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Stellenbosch: 4x4 Wine Tasting Safari

1. Stellenbosch: 4x4 Wine Tasting Safari

Discover a unique and affordable way to experience the Cape Winelands on a Open Safari Vehicle (OSV). Spend an allocated amount of time on each winery either sipping wine or exploring the wineries and their unspoiled beauty. Follow the world-renowned Stellenbosch Wine Route and discover award-winning wineries, garden walks, amazing views of historical buildings of beautiful Stellenbosch and the picturesque mountains and landscapes of the Simonberg/Banhoek and Jonkershoek Valley. The Stellenbosch North Wine Safari is a great way to experience some of Stellenbosch's leading wineries. These wineries include Stark Conde which boasts the Postcard Cafe, a huge Koi fish dam for the young to enjoy. Secondly, Rustenberg, which boasts beautiful gardens on their property, which is open for day visitors. Finally, end your tour with a visit to Glenelly with some wine and beautiful views of Stellenbosch.

From Cape Town: Winelands Full Day Tour and Wine Tasting

2. 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.

From Cape Town: Garden Route Highlights 3-Day Safari Tour

3. From Cape Town: Garden Route Highlights 3-Day Safari Tour

Day 1: Oudtshoorn Travel about 250 miles (400 km) Start with morning pickup from your accommodation in Cape Town or Stellenbosch. Set off along the famous Route 62, where you'll capture the beauty of high mountains, twisting passes, vast Karoo plains, vineyards and orchards. Pop in at one of the many farm stalls along the way, stocked with locally crafted delights before arriving in Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world. Delve deep underground to the magical Cango Caves’ limestone chambers, alive with drip formation stalactites and stalagmites and remnants of Khoikhoi paintings. Opt for the easy-going guided Heritage Tour or by contrast, the Adventure Tour allows you to wiggle your way through limestone on a daring underground route. You’ll spend the evening in Oudtshoorn at leisure. Join locals for an optional outdoor braai (similar to bbq) including South African favourites, such as ostrich kebabs and pot brood. Overnight at (Saver) Uthando Backpackers or someplace similar. Day 2: WildernessTravel about 280 miles (450 km) As the dawn breaks in the dusty Klein Karoo, opt for a close encounter with Mother Nature and join rangers on an optional Elephant Bush Walk. Gentle giants, Jabari, Malaika and Bulelo made Buffelsdrift their home after their parents were poached in the north of South Africa. Join these three rescued elephants, as they walk to the nearby waterhole. Then, take to the water for a leisurely afternoon paddle along the reed-lined banks in Wilderness National Park region. It’s not until you stop paddling and let the gentle current guide you, that the abundance of birdlife becomes apparent.  The adventure continues as you reach Bloukrans Bridge, the world’s highest commercial bridge bungy jump. Opt in to hurtle face-first down the 134 (216 m) drop or those who'd prefer to keep their feet on solid ground will visit the nearby forest area near Tsitsikamma. Spend the evening soaking in the slow town way of life in Sedgefield or Wilderness, subject to your accommodation location. Feel the white sand between your toes as you sip on cocktails and enjoy dinner. Overnight at (Saver) PiliPili Beach Backpackers or someplace similar. Day 3: Garden Route Travel about 250 miles (400 km) Start the day in the heart of the African bush. On your first stop of the day, spot some of Africa’s wild animals from the back of an open 4x4 vehicle in the malaria-free Botlierskop Private Game Reserve. Search for giraffe, white rhino, kudu, lion, elephant, zebra, and wildebeest, just to name a few. The game drive is led by an experienced game ranger, sharing his knowledge of the local wildlife; including antelope species, birdlife, and insects. End the day with a journey through the landscape of rolling farmlands as you say farewell to the Garden Route on your way back to Cape Town or Stellenbosch.

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

4. From Cape Town: 5-Day Best of Garden Route & Addo Safari

Day 1: Route 62Travel about 400 km Start with a morning pickup from Cape Town and Stellenbosch, between 6 - 7 AM.Travel along Route 62, the longest wine route in the world, with a wine-tasting stop (non-alcoholic tasting available too) before reaching Oudtshoorn in the semi-desert Klein Karoo in the late afternoon. For a close encounter with Mother Nature, opt in to join rangers on an Elephant Educational Bush Walk (at extra cost) as they follow 3 lovable rescued elephants along the waterhole, learning about these gentle giants' background. Then, spend overnight at Uthando Backpackers (if you choose the Saver Dorm package), at 88 van Rheede (if you choose the 3* Comfort package), or Buffelsdrift Lodge (if you choose the 4* Deluxe package). Day 2: OudtshoornTravel about 250 km Visit a working ostrich farm to learn about the largest, flightless bird in the world. Next, head to the mountains to go deep underground in the illuminated wonder world of the Cango Caves. Explore the vast halls filled with ancient stalactites before traveling onward to the Addo region. Spend overnight at Avaco Cabins, Gerald's Gift (if you choose the 3* Comfort package) or Addo Wildlife lodge (if you choose the 4* Deluxe package). Day 3: Addo, Jeffreys BayTravel about 250 km An early morning start allows the best option to spot wildlife as the bush awakes in Addo Elephant National Park, the 3rd largest national park in South Africa. You can join the optional 4x4 game drive (with extra cost).  Next, go on the included 2-hour safari with your guide. Navigate the park in the tour van in search of some of the Big Five animals, including 550 elephants, buffalo, lions, black rhinos, and zebras. Spend your afternoon relaxing with free time at Jeffreys Bay's beach.  Choose between surf lessons, beach horseback riding, or sand boarding (all optional at extra cost). Spend overnight at Island Vibe, Sea Whisper (if you choose the 3* Comfort package), or On The Beach lodge (if you choose the 4* Deluxe package). Day 4: Tsitsikamma, SedgefieldTravel about 250 km Experience the highest Bungy Bridge Jump in the world or Waterfall Zipline over waterfalls in the nearby Tsitsikamma forest (optional at extra cost). Next, see Tsitsikamma National Park. Take a short walk to the suspension bridges before a photo stop at Knysna's lagoon en route to Sedgefield. Spend overnight at Pili Pili Beach Cabanas, Fairy Knowe (if you choose the 3* Comfort package), or Dolphin Dunes Lodge (if you choose the 4* Deluxe package). Day 5: WildernessTravel about 450 km Take to the water for a leisurely canoeing session to a secret waterfall along the rivers of the Wilderness region. On the journey back to Cape Town, spot wildlife on a 4x4 Botlierskop game drive (at extra cost) or relax at Mossel Bay's Diaz Beach after walking to the Cape St Blaize lighthouse. Your adventure ends with an evening drop-off at your Cape Town or Stellenbosch accommodation between 8 - 10 PM.

Stellenbosch: Wine Farm E-Bike Guided Tour

5. Stellenbosch: Wine Farm E-Bike Guided Tour

After departing from Lanzerac E-Bike Trail Centre you will follow our guide along the Eerste River and past some historic buildings. The track will take you into Stellenbosch town with a scenic route where you can do wine tasting, grab a coffee or even an ice cream. From here you will cycle again into the Jonkershoek valley to Stark Conde for and some great wines. You are surrounded by nature and beauty all the way and cycling on the e-bikes enables you to soak up so much more. We spend 30-45 minutes at each wine farm giving you time to enjoy different wine flavors and also do some shopping. Electric Bicycles or and e-bike handles like a normal bicycle but they assist you when you pedal. They are fitted with a motor and a battery. The moment you start to pedal then the motor kicks in and assists you on your journey! This makes cycling more fun with less effort! Your Guide will assist you in understanding your e-bike as well as adjusting the seat post and handing out helmets.

Stellenbosch: E-Bike 2.5Hr Wine Farm Tour

6. Stellenbosch: E-Bike 2.5Hr Wine Farm Tour

After departing from the bike center, you will follow our guide along the Eerste River and past some historic buildings. The track will take you into Stellenbosch town with a scenic route where you can do wine tasting, From here you will cycle to Rustenberg for some great wines. You will be surrounded by nature and beauty all the way, and cycling on an e-bike will enable you to soak up so much more of your surroundings. You will spend 45-60 minutes at a wine farm, which will provide you with time to enjoy different wine flavors and also do some shopping. At the conclusion of your wine experienced, you will be transferred back to the bike trail center.

Stellenbosch: Guided Winelands Cycle Tour with Wine Tasting

7. Stellenbosch: Guided Winelands Cycle Tour with Wine Tasting

Characterized by sprawling winelands, locals and international visitors alike adore Stellenbosch. A bicycle wine tour in Stellenbosch will introduce you to fragrant wine blends and create unforgettable memories. Tour guests experience a Stellenbosch winelands tour like no other, fully immersed in picturesque undulating hills and lush greenery. Kick back and relax on your bicycle. Indulge in the pleasant warmth of the sun on your back and the cool breezes skimming over your face. Enjoy an idyllic break from the busyness of city life while cruising over silky trails. The tour is fully guided, so you can focus on taking in your surroundings and not worry about losing your way. This adventure is ideal for families and great for solo adventurers as well. Our Stellenbosch Half-Day Winelands Cycle Tour kicks off at the Skilpadvlei Wine Estate. Deriving its name from the legendary tortoise colony discovered in the vlei in the 1800s, the Skilpadvlei Wine Estate is in the heart of the Cape Winelands. From Merlot and Shiraz to Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc, this fifth-generation wine farm has some of the best cultivars in the region. Indulge in wine tastings and soak up the stunning surrounding views. Guests will also have the opportunity to explore the picturesque gardens of Neethlingshof Wine Estate on our second leg of the Stellenbosch bicycle wine tour. The award-winning boutique wine farm is renowned for its short story collection of premium wines. Whether you’re pressed for time or making a last-minute addition to your itinerary, our bicycle wine tour in Stellenbosch is ideal.

Stellenbosch: Historical Bike Tour & Wine Tasting

8. 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. Receive a snack pack included in the rate. 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.

Cape Town: Cape Peninsula and Winelands Full Day Combo Tour

9. Cape Town: Cape Peninsula and Winelands Full Day Combo Tour

When you have limited time to spend in Cape Town, or if you just want to be an efficient traveller, this is the ideal full-day Cape tour for you. This experience combines the best of a historical, wine tasting and landmark tour. On this tour you will really see the best of the Cape. The Peninsula portion of the tour will include visits to all of the important landmarks and historical sites including: Clifton and Camps Bay; Twelve Aspotles; Chapman’s Peak; Noordhoek; Cape Point; Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve; Simons Town, Kalk Bay, Muizenberg and False Bay. You will also be taken on a fascinating ostrich viewing and have the opportunity to take part in an optional Penguin Colony visit. On the wine route, you will visit the historical town of Stellenbosch and learn about how it is the centre of the South African wine industry. Here you will visit one of the many wineries in the Winelands and do a complimentary wine tasting and cellar tour. You will also have the chance to purchase the wines you just sampled. The Cape is a beautiful and fascinating part of the world. Don’t miss a thing and take part in this comprehensive and fun-filled full-day tour.

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What people are saying about Stellenbosch

Great tour. Communication for initial pickup was good and on time, from there our guide TK looked after everything. Backpackers accommodations were a good standard overall (varied from basic to really nice). Activities were brilliant and scenery throughout the tour was fab. Tour guide TK added a lot of knowledge and was keen to share South African history and culture with the group as well as learn about our countries current affairs, culture and history.

Our tour-guide Tuikke was great. Helpful , kind , good vibes, informative but in a fun way. The three days were absolutely great, very busy and many things to see and catch up with. 12 ppl were on the tour , the general mood was great as well, everyone chill and ready to make compromises for the sake of others. On the last day on the safari we couldn’t find as many animals as we wanted to , but this is how nature works . Everything was worth to see.

Very nice tour! Overall, the trip was great fun and very informative. Our guide Neville was just great! He was very committed, explained a lot to us and spread a good mood. The game drive in the beautiful reserve was the most fun. I would have loved to have spent more time there.

One of our most beautiful tours we did in Cape Town. Impressive nature, very good wines and the best tour guide we have ever had. Thank you Denver, you made the day unforgettable for everyone.

Amazing tour. Loved the wine tasting and chocolate pairing, and cycling round the vineyards was breathtaking. Highly recommend