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Our most recommended Cape Town Food & gourmet tours

From Cape Town: Franschhoek Wine Tram Hop-on Hop-off

1. From Cape Town: Franschhoek Wine Tram Hop-on Hop-off

Uncover the lush beauty of the Franschhoek Valley on a hop-on hop-off tram and bus tour. Travel by air-conditioned bus from Cape Town and hop aboard the tram which stops at wine estates. Savor a range of wines while you take in the views from the tram. 8:30 AM - Navy and Burgundy Line: After the guides stop at the last pickup point, you will depart Cape Town at 8:30 AM and head to the Franschhoek Valley. Arrive at the Groot Drakenstein station in the Franschhoek Valley by motor coach and board your choice of tram line (clockwise and counterclockwise) stopping at Zorgvliet, Vrede and Lust, Sols Delta, Plaisir de Merle, Camberley, Le Pommier, Boschendal, or Allee Bleue. 9 AM - Pink and Grey Line (from December 26th - January 2nd): After the guides stop at the last pickup point at 9 AM, depart Cape Town for Franschhoek Valley. Arrive at the Franschhoek Terminal by motor coach and board your choice of tram line (clockwise and counterclockwise) stopping at Chamonix, Dieu Donne, Franschhoek Cellar, Grande Provence, Haute Cabriere, Klein Goederust, Leopard's Leap, and Rickety Bridge. The circular routes stop at any of the 8 wine estates with the tram or tram bus passing every 60 minutes. Hop-on-hop-off at your preferred wine estates. Wine-tasting fees are excluded and payable on the day. Each of the lines has a wide selection of wine estates to visit, from boutique to marquee estates, and offers a unique perspective on the Franschhoek wine experience. At 4:45 PM, head back to the bus for your return to Cape Town.

From Cape Town: Full-Day Winelands Tour with Tasting

2. From Cape Town: Full-Day Winelands Tour with Tasting

Join this guided tour to explore the 3 wine regions of Paarl, Franschhoek, and Stellenbosch. Be treated to chocolate, a wine tasting, and a cellar tour at Rheboksloof wine farm near Paarl. Drive through Paarl and then enjoy a photo stop at the Drakenstein Prison. Arrive at Franschhoek and spend some time exploring the town on your own. Enjoy lunch or indulge in an extra wine tasting. Afterward, take a scenic drive over the impressive Helshoogte Pass to the picturesque town of Stellenbosch. Have a walk around Stellenbosch before heading off to Simonsig. Take part in an afternoon wine tasting with cheese at Simonsig in the Stellenbosch region before heading back to Cape Town. Your wine guide will highlight points of interest along the way and will be on hand to answer any questions you have about the route or wine farms.

From Cape Town: Steam Train Ticket to Elgin Railway Market

3. From Cape Town: Steam Train Ticket to Elgin Railway Market

This 160 km round-trip by rail takes you east from Cape Town to Somerset West, over the 473m high Sir Lowrys Pass, affording majestic views over False Bay and the surrounding mountains, and finally into the Elgin Valley. The Elgin Valley, being synonymous with apples, is one of the most intensively farmed districts in Southern Africa, producing 60% of the national apple crop (of which 40% is exported annually). Guests spend their time on the train doing what they enjoy best, whether mingling in the bar, reading a book, taking in the sights, catching up with family, or closing their eyes and letting their senses take them back to another place in time. Arriving at the Elgin Railway Market, guests can choose from food stalls offering everything from fragrant curries, Mediterranean cuisine, healthy Vegan salads, spicy chicken, Neapolitan pizzas, ribs and burgers, exotic Dim Sum, Mexican Nachos, delicious fresh juices, tasty biltong, fall off the bone lamb, and fresh Thai. Sweets treats are also plentiful. They include home-made fudge, ice-cream, handmade chocolate, and to finish off, a great selection of cakes. The bar serves local wines, beer and cider. L-Gin, from Elgin artisanal gin bar serves up local craft gins. The train then departs back to Cape Town with guest relaxing onboard for the return journey.

Cape Town: Full-Day Winelands Tour with Wine Tastings & Food

4. Cape Town: Full-Day Winelands Tour with Wine Tastings & Food

Uncork the Cape winelands and get drunk on its rich history, culture, and scenic vistas on a day trip from Cape Town with a guide who takes the terror out of terroir. Travel in a spacious bus and enjoy tastings of wine, cheese, and chocolate. Take in the countryside with a vineyard lunch. Hop aboard spacious and airconditioned bus in Cape Town and take in the wine country views on the way to the Paarl wine region which is famous for its cheese and wine tastings and great views. Continue to the Franschhoek wine region, a historic French enclave and the granddaddy of South African viticulture. Admire stunning mountain views as you make your way to the to student-settled Stellenbosch for home-cloned Pinotage and award-winning farms. Stop for a delicious a la carte lunch with vegetarian options. Visit a1688 French-run slave farm which was turned into a 21st century community-driven wine project. Immerse yourself in the facinating story of the region with a local guide. Travel along Cape Town's high roads and back roads tasting and learning about South Africa’s bubbly Cap Classique, heady ports, sweet dessert wines, and plenty of red and white wines.

From Cape Town: 5-Day Best of Garden Route & Addo Safari

5. From Cape Town: 5-Day Best of Garden Route & Addo Safari

Day 1: Route 62 (travel about 400 km) Start with a morning pickup from Cape Town and Stellenbosch. Travel along Route 62, the longest wine route in the world, with a wine-tasting stop (non-alcoholic tasting available too) before reaching Oudtshoorn by late afternoon. For a close encounter with Mother Nature, opt in to join elephant guides on an Elephant Observation Nature Walk (at extra cost) and follow 3 lovable rescued elephants in their natural Cango Valley bush veld habitat. Overnight at Uthando Backpackers (dorm or saver package) or 88 van Rheede Guesthouse (3* comfort package) or Buffelsdrift Lodge (4* deluxe package). Day 2: Oudtshoorn (travel about 400 km excluding safari drives) Visit a working ostrich farm and see the largest flightless birds in the world. Next, head to the mountains to go deep underground in the illuminated wonder world of the Cango Caves, exploring vast halls filled with ancient stalactites before traveling onward to the Addo region. Overnight at Avaco Cabins (dorm or saver package) or Gerald's Gift (comfort package) or Addo Wildlife lodge (deluxe package). Day 3: Addo, Jeffreys Bay (travel about 200 km) An early morning start allows the best option to spot wildlife as the bush awakes in Addo Elephant National Park, the 3rd largest national park in South Africa. Join the park's optional 4x4 game drive or simply take the included 2-hour safari bus drive. Along with. your guide, search for some of the big five, which includes elephants, buffalos, lions, leopards, and rhinos. Spend your afternoon relaxing with free time at Jeffreys Bay's Beach. Choose between surfing, beach horseback riding, or sand boarding (all optional at an extra cost). Overnight at Island Vibe (dorm or saver package) or Sea Whisper (3* comfort package) or On The Beach Lodge (4* deluxe package). Day 4: Tsitsikamma, Sedgefield (travel about 250 km) Experience the highest bungy jump bridge in the world, Waterfall Zipline over waterfalls in the nearby Tsitsikamma forest for even more optional adventure (at extra cost) or spend more time in Tsitsikamma National Park. Take a short walk to the suspension bridges before a photo stop at Knysna's lagoon en route to Sedgefield. Overnight at Pili Pili Beach Cabanas (dorm or saver) Fairy Knowe (3* comfort) or Dolphin Dunes (4* deluxe). Day 5: Wilderness (travel about 450 km excluding safari drives) Take to the water for a leisurely canoeing session to a secret waterfall along the rivers of the wilderness region. On the journey back to Cape Town, spot wildlife on a 4x4 Botlierskop game drive (at extra cost) or relax at Mossel Bay's Diaz Beach after walking to the Cape St Blaize lighthouse. Your adventure ends with an evening drop-off at your Cape Town or Stellenbosch accommodation.

From Cape Town: Stellenbosch Winelands Tour & Wine Tasting

6. From Cape Town: Stellenbosch Winelands Tour & Wine Tasting

Explore Stellenbosch's world-renowned wine region on a bus tour from Cape Town. Visit the Stellenbosch Wine Estate to savor two wine tastings and a wine and cheese pairing. Learn about the fascinating history of the town on a guided walking tour.  See for yourself why South Africa is so famously known worldwide for making crowd-pleasing and award-winning wines on this winelands tour. Be picked up from your hotel in Cape town and head straight to the cradle of the country's most beautiful wine region, Stellenbosch. Learn how the South African wine industry arose from refugees from France. Find out how they applied their skills in Stellenbosch and transformed the region into the center of the South African wine industry. Arrive at the Stellenbosch Wine Estate and discover the winery's fine wines during a wine tasting, as well as a wine and cheese pairing tasting. Afterwards, embark on a guided tour of the charming town of Stellenbosch. Learn about its historical Dorp Street and DeBraak. Continue to the cellars for a guided tour. Take in the ambiance created by vast barrels of wine ageing. Next, enjoy a second wine tasting to sample more local notes and flavors before heading back to Cape Town.

Cape Town: Silvermist Estate Wine Tasting & Drumstruck Show

7. Cape Town: Silvermist Estate Wine Tasting & Drumstruck Show

Head to Silvermist Vineyards in Cape Town, meet the owner of the estate, and visit the vineyard. Take in panoramic views of Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles, and sample 4 great wines. Finally, end your experience with a live African show. Head to the estate and journey up the mountain to reach the Silvermist House which overlooks the Constantia Valley. Here, you'll meet Gregory Louw, the owner and winemaker at the Silvermist Organic Wine Estate. Sample your first wine for the day, a Constantia Royale 2021, a limited production Sauvignon Blanc. Enjoy views of the farm and learn about how South Africa's wine history started in the Constantia Valley. Then, follow your host into the vineyard and taste your second wine, a 2021 Organic Sauvignon Blanc, produced from grapes grown exclusively on the estate. Touch the vines and feel the soil while you learn about how the different orientation of the land influences the grape varieties and wines. Your third tasting for the day is a red wine from the Groot Constantia estate, South Africa's oldest wine farm. Journey over the hill to the lawn and marvel at views of the back of Table Mountain, the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, and the Orange Kloof Nature Reserve. Here, you'll sample your fourth and final wine for the day, the rare and exclusive 2017 Organic Cabernet Sauvignon. Only 1,500 bottles of this wine were produced.  Finally, head into the Silvermist House, where you'll see the largest private collection of Southern African musical instruments. Then, get ready for an authentic South African show as you watch Drumstruck. Let the master Drumstruck musicians take you on a journey through South Africa's musical history. See how ancient bows and Kudu horns were played. Learn about how the drum was invented and play your own drum. 

From Cape Town: Winelands Full Day Tour and Wine Tasting

8. From Cape Town: Winelands Full Day Tour and Wine Tasting

Embark on a breathtaking journey through the winelands of the South African Cape. Learn all about the process of making fine wines, from the vineyard to the bottle, and visit the historical towns of Stellenbosch, Franschoek & Paarl. After pickup from your hotel in Cape Town, set off to explore the Stellenbosch Winelands, just 20 minutes away from the city/ Enjoy superb scenery, completely different from the landscape of the Cape peninsula. Numerous grapes are grown in the region, such as Chenin Blanc, Shiraz, Pinotage, and the Méthode Cap Classique. Explore the small yet vibrant town of Stellenbosch. Enjoy a tour of a wine cellar followed by a wine tasting session. You will have the opportunity to purchase wines to bring back home to enjoy and continue enjoying the region's wonderful vintages even after your visit. Next, visit Franschoek ("the French Corner") which is an old Huguenot village. With its numerous streets and estates with French names, feel the remnants of French culture and the town's old-world charm. Taste the region's delicacies, cheeses, and best wines. Experience a unique and leisurely way to see the Franschhoek Valley as you journey through rolling vineyards in an open-side tram. Stop at the site of the Drakenstein Prison, a low-security prison between Paarl and Franschhoek. The prison is famous as the place where Nelson Mandela spent the last part of his imprisonment campaigning against apartheid. Discover the town of Paarl, which offers a fascinating window into Afrikaner culture and tradition. As a former haven of the Huguenots pioneers who came from Europe at the beginning of the 17th century after the Edict of Nantes, the town boasts a monument dedicated to the Huguenots. You will also be able to visit the town's vineyards where you will taste the region's finest wines. Finally, head back to Cape Town with drop-off at your hotel.

From Cape Town: 3-Day Safari and Coastal Tour with Transfer

9. From Cape Town: 3-Day Safari and Coastal Tour with Transfer

Departing Cape Town, we head towards Cape Agulhas, the true Southern Tip of Africa and its famous lighthouse. En-route visit Betty’s Bay where an African penguin colony calls this home. On to Hermanus which is known as the best land-based whale watching destination in the World and where the majestic Southern right whales calve their young in the Bay. We meander to Cape Agulhas with views over the Indian and Atlantic Oceans and tonight you will overnight at a 4-Star Guest House Leaving the Southern Tip of Africa, you make your way to the magnificent Garden Route Game Lodge. This 4-Star facility offers a unique Safari experience. Check into our chalets with time to spare to enjoy the attractions and views it has to offer. In the afternoon, hop aboard an open-aired Safari vehicle, where a local guide will take you on a 1.5-hour game drive. Spot elephants, rhinos, lions, hippos, herds of antelope, and much, much more. A 3-course dinner is on the menu for the evening. Spend the night at the Garden Route Game Lodge A morning game drive awaits you bright and early, spotting some of the animals you perhaps did not see the day before. After a scrumptious breakfast, make your way back to Cape Town via the incredibly scenic Route 62 through mountain passes and characterful towns. Wine tasting and exploring are on the menu before arrival at your place of accommodation around 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

From Cape Town: Stellenbosch Four Estate Full-Day Wine Tour

10. From Cape Town: Stellenbosch Four Estate Full-Day Wine Tour

Visit 4 wine estates in the Stellenbosch region with a guided drive through the town on a day trip from Cape town, with hotel transfers, lunch and tastings included. Explore one of the oldest towns in South Africa, famed for its Cape Dutch-style architecture and its role in the wine industry.   Discover a broad spectrum of iconic estates, as well as smaller family-run farms. Take a cellar tour, and enjoy wine tastings paired with cheese, chocolate, and cured meats with lunch. Look out for a white Toyota Quantum van with Wine Files branding. Pickups range from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM depending on which area you reside in. Please check for an email directly from Wine Flies confirming your pickup time.

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What an experience! I learnt so much about the wine making process and the heritage of each wine estate / farm that we visited for the day. Donovan was our tour guide and he lived up to expectation. He oozed experience and has great wealth of knowledge about the wine. He captured the Essence of African Story telling through the wine. So many takeaways from the experience. On top of that he made my birthday extra special, I came on the tour with my handbag small enough to fit a cellphone and left with a box of wine, wine holder, new friends and a lifetime of memories. Highly recommend the tour for local and international visitors.

This tran takes you through a good selection of vineyards of different size and selection. The scenery is magnificent and absolutely breathtaking! The easy transport to and back allows you to enjoy the wines to the fullest, have some culinary delights and buy unique bottles to bring them home. We absolutely loved this tour and it was an ultimate favourite for both of us! On your way to the tram they explain interesting facts about South Africa and the Western Cape region. This is incredible value for your money!

Smooth transfer ,most helpful staff ,knew exactly how to arrange my day as there was a winery I wanted to visit again since my last visit 18 years ago that wasn’t on the specific tram line designated for this tour . Tram ride was fun and iconic .All the wineries has great service,friendly staff and great wine of course !

Absolutely amazing experience, 100% recommended. Lovely wine tasting by the very knowledgeable owner, farmer and wine maker Greg and then a fabulous performance by Drum Struck who took us through the history of African music. A very lovely afternoon.

Very enjoyable. Guide was knowledgeable and easy to talk to. Would recommend to anyone :)