Winelands Meander Stellenbosch and Franshoek
Experience the historic Cape wine route with a personalised guide who will take you on a Winelands meander.
Group SizeMin 2
Experience the historic Cape wine route around Franshoek and Stellenbosch with a personalised guide who will take you on a Winelands meander.
About this Operator... connect to PEOPLE, NATURE and LIFE...
If you are an active person who seeks a personalised quality experience, a greater understanding of our natural environment and genuine interactions with local people then these Experiences are designed for you!
They will broaden your horizons, encourage greater cultural sensitivity, and influence your empathy for nature conservation:
- LIFE: To expand people’s horizons, create growth by personal challenges and encourage an in-depth understanding of the world through hands-on travelling experiences.
- PEOPLE: To provide guests with meaningful and informative interactions with local people in a manner that brings mutual benefit and understanding
- NATURE: To create a deeper understanding of the natural environment by means of contributions towards scientific studies and grass-roots environmental projects.
This Operator takes on the following Responsibilities :
Responsibility to the environment
- Use of recycled bicycles.
- Planting indigenous trees and vegetation rehabilitation on tour itineraries with the approval of relevant nature reserve officials, assisting travelers to offset the carbon footprint or ‘cost’ of traveling.
- Promoting and assisting programs that remove alien vegetation from natural habitats.
- Supporting local environmental organizations such as the ‘Biodiversity in Wine’ initiative when selecting the wine estates we visit.
- Groups are advised on sustainable seafood options to avoid eating endangered species, as prescribed by South African Sustainable Seafood Institute (SASSI)
- Encouraging minimal use of water
- Offering tours on bicycle to help reduce carbon emissions, being conscious of our energy use and recycling all office waste, where possible
Responsibility to society
- Encouraging genuine and real interactions between locals and tourists
- Respecting local laws and customs, bearing in mind the local population.
- Assisting disadvantaged individuals to become self-employed.
- Researching and advising our guests on the sustainable and ethical products they buy and consume.
- This operator supports the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation which seek to contribute towards eliminating poverty through original research and community engagement to develop and advance innovative approaches to strengthening livelihoods. Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation is a non-profit organisation and registered Section 21 (not-for-gain) company. You will have to opportunity to support this project when purchasing your trip (see below)
Responsibility to the economy
Supporting locally-owned and run accommodation in preference to foreign-owned hotel chains
Purchasing locally-made goods and sustainably harvested products, where possible
Encouraging tourists to purchase genuine crafts from local suppliers
Using local suppliers that practice responsible tourism policies
We abide by the laws of the country by paying licenses, membership fees and taxes!
All profits are generated back into the local economy
Responsibility to you
- Every precaution is taken on tour to ensure client’s safety
- We provide you with legally qualified tour leaders with appropriate experience to lead the designated trips
- All the vehicles used are roadworthy and have appropriate roadworthy certificates.
- All vehicles used for traveling purposes (excludes game vehicles) are fitted with seat belts.
- All drivers are suitably qualified with appropriate professional driver’s licenses
- We outsource certain activities to companies that are bona fide legal entities, and have suitably experienced and qualified tour guides to lead appropriate activities
- We go out of our way to do safety inspections on accommodation establishments prior to your arrival
What we Advise Clients to do
- Travel with an open mind: cultivate the habit of listening and observing, and discover the enrichment that comes from experiencing another way of life
- Avoid extravagant displays of wealth such as ostentatious jewellery and technological gadgetry. This can be an incitement to robbery, as well as accentuating the gap between rich and poor
- Please do not give anything to beggars or children. Many children in townships don’t get to eat balanced diets, so sweets are a bad idea! Rather give to a registered charity or organization to make sure that items get to the people most in need.
- Pick up your litter as you would at home: bottles, cans, plastic, cigarette butts. Apart from being unsightly, your rubbish can be deadly to wild animals
- Where possible, remove the wrapping of packaged goods before you leave on a trip: unwrap soaps and take bottles out of boxes
- Learning a little of the local language can help reduce barriers, take note of the dress codes and behavior of host community
Stellenbosch is home to the oldest wine route in the Cape. We start cycling from the historic Lanzerac wine estate, which is one of the oldest first farmed in 1695. We continue up the Jonkershoek valley which is framed by a towering wall of rock, punctuated by the Jonkershoek Twins. The valley is a setting of fynbos, fern-lined kloofs and spectacular waterfalls. The plantation offers a 10km ride for beginners and more demanding rides of up to 40km for the experienced mountain bikers.
Franschhoek is named after the French Huguenots who settled here in the 17th century and utilised their expertise to transform this landscape into a prime wine producing area. We start cycling approximately 20 to 40 km on secondary roads and cycle paths, cycling past many beautiful wine estates with the Groot Drakenstein Mountains as a backdrop. We cycle through the historical town of Franschoek to the Huguenot Monument. You might be tempted to pop into the many boutique shops and art galleries. For lunch we cycle back to one of the many wine estates in the region for a gourmet picnic lunch. After lunch, we can either continue wine tasting, participate in a cellar tour or visit other attractions in the area, before returning to Cape Town.
- Transport in air conditioned vehicle
- DEAT qualified Tour Guide with relevant cycling experience
- Mountain Bike and Helmets
- Entrance fees and wine tasting
- International flight
What should you bring?
- Wear light weight & comfortable clothing suitable for cycling
- Shoes for cycling
- Sunscreen, sunglasses & cap/hat
There are no extra accommodation options for this Experience. Please contact us for accommodation options before and after your trip
There are no optional activities features for this Experience. Please contact us if you would like us to enquire further
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