The Coastal Journey

The Coastal Journey

Discover the earliest forms of art and technology

Nestled between towering mountains in the beautiful Cape winelands lies the magnificent Franschhoek Valley.

This is the food and wine heartland of the country, where splendid wines are grown and world-renowned chefs create international cuisine with breathtaking scenery as a backdrop.

Franschhoek’s award-winning wine estates encircle the village. Here, acclaimed winemakers create glorious vintages. Enjoy tastings overlooking the vineyards where the grapes were harvested ... each exceptional experience is enhanced by the setting – arguably the most beautiful wine valley in the world. So glorious this place is, in fact, that getting married in Franschhoek is popular with couples from all over the world.

The main street, lined with shops, specialist stores, arts and crafts studios, and galleries, is the heart of this vibrant village. Even better, visit during one of the numerous annual festivals, such as the Franschhoek Bastille Festival, the Franschhoek Literary Festival, Franschhoek Uncorked or the Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival.

When it comes to accommodation, the options are myriad, suiting all tastes and budgets. Decide between boutique hotels, lavish five-star country lodges, cosy bed-and-breakfasts, pleasant guesthouses or comfortable self-catering options.

Highlights

  • Award-winning wine farms
  • Franschhoek Wine Tram
  • Chocolate tasting
  • Scootours
  • Franschhoek Motor Museum
  • Cape Winelands Riding Experience
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Cape Town
50km to next stop

Cape Town’s story begins with the birth of Table Mountain 800-million years ago and the discovery of human footprints dating back 117 000 years. Today it’s a colourful and harmonious fusion of ethnic diversity.

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Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden, Stellenbosch
6km to next stop

The seven-hectare Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden in Paradyskloof, Stellenbosch, is set among lush indigenous vegetation. The project was born in 2009 when its creator, the artist Dylan Lewis, started shaping the contours of the garden.

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Dine with a local, Stellenbosch
420km to next stop

The Stellenbosch 360 tourism initiative’s Kayamandi Township Tour and Dine With a Local experience offers visitors to Stellenbosch the chance to dine with locals from different backgrounds and learn about their daily lives, stories, hopes and aspirations.

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Cango Caves, Oudshoorn
93km to next stop

Recent archeological finds have shown that humans lived and sheltered in the Cango Caves for at least 80 000 years.

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Dine with locals, George
95km to next stop

Book a two-hour Dine with a Local experience through the George Tourism office to share a home-cooked meal with locals and enjoy music, poetry or dancing together.

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Nelson Bay Cave, Plettenberg Bay
141km to next stop

Make your way to the scenic coastal holiday town of Plettenberg Bay to track some more fascinating Stone Age cave discoveries at Nelson Bay in the spectacular Robberg Nature Reserve, jutting 1.8km out into the sea.

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Cape St Blaize Cave, Mossel Bay
9km to next stop

The cave at Cape St Blaize, above the area’s lighthouse, is the site of some of South Africa’s first archaeological excavations. More recently, parts of the cave were explored by scientists as part of the major Mossel Bay Archaeology Project.

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Pinnacle Point, Mossel Bay
110km to next stop

Step back in time and imagine the lifestyle of the Middle Stone Age people who lived at Pinnacle Point, a provincial heritage site south of Mossel Bay on the Garden Route, between 170 000 and 40 000 years ago.

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9
Blombos Cave, Stilbaai
29km to next stop

At Blombos Cave, researchers have found unquestionable proof of Homo sapiens – or “modern intelligent human beings” – living in the area around 77 000 to 133 000 years ago.

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Tidal fish traps, Stilbaai
218km to next stop

At Stilbaai, more than 20 ancient stonewalled fish traps represents the technological evolution of early fishing practices in the area.

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11
Waenhuiskrans Cave
110km to next stop

Continue your exploration at the picturesque seaside town of Waenhuiskrans, also known as Arniston, about 25km from Bredasdorp.

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Klipgat Cave, De Kelders
30km to next stop

Access the two chambers of Klipgat Cave, located a stone’s throw from the seaside village of De Kelders near Gansbaai, via the Walker Bay Nature Reserve.

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Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, Stanford
160km to next stop

The 246ha Phillipskop Mountain Reserve lies on the southerly slopes of the Klein River Mountains 10km east of Stanford. This is where you will find Phillipskop Cave, a local rock heritage site.

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