Winter is the best time for locals to visit the Western Cape. It’s the time when most of the tourists have fled in search of warmer weather and when our prime hotels and destinations introduce some very tempting specials, making it a bit more accessible for those of earning in Rands.

Here are a couple of finds I’m particularly excited about. I will also be updating this post through the season so keep checking in.

Babylonstoren, Franschhoek

From 1 May to 31 August yo can book a stay for 4 nights and only pay for three. Babylonstoren is easily one of the most beautiful destinations I’ve stayed at, with meticulous attention to detail that ensures every comfort. Their country-chic cottages offer a perfect escape from the city, and you can really lose yourself in the beauty of their gardens and natural surrounds.

South African guests are further encouraged to inquire about special rates for locals at


This winter, CapeNature is giving nature lovers 40% off accommodation at their nature reserves. The offer extends across all self-catering and camping options, excluding the Whale Trail and hiking trail huts. It is the perfect excuse to escape to our most beautiful, secluded destinations, and linger a little longer in the peace and quiet.

The offer is valid until 31 August 2017.

Visit for more.

De Hoop Collection, De Hoop

Head off to De Hoop Nature Reserve for the winter school holidays and take advantage of the special winter rates valid for May, June and July 2017.

From 1 May to 27 July 2017 you can book for up to six people to stay at the De Hoop Village for the incredible rate of R1 500 per cottage (the normal rate R4 770)!  This special is only valid for new bookings made for the period 1 May 2017 to 27 July 2017.

This Winter Special applies to the De Hoop Village units only and will also be valid for Father’s Days and the De Hoop Christmas in July. The De Hoop Village units sleep six guests and consist of 1x double room, 1x twin room, 1x room with bunk beds, a lounge, a fully equipped Kitchen and dining room, bathroom with shower and an outside barbeque/braai area; perfect for the whole family during the school holidays.

Phone 021-422 4522, email or visit

De Zeekoe Guest Farm, Oudtshoorn

From now until end-September you can stay three nights and only pay for two at the beautiful De Zeekoe guest farm outside Oudtshoorn.  This lusern farm is surrounded by the famed Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains and is part of the “world’s 17 “hot spots” with 3 overlapping flower zones. De Zeekoe’s unique charm is that it offers all guests exceptional activities including the famous meerkat adventures that provide distinct experiences. The luxurious self-catering and bed & breakfast accommodation offers guest a choice from rooms at the main House, waterfront cabins and deluxe private cottages.

For more visit or

Grand Dédale Country House, Wellington

Escape to quiet tranquility. Grand Dédale Country House is offering a Romantic Season Special at R1350 pp sharing, per night. This includes a welcome drink, fruit basket, breakfast daily, afternoon snack, all beverages from the self-service bar fridges and a three-course gourmet dinner. A minimum stay of two nights might apply on certain weekends.

Book online at

Grand Roche Hotel, Paarl

During the months of July and August, the Grande Roche Hotel has a spectacular winter offer at R1175 per person sharing.  This includes a welcome drink on arrival, a 375ml bottle of wine and freshly baked goodies in your room, a 3-course dinner in the award-winning Bosman’s Restaurant including a bottle of wine from a neighbouring wine farm, and breakfast with MCC & oysters.

For more contact or 021 863 5100

Majeka House & Spa, Stellenbosch

Take advantage of the special winter promotion at Majeka House & Spa in Stellenbosch where you will pay only R1 420 per person sharing a night including breakfast and dinner at Makaron.

In November of 2016, this luxury small hotel scooped a coveted international award in recognition of their world class interior design. Named as the Best Design Hotel in Africa & the Middle East at the Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence 2017, the property was praised as a ‘wining, dining and super styling destination’.

For bookings call 021 880 1549 or email For more information visit


Head to McGregor during winter and you can stay for 3 nights while only paying for 2, plus you’ll receive a complimentary bottle of local wine. The special is valid for direct bookings at, and applies to the Lady Grey Walk Cottage, Miss Milly Folly, Lemon Tree Cottage, Plum Tree Cottage, Ons Huisie, Francolin Cottage, The Kite House, 91 Long Street and Bougainvillea Cottage.

For more info, visit

Oude Werf, Stellenbosch

Oude Werf in Stellenbosch is offering 30% off their best available rate if you book a two night stay. You can also opt for their Weekend Market Day Accommodation Pacakge, which allows you to spend a weekend browsing the various Stellenbosch markets, including Root 44, the Slow Market and the Blaauwklippen Family Market. The package includes accommodation, breakfast, and one dinner during your stay.

For more info and bookings visit

Leeu Collection, Franschhoek

During the winter months, visitors to Franschhoek can look forward to the Secret Season with its special winter offerings. The Leeu Collection, which consists of Leeu House, Leeu Estate and Le Quartier Francais, is offering an exciting Franschhoek culinary experience to South Africans (PS: you actually need an SA ID for this one).

Your package includes two nights at Leeu Collection property, with breakfast included. You’ll also get  a three course dinner at the in-house restaurant on the day of arrival, a three course lunch at Marigold Authentic Indian restaurant, a four-beer tasting at Tuk Tuk Microbrewery, and a complimentary Signature Tasting of Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines at The Wine Studio on Leeu Estates.

The package rates start at R4 800 per person sharing. For bookings, contact them on 021 492 2222 or

Spier, Stellenbosch

Book a farmfood experience at Spier and you can enjoy a two nights stay, farm-to-table food, wine, a spa session, and you can reconnect with nature on this stunning historic farm. The packages start at R1 173 pp per night, for a 2 night stay, and includes breakfast and dinner, lunch at Eight restaurant, a wine tasting, a spa treatment and accommodation in one of their Signature rooms. Spier is also offering 25% if you stay for 4 nights, or book a family package starting at R1 250 pp per night (for 2 nights), and your kids stay free.

For more visit

The Franschhoek Mystery Weekends

The Franschhoek Mystery Weekends are back from June, a package deal that includes accommodation, food and special experiences that allow you to really dig your teeth into what the area has to offer. The weekend packages start at R3500 and include two nights accommodation, breakfast daily, an exclusive Friday night gettogether, dinner on the Saturday night, lunch on the Sunday and a selection of bespoke Franschhoek experiences which will be revealed upon your check in.

The Franschhoek Mystery Weekends will be taking place on 23 – 24 June, 28 – 29 July and 25 – 26 August. For bookings, mail Carmen Arendse on


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