The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour is one of the best ways to discover the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley – picturesque vineyards, breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine, fine wines and a 300 year history. Passengers aboard the hop-on hop-off tour will experience a unique and leisurely way to see the Franschhoek Valley as they journey through rolling vineyards in an open-side tram and open-air tram-bus stopping in at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates. A combination of tram and tram-bus transports passengers around a loop of stops allowing them to hop-off at each stop and experience the activities on offer, be it wine tasting, a cellar tour, lunch or simply a stroll through the vineyards and when they are ready, hop-on to continue the tour. The tour takes passengers right into the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, with a narration focusing on the history of Franschhoek and wine cultivation in the valley, complimentary wine tastings and unparalleled views of the valley and vineyards.
Take A Wine Tour
The bespoke collection of Sideways tours are out tted for discerning and curious travellers seeking unique experiences and unforgettable moments, rather than generic, “one-size ts all” tours. Whether you’re a sip-savvy connoisseur seeking out the best of SA or you’re a family looking for fun and adventure, we’ve got a spectrum of activities, sights and tastes no matter what your interests are.
Hop On A Segway Wine Tour
Segway Tours and Spier Wine Farm have combined green technology, sustainability and fun to provide the Stellenbosch winelands experience of a lifetime – for the whole family! Segway Tours offers one of the best things to do in Cape Town & Stellenbosch. Voted number one most unique way of exploring the Stellenbosch winelands. Tour the vineyards on a Segway PT (Personal Transporter), the coolest two-wheeled way to see the Spier farm. This self-balancing electric vehicle will help you glide through the vineyards, past our Protea Garden and Biodynamic farming area where we will share some interesting facts.
Go Mountain Biking
Mountain biking tours in Cape Town are a great way for the adventurous traveller to explore the slopes of Table Mountain or trails further afield. Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve & Rhebokskloof single track trials 14km & 18km single track plus endless Jeep track The Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve, with its giant granite boulders dating back more than 500 million years, provides a spectacular backdrop to this enjoyable MTB ride. Leisure cruising on good dirt roads with a gentle gradient makes this trail suitable for the whole family. More technical challenges of either 14km or 18km on superb single track on Rhebokskloof Wine Estate can be included for the fit rider with some great climbs and views. Read blog Stellenbosch Jonkershoek 10km to 40km off road Mountain biking in this commercial forest eventually gives way to pristine Cape Fynbos as you pedal around the 10km beginners gravel mountain biking trail. More technical challenges on superb single track with some great climbs up to 800m to the ‘neverending story’ or ‘Fire trails’ offers fantastic views of the rugged peaks of the Hottentots Holland Mountains.
Go Horse Riding In The Vineyards
Wine tasting on horseback (± 4 hours) Take a scenic ride through vineyards, forests and over mountains, stopping at the Rickety Bridge Winery and Mont Rochelle before returning to the stables. The total riding time is around 2 hours and 30 minutes, with 30-45 minute stops at each wine estate.
Visit The Museums/Galleries
Did you know that you can find 350 West African Gold artefacts and over one and a half million specimens of scientific importance in Cape Town? Find out more about Cape Town’s rich heritage and beyond, by visiting some of its treasured museums. There are various museums in the Cape Winelands, such as: The Franschhoek Motor Museum with its unique collection of vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and memorabilia. The collection exceeds 220 vehicles, ranging from an 1898 Beeston motor tricycle to a 2003 Ferrari Enzo supercar. Or the The Afrikaans Language Museum once home to the Association for True Afrikaners (ATA), the Afrikaans Language Museum is set in a two-storey, Georgian style house. Visitors can trace the shaping, the story and the personalities of the language, as well as see an authentic printing machine. Or stroll through the winelands towns and visit the small, individual yet inspiring art galleries.
Enjoy The Farmers Markets
It's no secret that the Cape Winelands are famous for producing world-class wines but these fertile valleys and mountain ranges are also home to a collection of delightful small towns and communities. Markets in the Cape Winelands are all about keeping it local from organic produce grown under the Mediterranean climate, to designers and charismatic markets sellers. You'll find that many of the markets in the Cape Winelands support their local community via initiatives for local producers and innovative school children, or educating the surrounding community.
Relax At A Spa
Need we explain? The ultimate way to unwind and relax, whilst being surrounded by mountains, trees, vines, wine and great food. Just sit back and de-stress. We'll point you in the direction of the best treatments available!
Take A Flight To View The Vista
The Cape Winelands is a big and spread-out area of at least 22 000 square kilometres that stretches from Cape Town into the Karoo. To see it all will take days. But you can now see the most beautiful and biggest part of it in one hour. Take off from Stellenbosch, the heart of the Winelands and fly low over the Paarl Valley, the awesome Du Toit’s Mountains and Bainskloof Pass, a magnificent piece of engineering, built in 1853 by Andrew Geddes Bain. It is a national monument and still regarded as one of the best passes in South Africa. Enter the Breede River Valley where the wide Breede River slithers like a silver snake through the valley, framed by a stretching quilt of vineyards. Take in a bird’s eye view of the Stettyn Mountains and fly over the towns of Worcester and Robertson to turn southbound towards Franschhoek via one of the most beautiful passes in the world. See little France with wine farms like Haute Cabriere, La Motte and Le’Ormirans from the air. Magnifique! The rugged ridge of Simonsberg Mountain guides you back to Stellenbosch.