A few weekends ago Ben and I went to Tulbagh for a weekend away. I’ve been there quite a few times but I’ve never managed to explore the surrounding area this much. I honestly didn’t realise that there was so much to do around there, I was pretty surprised!
We drove up on Saturday morning, first stop was wine tasting at Paddagang to taste some of Tulbagh Winery’s finest. I will admit that the first wine we tasting was more like cooking wine than anything else, but all of the others that we tasted were delicious. My favourite was the Flippenice Rose. I even bought a bottle (I mean at R50, it was ridiculous not to).
Naturally, the next thing to do was pop next door and taste some delicious handmade chocolate at from Moniki’s. For your convenience, it’s in the same building as the Paddagang wine tasting, so you don’t have to walk far.
So apparently a good chocolate distinguishes itself by its cacao percentage. Moniki uses mostly Belgian couverture chocolate that contains 70 % cacao which makes it DELICIOUS. We tasted three delicious chocolates each before heading home.
Dinner was a nice braai at the house, gin & tonics were flowing and we watched the sun set and the moon rise.
I had never heard of this place before, and to be honest when they said game drive I was expected some lame little drive and maybe seeing a bok or two. I’m almost glad that I didn’t check out the website before we went. We were completely blown away by Bartholomeus Klip.
It was about 45 minutes drive from Tulbagh and we were under strict instructions that we had to be there at 9am. We arrived and were greeted by incredibly friendly staff who led us to the beautiful dining room where we had our champagne breakfast. The Farmhouse is just stunning, I want my house to look like that one day. WOW. The service and the food was perfect, we had to down the last of our champagne so we could go on our game drive.
Our game drive started with a visit to their disease-free buffalo breeding project. The game ranger gave us the full low-down of when and why this project was started and it’s super interesting. You can read all about it here.
We saw quite a lot of animals on our game drive, and the game ranger was FULL of information. At the end I felt like I had learnt almost everything there was to know about the area. The best was hearing about the mountain leopard that roams the game farm, mountains and the surrounding areas. She even had some photos to show us!
After the game drive we were on our way to taste some more wine! We made our way to Lemberg (where I had never been before – but my parents have raved about!) I had a sneak peak into their cellar…
I ended up buying a couple of boxes of wine from here. It was just too delicious to pass up. If you’re heading in the direction of Tulbagh, YOU NEED TO STOP HERE and taste some of their wine.
So, that’s what you need to do if you’re in Tulbagh. There are a few things I didn’t mention like:
- breakfast/lunch/cocktails at Things I Love
- spa day at Vindoux Hotel (highly recommended)
- walk down Kerk Straat and looking for the peacocks
- and way more wine farms for even more wine tasting
If you’ve been to Tulbagh, let me know what your favourite thing to do is! You can tweet them to me @_jessgamble or instagram them and tag #exploretulbagh
Love and adventures!