A Food & Wine Discovery of South Africa

Known for bustling Cape Town, the stunning Garden Route and magnificent Kruger National Park, South Africa is also a foodie capital with an innovative dining scene and some of the best wine growing regions in the world. The following itinerary takes in Cape Town, Cape Peninsula and an assortment of towns in the famous Winelands, sampling some of the finest restaurants and most unique dining experiences in the country.

Day 1: Arrival

Upon arrival, you will be met at the door of your aircraft with your name on a paging board and assisted through immigration, baggage collection and customs. You will then be shown to your awaiting transfer vehicle and transferred from the airport to your hotel, The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel.

Overlooking a small vineyard, The Cellars boasts panoramic views of Table Mountain (eastern slopes), False Bay in the distance, and the gorgeous surrounding award winning manicured gardens. All rooms and suites offer luxury, charm, superior comfort and decoration inspiration from the gardens with most including direct garden access or panoramic Cape Peninsula views.

Guests are welcomed in the reception area and the Martini Bar and Lounge is chic and intimate for evening drinks or high tea. There are three award winning restaurants; The Conservatory, the “Cape Malay Experience” and The Greenhouse. The Cellars is a 20 minute drive to the centre of Cape Town. Greenhouse is the flagship restaurant of The Collection by Liz McGrath, and a celebration of local flavours fashioned into an exquisite experience by the genius of the culinary team there.

You will have the remainder of the day at leisure to explore the surroundings or just relax.

Stay: The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel

Day 2: Cape Town Eats Walking Tour

Today you will have great introduction to Cape Town’s history through its people and its local food. This tour aims to combine the history of our country and city through exploring the streets to find the tastes that represent all of the rainbow nation. Today you will walk the streets of Cape Town and experience its history, its people and its culinary delights.

During your walk, you will also taste some of the following items:

  • African Soul food: pap, samp & beans, a meat stew and vetkoek Falooda – a traditional Muslim Rose Milkshake
  • A Koesister – which is a traditional Cape Malay spicy doughnut “dhaltjies”/chilli bites and a Cape samosa
  • A gourmet bunny chow to get a little taste of our Indian Cuisine
  • Coffee from one of the micro artisan coffee roasters in the city
  • Artisan Chocolate made from pure unroasted cocoa beans and combined only with sugar
  • Babotie pies – this is a modern take on the traditional Babotie dish
  • Milk Tart, traditionally Cape Malay and Afrikaans in its heritage
  • Visit Atlas Spices where you will have the opportunity to buy spices and to taste Meebos – a local sweet made from dried apricots
  • Boerewors, a traditional South Africa sausage traditionally cooked on a Braai (BBQ)

Stay: The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel

Day 3 - 4: Cape Point & Peninsula Tour

Today you will embark on a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula. Take in the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, before crossing over to Hout Bay, where you may choose to join an optional boat cruise to Seal Island. From here you will go to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve via Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives.

Then, you will have a Picnic Lunch at Cape Point Vineyards. After lunch, continue to Simonstown, the naval base, and visit the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach. Then stop at the world-renowned Kirstenbosch Gardens before arriving at your hotel for overnight.

 

Stay: The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel

Day 5: Winelands, Chocolate, Cheese & Olives

Today you will enjoy a tailor-made tour that is designed by your resident wine expert. This tour is perfect for the traveller who would like to experience and taste some of the other delectable delights that are also on offer in the winelands area in addition to some of the fantastic wines.

The tour is geared not only for the tasting but for the educational value as well as learning about each product. Your day can include Paarl, with its imposing Afrikaans Language Monument and of course the Franschhoek Valley, including exceptional estates such as Haute Cabriere, Moreson, La Motte and Grande Provence. You will delight in cheese tasting, chocolate tasting, olives and olive oil tastings and enjoy a lunch at one of the top restaurants or estates.

In the evening, you will be driven to your second hotel, Babylonstoren. Babylonstoren is a wonderful boutique hotel set on one of the oldest Cape Dutch Farms, surrounded by vineyards and orchards.

You may also enjoy 8 Course Tasting Menu at Le Quartier Francais’ Tasting Room (includes wine-pairing). This restaurant offers you an opportunity to experience a true journey of taste that continues to evolve and astonish.

Stay: Babylonstoren

Day 6: Stellenbosch Foodie Walk & Franschhoek Wine Farms

Today you will head into the Winelands to South Africa’s 2nd oldest town, Stellenbosch. The valley boasts more private cellars than any other Western Cape region and the country’s oldest wine route. But there’s more to Stellenbosch than wineries, it is also home to some of the country’s top restaurants and award-winning producers.

Here you will join your culinary guide as she leads you through the historic heart of Stellenbosch. You’ll have a chance to sample some traditional cape food and wine (like biltong, Bobotie, koeksisters and melktert) while meeting a host of colourful characters en-route! You’ll enjoy a heritage lunch platter at the oldest hotel in the country and visit the oldest shop in town.

Then, you will continue onward over the scenic Helshoogte Pass, to Franschhoek. Founded by French Huguenots over 350 years ago, Franschhoek is widely regarded as the culinary capital of South Africa. Its beautiful setting and café lined streets will charm you. You will also stop at several renowned wine estates to sample some of their award winning wines before heading back to Cape Town.

Stay: Babylonstoren

Day 7 - 8: Enjoying Bushman's Kloof

Today you will continue your journey to one of the very best in luxury accommodation, Bushmans Kloof. Bushmans Kloof is an exclusive and private wilderness reserve and wellness retreat situated at the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains in the Western Cape. This semi-arid Karoo region is vast and ruggedly beautiful, with the Reserve encompassing 7,500 hectares of malaria and predator free protected land that also includes many exceptional Bushman rock art sites.

There are 16 generously spaced, luxurious and individually designed en-suite bedrooms and suites. All are sublimely appointed, indulgently comfortable and finished with countless thoughtful details. Complete with two stylish lounges and fireplaces, the bar, award winning wine cellar, and the spacious restaurant which exudes service excellence.

Over an ideal two night stay guests can savour the views and sunset on an evening nature drive while also observing some of the 150 bird or 35 mammal species (antelope, zebra, foxes and aardwolf), partake in guided excursions to the more than 130 ancient San rock art sites, Fynbos excursions (July – October), mountain biking, fly fishing, canoeing, archery, hiking, jogging, yoga or painting. There is no mobile phone reception to ensure complete serenity and tranquility. There are landlines in all rooms and suites and complimentary WiFi throughout the lodge.

Stay: Bushmans Kloof

Day 9: Departure

Today, you will be transferred to Cape Town airport to catch your return flight home.

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Arrival The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel
Day 2: Cape Town Eats Walking Tour The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel
Day 3 - 4: Cape Point & Peninsula Tour The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel
Day 5: Winelands, Chocolate, Cheese & Olives Babylonstoren
Day 6: Stellenbosch Foodie Walk & Franschhoek Wine Farms Babylonstoren
Day 7 - 8: Enjoying Bushman's Kloof Bushmans Kloof
Day 9: Departure

Inclusions

Included

  • E-Docs
  • VIP Meet and Greet
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Transfers
  • 24 hour emergency contact
  • Activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • English speaking tour guide

Not Included

  • International and domestic airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa fees and/or visa authorization
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Other expenses not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (please note that travel insurance is mandatory for all Lightfoot Travel holidays)

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The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel, Babylonstoren Bushmans Kloof

From USD 2,150 per person based on two guests travelling

Notes on our prices

  • This price guide provides you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.
  • Prices are generally based on two people travelling together (unless stated otherwise) on a shared room basis.
  • Prices can fluctuate depending on season, standard of accommodation, excursions selected (private versus shared) etc.
  • This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant.