29 things you didn’t know you can do in the Cape Winelands (self-drive activities around Bartholomeus Klip)

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  • 01. Bain’s Kloof


    Built in 1853 by convicted labourers, the Bains Kloof in Wellington is one of the most picturesque passes in the Cape.

    Bain's Kloof
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  • 02. Kloovenburg


    Come and experience Kloovenburg’s award-winning wines and olives in Riebeek Kasteel. We love them!

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    250 bird species have been spotted in this varied landscape from sea, coastal plains, wild flowers and fynbos to wheat fields, vineyards, olive farms and mountains.

    Swartland Birding Route
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    27 & 28 JUL 2015

    Experience a cold Christmas in Tulbagh. Restaurants, wine farms and the village centre celebrate with traditional Christmas fare, fun and entertainment.

    Tulbagh Christmas in Winter
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    Dalewood Fromage’s farm shop is heaven on toast for cheese lovers, and worth a visit to stock up on artisanal cheese and accessories.

    Tulbagh Christmas in Winter


  • 06. Hot Air Ballooning

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    Explore the Cape Winelands from the air, and enjoy the wonderful feeling of floating through the sky as slow as a cloud and as free as a bird.

    Hot Air Ballooning Cape Winelands

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  • 07. Berg River Canoe Marathon

    15 JUL 2015

    The annual canoe marathon starts in Paarl, and passes BK at about 13kms, in Hermon. The end of the first day is at Zonquasdrift, 28 kms from us. There are some excellent viewing spots in Hermon.

    Berg River Canoe Marathon

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  • 08. Craft Beer near Bartholomeus Klip

    Taste some of the country’s finest craft beers on your way to Bartholomeus Klip: Cape Brewing Company (Paarl), BardiBar (Paarl), Darling Brew (Darling) and Garagista (Riebeek)

    Craft Beer

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  • 09. PPC Riebeeck Bergmarathon

    1 AUG 2015

    Come visit us during one of the most beautiful marathons in South Africa, known for its winding route through the Riebeek Valley.


  • 10. Krom Rivier Hiking Trail

    This easy hike takes you across the Krom and Molenaars Rivers through the Limietberg Nature Reserve, leading for about two and a half hours to the Krom River Waterfall.

    Krom Rivier Hiking Trail


  • 11. Horse Trails

    There’s nothing like exploring the Cape Winelands on horseback! Tulbagh Horse Trails offers beautiful scenic outrides on a 271ha working fruit farm, only 30min from Bartholomeus Klip.

    Horse Trails

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    Did you know that South African political leader and thinker, Jan Smuts, was born near Bartholomeus Klip? You can visit his place of birth, a national monument and museum, every day except Mondays.

    Jan Smuts Riebeek Birthplace

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  • 13. Riebeek Valley MTB Race

    Come and enjoy the natural beauty of the Riebeek Valley – on your mountain bike. The 35 km or 15 km route will take you through vineyards, olive groves and up against the slopes of the Kasteelberg.

    Riebeek Valley Mountain Bike Race

    5 SEPT 2015

  • 14. Flower Season!

    Spring flowers are in full bloom at and around Bartholomeus Klip – tapestries of bright and varied flower fields colour the views on the mountains and our nature reserve. Spectacular!

    Spring flower season

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    See, feel and breathe spring! Come hike the 9kms Bobbejaans River Trail near Wellington to get up, close and personal with the breathtaking natural beauty of the
    Limietberg Nature Reserve.



  • 16. Short Street in Riebeek Kasteel

    Short Street in Riebeek Kasteel is the beating heart of this little Winelands town, only 20 minutes away from BK. Perfect for strolling and browsing regional wines, clothes, art, craft brews and paraphernalia at its little stores.

    Short Street, Riebeek


  • 17. Die Afrikaanse Taalmonument

    In 2015, the Afrikaans Taalmonument and -Museum will be celebrating its 40th birthday – one more reason to visit the monument at its magnificent, scenic location on Paarl Mountain.

    Afrikaanse Taalmonument


  • 18. The Wine Kollective

    We love The Wine Kollectiv in Riebeek for its wine selection solely dedicated to the special wines of the small, the famous and the utterly unknown wineries in and around Riebeek Kasteel.

    The Wine Kollective

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  • 19. Happy Braai Day

    Across race, language, region and religion, today, on Heritage Day, all South Africans share one common heritage. Although the ingredients may differ, the one thing that never changes is that when we have something to celebrate we light fires, and prepare great feasts.

    Braai Day

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  • 21. The Saronsberg Theatre

    We love The Saronsberg Theatre in Tulbagh – an intimate art, theatre and music venue in a lovingly restored building on Tulbagh’s main road, about 30 minutes’ drive from Bartholomeus Klip.

    Saronsberg Theatre


  • 22. Ceres Zipslide

    Experience the true beauty of the Western Cape’s fynbos and rugged Schurweberg sandstone mountains from adrenaline infused, family friendly 1,4km ziplines at
    Ceres Zipslide Adventures

    Ceres Zipslide Adventures


  • 23. Wellington Heritage Trail

    Discover Wellington’s unique heritage, historial buildings and monuments on a gentle walk through this friendly Boland village with a user-friendly map from the Paarl & Wellington Tourism office.

    Wellington Heritage Trail

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  • 24. Meet the Alpacas

    Worth visiting in Wellington: meet alpacas in all their myriad hues and be fascinated by the many complex stages of making yarn at the newly built mill. Pre-booked tours only. Linda 083 453 8382

    Alpaca farm in Wellington


  • 25. Mountain Bike at Welvanpas

    One of the best mountain bike trails in the Cape Winelands starts and ends at Welvanpas farm in Wellington, winding through beautiful orchards, vineyards, waterfalls and pristine fynbos. There are three routes to choose from with different technical levels.

    Mountain Bike trail at Welvanpas in Wellington

    27km from BK | Directions

  • 26. Jorgensen’s Distillery

    At Jorgensen’s Distillery The Still Man Roger Jorgensen lovingly handcrafts a range of super premium spirits (vodka, brandy, gin, etc.) for your enjoyment. Open to the public any time, but by appointment only.


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  • 27. The Gardens at Babylonstoren

    The Babylonstoren gardens were inspired by the Company’s Garden in Cape Town and the mythical garden of Babylon. Spanning eight acres, the gardens provide 300 varieties of edible plants, grown as biologically as possible. Their Daily Garden Tour starts at 10h00.

    The Gardens at Babylonstoren


  • 28. #countrydrive

    lonelyplanet.com has named Wellington “one of the 10 most intriguing wine regions of the world”. We teamed up with Bosman Family Vineyards and Au d’Hex and offer special packages. Come and experience Wellington at its very best!

    #countrydrive Wellington

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  • 29. Groot Winterhoek

    The Groot Winterhoek Wilderness, near Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse, is known for its rugged, wild landscape, with exceptional rock formations, and rich in history, with rock paintings by the San and Khoi.

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