Alternative Cape winelands tour – Stellenbosch

Winelands tour“A Taste of Local Reality” is a full day tour developed by Dreamcatcher with the local communities and the community based tourism service providers in the greater Cape Winelands to the East and South of Cape Town. Blessed with 15 meso-climates and covering over 800 kilometers, visitors are spoiled for choice and often miss a chance to experience what is truly out there. Our tour offers a surprizing alternative to the usual tour of the Cape Winelands – Stellenbosch region, offering fun, local encounters, food and tasting of award winning wines, cheese and chocolates produced locally. We make a point of supporting wine estates where fair labour practice is assured and we offer a refreshing perspective, understanding and insight into the development of this stunning- and much visited region of South Africa.

In keeping with our mission to make Nelson Mandela’s dream for a “better life for his people, when he delivered his speech on the steps of the Cape Town Hall not far away, work, we ensure that the benefits of the many tourists who visit the winelands are accessed by local community entrepreneurs, whilst simultaneously exposing the discerning visitor to a new winelands experience they never new existed.

We invite you to join us to discover a new winelands full of exciting encounters. Welcome!

What does the tour involve?

Table Mountain  WInelandsBloemendal09h30 – Meet your registered tour guide/driver in the foyer of your accommodation and drive through stunning scenery, pashing through lush wine lands. Visit Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum offering insight into the lives and times of the labourers who toiled to build the vineyards and towns of the Cape flats and wine lands region. The museum will also expose how the labourers were paid in alcohol (now banned DOP system) and what the life was like during those days of eaked existence. It will also share where the community sees itself going to now and how tourism is bringing a new hope and vision into the community. The visit entails a short walk about to view the changes, which the old ‘hostels’ have undergone, whilst some still remain to give insight into “Reality of lives of the day”.

11h30 AM – Depart for Fairview Wine Estate, which has developed a programme of empowerment for the labourers on the estate. This project is known as Fair Valley and entails that the visitor taste the world class wines of Fairview but also enjoys the unique opportunity to purchase the home grown ‘own’ produced wines of the labourers under their own brand called “Fair Valley” (when available as much is exported today). The wine tasting is enhanced by tasting the high quality cheese produced by the wives of the farm labourers on the estate.

12h30 pm – Depart to the chocolate tasting delights on offer close by and to enjoy the stunning views over the Cape Flats with Table Mountain as backdrop. Depart for Kayamandi Stellenbosch where you will meet the happy and charming Cook-up with Kamamma matriarch to enjoy a Cook-up with Kamamma in Xhosa tradition.

This experience is stripped of ‘staged culture” and offers a true “Taste of local Reality”. It is real and heart warming experience for the adventurous and socially discerning visitor and family traveler. The Dreamcatcher Kamamma shares her lifestyle and traditions of the Xhosa woman in an authentic home based setting. You will enjoy cooking an item or two of your hearty Xhosa traditional meal in a fun and participative encounter. This part of the tour usually lasts for one and a half to two hours but some folk just cannot leave, as they touch the life of the matriarch in her own home.

During the Cook Up lunch you will meet “Yellow the Wire man”. Yellow is a gifted wire artist – something we encouraged him to develop after he lost his job on a local farm. Yellow is from a Bushman (San) culture, who settled in the wine lands after migrating from the Northern Cape -to try to find a new life-: only to land as a labourer earning very little, on farms close by. Yellow and his family though dreamed of a better life and one day he met the founder of Dreamcatcher on a street corner where he was selling some wire craft. His life change that day!

Learn fist hand from Yellow about his advance from shack to shares in their own micro tourism and craft company. Yellow demonstrates to the visitor how to make a wire craft and he hands one as a surprise to each visitor. Experience and his “reality”, pride and commitment to move forward and use his skills and hospitable culture, to work towards a new tomorrow for himself, his family and community

At 15h00 PM You take your leave and depart to tree-lined Dorp street where legacy and fine examples of the Cape Dutch architecture abounds. Take a short walk to “Oom Samies” shop where you can purchase anything it seems’

16h00 Depart back to your vehicle and drive via the R100 wine route, back to your accommodation.

You will not only have seen nature today: you have discovered the generous and patient nature and also the cultures of the indigenous people who live and survive in this beautiful greater wine lands area. MOST importantly, you are contributing directly to the future quality of life and future of the Kamamma, her children and community. You are walking the talking!

Thank you for giving us the opportunity of introducing you to the Kamamma’s and Bhuti’s of the real Greater Cape Wine lands region.

Included

Yellow wire man

  • Experienced and registered tour guides and transport
  • Pick up and drop of at your accommodation
  • Wine, cheese and chocolate tasting
  • Wire art gift and demonstration
  • Cook-Up Kamamma lunch
  • Learn about the Xhosa and Bushman cultures and traditional food
  • Soft drinks and/or traditional ginger beer
  • Entrances

Excluded

  • Alcohol – Please note that no Dreamcatcher services are licensed for the sale of alcohol. In the event clients wish to enjoy wine or beer they must purchase this en route where you are tasting wine or at licensed suppliers. We can provide chilling facilities if needed.
  • VAT and mandatory levies: We are VAT registered and accountable to the South African Revenue services. Please add 14% for vat. These costs are indicated separately on invoices.

Time and duration of the tour

  • Start at 09.30 AM
  • Finish at approximately 4.30 to 5:00 PM

Rates

All quoted rates are per person and we have a minimum number of 2 persons per booking.

  • ZAR 1.695 per person – Exclusive of VAT & Tourism levies of 15%.
  • Children 12 years and younger: Half price.
  • You can purchase a unique Cook-up with Kamamma apron if in stock or you can order one ahead of your visit at ZAR 160 per apron.

Groups

Our experiences are ideal and conducive to individual, family and small group travel of up to 10 people. Small group rates of no more than 14 persons can be accommodated. A larger group will be split between the 2 Kamammas. With due cogniscence to the impact of groups of more than 14 on community life, and accompanied by the fact that the quality of the experience, which is authentic local contact, could be compromised, Dreamcatcher does not offer Cook-up with Kamamma to groups of larger than 14 persons unless special arrangements are made where we will split the group up between two Cook-up with Kamamma venues in the same town.