Wellington is situated approximately an hour from Cape Town, slightly north of Paarl in the heart of the Boland. Rich in culture, religion and history, Wellington was initially called the Wagenmakersvallei (or Valley of the Wagonmaker), but was changed around 1840 to honour the Duke of Wellington, a renowned soldier in the Battle of Waterloo. More French people settled here than anywhere else in the Cape, being the last outpost before entering the wilderness that is now the Karoo.
Accommodation in Wellington
We have a hand selected a small selection of accommodation in Wellington, both self catering and bed & breakfast options. Whether you are looking for a rustic getaway-from-it-all weekend, or a pampering 5 star experience, we have found the best Wellington has to offer.
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General Information & What to Expect
Some general information about Wellington is that it boasts the majority of South Africa's vine-cutting nurseries due to the climate and excellent soils in the area.
Wellington is a farming town and wine growing region and is surrounded by the Hawequa Mountains. You will not find thriving clubs or bustling shopping malls, but rather quaint restaurants and country pubs. The majority of the residents in Wellington are farmers, farm workers as well as a few ex-city residents who have fled to a slower pace of life.
Wellington Wine Route
The Wellington Wine Route is small in comparison to others in the Western Cape, but is it well worth a visit. The wine farms are near to each other and there are plenty rustic country restaurants both in the town and on the wine farms themselves. The farms that we recommend visiting are:
Wellington receives most of it's rainfall during the Winter months of June, July and August and therefore like most of the Western Cape, is classified as having a Mediterranean climate.
The wet Winter months are the cooler ones, with an average midday temperature of around 16 degrees celcius.
The warmer Summer months can get very hot, with temperatures reaching the high 30's from November through to February.
The best time of year to go would be Spring or Autumn.
From Cape Town:
- From the N1, drive approximately 40-45 km's
- Take exit 47 towards Klapmuts, Stellenbosch and Wellington
- At the STOP stree, turn left towards onto the R44
- Follow for approximately 25km's
- Arrive in Wellington!