Less than 45 minutes’ drive from Cape Town lies Babylonstoren, one of the oldest and best preserved 17th century Cape Dutch farms. The magnificent fruit and vegetable garden spans over 3.5 hectares and has incredible vistas of the surrounding mountains. There are a variety of accommodation options across the property including: a farmhouse suite, six cottages (including two 2-bredoom cottages) and the iconic Manor House that sleeps up to 10 guests in 5 lovely rooms.

The Farmhouse combines authentic architecture with modern design, whilst there is also a beautiful library that houses a rare collection of butterflies. The farm hotel is characterised by thick whitewashed walls and hearty fireplaces that emulate an authentic farm-stay experience. A botanical theme comes across in all the rooms and features four-poster beds, dusted moss walls and ensuite bathrooms.

There are also two excellent restaurants on the property with a ‘farm-to-fork’ philosophy. Babel Restaurant serves delicious seasonal food whilst The Greenhouse serves tea and light lunches during the day. The hotel also has a spa and gym on site, whilst an array of activities are offered including rowing, fishing, cycling, farm activities, cellar tours and wine tastings and garden tours.


How to get to Babylonstoren

Babylonstoren is easily accessible by car and is just 45 minutes’ drive from Cape Town.

Activities at Babylonstoren

  • Cellar tours and wine tasting
  • Fishing
  • Cycling
  • Farm activities
  • Scenic mountain drives
  • Spa treatments

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Babylonstoren Highlights

  • An elegant boutique 17th century farmhouse brimming with country charm
  • Located in the picturesque Cape Winelands region
  • Cellar tours and wine tasting
  • Sumptuous accommodation nearby to some of South Africa’s finest restaurants and wineries

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Less than 45 minutes’ drive from Cape Town lies Babylonstoren, one of the oldest and best preserved 17th century Cape Dutch farms.

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Why South Africa: Described as “a world in one country” South Africa is more than just a safari destination. The wildlife of Kruger and the many private reserves throughout the country are complemented by South Africa’s fascinating history and diverse cultures, the beautiful coastline and majestic landscapes of the Cape.

Game Viewing: Gameviewing is best during the dry season (May-Oct); however the summer months are good for general touring and sightseeing.

Culture: Many different cultures including Zulu, Swazi, Xhosa, Indian, Cape Malay and European. A unique cuisine, as well as distinct music and dance. Elegant Cape Dutch architecture.

Climate: The inland plateau has a temperate climate (17°-30°C), whilst the coast is subtropical and more humid (22°-30°C). The seasons are the same as Australia, however most of the rain falls in summer. Winters are dry and sunny, but nights can be very cold. The Western Cape is the exception, with a “Mediterranean” climate – cool, wet winters and warm dry summers (17°-24°C).

Combine With: South Africa is easily combined with neighbouring Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia or the nearby tropical island of Mauritius. Johannesburg is a very popular gateway to most of southern and eastern Africa.

Getting There: Many major airlines including South African Airways, Qantas, Etihad, Emirates, Kenya Airways, Qatar, Singapore Airways and British Airways fly into Johannesburg. There are also many regional airlines such as Air Botswana, and domestic carriers that service local cities such as Cape Town and the Kruger National Park area.

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