Reasons to Visit
The most economical and by far the most popular way to experience South Africa is on a self drive. The roads are good, traffic tends to be light and driving is on the left.
Within easy driving distance of Cape Town, the valleys of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek have become known as 'The Winelands'. Here you can admire the manicured rows of green and russet vines and even stop to sample the local tipple.
Cape Town – one of the world’s great cities, Cape Town has excellent accommodation, is easy to explore and is the gateway to the Wine Regions and Garden Route. Cape Town is an ideal place to start your trip around South Africa.
Hermanus and Walker Bay, near Cape Town, are perhaps the best places in the world to spot whales from the shore (Jun-Dec). Whale watching trips from boats are also popular in South Africa.
Learn how Ghandi, Paul Kruger and Winston Churchill were all involved in the battle of Spioenkop, during the Boer War, or how a hundred British soldiers held off some 4,000 Zulus at Rorke’s Drift, and how nearly 1,800 were killed a few hours earlier at the battle of Isandlwana.
South Africa offers some of the best safari in the whole of Africa. One of the best places are the private reserves of Kruger Greater Park, where you can see the 'Big Five' (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo).
South Africa boasts some spectacular scenery across the whole country. These include the imposing Drakensberg Mountains, coastal views along the Garden Route, the impressive Blyde River Canyon and the vast Karoo.
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The overall feeling at Mont Rochelle is one of secluded luxury, which never threatens to feel overbearing thanks to the friendly manner of the staff and the fine balance between elegance and informality.
Mont Rochelle (formerly La Couronne) is one of the best hotels in the Winelands, combining a wonderfully exclusive location with superb views, elegant surroundings and easy access to some of the country's best restaurants and vineyards in Franschhoek.
Set on a hill overlooking the town, with commanding vistas of the valley and forested mountain slopes, the hotel has contemporary styling with a strong African influence in the design, and attention to detail throughout. There are 22 rooms, split between three different buildings, and plentiful lounges and areas to unwind and enjoy the views. The facilities are excellent with large pool, sauna, jacuzzi and treatment rooms as well as two good restaurants - the fine-dining Mange Tout, and the more informal vineyard restaurant, Country Kitchen. The colonial bar also serves light snacks.
Within easy driving distance of Cape Town, the valleys of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek have become known as the Winelands thanks to their superb growing conditions for European vines. Find out why a visit here is a great idea.
Surrounded on three sides by towering mountains in a setting reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands, Franschhoek was founded by Huguenot refugees. In fact, Franschhoek translates as 'French corner'.
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