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1. Paarl

Entering Paarl from Wellingston

Town with a simple country atmosphere Paarl in the Western Cape of South Africa is situated approximately 60 km northeast from  Cape Town, at the foot of the second largest granite outcrop in the world. It is the third oldest town in South Africa and the largest in the Cape Winelands. Well known for its scenic beauty and fruit growing heritage, Paarl has a wide variety of grapes growing in the area, including Cabernet Sauvingnon, Pinotage, Shiraz, Chardonney and Chenin Blanc. There are over 25 wine cellars to visit along the  Paarl Red Wine Route, some of the most popular being Backsberg Estate, Nederburg, Simonsvlei and KWV. Despite the fact that it is virtually…

2. Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve

Paarl Mountain

The ReserveThe three rounded outcrops that make up Paarl Mountain is the second largest granite outcrop in the world and forms part of the Nature Reserve for which Paarl is well known.Few towns have been blessed as Paarl has with an area of unspoiled natural beauty at its doorstep.A network of paths make it an ideal area in which to walk, within a few minutes of the bustle of everyday urban life. Take a vigorous hike, or climb Bretagne Rock, follow one of the many hiking trails, visit Millwater Wild Flower Garden where 15 species of protea may be viewed, catch trout or bass for dinner or enjoy mountain biking or picnics. Fishing permits available at Paarl Municipality.The picturesque…

3. Riebeek Kasteel

Riebeek Kasteel as seen from the R311

The tiny town of Riebeek Kasteel lies approximately 75 km north-east of Cape Town and only 5 km from its twin town Riebeek West. Together the two towns form part of the Riebeek Valley. This picturesque village is situated on the slopes of the Kasteelberg Mountains, among rolling vineyards and olive groves. It is believed to be one of the oldest villages in South Africa and the valleys scenery can easily have you mistakenly think you are in Tuscany, Italy. In 2009, the “Rapport” Newspaper named it the third most beautiful town in the Western Cape. During Spring when the peach orchards are in bloom the tranquil town is covered in soft hues of pink and white. Over the last…

4. Riebeek West

The Ox & Wagon Pub & Restaurant

Riebeek West is a small town that, together with Riebeek Kasteel forms part of the Riebeek Valley in the Western Cape. This quaint little town is only an hours’ drive from Cape Town and a popular destination for those seeking a peaceful weekend get-away. The Valley has become the focus of artists and youngsters living alternative, self-sufficient lifestyles. Most locals work from home and commute to Cape Town only when necessary. The scene is set with rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves and wheat fields, all inspiring relaxation and tranquility and the slightly bohemian atmosphere only adds to the town's appeal. The town and the surrounding area offers relaxing walks and…

5. Wellington

Beautiful church building

Home of the Vines The hidden valley of Wellington lies at the foot of the Groenberg Mountains, just 45 minutes from Cape Town. This quaint towns’ scenic location has made it a popular tourist destination, particularly with wine lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Almost 90% of the country’s vines are grown here in vine-cutting nurseries before they are distributed for planting and the valley lends itself to activities such as horse riding, hiking and mountain biking. The Limietberg Nature Reserve alone has nine different hiking trails through fynbos-rich terrain. The Wellington Wine Route is one of the youngest, launched in the mid 1990’s, but the route is small and cellars in…