How to Avoid Winter Hibernation
Franki for Travel Ideas Magazine
As a Capetonian you either make peace with very chilly winter temperatures or you remain disgruntled. The former option is obviously the better one and when you put your feelers out it’s not that hard. Just as winter set in, Alluvia, a specialist winery that offers boutique accommodation just outside of Stellenbosch, invited me and a partner for a night out in the country.
Within 90 minutes, we transitioned from our Cape Town-based offices to a warm fireplace with a delicious glass of Ilka Cabernet Sauvignon in hand, endearingly named after the winemaker’s daughter. For dinner we feasted on one of their trademark picnic baskets, filled to the brim with an assortment of cheeses, grapes, ciabatta and cold meats. After dinner we kicked back next to our own personal fireplace. In the morning we were welcomed by a breathtaking view of the Helshoogte valley. Century-old oak trees, vineyards and an amphitheater of mountains surrounded us, as we enjoyed a delicious breakfast delivered right at our doorstep.
What’s not to like about winter?
Besides fires and topnotch sleepovers, here are a few ideas to keep you out of hibernation mode this winter:
Head to Ceres to check out the snow, but also for ziplining adventure at Ceres Zip Slide Tours. Here you can fly over the Schurweberg Mountains on a 1.4km cable. Pure adrenaline is the name of the game. www.ceresadventures.co.za
Book a fun wine tour with Wine Flies and visit the top wineries in Stellenbosch and Paarl. Other treats include biltong, cheese and chocolate tastings. www.wineflies.co.za
Go to Cape Town’s Diamond Museum to get a glimpse of the oldest substance known to man and their latest addition, a 3.5 billion year old precious stone known as Peridotite.
Head to Hermanus for a bit of whale spotting. For the courageous, drive onto Gansbaai for a shark cage diving experience. www.sharklady.co.za
It is hard to believe, but people in the know claim that surfing in Cape Town is best when done in winter. Water temperatures are much warmer, so if you can overcome the initial chill head to the waves.