7 Day South Africa Food and Wine Tour
Price: US $ 3781.00
Described as a world in one country, South Africa, with its breath-taking scenery offers travellers a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Discover the foods and wines of Cape Town, the West Coast, the Cape Winelands and the Overberg while taking in the spectacular natural beauty of the region.
|Day 1||On arrival at Cape Town International Airport you will be met by your guide (who will spend the next 10 days with you) and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the afternoon/evening at leisure, if the weather conditions are good and time permitting you will have the chance to visit Table Mountain and ascend Cape Town’s landmark attraction using the cable car.|
|Day 2||Cape Malay cuisine has had a major influence in South African food, it is spicy and aromatic, yet mild. The experience will begin with a stroll through the Bo-Kaap’s cobbled streets viewing the brightly painted houses, enjoy a tour of the surrounding neighbourhood, a visit to the historic museum and the iconic Atlas Trading spice shop. The session starts with an exploration of multiple tins and tubs of earthy-coloured aromatic spices, the most fundamental element of Cape Malay cuisine. You will be tough how to create a Malay dish. You will learn how to fold onion-and-cheese-filled samoosas and about how meals play a central role in religious ceremonies; how despite adaptations, the traditional way of preparing food still comes out top. After you have created some Malay dished, you will get to enjoy them. You will leave with much more than merely a fresh set of skills and a full belly; but with newfound friends, a greater depth of cultural understanding. This is a meaningful Cape Experience.|
|Day 3||Travel along the Atlantic Seaboard to Hout Bay, passing magnificent beaches and the coastal suburbs of Clifton, Camps Bay and Llandadno. Optional boat trip to see the thousands of Cape Fur Seals living on this rocky outcrop. Hout Bay Harbour is a busy fishing harbour sure to keep you entertained and your cameras snapping. The tour continues over Chapman’s Peak, known as one of the most spectacular scenic drives in the world, all the way along the Peninsula, through the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and to the most southern tip at Cape Point. Lunch will be enjoyed at a seaside restaurant before we make our way along the False Bay coastline to the Naval suburb of Simon’s Town. Visit the delightful African Penguins of Boulders Beach and then the drive takes us back via Cape Town’s coastal and southern suburbs for a final stop at the beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.|
|Day 4||This morning you will be transferred to the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront to catch a boat to Robben Island. This World Heritage Site is synonymous with South African icon Nelson Mandela, who spent 18 of his 27 years of imprisonment in the previous maximum security prison on the island. The tour takes 3.5 hours including the ferry trip to and from the Island (Depending on the boat used as they have different travel times). You will disembark at Murray’s Bay Harbour situated on the east coast of the Island and take a short walk to buses that will transport you to all the historical sites around the Island. On return to the V&A Waterfront you can spend the rest of the day at leisure, or perhaps join an optional bicycle tour of the township Langa with one of the suburb’s residents.|
|Day 5||Today we will travel up the West Coast of the Cape to a small fishing town named Langebaan. During the flower season (late August into Spetember) we will stop at the Postberg Nature Reserve in the West Coast National Park to see the bright and colourful carpets of spring flowers. Lunch today will be at Die Strandloper – an open air, casual seafood restaurant with sand underfoot, blue skies above, and at the water’s edge, a magnificient view of Langebaan Lagoon. To the accompaniment of live traditional guitar music, meals are served in individual courses extending over a leisurely three to four hour period. After lunch we will drive back to Cape Town in the late afternoon.|
|Day 6||This morning after breakfast we depart Cape Town and head for the beautiful Cape Winelands, our first stop is Stellenbosch. Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa. Savour traditional Stellenbosch food and drinks as your guide leads you through the historic heart of this vibrant university town. After the tour we will make our way to your accommodation for the night. Dinner will be enjoyed at the guest house, prepared with local ingredients and the utmost attention to detail.|
|Day 7||This morning you will be picked up by your guide and transferred to Franschhoek for a tour on the unique Wine Tram. A combination of tram and tram-bus transports passengers around a loop of stops allowing them to hop-off at each stop and experience the activities on offer, be it wine tasting, a cellar tour, lunch or simply a stroll through the vineyards and when they are ready, hop-on to continue the tour. You will head back to your accommodation for an afternoon at leisure.|
|Day 8||Today we leave the Cape Winelands and travel over scenic mountain passes to the Whale Watching capital of the world – Hermanus. This route takes you through the world-renowned vineyards of Hamilton Russell and Southern Right wineries. Travel up the mountain and through the fynbos kingdom into the Fernkloof Nature Reserve. Your half way point is one of the most pristine look-out points in the Western Cape, from here you will have a spectacular birds-eye-view of Hermanus and Walkerbay. We also visit 3 of the wine estates in the valley for tastings, stopping for lunch at Creation Wines for a Food and Wine Pairing. Check in to your accommodation in the afternoon and enjoy some time at leisure.|
|Day 9||Today you have a few optional activities to choose from: – Boat based whale watching (the Southern Right Whales visit between May and November, with peak numbers being in August and September) – Great White shark cage diving – Visit to a microbrewery for a beer tasting Or you may opt to spend a more relaxed day in the town, do an easy cliff side walk, visit the daily craft market or browse the town’s speciality shops and pamper boutiques. Some of the best sightings of the whales are from the cliff tops on the edge of the town.|
|Day 10||Transfer back to Cape Town International Airport for departure. Depending on the time of your flight the drive home could be along the very scenic Clarens Drive, visiting the Stoney Point Penguins and Harold Porter Botanical Gardens along the way. We can recommend an add-on safari should you have longer to spend in the country – either in Kruger National Park, Addo Elephant National Park or Madikwe Game Reserve. Alternatively continue along the coast to the Garden Route.|
OUR TOP TIP:
Take every game drive you’re offered – you’ll see something different on every one. They may involve early starts – but a lion surely beats a lie-in.
Small group. Min. age 6.
Luxury Guest House, Lodge or tented camp with a pool and treetop dining room. Private inside and outside bathrooms.
This trip can accommodate solo travellers with a surcharge.
TRAVELLING WITH A LOCAL OPERATOR
This holiday is operated by a company based in the holiday destination and they will be able to provide expert local knowledge. They will be able to tailor make your holiday to suit your requirements not only concerning the dates of travel but also typically the standard of accommodation, and thus price. It is rare for local operators to be able to help with the booking of your flights.
Flights and drinks.
Per person sharing. Rate airport to airport. Accommodation, transfers, all meals, game drives, bush walks, guides, listed activities.