Best for: Wine and foodie lovers
The Cape Winelands region is a superb alternative to more traditional wine areas in Europe. Consider renting a car from Cape Town (or hiring a taxi or driver if you’re likely to feel the wooze from the booze!) and explore the bucolic region. You’ll come across one charming town after another, and leave feeling completely relaxed. Don’t miss beautiful Stellenbosch and Franschhoek – two favourites of ours. There are a ton of world-class estates that offer wine tastings at tantalising prices and they are all situated on gorgeous grounds that you can linger and laze around on. You can stay overnight at many of the estates where you’ll have completely luxe experiences, but there are also lovely bed and breakfasts at lower prices. Of course, you’ll want wonderful meals to pair with the stellar wines and you won’t be disappointed as the region offers some of the best cuisine to be found!
Sassy Tip: With so many vineyard and estate options, do some research before going to see which places offer the wines you are most interested in. Book for the tastings in advance!
Fly to: Cape Town
Flight time: 15 hours
Best time of year to go: March to May when the weather is in a sweet spot and prices begin to dip.