Wellington – AfriCamps at Doolhof
Eat & drink
Nestled at the end of a tranquil valley between the historic Bainskloof Pass and the Groenberg Mountain Range, AfriCamps at Doolhof is set within the award winning Doolhof Wine Estate, a short drive from the picturesque town of Wellington and only 50 minutes from Cape Town.
Our 6 AfriCamps luxury glamping tents overlook the Groenberg Mountains, surrounded by vineyards and the subtle trickle of a stream that runs through the farm. You can spot livestock and horses when taking the vineyard walk or the river walk on the farm.
On Doolhof, two white varietals, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay and a substantial number of reds are grown. They include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Merlot, Pinotage and Shiraz. The white varietals are planted on the eastern slopes of the Groenberg, which allow the grapes cooler days and less direct sunlight. A visit to the estate’s tasting room is a must.
Activities on the estate include a 10km vineyard hike and river walk, mountain bike trails that start on the property and the gorgeous wine tasting room where you can try some of the estate’s award-winning wines along with a platter. Explore the surrounding area’s popular mountain bike trails, hiking trails in the Limietberg Nature Reserve, horse riding, touring between various Wellington wine farms and distilleries, clay pigeon shooting, river rafting as well as golf played on world class golf courses.
Check in – from 2pm onwards on day of arrival
As prior arrangements need to be made, guests are kindly requested to inform the specific AfriCamps host of their estimated time of arrival. This way you are ensured that the check in can be arranged without delays. You will receive the host’s telephone number in your bookings confirmation email.
Check out – before 10am on day of departure
ACTIVITIES ON OUR FARM
Doolhof’s wine tasting room is situated in an original wagon house built in the late 19th century. A large terrace with cooling fountains and a garden adjoins the Tasting Room, making it ideal for enjoying the light lunches on offer, or a quiet stroll through the gardens. You can taste five Doolhof Wines for R25.
Picnic (booking essential)
Delicious picnic lunches including vegetarian and kiddies’ picnics, are available. Reservations should be made 24 hours in advance with a 50% deposit, and by 12 noon on Fridays for a weekend picnic basket. Doolhof wines of your choice are available at an additional cost. You can enjoy the picnic during a River Walk or hiking trail.
As a tribute to the estate’s history and typographic Labyrinthine characteristics, a small labyrinth was constructed close to the entrance of the farm. This is a fun spot for the kids to play and make their way through the labyrinth.
Visitors can enjoy a 10km walk through the vineyards. Doolhof, which is known for its mysterious hills and vales, is also home to many small mammals, including buck, porcupine, baboons and even leopard.
The area is very well known for spectacular mountain bike trails and you can start the trails right from Doolhof.
OTHER ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA
(ask your host for pricing on these activities)
Wine Farms and distilleries
AfriCamps at Doolhof is nestled at the end of the Bovlei Valley and offers an authentic Winelands experience. Taste delicious wines on award-winning wine estates such as Doolhof, Dunstone, Val du Charron, Welvanpas or Bosman, many of which offer country style lunches and snacks. Some of the Estates are in walking distance of Doolhof, but you can also enjoy a bike ride between wine farms. Try world class organic Brandy, Grappa, Port and Cabernet Sauvignon from Upland Organic Wine & Brandy Estate or take a distillery tour at James Sedgwick Distillery where grain and malt whiskies are distilled.
Wellington Wine Walk & Horse Riding
Enjoy a guided wine walk with two well-informed guides, who will introduce you to the local personalities and products of the area by guiding you along private property and quaint routes, inaccessible to the general public. They promise to unlock many of the well-kept secrets of Wellington and trust that your walk will be a rewarding experience. There are five different guided walks through Wellington and its surroundings. The Wine Walk team can also arrange horse riding trails from a half-day to a three-day ride.
Mountain Biking Trails
Wellington has amazing mountain bike trails, for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders. A detailed map of trails is available in the Doolhof Tasting Room.
Our suggested mountain bike routes are:
- Potbelly kids ride: This route starts and finishes at Val Du Charron where beginners can experience the 3.3km long trail through vineyards or flat roads.
- Cross country: This route starts and ends at Doolhof Wine Estate. The route is 4.3km long for intermediate to advanced mountain bikers.
- Flat Hog: This 42km trail is for beginners to intermediate riders. The trail will take 1.5 – 3 hours and will take you through beautiful open gravel roads and small sections of jeep track.
- Scout loop: The Scout Loop is a beautiful trail for intermediate to advanced riders with an ascent of 928m. The trail is 20.5km long and takes 1-3 hours.
- Wild Boar: This 42.3 km trail has an ascent of 1495m. It is loved by itermediate to advanced riders.
- Warthog: The Warthog trail is 36.3km long and will take 2.5 – 5 hours of your time. It will take you to a high top with an ascent of 1229m.
- Porcupine: The Porcupine Loop is a short ride for adventurous intermediate riders and will take 1.5 – 3 hours.
- Hedgehog: The Hedgehog Loop is 16.4 km trail with a 679m ascent and fir for intermediate riders.
In the mid-nineteenth century a good connection route from the region around Wellington to the inland of South Africa was needed. In 1846 Andrew Geddes Bain explored the mountain and in 1849 began with the construction of a road through the gorge. Today the 26km Bainskloof Pass is recognized as a national monument and makes for a beautiful drive with stunning views over the Boland.
The Limietberg Nature Reserve offers various hiking trails through fynbos rich areas dotted with clear rock pools giving hikers the opportunity to cool off. The reserve is only 10 minutes’ drive from Doolhof. Here are a few of our suggestions.
The museum features not only the cultures, artefacts, traditional tools, musical instruments and jewellery of various African ethnic groups but also prides itself in having ties with countries as far afield as America, England, Scotland, France and the Netherlands. It exhibits Stone-Age artefacts, a major collection of Egyptian artefacts and tells the stories of various pioneers who made their mark on the history of South Africa. Visit the Museum and discover the age-old mysteries of Africa.
Wellington Heritage Trail (Walking tour)
Starting at the Wellington Tourism Info Office, which is located next to The Dutch Reformed Church with the statue of Dr. Andrew Murray dating back to the 1840’s, follow this walking tour of the historical centre of Wellington
‘Cook Your Own’ Breakfast Baskets and Braai Packs will be available. Details to be confirmed.
Delicious picnic lunches including vegetarian and kiddies’ picnics, are available directly from the farm’s tasting room. Reservations should be made 24 hours in advance with a 50% deposit, and by 12 noon on Fridays for a weekend picnic basket. Please contact: 021 873 6911 or e-mail: email@example.com
There are a number of great restaurants in the town. From coffee shops to fine dining.
- Villamar Restaurant
- Oude Wellington Restaurant
- Langkloof Roses
- The Stone Kitchen
- The Grillroom
Booking is essential especially during peak seasons, please ask the farm for assistance with this.
From Cape Town via the R44
From Cape Town, take the N1 towards Paarl. Take the R44 marked Stellenbosch, Wellington (Exit 5) and turn left towards Wellington.Drive until you reach the outskirts of the town of Wellington (approx 23 kms); en route crossing the four-way stop and two sets of traffic lights until you reach the third set of traffic lights. Turn left into Piet Retief. After a few hundred metres you will reach more traffic lights with a large white church on the left (the Moeder Kerk). Turn right into Church Street. Continue on through Wellington towards the mountains (Bains Kloof). As you leave the town, the road climbs and bends to the right. You will see Bovlei Winery, a large cream building, on your right. Immediately after this, on your left, you will reach a sign marked Hill Road. Take this and then turn immediately right (you should see the first of the Doolhof Wine Estate signs on the corner here). You will reach a T-junction. Turn right again. The road soon becomes a gravel road. Keep straight on to the end (approx 4 kms) and you will eventually come to double gates with the Doolhof “D”. Proceed through the gates to check in at the wine tasting room.
GPS Coordinates: Longitude 22.214.171.124 Latitude 126.96.36.199
Our tents sleep up to 5 guests, but our shared rates are based on a two person stay. Please note that the rates below are just a price indication, use our online bookings calendar to check current rates and availability. Food & beverage and activities & tours are not included in the price, unless otherwise stated.
|Rate per tent (pp)||Additional fee adults (pp)||Children fee (pp)|
|Season||Single||Shared||3rd||4th||5th||0 – 2||3 – 16|
Rates as from 1 May 2019
|Rate per tent (pp)||Additional fee adults (pp)||Children fee (pp)|
|Season||Single||Shared||3rd||4th||5th||0 – 2||3 – 16|
1 May to 30 September
1 October to 15 December
11 January to 30 April
16 December to 10 January
Please look for the full terms and conditions on our website www.africamps.com/terms-and-conditions
All tents sleep a maximum of 5 people. The following items or services are not included in the price, unless otherwise stated:
- Food & Beverage
- Activities & Tours
- Daily cleaning service (Complimentary cleaning every 4th day only)
- Wood and firelighters for the wood-stove and campfires (for sale at farm)
Unfortunately no pets allowed on the farm
To secure your stay a 50% deposit is required. The balance of the booking amount must paid in full to AfriCamps, at the latest, one month before arrival. In the event of a booking made within one month before arrival the entire booking amount must be paid immediately.
In the case of a late or incomplete payment you are in default. AfriCamps will reserve to the right to cancel the booking within immediate effect. You are responsible for all damages which suffers or will suffer as a consequence of this, as well as all costs which AfriCamps has made with regard to your booking and the cancellation.
In the event of a cancellation more than a month before arrival, your deposit of 50% will be non-refundable. In the event of cancellation within a month before arrival the entire booking amount is payable to AfriCamps. In the case of premature termination of the stay, the entire booking amount is payable to AfriCamps.
- More than 1 month prior to arrival: 50% Cancellation fee (50% deposit of full booking value is non-refundable)
- Within 1 month of arrival: 100% Cancellation fee (Full amount of booking value is due and non-refundable)
AfriCamps and the corresponding farm accept no liability for: theft, loss or damage, of whatever nature, during or as a result of a stay on one of our affiliated farms, falling into defect or putting out of action of technical equipment and loss or closure of supplies on the farm.
The guests and those who accompany him or her, are jointly and severally responsible for all loss and/or damage which arises, for AfriCamps, the farm in question and/or any third party as a direct or an indirect consequence of their stay, irrespective of whether this was caused through actions or refraining from actions by themselves or by third parties, who are at the farm through their making, as well as of all damage which is caused by any animal and/or matter which they have under their responsibility. If you leave your tent in an improper condition, AfriCamps is entitled to charge R250,- of additional (cleaning) costs. This can double to R500,- in combination with a late departure.