With over 200 wine producers, Stellenbosch is the Capital of South African Wines just a mere 40kms outside Cape Town City Centre. Also a University Town, it offers a bit more than just wine tasting, you can enjoy golf, swimming, arts & crafts, abseiling, 4x4 trails and so much more, a vast contrast to City dwelling.
This beautiful valley was first named “Peerlberg” (Diamond and Pearl Mountain by the Dutch settlers in 1657), a landmark outcrop of three enormous granite boulders. A large variety of grapes are grown in this town, including Pinotage, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. A delightful collection of Georgian, Cape Dutch and Victorian Style buildings greets you as you make your way through the Main Street.
Settled by the French Huguenots more than 300 years ago, this Valley is adorned with spectacular vineyards, a scenic gem nestled between glorious towering mountains. Whilst entering the town you will notice that most of the vineyards still have their original French names. Franschoek boast the Gourmet Capital of South Africa.
Formerly known as Victor Verster prison, Drakenstein Prison is a low security prison. It is here that Nelson Mandela has spent his remaining 14 months of his 27 year prison sentence.