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Cape Town & The Western Cape Winelands

Cape Town! The Mother City. An eclectically cosmopolitan and vibrant city full of colour, creativity and delicious cuisine. It is one of the most historically important cities in South Africa as it was here where the first European colonists set foot.

You’ll find whatever you want when you visit Cape Town and the list of things to do is endless. Relax on white sandy beaches, hike up Table Mountain and Lion’s Head, shop up a storm at the V & A Waterfront, party the night away at trendy night clubs, enjoy exquisite cuisine and fine dining, visit the Company Gardens, Kirstenbosch Gardens, take a drive on the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive which hugs the Atlantic Coast, take the ferry to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned or venture forth into the Cape Winelands.

Table Mountain is the prominent landmark over-looking Cape Town and is a significant tourist attraction with many tourists taking the cableway or hiking up every day. The mountain forms part of the Table Mountain National Park and is home to a large variety of endemic plants.

Whilst visiting Cape Town one will be sure to experience one of the oldest traditions, which is still kept alive, the firing of the Noon Day Gun. This is done every day at 12 noon and startles many visitors. The gun has gone off every day since 1806 and a second gun is always prepared in case of misfire!

Wine tasting is one of the best ways to spend a day in Cape Town. Close enough to visit for a day one can combine the delicious wines with some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth, century old architecture, and gastronomical food.

The Cape Winelands is the origin to some of the world's most popular wines and are a premier visitor attraction for both locals and international tourists.

South Africa's winelands stretch from the Cape Overberg in the south-western Cape, through the Little Karoo and the West Coast into the adjacent province of the Northern Cape. The Cape Winelands are the most well-known and include the Route 62 wine route which is said to be the world's longest wine route.

When visiting this vast area make sure you set aside enough time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings, savour wine tastings, pick strawberries and participate in numerous events hosted by the various regions.

The Cape Winelands are known as the culinary capital of South Africa and one can savour some of the world’s finest menus in this region.

It is an artist’s and photographer’s paradise with unsurpassed mountain scenery that takes one’s breath away with vineyards and Cape Dutch architecture as backdrops.

Many of the wine farms share a French Huguenot heritage and one can expect to find an enormous French influence. The beautifully quaint Franschhoek village, ‘gourmet capital of South Africa', bursts with art galleries, antique shops, restaurants and stunning boutique hotels and guesthouses. Be sure to take the Wine Tram for a lovely bit of history and a lot of fun!

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