Sunday, September 4, 2011

Cape Winelands Adventures

How to describe our winelands adventures? A full-bodied blend of fun, dominated by adventure and hints of adrenalin; the palate detects intense excitement followed by aromas of elation, satisfaction and the irresistible urge to take another sip.

Shalu Guesthouse*** An Elegant and spacious double storey house with balconies providing beautiful mountain views. Centrally situated, within walking distance to CBD En-suite double rooms with TV Tea/Coffee.microwave facilities. Quiet. Available to book online on

If you think our winelands are breathtaking on the ground, wait ‘till you see them from above. Go on a Cape winelands sky adventure - paragliding, skydiving, gliding, or choose a helicopter, gyrocopter or hot air balloon for unsurpassed views of the picturesque wine country below.

On and off road cycling paths criss-cross the winelands.

Opt for a fast-flowing tarred road cycle, with intermittent wine tasting and picnic stops, or go on the ABSA Cape Epic MTB race - a 900km 7-stage, 8-day team race, it's the ultimate winelands mountain bike experience. Amateurs ride the Cape Times Vigne à Vigne, a one-day mountain bike vineyard race timed to coincide with the Absa Cape Epic finish. Where does the wine come into this Cape winelands activity? Both races finish at Lourensford Wine Estate and the post-race celebration is, well, epic.

Hot-foot it through the Helderberg on the Mr Price Winelands Marathon & Half Marathon. A qualifier for both the Two Oceans and the Comrades marathons, you run a beautiful, undulating route through the winelands of Stellenbosch and Somerset West.

Walkers and wheelchair athletes are welcome.


White water raft, fish in the Breede River, or find that granny gear and winch yourself up the Du Toitskloof, Slanghoek Valley and the Louwshoek passes around Rawsonville. Soak those aching muscles in Goudini's natural hot springs before visiting the areas' 13 wine estates.

In the Hottentots Holland Mountains outside Grabouw; and Suicide Gorge in the Liemietberge outside Paarl, go kloofing (canyoning)- an insanely-fun, cliff-leaping, bum-sliding, pool-plunging, rock climbing Cape winelands sport adventure.

The Stellenbosch Hotel is a 27 room boutique style hotel that also offers 6 self-catering studio and two-bedroom apartments. The hotel was built on land granted by Gov. Simon van der Stel between 1692 and 1701. The building was restored in 1987 and has been declared a national monument.Available to book online on

Fancy being footloose in the fynbos? Slackpack or quad bike the Green Mountain Eco Route Trail in Elgin, visiting orchards, forests, dams, flower farms and of course, wine estates. Or hee-haw with happiness on the Calitzdorp Donkey Trail. The ass carries your baggage through the spectacular Gamkaskloof valley in the Swartberg for 4 days, so you can stop at wine cellars and ostrich farms on the way.