A Taste of the Cape
From town to country: An epic 10-day discovery of food, wine and art
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Tasting the local flavours of Cape Town during a private cooking class
- Discovering South Africa's vibrant art scene with the help of a local expert
- Seeing the whales in Walker Bay
- Discovering some of the Winelands' best vineyards
- Private tours tailored to your interests
- Luxury accommodation throughout
- Meet and greet airport service
- Full support from your Travel Designer and Concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
Affectionately dubbed The Mother City, Cape Town is a vibrant, creative place, full of warm and welcoming people, evocative art and sublime flavours. You will instantly feel at home. Kick off your shoes, sink your toes into the sand, tuck into a plate of delicious food, browse the galleries, sip some of the country’s finest wines and enjoy every moment of this memorable trip.
Your adventure will begin in Cape Town itself, with a trip up to the top of the iconic Table Mountain for the best views of the city. One of the best ways to get to know a new place is by taking time to discover its cuisine, so after visiting the mountain you’ll have a chance to meet up with an experienced local chef and create a wonderful meal, using local ingredients, and get a taste for the flavours of the city. Next, it’s off to the historic Constantia valley, where you will stop in at a few wine farms for tasting. Cape Town is bursting with art galleries, from impressive venues to boutique spaces with bespoke collections and working artist studios. We’ll pair you up with a knowledgeable art guide, and you will get to visit a variety of galleries and studios, including the expansive Zeitz MOCAA.
The next stop is the breathtaking Whale Coast, where you will spend a few days at Grootbos. Take to the air to spot the whales in Walker Bay from above, enjoy a beach or fynbos gourmet picnic, and head further afield to discover the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour at a family-run vineyard.
Your final destination will be the Winelands with their rolling green hills of vines, wine estates and world-class restaurants. You will spend two days out with our favourite wine guides who will take you to some of the best farms in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek for tastings and tours.
Throughout the whole trip, you will discover some of Cape Town’s finest restaurants, and our extremely knowledgeable Cape Town-based concierge is on hand to help you secure bookings at many of the most sought-after venues.
Example Trip Itinerary
Meet and greet at Cape Town airport
Private transfer to your hotel in Cape Town
Accommodation in Cape Town
- 28 rooms, including one penthouse suite
- Rooftop restaurant and champagne bar
- Rooftop glass swimming pool
- Spa and fitness centre
With sweeping views of the Atlantic, Table Mountain as a backdrop, and the buzz of a working harbour, the Victoria and Albert Waterfront is one of Cape Town’s prime locations. It is here that you’ll find The Silo. The grain silo was the tallest building in Sub-Saharan Africa when it was built in 1924, and the luxury hotel is located in the former elevator tower. The creative brain behind the project is that of prominent British designer and architect Thomas Heatherwick, whose iconic works include the Cauldron for the London 2012 Olympic Games and London’s new Routemaster bus. The Silo occupies six floors above the Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. A partnership between the V&A Waterfront and Jochen Zeitz, this cultural institution focuses on exhibiting cutting-edge contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora, with the Zeitz Collection forming its founding exhibition. Taking its place on Cape Town’s skyline, the hotel is a beacon of modern design. The industrial aesthetics remain with the addition of pillowed glazing panels which bulge outwards as if gently inflated. At night, this transforms the building into a glowing lantern. Each of the 28 rooms, which include a magnificent penthouse suite, are individually designed and strike the balance between industrial, stylish and comfortable. The creative team have been busy sourcing pieces from Cape Town and across the world, to ensure each room tells its own story without detracting from the natural beauty of the city, which can be seen through the 18-foot windows. Another key feature is the huge grain-shaped atrium carved out of the interior of the grain silos. The art in the hotel is in keeping with the collections in the museum. Appreciate the 360 degree panoramic views from the restaurant, champagne bar and glass swimming pool located on the rooftop while casting your eye across the ocean, city bowl and mountains. There is also a café, piano bar, spa and fitness centre and when you want to go exploring, the Waterfront itself offers a wealth of shops, restaurants and bars.
Spend your time exploring this vibrant and wonderful city. You have our top recommendations for activities, restaurants and shopping so that you can make the most of your time here.
Enjoy absolutely spectacular views towards Robben Island, over Camps Bay and the beach and along the Twelve Apostles in the direction of Hout Bay from Cape Town's most iconic landmark.
Roll up your sleeves and get ready for a private cooking lesson in the heart of the city. Depending on your preferences, you'll get to meet up with a local chef, cook a sumptuous meal together and then tuck in. From traditional Cape Malay, to Italian favourites and fine dining, there are various experiences to choose from.
Constantia is the birthplace of the wine farming industry in South Africa. As you drive through this historical valley, it becomes apparent why the first Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, chose this situation for his farm, Constantia. On this tour, you will visit select wine farms and taste some of their vintages.
Today you will be joined by a private art guide and you will get to visit the Everard Read Gallery, Gallery Momo and Liza Grobler’s art studio in Cape Town, as well as some galleries in nearby Woodstock. You will also spend time at the impressive Zeitz MOCAA, browsing its numerous fascinating exhibitions.
While you’re in Cape Town, some of the top restaurants you might want to make reservations at include The Test Kitchen, The Greenhouse and Chef’s Table at the Mount Nelson. Our Cape Town -based concierge will chat to you to find out where you’re most keen to dine. Bear in mind that some restaurants require bookings to be placed several months in advance.
Private transfer to your hotel on the Whale Coast
Accommodation in Whale Coast
- 16 suites
- Restaurant & Bar
- WiFi, TVs, A/C, Fireplaces
The Forest Lodge is a fine piece of sophisticated contemporary design, reflecting the breath taking natural beauty of the Grootbos Private Reserve’s landscape. Part of what makes Grootbos extra special is the property’s commitment to making a positive impact through various projects. The clean lines, high ceilings and large windows frame and accentuate the incredible sweeping views across the rolling hills of fynbos and the whale sanctuary of Walker Bay beyond – on a clear day, it’s possible to see all the way to Cape Point. Orientated towards the setting sun, every evening offers another grand spectacle of light and colour. The 16 freestanding luxury suites are accessed via an enchanted cobbled pathway beneath the ancient forest canopy. Each are stylishly furnished with luxurious canopy beds, spacious en suite bathrooms, separate lounges with cozy fireplaces and private wooden decks with spectacular panoramic views. The main lodge features a variety of elegant dining venues, a bar, lounge, curio shop and conference centre. Spacious wooden decks and an infinity pool beckon you to relax, unwind and enjoy the soothing tranquility. As the evening descends, open fires and subtle lighting create a warm, romantic atmosphere for the perfect dining experience.
Spend your time enjoying this particularly beautiful spot on the whale coast. The accommodation and service here is wonderful and there are many activities you can take part in to make the most of your time. Your personal travel designer will be able to inform you as to which tours are included.
Together with a private wine guide, you'll visit the wine region called Hemel and Aarde (heaven and earth). This region is known for outstanding Pinot Noir. Some of the highlights might include Creation's food and wine pairing, a visit to Paul Cluver, and a behind-the-scenes wine tour at one of the family vineyards.
One of the best ways to view marine life is from the air, where you won't disturb the amazing creatures below. On this flight you'll get a bird's-eye view of Grootbos and the surrounds. Admire the expanse of fynbos, then head out over Walker Bay where you may spot whales keeping to their pods or swimming protectively with their calves.
Enjoy a spot of "destination dining" with a gourmet picnic at Grootbos, either on the beach or in the reserve.
Private transfer from Whale Coast to the Winelands
Accommodation in The Winelands
- 200-hectare grounds
- Eight-acre, kitchen garden
- Outdoor pool
- 14 cottages
Set on one of the oldest Cape Dutch Farms in the wine region, Babylonstoren is a 200-hectare working fruit farm with an exclusive hotel and restaurant set amongst the vineyards orchards and beautiful kitchen gardens. This is a beautiful and relaxing sanctuary, effortlessly blending its colonial, pastoral past with modern contemporary design. There are 14 cottages spread out through the grounds, a spacious blend of restored Cape-Dutch architecture and sophisticated modern touches. This is modern design at its very best with a deft lightness of touch giving a feeling of space and modernity whilst remaining very true to the historic style of the buildings. It’s no surprise therefore that Karen Roos (former editor of Elle Decoration) is one of the owners. Guests can enjoy the outdoor pool area, restaurant, eight-acre kitchen garden, spa and gym. The farm is also to be explored, walking through the 200 hectares of land or perhaps taking a canoe out on the farm dam.
- Eleven suites and five villas
- In-room massage
- Two separate outdoor pools serving the villas and main residence respectively
One of the most famous hotels in South Africa, La Residence is a truly opulent and stately base from which to explore the wine region. From the moment one enters the grand hall at the entrance, it is obvious that you have entered a very special place. Works of art and antiques from all over the world adorn the lavish interiors. Set close to the pretty town of Franschhoek on a backdrop of rolling hills, the hotel sits in thirty acres of working farm with immaculately manicured gardens, vineyards and orchards. There are eleven suites set in the main building, each very individual from the other and themed around a colour, with an eclectic but cohesive mix of antiques and art lending both character and opulence to each of the rooms. Further down the hill are the newly constructed villas. These have a slightly more contemporary feel, with brighter colours and are also very suitable for families as they range from two to four bedrooms each. The villas also share a separate pool area and a communal open kitchen and dining area, encouraging a more informal mingling of guests in this part of the property.
Enjoy the beautiful countryside of the Winelands. You have our top recommendations for activities, vineyards and restaurants so that you can make the most of your time here.
You will enjoy two full days in the Winelands with 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.
While you’re in the Winelands, some of the top restaurants you might want to make reservations at include La Petite Colombe, Foliage and Indochine. Our Cape Town -based concierge will chat to you to find out where you’re most keen to dine. Bear in mind that some restaurants require bookings to be placed several months in advance.
Private transfer from Winelands to Cape Town airport
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We create fully personalised trips from start to finish, working with you to pick locations, accommodation and guides that suit you.
Each time you travel with us, you preserve an acre of precious rainforest through our partnerships.
From in-depth private tours to restaurant reservations, we take care of every detail so you can make the most of your journey.