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From Cape Town: 3 Regions Wine Tour incl 3 Estates, 15 Wines

1. From Cape Town: 3 Regions Wine Tour incl 3 Estates, 15 Wines

Join this guided tour to explore the 3 wine regions of Paarl, Franschhoek, and Stellenbosch. Be treated with cheese and snacks, a wine tasting with cellar tour in the Stellenbosch wine region. From there head into Stellenbosch for a walk around the historic town before we head over the HelsHoogte Mountain pass into the Franschhoek valley. We enjoy a second wine pairing at our wine estate in the valley and see the village of Franschhoek itself. Enjoy a photo stop at the Drakenstein Prison (where Mandela was released form) and head to Paarl and the wine estate located in the Paarl wine region for an afternoon (3rd) wine tasting with a sweet and decadent wine pairing. Sit under the trees and enjoy the vineyards for some time before heading back to Cape Town. Your knowledge wine guide will entertain you and inform you about the history of wine in South Africa and highlight points of interest along the way.

Cape Town: Full-Day Winelands Tour with Wine Tastings & Food

2. Cape Town: Full-Day Winelands Tour with Wine Tastings & Food

Uncork the Cape winelands and get drunk on its rich history, culture, and scenic vistas on a day trip from Cape Town with a guide who takes the terror out of terroir. Travel in a spacious bus and enjoy tastings of wine, cheese, and chocolate. Take in the countryside with a vineyard lunch. Hop aboard spacious and airconditioned bus in Cape Town and take in the wine country views on the way to the Paarl wine region which is famous for its cheese and wine tastings and great views. Continue to the Franschhoek wine region, a historic French enclave and the granddaddy of South African viticulture. Admire stunning mountain views as you make your way to the to student-settled Stellenbosch for home-cloned Pinotage and award-winning farms. Stop for a delicious a la carte lunch with vegetarian options. Visit a1688 French-run slave farm which was turned into a 21st century community-driven wine project. Immerse yourself in the facinating story of the region with a local guide. Travel along Cape Town's high roads and back roads tasting and learning about South Africa’s bubbly Cap Classique, heady ports, sweet dessert wines, and plenty of red and white wines.

From Cape Town: South African Wildlife and Safari 2-Day Tour

3. From Cape Town: South African Wildlife and Safari 2-Day Tour

Day 1: Botlierskop, Oudtshoorn Travel route about 450km / 6 hrs daily. Leave Cape Town or Stellenbosch early morning ( between 6am to 7am) and trade the silhouette of Table Mountain for the lush green scenery of the start of the Garden Route region after about 450km of driving. The first game reserve visited is 5 hours driving away (subject to weather, stops and traffic), but the route is scenic with a few photo and rest stops along the way. The 3500ha Botlierskop private game reserve is located in a malaria-free area and home to an abundance of wildlife including four of the Big Five, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, well over 26 different species of animals, and more than 200 bird species. Spot some of Africa’s wild animals from the back of an open-top 4x4 vehicle and particularly keep your eyes open for lion, elephant, buffalo, and rhino sightings. Leopards are nocturnal hunters, evasive and not contained by fences so it's unlikely to see them during these game drives.  During the 2-hour game drive you may get a more personal encounter with nature on a short tranquil bush walk (subject to weather & safety). Hop off the safari vehicle for about 5 minutes, following your game ranger to look for smaller wildlife and plants of the coastal Renosterveldt region.  A short 1-hour drive to the next stop to end your day in Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world. Either head to town to enjoy a restaurant meal or taste local delights, such as an ostrich kebab during an optional 'braai' (similar to BBQ) dinner under the Klein Karoo's twinkling starry skies. Overnight in Oudtshoorn as per your stay package selected: Uthando Backpackers (Dorm or Saver package) or 88 Baron van Reede guesthouse (Comfort package) or Buffelsdrift (Luxe package) or Mooiplaas guesthouse (Farmstay package) . Day 2: Oudtshoorn, Route 62 After breakfast, jump straight into the thick of the Klein Karoo bush this morning as you set out on an open-topped 2-hour 4x4 bush drive to seek out more of Africa’s smaller wildlife at Buffelsdrift Private Game Reserve. Your expert guide and ranger will help spot wildlife and share some of nature’s secrets while teaching you about the region’s fauna and flora. This bush drive focuses more on looking closer to see details of nature as the reserve is not home to many big game. Join elephant guides on an optional Elephant Observation in Nature activity (at extra expense) to see three rescued elephants in their natural habitat near the waterhole. Learn about these gentle giants, under the watchful eye of the elephant guides. As you observe these lovable creatures you can take photos and ask ellie-related questions. End-off the day with a 400km drive along Route 62, the longest wine route in the world! Capture the beauty of high mountains, twisting passes, and rugged Karoo plains before arriving in Cape Town or Stellenbosch by evening (between 8pm to 10pm).

Stellenbosch: Guided Historical Walking Tour

4. Stellenbosch: Guided Historical Walking Tour

Explore the “village of the oaks" with its shady oak avenues bordered by the water furrows of the Mill Stream. Admire the charm and harmony of the Cape Dutch Architecture and listen to tales about the colorful inhabitants across the four centuries of the town’s existence. Discover where Simon van der Stel, the town’s colonial founder, set up camp on the Eerste River, and where the river got its name. Perhaps you'll meet an angel at the "Angel Factory," or a ghost in the graveyard of the ”Moederkerk.” Amble The Braak, or village green, with its historical buildings surrounding it on 3 sides, and Dorp Street, the oldest residential street in South Africa. Learn about the famous graduates of Stellenbosch University, who include prime ministers and sportsmen alike. Over the course of the 1.5-hour tour, gain local insights into one of South Africa’s most historic towns.

From Cape Town: Aquila Game Reserve Safari Tour with Lunch

5. From Cape Town: Aquila Game Reserve Safari Tour with Lunch

Explore Aquila Game Reserve in an open safari vehicle on an amazing day tour from Cape Town. Go in search of South Africa’s Big 5 animals, and enjoy a buffet lunch catering to all tastes. With hotel pickup and drop-off included, there is nothing for you to do except enjoy your safari day trip. Your journey begins with pickup from your Cape Town hotel. Settle in for a scenic ride along the National Road N1 of South Africa, a route that unveils the picturesque charm of quaint towns and the breathtaking landscapes of the Cape Winelands districts. Along the way, admire the awe-inspiring chains of mountains draped in the vibrant colors of Cape Fynbos, boasting a tapestry of Proteas, Ericas, and Restios. Arriving at Aquila Game Reserve, enjoy a welcome drink. Savor a hearty buffet lunch, catering to both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. After lunch, embark on a memorable 3-hour game drive led by a top-notch game ranger in an open safari vehicle. Search for lions, elephants, buffalo, rhinos, leopards, and more. Aquila Game Reserve is teeming with wildlife, both big and small. Have your camera ready as you never know what you’ll see. At the end of your game safari, drive back to Cape Town with time to truly soak in your experience at the unforgettable Aquila Safari Game Reserve until you arrive back at the doorstep of your accommodation.

Stellenbosch: Half-Day Wine Tour

6. Stellenbosch: Half-Day Wine Tour

Enjoy a fun, daily group wine tour packed with wine tastings, pairings, a cellar tour and more. Make new friends, have a laugh and experience the famous Cape Winelands first hand on a daily wine tour from Cape Town all while learning about and enjoying some of the best wines in the world. Start your Stellenbosch Tour and depart from Cape Town after being picked up from your hotel. Head towards the famous town of Stellenbosch. Less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, the region north of Stellenbosch has earned international acclaim not only for its Paarl wines but also the breathtaking beauty of its natural surroundings. Arrive at your first vineyard experience and visit a world-renowned tasting room that consists of 4 unique, barrel-shaped 'pods' that facilitate a welcoming and more social tasting. Try custom-designed pods offer a tasting selection of 6 different wines with dedicated hosts to guide and assist guests. Experience a wine tasting experience committed to ensuring a diverse range of wines available for visitors to choose from, including a selection of wines exclusive to the cellar door. Your tasting options is as follows: • An expertly paired selection of wines with cow and goat's milk • Plant based cheese and wine pairing - Vegan friendly • A selection of 5 sweeter cheeses, 1 sweet treat, and a glass of juice or lemonade - Kid's Tasting Enjoy learning about wine production by going on a short cellar tour after your wine tasting at the vineyard. After a splendid time at the first vineyard, proceed with a 15-minute drive to the next vineyard for another amazing wine experience to explore some of the finest wines produced in the region. Influenced by French heritage and international savoir-faire, the local partner strives to make French-style wines with a touch of South African vibes. The wine-making process is natural and minimal intervention winemaking. Partake in a biltong and wine pairing of five carefully selected wines, paired with premium cuts of biltong. Biltong is a cured, dry meat often enjoyed as a snack by South Africans. Vegan friendly options available as well. Visit the beautiful little town of Stellenbosch, which lies surrounded by the Stellenbosch Mountains in the Jonkershoek River Valley in one of the most picturesque settings in the Cape. You will have time to walk along Dorp Street and De Braak Street in Stellenbosch, browsing through a variety of boutique stores and to witness the enticing Dutch buildings. After enjoying all the wonders that Stellenbosch has to offer you will make your way back to Cape Town and be dropped off at your hotel.

From Cape Town: 5-Day Best of Garden Route and Addo Safari

7. From Cape Town: 5-Day Best of Garden Route and Addo Safari

Day 1: Route 62 Start with a morning pickup (6am to 7am) from your accommodation in Cape Town and Stellenbosch. Travel about 450km ( about 6 hours driving) along Route 62, the longest wine route in the world, with a wine-tasting stop (non-alcoholic tasting available too) before reaching Oudtshoorn by afternoon. For a close encounter with Mother Nature, opt in to join elephant guides on an Elephant Observation in Nature (at extra cost) and observe 3 lovable rescued elephants in their natural Cango Valley bush veld habitat. Overnight at Uthando Backpackers (Dorm or Saver Backpack package) or 88 van Rheede Guesthouse (3 star Comfort Stay package) or Hlangana lodge or similar (4 star Luxe package). Ask to upgrade to Buffelsdrift at extra fee. Day 2: Oudtshoorn Travel time today is about 250km / 3 hours. Visit a working ostrich farm and see the largest flightless birds in the world. Next, head to the mountains to go deep underground in the illuminated wonder world of the Cango Caves, exploring vast halls filled with ancient stalactites before traveling onward for about 400km to reach the Addo town region. Overnight at Avaco Cabins (Dorm or Saver -) or Gerald's Gift (Comfort-) or Addo Wildlife lodge or similar (Luxe package). Day 3: Addo, Jeffreys Bay Travel route about 300km / 3 hours. Rise early for the best chance to spot wildlife as the bush awakes in Addo Elephant National Park, the 3rd largest national park in South Africa. Opt in for the park's own optional 4x4 safari drive in a large open-top truck and join your own group after breakfast for the included 2-hour van game drive with your guideo search for some of the big five animals; if lucky you'll spot elephants, buffalos, lion & more. Travel about 200km to J'bay to either spend free time at the beach or choosing between optional surfing or beach horseback riding (extra cost). Overnight at Island Vibe (Dorm or Saver -) or Sea Whisper (Comfort -) or On The Beach Lodge or similar (Luxe package). Day 4: Tsitsikamma, Sedgefield Travel route about 300km / 3 hours. After breakfast, drive inland to experience an optional highest Bungy jump bridge in the world, optional Waterfall Zipline over waterfalls in Tsitsikamma forest (both at extra cost) or choose to have free time and arrive early to spend more time in Tsitsikamma National Park. After all had some time to explore the park, drive onward with a photo stop at Knysna's lagoon en route to Sedgefield. Overnight at Pili Pili Backpackers (Dorm or Saver-) Fairy Knowe (Comfort-) or Dolphin Dunes or similar (Luxe package). Day 5: Wilderness Travel route about 400km / 6 hours. Take the road back along the coastline and views of calm rivers in the wilderness region. Journey back to Cape Town, with an optional optional 4x4 Botlierskop game drive at extra cost. Your adventure ends with evening drop-offs in Cape Town or Stellenbosch (between 8pm to 10pm).

From Cape Town: Winelands Full Day Tour and Wine Tasting

8. From Cape Town: Winelands Full Day Tour and Wine Tasting

Embark on a breathtaking journey through the winelands of the South African Cape. Learn all about the process of making fine wines, from the vineyard to the bottle, and visit the historical towns of Stellenbosch, Franschoek & Paarl. After pickup from your hotel in Cape Town, set off to explore the Stellenbosch Winelands, just 20 minutes away from the city/ Enjoy superb scenery, completely different from the landscape of the Cape peninsula. Numerous grapes are grown in the region, such as Chenin Blanc, Shiraz, Pinotage, and the Méthode Cap Classique. Explore the small yet vibrant town of Stellenbosch. Enjoy a tour of a wine cellar followed by a wine tasting session. You will have the opportunity to purchase wines to bring back home to enjoy and continue enjoying the region's wonderful vintages even after your visit. Next, visit Franschoek ("the French Corner") which is an old Huguenot village. With its numerous streets and estates with French names, feel the remnants of French culture and the town's old-world charm. Taste the region's delicacies, cheeses, and best wines. Experience a unique and leisurely way to see the Franschhoek Valley as you journey through rolling vineyards in an open-side tram. Stop at the site of the Drakenstein Prison, a low-security prison between Paarl and Franschhoek. The prison is famous as the place where Nelson Mandela spent the last part of his imprisonment campaigning against apartheid. Discover the town of Paarl, which offers a fascinating window into Afrikaner culture and tradition. As a former haven of the Huguenots pioneers who came from Europe at the beginning of the 17th century after the Edict of Nantes, the town boasts a monument dedicated to the Huguenots. You will also be able to visit the town's vineyards where you will taste the region's finest wines. Finally, head back to Cape Town with drop-off at your hotel.

Stellenbosch: Historical Bike Tour & Wine Tasting

9. Stellenbosch: Historical Bike Tour & Wine Tasting

Start your tour at 9 AM at the tour operator's shop to collect a bicycle or E-Bike and helmet to suit your size. The guide will carry saddle panniers for those who would like to buy wine en route. Set off on your ride around interesting historic sites in Stellenbosch Town. Then, cycle further along the scenic Jonkershoek Valley where the mountains form part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Follow a winding road through oak and poplar forests which leads to a wine estate nestled in the valley bottom. Here you can take in the stunning views while enjoying a wine tasting of some award-winning wines. On the way out of the valley, stop at another wine estate which sports beautiful grounds and historic Cape Dutch architecture. Participate in a private cellar tour before you sit down for a chocolate and wine pairing that will make your taste buds tingle. After the tasting, head back into Stellenbosch Town via the famous Stellenbosch University before ending the tour back at the tour operator's offices. There are some variations on this guided bike tour for varying levels of difficulty so the tour can be tailored to suit your cycling ability. The tour lasts between 4-5 hours.

From Cape Town: Stellenbosch Four Estate Full-Day Wine Tour

10. From Cape Town: Stellenbosch Four Estate Full-Day Wine Tour

Visit 4 wine estates in the Stellenbosch region with a guided drive through the town on a day trip from Cape town, with hotel transfers, lunch and tastings included. Explore one of the oldest towns in South Africa, famed for its Cape Dutch-style architecture and its role in the wine industry.   Discover a broad spectrum of iconic estates, as well as smaller family-run farms. Take a cellar tour, and enjoy wine tastings paired with cheese, chocolate, and cured meats with lunch. Look out for a white Toyota Quantum van with Wine Files branding. Pickups range from 8:30 AM to 09:30 AM depending on which area you reside in. Please check for an email directly from Wine Flies confirming your pickup time.

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It was fantastic!! The guide Etienne was lovely. The van for transportation was in superb condition and was extremely comfortable. The wine tasting was great value for money as it includes various wine tastings, bubbles, red, white with bitings such as biltong, cheese, chocolate and lunch in different wine estates! It is also really great for a solo traveler. 100% recommend!

our guide Jean Paul was amazing and really made the day. His knowledge and excellent animal spotting meant we got to see everything. he made sure we were safe and gave us the best day. we would happily have Jean Paul again and recommend him to anyone. our only recommendation to the company is to skip wine tasting at the Constantia Glen, it wasn't our best experience.

Isac was very kind and showed us lots of beautiful places and adapted the tour to the needs and wishes of our group. He was very punctual with the schedule, which made it possible to see a lot of things between the sometimes long drives. The caves, walk with elephants and addo national park were absolutely amazing. The accommodations (3*) were really good.

Cracking tour. Our guide Marco was very knowledgeable and the vineyards we were taken too were both excellent.. I thoroughly recommend this tour, especially drinking wine & eating cheese at 9.30 in the morning!! 👏🏻😂

Donovan our guide was amazing. So friendly and so funny. This is a great full day tour - lots of wine and delicious food!