What is included in the package price?
Your package is all inclusive of: 5 star accommodation, all riding, airport transfers for longer stays, wine tastings, all meals (including restaurant meals), drinks (including house wines at the table) and drinks during and after rides.
At restaurants, house wines are included. Premium spirits and other wines are available but not included.
Laundry service is not included but can be arranged at a nominal fee.
Who handles my airport transfers?
Cape Winelands Riding will both meet you on arrival and transfer you for departure from Cape Town International Airport. Your accommodation is a 40-minute drive from the airport.
The suggested arrival time is as close to 1pm as possible.
On the last day you will depart the villa at 2pm for arrival at the airport by 2.40pm. Please book onward domestic flights from 3.30pm onwards and international flights from 4.30pm onwards. (Domestic check-in is one hour before, international check-in is two hours before).
Is one expected to tip riding instructors or hotel and restaurant staff?
In South Africa tipping is customary but it is always at your discretion and never compulsory.
What is the minimum age you accept?
We accept riders from a very young age but this would ultimately depend on your personal travel insurance.
Do you accept bookings over the Christmas period / Christmas Day?
We accept bookings over all holidays however we do not ride on Christmas Day nor New Year’s Day. Accommodation is still available but these days are normally treated as rest / non riding days.
Do you require a deposit?
The travel agent booking your holiday determines the deposit to be paid. Feel free to drop us a line if you are unsure about this.
What is your policy on cancellations?
The travel agent booking your holiday determines cancellation terms / penalties. Feel free to drop us a line if you are unsure about this.
Tourist information and local attractions
What’s the local seasonal weather like?
Cape Town has a long summer from November to March, a season with 11 or more hours of sunshine every day. The average summer temperature is 24.3 degrees Centigrade, with January and February temperatures averaging 26 degrees Centigrade. February is the driest as well as the hottest month of the year. Strong winds occur during November and early December. Temperatures may rise above 30 degrees in these months (for part of the day).
Spring and autumn
Spring (September/October) and autumn (April/May) are beautiful seasons in the Cape when nature is at its showiest!
Cape Town’s winters (June to August) can be stormy and wet. June is the wettest month of the year and light snow can fall on the higher Cape mountains. The average winter temperature is between 7 and 20 degrees Centigrade however it’s not uncommon to enjoy a beautiful week of sunshine in winter.
Do I need a South African visa?
It is advisable to check visa requirements with your local travel agent or embassy but click here for a list of nationalities that are exempt from visas: http://www.southafrica-newyork.net/homeaffairs/visaexempt.htm
NB: Your passport needs to be valid for at least six months after your date of return and must have at least three blank pages in it. Conditions may vary from country to country.
What credit cards are accepted in South Africa and what is the local currency?
Pretty much all major credit cards are accepted across South Africa, with a good selection of Foreign Exchange outlets too should you require cash.
Our local currency is the ZA Rand. Click here to see the rates of exchange http://www.x-rates.com/table/?from=ZAR&amount=1
What is the dress code at the restaurants we will dine in?
We’re quite relaxed in South Africa – jeans and a middle-of-the-road shirt / top will work pretty much everywhere!
What can I do on my 'off' day?
Visit Cape Town and Table Mountain, shop at the Waterfront, enjoy scenic coastal roads around the peninsula, explore the nearby towns of Paarl, Stellenbosch or Franschhoek – all a short drive away and full of historical sites, world class restaurants and coffee shops, and other attractions.
One can also go hiking, play golf, visit crocodile, ostrich, eagle, cheetah and butterfly farms or penguin colonies, go whale watching (in season), and enjoy wine, cheese or chocolate tasting. The spa facilities at your villa are also a great way to spend the day. Mountain bikes are also available should you wish to cycle on our farm.
Guests who have stayed with us have combined our holidays with the following operators and venues.