Wine and Gourmet Trail Across South Africa

11 Day Trip
Per Day Price Level $$$$
Per Day Budget $ 305
Per Day USD ranges:
$$$$ < $250
$$$$ $250-500
$$$$ $500-750
$$$$ $750+
  • Participate in a hands-on fun-filled cooking session before savouring a full traditional lunch in Cape Malay
  • Enjoy a full day Cape Peninsula tour that includes a scenic coastal drive along Chapmans Peak, the Cape of Good Hope National Park and Cape Point
  • Enjoy a foodie walk through Stellenbosch trying various South African delicacies
  • Partake of exclusive wine-tasting in both the Stellenbosch and Franschook area as well as the Hemel en Aarde valley
  • Experience a prime wildlife safari staying at a malaria-free private game reserve in the Eastern Cape

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  • Itinerary Summary

    Day 1 : Arrive in Cape Town

    Today you are met and transferred from the Cape Town International to your Cape Town hotel.

    Accommodation: Camps Bay Retreat

    Meals: Breakfast Included

    Day 2 : Camps Bay Retreat

    Our full day private Cape Peninsula tour includes a scenic coastal drive along Chapmans Peak; the Cape of Good Hope National Park and Cape Point; viewing the Penguins at Boulders Bay; Simonstown historical naval base and ends with the magnificent Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

    We collect you in the early morning and then travel along the spectacular Atlantic Seaboard through the chic suburbs of Clifton and Camps Bay, and on to the scenic fishing village of Hout Bay.   (An optional extra would be to take short 30 minute boat cruise to view the Cape Fur Seal colony on Duiker Island.) Next you enjoy a scenic drive along the famous Chapmans Peak drive - if open - as it hugs the cliffside with a 200m drop on one side and a 200m rise on the other. This is without a doubt one of the world's most spectacular mountain passes.

    You continue south to reach the Cape of Good Hope National Park. Explore the rocky coastline and unique Cape Fynbos vegetation which is home to unique birdlife such as African black oystercatchers and Cape sugarbirds amongst others. You may be lucky to see wildlife such as the Cape mountain zebra, bontebok, ostrich and baboon. Climb up to the famous Cape Point Lighthouse to capture the magical views over the bay. Alternatively you can take the funicular train as an optional extra.

    After lunch (for your own account), you visit the unique penguin colonies at Boulders beach for an exciting close encounter with African Penguins - often a highlight of the tour. Drive through the historical naval village of Simonstown and over yet another spectacular mountain pass, Boyes Drive, and on to Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens - some of the finest gardens in Africa nestling on the lower slopes of Table Mountain. We walk through the gardens where 4,000 of the 22,000 Southern African flowering plants are cultivated in a setting of mountain streams, pools and rolling lawns. You are dropped off at your hotel having seen the best the Cape has to offer.

    Accommodation: Camps Bay Retreat

    Meals: Breakfast Included 

    Day 3 : Camps Bay Retreat

    You get to know aspects of the cultural diversity that Cape Town has to offer on the interactive guided walk through the historical heart of the Bo-Kaap with a mini shopping safari. The focus lies on the Cape Muslim people with their South-East Asian heritage, their culture, their community and their food and links between these.

    On the walking tour, which stops at a local spice shop and halaal butcher, there are plenty of opportunities to interact with locals and to discover typical ingredients. The shop-keeper himself, when available, or the knowledgeable guide, will take you behind the counter to taste, smell and touch your way through typical ingredients (when open ans suitable to the specific itinerary of the day). This is a true sensory delight!

    The highlight is to visit a local family's home and participate in a hands-on fun-filled cooking session & demonstration before savouring a full traditional lunch. You make your own own meal with the assistance and guidance of the local host. This is the perfect occasion to gain insight into local culture and hear some real-life stories first-hand while having fun.

    The afternoon is at leisure. You may enjoy a trip to the Waterfront, a visit to Robben Island (pre-booking essential) or a visit to some of the fascinating museums and art galleries. Alternatively you could enjoy the beaches of Camps Bay.

    Accommodation: Camps Bay Retreat

    Meals: Breakfast Included

    Day 4 : Oude Werf Hotel

    Today you enjoy a private tour to the Cape Winelands for a leisurely exploration of the historic towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek as well as wine tasting at local wine estates. The majestic scenery of the winelands is unparalleled so even if you don't drink wine, the countryside and history make it well worth the visit. 

    A combination of the favourable effects of the two major ocean currents meeting off the Cape makes the climate in the area perfect for the acres of vineyards. The stunning backdrop of the mountains, the tree-lined streets and the white gabled Cape Dutch homesteads all blend in tranquil harmony.

    The exact wine estates to be visited will vary for each private tour as everyone has their own preference in wine.  Your guide will discuss all the options with you and select the best wine estates to visit.  The tastings will include high quality (and often award winning) red and white wines.

    Depending on which estates you are visiting, the order of the tour will vary so the description below should be seen as a guide only. You are collected at approx 9am and head to one of the wine estates. Here is the perfect opportunity to experience the rich historical and architectural traditions of the region. After a tour through their cellars, there's a chance to sample some of their local wines as well as perhaps a cheese tasting.  Next you lead to the picturesque village of Franschhoek which is set in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountain. Enjoy some of its many interesting shops and boutiques and visit a second wine estate for some more wine tasting.

    Lunch (for your own account) will be at one of the spectacular award-winning winelands restaurants. After lunch, you head to Stellenbosch. It is easy to see why Simon Van Der Stel decided to build a village in such an idyllic spot.  The Cape Dutch architecture along the oak-lined streets  and the many alfresco cafes give Stellenbosch a charm that will not be quickly forgotten.  We return to Cape Town in the late afternoon. This tour does not take place on Sunday.

    As this is a private tour, you have the freedom to adapt this tour by choosing specific wine estates to visit or by adding optional excursions such as horse-riding or walking through the vineyards, visiting the Franschhoek Motor Museum or Butterfly World. In Stellenbosch you can visit the Village museum - a collection of preserved houses which gives an insight into the lives of the early settlers in Stellenbosch through to the Victorian era - or nearby Spier Wine estate with its Eagle Encounters tour and arts & crafts market. Alternatively you can enjoy the Cheetah Encounters programme near Somerset West.  Remember that if you add too much, you may have to rush too much or miss out on a second wine estate. All additional entrances or excursions are for your own account.

    Accommodation: Oude Werf Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast Included

    Day 5 : Oude Werf Hotel

    This morning you enjoy a Foodie tour of Stellenbosch. Guided walking tour of the old town centre with entertaining stories about its history and culture:  get a glimpse of pioneer life when you visit the oldest restored townhouse in South Africa, dating from 1709, you follow the water furrows in search of the 'angel factor', the story behind the Cape Dutch 'alphabet houses', travel back in time when you browse the oldest shop in town - the legendary Oom Samie se Winkel.  Various tasting stops flavour your route:  first you do a tasting of indigenous teas served with old-style rusks, you get some traditional snacks (biltong and droëwors) from a family run butchery, then you go for a wine tasting with traditional snacks at a trendy wine bar, your heritage lunch platter is served at the oldest hotel in the country and typically consists of Bobotie, chicken pie, frikkadel with vegetables and typical condiments, all washed down with a glass of delicious local wine, dip into a brown paper bag with nostalgic sweets as you make your way down the old main road, finally, you take a seat on the banks of the Eerste River to finish your tour on a sweet note:  you enjoy a variety of classic Cape desserts with fortified wine/coffee/tea.

    Accommodation: Oude Werf Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast Included

    Day 6 & 7 : Mosaic Lagoon Lodge

    Today you are collected by your private guide for a touring transfer to Hermanus en route to Mosaic Lagoon Lodge. Nature enthusiasts can discover the amazing Cape Floral Kingdom and its magnificent fynbos and birds by exploring the 933ha reserve on foot or kayak. The rates at Mosaic Farm include a guided morning nature walk and a range of sundowner activities (weather permitting). Hop onto their open 4x4 vehicle or a quad biking excursion and discover fynbos, birds and the pristine Walker Bay Beach and Nature Reserve where you can enjoy beautiful sunsets over the ocean. Between June and December, Southern Right Whales migrate from Antarctica to the shelter of Walker Bay to mate and calf. You can cruise among the water birds on the Hermanus Lagoon aboard the 'Spirit of Angus' perhaps enjoying an impromptu swim off the boat.  Or try kayaking on the lagoon to view the stunning blue cranes and water birds in this natural wetland.  Also included are archaeological cave tours to Klipgat Cave, beach walks and wine tasting at Springfontein Wine Estate.

    However Lagoon Lodge at Mosaic also offers a number of optional activities (at extra cost) such as spa treatments as well as offsite excursions such as shark cage diving, boat-based whale watching and scenic tours by plane.

    Accommodation: Mosaic Lagoon Lodge

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner Included

    Day 8,9 & 10 : Kichaka Lodge

    Today you are collected from your lodge and transferred back to Cape Town Airport. On arrival, you will be collected by our representative and then transferred to your game lodge in the Eastern Cape area.

    Accommodation: Kichaka Luxury Game Lodge

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner Included 

    Day 11 : Departure from Johannesburg

    You will be collected by our representative from your game lodge and transferred to Port Elizabeth. Scheduled Flight (priced separately) – Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg 

  • Duration
    11 days
    Difficulty
    Easy
    Primary Activities
    Food and Wine
    No. of travellers
    Min. 2
    Other Activities
    Jeep Safari
    Children Allowed
    Yes
  • Comfort
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    Super luxury

    Our highest-end category of accommodation, Super Luxury is defined by top quality customer service and premium amenities. Hotels in this exclusive category include the Aman resorts, Oberoi Vilas hotels, and certain independent purveyors.

    Luxury

    Luxury Hotels meet the standards of most well-known 5-star hotel brands around the world, and include premium accommodations and amenities. In some cases our Luxury category overlaps with the "boutique" hotels, many of which are equally luxurious and accommodating.

    Boutique

    Boutique hotels are typically smaller, or independently owned hotels that offer top-end service and amenities equivalent to luxury providers. Boutique hotels often differentiate themselves from bigger hotel brands through their unique character, location, or history.

    Glamping

    Glamping (short for “glamorous camping”) and lodges denotes outdoor-focused accommodations that combine the best of nature with a designer / comfort angle in mind, so customers can get the best of both worlds.

    Camping

    Camping refers to a wide range of tented accommodation, which will most likely apply to outdoor / adventure trips like trekking, hiking, etc.

    Others

  • Price Details (per person)

    High Season Oct to Nov $ 2,772 $ 252 per day
    High Season Dec to Apr $ 3,360 $ 305 per day
    High Season May to Sep $ 2,921 $ 266 per day

    * All Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Some savings may be available for larger groups.

Cost Includes
  • Accommodation on double/twin sharing basis at hotels mentioned or in similar category.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B - Breakfast, L – Lunch, PL – Picnic Lunch & D - Dinner).
  • Services of air-conditioned vehicle for airport transfers & sightseeing and tours
  • Services of English-speaking local guide
  • Services of an expert wildlife guide during safaris/game drives.
  • Inclusive of all entrances as discussed in the proposal
Cost Excludes
  • International flights 
  • Meals not mentioned in the meal basis
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa fees (if required)
  • Items of a personal nature, gratuities, curios
  • All services, meals & drinks not specified above
  • Tipping at hotels/lodges, restaurants, porters, safaris guide/drivers, local guides
Day 1 : Arrive in Cape Town

Today you are met and transferred from the Cape Town International to your Cape Town hotel.

Accommodation: Camps Bay Retreat

Meals Included: Breakfast included

Day 2 : Camps Bay Retreat

Our full day private Cape Peninsula tour includes a scenic coastal drive along Chapmans Peak; the Cape of Good Hope National Park and Cape Point; viewing the Penguins at Boulders Bay; Simonstown historical naval base and ends with the magnificent Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

We collect you in the early morning and then travel along the spectacular Atlantic Seaboard through the chic suburbs of Clifton and Camps Bay, and on to the scenic fishing village of Hout Bay.   (An optional extra would be to take short 30 minute boat cruise to view the Cape Fur Seal colony on Duiker Island.) Next you enjoy a scenic drive along the famous Chapmans Peak drive - if open - as it hugs the cliffside with a 200m drop on one side and a 200m rise on the other. This is without a doubt one of the world's most spectacular mountain passes.

You continue south to reach the Cape of Good Hope National Park. Explore the rocky coastline and unique Cape Fynbos vegetation which is home to unique birdlife such as African black oystercatchers and Cape sugarbirds amongst others. You may be lucky to see wildlife such as the Cape mountain zebra, bontebok, ostrich and baboon. Climb up to the famous Cape Point Lighthouse to capture the magical views over the bay. Alternatively you can take the funicular train as an optional extra.

After lunch (for your own account), you visit the unique penguin colonies at Boulders beach for an exciting close encounter with African Penguins - often a highlight of the tour. Drive through the historical naval village of Simonstown and over yet another spectacular mountain pass, Boyes Drive, and on to Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens - some of the finest gardens in Africa nestling on the lower slopes of Table Mountain. We walk through the gardens where 4,000 of the 22,000 Southern African flowering plants are cultivated in a setting of mountain streams, pools and rolling lawns. You are dropped off at your hotel having seen the best the Cape has to offer.

Accommodation: Camps Bay Retreat

Meals Included: Breakfast included

 

Day 3 : Camps Bay Retreat

You get to know aspects of the cultural diversity that Cape Town has to offer on the interactive guided walk through the historical heart of the Bo-Kaap with a mini shopping safari. The focus lies on the Cape Muslim people with their South-East Asian heritage, their culture, their community and their food and links between these.

On the walking tour, which stops at a local spice shop and halaal butcher, there are plenty of opportunities to interact with locals and to discover typical ingredients. The shop-keeper himself, when available, or the knowledgeable guide, will take you behind the counter to taste, smell and touch your way through typical ingredients (when open ans suitable to the specific itinerary of the day). This is a true sensory delight!

The highlight is to visit a local family's home and participate in a hands-on fun-filled cooking session & demonstration before savouring a full traditional lunch. You make your own own meal with the assistance and guidance of the local host. This is the perfect occasion to gain insight into local culture and hear some real-life stories first-hand while having fun.

The afternoon is at leisure. You may enjoy a trip to the Waterfront, a visit to Robben Island (pre-booking essential) or a visit to some of the fascinating museums and art galleries. Alternatively you could enjoy the beaches of Camps Bay.

Accommodation: Camps Bay Retreat

Meals Included: Breakfast included

Day 4 : Oude Werf Hotel

Today you enjoy a private tour to the Cape Winelands for a leisurely exploration of the historic towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek as well as wine tasting at local wine estates. The majestic scenery of the winelands is unparalleled so even if you don't drink wine, the countryside and history make it well worth the visit. 

A combination of the favourable effects of the two major ocean currents meeting off the Cape makes the climate in the area perfect for the acres of vineyards. The stunning backdrop of the mountains, the tree-lined streets and the white gabled Cape Dutch homesteads all blend in tranquil harmony.

The exact wine estates to be visited will vary for each private tour as everyone has their own preference in wine.  Your guide will discuss all the options with you and select the best wine estates to visit.  The tastings will include high quality (and often award winning) red and white wines.

Depending on which estates you are visiting, the order of the tour will vary so the description below should be seen as a guide only. You are collected at approx 9am and head to one of the wine estates. Here is the perfect opportunity to experience the rich historical and architectural traditions of the region. After a tour through their cellars, there's a chance to sample some of their local wines as well as perhaps a cheese tasting.  Next you lead to the picturesque village of Franschhoek which is set in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountain. Enjoy some of its many interesting shops and boutiques and visit a second wine estate for some more wine tasting.

Lunch (for your own account) will be at one of the spectacular award-winning winelands restaurants. After lunch, you head to Stellenbosch. It is easy to see why Simon Van Der Stel decided to build a village in such an idyllic spot.  The Cape Dutch architecture along the oak-lined streets  and the many alfresco cafes give Stellenbosch a charm that will not be quickly forgotten.  We return to Cape Town in the late afternoon. This tour does not take place on Sunday.

As this is a private tour, you have the freedom to adapt this tour by choosing specific wine estates to visit or by adding optional excursions such as horse-riding or walking through the vineyards, visiting the Franschhoek Motor Museum or Butterfly World. In Stellenbosch you can visit the Village museum - a collection of preserved houses which gives an insight into the lives of the early settlers in Stellenbosch through to the Victorian era - or nearby Spier Wine estate with its Eagle Encounters tour and arts & crafts market. Alternatively you can enjoy the Cheetah Encounters programme near Somerset West.  Remember that if you add too much, you may have to rush too much or miss out on a second wine estate. All additional entrances or excursions are for your own account.

Accommodation: Oude Werf Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast included

Day 5 : Oude Werf Hotel

This morning you enjoy a Foodie tour of Stellenbosch. Guided walking tour of the old town centre with entertaining stories about its history and culture:  get a glimpse of pioneer life when you visit the oldest restored townhouse in South Africa, dating from 1709, you follow the water furrows in search of the 'angel factor', the story behind the Cape Dutch 'alphabet houses', travel back in time when you browse the oldest shop in town - the legendary Oom Samie se Winkel.  Various tasting stops flavour your route:  first you do a tasting of indigenous teas served with old-style rusks, you get some traditional snacks (biltong and droëwors) from a family run butchery, then you go for a wine tasting with traditional snacks at a trendy wine bar, your heritage lunch platter is served at the oldest hotel in the country and typically consists of Bobotie, chicken pie, frikkadel with vegetables and typical condiments, all washed down with a glass of delicious local wine, dip into a brown paper bag with nostalgic sweets as you make your way down the old main road, finally, you take a seat on the banks of the Eerste River to finish your tour on a sweet note:  you enjoy a variety of classic Cape desserts with fortified wine/coffee/tea.

Accommodation: Oude Werf Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast included

Day 6 & 7 : Mosaic Lagoon Lodge

Today you are collected by your private guide for a touring transfer to Hermanus en route to Mosaic Lagoon Lodge. Nature enthusiasts can discover the amazing Cape Floral Kingdom and its magnificent fynbos and birds by exploring the 933ha reserve on foot or kayak. The rates at Mosaic Farm include a guided morning nature walk and a range of sundowner activities (weather permitting). Hop onto their open 4x4 vehicle or a quad biking excursion and discover fynbos, birds and the pristine Walker Bay Beach and Nature Reserve where you can enjoy beautiful sunsets over the ocean. Between June and December, Southern Right Whales migrate from Antarctica to the shelter of Walker Bay to mate and calf. You can cruise among the water birds on the Hermanus Lagoon aboard the 'Spirit of Angus' perhaps enjoying an impromptu swim off the boat.  Or try kayaking on the lagoon to view the stunning blue cranes and water birds in this natural wetland.  Also included are archaeological cave tours to Klipgat Cave, beach walks and wine tasting at Springfontein Wine Estate.

However Lagoon Lodge at Mosaic also offers a number of optional activities (at extra cost) such as spa treatments as well as offsite excursions such as shark cage diving, boat-based whale watching and scenic tours by plane.

Accommodation: Mosaic Lagoon Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day 8,9 & 10 : Kichaka Lodge

Today you are collected from your lodge and transferred back to Cape Town Airport. On arrival, you will be collected by our representative and then transferred to your game lodge in the Eastern Cape area.

Accommodation: Kichaka Luxury Game Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

 

Day 11 : Departure from Johannesburg

You will be collected by our representative from your game lodge and transferred to Port Elizabeth. Scheduled Flight (priced separately) – Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg 

Cost of the entire itinerary

High Season Oct to Nov $ 2,772 $ 252 per day
High Season Dec to Apr $ 3,360 $ 305 per day
High Season May to Sep $ 2,921 $ 266 per day
Cost Includes
  • Accommodation on double/twin sharing basis at hotels mentioned or in similar category.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B - Breakfast, L – Lunch, PL – Picnic Lunch & D - Dinner).
  • Services of air-conditioned vehicle for airport transfers & sightseeing and tours
  • Services of English-speaking local guide
  • Services of an expert wildlife guide during safaris/game drives.
  • Inclusive of all entrances as discussed in the proposal
Cost Excludes
  • International flights 
  • Meals not mentioned in the meal basis
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa fees (if required)
  • Items of a personal nature, gratuities, curios
  • All services, meals & drinks not specified above
  • Tipping at hotels/lodges, restaurants, porters, safaris guide/drivers, local guides
Climate

We are blessed with almost year-round sunshine, it can get rather hot in the summer month (October-March) averaging 32°C. Don’t be surprised to find your late afternoon growing heavy with pregnant clouds and being punished with short drenching thunderstorms. Winter (April-September) is a sunny season of chilly early mornings, warm to hot midday’s (25° C) and cool to cold nights (can get down to 5° C at night in June and July).

With the background of the Drakensberg Mountains we ride over an area of 30 000ha of prime African bushveld in the Karongwe and the Makalali Private Game Reserve. The reserves have various ecosystems ranging from open plains, woodlands and hills, to riverines and gullies. There are lot's of rivers which are the lifeline of the region and supports an impressive population of big trees, plants and wildlife such as hippo, crocodile, bushbuck, kudu, nyala, waterbuck and many different species of birds.

Game is plentiful on the Reserves including elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, buffalo, wild dog, cheetah, spotted and brown hyena, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, bushbuck, steenbok, duiker, impala, waterbuck, black backed and side striped jackal, honey badger, baboon, vervet monkey, mongoose, warthog, bushpig, tortoise; special nocturnal creatures are porcupine, aardvark, civet, genet, caracal, serval, spring hare; water species are hippo, crocodile, otter and terrapins. Lots of bird species are seen, especially at the big dams and along the rivers.

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