Discover The Cape and Winelands
Enjoy this gracious self drive tour of Cape Town and the Winelands. Your accommodation is an elegant hideaway close to the city, offering unsurpassed views of the magnificent Cape coastline, where you can relax in peace and tranquility. Visit the exuberant V&A Waterfront, ride the Cableway to the top of Table Mountain and the Cable Car and discover the world famous beaches along the Atlantic Coastline. Drive along the world renowned Chapman's Peak Drive on your way to Cape Point, situated within the Table Mountain National Park. Travel back along the False Bay Coastline, through Simonstown, Fish Hoek and Kalk Bay. Make your way through the suburbs to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens world renowned for the Cape Flora it displays.
Set off into the Cape Countryside passing through dramatic scenic passes as you explore this picturesque valley. Your accommodation in Paarl is at an exclusive Country Lodge, dating back to 1692. Explore the route to Franschhoek where spectacular vineyards cover the Mountain slopes. This is a valley rich in history centred around a picturesque village of friendly, welcoming people. Travel back via the Stellenbosch Wine Route where you can sample some of the most famous South African Wines.
On arrival at Cape Town International airport you will be met and transferred to your elegant hideaway; Ellerman House, close to the City of Cape Town. With unsurpassed views of the magnificent Cape coastline, you can relax in peace and tranquility, while still being close enough to enjoy the many attractions of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Once the summer residence of shipping magnate Sir John Ellerman and his wife Lady Esther, this gracious Cape Edwardian mansion was created for the finer things in life. Today Ellerman House is world-renowned for exceptional hospitality and cuisine in true Relais and Chateaux style, delivered against the backdrop of a dramatic natural setting and a magnificent art collection. Over 250 original works of fine art and sculpture, representing the cream of South African classic and contemporary artistic talent, has established Ellerman house as a gallery of national significance.
Your hired car will be delivered to your hotel, affording you the flexibility to explore the Cape and Winelands at your own pace.
Enjoy a trip up Table Mountain in the cableway where you will enjoy the best views of Cape Town. The Cableway takes you to the summit in under ten minutes and the cable car's rotating floor ensures that all passengers enjoy a 360degree aerial view of the city.
Visit the exuberant waterfront, situated between Robben Island and Table Mountain in the heart of Cape Town's working harbour. Set against a backdrop of splendid mountain and sea views, you will experience exciting shopping, restaurants and entertainment venues.
Ellerman house occupies a commanding position above Cape Town's Bantry Bay from where the royal blue Atlantic Ocean sparkles away to the north and west under sun-drenched skies.
Explore the beauty of Cape Town as you travel along the Atlantic Coastline viewing the world famous beaches of Clifton, Camps Bay and Llandudno, continue on to the picturesque town of Hout Bay. Hout Bay's beauty is impressive, surrounded by an amphitheatre of mountains that seem to protectively guard over its calm azure bay.
Drive along the world renowned Chapmans Peak on your way to Cape Point, this drive winds its way between Hout Bay and Noordhoek and is undeniably one of the most spectacular marine drives worldwide. The nine kilometer route, with its 114 curves, skirts the rocky coastline of Chapman's Peak, the 593m high southerly extension of Constantia Berg. The drive offers awesome 180* views with many areas along the route where you can stop and enjoy the scenery and perhaps enjoy a picnic.
Arrive at Cape Point which is situated within the Table Mountain National Park, where legend has it that the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet.
There is a major peak that has the old lighthouse on the top. A funicular railway runs from the car park to the north up to slightly below the level of the old lighthouse and a short flight of steps leads to a viewing platform at the base of the lighthouse. You will enjoy breathtaking views of the Peninsula and Oceans from these two peaks.
Inside the reserve you will find a variety of animals including buck, baboons and Cape Mountain Zebra as well as over 250 species of birds and indigenous flora.
Enjoy a lunch surrounded by this beauty at the Two Oceans Restaurant.
Travel back via the False Bay coastline, through Simons Town an important South African Naval Base where you can visit the South African Naval Museum as well as the Simons Town museum, which highlights events in the development of the area through the centuries.
Travel through Fish Hoek, with one of the most swimming friendly beaches in Cape Town onto Kalk Bay. Kalk Bay with its natural harbor and resident fishermen is a lazy seaside village which is home to many quirky antique shops, eclectic art shops and funky restaurants.
Travel through the suburbs onto Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain.
Enjoy a scrumptious high tea before taking a walk through the cultivated gardens, which display collections of South African plants.
Return to Ellerman House for Dinner where the Diningroom, coolly attired in soft neutrals and an anthology of seascapes, brings the sea to the table with magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean.
After a leisurely breakfast set off into the Cape Countryside as you head for Wellington, nestled at the foot of the Groenberg Mountain range. You will pass through dramatic scenic passes as you explore this picturesque valley.
Enjoy a wine tasting at Diemersfontein Wine Farm, renowned for its beauty, informal elegance and grace. Vineyard plantings include Shiraz, Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Diemersfontein's maiden vintage won the Paul Sauer Trophy for a wooded Pinotage at the SA Young Wine Show and from that first vintage, awards have continued to be received by the Estate for many of their wines. After an enjoyable and informative wine tasting head off towards Paarl, where you will overnight at the luxurious and gracious Palmiet Valley Estate.
This exclusive country lodge has a history dating back to 1692, the time when some of the original European settlers and wine growers arrived in the Cape. The 96 acre estate is host to exotic fruit trees and endless vines of noble white grape varieties, such as Chardonnay, Chenin blanc, and Sauvignon blanc. The homestead is built in the attractive and characteristic Cape Dutch style with accommodation in the two main buildings. With attention to detail Palmiet Valley Estate offers the charm and ambience of a bygone age. The extensive landscaped garden area is surrounded by ancient oak trees, providing privacy and tranquillity for the perfect stay.
Enjoy a delicious three course meal in the historical dining room. The restaurant is for the exclusive use of the lodges guests.
The ten rooms and two cottages have been painstakingly furnished, with the careful use of valuable antiques in the style of the 1800's. Each room has an individual colour scheme and character with a luxury separate bathroom.
Weather permitting, enjoy a relaxed breakfast served outside under the canopy
of the ancient oak and jacaranda trees, or on the terrace overlooking the
aromatic herb garden.
Spend the day exploring the route to Franschoek. The distance is only thirty kilometers, allowing you to leisurely explore the Wine Farms along the way.
Franschoek is nestled between towering mountains and is the food and wine heartland of the country, where splendid wines are grown and top chefs create international cuisine. Spectacular vineyards cover the mountain slopes settled more than three hundred years ago by the Huguenots, who brought with them their age-old French wine and food culture. This is a valley rich in history centered around a picturesque village of friendly, welcoming people.
Enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the 50 Best Restaurants in the world, Le Quartier Francais, as voted by UK magazine.
You can sample white wines, elegant and fruity reds and a number of Cap Classique wines at any of the 42 Boutique wineries in the area.
After a day of exploration return to the serenity of your gracious hotel, where you can enjoy the secluded pool area which provides the opportunity to cool off or enjoy the pockets of shade relaxing under the trees.
Enjoy a walk through the vineyards before you settle down to an evening of fine dining.
After a leisurely and relaxed morning make your way back to Cape Town, via the Stellenbosch Wine route. Enjoy lunch at Blaauwklippen, one of the many famous wine Farms, where you can enjoy a mixture of modern and traditional Cape Cuisine. They offer carriage rides through the vineyards, cellar tours and wine tasting in their own Wine centre.
Take a stroll around the peaceful and safe town of Stellenbosch. An important cultural centre, Stellenbosch has many galleries and museums housing important national and international art collections and the Stellenbosch Conservatoire is the country's oldest music school.
After a day of exploration return your hired vehicle to Cape Town International airport.
As this is a suggested itinerary, offering a gracious holiday in tranquil surroundings, we can add on or alter any part of this trip to suit your preferences.