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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.

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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The Winelands and Cape
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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.

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