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Travel tips for the Winelands

Where do I start?

  • Decide which cellar you wish to visit.
  • You will need at least one hour for each wine farm you visit.
  • Try to join at least one cellar tour, as you will find it most informative.
  • Consult the provided MAPS.
  • Decide where you want to enjoy lunch. We suggest you arrive between 12h30 and 13h30 as most restaurants do not serve lunch after 15h00.
  • Arrive at your last cellar at least an hour before closing time to ensure that you can still taste their wines.
  • Appoint a designated driver and drive safely.

I’m here, what now?

  • Most cellars request that you buy a glass to taste their wines. They usually do not allow tasting out of any other glass other than those sold by them. You can collect glasses as souvenirs.
  • Each cellar has a limit to the amount of wine you may taste. Ask the tasting room assistant.
  • Taste dry white wines first, proceed to red wines and sample sweeter wines last. Sparkling wines can be enjoyed in between to clean your palate. The tasting order will allow your palate to progress naturally.
  • Do not swallow all wines tasted! Spit the wine into the spittoons provided in the tasting room.
  • Smoking is not allowed in tasting rooms.
  • Some cellars will serve you at the table and others may only serve at the tasting counter. Ask your tasting room assistant.

How to purchase wine?

  • Most cellars allow you to buy mixed cases of wine.
  • Wine can be delivered to your door on request.
  • Most cellars offer secure packaging for air cargo.
  • Remember that wine is a perfect and unique gift from the region.

Travel tips for Cape Town

If you’re travelling to Cape Town for the first time, we would suggest you get all the necessary information ahead of your trip.

  • Firstly, for our foreign guests, we drive on the left-hand side of the road and work in kilometres when it comes to speed and distance!
  • With that out of the way, there are a number of ways for you to get around our beautiful city.
  • Cab or taxi: There are a large number of metered taxis. The average rate if R10/kilometre.
  • Car hire: All the major companies operate out of the airport and have city depots.
  • On foot, bus or bicycle: There are a growing number of tours available by run, bicycle, bus or foot in the city. The City Sightseeing bus is an awesome way to see the city at your own pace as you jump on and off at your leisure. The MyCiti bus is another quick and easy way to get around the city and surrounds. You will need to purchase a pre-paid myconnect card to use it though.
  • Train: Trains run basic commuter routes into the city and also stretch out along the scenic Southern line, which stretches as far as Simon’s Town. It is an affordable option to travel around the city.
  • If it’s your first time to Cape Town, the Cape Town Tourism Visitors Guide is where to start.
  • The Cape Town Official Visitors’ Guide is published by Cape Town Tourism, the City of Cape Town’s official regional tourism organisation.
  • The guide is a wealth of information and an essential reading for first-time visitors who want to get to grips with all the city has to offer. The guide offers readers tips on top attractions, accommodation, experiences and tours. It breaks the city down into neighbourhoods, allowing visitors access to an in-depth and local knowledge of the areas.

General tips

  • All Visitor Information Centres are open on public holidays. CANAL WALK (Accredited) Entrance 10, Centre Court, Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Century Boulevard, Century City
  • Money Advice: Currency 100 cents = one rand.
  • Coins: 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2, R5. Notes: R10, R20, R50, R100, R200.
  • Cape Town International Airport has a 24-hour foreign exchange service, as well as various cash machines.
  • Most banks are open between 09h00 and 15h30 on weekdays and 09h00 and 11h00 on Saturdays. Banks are closed on Sundays and public holidays.
  • There is no law regarding tipping for services, but it is generally expected that restaurant and bar patrons will leave a gratuity of between 10% and 15% of the total bill.
  • High-quality tap (faucet) water is available across the city and it is both palatable and safe to drink straight from the tap.
  • The quality of the food is excellent, and Cape Town has some of the top restaurants in the world.
  • We have a warm sunny climate and you should wear sunscreen and a hat whenever you are out of doors during the day, particularly between 10am and 4pm.
  • Always keep a copy of your identity document or passport on your person and keep travel documents and certified photocopies of all valuable and travel documents in a safe place.
  • Use accredited booking agents and choose accommodation that has been graded or endorsed by a local tourism authority. When in doubt check with Cape Town Tourism.
  • If you are going hiking in Cape Town, please read their Hiking safety tips.
  • Cape Town Tourism recommends the use of a qualified mountain guide should you wish to explore Table Mountain National Park on foot. To book a guide, phone the Contact Centre on 0861 322 223.
  • If you are going without a guide, make sure you take a map, keep to demarcated paths and do not go alone. Wear comfortable walking shoes and take along a hat and something warm as the weather can change suddenly on the mountain. Also take enough water, sunblock and a charged mobile phone with emergency numbers saved. Tell someone where you are going and when you should be expected back, and start heading back well before dark.
  • Avoid carrying large sums of cash, and try not to have expensive electronic devices and jewellery in plain sight.

Travel tips for the Winelands

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Amanda Sampaio

A bit about me: I am Rhodesian born, grew up in Zululand, South Africa. Post matriculation, I studied a 3 year Travel & Tourism National Diploma; I then spent 7.5 years (during the mid-90’s) working in various operational roles for SAA at the old Durban Airport; My husband, son & I then moved to the UK and lived in south-west London (Worcester Park) for 10.5 years – I worked for 3.5 years in Local Government (at Epsom & Ewell Borough Council) and then for 7 years for QANTAS as part of the Cabin Crew Ground Management Team based at Heathrow and later with Qantas Corporate Sales based in their London Hammersmith office. My family and I have been back in South Africa for almost 3 years now (having missed too much of our family, SA sunshine and braai’s) and during our time back, we are also delighted to have welcomed our 17 month old baby girl into our family! Travel is definitely my passion and is in my ‘blood’ as I am firmly back in the travel seat with my current role within Sales and Marketing at iGo Travel and look after this for our newly launched brand ‘iGO Africa’.