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Day Winelands Hikes
and hikes in the Cape Winelands!
the hikes below are full day hikes unless specifically stated as
half-day. All these hikes can be shortened to fit into a half day (3-4 hours) –
the sections that are retained depend on the client’s interests.
and Buchu Trail
walk starting with a tractor ride from Diemersfontein to the foot of
the original Du Toitskloof Pass where hiking will commence. We
traverse on contours through fynbos to Paarl Forestry
Station. Then we descend upon the oldest and biggest buchu farm in the
RSA, through the upper
reaches of Buffet Olive Estate down to the Buchu factory, all the while
having exquisite views of Drakenstein Mountains, the unique fynbos,
indigenous trees and extensive olive groves. Lunch at the
impresssive Cascade Manor with its gushing waterfall and then on to
Drakenstein Olives for a tasting of olives, olive oil, tapenade and
olive jam.(Not on weekends – then olives can be tasted at lunch)
From there through Valencia to historic Kleinbosch with an optional
visit to the Huguenot Memorial School and graveyard.
hours excluding stops. A few
mild uphills, mostly downhills and contours.
note that a shuttle will have to be used to get hikers to starting
point – this will involve transport costs)
starts at the tunnel half way up the Bain's Kloof Pass. We descend
from there through the fynbos into the Doolhof Valley for the first
wine tasting at the Doolhof Cellar. From there we walk to the
historic Welvanpas, where Voortekker Piet Retief lived, for an
optional tasting. Then on to Nabygelegen for a tasting and lunch. We
continue to De Compagnie for a brandy tasting followed by a visit to
Jennie Ferreira’s prize winning garden (August to November) Then
past Jannie Bosman’s vine cutting plantations (largest in Southern
Hemisphere) to an optional visit to the 2nd oldest Mission Church in
RSA. From there we proceed to the Redemption Leather Factory where
the hike ends.
a very picturesque area with the highest concentration of Cape Dutch
homesteads in the country. Very suitable for wine lovers and those
with a keen interest in history and architecture.
hours excluding stops. Only downhills
to Linton Park
start at Lelienfontein and Groenfontein with its beautiful gardens
and Cape Dutch homesteads and have our first tasting at their new
cellar. Then we ascend through the vineyards to the slopes of
Groenberg from where the views of the mountains and other Cape manor
houses are magnificent. We then proceed to the historic Slangrivier
manor house (Linton Park) for a tasting. Then on
to the Boere-Barok Restaurant for lunch followed by a visit
to the Redemption Leather Factory and Bovlei Cellar for a final
hours excluding stops. Mild uphill at the start, then mostly
start hiking at the Neck of Bain's Kloof Pass (Eerste Tol)
and walk all along the Witte River to Junction Pool, passing
the ruins of Wolkerus, the palacial homestead built by a Wellington
businessman in the early 20th century. We proceed to Junction Pool
for a picnic lunch and a swim and return along the same route.
stories, views and fynbos! Permits
from Nature Conservation imperative.
kilometres. Mostly flat, very mild uphills at first
starting at Eerste Tol, we walk through pristine fynbos into this
ravine with its wonderful golden pools and waterfalls.
back at the highest waterfall and small canyon to have a picnic
lunch along the way.
must be relatively fit. 10 kilometres.
uphill, downhill back. Permits imperative.
– Hildenbrand Trail (Half day only)
start with a tractor ride to the top of the hill at Diemersfontein
and then commence hiking through the buchu fields at Uitkyk Farm
where hikers will be given information about this herb. We proceed
through vineyards to the Horseshoe Road and hike past the historic
Blouvlei farms to Hildenbrand Estate for a wine, olive and olive oil
tasting. We return via the Trekpad (old cattle track) to
Diemersfontein for wine tasting and an optional lunch at the Seasons
uphills, level and downhills. 2 hours
trails and hikes are organised and scheduled on request. Please book
all trails and hikes at least seven days in advance for short hikes and fourteen
days in advance for long trails and hikes.