Western Cape Tourist AttractionsThe Constantia Valley
One of the most beautiful valleys in the Cape, the Constantia Valley, is an abundant array of forests, hills, stately historical homes and vineyards - a heady mix of old and new that lies nestled in the shadow of the Constantia Mountain, just outside of the city centre.
The valley of the vines as it is known due to the splendour of one of the Cape’s original wine routes, which today is one of the only wine appellation areas less than 20 minutes from a city centre, is an effortless green lung of the southern suburbs. Its northern boundaries lie against Kirstenbosch and Wynberg Park, whilst the Tokai Forest lies to the south of the valley imbuing it with a rich lushness even in summer.
Groot Constantia, Steenberg (recently acquired by Graham Beck), Klein Constantia, Buitenverwachtung and Constantia Uitsig are five worldclass vineyards that lie along the Constantia Wine Route – the route lined with huge, old trees that immediately add a sense of entering a past dimension.
Constantia valley still boasts farm land, smallholdings and little farms against the mountain, despite the increase in the area’s population growth, and catching a glimpse of riders on horseback, in a very similar vein to more outlying areas of Cape Town like Noordhoek, is common. Despite this proximity to open land and a sense of being outside of the city, the Constantia Valley is anything but in slumber.
Restaurants and outdoor venues abound – Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in particular is a beautiful and popular venue for locals and visitors alike – there are local malls, and the False Bay beaches such as Muizenberg, St James and Fish Hoek are all easily accessible from the valley.
Popular Towns in the Constantia Valley
Overnight? Accommodation in Bergvliet
Lying in the Constantia Valley, flanked by Tokai and Constantia, Bergvliet is a true example of suburban lifestyle in Cape Town. Leafy streets are lined with comfortable homes and beautifully established gardens and estate agents emphasise...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Bishopscourt
Set right against the slopes of Table Mountain in the Constantia Valley, Bishopscourt gives new meaning to the term ‘leafy’, which here describes incredibly large and gracious oaks that line most of the quiet streets with their large...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Constantia
Dominated by farmland and vineyards until fairly recently, Constantia lies in one of the greenest, leafiest parts of Cape Town, where ‘old money’ and style are the operative description for stately homesteads, long driveways and oak...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Diep River
Diep River in Cape Town, named after the river of the same name that runs through the neighbourhood, lies wedged in between Plumstead, Heathfield and The Vines, its back to the railway line. On the whole the little suburb is not well...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Meadowridge
Lying between Tokai and Constantia and next door to Bergvliet, Meadowridge borrows a little from all of its neighbouring suburbs and yet has managed to develop a personality all of its own - particularly noticeable when taking a...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Plumstead
The fairly large suburb of Plumstead, just south of Wynberg, divided into two by the Main Road and the railway line, could easily be mistaken for the English village after which it is named - if a village is possible in the heart of...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Tokai
Named after the Tokai forest, on to which it borders, Tokai is similar to Bergvliet in many respects, although it is regarded as the ‘next step up’ the property ladder by Capetonians. Homes here are large and set in beautifully established...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Wynberg
Only 10 kilometres from the centre of Cape Town, Wynberg is high on visitors’ lists mainly because of the Old Wynberg Village, declared an urban conservation area and home to one of the biggest collections of historic properties in...
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