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Celebrating Constantia: A Detailed Travel Guide

Updated: 5 days ago



Brief History

Nestled in the southern suburbs of Cape Town, Constantia is one of South Africa’s oldest and most prestigious wine-producing regions. Established in 1685 by Simon van der Stel, the first Governor of the Cape, Constantia boasts a rich heritage that includes the production of world-renowned wines. This area blends historical charm and modern sophistication, making it a sought-after destination for travellers seeking a unique and enriching experience.


Why Travellers Love Constantia

Traveller's are captivated by Constantia's serene landscapes, lush vineyards, and the seamless blend of history and contemporary luxury. The area’s scenic beauty, combined with its rich cultural and viticultural heritage, offers a unique escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Whether it's the allure of the picturesque wine estates, the elegant restaurants, or the array of outdoor activities, Constantia promises an unforgettable experience.


Wine Route


Constantia’s wine route is legendary, home to some of the oldest and most esteemed wine estates in the country. Notable estates include:


  • Groot Constantia: Established in 1685, it’s the oldest wine estate in South Africa. The estate offers guided tours, a wine museum, and tastings of their award-winning wines. grootconstantia.co.za

  • Klein Constantia: Known for its Vin de Constance, a sweet wine favoured by Napoleon Bonaparte. Visitors can enjoy wine tastings and explore the beautiful estate. kleinconstantia.com

  • Buitenverwachting: This estate offers a variety of wines and a charming restaurant with stunning views of the vineyards. kleinconstantia.com


Remaining Wine Farms Constantia Wine Route:



Foodie Haven

Constantia is a paradise for food lovers, with a plethora of top-notch restaurants that complement its wine heritage. Here are some highlights:




  • La Colombe: Situated on the Silvermist Wine Estate, this award-winning restaurant offers an innovative menu featuring dishes like Tuna La Colombe and Karoo lamb. Prices for a tasting menu start at approximately R1,495 per person.

  • Chef’s Warehouse at Beau Constantia: Known for its contemporary tapas, highlights include the Line Fish Sashimi and Confit Duck Leg. The tapas menu is priced at around R900 for two people.

  • Groot Constantia’s Jonkershuis Restaurant: Offering a blend of Cape Malay and traditional South African dishes, such as Bobotie and Cape Malay Chicken Curry. Main courses range from R150 to R250.

  • Foxcroft: Located in the High Constantia Centre, it offers a seasonal menu with dishes like Yellowtail Tartare and Braised Short Rib. Tasting menus are priced at approximately R895 per person.




Activities in and Around Constantia



Constantia isn’t just about wine and food. The area offers numerous activities for the adventurous traveller:

  • Hiking and Nature Walks: Explore the trails of the Constantia Greenbelt and the nearby Table Mountain National Park. These trails range from easy walks to more challenging hikes.

  • Mountain Biking: The trails around the vineyards and in the adjacent forests are perfect for biking enthusiasts.

  • Horse Riding: Enjoy a scenic ride through the vineyards and forested areas with companies like Sleepy Hollow Horse Riding.

  • Shopping: Browse the charming boutiques and specialty shops in Constantia Village, offering a range of local crafts and high-end fashion.

  • Golfing: Play a round at the Steenberg Golf Club, known for its beautiful course set against the backdrop of the mountains and vineyards.


Tourism Vibes

The vibe in Constantia is relaxed yet sophisticated, ideal for those seeking a refined escape. The combination of natural beauty, historical richness, and modern amenities creates a perfect environment for both leisure and luxury. Proximity to Cape Town’s best activities further enhances its appeal, allowing for easy day trips to iconic sites.


Top 5 Activities Near Cape Town



  1. Table Mountain: Just a 20-minute drive from Constantia, visitors can hike or take the cableway to the top for panoramic views of Cape Town.

  2. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens: A short 15-minute drive, these world-renowned gardens are perfect for a relaxing day out amidst indigenous flora.

  3. V&A Waterfront: A 25-minute drive to a bustling hub of shopping, dining, and entertainment.

  4. Cape Point: About an hour's drive, this scenic area offers dramatic cliffs, beautiful beaches, and historic lighthouses.

  5. Simons Town and Boulders Beach: Approximately 45 minutes away, it’s famous for its colony of African penguins.


Stay in One of Our Featured Properties


Make your stay in Constantia unforgettable by booking one of our luxurious properties, still available for this December:



  • Warbler Villa: This spacious villa offers five bedrooms, each with en-suite bathrooms, a modern kitchen, and a large living area. The outdoor area features a heated pool, BBQ facilities, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Prices start at R10,000 per night.



  • Oak House: A charming three-bedroom property, Oak House boasts a blend of classic elegance and modern amenities. It includes a private garden, a cozy fireplace, and a fully-equipped kitchen. Ideal for families or small groups, with rates from R7,500 per night.



  • Gemini Villa: This luxurious villa offers four bedrooms, each with panoramic views, a spacious open-plan living area, and a state-of-the-art kitchen. The outdoor area includes an infinity pool, a sun deck, and BBQ facilities. Prices start at R12,000 per night.



Plan your escape to Constantia today and enjoy the perfect blend of history, luxury, and adventure. Book your stay now to secure your spot in one of our exquisite properties. Contact Lee Ruffel who will help build you perfect South African Holiday.

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