South Africa has been in a state of emergency since Monday, 16 March 2020, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.This unprecedented situation is evolving rapidly and its potential outcome is still unpredictable. The containment of the Corona virus is obviously a key concern at the moment and we endeavour to keep you updated on the latest developments.

Visit Wellington is constantly receiving updates and communication from the relevant bodies. We consider it the highest priority to relay this information to our visitors and members to ensure that you can make informed decisions.

We still welcome visitors to our beautiful town, but please take note of the precautions as stipulated and noted in the SA Government Gazette and those imposed on our businesses.

Social distancing forms one of the key advisories during this period and spending time in the great outdoors is one of the best solutions. With our beautiful natural surroundings Wellington an ideal destination to discover and appreciate nature, while safeguarding your health. Average daily temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius make it the perfect time of the year to enjoy some sunshine and to discover our mountain trails for some mountain-biking, hiking, walking and trail running.

Take a day trip to Wellington where you can still savour some great wine, enjoy local cuisine (click on the LINK) and experience the joy of nature. We have compiled a list of wineries, restaurants and attractions (click on the LINK) that are available to visit during these times of social distancing. They have put stringent measurements in place to protect the health and wellbeing of staff, visitors and guests. The situation is monitored daily and adjustments are made as required.

If you are looking for a secluded getaway (click on the LINK) that provides you with peace of mind during these challenging times, you are welcome to contact the local Visitors Centre for assistance and information. We do have a number of guest facilities that provide safe and secure accommodation, while adhering to a high standard of hygienic protocols.

We understand that the rapidly evolving situation impacts everyone. We would therefore like to take this opportunity to extend our support and assurance to you that Visit Wellington will work with you to keep the disruption and impact as minimal as possible. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

AN INTRODUCTION TO WELLINGTON

The picturesque town of Wellington is a scenic 45-minute drive from Cape Town and 15-minutes’ from neighbouring Paarl. Wellington’s agricultural economy is centred on its award-winning wines, table grapes, deciduous fruit and it is also home to South Africa’s sole whisky producer.

The region is renowned for beautiful Cape Dutch homesteads, picturesque environment, gardens and wineries. The historic Bain’s Kloof Pass, with unsurpassed vistas, indigenous flora and fauna and crystal-clear streams and rivers, is the perfect spot for hikers and fly-fishermen. The pass, built by the famous Scot, Andrew Geddes Bain, was the sole gateway to the north, before Du Toitskloof Pass was built.

Closer to town, guided wine-walks and horse-trails through rich farmland and flowering fynbos offer the opportunity to see and experience Mother Nature at her finest. The Berg River flows along the western border with two smaller streams, the Spruit and Kromme and the towering Hawequa Mountains stand guard on the eastern side. Wellington is surrounded by fruit orchards, wine estates, buchu plantations and olive groves. In addition, its vine-cutting nurseries produce approximately 85% of the country’s vine root stock for the wine industry.

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

More French Huguenots settled here than anywhere else in the Cape and the valley was formerly known as Val du Charron. Visit the Wellington Museum with its diverse cultural exhibits, and learn more about the region’s history. The town was renowned as an important academic centre for theological studies and the Seminary gave rise to present-day Huguenot High School and the Huguenot Teachers Training College. Other educational institutions include Boland College and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

Situated to the north of Wellington, the villages of Saron (originally a mission station), Gouda and Hermon are spread out amid rich farmlands, in the shadow of the Elandskloof and Winterhoek Mountains.

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