Top Five Wine Safaris You Should Prepare for in South Africa

Smiling couple toasting a glass of red wine during safari vacation

South Africa offers the best of a few Worlds when it comes to the ultimate travel destination. 

Whether you want to experience thousands of acres of African safaris, adventure, or taste some of the best wines in the world, South Africa has it all! On top of being one of the world’s best safari destinations, it also offers a multitude of wine farms to explore where you can enjoy your favourite wines and breathtaking views.

Here are our top five wine experiences to consider when coming to South Africa for a safari.

Franschhoek Wine Tram

The Franschhoek wine region is located a mere 1-hour scenic drive from Cape Town.

You will love the Wine tram hop-on hop-off tour offering passengers great cuisine, fine wines and breathtaking views similar to that of a small Italy. Offering a combination of a bus and tram or taking a seat on the double-decker tram makes for picturesque views. There are a variety of the 8 coloured lines to choose where you can visit and discover experiences such as wine tastings, lunch, cellar tours, and more, so be sure to research your preferred lines before booking your wine safari. 

The Robertson Wine Valley Safari

Located only 2 hours drive from Cape Town on the famous Route 62, this African wine safari is ideal for locals and tourists alike.  

This is one of the ultimate wine safari experiences, offering safe, reliable, and fun transport in an open-air safari vehicle. Whether you feel like freestyling it with a self-guided hop-on hop-off route, pre-packed wine tasting, or enjoying a romantic vine wine sunset safari off the beaten track between vineyards, the choice is yours. Here you will enjoy and choose from wine, craft beer, whiskey, gin, grappa, and olive tastings to food and wine pairings, a lavender farming tour, a river cruise, cellar tours, and amazing lunch spots.  Pre Bookings are essential. 

Klein Constantia Wine Estate

Klein Constantia is ideally located in the Western Cape and is the perfect fit when only staying in Cape Town for a few nights before embarking on your Big 5 Safari to the North of South Africa. 

Known for one of the best wines in the world and described as one of the most beautiful views. The wine has been enjoyed by Marie Antoinette, Napoleon, and Nelson Mandela. With a variety and versatility of wine tastings, you can learn about the history and types of wines offered and grown here. For a unique experience, we recommend a cellar tour which enters into a hidden spot under the public wine tasting room showcasing vintage wines dating back 50 years. 

The Durbanville Hills Wine Safari

Table Mountain sets for the perfect backdrop to which you can plan your wine tasting and of course, Durbanville Hills Wine Estate hits the spot. 

Offering a very unique wine tasting safari to both locals and internationals, whilst visiting one of the Seven Natural Wonders. You will be transported by a 4×4 and stop at an open clearing on the Mountain where you’ll enjoy a picnic-style lunch with delicious cheeses, charcuterie, and a variety of spreads perfectly paired with a wide array of Durbanville Hills best wines.

Cape Winelands

As noted our best wines originate from the Western Cape Winelands. Made of a collection of historic towns, Cape Dutch farmsteads, and wineries which makes some of the best wines worldwide. Towns such as Tulbagh, Wellington, Stellencbosh, Franschhoek, and Constantia boast picturesque views and 18 official wine routes to choose from. These routes are safe and easy for a self-drive vacation for solo travelers, couples, and families alike. A selection of accommodation is central to top attractions in each area and varies from luxury farm hotels to villas and quaint guesthouses.   

Whether you are local to South Africa or coming abroad to experience an African safari, we suggest you consider exploring Cape Town with its amazing attractions and award-winning wines. By planning your Big 5 Safari and including one of the above Cape Winelands, either by tram or 4×4, makes for the perfect ending to any holiday.