How to spend two days in Wellington

Paarl Food and Wine Pairing

Day 1

Morning – Perfect Place is definitely the perfect place to meet and eat.  This is where antiques and fine food share the same space!  Start your day at the restaurant and coffee shop that definitely does not lack atmosphere and authenticity. Across the road you will find the history of Wellington is displayed at the Wellington Museum, which features diverse cultural exhibits from the many ethnic groups and pioneering individuals who contributed toward establishing the Wamakersvallei (Valley of the Wagons) in the 1800′s. The museum features not only the cultures of various African ethnic groups but also prides itself in having ties with countries as far afield as America, England, Scotland, France and the Netherlands.  When you visit you will discover many of these mysteries.

The Breytenbach Centre is a multi-disciplinary cultural centre for training and dealing with visual arts, music, drama and creative writing.  The Centre also has a gallery with popular art and a bookshop that will give you a true sense of South African culture.  Their poetry garden is something to behold.

Afternoon – Imagine a heritage farm style atmosphere in the beautiful slopes of the Groenberg Mountain just outside Wellington on a rose farm.  Then imagine spoiling your taste buds with a selection of imported teas with their special Tea Tasting experience. Pair your tea with a light bite or something sweet in their beautiful Tea Room.

End the day off with a spectacular drive through Bain’s Kloof Pass. It is one of the most scenic passes in South Africa. This historic pass, built by master-road builder Andrew Geddes Bain, with its unsurpassed vistas, indigenous flora and fauna and crystal-clear rock pools is the perfect spot for hikers, adventurers and nature lovers.

Evening – Head back to town to Val du Charon Wine and Leisure Estate to view the sunset over the beautiful mountains that “shows” the “W” of Wellington in it from one of their two restaurants. Val du Charon is a working wine farm that offers the full package to visitors. Enjoy their amazing food and views to match.


Day 2

Morning – Explore the wild scenery that lies just outside Wellington at Bontebok Ridge Reserve. They are the perfect place for your first encounter with South Africa’s wildlife in their natural habitat including bontebok, zebra, eland, wildebeest, springbuck, duiker, grysbuck, grey rhebuck, and other indigenous species. Enjoy a two-hour early morning game drive through the reserve on an open Landrover, guided by someone with a good understanding of the area. The unspoiled natural surroundings and majestic mountains create an excellent example of the biodiversity of fauna and flora and a wide variety of bird species are present in the reserve making for amazing photographic opportunities. Follow your game drive with drinks and light refreshments at the lapa where you can relax at your leisure.

Afternoon – After a morning of wildlife get a lesson in how coffee is roasted. At Villamar one can expect exceptional coffee as well as the estate’s seasonal farm produce. The process of coffee roasting is of great importance and their demonstration and explanation of the processes enhances the tasting experience and creates awareness of what a good product should taste and look like. You can also enjoy something light to eat at their restaurant and be sure not to leave without treating yourself to their homemade Italian ice cream!

You can’t leave Wellington without enjoy its fruit of the vines. Conclude your visit by popping in at one of South Africa’s best-known Pinotage wine producers situated on the Wellington Wine Route, Diemersfontein Wine Estate.  They were the first producers of Coffee Pinotage in the world and has a cult following in South Africa. Diemersfontein Wine Estate offers a complete winelands experience Enjoy a wine tasting experience at their tasting room.

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