EXPLORE Wellington

Wellington is a scenic Cape Winelands town where locals and travellers alike delight in hiking, berry picking and outdoor pursuits.

In a valley at the foot of the Groenberg Mountain on the banks of the River Kromme lies the Cape Winelands town, Wellington. A 45minute drive from Cape Town, wine and nature lovers will find plenty to keep them entertained with holiday and short term accommodation available to retire to after a long day of wine tours and hiking.

Wellington is considered to be “home of the vines" as close to 90% of South Africa’s vine-cutting nurseries grow here before they are transported for planting. It was also once the gateway inland during the diamond rush where travellers would make use of the Bianskloof Pass, now a monument. The town is filled with many historical offerings to admire.

With an interesting history, and before settling for the name it is known as today, Wellington has seen many titles before. The town was once referred to as Limiet Vallei, meaning "frontier valley", and before that it was named Wagenmakersvallei, which translates to "valley of the wagin maker". The name this town boasts today was finally named in honour of the Duke of Wellington, who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo in 1840.

Fruit, wine and great historical buildings are but a few of the treasures provided by this town. The Wellington Wine Walk that runs from the Hawequa Mountains through the vineyards, olive orchards, fields of buchu and vine-cutting plantations with overnights in Wellington hotels and various other accommodation available along with way.

In addition to this, the Limietberg Nature Reserve has nine different hiking trails through terrain rich with fynbos and also have a number of scenic drives in Wellington and the surrounding areas. Outdoor pursuits other than hiking, such as horse-back riding and mountain biking are ideal for the scenic and adventurous landscape. Berry picking is an activity not to be missed with an array of strawberries, raspberries, youngberries and Cape gooseberries for the picking. There are also guided tours available throughout the farms. Out of the Wellington Hotels and accommodations available, all travellers will be sure to find a comfortable bed and warm shower after their expeditions.

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