Wintertime in the Glorious Western Cape
One of the most beautiful provinces in South Africa, the Western Cape is a small yet perfectly formed region on the country's southern tip. It lies between the Indian Ocean to the south and the Atlantic to the west, and offers long stretches of sandy beaches and a sun-drenched hinterland swathed in vineyards set against a mountainous backdrop.
Your two Club Homes in Western Cape are both within easy reach of Cape Town, Hermanus and all the region's top attractions, from the iconic Table Mountain and the V&A Waterfront to the Stellenbosch Wine Route.
South Africa's winter is mostly pleasant sunny weather with cloudless blue skies, punctuated now and then by a few days of cold fronts. The winter months are June, July and August but there are many exciting activities and things to see and do this time of the year.
The Whale Season of Hermanus occurs during winter when the mighty whales migrate to this part of the marine world. The sight of these magnificent creatures gliding through the coastal waters of Hermanus makes winter the best season of the year to explore this city.
Top wine experiences in Hermanus Areas (Hemel en Aarde Valley):
- La Vierge Winery and Restaurant
- Newton Johnson Vineyards
- Creation Wines
- Bouchard Finlayson
- Or enjoy a vineyard safari tour with Wine Hoppers.
Top wine experiences around Cape Town:
Nature & hikes
Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
Take the Aerial Cableway on a five-minute ride to the top of Table Mountain, the 7th Natural Wonder of the World. Make your next trip a memorable one with a spectacular winter sunset. Buy an afternoon ticket, valid from 1pm onwards, and take the last trip down while the sun descends over the Mother City. Please book in advance to avoid waiting.
Cape Point Nature Reserve
Cape Point, just 60km outside Cape Town, is a spectacular sight. With towering stone cliffs, endemic fynbos, breath-taking bays, beaches and rolling green hills and valleys, it's definitely worth adding to your Cape Town list.
Signal Hill, connecting Kloof Nek to Lion's Head in the distinctive shape of a lion's rump, is one of the most famous spots in Cape Town for sundowners. Views from the 350m high summit are nothing short of spectacular, particularly at night, and picnic dinners with accompanying drinks is something of a capital pastime.
Lion's Head in Cape Town is a peak situated at 669 metres above sea level. The hike up takes approximately 90 minutes at a moderate pace. The views from Lion's Head are amazing and hiking is the preferred route for mountain enthusiasts, the easiest of the routes in Cape Town.
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
The V&A Waterfront is a 123-hectare mixeduse destination, and one of Africa's most visited cultural and historical hubs. Set on the edge of a natural, historic working harbour with the iconic Table Mountain as its backdrop, it offers local and international visitors a cosmopolitan mix of experiences ranging from leisure, shopping and exclusive entertainment.
Diving with Great White Sharks
Gansbaai is known as the Great White Capitalof the world as it is the only place where you can dive with Great White Sharks all year round. Only a two-hour scenic drive from Cape Town, Great White Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai is without a doubt the most exhilarating and adrenalin pumping experience. The biggest sharks of the year are often seen in Autumn and Winter.
Nature & Art
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Nestled at the eastern foot of Table Mountain, the garden is one of 10 National Botanical Gardens covering five of South Africa's six different biomes and administered by the South African National Biodiversity Institute. It also includes a venue for sunset concerts.
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa
Zeitz MOCAA opened in 2017 as the largest museum of contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora.
The region's flavoursome cuisine reflects its rich cultural heritage while its award-winning wines complement each dish perfectly. Below we have listed a few of the region's best restaurants that are accessible from Villa Arabella and Villa Steenberg.