Cape Winelands Walk

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Cape Winelands Walk

The Cape Winelands Walk is a 4, 5 or 7 day self-guided walking/hiking holiday offered by Trails and Travel. It is an opportunity to discover the area between Somerset West and Stellenbosch. This is one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa with distinctive and spectacular countryside.

OVERVIEW

  • Features

    Type Self-guided walk
    Location Somerset West & Stellenbosch
    Group size 2 or more
    Duration 3, 4 or 6 nights
    Grading Moderate grade
    Day Stages Minimum 10 km, max 19 km
    Distance 6 days 78 km, 4 days 50 km, 3 days 43 km
    Terrain Mountains, farm-land, country roads
    Hotels Generally 4 star
    Meals Breakfast each day
    Cost From R6 850 per person
    Dates Oct – April is “High season”

  • Summary

    The Cape Winelands region is regarded as one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa. Of this the area between Somerset West and Stellenbosch is the jewel in the crown. The Cape Winelands Walk offers an opportunity to experience the splendour of this distinctive and spectacular countryside first-hand. The walk covers a distance of some 50 km – 5 days. A longer option of the trail is also available. Your journey will take you through pristine “fynbos” – the distinctive feature of the Cape Floral Region. It is the smallest but richest of the world’s 6 floral kingdoms with no less than 9,000 species. You will walk along private and secure footpaths that wend their way through some of South Africa’s most esteemed wine estates – through an undulating and spectacularly varied countryside that will provide vista upon breathtaking vista.

  • Highlights

    Mountains Hottentots Holland- , Helderberg  & Stellenbosch mountains
    Fynbos” plants and wildlife The Cape Floral Region is the smallest but richest of the world’s 6 floral regions- no less than 9,000 species.It has been identified as one of the world’s 18 biodiversity hot spots. A lecture about Fynbos is included in the program
    Nature Reserves Helderberg-, Jonkershoek- and Assegaaibosch Nature Reserves, representing the Cape Floral Region and recognised as a World Heritage site. (The 4 day and 5 day options exclude Jonkershoek- and Assegaaibosch Nature Reserves)
    Views Gordon’s Bay, Strand, Somerset West, False Bay, Stellenbosch  & Cape Peninsula
    Security Most of the trip is over private property with security gates.
    Wine estates Arguably some of the most beautiful wine estates in the world, with history dating back to 1700 and producing world class wines
    Accommodation and restaurant options Top quality hotels. A blend of 4 star quality and country style
    Historic town Stellenbosch Unescorted and guided tour option in South Africa’s second oldest town


TOUR DETAILS

  • Itinerary

    4 days

    Cape Winelands Walk

    Note: The 4 day option is currently unavailable, as a result of a recent fire. Refer to the 5 day walk below.

    Day 1: Arrival in Somerset West for overnight.

    Day 2: The walking trip starts in the remarkable fynbos-rich Helderberg Nature Reserve – abundant with a dazzling variety of birdlife – on the outskirts of the town of Somerset West. This includes a lecture on what nature has to offer over the next 3 days. From there we will follow our route through the vineyards of the stately Lourensford Wine Estate, to end our day’s adventure on the magnificent Vergelegen Wine Estate – which started out as VOC Governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel’s folly, more than 300 years ago. Distance 10 km – Whole Day.

    Day 3: You start the day on the Lourensford Wine Estate and head in a north westerly direction, towards Dornier Wine Estate and the Blaauklippen Valley. A vigorous walk through vineyards and pristine fynbos countryside, with breathtaking views of the Hottentots Holland Mountain range, False Bay – and into the distance Table Mountain and the mountains of the Cape Peninsula towards Cape Point. Distance 19 km – Whole Day, approx 7 – 8 hours

    Day 4: From the Blaauwklippen Valley we head towards Stellenbosch via Vriesenhof Wine Estate, on the western side of the Stellenbosch Mountain and the famous Coetzenburg Sports Grounds of the University of Stellenbosch. The variety of fynbos along the walk is immense. During the day you will probably not see much of the local wildlife, but you will come across the spoor and scat of a variety of antelope and probably hear the bark of baboons on the high cliffs. Distance 14 km – approx 4 hours

    Extra day in Stellenbosch (Recommended) After Cape Town, Stellenbosch is South Africa’s oldest settlement, and steeped in a fascinating and convoluted history. The final day’s walk is through the proud old university town with its countless splendidly preserved buildings. This is a walk through history. Distance 10 km.

    5 days

    Cape Winelands Walk- 4 days

    Day 1: Arrival in Somerset West for overnight.

    Day 2: The walking trip starts in the remarkable fynbos-rich Helderberg Nature Reserve – abundant with a dazzling variety of birdlife – on the outskirts of the town of Somerset West. This includes a lecture on what nature has to offer over the next 4 days. From there we will follow our route through the vineyards of the stately Lourensford Wine Estate, to end our day’s adventure on the magnificent Vergelegen Wine Estate – which started out as VOC Governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel’s folly, more than 300 years ago. Distance 10 km – Whole Day.

    Day 3: Waterford Estate Porcupine Trail (5 km- 3 hours). The property is situated on the slopes of the beautiful Helderberg Mountain in the Stellenbosch region – the undisputed wine capital of South Africa. The Estate has chosen to use only half of the total land for the planting of vines, in order to preserve and maintain the natural flora and fauna of the beautiful Blaauwklippen (blue stone) valley. The Cape is home to the largest and most spectacular concentration of flowers and plants found anywhere on earth.
    From Waterford to Dornier Estate and Vriesenhof in the Blaauwklippen valley. Distance for the day 14 -16 km.

    Day 4: Walk in the direction of Stellenbosch and exlore estates such as Hidden Valley Wines – a gem to be discovered on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, Ernie Els Wines- established by a leading South African sportsman and ambassador and Rust en Vrede Wines – more than 300 years old – nominated as the first South African red wine in the Top 100 Wines of the World and repeated this achieved for four consecutive years. Distance 14 km- Whole day

    Day 5: Spend the day in Stellenbosch. After Cape Town, Stellenbosch is South Africa’s oldest settlement, and steeped in a fascinating and convoluted history. Walk through the proud old university town with its countless splendidly preserved buildings. This is a walk through history. Distance 10 km.
    Note: Day 5 is recommended but optional

    7 days

    Cape Winelands WalkDay 1: Arrival in Somerset West for overnight.

    Day 2: The walking trip starts in the remarkable fynbos-rich Helderberg Nature Reserve – abundant with a dazzling variety of birdlife – on the outskirts of the town of Somerset West. This includes a lecture on what nature has to offer over the next 4 days. From there we will follow our route through the vineyards of the stately Lourensford Wine Estate, to end our day’s adventure on the magnificent Vergelegen Wine Estate – which started out as VOC Governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel’s folly, more than 300 years ago. Distance 10 km – Whole Day.

    Day 3: Waterford Estate Porcupine Trail (5 km- 3 hours). The property is situated on the slopes of the beautiful Helderberg Mountain in the Stellenbosch region – the undisputed wine capital of South Africa. The Estate has chosen to use only half of the total land for the planting of vines, in order to preserve and maintain the natural flora and fauna of the beautiful Blaauwklippen (blue stone) valley. The Cape is home to the largest and most spectacular concentration of flowers and plants found anywhere on earth.
    From Waterford to Dornier Estate and Vriesenhof in the Blaauklioppen valley. Distance for the day 14-16 km – Whole day

    Day 4: Walk in the direction of Stellenbosch and exlore estates such as Hidden Valley Wines – a gem to be discovered on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, Ernie Els Wines – established by a leading South African sportsman and ambassador and Rust en Vrede Wines – more than 300 years old – nominated as the first South African red wine in the Top 100 Wines of the World and repeated this achieved for four consecutive years. Distance 14 km – Whole day

    Day 5: Jonkershoek Nature Reserve is home to the majestic Jonkershoek Mountains and part of the Jonkershoek Valley. The rugged Jonkershoek Mountains, which forms part of the Boland Mountains, are ideal for hiking enthusiasts. The Eerste River starts in these mountains and flows through the valley. The walk starts from the Jonkershoek circle route and includes Sosyskloof and the lower section of Swartboskloof. In Sosyskloof you will see indigenous trees which have been there for centuries and survived devastating fires for which fynbos is known. Distance 9- 12 km – approx 5 hours

    Day 6: Enjoy the wonderful view over Drakenstein Peak, Boschendal and the Banhoek Valley from the ridge north of Square Tower Peak in the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve. Distance 16 km – Whole Day, 7 – 8 hours- Whole day

    Day 7: After Cape Town, Stellenbosch is South Africa’s oldest settlement and steeped in a fascinating and convoluted history. The final day’s walk is through the proud old university town with its countless splendidly preserved buildings. This is a walk through history. Distance 10 km. Departure or extra night, if requested.

  • Accommodation

    You will stay in 4 star hotels/guesthouses. The Superior package offers superior 4 star rooms – and 5 star accommodation, if available. It is not a continuous walk. You will normally be based at two locations but it depends on availability.  Transfers from arrival at the first hotel to the end of the trail are included in the package.  Click on the pictures to view the high standard of accommodation:

     

    Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa, Somerset West

    Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa, Somerset West

    Eendracht Hotel, Stellenbosch

    Eendracht Hotel, Stellenbosch

    River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa, Stellenbosch

    River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa, Stellenbosch

    Stellenboschfontein

    Stellenbosch-
    fontein

    Dornier Homestead

    Dornier Homestead

    Eikendal Lodge, Cape Winelands Walk

    Eikendal Lodge

    Coopmanhuijs Hotel

    Coopmanhuijs Hotel

    Willowbrook Country House

    Willowbrook Country House

  • Rates & Tour info

    Rate

    4 days (3 nights)
    The rate for the Standard option is R7 600 per person sharing. (R8 350 from 1 Sep 2017)For a group of 4, with 2 people per room, the rate is R6 850 per person. (R7 500 from 1 Sep 2017). It will be 4 star. The rate for single accommodation or an extra night (night 4) in Stellenbosch or more than four people per group, available on request. The Superior package offers superior 4 star rooms, if available. The rate will be quoted on request, based on hotels selected. During low season (May-September) the holiday may be available at a reduced rate. A minimum of 2 people per group.

    5 days (4 nights)
    The rate is linked to the quality of accommodation selected. It will normally be 4 star for the Standard option. The Superior package offers superior 4 star rooms, if available. The rate will be quoted per person, based on 2 people sharing a double room. Single accommodation or an extra night (night 5) in Stellenbosch can be arranged at additional cost. A minimum of 2 people per group.

    7 days (6 nights)
    The rate is linked to the quality of accommodation selected. It will normally be 4 star for the Standard option. The Superior package offers superior 4 star rooms and 5 star accommodation, if available. The rate will be quoted per person, based on 2 people sharing a double room. Single accommodation or an extra night (night 7) in Stellenbosch can be arranged at additional cost. A minimum of 2 people per group.

    Included
    Accommodation in selected hotels/guesthouses including breakfast
    Our detailed route notes and description allow you to walk self-guided and at your own pace amid splendid scenery while we transport your luggage.
    A presentation about what nature has to offer.
    Transport between hotels and the trail, where necessary (It is not a continuous walk)
    Not Included
    Flights.
    Transport to the guest house/hotel of the first evening and from end of trail.
    Lunches, dinners, drinks with meals (Lunch packs must be ordered at your guest house for the following day).
    Entrance fees at Nature Reserves.
    Grading

     

    Moderate walking grade-Walking holidays in South Africa

    Moderate walking grade

    Overall rating is moderate. You do not need to be ultra-fit but certainly able to walk between 12 and 25 kms per day and be able to cope with undulating countryside and some hills. The route takes you along stony mountain paths, along field and farm tracks and along country roads. The daily walking grades are as follows:

    The 4 day route : Day 1 – Arrival, Day 2 – Easy, Day 3 – Challenging, Day 4 – Moderate.  

    The 5 day route: Day 1 – Arrival, Day 2 – Easy, Days 3 and 4 – Moderate and Day 5 – Easy

    The 7 day route: Day 1 – Arrival, Day 2 – Easy, Days 3, 4 and 5 – Moderate, Day 6 – Challenging and Day 7 – Easy

     Refer to Walking grades ,for definition of grades

  • Travel information

    When to Go

    Travel info- Cape Winelands WalkDaily from beginning of October to end of April (high season). The route is also available during low season and may be at a reduced rate. Please contact us for details. Low season is a popular time for the locals in the mountains because of the cooler temperatures, although the weather is less predictable. Early reservation ensure that the best accommodation can be obtained.

    Climate

    Weather in the Western Cape Coastal region is mild Mediteranean. Rainfall measures up to 1 000 mm (40 inches) per year.  For more details go to Read more

    Getting There

    Somerset West is 35 km from Cape Town airport. Private transfers available on request – please ask for rates.

    What to Take

    Sturdy walking boots and walking socks (with a change of socks in day bag), day bag, swimming costume, 1 x water bottle with 1 litre capacity, insect repellent, sun glasses, sun hat, sun block/cream, rainproof, fleece, compass, torch and a first-aid kit.

    Insurance

    We recommend that you arrange appropriate holiday insurance covering you against illness, injury, and loss or damage to luggage. This insurance should also cover the possibility of you having to cancel your holiday for whatever reason.

    Availability and Booking

    172342,1308765866,2.v01To reserve a date, Go to  : Availability request

    To book – Go to  How to book ,or

    email: info@trailsandtravel.co.za Tel.:  +27 (0) 21 852 5937, Fax.: +27 (0) 86 618 3448

     

    Map of Cape Winelands

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INSPIRATION

  • Gallery

    For pictures of the route go to Cape Winelands Gallery View Cape Fynbos pictures in Fynbos Gallery

  • Wine Estates

    You will walk across or visit award-winning wine estates famous for their wine and unique offerings.

    Lourensford Estate, Somerset West

    Lourensford Estate, Somerset West

    Vriesenhof Vineyards, Stellenbosch

    Vriesenhof Vineyards, Stellenbosch

    Vergelegen Estate, Somerset West

    Vergelegen Estate, Somerset West

    Dornier Wines, Stellenbosch

    Dornier Wines, Stellenbosch

     

    Waterford Estate

     

    Hidden Valley Wines

     

    Ernie Els Wines

     

    Rust en Vrede Estate

  • Reviews

    Comments by guests who have experienced a self-guided walking/hiking holiday offered by WalkingHolidays.co.za in South Africa :  “Overall, the holiday was invigorating-  You certainly went out of your way to make the whole time memorable- We are recommending it to our walking community in the States- Fantastic walks, wines and accommodation” Read all  Reviews

  • Cape Winelands- area information

    The Cape Winelands Walk is in the area around Somerset West and Stellenbosch- the second oldest town in South Africa. The vegetation, Cape Fynbos, is the smallest but richest of the world’s six floral kingdoms. Find out about the history, the wine estates and Nature Reserves, etc. Go to Read more  

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