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The official top ten
Food & Wine Hotspots in Southern Africa

A journey through South Africa’s Winelands is a must for any gourmand. Cape Town, the Cape Winelands and the Garden Route provide the ultimate outdoorsy holiday to enjoy simply sublime food and wine. Enjoy wine tasting tours through ravishing vineyards, savour fresh, organic food from culinary leaders, stroll wide white beaches and stay at chic rustic farmhouse and boutique lodges. There are a couple of culinary surprises on our list, too! Matetsi River Lodge in Zimbabwe should be on every food and design-lover’s list.

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The Cellars-Hohenort

Over nine acres of manicured gardens surround The Cellars-Hohenort, set outside Cape Town in the historic Constantia Valley. Owner Liz McGrath has spent more than two decades creating the perfect...

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Bushman’s Kloof

Wellness and wilderness go hand in hand at this multi-award winning retreat nestled in the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains. The wonderfully named Bushman’s Kloof consists of 16 well-appointed guest...

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Bartholomeus Klip

Channel your inner Karen Blixen of ‘Out of Africa’ fame at this supremely romantic farmhouse and game reserve in the Ribeek Valley. Just over one hour’s drive from Cape Town,...

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Babylonstoren

A 300-year-old Cape Dutch farm spread over 250 hectares and soaked in history, Babylonstoren is a memorable taste of the region’s traditional culture. Thick whitewashed walls, simple four-poster beds and...

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Leeu Estate

One of Leeu Collection’s three properties, the celebrated Leeu Estate, just under one hour’s drive from Cape Town, is a glorious boutique choice. Set like a jewel amongst vineyards, gardens and fynbos (local shrubland),...

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Steenberg Farm and Vineyards

Steenberg Farm is a glorious slice of Cape history. The oldest farm in the region, established in 1682, this 28-room boutique hotel is steeped in heritage. Relaxed and rustic luxury...

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Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

Four award-winning lodges nestled in 22,000 hectares of pristine wilderness; Kwande Game Reserve offers the perfect safari experience. Families and small groups can enjoy an exclusive booking at two of...

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Victoria Falls Hotel

A natural wonder as grand and mighty as Victoria Falls deserves a grand and mighty hotel. So thought the hoteliers of the Edwardian era when they erected the now famous...

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Matetsi River Lodge

This intimate luxury lodge is a firm Ampersand’s favourite and is setting new standards in Zimbabwe. Secluded in a fairy-tale Zambezi riverside setting, the Matetsi’s 18 rooms and private villa...

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Hotel Heinitzburg

For those looking for a conveniently located base with fabulous city and mountain views, the family-owned and run Hotel Heinitzburg is the best option in Windhoek. Originally commissioned in 1914 by Count...

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