom made for you. I’d suggest you visit our Cape Town Tour Operators pages to find a tour operator operating in the Western Cape. Given the current financial climate, I’m sure the tour operators will be able to customise an excursion within your budget.

    If anyone else knows of a specific excursion which would meet Gloria’s requirements, please leave a comment.