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Motorhome Republic Bucket list road trips - Winelands, South Africa

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  • by Alex

Winelands South Africa – A taste sensation

Spreading inland from Cape Town are the Cape Winelands. Without doubt, this is some of the most breathtaking scenery in South Africa. And alongside the rolling hills and majestic mountains, you can partake of the most luscious varieties of wine. From rich reds to light whites, this is literally a wonderland for wine lovers. As a motorhome road trip, it’s a feast for the senses – just take turns as a designated driver!

Cape Town is the place to start your adventure, home to a major international airport, allowing you to get in and out with ease. If you like, stick around for a few days and get to know this beautiful city. With Table Mountain as your iconic background, and a unique mix of ethnicities, cultures and cuisine, there is so much for to see, do, and eat. 

Head out of Cape Town on the N2 and the R310 to Stellenbosch - the heart of the wine region. It’s not particularly well known that this inland city is the second-oldest settlement in South Africa, and it feels well-established with oak-lined streets and fine examples of heritage Cape Dutch architecture. The perfect base for exploring surrounding vineyards, and you can experience the local produce at the city’s eateries. Try Apprentice for something a little different - this is a training restaurant for the Institute of the Culinary Arts, so is a hive of innovation. When parking up for the night, consider a resort with electrical hook-ups and exceptional facilities, such as the Mountain Breeze or Bergplaas resorts. A perfect mix of affordability and comfort.

Completing the golden triangle of Winelands’ urban centres are Paarl and Franschhoek, both lovely South African towns with picturesque places to stay. The Paarl Rock, one of the world’s largest granite outcrops, is a particularly memorable sight. Should you wish to venture further east along the Breerivier valley, Robertson is home to yet more good wine, as well as some particularly impressive horses - the country’s top studs are trained there.

There are literally too many wineries in the stunning West Cape countryside to mention. Ask the locals for recommendations, and don’t be afraid to get a little bit lost in the epic beauty of the region. Notable spots include Groot Constantia, one of the oldest wine estates in the country, the exceptionally pretty tasting area at Boschendal Estate in Franschhoek and Rust en Vrede, which is known for bold reds and has been around for more than three centuries. If you over-indulge on wine, the area around Wellington just to the north of Paarl is famous for brandy production!

While the quality of wine is undoubtedly high, the surrounding mountains and rivers add to the package, making it a perfect roadtrip destination. It’s an unspoilt paradise of nature, proving that South Africa is truly a nation of rare beauty.

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