Believe it or not, there’s so much more to the Cape winelands than just plain old wine tasting. Sure, wine tasting is the best thing ever but wouldn’t it be nice to mix all that wine sampling with a little bit of adventure every once in a while? If you’re interested in doing something out of the ordinary the next time you to head out to the Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Durbanville or Constantia winelands then keep reading because we have some pretty amazing off-the-beaten-track attractions in the winelands for you to discover this summer! Here are 5 quirky things to do in the Cape winelands!
1. Cape Town Ziplines at Silvermist Vineyards:
We can’t think of anything cooler than ziplining over the vineyards! This unique zipline offering at Silvermist Estate, Constantia is one of Africa’s longest and highest zipline tours and offers views up to 155 meters above the tree canopy and 500 metre zipline cables that will allow you really soak in the view as you zip past. Book and spend 2 hours whizzing between the 11 platforms set high up in the mountains. At R480 per person, this experience is a must-try for adrenalin junkies.
Click here for more information on the zipline tour at Silvermist.
2. The Franschhoek Wine Tram:
Nothing says adventure like travelling from wine farm to wine farm on an old-timey tram! Hop on-board the Franschhoek Wine Tram and spend the day wine tasting and feeling like a rock star as you hop-on and hop-off the tram to make your way to the various tasting rooms. Relax inside the open-side tram and open-air tram-bus and take in the scenery of rolling vineyards and beautiful landscape as you go. The tram stops at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates and is definitely one of the best ways to discover the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley.
Tickets for the tram will set you back R250 per person. Click here for more information on the wine tram.
3. The Mont Destin Red Wine Bath:
This one is for all the couples at there! If you have ever dreamt of taking a bath in red wine then get ready to be excited because this is not a hoax! Now you and your partner can enjoy a wonderful, relaxing and revitalizing wine bath in the middle of the vineyards. Mont Destin wines in Stellenbosch has created an experience not to be missed with their wine bath in Mother Nature. That’s right it doesn’t get more au natural than this! This vino experience involves soaking in a heady mix of red wine and warm water, to create an intoxicating and sensual experience. Extras include a welcoming glass of wine and a bottle of award-winning red wine to enjoy while relaxing in the bath. This unforgettable wine bath experience also includes an overnight stay in the Mont Destin self-catering lodge.
Click here for more information on the Mont Destin red wine bath.
4. Viljoensdrift Wines and River Cruises:
Trail your feet in the cool waters of the Breede River, while toasting the good life with a glass of Viljoensdrift wine on board their elegant flat-bottomed riverboat named Uncle Ben 2. The 1 hour-long meander along the river is a must-try the next time you’re in the Breed River valley! Fill your picnic basket to the brim with sumptuous fare from their deli, add a bottle or two of Viljoensdrift’s fine wines and enjoy your picnic during your trip down the river. At just R50 per adult (including wine tasting prior to departure) and R20 for children this wine lands offering is an affordable way to explore the wine lands.
Click here for more information on the Viljoensdrift Wines and River Cruises.
5. Weltevrede Underground Cellar:
If you love history and wine then this is something you need to try! In the early days of winemaking, farmers would create underground cooling vaults for their wine and while most of these no longer exist today you can still explore a piece of history at Weltevrede wines. Head to the unique wine lands spot for a tour of the underground tunnels which includes a wine tasting by candlelight. There’s nothing quite like it!
Click here for more information on the Weltevrede Underground Cellar.