Meet early morning at Stellenbosch University Botanical Gardens, where you will be given a curated overview and insight into South Africa’s plant diversity. The garden is the oldest University Botanical Garden in the country. Indigenous as well as exotic plants are cultivated here.
We depart and travel through the oak-lined streets of Stellenbosch, passing through the heart of the University campus and taking in the splendour of the unique historical architecture and vibrant café lifestyle.
Followed by a visit to a historical wine farm at the foot of Simonsberg mountain with its beautiful garden situated next to a 1814 Cape Dutch homestead. Here you can walk an 11 circuit Chartres style labyrinth and enjoy the seasonal beauty & fragrances of an English style planted garden.
We continue over one of the most scenic mountain passes in the country. The route takes you past spectacular wine estates, where you will find Keith Kirsten's amphitheatre garden and outdoor sculpture by some of the finest South African artists.
Eat a light lunch including freshly picked produce from the garden of this working wine & fruit farm. The large 8ha garden was inspired by the original Company Gardens of the Old Cape, that served passing ships with fresh water and produce from 1652.
After lunch we pass through a charming village, an old mission station, rich in tradition, built on land given to freed slaves.
Next we immerse ourselves in the creation of one of the country’s largest land art installations. Designed by internationally renowned local land artist, Strijdom van der Merwe, this installation is in his words; “a collaboration with nature and the unique use of indigenous plants and their seasonal changes will create an amazing impact”. The scale of the 3000m² image in a 2ha vineyard block of planted fynbos, renosterveld & indigenous bulbs creates the wine estate label’s unique image on the mountainside.
End the day with a peaceful walk through an indigenous sculpture garden created by a South African bronze sculptor of international acclaim. This visit includes a glass of wine from the next door farm, Vriesenhof, where Hanlè grew up and her love for nature and all things beautiful began...
Where after we return to Stellenbosch by late afternoon.
Itineraries may vary slightly.
Weather and spontaneous opportunities may lead to changes!
A half day tour is also available
Available on Request