Self Drive Tour of the Cape Winelands


We’ve designed this tour with a few things in mind ... not trying to do too much in one day, taking in as much of the majestic landscapes of the wine country as possible, having some wine (but not too much!), exploring some the architectural and social heritage of the wine country, and, avoiding the crowds!
You should be able to complete this tour in a day (although it’s a long and busy one) but it’s impossible to everything on this itinerary in the times suggested, so start by crossing off at least one or two of the stops!

This delightful tour winds its way through the heart of the Cape Winelands, where Cape Dutch architecture, rolling vineyards, fine wines and beautiful mountain ranges are the order of the day. You're taken through the history of the Winelands, visit several wine farms and of cours get to eat at some of the Cape's most fantastic restaurants.

- Tour Itinerary -

09h00 Leave Parker Cottage after a fantastic breakfast
10h00 Rust en Vrede: A large historic (1694) estate in a splendid setting. Great reds!
11h00 Stellenbosch: historic university town and centre of the wine industry
12h00 The Helshoogte Pass: scenic mountain pass: cycle it if you dare.
12h30 Rainbow’s End: small and beautiful family-run estate with laid back vibe.
13h20 Solms Delta: An avant garde wine estate with great social responsibility and museum
14h20 Franschhoek: A world famous small wine town, snobby but pretty.
16h00 Paul Cluver: An exclusively family run estate
16h00 Babylonstoren: A superb collection of gardens, history, wine and afternoon tea.

Make it easy ! Our driver, Chris Hannival, can take you on this trip in his nice shiny BMW for the whole day for R1 800 for up to 2 guests sharing. He can of course take more but needs to quote separately. Drop us an email to find out more.

In our downloadable PDF you’ll find a map (for the whole route) on the last page, as well as detailed maps as you need them for the tricky bits!

Centrally located in the Tamboerskloof, Cape Town, Parker Cottage is situated not too far from the Cape Winelands, the Durbanville wine route.