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Cape Winelands Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Cape Winelands, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

Language English, Afrikaans
Time Difference 2 hours
Currency South African Rand
Voltage 230V

Sublime scenery, a pleasant climate, fancy food and world-class wines: just four of many reasons to visit the Cape Winelands. An easy hour-long drive from vibrant Cape Town, this gloriously fertile region reveals majestic mountains, rolling valleys and sun-dappled vineyards, dotted with a handful of exquisite manor houses and secluded boutique hotels. The region’s highlights include the colonial town of Stellenbosch, an old Dutch settlement known for its laid-back café culture, and Franschhoek, an attractive village filled with amazing art galleries, exclusive shops and swanky eateries, founded by French Huguenots.

These bygone visitors brought a touch of Europe to Africa’s magical landscape, shown today in the classic Cape Dutch architecture and the planting of vines. Centuries on, food and wine connoisseurs flock here, keen to sample the deliciously creative cuisine and sensational wines, enjoying bespoke tours on foot, bicycle and horseback. The region is also home to wonderful nature reserves and natural attractions, best seen by helicopter for a stunning bird’s-eye view. Combine your visit with Cape Town, the Garden Route, or a breath-taking safari – talk through the options with our Africa experts.

Highlights+
Gourmet Food & Wine

Feel your senses come alive as you gaze at the landscapes, sample the food and drink the wine of the stunning Cape Winelands. Franschhoek is South Africa’s gourmet capital, plating up elegant, mouth-watering cuisine in award-winning restaurants. The Franschhoek Wine Route promises mesmerising scenery and seriously good wine, showcased on various tasting tours; hop aboard the Franschhoek Wine Tram and sample premium labels in illustrious wineries. South Africa’s oldest wine route takes you in and around Stellenbosch, a vine-swept area dotted with Cape Dutch manor-houses and notable wine estates.

Climate+

The Cape Winelands enjoys a Mediterranean-style climate. Summer falls between November and March, with average maximum temperatures of 27°C. Rainfall increases in winter, though the sun regularly shines and the area is beautifully green. Visit in spring for wild mountain flowers, in summer for chilled wines and alfresco lunches, in autumn for splashes of burnished golds and deep russets, or in winter for hearty reds and roaring fires; it is a destination to be enjoyed, whatever the season.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Cape Winelands.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January2220
February2320
March2130
April1850
May1670
June1390
July13100
August1370
September1450
October1640
November1820
December2020

Getting There+

Flight Information
British Airways direct from London Heathrow to Cape Town.

Flight Time
From London Heathrow to Cape Town: 11 hours, 30 minutes.

Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

New rules apply with regards to children travelling to South Africa. Parents travelling with children under the age of 18 will be asked to show the child’s full unabridged birth certificate. The full unabridged birth certificate should list the child's details and both parents details. The abridged (short) birth certificate which only lists the child's particulars won't be accepted. The South African Department of Home Affairs are not accepting uncertified copies of birth certificates, passports or copies of parents/guardians identification.

Where one parent is accompanying, in addition to the unabridged birth certificate there will be a need for parental or legal consent for the child to travel for example an affidavit from the other parent,(a letter from the parent witnessed and stamped by a solicitor), court order, or if applicable a death certificate . A copy of the parent's passport is also required signed and stamped by a solicitor.

Where a person is travelling with a child who is not their biological child, they must provide the unabridged birth certificate for the child, affidavit from the child's parents or legal guardian giving consent and copies of the identity documents or passport of the parents or legal guardian.

For further information or any other requirements please check the government website. https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/south-africa/entry-requirements  

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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