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Two day trip with overnight stop in Barrydale

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Two day trip with overnight stop in Barrydale
R 2000 per person excluding lunches  supper*
Accomodation in a self catering guest house in town-walking distance from restaurants
*Prices subject to change

Swellendam
Situated at the foot of the majestic Langeberg Mountains and a popular tourist destination midway between Cape Town and George.

Swellendam has long been an agricultural district and provides a variety of crops, including wheat, other cereals and fruit.  Airy-and ostrich farming are also successful in the area.

Various historical buildings, museums and other charming houses line the streets.

East of Swellendam on the Tradouw River is the village of Suurbraak.  The village developed as a mission station, relying on subsistence farming centered around the church.

Riviersonderend
A small farming town with a peaceful rural atmosphere and a convenient stopping-off point from which to explore the surrounding countryside.

Barrydale
Nestled against the Langeberg Mountains, is a rural village retaining a timeless charm where you are welcomed with warmth.  Experience the lush, fertile Tradouw Valley with vineyards and orchards.  Award winning wines and brandy are produced here.  Nearby is the spectacular Tradouw Pass with majestic geological formations, beautiful Fynbos  and abundant bird life.

Montagu
A charming, historic village nestled between two mountain ranges, halfway between Cape Town and the Garden Route.  The crystal clear air, beautiful mountains, a superb climate and plenty to do, it is the ideal breakaway spot from city living.

Robertson
Situated in the shadow of the majestic Langeberg Mountains, with the Breede River as its life blood.  The region may be best known for its wines, but the variety of attractions and spectacular scenery ensures visitors an unforgettable stay.

The Robertson Wine Route forms part of the longest wine route in the world.

Worcester
A beautiful historic town nestled in the bowl of a range of spectacular mountains and is the economic- and service hub of the Breede Valley.  It is the most centrally situated town in the Cape Winelands District.  This region is the largest wine producing area in the country.  Worcester is home to 10 top producing cellars with a wide variety of wines for different palates.

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082 848 1464
 

Two day trip with overnightstop in Arniston

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Two day trip with overnightstop in Arniston
Couples at R2000 zar excl lunch & suppers*
Singles at R1300 zar excl lunch & suppers*

CAPE AGULHAS
The Cape Agulhas region offers nature in all her glory, which will delight tourist, botanist, photographer, historian, bird watcher and angler.  Bordered by blue mountain ranges, set in undulating hills, in a kaleidoscope of gold, green and brown landscape, with endless beaches and dunes.

Bredasdorp  -  Technological heart of Cape Agulhas and forms the economic hub of this region.

Napier  -  Village with old world charm.

L’Agulhas  -  Southernmost Tip, where the Two Oceans Meet. L’Agulhas is the southernmost town in Africa.

Gansbaai  -  Established itself as the Great White shark capital of the world.

Stanford  -  Set against the Akkedisberg Mountains and on the banks of the Klein River and also known for its interesting architecture.

Hermanus  -  Situated in the heart of the Cape Whale Route, with its champagne air and mild climate offers a myriad of attractions to visitors.  Acknowledged by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) as one of the 12 best whale viewing sites in the world.

Caledon  -  The Capital of the Overberg with its warm, healthy heart is well known for its mineral hot springs, the Caledon Casino and much more.

*prices subject to change and rooms are poolfacing ones-

Seafacing are R 300 extra per night

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Safety Tips

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When you visit Cape Town and the Western Cape, there are basic travel safety measures to follow to ensure your visit is a fantastic experience.

The Western Cape is as safe as any other destination in the world. As a visitor to and guest of our beautiful province, your enjoyment and wellbeing are of utmost importance to us. As in other countries, there are a few basic precautions you should take during your visit to ensure that your stay is as pleasant and safe as possible.

  • ·                        Separate your cash and credit cards and don’t carry all your cash with you.
  • ·                        Store parcels out of sight in the boot of the car.
  • ·                        Never leave your luggage unattended.
  • ·                        Do not allow strangers to assist you in your transactions at automated teller machines.
  • ·                        Try to obtain a route map before you set out and plan your route beforehand.
  • ·                        Try to explore in groups and stick to well-lit streets especially at night.
  • ·                        Never pick up strangers.
  • ·                        Park in well-lit areas at night.
  • ·                        Always drive with your doors locked and your windows closed.

If unsure of any area, approach the local police station or tourism office for further advice and guidance. Although incidents against tourists in South Africa are rare, it is advisable for you to be aware of basic emergency procedures in the unlikely event that you are a victim of crime. If you have been victimised, call the police emergency number (10111) and briefly explain what happened. If you are using a cell phone dial 112 for emergency services. There is also a one-stop call centre to assist you. You may call the Tourism Information and Safety Call Line at 083 123 2345 any time, day or night, seven days a week. Tourists can ask about services (accommodation, transport, etc), queries of any kind, and what to do in an emergency. Further information on safety is available at www.southafrica.info

Western Cape Police Flying Squad
(Toll-free from landlines/ payphones)

10111

Western Cape Ambulance

10177

Cellphone Emergency Number
(Free on all cellphone networks)

112

Western Cape AA Emergency Road
Service (Toll-free from landlines/ payphones)

0800 01 0101

Western Cape Fire Brigade

107

Poison Information
(Toll-free from landlines/ payphones)

0800 33 3444

Western Cape Mountain Rescue Services

+27 21 948 9900 or 107

Western Cape Sea Rescue Services

+27 21 449 3500

Western Cape Aviation Rescue Services

+27 21 937 1211

Child Emergency
(Toll-free from landlines/ payphones)

0800 123 321

Western Cape Tourism Information
and Safety Call Line

083 123 2345

Western Cape Tourist Police

+27 21 418 2853

All Emergency Line

107

 

 

A Guide to South Africa's Winelands by Kobus van der Merwe

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In 1652 the Dutch East India company establishment a refreshment station at the Cape of Good Hope aiming to provide fresh food to the company's fleet on voyages to India and surrounding areas. As a result of this trading station South Africa now boasts a flourishing wine industry and colourful, multi-cultural nation.
 

The fertile soil and Mediterranean climate of the Western Cape, makes the Cape Winelands one of the most renowned wine producing areas in the world. The Western Cape is also cooler than its position of 34º South of the equator might suggest, making the area ideal for growing a wide range of noble vine varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Pinot Noir. The traditional wine growing areas along the coastal regions are seldom more than 50km from the ocean and are exposed to cool breezes blowing in from the sea.

All the wine grape varietals cultivated in South Africa, belong to the Vitis vinifera species, originally brought from Europe. Unfortunately these European vines were susceptible to phylloxera and as a result many South African viticulturists these days often have to graft their vines onto American rootstock in order to resist the insect.

Although Cape Town and the nearby Boland basin is best-known for it's superb Bordeaux-style red wines, the wine-producing regions of the province extends further north- and eastwards and has established itself as producer of world-class red, white, fortified and sparkling wines from a wide range of varietals.

Constantia
The oldest and one of the most famous wine farms in the area is Groot Constantia, which was granted to governor Simon van der Stel in 1685, by the Dutch East India Company. The estate is located on the Southern Slopes of Table Mountain and is still world-renowned for it's superb wines and breathtaking location. It's beautiful Cape Dutch homestead also forms part of the Iziko South African National Museums. The Constantia region also features such formidable estates as Steenberg well know for it's Reserve Sauvignon Blanc and Semmilon while the nearby Buitenverwachting produces outstanding Chardonnay. Both estates feature award-winning restaurants.

Boland
From Cape Town, the Winelands spread north-east and eastwards to the beautiful Boland basin with Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek and Wellington being the most prominent producers. Some of the oldest wine farms in South Africa are situated in and around this beautiful Cape Dutch village, which at over 300-years old, is the oldest town in the country. Although the area hosts an endless amount of superior wine estates, well-known farms towards the east include the Shiraz and Port producing Alto; the prolific Blaauwklippen estate which produces one of the only Zinfandel's in the region; the red wine producing Delheim; the famous Lanzerac estate and hotel; the prominent Middelvlei; the international award-winning red wine producing Rust en Vrede estate; Vriesenhof with it's outstanding white wines; the exclusive Engelbrecht Els estate and the beautiful Tokara with it's adjoining restaurant managed by famous local chef and saucier Etienne Bonthuys.

Towards the west of the town there's the well-known Beyerskloof, famous for it's award-winning Pinotage; the superior sparkling wine producing House of JC Le Roux, the scenic Meerlust estate with it's legendary Rubicon blend; the family-run Overgaauw; the "Cap Classique" producing Villiera and Zevenwacht estate.

The nearby Franschhoek, which translates as "French corner" also boasts some of the country's oldest estates: The beautiful Boschendal with it's typical Cape Dutch homestead; Cabriere Estate with it's flagship range of Pierre Jourdan "Methode Cape Classique" sparkling wines; Graham Beck with it's signature Brut Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine and Rhona Muscadel; and the beautiful La Motte estate which produces outstanding Shiraz.

Overberg
On the otherside of the Franschhoek and Hottentots Holland mountain ranges, the Overberg region includes quaint villages such as McGregor, Montagu and Robertson - the latter boasts the De Wetshof estate, owned by the prolific Chardonnay producer Danie de Wet, while the nearby Hemel-and-Aarde valley close to Hermanus is home to such spectacular wineries as Hamilton Russel with it's well-known Pinot Noir and the legendary Bouchard Finlayson.

Swartland
North of Cape Town, the predominantly wheat producing Swartland region includes the fructuous Riebeek valley, well-known for it's Shiraz wines and olive farms. This region hosts such prestigious estates as Kloovenburg, Allesverloren and Twee Jonge Gezellen, as well as the larger co-operative wineries such as Riebeek Cellars, Swartland Cellars and Darling Cellars, extending further east, towards the Hexrivier Valley at De Doorns and north towards the Olifants River valley close to Citrusdal and the fruitful Orange River Valley near Upington in the Northern Cape.


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