Summer fun in Wellington

Sample the local wines in the verdant Boland valley.

The arrival of summer means it is time to head outdoors and enjoy the magnificence of the Cape winelands.

Hiking trails, bird and wildlife viewing, mountain biking and 4×4 routes are just some of the outdoor activities to be enjoyed in the mountainous terrain and scenic surrounds of Wellington.

Absorb the incredible scenic beauty by enjoying outdoor picnics and al fresco dining to create unforgettable holiday memories.

The Winelands Meander is a convenient way of exploring the region with different routes to pick from highlighting specific places of interest and activities. Wellington offers five different routes on the meander as well as its own heritage route and a wine and dine route.

The Bo-Vallei route is nestled against the foot of the Bain’s Kloof Pass and features wineries, restaurants and outdoor activities, including hiking trails and mountain-bike routes.

The Village route explores the history and architecture of the town as well as various stores and eateries. Tackle the off-the-beaten track route on the outskirts of Wellington and get close to nature at a game reserve and guest farms or visit the only commercial whisky distillery in the country.

The horseshoe and beyond route will introduce visitors to a mix of wineries, country estate living, horse riding and a buchu plantation.

The Bain’s Kloof Pass route takes in the scenery with wine and brandy tastings and various restaurants.

The pass is a national monument and offers great views, indigenous flora and fauna, rock pools, campsites and hiking trails. Many child-friendly establishments cater for children with suitable menus, dedicated play areas and fun activities.

For more information, visit www.wellington.co.za or visit the visitors information centre at 104 Main Road.