Gourmet South Africa: Cape, Winelands & Garden Route
14 days from £4,100 per person
One of the best ways to get to know South Africa is by sampling its local specialities and remarkable wines while you meander through its stunning landscapes and make new friends along the way.
Fly into Cape Town – we suggest you stay at The Cellars-Hohenort, a tranquil hotel located just 15 minutes out of town surrounded by ancient Camphor trees and the historic Constantia vineyards. The hotel is famed for its gastronomy, particularly for its innovative menu which focuses on an interpretation of African Hunter /Gatherer.
Get under the skin of Cape Town by delving into its culinary delights and vibrant culture on a privately guided food tour walking through the city’s back streets. You will discover the tastes that truly represents this rainbow nation: from South African street food to some of Cape Town’s best artisanal food and coffee shops.
Travellers who explore west of Cape Town will be rewarded with a wilderness full of wild flowers, unique flora and fauna and an ocean populated with dolphins and seals. Stay at Bushman's Kloof, where the emphasis is on well-being. There are various dining experiences, including the romantic Embers where you eat outdoors by a roaring fire surrounded by candles in a natural sandstone amphitheatre. End your stay with a magical private dinner experience at a small shepherd’s cottage set in a secret location on the reserve.
A trip to the Winelands is a must for any gourmand. On this itinerary you will stop at Bartholomeus Klip, a rustic but supremely chic farmhouse with a purely local food policy. By day you can animal spot on the Ribeek Valley and then enjoy a three-course dinner in the conservatory where you might be served a mouth-watering Ribeek lamb matched with a delicious Pinotage.
Discover a different pace up in the Eastern Cape, alongside the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and beautifully desolate beaches. In the pink-tinged colonial town of Graaff-Reinet bed down at the Drostdy Hotel where gourmet cuisine includes delicious game such as ostrich and venison.
Your next stop requires you to leave this quaint town far behind you and head to the pristine wilderness of Kwande Game Reserve. Meals at this award-winning lodge are African-inspired and served by your personal chef under a canopy of stars.
* Special Offer: This tour includes 1 free night at The Cellars-Hohenort and 1 free night at Bushman's Kloof (certain dates excluded).
14 days from £4,100 per person
- Day 1 - The Cellars-Hohenort - Cape Town
Arrive in Cape Town and transfer to hotel. Day at leisure.
- Day 2 - The Cellars-Hohenort - Cape Town
Half day privately-guided 'Cape Town Eats' walking tour.
- Day 3 - The Cellars-Hohenort - Cape Town
Full day privately guided tour of Cape Point & The Peninsula.
- Day 4 - Bushman’s Kloof - West Coast
Private car transfer to Bushman's Kloof (approx 3 hours), named by Conde Nast’s Gold List 2012 as one of Africa’s best lodges for food. Enjoy a gourmet dinner at the outdoor restaurant, Boma, and an evening nature drive.
- Day 5 - Bushman’s Kloof - West Coast
Guided excursion to ancient San rock art sites, Fynbos excursions (July – October), hiking, archery, yoga, painting. mountain biking, fly fishing and canoeing.
- Day 6 - Bushman’s Kloof - West Coast
Day at leisure to enjoy the activities of your choice. Enjoy a private dinner experience for two at Kadoro, a small shepherd’s cottage set in a secret location on the reserve.
- Day 7 - Bartholomeus Klip - Franschhoek & The Winelands
Private car transfer to Bartholomeus Klip in the Winelands (approx 2 hours).
- Day 8 - Bartholomeus Klip - Franschhoek & The Winelands
Activities include canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, freshwater fishing, bird watching, drives through the reserve and horse-riding.
- Day 9 - Drostdy Hotel - Eastern Cape
Private car transfer to the Drostdy Hotel in Graaf Reinet (approx 6 hours).
- Day 10 - Drostdy Hotel - Eastern Cape
Day at leisure to enjoy the Drostdy's three outdoor pools, gym, wellness spa and superb restaurant. Optional guided tour of Valley of Desolation in the Camdeboo National Park to enjoy sundowners from the mountain top.
- Day 11 - Kwandwe Private Game Reserve - Eastern Cape
Transfer to Kwandwe (approx 3 hours).
- Day 12 - Kwandwe Private Game Reserve - Eastern Cape
Enjoy guided game drives and bush walks. African-inspired food is served either on private decks, in the candlelit dining room or in the Kwandwe's star-lit boma.
- Day 13 - Kwandwe Private Game Reserve - Eastern Cape
Guided game drives and bush walks.
- Day 14 - In transit.
Fly home from Cape Town.
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