A Gourmet Tour for The Epicurean Explorer
For the most discerning of food travellers, this South African culinary trip has been specially designed to satisfy your gourmet wanderlust
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Completely private tours in Cape Town and The Winelands
- Stellenbosch wine tasting and cellar tour
- Home-hosted dinner in Cape Town
- Township African cooking experience
- Private wine tasting at Grande Dedale Doolhof and Moreson wine estates
- Game drives lead by specialist guides on Safari
- Luxury accommodation throughout
- Meet and greet airport service
- Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
South Africa possesses some of the finest dining experiences in Africa, and this luxury trip is designed to indulge and dedicated to those epicurean explorers out there looking for culinary delights, soft adventures in wilderness reserves and spectacular safari all in two weeks.
We’ve handpicked hotels for their high cuisine credentials and private tours focusing around the unique gastronomic culture of South Africa.
Dine at the sophisticated Cape Town restaurants, incorporating influences and chefs from all over the world. Bushmans Kloof is a wilderness reserve in the Western Cape Mountains chosen for not only its hugely famous restaurant (Conde Nast’s 2012 Gold List) but the magical setting of its outdoor Boma and diverse activities to hand. Next stop is the kitchen garden of South Africa, the Winelands. Bespeckled with boutique wineries, haute cuisine establishments and cooking lessons by the experts, this region and its gastronomic delights will knock any foodie for six. Then it’s onto a spectacular sandveld safari in the Madikwe Reserve and enjoying the culinary prowess of Mateya Lodge.
Example Trip Itinerary
On arrival at Cape Town, you will be met airside by a Jacada representative, as you enter the terminal building. You will be fast-tracked through immigration, assisted with baggage collection and assisted to your onward arrangements.
Private transfer from Cape Town airport to Cape Town hotel
Accommodation in Cape Town
- Eleven rooms, two suites and two villas
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Public kitchen
- Large spa
- Private contemporary art gallery and cinema
- South Africa Masters adorning the walls of the communal areas
Ellerman House is a class act throughout. Not to mention a wonderful piece of history that feels very much like your own home but with top class service befitting a five-star hotel. Perched in one of the most spectacular and privileged settings in Cape Town overlooking Bantry Bay, it is the epitome of comfort and class with a relaxed, elegant style. Decoration is colonial, with a nod to the contemporary and recently refurbished to provide thoroughly modern comforts. Where Ellerman House excels above others is the excellent house staff, who in these grand surrounds create such a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Taking a (complimentary) evening cocktail from the lounge and strolling out onto the peaceful gardens overlooking the sea for sunset is the perfect end to a day in Cape Town as one feels both special and relaxing. There are just eleven rooms, two suites and two private contemporary villas. Communal areas include a spacious lounge, large garden area (with outdoor pool) and a huge spa. There is an open kitchen you are invited to visit, a pantry that you can raid as well as the complimentary evening cocktails. A particular feature of the property is its private art collection. This is simply outstanding, one of the best in South Africa with works from African masters inside the main building and then, underneath is a contemporary gallery. For anyone interested in art this will add an extra element to their stay.
- 120 Rooms and suites
- Small Outdoor Pool
- Whisky and wine bar
- Pool and outdoor deck
Situated in the heart of the V&A waterfront, the Cape Grace is one of Cape Town’s most famous luxury hotels. You can expect world class, personalised service from the Grace in a location perfect for enjoying the restaurants, boutiques and entertainment of this upmarket area. Reflecting its location, the recently refurbished décor has a nautical theme and is full of local detail, with antiques and maps adorning the hallways. In a playful touch, sumptuous chandeliers are adorned with unusual items (such as crockery and kitchenware in the Restaurant area). The 120 rooms and suites are spacious, comfortable and elegantly decorated offering views out to Table Mountain, Signal Hill or the Marina. The hotel also features a luxurious pool and outdoor deck, a spa on the top floor and a great whiskey bar. You can walk straight out into the waterfront area here making it a perennial favourite.
Spend your time relaxing and exploring this wonderful city. You have our top recommendations for activities, restaurants and shopping so that you can make the most of your time here.
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and take you on a fascinating full day private tour of the Cape's many 'Highlights'. Start with a visit to The Cape of Good Hope and Stellenbosch, in the Winelands. You will also get a chance to take in the beautiful 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. After lunch (on your own account) you will continue with your guide to the Naval Base of Simonstown, and visit the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach. You will then continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve via Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, where you will board a funicular to get to the top of the Peninsula and witness the symbolic meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans and marvel at the spectacular views over False Bay.
Onward to Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa, with canal lined avenues, and magnificent examples of Cape Dutch architecture where you enjoy a wine tasting and cellar tour, before returning to your hotel in Cape Town late in the afternoon.
Collected from your hotel you're for a special evening of a home-hosted dinner and an intimate home-cooked feast with many dishes typical to South Africa and its many culinary influences. You'll enjoy fascinating conversations within the relaxed and culturally-immersive environment of your host family.
Private transfer back to your hotel for the evening.
Your guide will collect you from your hotel in the morning to embark upon an authentic African cooking experience for the first half of the day. Your first stop is a visit to the District 6 Museum – Cape Town’s apartheid museum. Here you’ll learn all about how apartheid affected the country and townships. From here it's onto the Langa Township to cook at a small cookery school that helps local residents get the qualifications and skills to work in Cape Town’s best kitchens. You will learn about African and Xhosa culture and cuisine with a talk and a welcome drink of ginger beer. You’ll also have the opportunity to interact with the locals as well as a hands-on cooking lesson where you learn to how to prepare dishes like pap (similar to polenta), chakalaka, samp and a typical meat stew before settling down to enjoy your dishes at the restaurant.
With our up to date and reliable recommendations for the very best places to eat in Cape Town, we can reserve you a table so you can dine out in style this evening (as with any evening).
Private transfer from Cape Town to Bushmans Kloof
The Western Cape Mountains
Named by Conde Nast’s Gold List 2012 as one of Africa’s best lodges for food, Bushmans is also in its own nature reserve and you’ll spend your days relaxing at the luxury accommodation, indulging in the impressive plethora of activities offered, and the gourmet meals served in its stunning outdoor Boma.
Private transfer from Bushmans Kloof to the Winelands
Located near the town of Paarl, you'll arrive at the beautiful Cape Dutch style guesthouse of the Grande Roche and its award-wining Bosmans restaurant (voted on the Top Ten in South Africa) for lunch.
A magnificent restored Cape Dutch manor house in the Bovlei valley, the Grande Dedale house and hotel lies on the Doolhof wine estate where a private wine tasting session, sampling the signature brands of Dark Lady Pinotage and The Minotaur, will be set up for you.
Private transfer to your chosen hotel in the Winelands
Accommodation in The Winelands
- 21 rooms and suites
- Two restaurants
- Herb garden
- Private cinema
- Swimming pool
Set inside the peaceful, pretty town of Franschhoek, Le Quartier Français is a tranquil, luxurious base from which to explore the town and winelands beyond. This is by far the best hotel in town with a fantastic level of service and a relaxed, modest atmosphere that belies the level of comfort and attention to detail. 17 of the 21 rooms and suites are set around the central courtyard, with four others around a private garden. The white exteriors contrast with the warm, colourful interiors of the rooms, all very comfortable and spacious. The hotel also has two excellent dining options which front onto the main high-street of Franschhoek. Guests can also enjoy a pleasant lounge area, herb garden and private cinema. The ‘La Petite Colombe’ restaurant is among the best in South Africa. With the excellent service, comfort and cuisine one would expect, however, what elevates it above all, is the friendly personal aspect to the service here.
- Fourteen rooms (six standard, five luxury, two cottages)
- 14 rooms (6 standard, 5 luxury, 2 cottages)
- Monneaux Restaurant
- Two swimming pools
- 2 swimming pools
- Spa treatments
- Complimentary transfers into town
- Bicycle rental
A luxury hotel trapped inside a restored 19th-century countryside manor and former perfumery, Franschhoek Country House and Villas is where Old World charm meets the modern elegance and comfort of the New World. Quiet, groomed gardens of lavender are bordered by small box hedges, stone balustrades, gurgling fountains and neoclassical pillars with arches that drip with pretty foliage. All this surrounds a traditional sand-coloured house with steel blue painted shutters and lit by Victorian-style street lamps which bathe the property in a wonderful warm glow at night. If the décor doesn’t quite remove you to Provence, the fantastic modern French cuisine by the hotel’s Monneaux restaurant certainly will. Lunch is a la carte and served in the gardens, and during the evening it’s set in the informal dining room. All the rooms are individually decorated, very spacious and reflect contemporary comfort fused with more classical trappings of hand-painted furniture, four poster beds, embroidered Percale cotton bed linen, and most have their own private balconies. There are six standard deluxe rooms in the manor house and five luxury rooms located in a separate building which have their own private balconies, fireplaces and underfloor heating. The two garden cottages with private patios and superb views of the vineyards and mountains are perfect for families with small children, whereas the 100m² villas suites with their own lounges and two balconies are ideal for honeymooners or couples. The views from the hotel also call for mentioning, for the picturesque vineyards and rolling pastures framed by the imposing Stellenbosch mountain ridge is quite an exquisite setting. Pamper yourself at the Spa with a range of treatments including massages, reflexology, facials, manicures, pedicures and signature treatments. The perfect way to relax and unwind.
- Stone cottage
- Six luxury rooms
- Salt water swimming pool
- Spa room
Grand Dedale, located close to Wellington at the foot of the Bainskloof Pass, offers a really lovely experience in the stunning wine region. Formerly the Doolhof Manor House and private residence of the owners of Doolhof Wine Estate, this lovely property offers sweeping views of the valley as well as the Groenberg, Limietberge and Hawekwa mountains. With just six individually designed and appointed en-suite bedrooms and a romantic thatched stone cottage, this lovely property offers you a great base from which to explore the beautiful Winelands area. A variety of leisure activities including mountain bike trails, horse riding, clay pigeon shooting, river rafting as well as golf played on world class golf courses, are only a short drive away.
Today you have a full day in the Winelands with one of our expert wine guides. We will communicate your wine preferences before the tour, so that your guide has time to set up any special appointments. That way, you will have the best experience possible. Typically the regions explored are Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl, but this depends on your wine tastes. On a usual tour, the first stop is Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa, with canal-lined avenues, and magnificent examples of Cape Dutch architecture. Next head over the scenic Helshoogte Pass to Franschhoek, founded by French Huguenots over 350 years ago. It's lovely setting and café lined streets will charm you and afford the opportunity to do some shopping too.
Drive down the spectacular Franschhoek Pass overlooking the Valley of the Huguenots, who founded this town 400 years ago and who’s tree-lined avenues and bistros will really charm you. You’ll head to Moreson wine estate for wine tasting before an alfresco lunch under the lemon trees at the Bread and Wine restaurant, renowned for its creative flavours.
There’ll then be some time to explore Franschhoek town in the afternoon.
Private transfer from your hotel in the Winelands to Cape Town airport
Flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg
Charter flight from Johannesburg to Mateya Lodge
Check in to this well-respected safari lodge not only for its levels of refined luxury but its gourmet dining and wine cellar. Spend your days on safari in the magnificent Madikwe, plus other activities on offer too.
The reserve is malaria-free and boasts the “Magnificent Seven” in wildlife (elephant, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, leopard, lion and cape hunting dog), and all within very unique sandveld terrain.
Charter flight from Madikwe airstrip to Johannesburg
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A Gourmet Tour for The Epicurean Explorer
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