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Undiscovered experiences in Cape Town and Garden Route

Posted on Monday, 29th Jun 2015

The Garden Route is a popular and scenic stretch of coast running along the south-eastern edge of South Africa. From Mossel Bay in the Western Cape up to Storms River in the Eastern Cape, the Garden Routes includes a mix of modern golf courses, ancient forests, cultural craft centres and secluded artist communities. The name comes from the verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation encountered here and the numerous lagoons and lakes dotted along the coast.

Franschhoek Wine Tram
This unique tour allows participants to experience the Franschhoek Valley in a unique and leisurely way. The open-sided tram and open-air tram-bus provide a hop-on hop-off tour looping around some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates. Giving passengers a chance to hop-off at each stop be it a wine tasting, cellar tour, lunch, or simply a stroll through the vineyards. The tour takes passengers right into the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, with a narration focusing on the history of Franschhoek and wine cultivation in the valley. To find out more visit winetram.co.za

Underground tours
Urban exploration is becoming a more widely sought after tourist attraction, delving into the historical architecture of a city gives insight into the past and how it developed into the present. Below the City of Cape Town there are underground canals and rivers that date back as far as 1652. The tunnels are approximately two meters wide and while they used to supply fresh water to passing ships (back when Cape Town was known as ‘Little Amsterdam’), now they help channel fresh run-off water from Table Mountain into the sea. The tours are led by a qualified guide and a professional rescue medic. This thrilling historic tour will inspire your imagination. Find out more at goodhopeadventures.com

The Rooibos Route
Clanwilliam is a popular destination for tourists, and it also happens to be the unique location where Rooibos is produced. Rooibos tea is world-known for its health benefits. The Rooibos Route gives you the opportunity to visit a Rooibos farm and factory, where you get to see the process behind the cultivation of this classic South African tea. Afterwards, you can stop for a tea tasting, buy cosmetic rooibos products, delectable rooibos treats or even get rooibos pampering at a salon. You can discover more at rooibos-route.co.za

Farmer Redbeard
Located in Langeberg, in the Cape Robertson wine valley, Farmer Redbeard offers you the opportunity to get your hands dirty with a hands-on farming experience. During the summer months is when they harvest the fruit orchards and vineyards, allowing visitors the chance to experience the harvesting of the fruit from the farmers point of view. They also have bee-keeping outings where you practice the art of smoking the bees, retrieving and spinning out the honey. To find out about their other hands-on processes visit farmerredbeard.co.za

Inverroche Gin Distillery
Near the small fishing town of Stilbaai, surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and fynbos, you can find the Inverroche Gin Distillery. Guests get to experience Gin tasting and an up-close view of the distillery in action, spirits are made in small batches and then distilled by a custom-made, wood fired, copper pot. For more information you can go to inverroche.co.za

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