Winelands & West Coast Wonders
SCHEDULED GUIDED TOURS
3 Days Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Riebeek-Kasteel, Paternoster and West coast.
Journey through Riebeek Valley and experience unique west coast wine, cuisine and hospitality. From vineyards and olive groves, to Rooibos tea plantations and the West Coast National Park, discover South Africa’s infamous West Coast.
This tour is available throughout the year, please contact us for booking information.
The tour price varies according to group size, accommodation and activities. Remember, all our tours can be combined to create a personal itinerary for your own dream holiday. Please contact us for a quotation.
Self Drive Holidays
This tour is also available as a self drive holiday.
Cape Town to Riebeek-Kasteel via Stellenbosch
Riebeek-Kasteel To Paternoster Via Clanwilliam
Paternoster To Cape Town Via West Coast
Detailed 3 Day Tour Plan
Day 1: Monday, Cape Town to Riebeek-Kasteel via Stellenbosch
Molweni! Hello and a warm welcome to the wondrous Western Cape. A very colorful province, the Western Cape has much natural beauty and cultural diversity to share. From the cosmopolitan glitz of Cape Town to remote and traditional fishing villages, the Western Cape continues to awe and entertain.This morning you will be collected from your Cape Town hotel by our professional tourist guide. Travel inland along the Winelands route via Stellenbosch, Paarl and Wellington to Riebeek-Kasteel in the Swartland.
The Cape Winelands, with its Mediterranean climate and mountainous terrain, is the largest wine producing region in the country with over 200 cellars. Steeped in culture and history it is home to internationally award winning wines and young olive groves. Stop for lunch (own account) and wine tasting at a Swartland vineyard near Malmesbury. The Swartland bush vines are grown under dry conditions; these grapes produce excellent and distinct flavoured wines. The grapes are well sought after for producing wine blends with grapes from irrigated vineyards. Known as the bread basket of South Africa, the Swartland is the largest wheat producing area named Zwartland (the Black land) by the Dutch for its wide fertile plains of dark soil and rhenoster bushes that appear black at certain times of the year. We make our way to the heart of the Riebeek Valley, and the slopes of the Kasteelberg to your evening’s accommodation, situated in the historic and charming village of Riebeek-Kasteel. Freshen up before enjoying dinner (own account) at the hotel.
Overnight at Riebeeck Valley Hotel or similar. Bed and breakfast
Day 2: Tuesday, Riebeek-Kasteel To Paternoster Via Clanwilliam
Depart Riebeek-Kasteel after an early breakfast and travel to Paternoster via Porterville and Clanwilliam in the Cederberg. The Cederberg gets its name from the now endangered Clanwilliam cedar tree, a tree that is endemic to the area. Proclaimed a wilderness area in 1973 and is now a World Heritage Site, a sparsely populated area, well known for its unusual, often red sandstone rock formations and San Bushmen rock paintings. With its striking landscapes and mountainous terrain which encompasses the Sneeuberg, Tafelberg, Cederberg and Kouebokkeveld Mountains, it makes it a natural playground for mountaineers and hikers alike.
Stop in the charming and bustling small town of Clanwilliam for factory tours of two equally quintessential South African products: the Veldskoen and rooibos tea. The Veldskoene, field shoes, are untanned leather shoes sewn together without using nails. Nicknamed vellies, these outdoor shoes are synonymous with our famers and bush guides. They are also believed to have been made by the Hottentots, before the arrival of Europeans.
The Rooibos Tea Factory in Clanwilliam, started off as a home industry and is now the biggest industry in the area, exporting 50 – 60 % of the world’s rooibos tea. Rooibos (red bush) is an indigenous plant that produces a red colored, naturally sweet and caffeine free tea. This refreshing beverage, has been scientifically proven to be high in antioxidants. Enjoy lunch at the Rooibos Tea Factory (own account) and travel to one of the last traditional fishing villages on the West Coast, Paternoster. Paternoster, meaning Our Father, was named so for the pleading prayers of ship-wrecked sailors. A bird lover’s paradise, it is home to over 250 species of birds and is a breeding ground for seabirds.
Relax at the guesthouse, before sampling dinner of local fare (own account) at Abalone House located in the village.
Overnight at Paternoster Seaside Cottages or similar. Bed and breakfast
Day 3: Wednesday, Paternoster To Cape Town Via West Coast
After breakfast we continue our tour of the West Coast to the secluded harbour of Saldanha Bay. Saldanha Bay with its deep waters is South Africa’s largest natural anchorage and port. Enjoy a brief orientation and tour of the harbour before being whisked away to the West Coast National Park. The West Coast National Park with its endless beaches, Langebaan Lagoon, salt marshes, the strandveld that transforms itself into a colorful carpet of indigenous flowers during the spring rainfalls, and the Postberg with its large number of antelope, offers a unique and idyllic experience.
Stop for lunch (own account) in the charming village of Darling. With its passionately restored Victorian houses, century old trees and the famous annual wildflower show, Darling is the sweetheart of the West Coast area. Continue to Bloubergstrand for one of the best and iconic views of Table Mountain, believed to be one of the oldest mountains in the world. This tour ends with a late afternoon arrival at your Cape Town hotel or Cape Town International Airport. Here we say Hamba kahle, good bye and go well.