There are so many amazing and different things to do in Cape Town that when it comes to planning a visit or even a weekend in the city, it can all become a little overwhelming. So whenever I find something to do in Cape Town that I really think is unmissable, I can’t wait to tell everyone about it! The Durbanville Hills Wine Safari is definitely one of those things.
Table Mountain and wine tasting are two highlights at the top of everyone’s Cape Town do-to list, but sometimes you just don’t have the time to do both. Or you’ve actually already done both and now you want to do them again, but experience them in a new way. So a ride up the mountain on the back of a safari van, combined with incredible views of the city, access to off-limits areas not normally open to the public and of course a full wine tasting experience with Durbanville Hills is one of the best was I’ve found to do both in a new and exciting way.
The trip starts at the bottom of the mountain, at the SANParks office, where your friendly host Henri picks you up in a Durbanville Hills safari van. Over the next few hours, you’ll wind your way up Table Mountain, past the cable car and through a barricade that normally marks the end of the road for tourists. Henri will stop along the way to show you interesting landmarks and tell you about the local fauna, before stopping for a wine tasting with an amazing view over the city.
Then you’ll wind your way up, up and above Camps Bay, where you’ll settle down for lunch and more wine tasting with a view of both Camps Bay beach and Lion’s Head. The best part is that despite all my years exploring Cape Town, I can honestly say I’ve never seen the city from this angle. It was one of my best days out in the city and unbelievably the whole day only costs R500 per person.
Booking your Table Mountain Wine Safari
The trip can be booked for the morning or evening, depending on your schedule. Timing is flexible, depending on the size of your group. We started at 10am and were back at the SANParks office by 3pm. The experience includes a wine tasting and light lunch.
For bookings, you can contact Henri Bruce on 076 788 4992.
Tips for your trip
- Make sure you take sunscreen and something warm, cause weather can change in an instant
- You can take an Uber to the SANParks office, or park your car there
- You’ll definitely want to take your camera
- Your host and guide Henri is super knowledgable, so make sure to listen to his stories and insights
- If you’re coming to Cape Town or going up Table Mountain for the first time, I highly recommend booking your ticket online and heading up for sunrise, before your wine safari