Things to do: Our top picks for this winter

What’s on offer this winter in the Cape Winelands and surrounds? Opt for a nature exploration at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve only three hours from the Mother City, spend the night at De Stellenbosch Luxury Boutique Hotel, enjoy horseback rides for the whole family at Boschendal, cook at home with Vergelegen’s new recipe book, and head to Prince Albert with this guide in hand.

Book an exclusive coast to wilderness experience

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
Pictures courtesy of Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

Until 30 September 2021 and subject to availability, South Africans are invited to explore the wilderness with an exclusive three-night stay at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. The special offer is inclusive of all meals and non-alcoholic drinks, twice daily nature drives, as well as guided walks before continuing your adventure from the Klein Karoo via Route 62 to the coast. In Cape Town, you will enjoy a complimentary overnight stay at the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa – inclusive of a full English breakfast, room upgrade and access to the spa’s hydrotherapy facilities. Sanbona is known as the Western Cape’s premier wildlife destination and is situated only three hours from Cape Town. The stunning reserve offers a diverse and authentic wildlife experience while the alluring isolation amid the raw beauty and boundless plains sets it apart.

Good to know: To book, send an email to reservations@sanbona.com or call +27 (0)21 010 0028.

Experience De Stellenbosch

De Stellenbosch Luxury Boutique Hotel
De Stellenbosch Luxury Boutique Hotel
Pictures courtesy of Tsogo Sun

In the heart of South Africa’s most famous wine region, Tsogo Sun Hotels in partnership with the Remgro Group, recently welcomed its latest addition, De Stellenbosch Luxury Boutique Hotel. A collection of historic farmstead buildings – dating back to the early 1900s – has been restored and re-imagined creating a unique hospitality experience in Stellenbosch. The establishment’s white-walled Cape Dutch heritage is complemented by elegant interiors across the hotel’s three country houses boasting 22 bedrooms. And for foodies: the integration into the renowned De Volkskombuis restaurant provides the perfect venue for dining with an unparalleled selection of local wines.

Good to know: For bookings or more information, send an email to capetown.reservations@tsogosun.com or call +27 (0)21 415 4444.

Make Vergelegen’s dishes your own


Renowned for its natural beauty and memorable cuisine, Vergelegen Wine Estate has recently unveiled a brand-new recipe book titled A Cape Table. The book, with captivating visuals by Craig Fraser and food styling by Anke Roux, features recipes from chefs Michael Bridgeman, Roger Hindley and Michael Cooke, interspersed with fascinating insights into the estate’s history and pedigree. A Cape Table was initiated by former Vergelegen MD Don Tooth who led the estate’s renaissance for 30 years. “Vergelegen has hosted royalty, presidents, pop stars and politicians. What they have in common is their passion for this beautiful estate and its great cuisine enjoyed in spectacular surroundings. We hope this book will delight those who already know and love Vergelegen, and also encourage new fans to discover this magnificent estate for themselves,” says Vergelegen MD Wayne Coetzer.

Good to know: A Cape Table costs R450 and can be purchased at the estate. Alternatively, send an email to info@vergelegen.co.za for more information.

On the bookshelf

The picturesque Karoo town that is Prince Albert will take your breath away in more ways than one. Aside from the magical Swartberg Mountains and many a Karoo wonder, Prince Albert has a lot up her sleeve for both weekenders and tourists alike. In a new activity guide The Great Little Book of Prince Albert Microadventures by Stephanie Rohrbach, the author highlights the quaint destination’s various highlights including scenic hikes, cycling routes, farm trails, local personalities, culinary tours, historical sites, popular coffee and lunch spots, fauna and flora, and much more. As the author writes: “Microadventures are for everyone – young and old, tall or small, fit or funky. Pull up your socks and get out of your comfort zone. Discover gorgeous views and endless vistas, feel the silence, listen to the wind and greet the sun. Meet the tortoise and the kudu. Connect with nature and your inner adventurer, open your eyes and meet the people.”

Stephanie adds: “In a time when travel has turned into a very different kind of luxury, The Great Little Book of Prince Albert Microadventures will hit a nerve. Outdoor activities are becoming more and more popular, not least because they allow for easy social distancing.”

Good to know: By purchasing The Great Little Book of Prince Albert Microadventures, you are donating R5 to the Prince Albert Tekkie Fund (PACT) and the Piccolos Project. For more information, send an email to info@peppertreechronicles.com.

Have horse, will ride


Experience exquisite views of the Cape Winelands while exploring Boschendal on horseback. Choose between either one-hour guided horse rides available throughout the day, or two-hour sunrise or sunset outrides to experience the estate at dawn and dusk. Take note that all guests should report at the estate’s trail centre 20 minutes prior to their selected booking time. And don’t forget to wear closed shoes and long pants for comfort.

Good to know: Horse rides cost R450 per person per hour. Send an email to reservations1@boschendal.co.za or call +27 (0)21 870 4211 for more information.

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