Wine Estates Boschendal is an all-in-one wine estate – wine tours, historical buildings, fine-dining restaurant, a café and Le Pique Nique under waving pine trees – and Nederburg, near Paarl, is probably SA’s most recognised wine label. www.boschendal.com and www.nederburg.co.za
The Taal Monument stands on a granite koppie near the pearl-shaped Paarl Rock. It was built in 1975 to mark 50 years since the declaration of Afrikaans as an official language, making it the youngest language in the world. www.taalmuseum.co.za
Hot Water Springs throughout the region bubble around many an ailing (or just bathing) body. A prime example is to be found at Avalon Springs in Montagu. www.avalonsprings.co.za
Cape Hangklip Near Betty’s Bay was a refuge for the runaway slaves who hid in its caves. 028 271 5657
Karoo Desert National Botanical Gardens, Worcester – 4000 species of plants, 350 of them rare or endangered. Inspect the succulents year-round and the colourful flowers in spring. www.sanbi.org
Franschhoek bills itself as the gourmet capital of South Africa and with some justification. Regular winners in the restaurant ratings include Le Quartier Français, La Grande Provence and Reubens but there are many less expensive and equally impressive options. www.franschhoek.org.za
Cheese – a number of the Cape vineyards produce some excellent cheeses to pair with their wines. Most notable among these is Fairview, outside Paarl – hence their cunningly named Goats Do Roam wine in the style and bottle of a Côtes du Rhône. www.fairview.co.za
Pavement cafés and restaurants are rare in South Africa but Stellenbosch offers plenty of possibilities. Go for a mosey around the town and then settle down to some people-watching over an Italian coffee or, better still, a bottle of Alto Rouge from nearby Stellenbosch Farmers' Winery.