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.

TypeSelf-guided walk
LocationSomerset West & Stellenbosch
Group size2 or more
Duration3-6 nights (4-7 days)
GradingModerate grade
Day StagesMinimum 10 km, max 19 km
Distance7 days 75 km, 4 days 37 km
TerrainMountains, farm-land, country roads
HotelsGenerally 4 star
MealsBreakfast each day
CostFrom R8 000 per person
DatesOct to April is “High season”

 

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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.

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

 

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 3 days. From there we will follow our route through the vineyards of the stately Lourensford Wine Estate to the magnificent Vergelegen Wine Estate - which started out as VOC Governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel’s folly, more than 300 years ago. You can end your day's adventure at Vergelegen or at Morgenster Wine and Olive Estate. 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 15 km - Whole Day, approx 7 hours

Day 4: 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, Mont Marie and Vriesenhof in the Blaauwklippen valley. Distance for the day 12 km.

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.

7 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 the magnificent Vergelegen Wine Estate - which started out as VOC Governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel’s folly, more than 300 years ago. You can end your day's adventure at Vergelegen or at Morgenster Wine and Olive Estate. 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 15 km - Whole Day, approx 7 hours

Day 4: 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, Mont Marie and Vriesenhof in the Blaauwklippen valley. Distance for the day 12 km.

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.

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 Hotel
Eendracht Hotel
Stellenbosch Hotel
Eikendal Lodge
Coopmanhuijs Hotel
Willowbrook Country House
Rates

4 days (3 nights)
The 2019 rate for the Standard option is R8 900 per person sharing. For a group of 4, with 2 people per room, the 2019 rate is R8 000 per person. It will be 4 star standard. 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 a combination of superior 4 star rooms and 5 star, depending on availability. The rate will be quoted on request, based on hotels selected. 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

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

When to Go

Daily 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

To enquire or reserve a date, go to: Availability request

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Map of Cape Winelands

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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
De Trafford Wines
 
Morgenster Wine and Olive Estate
Mont Marie Wine Estate

Reviews

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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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