Even if you initially planned to drive yourself, there are many reasons why you might want to consider booking a tour, transfer or guide.
I’ve added these considerations below, and over time I’ll be adding a selection of Recommended Touring Partners to the bottom of this page, who can be trusted to make your visits to the wine farms all the more accessible and memorable.
Whilst it is possible to drive yourself around the various wine farms in South Africa, this does mean that someone must be the designated (sober) driver. Due in late 2021, the South African government plan to introduce a ‘zero-tolerance’ change to the drink-drive limit, reducing it to 0%. This means it will be an offence for anyone to consume a single drop of alcohol and drive.
Booking a local tour guide ensures your plans are in the hands of someone both capable and familiar with the best wine farm experiences on offer, who knows the local area and understand your needs as a tourist. A concierge of sorts, they can tailor packages to suit your requirements and are passionate about providing you with not just with wine facts and figures, but also the fascinating history and back stories which bring the entire winelands experience to life.
Whether it’s a hop-on hop-off bus, a simple transfer or guided tour, leaving the car at home means you don’t have to worry about planning your route and getting lost, being over the alcohol limit or getting stressed in traffic. Perhaps you want to explore wineries by horseback? Or have an outdoor picnic? Or want to book a special cellar tour? Private tour guides can research and make these bookings for you, ensuring you can just sit back and enjoy the day.
As a tourist, when you engage, have great service and feel valued, you walk away with cherished experiences. Transfers feature professional and friendly drivers who will ensure you’re driven in comfort to each farm. On more organised tours, groups are often made up of likeminded travellers and storyteller guides, who are passionate about imparting their local knowledge of the wine regions (and South Africa in general!) in a fun and informative way.