Top 10 Cape Town Out-of-Town Excursions

With the 2010 World Cup rolling into town, we take a tour of the best day trips and overnighters in and around Cape Town, South Africa's outstandingly scenic and activity-rich "Mother City."
The Cape's Winelands
LAND OF PLENTY: The Cape's Winelands (South Africa Tourism)
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1. Tour the Winelands
Wine and nature enthusiasts can drive less than two hours out of Cape Town and find themselves among the award-winning vineyards and quaint Cape Dutch homesteads of the scenic "winelands" of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. Daily wine tastings, cellar tours, and sales are offered at most vineyards, while many of the farms have restaurant and picnic facilities to make for an ideal day-trip destination. Note some cellars offer tasting by appointment only, so be sure to check with individual vineyards before you arrive, or hook up with a local guide who can customize a tour based on your interest (check with your hotel concierge). Catch sweeping views of the Franschhoek Valley from La Petite Ferme Estate, sample world-famous Chardonnays and Merlots at Boschendal (founded in 1685), or delight in the bold new flavors at the smaller Boekenhoutskloof winery. Arrange a day trip or spend the night at one of Franschhoek's charming Victorian-era hotels or on an estate like La Petite Ferme, where you can sample delicious French and South African cuisine while watching the sun bathe the mountains in a pink glow as evening falls.

When to Go: Year-round; February to March is the fall harvest season here in the southern hemisphere.
Driving Distance from Cape Town: Stellenbosch (35 miles), Franschhoek (50 miles)

Published: 24 Mar 2010 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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