The Constantia Valley is conveniently located in the centre of Cape Town's Peninsula. The Table Mountain National Park, a World Heritage Site, bounds this leafy valley on two sides. Here you will find the cradle of the Cape wine industry, the southern gate of the world-renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, 18 hole golf courses; places to see and stay, play shop and eat.
There are tales of historic Constantia, the duels, the ghosts, Boer War spies, the famous and sometimes notorious figures who have added to the rich tapestry of the area. Early wine farmers produced a dessert wine, found in the cellars of Napolean and written about by Jane Austen. Queen Victoria requested a glass of "sweet Constantia" every evening after dinner. Vin de Constance is its modern day equivalent and is just as popular.
Political exiles from the east are buried in two holy kramats; Nelson Mandela was moved to Tokai from Robben Island; Captain Cook's botanist, Anders Sparman bumped into a hippopotamus in the Valley. These days you will have to go to nearby Rondvlei bird Sanctuary next to Muizenberg to see one.
Constantia is only 20 minutes drive from Cape Town city centre or Cape Town international airport and the gateway to a way of life.
Embrace Constantia's country pace, take a stroll or a horseback ride along her winding greenbelt trails, play a round of golf, or discover the world acclaimed beauty of "fynbos" along ambling mountain paths. Too strenuous? Relax and be pampered at a tranquil spa, then indulge your pallet and your curiosity among the many restaurants, art and antique galleries, boutiques and speciality shops in the village centre, No wonder this verdant valley found a favoured spot on the travel itineries of the world's elite. as indeed, it still does.