FRANSCHHOEK | ATTRACTIONS

CAPE TOWN ATTRACTIONS

• Cape Town International Airport (45 min)
• Table Mountain (60 min)
• Waterfront & City Centre (60 min)
• Stellenbosch (20 min)
• Hermanus (60 min)
• Paarl (20 min)

The Western Cape is one of South Africa's premier tourist attractions, and for good reason. From the famous icon of Table Mountain, vast winelands and exquisite beaches to world-class restaurants and cosmopolitan entertainment haunts, the Cape boasts a myriad cultures and tourist attractions to suit every type of traveller - from those seeking adventure to those in need of pampering and relaxation.

Whilst staying at any of the luxury hotels in Cape Town that comprise The Last Word, we will endeavour to aid you in exploring and experiencing all that Cape Town and its surrounds has to offer.

WINELANDS

An hour's drive from Cape Town lies the magnificent region of the Cape Winelands. The area comprises of rugged mountains, fertile valleys, orchards and vineyards dotted with historic villages and gracious houses, built in typical Cape Dutch style. The wines produced in this region have become world-famous and wine tasting at the numerous award-winning wine estates has become a popular activity for locals and tourists alike.

The towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl, Welllington and Tulbagh began as farms built by the early white colonists. As the farms prospered in the fertile valley, towns were established, all which boast impressive homesteads, historical attractions and incredible scenic beauty.

As well as being the centre of a major wine route, Stellenbosch boasts a leading centre of education, Stellenbosch University, and includes more than 20 wine estates within a 12 km radius. Other points of interest include Oom Samie se Winkel, a charming general dealer from a bygone era, the Van Ryn Brandy Cellar and the cellars of the Bergkelder, which have been carved out of the hillside.

The quaint town of Franschhoek was founded in 1688 on land granted to the French Huguenot refugees who has escaped religious persecution in Europe. Franschhoek is best known for its first-class restaurants.

The Cape winelands can also be explored by the many scenic hiking trails, on horseback, mountain bike, by hot air balloon or helicopter.

TABLE MOUNTAIN

Cape Town's premier attraction, Table Mountain towers over the city, 1,086 s above sea level. There is hardly a suburb that does not have views of the majestic flat-topped monolith. The mountain's summit can be reached by numerous trails of varying levels of difficulty or by revolving cable car, weather permitting.

Enjoy spectacular views of the city and surroundings from the top of Table Mountain, whilst enjoying refreshments in the restaurant. There are also conference facilities, a souvenir shop and even a post box at the top.

A World heritage Site, Table Mountain is covered with indigenous flora encompassing some 1,470 species, including more than 500 species of erica and 100 species of iris. South Africa's national flower, the protea, is found in abundance on the slopes.

Often covered by cloud, Table Mountain looks like it is wearing a "table cloth" - a sight gazed upon in awe by tourists and much loved by the locals.