Who says living is just for the summer? With Cape Country Routes’ (CCR) activity and accommodation establishments’ entertaining must do’s on popular travel routes (all within three hours’ drive from Cape Town), there is little reason to avoid filling your winter activity checklist.
Ideal for the entire family and a bunch of friends, the following Cape Winelands and Route 62 recommendations, courtesy of CCR, can help beat the winter chill:
Stellenbosch: Make the mid-year worth your while with a Winelands getaway that meets luxury and adventure in the middle. Boasting several decades of rich heritage, Stellenbosch has always been a favourite must-see destination. Immersed in oak tree laden streets, the historic town beams with an excitement that can’t easily be overlooked.
• Spa therapy, anyone? Another great Cape Winelands option to bat the mid-year slump can include a spa retreat and long overdue mini holiday at Evergreen Manor and Spa. Aside from luxury guesthouse accommodation and warm hospitality, its in-house spa’s popular beauty treatments are enough to help anyone recharge and retake on the rest of the year with renewed vigour.
• Stay central: Eendracht Hotel and Apartments is nestled in the oldest part of the town, and within walking distance of more than 60 bistros, restaurants and boutique stores. The elegant hotel is the perfect hideaway from the everyday hustle and bustle while still in proximity to central Stellenbosch. With only 12 luxury en-suite rooms, the quaint hotel offers true South African hospitality and comfort.
• Be a tourist in your country: Guests popping in to town on the day, or those already staying at Eendracht Hotel and Evergreen Manor can add to their stay with an outdoor Winelands excursion with Adventure Shop Activities. Adventure Shop is an owner-run tourism business specialising in adventure tours and activities, safaris and Overland travel. Located within walking distance from the CCR accommodation entities in town, Adventure shop offers local day tours including guided bike tours, hikes and a hop on hop off service on the Stellenbosch Wine Route.
• Make way for a winter Winelands party: Celebrating its 20th anniversary year, Eendracht Hotel is offering a 20 percent accommodation discount until end-July. Adventure Shop is joining the party to give R250 off per person for a Winelands wine tour.
Route 62: Recently recognised by CCN travel as one of the world’s best road trip destinations, the route is a picturesque travel option that passes through Ceres to Robertson and the Klein Karoo.
• Put your palate to the test: Van Loveren Family Vineyards is South Africa’s biggest family owned winery and home to the legendary Four Cousins. With wine tasting and an array of food and wine pairings offered at the elegant tasting room, Van Loveren vineyards promises a ‘flavour-filled’ day on Route 62, in Robertson. In addition to wine tastings (including kiddies tastings), the winery’s different activities make for a great adventure that includes hiking trails and guided garden and cellar tours. Until end-July, guests receive a complimentary bottle red muscadel with every six bottles of wine purchased.
• More wine please! The legendary Four Cousins’ elegant, new tasting room in Robertson now offers tastings of its range of delicious wines as well as craft beer on tap. Visitors can enjoy a variety of food and wine pairings, including non-alcoholic options and a kiddies juice pairing at one of the most chilled spots along Route 62. There are also a mini Brewery Tour and whiskey pairings plus a family-friendly restaurant to add a wholesome meal to the experience.
• Add a roadtrip to your roadtrip: Enjoy an experience of a lifetime in Montagu with a genuine American Dream Car. The fleet includes the 1956 Cadillac Sedan De Ville, 1955 Mercury Monter ey and 1956 De Soto Fire Flight Sportsman. Vehicles can be hired at Montagu Country Hotel in the centre of town at an hourly rate and accommodate up to four people.
With CCRs range of exciting activity offerings in winter, you can make the most of the colder seasons and enjoy an entertainment schedule that is even fitting for when sunnier weather is on the horizon.
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Whether your dad is the hero you’ve always looked up to, a mentor or lifelong friend, the gift of having a father deserves to be celebrated. Make this Father’s Day one to remember and thank him with a retreat along Cape Country Routes’ (CCR) popular coastlines.
With its year-round offerings, CCRs portfolio of top tier Western and Eastern Cape hotels, guesthouse, lodges, nature reserves and activities ensures guests memorable experiences against the backdrop of South Africa’s scenic qualities.
If you’re looking to spoil dad with something ‘a little different’ than the usual Father’s Day outing, the following recommendations, courtesy of CCR, can make for a few good highlights on his calendar.
Make his day with first class whale spotting along the Whale Route. With the southern right whales making their way to the south coast in June, it’s the ideal time to pack those binoculars and head to the shoreline:
Explore the Jewel of the Cape. De Hoop Nature Reserve, a beautiful Cape Heritage Site approximately three hours’ drive from Cape Town, promises a rewarding day with full outdoor seashore excursions. For one, you can challenge dad to join in on the Reserve’s Whale Trail, a five-day hiking trail offering spectacular views of the Reserve’s coast. Rest assured, the trail includes well-equipped accommodation for each night. Celebrating its 10th anniversary year, De Hoop Nature Reserve is making its best offerings accessible for the whole family with discounted winter accommodation rates (1 May to 27 July).
Time for a Whale Route pitstop? A few hours’ road travel can be enough to work up an appetite. On your way to the southernmost tip of Africa, L’Agulhas, stop for a decadent meal at Agulhas Country Lodge. Take a ‘selfie’ with dad against the backdrop of magnificent sea views from the lodge’s deck, and enjoy different meal options including traditional country cuisine and fine dining. Add a special touch with cognac and fine Cuban cigars in front of a crackling fire in the cigar lounge. On Father’s Day weekend, the lodge is stripping 40 percent from its usual accommodation rates.
Break the tension. For many dads (and anyone, for that matter!), the half-year mark can be a checkpoint in a ‘backbreaking’ journey. Soothe the tension with a well-deserved spa treatment at the luxurious Arniston Spa Hotel. With panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and untouched beaches, its spa therapies make for the perfect Father’s Day treat. We recommend the ‘Stress Buster’ break comprising a few nights’ stay and spa treatments to refresh and take on the rest of 2017 with new vigour.
Recently recognised by CCN travel as one of the world’s best road trip destinations, Route62 is bound to offer an exciting Father’s Day adventure:
Stay local, ‘bru’: Offering a ‘lekka’ traditional and bountiful Karoo-inspired daily gourmet buffet, Kobus se Gat restaurant, at the foot of the Swartberg Mountain range near Oudtshoorn, will match any man’s hunger with a hearty South African meal. Guests can ‘walk up’ an appetite or ‘walk off’ a big lunch with a guided mountain pass tour, an extra offering on the restaurant menu. To add to your Klein Karoo must-do checklist, stop by Safari Ostrich Farm outside of town and get up close and personal with the ostriches.
Linger longer: Wildehondekloof, one of CCRs latest additions, is a 4000-hectare private Game Reserve just 40km outside Oudtshoorn; a Route62 must-do with dad. The Reserve boasts endless views of the Swartberg Mountains, 14 different game species and diverse birdlife. It’s spacious en-suite rooms ring ‘privacy’ like no other. Guests feeling adventurous can take to one of the guided game drives – be sure to sign up for the sunset drive! Meals and picnic baskets are available on request.
Don’t put the Eastern Cape out or range: If your closer to the Eastern Cape or have a knack for tackling long trips from elsewhere, add Zuurberg Mountain Village, on the ‘stoep’ of the Addo Elephant National Park, and an hours’ drive from PE, to your travel itinerary. Boasting endless lush Transkei hills in its backyard and warm 24/7 hospitality, the Village is a favourite destination for locals and travellers alike. It’s an ideal weekend city-breakaway with a mouthwatering Sunday lunch carvery carefully prepared by in-house chef, Shaun Moss. Think delicious traditional roasts and an endless dessert spread including home-made ice cream, crème brûlée and traditional hot puddings. There are plenty of healthy things too… End with restaurant and bar manager, Reggie Treadway’s personal favourite, an exclusive selection of whisky and brandy from his antique liquor trolley.
For more information and reservations, visit www.capecountryroutes.com. For updates and the latest promotions from the CCR collection, follow the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CapeCountryRoutes) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/capecountryr).
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