5 Things To Do In the Constantia Valley
The Constantia Valley has something to offer everyone with its selection of year-round festivities and recreational-activities ranging from horse-riding to wine-tasting, hiking and dining. Here are just a few selections of the many activities available to pique your interest.
As always, Cape Town is never short of wines and vineyards to explore and the same goes for the Constantia areawith its very own ‘Constantia Wine Route’ on offer. Some of the most popular wine estates (we’re listing just a few as there are several really great ones) are Buitenverwachting, Eagle’s Nest, Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia and Constantia Uitsig. Each one has a different element that makes it unique whether it’s their spin on the wine-tasting experience, cellar tours or striking views making it a good idea to plan your trip to incorporate as many as possible to indulge at. Many of these wine estates not only boast award-winning wines, but also world class eateries so be prepared and come both
hungry and thirsty!
La Parada/Harbour House
A brand new addition to Constantia thanks to Harbour House Group is Bar de Tapas La Parada and Harbour House Restaurant, which was once known as the Constantia Nek Restaurant. Still housed in the original building, it has been revamped with contemporary décor and new menus and now offers two different dining experiences under the Constantia Nek name. The Harbour House is a somewhat understated eatery in décor offering a classic menu and a space that can seat between 80 and 100 people. La Parada offers an entirely different set-up with modern interiors and encourages a more social eating experience with starters, mains and desserts focused on sharing.
A fun activity for all ages, Acrobranch is a tree-top obstacle course that offers 3 different action-packed aerial courses designed to cater to different age-groups, heights and difficulty levels – each with its own challenges and obstacles. The courses take you through a tour with a variety of obstacles including tarzan swings, zip lines, bridges, nets and many more activities winding through the trees. Whether you’re a beginner or an adventure enthusiast, it promises to be a fun outing for all.
Nature lovers can explore a variety of hikes and trail walks in the Constantia area. The De Hel Nature Walk is a great option for beginners or those who wish to take just a short exploration through the forest which brings you along the Constantia green belts and takes just under an hour to finish. Another comfortable walk is the Diep River Trail which links to several other trails should you wish to extend your hiking time. It is an ideal option for those exploring with kids. These are just two of the many trails in the area, so do some research and pick the one that best suits your adventure goals and fitness level.
Silvermist Mountain Lodge and Wine Estate
Home to two restaurants, the Silvermist Mountain Lodge and Wine Estate situated on the scenic slopes of Table Mountain on Constantia Main Road is a real gem of a destination. Green Vine Eatery is their rustic everyday restaurant that is open from 8am to 5pm, offering breakfasts and all day foods including platters and wine tasting. It overlooks the rolling hills of the Constantia Wine Route. The cream of the crop however, is the world La Colombe, one of South Africa’s most iconic and internationally acclaimed fine dining establishments, offering a truly transcendent experience open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. If you’re looking for a meal to remember, this is one experience not to be missed.
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