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Gourmet South Africa - The Cape, Garden Route & Safari

14 days from £5,900 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 Ellerman House, renowned for its stunning ocean views and exquisite art collection.

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. True food lovers must not miss lunch at Chef's Warehouse Beau Constantia, the innovative cuisine at Fyn, or the joy of discovering local flavours at Oranjezicht City Market.

Travellers who explore the West Coast will be rewarded with a wilderness full of wild flowers, unique flora and fauna, and an ocean populated with dolphins and seals. Stay at Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel, where luxury meets the untouched beauty of the coastline. Experience the culinary genius of Wolfgat, celebrated for its sustainable approach to local ingredients and foraging.

A trip to the Winelands is a must for any gourmand. On this itinerary make 7 Koppies your home, offering an intimate connection with nature and luxury. Visit the historic Babylonstoren for its beautiful gardens and farm-to-table dining, have lunch at Orangerie at Le Lude, and dine at Epice, renowned for its exploration of spices.

Discover a different pace along the Garden Route, for the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and beautifully desolate beaches. Just outside of Plettenburg Bay, enjoy the elegance of Kurland Hotel, set on a vast estate of incredible natural beauty. Discover the culinary scene of Plettenberg Bay, with its fresh, local produce, and explore the surrounding wine estates for tastings.

Your next stop requires you to leave this quaint town far behind you and head to the wilds of the Eastern Cape and Kwandwe Game Reserve, where luxury meets wilderness. Embark on game drives to see the Big Five, engage in conservation activities, and dine under the African sky, enjoying dishes at this award-winning lodge inspired by local game and ingredients.

After your stay at Kwandwe, fly from nearby Port Elizabeth to Cape Town or Johannesburg for your departure flight home, carrying with you the memories of a truly exceptional South African journey.

 


Itinerary details

14 days from £5,900 per person

  • Day 1 - Ellerman House - Cape Town
    Arrive in Cape Town and transfer to hotel. Day at leisure.
  • Day 2 - Ellerman House - Cape Town
    Half day privately-guided 'Cape Town Eats' walking tour.
  • Day 3 - Ellerman House - Cape Town
    Full day privately guided tour of Cape Point & The Peninsula.
  • Day 4 - Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel - West Coast
    Car transfer to Bushman's Kloof (approx 3 hours), where luxury meets the untouched beauty of the coastline. Experience the culinary genius of Wolfgat, celebrated for its sustainable approach to local ingredients and foraging.
  • Day 5 - Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel - West Coast
    Guided excursion to ancient San rock art sites, Fynbos excursions (July – October), hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, canoeing, and horseback riding on the beach.
  • Day 6 - Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel - West Coast
    Day at leisure to enjoy the activities of your choice.
  • Day 7 - 7 Koppies - Franschhoek & The Winelands
    Car transfer to 7 Koppies in the Winelands (approx 2 hours).
  • Day 8 - 7 Koppies - Franschhoek & The Winelands
    Enjoy the day exploring the winelands. Visit the historic Babylonstoren for its beautiful gardens and farm-to-table dining, stop by Franschhoek Car Museum showcasing over a 100 years of automotive history, and enjoy wine tasting in the vast collection of world-class wineries in this region.
  • Day 9 - Kurland Hotel - The Garden Route
    Car transfer to the Kurland Hotel, along the Garden Route (approx 6 hours).
  • Day 10 - Kurland Hotel - The Garden Route
    Day at leisure to enjoy the Kurland Hotel's outdoor pool, tennis court, wellness spa, and superb restaurant. Or take part in the local activities such as cycling, hiking, fishing, or a picnic in a scenic spot.
  • Day 11 - Kwandwe Private Game Reserve - Eastern Cape
    Car transfer to Kwandwe Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape (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 from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town or Johannesburg and international flight home.
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