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The Winelands area of the Western Cape is amongst the most scenic in the world. The mountains form a dramatic backdrop to lush vineyards and gabled Cape Dutch homesteads.
On the 5 night Cape Gourmet Wine Trail you ride to different wine estates and follow a trail over mountains, through valleys and forests. Enjoy the fantastic food and wine of the region along the way. Multiple wine tastings and fine cuisine will lead to a truly unforgettable holiday.
If the dates of the Gourmet Wine Trail do not suit you are welcome on flexible centre based stays on the Cape Winelands Riding programme which offer great riding from the horses’s base and wine tasting at some of South Africa’s best wine estates.
The horses are a mix of different breeds including Thoroughbreds, Boerperd crosses, Nooitgedacht and Saddlebreds.
The riding is English style using comfortable trail saddles.
To best enjoy this ride you should be a confident rider, fit and capable at walk, trot and canter in open spaces.
Hard hats are mandatory.
On the Cape Gourmet Wine Trail you stay in farm accommodation at the horses’ base and a variety of guesthouses and wine estates along the route. The overnight stops represent the traditions, style and décor of the area.
Meals on this holidays are a real highlight and you will be offered some fabulous South African cuisine and wine pairings. Due to the nature of the catering on the Cape Gourmet Wine Trail unfortunately vegan diets cannot be catered for.
There are three accommodation options if you are booked onto the centre-based Cape Winelands Riding programme. Wherever you decide to stay, transfers to/ from the stables are included and you will have the same amount of riding. All riding guests dine together at lunch and dinner.
The Stables Rooms are basic but comfortable and have an en-suite shower, a safe and fridge. They are at the horses's base, overlooking the mountains and paddocks. A continental breakfast is provided for you to have at your leisure in your room. There is a small above-ground pool to cool off in between rides.
You may upgrade to stay at a mid-range guesthouse; Klein Waterval. At this lovely guesthouse you have a pool and views over vineyards and the mountains. Breakfast is buffet style with a choice of hot and cold food. The Klein Waterval guesthouse is about ten minutes' drive from the stables.
Alternatively you may choose to stay at the five star Angala Boutique Hotel. Each luxurious suite and cottage has a king size bed, private veranda and en-suite bathroom. At Angala you might choose to spoil yourself with a spa treatment or massage, or simply enjoy the pool and hot tub. There is an eco pool which mimics the natural filtering process of pristine mountain streams.
The Cape Winelands Riding programme is available all year round. You can arrive and depart any day and stay for as long as you wish. We recommend a stay of at least four nights.
Sample Itinerary for Cape Winelands Riding
The Cape Gourmet Wine Trail has the following dates scheduled. Additional dates can be requested and will be confirmed for groups of three or more.
|Holiday||Experience LevelExp Lvl||Arrive - DepartArr - Dep||Price||Itinerary||Availability|
|Cape Gourmet Wine Trail||6 Mar 2024 - 11 Mar 2024||5 nights 5 ngts||$3,200.97||Book|
CAPE GOURMET WINE TRAIL
INCLUDES Accommodation; riding; all meals; wine with lunch and dinner and return transfers.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $1,470.34 to guarantee your own room. Please note that there are a very limited number of single rooms.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Gratuities; drinks (other than with meals and wine tastings); items of a personal nature.
NEAREST AIRPORT Cape Town.
TRANSFERS Transfers from Cape Town airport or Cape Town city to the ride start are included.
CAPE WINELANDS RIDING
There is a minimum stay of 3 nights; longer stays are also possible.
|Farm Accommodation||Klein Waterval||Angala Boutique Hotel|
|Per person sharing||Single Room||Per person sharing||Single Room||Per person sharing||Single Room|
|2023 - 4 Nights||$1,694.63||$1,838.62||$2,306.02||$2,788.94||$2,921.85||$3,649.54|
|2023 - 7 Nights||$2,869.79||$3,114.57||$3,865.53||$4,645.83||$4,519.56||$5,745.95|
|2024 - 4 Nights||$1,871.84||$2,037.98||$2,537.51||$3,069.16||$3,223.12||$4,023.91|
|2024 - 7 Nights||$3,156.66||$3,428.02||$4,253.19||$5,111.58||$4,973.13||$6,324.40|
INCLUDES Accommodation; riding; all meals; wine with lunch and dinner. (Please note, on stays of seven or more nights there is one non-riding day.)
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: There is no single supplement on the farm if you book as a solo traveller and are willing to share. If you would like to guarantee a single room, the single person rate is payable. There is a single supplement if you are in a single room at the Klein Waterval or the Angala Boutique Hotel.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Gratuities; drinks; Spa treatments; items of a personal nature; any non riding excursions not specified in the itinerary.
NEAREST AIRPORT Cape Town.
TRANSFERS Transfers from Cape Town airport or Cape Town city to the riding centre cost $85.98 (2024: $89.99) per vehicle each way (for up to 3 people).
The Winelands are about 40 minutes from Cape Town airport and about 1 hour 15 minutes from Cape Town city. Transfers can be arranged to suit your flights and other plans.
You can be collected on arrival at Cape Town airport in the morning. If you are already in Cape Town you are collected after lunch so that you reach the stables at around 14:00 in time for an afternoon ride. You can pay a supplement to have a full day's ride (with lunch) on the arrival day.
On your final day of the Cape Winelands programme you normally ride and depart after lunch and so would be transferred to Cape Town city in the early afternoon or to Cape Town airport for a flight departing in the evening.
The Gourmet Trail ends with breakfast on the last day. You can pay a supplement if you wish to ride and have lunch prior to your departure to the airport.
Riding in South Africa's Western Cape.
The summer in South Africa is from November to March and winter from June through to September.
Cape Town has a Mediterranean summer with day time temperatures in the high 20°C and warm evenings in the high teens. Rain is very unlikely.
Winter has day time temperatures averaging 15°C and cool nights averaging 6°C. Rain is possible at this time.
Spring arrives in September and temperatures rise to the low 20°C. Rain is possible through to late November.
Louis clearly loves his horses and they are very well cared for. The riding was lovely; there were opportunities to have the nice canters. The scenery is so breathtaking that it was also nice to be in walk and appreciate the beauty of the surroundings.
Emily ,LondonOverall rating: 5/5