South Africa — A Room with a View
“A week-long exploration into the luxe queer side of the Rainbow Nation.”
Day 6, Cape Town to Franschhoek Winelands
Waking up after a weekend of warrioring through Cape Town’s laid back yet hectic nightlife can be rough. But with blue skies and balmy weather, strong coffee at a generous breakfast, plus the The Glen Hotel’s private spa (steamroom, sauna and whirlpool) to soak it all away, recovery is an easy proposition. That, and I’ve got two days of hair o’ the dog on the horizon as I make my transfer to the Cape Winelands for a sedate wind down to my South African adventure.
Less than an hour’s drive away (a mere 85km, about 52miles, from downtown) the sleepy town of Franschhoek makes an ideal base to explore the sprawling valleys and vineyards of the winelands. Escaping religious persecution, French Huguenots arrived in 1688 and settled in what was then known as Olifantshoek (“Elephants Corner”), due to the herds of elephants that used the lush valley as a birthing ground (baboons still populate the hills today), and brought the secrets and skill of winemaking with them.