Holidays to the Winelands & Cape: An Overview

Just an hour's drive inland from Cape Town, at the heart of the Cape Winelands, is the historic town of Franschhoek. Founded in 1688 by French Huguenots who brought with them a Gallic appreciation of all things epicurean, Franschhoek is the gastronomic capital of South Africa, its many excellent restaurants offering a world-class gourmet experience. The vineyards around Franschhoek and nearby Stellenbosch produce some of the finest New World wines, best sampled on a tour of the local wine routes which pass through picturesque landscapes punctuated with characteristic Cape Dutch architecture.

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Luxury Holidays to The Winelands & Cape: the Detail

Moving on from the Cape Winelands region, the small coastal town of Hermanus is famous for its superb whale-watching, especially between May and December when the Southern Right whales are in residence in Hermanus Bay.

Inject some action into your luxury holiday with sea-kayaking, deep-sea fishing and hiking, mountain biking or horse-riding in the local hills with their unique 'fynbos' heathland.


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Head to the little town of Franschoek for a peaceful afternoon wander – everything feels very local, and its home to The Tasting Room, an award-winning restaurant at the Le Quartier Francais hotel that’s unbelievably imaginative.

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A note on price

South Africa’s USP is the sheer variety of experiences it offers (from food and drink to diving to safari), which makes it tricky to provide guide prices. A luxury South Africa Holiday combining Cape Town and the Winelands could cost around £2,000 per person, while upgrading to the best hotels and including a top end safari could add a few thousand to the bill. Learn more about our pricing

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  • Average Temp. — 22°C / 71°F
  • Rainfall — 2cm / 0.8 inches
  • Water Temp. — 19°C / 66°F
Flight from London

11:30 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +2 hrs

Top picks for The Winelands and Cape



The Winelands and Cape

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a five-star 4,200 acre reserve overlooking Walker Bay, just east of Hermanus on the Cape coast. The reserve has eco-friendly objectives at heart and your visit directly contributes to the conservation efforts of the Grootbos Foundation.

Where to stay

Bartholomeus Klip, luxury hotel in  South Africa

Bartholomeus Klip

The Winelands and Cape

A Victorian farmstead on its own 10,000 acre private nature reserve, and at the same time a working wheat and sheep farm, all near to Cape Town and the winelands of the Western Cape.

Where to stay

La Cle des Montagnes, luxury hotel in South Africa

La Clé des Montagnes

The Winelands and Cape

Franschhoek is such a picture perfect place to stay, that you may want to settle in and stay for longer than a few days. Hell, it’s so nice you may want to bring the family, and friends.

Where to stay

The restaurant terrace at Le Quartier Francais, luxury hotel in South Africa

Le Quartier Francais

The Winelands and Cape

Le Quartier Français is a small, privately owned country inn situated in the heart of the historic village of Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands.

Where to stay

Interior at Hawksmoor, luxury hotel in South Africa


The Winelands and Cape

There may be smarter places to stay in the Winelands, but we guarantee none have as much character as Hawksmoor.

Where to stay

The restaurant at Birkenhead House, luxury hotel in South Africa

Birkenhead House

The Winelands and Cape

Birkenhead House is a luxurious coastal retreat perched on the cliffs overlooking Walker Bay, just outside Hermanus – one of the first stops on the ‘Garden Route’ running east from Cape Town.

Where to stay

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