Gourmet South Africa
FURTHER JOURNEYS IN SOUTH AFRICA
Day 1 - Cape Town
Arrive Cape Town, where you will be met at the door of your aircraft by your Red Savannah representative and your documents handed over to you. After clearing customs, immigration and baggage collection you will be shown to your awaiting transfer vehicle before being driven to Cellars-Hohenort.
Spend the afternoon at leisure enjoying your guided tour of Cape Town including a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain (weather permitting), followed by a private two-hour historic tour of the V&A Waterfront. Should time allow you may wish to visit the Waterfront Food Market, packed to the brim with the freshest produce - a great introduction to the Cape's culinary delights.
The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel is an elegant boutique hotel, situated in the heart of the Constantia Valley on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. This haven of peace and tranquillity features three heated swimming pools, a tennis court and a custom made putting and chipping green as well as the popular D&D Spa. The accommodation consists of 55 traditional, contemporary styled rooms, the three-bedroomed Madiba Villa and the spacious Dove Cote, an ideal suite for honeymooners, with its own garden, large dining and sitting room as well as a private heated Jacuzzi.
Day 2 - Bo Kaap
This morning you will head to Malay Quarter where you will begin your walking tour of the city. Here you will experience a variety of cultures and traditional food from the area. A highlight of the morning includes a cooking experience in the home of one of the Malay ladies, where you will be taught to make roti's, samosas and a traditional Cape Malay curry.
After a delicious lunch, spend the afternoon exploring the city. Highlights include visits to the Cape Castle, South Africa's oldest building, a stroll around the Company Gardens in the heart of the city, and an excursion to Greenmarket Square, where you can enjoy the daily craft market.
In the evening make your way to the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock for a tantalising treat at renowned Chef Luke Dale-Roberts' Test Kitchen. Having honed his considerable skills in some of the most renowned kitchens in the world, since coming to Cape Town, Luke has consistently proven his mettle with a string of awards and accolades The Test Kitchen sees the chef cooking his distinctive style of cuisine in an intimate space that also delights design aficionados.
Day 3 - Cape Town
This morning you will be shown around the spectacular Cellars-Hohenort Gardens, widely regarded as one of the finest privately owned gardens in the world. Following on from your garden tour, you will be driven to Constantia, the birthplace of the wine farming industry in South Africa. Here you will visit the wine farm of the first Governor of the Cape, Simon Van Der Stel, a chance to sample one of the region's most famous wines - The Vin de Constance. Other highlights include: a tour of the Cloete Cellar at Groot Contantia, dating back to 1791 and lunch at the award winning Steenberg estate (lunch for own account) followed by afternoon wine tasting. In the evening, return to Cellars Hohenort for the night.
Day 4 - Cape Point
This morning you will begin your guided Cape Point and Peninsular tour. Your will start at the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay and then cross over to Hout bay, where you will have the opportunity to take a short cruise to Seal Island to see the breeding colony of Cape Fur Seals. Continuing you will drive to the Cape of Good Hope National Park via Chapman's Peak, where you can enjoy a cable car ride offering spectacular views over False Bay.
Day 5 - StellenBosch & Franschhoek
Today you will head to the Winelands, approximately 60 minutes' drive from Cape Town. Here you will join your culinary guide as she leads you through the historic centre of Stellenbosch, with the opportunity to try some traditional cape food such as biltong, Bobotie, Koeksisters and melktert. After a sumptuous lunch at the oldest hotel in the country, you will spend the afternoon at leisure exploring Franschhoek and the surrounding Winelands. Relish the opportunity to visit some of the most prestigious wine estates in South Africa whilst soaking up the rich Cape Dutch architecture, the interesting history and the sheer beauty of the region.
Your accommodation for the evening is the beautifully preserved Babylonstoren. This 250 acre working farm is one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms in the area. Highlights whilst at Babylonstoren include: wine tasting and learning about the wine making process, Babel restaurant - serving the freshest and healthiest food, using ingredients directly out of the garden and the unusual and stylishly converted farm reservoir (swimming pool).
Day 6 - Winelands
Spend the morning on a guided tour of the pristine Babylonstoren garden. Try some of the 300 edible plant species before exploring the 15 different areas of the garden, featuring vegetable areas, berries, bees, indigenous plants, ducks and chickens as well as a prickly pear maze. Lunch is served at the Pierneef Restaurant before continuing on a series of cheese, chocolate, olives and olive oil tastings in the Franschhoek Valley. Return to your hotel late afternoon where dinner will be at your leisure.
Day 7 - Hemel-en-Aarde Valley - Hermanus
Spend the day exploring the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley in the Overberg. Offering a wide range of award-winning wine cellars, restaurants and picnic sites. Enjoy wine tasting at La Vierge, Bouchard Finlayson and Hamilton Russell wine estates before ending your journey in Hermanus. After a delicious lunch at Birkenhead House you will join your guide, who will take you along the famous cliff top walk with spectacular view over Walker Bay. In whale season (June-November) you can spot the Southern Right Whales as they come close to shore to feed and teach their youngsters before returning to the deep ocean for the summer months.
Overnight: Birkenhead House
Day 8 - Depart
Today you will depart Birkenhead House and head to Cape Town International Airport in time to catch your onward international flight home.
From £4,895 / $7,945 per person for land arrangements only, based on two people sharing a room.
All of our itineraries are tailor-made according to the interests of our clients and the above itinerary is an example only. Please contact our Africa specialist, Chris Evans, for your own tailor-made holiday to South Africa on +44 (0)1242 787806.