Winelands

Stellenbosch Half Day Tour: Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

The 11 000ha Jonkershoek Nature Reserve is a World Heritage site and situated 16km from Stellenbosch – one of the oldest wine regions in South Africa famous for its wine route.
The Jonkershoek mountains, with their high peaks and deep valleys, form part of the larger Boland mountain range with high mountain peaks they function as a catchment area, providing water for Stellenbosch and surrounds.

Hike in the Franschhoek Mountains

The town of Franschhoek is about 80km from the centre of Cape Town. The origins of this charming and beautifully situated village date back to 1688 when some French Huguenots fleeing religious persecution in Europe settled in the valley, then known as Elephants Corner. As the settlers increased the elephants ceased their annual migration to the valley, which gradually became known as French Corner, or ‘Franschhoek’ in Afrikaans. The French influence is evident today in the names of the surrounding wine estates and the number of excellent restaurants.

Durbanville Wine Route

The Durbanville Wine Valley was one of the earliest farming areas. The original estates were granted in 1698. A number of the farms are still run by families who have owned the land for many generations, some families have been making wine for six generations. Each winery has its own charm and country elegance through the collection of wines they produce and the culinary experiences they have on offer.