South Africa - Cape Gourmet Wine Trail

  • Open Feb-Apr, Oct-Nov
  • Set arrivals
  • 5 nights / 5 days of riding | 2 to 6 hours riding per day |
  • Weight limit: 14st 1lbs (90 kg) (197 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 8

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’ 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.

Cape Gourmet Wine Trail

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.

Cape Winelands Riding

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.

Farm Accommodation

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.

Klein Waterval

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.

Angala Boutique Hotel

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.

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Upcoming Dates

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 20 Oct 2024 - 25 Oct 2024 5 nights 5 ngts £2,584.55 View (.pdf) Book
Cape Gourmet Wine Trail 9 Feb 2025 - 14 Feb 2025 5 nights 5 ngts £2,843.44 View (.pdf) Book
Cape Gourmet Wine Trail 20 Apr 2025 - 25 Apr 2025 5 nights 5 ngts £2,843.44 View (.pdf) Book
Cape Gourmet Wine Trail 12 Oct 2025 - 17 Oct 2025 5 nights 5 ngts £2,843.44 View (.pdf) Book
Cape Gourmet Wine Trail 2 Nov 2025 - 7 Nov 2025 5 nights 5 ngts £2,843.44 View (.pdf) Book

Prices

CAPE GOURMET WINE TRAIL

INCLUDES Accommodation; riding; all meals from dinner on day of arrival to breakfast on day of departure; wine with lunch and dinner; shared transfers from Cape Town airport or city.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: £1,145.57 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 Shared transfers from Cape Town airport or Cape Town city 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
2024 - 4 Nights £1,458.39 £1,587.84 £1,977.03 £2,391.25 £2,511.20 £3,135.12
2024 - 7 Nights £2,459.42 £2,670.85 £3,313.75 £3,982.54 £3,874.67 £4,927.48

 

INCLUDES Accommodation; riding; all meals from dinner on day of arrival to lunch on day of departure; 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 £70.12 per vehicle each way (for up to 3 people).


Getting There

For Cape Gourmet Wine Trail

The Cape Winelands Riding Centre is about 40 minutes from Cape Town airport and about 1 hour 15 minutes from Cape Town city. Transfers (extra cost) are arranged to suit your flights and other plans.

If you are already in Cape Town you are collected from your hotel after lunch so that you reach the stables at around 14:00 in time for an afternoon ride.

If you are arriving into Cape Town airport in the morning you can be collected from the airport. If you wish it, you can pay a supplement to have a morning ride and full lunch on the arrival day.

The itinerary ends with breakfast on the last day. You are then transferred to your accommodation in Cape Town. If flying that evening you can pay a supplement to ride and have lunch prior to your departure to the airport.

In The Saddle Gallery

Client Photos

Location

Riding in South Africa's Western Cape.


Weather & Climate

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.

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Guest Review

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 ,London

5 star rating Overall rating: 5/5

Ride Report

Lucy Downes
This ride is suitable for riders able to walk, trot and canter. They have a great range of horses suitable for different abilities and they are able to split groups to those who would like a faster or more relaxed pace. A big highlight of this ride is the wine and dining and you will eat out at a number of top wine estate and restaurants, accompanied by Louis or Ellen who can help decide which wine goes best with each dish.

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