John’s Gem: Wine tasting in winter

All Cape wine estates are producing good wines. And many produce truly excellent wines. So, which ones to visit?

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John’s Gem – High Altitude Wine Tasting

Beau Constantia wine estate has the highest altitude vineyards in the Constantia Valley. This unique gem is the start of our "Gravity Tour", ending with a visit to Klein Constantia at the lowest point of this intriguing valley.

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Winner of TripAdvisor 2015 Certificate of Excellence

Making sure that our guests have the best possible experience in South Africa and get the most out of our tours has always been a priority for us. The feedback we receive from happy customers lets us know that we’re getting this right. When this is further acknowledged by a trusted brand like TripAdvisor, it’s an added bonus and something we’re very proud of.

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Namaqualand: the silences of Autumn

Namaqualand in the North West of the country is the land of the Nama, an ancient civilization for whom these vast and arid plains are home. Most people converge on the tiny towns of Springbok, Kakamas and Upington during August and September when the Spring flowers carpet the landscape in an annual miracle of colour. We enjoyed the silences of Autumn, the sunsets and starry skies of this remote yet accessible wilderness.

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John’s Gem: The foothills of the Drakensberg

The foothills of the Drakensberg in the province of KwaZulu Natal are lovely beyond any singing of it. Here in the deep rural countryside are rivers and lakes, country hospitality, warm pubs and log fires. In short, the Beloved Country found.

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John’s Gem: Riebeeck Kasteel

The tiny village of Riebeeck Kasteel lies in the heart of the Swartland, a mere 50 minutes from Cape Town. Attractions include: delicious country cuisine; the warmest and most charming hospitality; a truly outstanding craft brewery; and of course, some of South Africa’s very best wineries!

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The Elgin Fruit Valley

We frequently hear of “Elysian fields”, where valleys are “of beechen green, and shadows numberless”. But where on earth are they to be found? For almost two centuries, the Elgin valley has been regarded as South Africa’s premier apple farming region

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Wine tour winner wowed

You may remember towards the end of last year Big Blue Sky Tours ran a competition on Facebook for a Constantia Valley wine tour. The winner, Shirley Schlange, redeemed her prize recently and shared some of her photos and thoughts from the day with us.

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A Cape Winelands gem: Allee Bleue Bistro

In the Cape Winelands, the tiny but charming little gem called Allee Bleue lies at a point equidistant from Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, the three corners of wine's "Golden Triangle".

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Happy guests

We love hearing from happy guests after a tour. When you drop a group off at the airport or their accommodation, and you leave not only feeling sure that they had a wonderful time, but also that you really enjoyed yourself, you know it’s been a successful trip.

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