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Departure from chosen Hotel. (Meet at hotel reception)
We depart for the impressive Du Toitskloof mountain pass with spectacular views of the Paarl valley’s numerous vineyards and the renowned Paarl Rock. We will stop for photo opportunities en-route. You are also very likely to see Baboons along the roadside, some carrying their young. The pass is named after the French Hugenot, Francois Du Toit, owner of the farm at the foot of the mountain, Kleine Bosch and the first person to see the potential for the pass above his farm. Construction commenced after many previously failed attempts by 1500 Italian prisoners of war, masters at road building and overseen by Chief Engineer PA De Villiers. With the war ending in 1945 the construction was continued by South African labourers and officially opened on 26 March 1949 at a cost of 750 GBP. A bronze plaque placed on one of the viewpoints recognises these skilled Italians’ efforts. A 4km long tunnel was constructed between 1984 and 1988 reducing the travel time by 11km at a staggering cost of ZAR125 million. This is now the main road between the Cape and the city of Johannesburg, known as the N1. During winter, over 30 spectacular waterfalls can be seen cascading down from the mountains on the western side of the Kloof.
Arrive in Rawsonville
Our next stop is the farming village of Rawsonville in the Breede River Valley, home to 22 wine cellars and estates. We will visit the Le Roux family owned boutique wine estate of Kirabo (Gift from God) for tasting of various red wine cultivars and possibly a complimentary cupcake! Thereafter a tour of the Uniwines Cellars followed by a tasting of their wines.
Arrive at Jason’s Hill for lunch
We then meander through the picturesque Slanghoek Valley surrounded by jaw dropping beauty where we’ll stop at Jason’s Hill, a beautifully maintained wine estate. The view from the upstairs patio where we’ll enjoy a light lunch is quite simply, exquisite! Your luncheon needs will be well catered for as there’s a selection of vegetarian as well as traditional Cape meat and fish options.
Depart for Bainskloof
Back on the road we head towards the second mountain pass on our itinerary, Bainskloof. This 30km long scenic pass connects the agricultural towns of Wellington and Ceres with its highest point being 595m or 1952ft. Constructed by convicts overseen by one of SA’s famous road engineers, Andrew Geddes Bain it was opened for horse drawn traffic in 1853. Bainskloof has the highest ratio of plant species per land area in the world! A total of 8600 species can be found, of which 5800 are endemic. This mountainous area is also home to Leopard, Jackal, numerous Antelope species and Honey Badgers. An award winning single grain whisky, Bains Cape Mountain Whisky is produced at the Sedgewick Distillery in Wellington. More scenic photo opportunities await you as we descend into this picturesque town.
Arrive in the town of Wellington
Wellington, named after the Duke of Wellington and proclaimed a town in 1840 boasts a population of 62000 inhabitants and is dominated by the impressive Dutch Reformed Church. Wellington was previously named Wagenmakersvallei (Valley of the wagon makers) and also Val du Charron by the French Hugenots. The first stone of this imposing church was laid back in 1838 and the building completed in 1895. The founding minister of this church, Reverend Andrew Murray’s statue graces the front entrance with his tombstone located within its grounds.
Depart to your hotel
We conclude this memorable tour by returning via the town of Durbanville, crossing through agricultural farmland with views of distant mountain ranges en route to your hotel.
Approximate hotel arrival time
The end of a fabulous day in the winelands of the fairest Cape of Good Hope!