Hit the great outdoors this spring

Outdoor season is slowly hitting its stride, and with toasty temperatures come plenty of opportunities to spend your time trawling through the natural splendour on offer in the Western Cape.

With the winelands at their bustling best and visitors flocking to its rolling hills to wine and dine, it’s open season for the region’s plentiful wine farms.

Whether you prefer to stroll the streets of Franschhoek or partake in activities of a more adventurous ilk, there’s something on offer for everyone this season.

So here are a few reasons for you to grab that sunscreen, dust off those helmets and head for the hills this spring: 

Segway Tours at Spier

Image courtesy Spier Wine Farm

There are few better ways to take in the majestic winelands than on the back of a Segway PT (personal transporter). Spier Wine Farm offers visitors the unique chance to explore their vineyards on one of these self-balancing electric vehicles, offering trips that take in sumptuous views of the Helderberg and the farm’s legendary grounds.

Because these two-wheeled machines are safe for children from 10 years up, you can also enjoy this outdoor adventure with your family and friends.

The enticing aroma from Hoghouse BBQ and Bakery will ensure that you make a post-tour pitstop for a barbeque lunch or dinner. Savour the grass-fed meat, accompanied by scrumptious sides such as roasted beetroot and cheese-drenched broccoli, all perfectly paired with a glass or two of Spier’s signature wine.   

Segway Tour Bookings: www.segwaytours.co.za

Call: 021 809 1157

Hoghouse Bookings: 021 881 3174

Garden Tour at Babylonstoren

Image courtesy Babylonstoren

A sunny day spent gallivanting in a garden is a day well spent. Babylonstoren’s 3,5-hectare garden ticks all the boxes for gardening enthusiasts and first time visitors alike.

Spend time immersing yourself in the heart of the farm, guided by an experienced gardener who will encourage you to pick, touch and smell the diverse range of plant life. Get some practical gardening tips and a glimpse of the produce that is not only pleasing to the eye, but that also provides the farm’s restaurants with fresh harvests daily.

Bookings: 021 863 3852

Biking at Boschendal

Image courtesy Boschendal

Having hosted the Cape Epic on its trails, Boschendal has now opened its mountain biking trails to the public. Enjoy some spectacular riding on your choice of farm roads, jeep tracks or the single track through the forest. Whether you’re a riding enthusiast or casual cyclist, there is plenty of variety to accommodate everyone.

After your ride, enjoy a deliciously long lunch at the Werf Restaurant or a picturesque picnic on the lawns. Wine tasting under the oaks will be a hard-earned treat to cap off the day. 

Bookings: mtb@boschendal.co.za