Overview

The Cape Winelands is known for its breathtaking scenery, top-notch vineyards, and rich cultural heritage, as well as its Mediterranean-style climate that provides the ideal conditions for grape cultivation. Visitors can enjoy captivating wine-tasting tours, sampling a variety of award-winning vintages, all while exploring the historic towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, and Paarl, each with its unique charm. Stellenbosch, South Africa’s second-oldest town, is an exemplar of Cape Dutch architecture and oak-lined streets, while Franschhoek celebrates its Huguenot heritage with a vibrant culinary scene and a unique wine tram experience. The Franschhoek Wine Tram takes passengers through the picturesque vineyards and wineries, where you can stop off for wine tastings and cellar tours. Paarl, home to the striking Afrikaans Language Monument, offers scenic beauty and cultural landmarks. Outdoor enthusiasts can also enjoy hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and hot air balloon trips, immersing themselves in the region’s stunning vistas and tranquil atmosphere. With its blend of wine, history, and natural beauty, the Cape Winelands is an iconic South African experience.

Accommodation

Our top picks

Renowned for its stunning gardens, luxurious accommodations, and award-winning wines.

HIGHLIGHTS

Vineyard Tour

Spa

Hiking

Dining Experience

Situated in the picturesque Helshoogte Pass, the estate offers stunning countryside views.

HIGHLIGHTS

Location

Airport Transfer

Vineyard Tour

Delaire Graff Restaurant

Estate Spa

Ranging from upscale, spacious suites to self-catered villas, each option is elegantly furnished with modern amenities.

HIGHLIGHTS

Vineyard Tours

Airport transfer

Dining Experience

Hiking

Fitness Center

Want to see more?

The above accommodation options are just a small sample of the 100’s we have for you to choose from. Get in touch for more amazing options, pricing and personalized itineraries!

Rich Cultural Heritage

Paarl, meaning “pearl” in Afrikaans, boasts a rich blend of history, cultural vibrancy, architectural legacy, renowned wines, and the imposing Paarl Rock, made of solid granite. This picturesque destination beckons visitors with its stunning landscapes, inviting them to explore cycling routes and nature trails, perfect for those seeking active adventures.

World-Famous Wine Wonderland

Stellenbosch, a prominent figure in the global wine scene, is a cornerstone in South Africa’s renowned wine industry, housing some of the country’s most esteemed wine estates. Renowned as the birthplace of Pinotage, South Africa’s signature grape variety.

Choo Choo!

This is a unique way to explore South Africa’s acclaimed wine region. Visitors hop aboard vintage-style trams and open-air tram buses to journey through picturesque vineyards and historic estates. Along the route, passengers can hop on and off at various wineries, tasting rooms, and attractions. It’s a scenic and convenient way to experience the beauty and flavors of Franschhoek Valley, with opportunities to taste world-class wines and learn about the area’s rich viticultural heritage.

Sipping A Different Local Vintage

If you’re looking to explore other forms of refreshment, perhaps craft beer is more to your taste? The Stellenbosch Brewing Company & Taproom offers a delightful array of options, including their acclaimed Hoenderhok Bock.The laid-back, cozy indoor taproom is especially inviting during winter, although summer also has its own persk, as drinks can be enjoyed outdoors, accompanied by delicious small plates.

Experiences

Immerse yourself in the heart of Africa with a diverse range of experiences. Witness the grandeur of wildlife on safari drives, marvel at the kaleidoscope of birdlife, delve deep into rich cultural tours, and feel the pulse of the wild underfoot on guided bush walks. Adventure beckons.

Wine Tastings

Take part in a wine tasting tour and sample the region’s celebrated vintages.

.gardine-gradient-big

Guided Walks

Depending on the season, expert gardeners guide guests to view the succulent collection, cycads by the stream, or take a stroll through the Healing Garden.

.gardine-gradient-small

Horseback Riding

Embark on a memorable mountain adventure on horseback.

.gardine-gradient-small

Cycling

Hire bicycles for a leisurely exploration of the quaint village streets.

.gardine-gradient-big

Hiking

Trek through picturesque scenery and uncover hidden treasures en route.

.gardine-gradient-big

Zipline

Experience an exhilarating adventure ziplining through the breathtaking natural beauty of the Elgin valley.

.gardine-gradient-small

Themed Workshops

Led by experts in collaboration with Babylonstoren’s team, themed workshops start with a garden tour and expand into full-day events, including lunch.

.gardine-gradient-small

Coastal Escapes

Enhance your journey with a day trip to nearby beaches like Hermanus, Gordon’s Bay, or Strand for added relaxation and enjoyment.

.gardine-gradient-big

Kids Activities

Discover numerous kids’ activities near the Farm Shop, including assisting with animal feeding, egg collection, harvesting, bread baking, scavenger hunts, and more.

.gardine-gradient-big

Spa

From private treatment rooms to a relaxation area, a steam room, and an outdoor infinity pool with scenic views.

.gardine-gradient-small