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For the most discerning of food travellers, this South African culinary trip has been specially designed to satisfy your gourmet wanderlust

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What's Included

  • 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
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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

Days 1-4

Cape Town

Meet and greet at Cape Town airport Meet and greet at Cape Town airport

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.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from Cape Town airport to Cape Town hotel

Accommodation in Cape Town

Three days exploring Cape Town Three days exploring Cape Town

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.

Full day privately guided highlights tour of Cape Town Full day privately guided highlights tour of Cape Town

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.

A special home-hosted dinner A special home-hosted dinner

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.

Half day African cooking experience and private tour Half day African cooking experience and private tour

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.

Dinner at a one of the city's finest restaurants Dinner at a one of the city's finest restaurants

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).

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from Cape Town to Bushmans Kloof

Days 4-8

The Western Cape Mountains

Check in to Bushmans Kloof Lodge for four nights Check in to Bushmans Kloof Lodge for four nights

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.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from Bushmans Kloof to the Winelands

Days 8-11

The Winelands

Lunch at Grand Roche's Bosmans restaurant Lunch at Grand Roche's Bosmans restaurant

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.

Private wine tasting at Grande Dedale and the Doolhof wine estate Private wine tasting at Grande Dedale and the Doolhof wine estate

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.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your chosen hotel in the Winelands

Accommodation in The Winelands

Full day privately guided tour of the Winelands Full day privately guided tour of the Winelands

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.

Full day private tour of Franschhoek with wine tasting and lunch at the Moreson Wine Estate Full day private tour of Franschhoek with wine tasting and lunch at the Moreson Wine Estate

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.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from your hotel in the Winelands to Cape Town airport

Flight

Flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg

Flight

Charter flight from Johannesburg to Mateya Lodge

Days 11-15

Madikwe

Check in to Mateya Lodge Check in 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.

Four days on safari in the Madikwe Game Reserve Four days on safari in the Madikwe Game Reserve

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.

Flights & Transfers

Flight

Charter flight from Madikwe airstrip to Johannesburg

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