Want a great alternative to the usual African Safari? Try one of South Africa’s world famous wine routes…
While there are several wine routes in South Africa, the Constantia wine route has a particular appeal that’s really hard to resist. Aside from being the oldest wine route, it’s relatively small and intimate. There used to be 5 wine farms but this gradually grew to 8 active farms over the years. Each one is delightfully pleasant, beautiful, and spacious. In fact, it’s a magical place where the view is fantastic from all angles, the food is delightful, and the people are hospitable. Most of all, the wine that are produced in Constantia are world famous and consistently winning awards every year.
How to Make the Best of Your Time in Constantia
With the moderate climate, it isn’t difficult to plan several days walking and roaming the wine estates and boutique wine farms. Walking is one of the pleasures you will get to enjoy while here. There are also the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, parks, and the Tokai Forest to take you into a surreal world where the trails are fabulously maintained but the natural beauty remains the focal point of each hike. The group that takes charge of the Constantia green belts call themselves the Friends of Constantia Green Belts and they have 9 trails under their care. You can even get maps of these interlinking trails which are about 45 minutes of leisurely walking each.
The trails go through waterfalls, mountainsides, meadows, and rivers so it promises to be something truly spectacular.
The Friends of Constantia Green Belts operates under the guidance and supervision of the Wildlife and Environment Society and was established in 1997. Their aim is not just to provide recreational activities in the area but also to help preserve the naturalness of Constantia.
Table Mountain National Park
Table Mountain National Park borders Constantia Valley on one end and is a wonderful place to visit while in the area. You get to see the view of False Bay, dine in style and comfort, and be able to sit back and savour the scenic view all around you.
The Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
The great Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden was founded way back in 1913 with over 500 hectares of land and a diverse flora and fauna. The garden itself is 36 hectares and home to a few of the world most precious plants. In early days, this part of Constantia was picked dry for timber to build houses and structures. It took many years to restore the land to its former glory and now it simply stunning with a few relic ruins to remind everyone of life back then and what it took to grow Constantia to the wonder it is today.
The Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden offers garden art, restaurants, shops, an active biodiversity programme to preserve threatened species, and a special events venue. If you visit their website they have a virtual tour which will give you an idea of what you can expect when you get there.