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South Africa

Cape Winelands

Visitors to the world-renowned Stellenbosch and Franschhoek wine regions will sip on some of the best wines South Africa has to offer. You’ll learn about the rich history of a winemaking culture over three hundred and fifty years old and indulge in local food and wine pairings in a region celebrated for its culinary prowess and heritage. Just an hour from Cape Town, it’s considered one of the world’s most stunning wine regions.

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Sweeping vineyard, valley and mountain panoramas are par for the course here but it’s the rose and herb garden at Orangerie at Le Lude that makes the setting so fitting for high tea.

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Reasons to travel to Cape Winelands

  • World-class wines and striking architecture – from traditional Cape Dutch gabled cellars to sleek modern wineries
  • Franschhoek, for its strong French heritage, striking scenery, picturesque architecture, and cutting-edge restaurants
  • Stellenbosch, for its charming university town buzz, jaw-dropping vistas, varied wine styles and fabulous art scene

Scintilla’s Delights

Treat yourself to the best experiences The Cape Winelands has to offer.

Many of our Delights can easily be incorporated into our Scintilla Escapes. If any of these tickle your fancy, we'll include it in your experience.

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A Vineyard Segway Adventure

One of the most popular activities for families is trundling along the vineyards at Spier wine farm. Hop aboard your off-road segway, and glide through vines and farm plains on a guided tour, while learning about Spier’s biodynamic farming methods and wine-making techniques.

A Whacky Wine Tasting
A Whacky Wine Tasting

A music and wine pairing with Black Elephant Vintners

Get stuck in a barrel at Holden Manz Wine Estate
Get stuck in a barrel at Holden Manz Wine Estate

An intimate tasting offering a first-hand look into winemaking

An off-road Scooter Adventure through a Nature Reserve
An off-road Scooter Adventure through a Nature Reserve

Freewheeling your way through the Stellenbosch Winelands

Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden: a haven of tranquillity
Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden: a haven of tranquillity

A magical sculpture garden in Stellenbosch

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Scintilla Escapes

We’ve hand-picked the best day trips and experiences in The Cape Winelands for you, to ensure you make the most of your valuable time in The Cape. 

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Meet the faces behind your bespoke experience

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Meet the faces behind your bespoke experience

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Meet the faces behind your bespoke experience

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Meet the faces behind your bespoke experience

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Elevated Cape Adventures

Meet the Locals. Touch the Sand. Taste the Food.

Carefully researched and curated, our Scintilla Escapes have been designed to take you where the locals go, far from the crowds. While our tours are focused on the special highlights, activities and key sights, we prefer to craft your day, according to your liking or interests, be that history, nature, food, wine, art, adventure, culture or more. We visit the traditional touring areas of the Cape Peninsula, City & Table Mountain and the Winelands… and add our own spark!

Explore – visit the key sites by vehicle and foot, away from the bustling crowds and engage with the local history and culture of the region

Active – explore the area through a combination of soft-adventure activities that include hiking, stand-up paddle boarding or cycling

Family – explore, engage and interact through a series of fun activities using the iconic sights as your playground

Scintilla Escapes City & Table Mountain Explore
Scintilla Escapes City & Table Mountain Explore

Take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain and let incredible captivate your soul.

Scintilla Escapes Winelands Family Adventure
Scintilla Escapes Winelands Family Adventure

This day is all about family-bonding time and creating memories.

Scintilla Escapes Cape Peninsula Active
Scintilla Escapes Cape Peninsula Active

Pristine national parks, spectacular scenery and characterful seaside villages...embrace the local lifestyle.

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Why Scintilla Escapes

  • Complete flexibility – tours are adaptable on an hour-to-hour basis to suit your needs and the changing weather conditions. Where you go and what activities you do are up to you, and we can easily tailor things on-the-go, with the logistical support from our local Scintilla headquarters.
  • Adventure Utility Vehicles (AUV) – our custom vehicles come equipped with hiking packs, a toy box and a fully stocked snack pantry with some drinks included.
  • Onboard locally-sourced food pantry – we keep you fuelled throughout the day, with a refreshment bar and snack pantry and the option of Wild Picnic or Tasting Table – so you are never tied down to restaurant reservations and can set your own pace.
  • Expert Guides – handpicked for their passion, expertise and enthusiasm, our guides are specialists within their fields and their alignment with our brand is paramount to their appointment. Natural hosts, highly knowledgeable and professional; each guide imparts knowledge through storytelling and by sharing interesting insights. From botany, to food, wine and art, we’ll find your match.
  • Family-focused – our trips allow multi-generational and extended families to explore, engage and interact through a series of fun activities, using the iconic sights as our adventure playground. Our guides are skilled at dealing with a range of ages, keeping it simple, fun and flexible.
  • Exceptional dining – Cape Town has a unique multicultural heritage that influences much of its cuisine and food is an import element of your exploration. We offer a range of dining choices to add that flavour dimension to your day.
  • In-house guide training academy – designed and overseen by some of the finest training minds in the industry, we facilitate initial and ongoing training, necessary to ensure that our guiding remains exceptional.

Discover bespoke trips

There are thousands of ways our travellers can experience Africa. Our bespoke itineraries are created to ensure your trip is just right for you.

Cape Town, Winelands & Safari
8 nights featuring the best of South Africa

Cape Town, Winelands & Safari

From $9, 900 per person

Family Cape Town, Winelands & Safari
8 nights featuring the best of South Africa

Family Cape Town, Winelands & Safari

From $9, 900 per person

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Where to stay in The Cape Winelands

The Cape Winelands has some world-class accommodation options.

Brookdale Estate Manor
Brookdale Estate Manor
Twice Central
Twice Central
Delaire Graff
Delaire Graff
La Cotte Farm
La Cotte Farm
Babylonstoren Farm Hotel
Babylonstoren Farm Hotel

Other destinations in South Africa

One could spend a year travelling in South Africa and not see it all. These places are our best of the best.

Cape Town

Cape Town

The Greater Kruger National Park

The Greater Kruger National Park

Garden Route

Garden Route

The Overberg

The Overberg

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Madikwe Game Reserve

Madikwe Game Reserve

Eastern Cape

Eastern Cape

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Guest Testimonials

Discover why our guests select Scintilla for their travel to Southern Africa.

Hi Cuan.  Just wanted you to know we have had an amazing time in Namibia!  What an experience!  Yesterday we stopped off at a bar in a very remote village after tracking elephants and had beers and danced with the locals which was fantastic.  Between the orphanage, stops in many villages, the kids we’ve gotten to meet, the Himba village and of course all the animals it has just been incredible.  You organized quite a trip for us!  And now, Botswana!!!

The Soloman Family, USA

My week in Namibia was sensational and went seamlessly. From the welcoming pickup from the airport to the beautiful accommodations and fascinating road-trip across much of the country, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Of particular note, the food at Hoodia Desert Lodge was impeccable and the al fresco lunch prepared by the guide after the visit to Deadvlei and Sossusvlei was simply magical. The sundowners at both Hoodia and Onduli Ridge were top-notch, each offering breathtaking views and fabulous Namibian gin cocktails and bites. What made the entire journey so easily enjoyable was the daily itineraries and maps presented to me upon arrival and the overall organization and attention to detail. My solo sojourn was truly flawless, and I will recommend it widely!

Sarah Scott, ZA

Cuan, everything going to plan so far with stunning weather and excellent service and amazing wildlife in Etosha!! Thanks again for your professionalism. Everything has been magical, and we have definitely brought some luck with us being the first group to find the elephants only after 10 minutes of looking !! Really appreciate your help, and I will be recommending you to our friends back home.

Tom Last, AU

Our guide Charlene was out of this world. She was charming, intelligent, and fun and she showed us the best of Cape Town while also educating us on the journey Cape Town has taken from Apartheid through today. We were fascinated, engaged, and overjoyed to spend our final days in Africa with her. She is truly outstanding.

Paul & Wendy, UK

The trip was FANTASTIC, and our guide Marcus was absolutely superb! We took all of his recommendations for our last free day in the city and can’t thank him enough for the stellar suggestions.

Thomas & Mary Louise, Canada

Please convey my thanks to the Cape Town guiding teams! Without a doubt our most memorable moment of the trip was our visit to the Cape Peninsula with our guide, Chizzy. A major positive, thrilling time. The penguins, picnic and swim at the reservoir, continual birthday celebrations for Jack’s 18th Birthday were all home runs.

Suzanne, Jack & Family, USA

The most important thing for me to tell you is that we had a fabulous time with James exploring the Peninsula of Cape Town! Along with our visit to the Zeitz Museum, our day with James was a highlight of the time we spent in South Africa. He was friendly and open about discussing his experiences growing up with apartheid which I really appreciated. I enjoyed the towns we visited, the restaurant where we had lunch, our visit with the penguins, and our hike out to the shipwreck. Thank you!!

Emma & Lori, USA

Well, we finished up Cape Town this evening, heading to safari tomorrow. We loved the country tour and winery tour, absolutely amazing. Also, our guide for both days, was one of the best we have ever had. We couldn’t imagine a better time and she couldn’t be more flexible. Thank you for setting up this first part of the vacation and setting us up with the tours.

Cory & Heather, USA

It was great! Everything worked out perfectly! We absolutely loved the Sidecar experience – wow, was that fun! We loved our guide in Cape Town, Josh, he was the BEST! He was so fun. We took him for dinners and played golf with him! We just thought Cape Town was fantastic. Wine Country was great. Fantastic.

Joseph, Marsha & Family, USA

On Saturday, we met our guide, Charlene, who was OUTSTANDING. We had missed the Zeitz Museum, and she was happy to let us rearrange our schedule so that we could tour it as well as taking me to a beautiful craft market to buy gifts.  On arriving in the wine country, we enjoyed an amazing lunch at La Motte.  With Charlene's background in wines, she was able to recommend the best wineries to visit on the winetram, as well as several good restaurants in the area.

William & Constance, USA

Cape Town was so scenic and beautiful.  Had an interesting visit around town and to the houses of parliament with a very accommodating guide James.  James made that whole experience everything it was and deserves a lot of credit. What a great place to visit!  What phenomenal food!  What masters of hospitality they all are in Africa!

Jeffery & Barbara, Canada
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