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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 six 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 outdoor wood-fired hot tub right next to your tent. 

Activities on the estate include a 5 km 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 note, 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, allowing the grapes cooler days and less direct sunlight. Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting and take a few bottles home as a reminder of your winelands experience. 

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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.

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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 glamping6 AfriCamps tents (55 sqm)
  • Africamps glamping 5 Guests per tent
  • Africamps glamping2 Extra-length queen-size 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
  • 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, set up and now 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 Caribbean, 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 17:00, please call the hosts at the camp to make arrangements.

Activities on the Farm

e-Rides by AfriCamps e-Biking Adventure

e-Rides is all about being outdoors in nature and exploring unforgettable South African scenery on one of our premium electric mountain bikes. Our electric-powered bikes give you the benefits of exploring an area up close, with minimal effort and exhaustion. Ride further (and faster) while saving some energy to enjoy your surroundings. Book e-bikes here.

Hiking and walking trails

River walk: Follow the treelined path for about 3.5 km and enjoy the scenic views along the river. Settle down for a delicious picnic at one of the designated picnic sites along the trail.

Vineyard walk and kids’ MTB route: Guests are welcome to enjoy a 4 km walk through the vineyards. Doolhof Wine Estate is known for its mysterious hills and valleys that are home to many small mammals like bucks, porcupines, baboons, and even a shy leopard. This trail is ideal for kids to zoom along the jeep tracks.

Doolhof mountain trail: For spectacular views of the estate and surrounding Winelands, head out on a 13 km hike to the summit and back. The trail which is predominantly single track has an elevation of 650 metres and takes between 4 and 7 hours. View the trail map here.

Blue Route/Warthog Loop – 11 km: The route starts just before our workers’ houses on the road to Oaklands (sign for “Tunnel Vision”). Always follow the blue signs which will eventually bring you back to Grand Dédale. The route is part of the Wild Boar MTB trails and can be done on foot or by bike. If you are walking, please be aware that you might encounter mountain bikers that you need to give way to. Please note that a permit is required.

Welvanpas hiking route – 9 km: Take the gravel road back towards Wellington. After about 1.5 km you will reach Welvanpas Farm. Turn right into the parking area and follow the signs with the foot impression. From here, the round trip is about 6 km plus another 1.5 km back to Grand Dédale. Please note that this trail is not suitable for mountain biking.

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.

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 and 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 its spectacular mountain biking trails. You can start the trails right from Doolhof. Mountain bikes can be booked at the tasting room at R250 per day or R150 for 4 hours (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 3.5km 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?

Picnics

Delicious picnic lunches, which include a bottle of Doolhof white or red wine, are available with both vegetarian and kiddies options. A comprehensive list of picnic lunch options can be found under ‘meals and extras’. You can enjoy the picnic during the river walk, vineyard hike, or on a grassy spot on the farm. Please note, reservations should be made 24 hours in advance with a 50% deposit, and by 12:00 noon on Fridays for a weekend picnic basket.

Please contact: 021 873 6911 or e-mail: wine@doolhof.com.

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 down during the hot Wellington summers.  

Exploring the Area

Wine Farms & 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 and 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 biking trails for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders. A detailed map of trails is available at the tasting room.

Our suggested mountain biking routes are:

Potbelly Kids Ride: This route starts and finishes at Val du Charron where beginners can experience the 3.3 km long trail through vineyards or flat roads.
Cross Country: This route starts and ends at Doolhof Wine Estate. The route is 4.3 km long for intermediate to advanced mountain bikers.
Flat Hog: This 42 km 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 20.5 km 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 36.3 km 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-19th 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 26 km Bainskloof Pass is recognised 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 down. The reserve is only 10 minutes’ drive from Doolhof. Here are a few of our suggestions:

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.

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.

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, and 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.

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 destination 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 should definitely be on your Spice Route bucketlist. 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 & Extras

BREAKFAST

We offer two ‘Cook-Your-Own’ breakfast basket options that are placed in the tents for guests to prepare. Pre-order your breakfast basket when making your booking. Breakfast baskets should be booked a day in advance.

OPTION 1: Standard Breakfast Basket

Eggs
Breakfast sausage*
Bacon*
Two slices of ciabatta
Jam and butter
Cheese
Fresh pastry (changes daily)
Muesli
Yoghurt
Fruit
Juice
Milk

*Vegetarian option (available on request): Meat substituted with vegetarian breakfast sausage.

Cost: R150 per adult | R99 per child (0 to 12 yrs)

OPTION 2: Continental Breakfast Basket

Croissant
Ham
Cheese
Jam
Yoghurt
Muesli
Fruit

Cost: R75 per person

DINNER

We offer ‘Cook-Your-Own’ traditional South African braai baskets and burger baskets that are placed in the tents for guests to prepare. Pre-order your braai basket when making your booking. Dinner baskets should be booked a day in advance.

OPTION 1: Braai Basket

Boerewors*
Steak*
Garden green salad
Side starch dish (pasta salad, potato salad, or bean salad)
Bread side (roosterkoek, braaibroodjie, or garlic bread)
Marshmallow skewers

*Vegetarian option (available on request): Meat substituted with field mushroom skewers and vegetable skewers.

Cost: R195 per adult | R125 per child (0 to 12 yrs)

OPTION 2: Burger Basket

100% Free range beef patty (no additives)
Brioche bun
Pickles, tomato and lettuce
Caramelised onion marmalade
Mozzarella
Garden salad with dressing
Potato salad or noodle salad

Cost: R100 per person

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 12:00 noon on Fridays for a weekend picnic basket.

Please contact: 021 873 6911 or e-mail: wine@doolhof.com.

Ingredients
Selection of local cheeses
Hams
Preserves
Olives
Baguette
Selection pates
Seasonal fruit
Salad of the day
A sweet treat

*Vegetarian and kiddies options (available on request)

Please let us know if you have any allergies.

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 five 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 2022 – 30 Sept 2023

Low season Midweek
1 May 2023 – 30 September 2023 (Midweek: Sun- Thurs)
Excludes long weekends
R1440 per couple sharing

Low season Weekends
1 May 2023 – 30 September 2023 (Weekends: Fri – Sat)
Excludes long weekends
R1690 per couple sharing

High Season
1 October – 8 December 2022
8 January – 30 April 2023
15 – 17 June 2023
22 – 24 September 2023
R1940 per couple sharing 

Peak season
9 December 2022 – 7 January 2023
R2440 per couple sharing

* Rates for additional Guests (up to 5 guests per tent allowed):
R295 per adult, R195 per child 3-16yr, child 0-2 years stay free

Rates from 1 October 2023 – 30 Sept 2024

Low season Midweek
1 May 2024 – 30 September 2024 (Midweek: Sun-Thurs)
Excludes long weekends
R1590 per couple sharing

Low season Weekends 
1 May 2024 – 30 September 2024 (Weekends: Fri – Sat)
Excludes long weekends
R1840 per couple sharing

High Season
1 October – 7 December 2023
7 January – 30 April 2024
14 – 16 June 2024
8 – 10 August 2024
R2090 per couple sharing 

Peak season
8 December 2023 – 6 January 2024
R2590 per couple sharing

* Rates for additional Guests (up to 5 guests per tent allowed):
R295 per adult, R195 per child 3-16yr, child 0-2 years stay free

Terms & Conditions

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

Accommodation

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

  • Food and beverages
  • Activities and 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 are allowed in the camp unless the guest has booked the entire camp.

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