Monday, September 26, 2011

Picnic in Wellington

Just outside wellington is a lovely estate called Kleine Valleij ( – we went there for a Sunday afternoon picnic on their rolling lawns and live music, which was provided by the talented blues singer, Gerald Clark and Prime Circle.

When we left Cape Town, the temperature was mid 20s and when we reached Wellington, an hour away, it was 35 degrees C, so always bare this in mind when visiting the area.

It was extremely hot, not a breath of wind, and as long as I had a cold glass of water or wine in my hand, I was fine.

I first visited the farm abut a year ago, and since then – in fact, only two months ago – did they open the Festa Restaurant. Because of the masses of crowds, they were only doing pizzas and cheese platters.

We ordered a Regina (R65 large), which was delicious. As pizzas go, it had a thin crust, enough toppings and the flavour was well balanced.

We then moved down to watch the bands.

It’s great for an afternoon/ day out, so check the website for future events and make a plan to get there this summer.

Advice: sun-block and hats are a must!

Directions from Cape Town N1:

Travel on the N1 towards Paarl/Worcester from Cape Town.

Take the R44 turn-off.

When you enter Wellingtong drive along Champagne Street until you reach a T-junction.

Turn left towards Wellington (Bainskloof Pass)

When you see the church on your left-hand side, turn right into Church Street.

Continue on this busy road until you are out of the town and in the agricultural area.

Pass Bovlei Wine Cellar on your right hand side.

Just carry on towards Bainskloof Pass for approximately 1 kilometer till you see Kleinevalleij on your left hand side.

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