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AFRICAMPS AT DOOLHOF, WELLINGTON

Experience the Cape Winelands’ first glamping location

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AfriCamps at Doolhof is located within the award-winning Doolhof Wine Estate, a short drive from the picturesque town of Wellington and only 50 minutes from Cape Town.

Located beneath the historic Bainskloof Pass at the foothills of the Groenberg Mountain Range, our 6 AfriCamps boutique glamping tents are surrounded by stunning nature. With the vineyards behind you, the glorious mountain views in front of you, and the soothing Kromme River sounds filling the air, you are in for a peaceful retreat, best enjoyed from the private outoor wood-fired hot tub right next to your tent. 

Activities on the estate include a 5km vineyard hike, the river walk that leads you all along the Kromme River, mountain biking trails that start on the property, a kids mountain bike trail, the tasting room where you can sample some of the estate’s award-winning wines along with a platter or lunch and, of course, the outdoor wood-fired hot tub next to your tent. You can enjoy a selection of spa treatments from the comfort and privacy of your own tent, but please not prior booking is required. Off the property, explore the surrounding area’s popular mountain biking trails, hiking trails in the Limietberg Nature Reserve, horse riding, touring between various Wellington wine farms and distilleries and world-class golf courses.

Your stay at AfriCamps at Doolhof is not complete without a visit to the tasting room where you will uncover the secrets behind Doolhof’s award-winning wines. Two white varietals (Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay) and a substantial number of reds are grown on the estate. They include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Merlot, Pinotage and Shiraz. The white varietals are planted on the eastern slopes of the Groenberg, which allow the grapes cooler days and less direct sunlight. Enjoy a compliemtary wine tasting and take a few bottles home as a reminder of your winelands experience. 

DECEMBER HOLIDAYS

Limited spots available for the upcoming peak season! Each self-catering glamping tent sleeps up to 5 guests in 2 bedrooms. 

A family of 5 can stay from R2865 pn!

3-NIGHT SPECIAL

Stay for R4290 for 3 nights per couple during high season. That’s R715 pppn!
Rates are based on 2 guests sharing

Available for stays until 3 December 2020

T’s & C’s apply

SUMMER IS HERE!

Stay from R1840 per couple per night until 3 December 2020.

Extra adults are R275 pn, kids aged 3-16 are R175 pn and kids under 3 stay free!

T’s & C’s apply

VIDEO: GLAMPING THE WINELANDS 

Watch as 4 friends travel across 3 of AfriCamps’ winelands locations creating the perfect glamping adventure.

About the tents

EXPLORE THE WINELANDS

Things to do

AfriCamps at Doolhof, the picturesque town of Wellington, and the far reaching Cape Winelands offer an abundance of activities. Whether you are looking for adventure, the Cape’s award winning wines, curious about our rich history, or searching for fine cuisine – you will find it all in Wellington.

DELIVERED TO YOUR TENT

Extras on the farm

Meals form a special part of any holiday in South Africa. AfriCamps offers delectable locally-sourced breakfast and braai baskets for guests to cook in their fully equipped kitchens or on the braai. Other extra services are also available on request.

Amenities

  • Africamps glamping5 AfriCamps tents (55 sqm)
  • Africamps glamping 5 Guests per tent
  • Africamps glamping2 Queen size extra length beds
  • Africamps glamping1 Single bunk bed
  • Africamps glampingOutdoor wood-fired hot tub
  • Africamps glampingPrivate bathroom with hot shower
  • Africamps glampingIndoor fireplace
  • Africamps glampingAir conditioning
  • Africamps glampingElectric blankets
  • Africamps glamping Cot and highchair on request
  • Africamps glamping Bar fridge
  • Africamps glamping Microwave
  • Africamps glamping4-burner gas stove
  • Africamps glampingCutlery and crockery for 5 guests
  • Africamps glamping All the little extras
  • Africamps glampingBraai facilities
  • Africamps glamping Breakfast & braai baskets to order
  • Africamps glampingWi-Fi at reception
  • Africamps glampingOnsite shop
  • Africamps glampingSpa Treatments
Your Hosts

Camp owners Johan Fourie and Angelo Casu both share a passion for the breathtaking property and hope that you will experience the essence of Doolhof they know and love. Angelo and Johan’s friendship and their shared passion for wine and mountain biking (being Cape Epic partners twice), culminated in what has become AfriCamps at Doolhof.

Johan has been involved with Doolhof Wine Estate since 2010 with an absolute belief in what this special piece of heaven-on-earth can offer. As a passionate cyclist and mountain biker Johan couldn’t ask for much more, being nestled amongst some of the most amazing mountain bike trails in South Africa. Add premium and unique wines and the picture is perfect!

Angelo has been involved with Doolhof since 2009. Angelo and his wife, Tina has set up and manages Grand Dédale Country House, an exquisite and award-winning boutique hotel also located on Doolhof. Angelo’s hospitality experience spans over 30 years, not only in South Africa but also in the UK, France, Switzerland, the Caribbeans and his native Italy.

AfriCamps Doolhof Glamping Johan Fourie Angelo Casu

Check-in and check-out

Check-in: from 14:00 – 17:00 on day of arrival
Check-out: before 10:00 on day of departure

Check-in arrangements need to be made and guests are kindly requested to inform the specific AfriCamps host of their estimated time of arrival. This way you are ensured of a smooth check-in experience. You will receive the host’s telephone number in your bookings confirmation email. For check-in after 5pm please call the hosts at the camp to make arrangements.

Activities on the farm

Hiking Trails

The Vineyard Walk is a 3.8 km loop that starts at tent no. 6 and finishes at the tasting room. The River Walk starts at the Labyrinth. It is a loop of 3.2 km that finishes at the tasting room, but you can also finish back at the tents. Doolhof is known for its mysterious hills and valleys, and is also home to many small mammals, including buck, porcupine, baboon and even leopard. You might come across these during hikes on the property. 

Spa Treatments

Book a spa treatment from the comfort of your tent. Choose between various massages, a manicure or pedicure, or a facial and kick off your stay in style. Bookings are essential for our mobile spa service.
Book The following treatments are available from the comfort of your tent. Bookings can be made at Doolhof and should be confirmed 24 hours in advance. Prices are subject to change and will be confirmed by Doolhof on booking.

Massage therapy
Aromatherapy massage
Swedish massage
Deep tissue massage
Back & Neck massage 45min
Manicure 45min
Pedicure 50min
Foot massage 30min
Facial 60min

Wine Tasting

Doolhof’s wine tasting room is situated in an original wagon house built in the late 19th century. A large terrace and garden adjoin the Tasting Room, making it ideal for enjoying the light lunches on offer.

Mountain Biking Trails

Wellington is very well known for spectacular mountain biking trails. You can start the trails right from Doolhof. Mountain bikes can be booked at the tasting room at R150 per day (subject to availability) or guests can bring their own. 

Guests can cycle anywhere on the farm or buy a day permit for the popular Wildboar trails. Your permit can be paid via Snapscan at R100 per person. Please enquire from your host for further information.

The kids will enjoy the quick 3.5 km dash through the vineyards complete with two river crossings. This is the same route as the Vineyard Walk so parents can walk along.

The Labyrinth

As a tribute to the estate’s history and labyrinthine characteristics, a small labyrinth was constructed close to the entrance of the farm. This is a fun spot for the kids to play and make their way through the labyrinth. Did you know the name ‘Doolhof’ translates to Labyrinth?

Guided Tours & Activities departing from the property

Viking Adventures offers a range of family friendly tours and activities starting on Doolhof. Prices are available on request.

Groenberg 4X4: Drive with a military Unimog around the Groenberg Mountain to see a few of our neighbouring farms – 4X4 style. This tour takes 2.5 hours, 2 – 15 people allowed @ R2500

Ghost House Rock Pool Trip: Drive with an old military Unimog to the old ghost house in the mountains and take a swim in the mountain pools. 2 – 15 people @ R3000

Groenberg Hike: A guided drive halfway up the Groenberg Mountain from where guests can hike to the top. 2 – 15 people @ R2500

Picnics

Delicious picnic lunches including vegetarian and kiddies’ picnics, are available. Reservations should be made 24 hours in advance with a 50% deposit, and by 12 noon on Fridays for a weekend picnic basket. Doolhof wines of your choice are available at an additional cost. You can enjoy the picnic during a the river walk, vineyard hike or on a grassy spot on the farm. Please contact: 021 873 6911 or e-mail: wine@doolhof.com. Picnics include your choice of Doolhof white or red wine as follows:

Wood-fired Hot Tubs

All six tents offer the exclusive use of their own outdoor wood-fired hot tub. A wood-fired hot tub is the purest form of relaxation. Soak up your beautiful Winelands surroundings while listening to the calming crackle of the fire. Or take a dip to cool off during the hot Wellington summers.  

Exploring the area

Wine Farms and distilleries

AfriCamps at Doolhof is nestled at the end of the Bovlei Valley and offers an authentic Winelands experience. Taste delicious wines on award-winning wine estates such as Doolhof, Dunstone, Val du Charron, Welvanpas or Bosman, many of which offer country style lunches and snacks. Some of the Estates are in walking distance of Doolhof, but you can also enjoy a bike ride between wine farms. Try world class organic Brandy, Grappa, Port and Cabernet Sauvignon from Upland Organic Wine & Brandy Estate or take a distillery tour at James Sedgwick Distillery where grain and malt whiskies are distilled.

Wellington Wine Walk & Horse Riding

Enjoy a horse ride with well-informed guides, who will introduce you to the local personalities and products of the area by guiding you along private property and quaint routes. They promise to unlock many of the well-kept secrets of Wellington and trust that your walk will be a rewarding experience. Horse riding trails vary from a half-day to a three-day ride.

Mountain Biking Trails

Wellington has amazing mountain bike trails, for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders. A detailed map of trails is available at the tasting room.

Our suggested mountain bike routes are:

Potbelly kids ride: This route starts and finishes at Val Du Charron where beginners can experience the 3.3km long trail through vineyards or flat roads.
Cross country: This route starts and ends at Doolhof Wine Estate. The route is 4.3km long for intermediate to advanced mountain bikers.
Flat Hog: This 42km trail is for beginners to intermediate riders. The trail will take 1.5 – 3 hours and will take you through beautiful open gravel roads and small sections of jeep track.
Scout loop: The Scout Loop is a beautiful trail for intermediate to advanced riders with an ascent of 928m. The trail is 20.5km long and takes 1-3 hours.
Wild Boar: This 42.3 km trail has an ascent of 1495m. It is loved by itermediate to advanced riders.
Warthog: The Warthog trail is 36.3km long and will take 2.5 – 5 hours of your time. It will take you to a high top with an ascent of 1229m.
Porcupine: The Porcupine Loop is a short ride for adventurous intermediate riders and will take 1.5 – 3 hours.
Hedgehog: The Hedgehog Loop is 16.4 km trail with a 679m ascent and fir for intermediate riders.

Bainskloof Pass

In the mid-nineteenth century a good connection route from the region around Wellington to the inland of South Africa was needed. In 1846 Andrew Geddes Bain explored the mountain and in 1849 began with the construction of a road through the gorge. Today the 26km Bainskloof Pass is recognized as a national monument and makes for a beautiful drive with stunning views over the Boland.

Hiking

The Limietberg Nature Reserve offers various hiking trails through fynbos rich areas dotted with clear rock pools giving hikers the opportunity to cool off. The reserve is only 10 minutes’ drive from Doolhof. Here are a few of our suggestions:

1. Rock hopper 7.5 km, 5 hours. Walk up or downstream.
Find your own way up or down the boulder-strewn riverbed of the Witte River. Start from the Bainskloof Lodge parking area, climb down to the river and follow it downstream to Tweede Tol. The trail alternates between rock hopping, walking, and swimming through to the last pool at Tweede Tol.

2. Murasie 7 km, 3 hours. There and back.

An easy stroll up to the ruins of Hugo’s Rest, a house seemingly surrounded by ill fortune. The trail starts at the Bainskloof Lodge parking area. About 150m from the parking area you climb over a fence using a wooden stile. Follow a jeep track past a memorial. Walk a little further and take your next turn to the right to find the haunted ruin. This route is ideal for large groups, with some good swimming pools along the way.

3. Happy Valley 10 km, 6 hours. There and back.

This route follows a section of the Limietberg Trail and ends at Junction Pool. The trail is limited to 12 people per day. Starting at the Bainskloof Lodge parking area – follow the gravel road for about 150m then climb over a fence using the wooden stile. Follow the jeep track parallel to the Witte River that has some spine-tingling pools. Junction Pool is one of the most popular pools in the Boland Mountains. Look out for a furrow, ‘Die Witrivier se Grip’, that was built by farmers in 1856 to divert water from the Witte River to the Berg River Valley.

4. Bobbejaansrivier 9 km, 5 hours. There and back.
The trail starts at the Bainskloof Lodge parking area. It winds along the Bobbejaans River, a tributary of the Witte River. You cross the Witte River for an easy walk along a contour above the river. After about 3,5 km, there is a turn-off to inviting pools in the river. The final 750m ascends steeply to the three-tiered waterfall. This trail is very popular in summer, when disas and giant proteas are in bloom. The Witte River is difficult to cross in winter.

Spice Route, Paarl

Spice Route is your one-stop destinations for all things delicious and crafty in the Cape Winelands. Taste it all! The Cape Brewing Company’s brewery and tasting room is located at Spice Route where you can enjoy tasters of all their beers. Taste Spice Route Wines paired with platters of cheese and charcuterie at the tasting room. De Villiers Chocolate tasting is more than a tasting – it’s a chocolate experience, and definitely on your Spice Route to-do list. Wilderer’s gin tasting is another favourite. Take home some Fynbos gin – it’s their specialty. After all the tasting, settle down for lunch with a remarkable winelands view at La Grapparia (amazing pizzas and flamkuchen) or Biltong and Barley – more CBC beer on tap, paired with biltong or their amazing burgers! Stop over at Fairview next door for their delicious cheese selection and wines. 

Wellington Museum

The museum features not only the cultures, artefacts, traditional tools, musical instruments and jewellery of various African ethnic groups but also prides itself in having ties with countries as far afield as America, England, Scotland, France and the Netherlands. It exhibits Stone-Age artefacts, a major collection of Egyptian artefacts and tells the stories of various pioneers who made their mark on the history of South Africa. Visit the Museum and discover the age-old mysteries of Africa.

Wellington Heritage Trail (Walking tour)

Starting at the Wellington Tourism Info Office, which is located next to The Dutch Reformed Church with the statue of Dr. Andrew Murray dating back to the 1840’s, follow this walking tour of the historical centre of Wellington

Meals and extras

Breakfast

We offer ‘Cook Your Own’ breakfast baskets which are placed in the tents for guests to prepare. Pre-order your breakfast basket when making your booking. Each breakfast baskets serving include:

Eggs
Venison Sausage
Rashers of streaky bacon
Homemade muesli
Low fat Bulgarian yoghurt
Seasonal fruit salad
Croissant
Butter & strawberry jam
White & brown bread
Milk
Orange juice
Cooking oil

Cost:
R130 per adult
R 90 per child (0 to 12 yrs)

Breakfast baskets should be booked a day in advance.

Dinner

We offer ‘Cook-Your-Own’ traditional South African braai baskets which are placed in the tents for guests to prepare. Pre-order your braai basket when making your booking. Each braai basket serving includes:

100g Chicken kebab with lemon butter
100g Traditional boerewors
150g Rump steak
Vegetable kebab with butternut, zucchini, button mushrooms, peppers and onions
Roosterkoek (traditional South African bread to be cooked on the braai)
Garlic potato wrapped in foil
Greek Salad consisting of salad leaves, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onions, olive and Buffalo feta cheese
Couscous and bean salad with coriander, onions, red peppers, corn and black beans
*Substitute the rump steak with Wagyu steak at an additional cost
R195 per adult
R125 per child (0 to 12 yrs)

Meal baskets are charged per person per day.
Braai baskets should be booked a day in advance.

Picnics

Picnics can be booked from the tasting room to enjoy anywhere on the farm. Reservations should be made 24 hours in advance with a 50% deposit, and by 12 noon on Fridays for a weekend picnic basket. Please contact: 021 873 6911 or e-mail: wine@doolhof.com. Options include:

Doolhof Picnic: R360 per person

Freshly baked home made bread
Bacon meatballs
Mini cheese and chacuterie board
Chicken kebab with lemon and herb
Greek pasta salad
Dessert of the day

Vegetarian Picnic: R300 per person

Toast Mosbolletjies
Mediterranean Salad with cherry tomatoes, yellow bell peppers, red onions, black
pitted olives, cucumber, Buffalo feta and sun dried tomatoes
Mini Cheese Board
Falafel Balls with Tahini Pesto
Pasta Salad
Dessert of the day

Picnics include your choice of Doolhof white or red wine as follows:

White

Lady in White Chenin Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc Single Vineyard
Chardonnay unoaked Single Vineyard

Red

Dark Lady Pinotage
Lady in Red (Bordeaux style blend)

Dining Out

There are a number of great restaurants in town – from coffee shops to fine dining.

Pizza Vista (Best for pizza)
Langkloof Roses (Best for tea time)
The Stone Kitchen (Best for breakfast)
The Grillroom (Best for dinner)
Welvanpas (Best for mountain bikers)

Booking is essential especially during peak seasons, please ask the farm for assistance with this.

Rates

Our tents sleep up to 5 guests, but our rates are based on a two-person stay. Please note that the rates below are a price indication, please use our online bookings calendar to check live rates and availability. Extras like meals, activities and tours are not included in the price, unless otherwise stated.

Rates from 1 October 2020 – 30 September 2021

Low season
1 May 2021 to 30 September 2021
R1340 per couple sharing

High season
1 October 2020 to 3 December 2020
10 January 2021 to 30 April 2021
R1840 per couple sharing 

Peak season
4 December 2020 to 9 January 2021
R2340 per couple sharing 

* Rates for additional Guests (up to 5 guests per tent allowed):
R275 per adult, R175 per child 3-16yr, child 0-2 years stay free

Rates from 1 October 2021 – 30 Sept 2022

Low season
1 May 2022 to 30 September 2022
R1390 per couple sharing

High Season
1 October to 9 December 2021
9 January 2022 to 30 April 2022
R1890 per couple sharing 

Peak season
10 December – 8 January
R2390 per couple sharing

* Rates for additional Guests (up to 5 guests per tent allowed):
R275 per adult, R175 per child 3-16yr, child 0-2 years stay free

Terms and conditions

Please find our full terms and conditions here: www.africamps.com/terms-and-conditions

Accommodation

All tents sleep a maximum of 5 people. The following items or services are not included in the price, unless otherwise stated:

  • Food & Beverages
  • Activities & Tours
  • Daily cleaning service
  • Wood and firelighters for the wood-stove and campfires (for sale at property shop)

Pets

Unfortunately no pets allowed on the farm.

Music

No noise, parties or music is allowed in the camp unless the guest has booked the entire camp.

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