30 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.
Come and experience Kloovenburg’s award-winning wines and olives in Riebeek Kasteel. We love them!
03. THE SWARTLAND BIRDING ROUTE
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.
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04. CHRISTMAS IN WINTER
Experience a cold Christmas in Tulbagh. Restaurants, wine farms and the village centre celebrate with traditional Christmas fare, fun and entertainment.
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05. ARTISANAL CHEESE TASTING
Dalewood Fromage’s farm shop is heaven on toast for cheese lovers, and worth a visit to stock up on artisanal cheese and accessories.
06. Hot Air Ballooning
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.
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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.
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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)
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.
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.
12. JAN SMUTS MUSEUM
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.
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.
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!
15. BOBBEJAANS RIVER TRAIL
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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