Activities

Weddings & Functions

wedding_liesbeth_en_wim_nov20146b.jpgThere are few girls who don’t dream of one day having their wedding in the Winelands. The romance of the surrounding vineyards, historic Cape Dutch buildings and mountainous landscapes is the stuff of fairytales. A plethora of wedding venues are situated in the Cape Winelands – ranging from off-the-beaten-track to sheer luxury – and each and every one of them will undoubtedly immerse in beautiful scenery.

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However… all depends on what you’re looking for. At Sauvignon Country Lodge we focus on small and intimate weddings (max. 50p) that are still affordable and - more specifically - never to be forgotten. Feel free to contact us for more info.

Vineyard Discovery by Bike

wineroute_mtb.jpgWine lovers have come to the right place in Wellington! Our village holds no less than 26 wineries that are official members of the Wine Route and was proclaimed international ‘Top Wine Area’ in 2010. On top of this 90% of the vines or “stokkies” for all of South-Africa’s wine production are grown in the nurseries of Wellington, which makes it fair to state that in fact almost every bottle of South-African wine originates from Wellington.

To live and feel the typical Boland hospitality at the wine farm , taste an excellent selection of wines and stay in touch with nature and enjoy spectacular views along the way, we have created our “Vineyard Discovery by Bike”.

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Bikes and roadbooks are provided at Sauvignon Country Lodge and you can choose from different wine trails (from an easy 5km to a more demanding 20km), always featuring 3 tastings at the vineyard and a tasteful lunch in the second winery on the track.

Mountainbike hike

 bain_s_kloof_mtb.jpgThe “Cape Epic” is known by every mountainbike-addict in the world. Thanks to our ideal location at only 4km from the Groenberg mountain range, the owner Kris (a mountainbiker in heart and soul himself) leads various MTB-hikes from 15 upto 60km. Discover the most beautiful and unspoiled nature and enjoy breathtaking views over the Cape Winelands from your bike.

 

Some of the most exciting mountainbike trails depart at 'Welvanpas', a beautiful historical wine estate (°1704)  in Wellington at the boundaries of the famous Bain's Kloof Pass and the Hawekwa mountain range. Welvanpas’ trails pass through the estate’s vineyards and orange groves, and of course over the mountain slopes of Bain’s Kloof.

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Route 62

route_62_sign.JPGWellington is located on the world famous “Route 62” from Capetown to Port Elisabeth, which connects the Western with the Eastern Cape and offers a faster and more beautiful alternative for the N2 highway. Route 62 is the world’s longest Wine Route, and is sometimes called  the ‘Mountain Route’ for all the right reasons. It starts with the impressive Bain’s Kloof Pass in Wellington, and all through the Little Karoo many majestic mountain ranges will follow, always differing in color and vegetation. Route 62 is different from any other itinerary of this caliber thanks to its peaceful and quiet nature (100% safe to travel) and because it connects all the highlights of the Cape. See www.route62.co.za for more information.

Animals in Wellington...

Bontebok Ridge Reserve Wellington

Bontebok_Ridge_Reserve_Wellington2.jpgOur very own wildlife reserve in Wellington (in the Limietbergvallei) where spectacular 4x4 game drives are organized to offer a rare opportunity to appreciate some of South Africa’s wildlife in their natural habitat; bontebok (found exclusively in the Cape), eland, wildebeest, springbuck, duiker, grysbuck, grey rhebuck, and other indigenous species. The zebra in the reserve are part of a revolutionary attempt to re-breed the extinct quagga, a zebra-like animal with no stripes on the rump and legs but with identical DNA to the Plains zebra. A wide variety of bird species from the small cisticola to the amazing African Fish Eagle are ever present in the reserve. The majestic mountains add to the rugged appeal of the area and offer great photographic opportunities.

Butterfly World (Wellington-Paarl)

Butterfly_World_Wellington_Paarl.jpgButterfly World consists of a tropical garden in a 1000 m2 green house. This luxuriant paradise makes the free flying exotic butterflies feel right at home. They also feature a Reptile and a Spider Room, the latter displays indigenous and exotic spiders and scorpions in locked glass terraria and teaches the public to respect and appreciate these animals. The myths and fears surrounding these eight legged creatures are many and usually unfounded. Seeing the scary scorpion through glass, taking a good look and reading the relevant information, often creates more interest than revulsion. The beautiful outdoor garden hosts a meerkat enclosure and free range ducks and chickens, waiting for children to feed them. Light meals are provided in the Jungle Leaf Café and all kinds of butterfly related gadgets are sold in the Butterfly Gift Shop.

Die Vonds Snakepark Wellington

Die_Vonds_Snakepark_Wellington.jpgDie Vonds is a park for reptile lovers .. They have 40 different types of snakes, as well as tortoises, lizards, monitors and more.

Drakenstein Lion Park  & Chimp Haven (Wellington-Paarl)

Drakenstein_Lion_Park_Chimp_Haven.jpgDrakenstein Lion Park was established in 1998 to provide lions in distress with sanctuary, where they could live in safety, free from abuse and persecution, and be treated with the compassion and respect they deserved. The Park is situated in the scenic Cape Winelands and comprises of 50 acres of sprawling lion habitat. The Park is actively involved in improving the quality of life of lions in captivity, locally as well as internationally, either by offering these animals a lifetime home.  Since December 2012, Drakenstein Lion Park is also home to a new facility, Chimp Haven. This facility has been purpose built to house the animals displaced by the closure of Tygerberg Zoo and is a lifetime home to chimpanzees and a host of other small animals.


Did you know how Wellington, the hidden gem in the midst of the Cape Winelands, got its name? More French settled here than anywhere else in the Cape and the Wellington valley was initially called “Val du Charron”, literally valley of the wagon-makers, the last outpost before travelers and pioneers attempted their adventurous journey into the hinterland with their oxen and their wagons. (1 , South Africa)

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