October 12, 2018: Johannesburg


Welcome to South Africa! You will be met upon arrival at the Johannesburg International Airport and assisted through customs and immigration and onto the private transfer to our first hotel. This evening join your hosts and small group for cocktail hour and dinner at the hotel. We will hand out journals, go over itinerary and open sign ups for one-on-one sessions with Katie. Welcome cocktails or mocktails and dinner included.


Please plan to arrive no later than 4 pm today. If you prefer to arrive one day early, please just let us know and we will add a pre-trip overnight at The Residence.

Johannesberg


The Residence

Overnight at The Residence. Breakfast included.

October 13-16, 2018: Phinda Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal


This morning we will enjoy breakfast and a short yoga class before being transferred back to the airport for our scheduled flight to Durban. This is a 1 hour 5 minute flight and when we arrive we will be picked up by a driver and air-conditioned vehicle for the 3 hour drive to Phinda Private Game Reserve. The drive heads inland from the Indian Ocean and there is some lovely scenery, including sugar cane plantations and pineapple fields. We will arrive in time for lunch and time to unpack before the evening game drive.


This 56,830 acre award-winning game reserve has a strong focus on conservation and community involvement and is home to seven unique ecosystems. Phinda is home to an abundance of wildlife, from the large mammals to the smallest antelope. However, it is the faster of predators that has a special place here. Having reintroduced cheetah to the area after an absence of over fifty years, Phinda has quickly established a reputation as one of the best places to view and photograph these endangered cats. Along with cheetah, lion and leopard are tracked on the reserve on a daily basis and guests have a high likelihood of encountering these magnificent animals. Another success story at Phinda is that of both the white and the more endangered black rhino. The rare sand forest in the northern parts of &Beyond Phinda is the perfect environment for some of the rarer smaller species. The shy red duiker is found grazing on fallen leaves and fruit and the tiny suni, one of the smallest antelope species, may also be seen. Explore this unique reserve on morning and afternoon game drives as well as optional walks.


SAMPLE DAY

Morning yoga and meditation

Game Drive or Walk

Breakfast

Wellness “Class”/One-on-ones with Katie

Lunch

Free Time/Restorative Yoga/Game Drive

Dinner


Yoga Safari


Phinda Vlei Lodge

Four nights at Phinda Vlei Lodge. All meals, local drinks, laundry and yoga classes included. Additional activities available at Phinda Reserve (including trips out to the Indian Ocean and trekking for black rhino on foot) can be booked at additional cost.


October 17, 2018: Cape Winelands


Start the day with yoga and breakfast and then we return with picnic lunches to the Durban Airport for the flight to Cape Town. We will be met upon arrival and transferred about 45 minutes to our hotel on a working farm in the Cape Winelands. This evening dinner is on everyone’s own account and can be enjoyed at the hotel restaurant or you can take a taxi to one of the many nearby restaurants.


Located between Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek and dating back to 1692, Babylonstoren is a historic Cape Dutch farm that boasts one of the best-preserved farmyards in the Cape. Beloved for its magnificent garden that is laid out over 8 acres, the garden is divided into 15 sections that comprise fruit, vegetables, berries, bees for pollinating, indigenous plants, fragrant lawns, a prickly pear maze, ducks and chickens, and more. A secluded path runs along the stream where thousands of clivias flower in spring. The garden also boasts a plethora of trees of historical and botanical import. Every aspect of Babylonstoren – including the contemporary Farm Hotel & Spa, the Farm Shop and Bakery – are led by the ever-changing tapestry and botanical diversity of the garden. Babylonstoren is also home to the renowned restaurant Babel and the casual café Greenhouse.


Cape WInelands


Babylonstoren Farmhouse Suites

Three nights Babelonstoren Farm Suites. Breakfast, packed lunch and yoga classes included today.

October 18, 2018: Cape Winelands


Start the morning with a fresh farm breakfast and yoga with a bit of time to relax on our own before we meet our Winelands guide for a bit of sightseeing. We will visit two wineries and have lunch at the beautiful Moreson Estate. The famously beautiful Cape Winelands are situated in the Western Cape Province and is one of 51 district municipalities in South Africa. The province covers a geographical area constituting 10.6% of the total land area of the country.


This afternoon we will be returned to Babylonstoren and tonight you may your own arrangements for dinner or join your hosts at The Test Kitchen. Renowned Chef Margot shares her extraordinary culinary skills in what feels more like a journey, led by the incredible staff, than a dinner. Each menu is born of a past experience be it lazy afternoons in her grandmother's garden that then lead to the evenings salad presentation in an attempt to recapture the moment, or a brief encounter with an art piece that inspired the design of the featured dessert. Atmosphere, extreme talent guided by passion and brilliant wines collide in an evening of culinary memories not soon forgotten.


Cape Winelands


Breakfast, lunch and wine-tastings included today; dinner at The Test Kitchen is optional and on your own account. Please confirm your reservation at The Test Kitchen when booking.

October 19, 2018: Cape Winelands


Today is our chance to sleep in and enjoy breakfast on your own. We have have a mid-morning yoga session followed by a tour of the magnificent gardens and lunch at Greenhouse. This afternoon is on your own to explore the estate; visit the spa, take a hike or a canoe paddle at the dam, enjoy a wine tasting or the signature tea ritual or just relax!


This evening we gather at the on site restaurant, Babel, to share our final meal together and recount the memories from this incredible adventure. Babel has a farm-to-fork philosophy, which means they like to serve food that is seasonal and that reflects a "pick, clean and serve" approach. While the meals are creative, they don't like to tamper unduly with our food. The meals are always clear in structure, so that fruit and vegetables gathered daily from the garden is often served with its skin on. Helpings are generous and depending on the weather, we can take your meal in the glass-enclosed restaurant or under the plane trees in the courtyard.


Breakfast, lunch, dinner and yoga classes included. Additional activities such as spa treatments, wine-tasting etc are on your own account.


October 20, 2018: Depart or Cape Town Extension


Rise early for one last yoga class and breakfast. The rest of the morning is your leisure until it’s time for the individual airport transfers to meet your flights for home. Breakfast included.


Midday, those people who will be going on to Cape Town will be picked up and transferred to our Cape Town hotel. This afternoon is free and dinner is on your own.


The old and established suburbs of Gardens, Oranjezicht and Tamboerskloof merge into each other as they line the foothills of Table Mountain and Signal Hill. The area enjoys convenient proximity to the city, the Table Mountain Cableway, as well as the beaches. The narrow little streets are lined by original Cape buildings, many of which have been beautifully restored, some now housing museums and art galleries, as well as lively sidewalk cafés and highly acclaimed restaurants. Now known for its trendy and modern vibe, this area is often visited on foot, encompassing the historic parliament buildings, the Company Gardens and the lively café culture and boutiques of Kloof Street. This afternoon and evening on your own to explore.




Kensington Place

Four nights Kensington Place. Breakfast and yoga classes included today. Note: we may be able to offer single rooms in addition to shared rooms at this hotel.

Cape Town

Cape Town Extension: October 21, 2018: Cape Peninsula with Sea Kayaking


We meet our private guide this morning and set out to the naval hamlet of Simon's Town which is located on the False Bay coast of the Cape Peninsula. Embark on a sea kayaking experience from the Waterfront. Paddle past the civilian and Naval Harbor and out to Boulders Beach. After visiting the penguins, we will stop (time & tide permitting) on a lovely semi-private beach for refreshments, swimming and snorkeling (equipment provided). The double kayaks are very stable and perfect for those with no paddling experience. During the whale season from July to December, the Southern Right Whale frequents Cape Town's shores, which allows you the possibility of seeing them in their natural habitat.


Anyone who does NOT want to kayak can visit the penguins from the boardwalk with the guide.


Before continuing your journey, enjoy lunch at a seaside restaurant. Travel to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve - one of two world-renowned landmarks within the Table Mountain National Park (the other is Table Mountain). The Cape of Good Hope functioned as something of a beacon for sailors for years and is still widely referred to as 'The Cape' by seafarers. Most visitors to Cape Town regard a trip to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point (the tip of the Cape Peninsula) as obligatory. This part of the park is home to an array of fynbos, over 250 species of birds, buck, baboons and Cape mountain zebra. There are numerous picnic spots, paths on which one can set off on foot or mountain bike, and tidal pools on almost isolated beaches. Enjoy the breathtaking views from Cape Point Lighthouse and travel to the most South-Western point of Africa, the Cape of Good Hope. In the late afternoon, drive along the coastal route via Noordhoek, Chapman's Peak Drive, Hout Bay and the Atlantic Seaboard back to the Kensington Place.


Breakfast, lunch, kayaking equipment rental as noted and yoga classes included.

Cape Town Extension: October 22, 2018: Woodstock, Bo-Kaap & Bree for the Foodie


This morning we’ll have a yoga class then put our walking shoes on for a unique exploration into the culinary heart of Cape Town!


From artisanal coffee and craft beer to traditional food, chocolate, biltong and cheese, taste your way around the city as you explore the backstreets and secrets alleys where the locals like to go. This foodie tour showcases some of the best gastronomic experiences and offers the opportunity to quench your thirst and satisfy your appetite. Meet some of the finest food purveyors and local artisans from Woodstock, to the Bo-Kaap and Bree – these are the city's most creative neighborhoods!


The morning kicks off in the heart of the Mother City in the Company’s Gardens, originally created in the 1650s by the first European settlers to grow fresh produce to replenish ships rounding the Cape. Your specialty foodie guide will take you through the garden on foot, sharing the Cape’s interesting cultural and culinary influences. The fresh air is bound to get tummies rumbling, and from here it is a short drive across the city to the vibrant neighborhood of Woodstock. If you had to describe Woodstock in three words, it would be: cool, alive and arty. One of Cape Town’s oldest suburbs, this previous industrial area is still home to many of city’s factories and bargain clothing outlets, interspersed with trendy street-side coffee shops, hipster restaurants, collective hangouts and artist’s studios. The foundries and loft-like spaces are abuzz with activity and home to independent producers, creatives and artisans.


After a coffee tasting at a very cool little coffee joint and one of the many exceptional roasters in the area, it is time to head to a local brewery for a craft beer tasting. There are pale ales, alt biers, stouts, Pilsners, barrel-aged beers, smoked malt beers, and beers made using fruit, herbs, spices, honey, wild yeast and more, to savor amidst the rich aromas of malt, hops and yeast. Cape Town beer culture? It doesn't get more real than this.


Cape Town Food & Wine Tour



A visit to Africa’s first bean-to-bar chocolate manufacturer, is next on the cards to meet the people obsessed with chocolate and to sample delectable, hand-crafted treats! Feeling fully gratified, it is time to return to the city to walk the streets. Biltong is synonymous with South Africa and a staple in many homes. The next stop is a local meat merchant, because what would a South African foodie tour be, without a spot of biltong?


There’s no rest for the wicked (or hungry) and the Bo-Kaap, an area formerly known as the Malay Quarter is next on the cards. Situated on the slopes of Signal Hill above the city, it is the historical center of Cape Malay culture and an iconic and colorful district of brightly-colored homes and cobble-stoned streets. A visit to the area is not complete without trying the delights of the Cape’s Eastern traditions, including samosas, koeksisters and spices. After the Bo-Kaap’s sensory overload, you will end your tour on Bree Street, the hippest street in Cape Town where you will find a hive of artisanal activity. As one of the main arteries of the city, this street is building a reputation as the retail, culinary and design center in the center of town. A glorious yellow exterior announces that you’ve arrived at Bree Street’s cheese HQ. The owner spent four years as a cheesemonger in London, before relocating to SA, and travelling the country to develop local cheese-making. He’s incredibly knowledgeable about his trade, and will guide you through the vast array of local and international cheeses.


This tour aims to offer a real-life experience of Cape Town’s rich culture, mouth-watering cuisine and wonderful people. From time to time, it may be necessary to replace some elements of this tour with alternative foodie options of equal standing due to factors beyond our control.


With a beautiful afternoon behind you, having soaked up the best of Cape Town’s food, we will return to our hotel. Dinner (if you want it!) is on your own tonight. Breakfast, all tastings and yoga classes included.<

Cape Town Extension: October 23, 2018: Table Mountain & Greenmarket Square


This morning we may have yoga in the morning at our hotel or we may decide to take our class on the top of Table Mountain! Table Mountain is the most iconic landmark of South Africa, although it is much more than a scenic photograph background or a place from where you can take a breathtaking photo of Cape Town.


There are about 2,200 species of plants found on Table Mountain and 1470 floral species. Many of these plants and flowers are endemic to this mountain. The national park’s most unique feature is its fynbos vegetation that is displayed here better than anywhere in the world.The Cape Floral region of the national park is one of the richest floral regions in the world. Over 70% of the flowers are endemic to the Table Mountain. It is no wonder that the mountain was chosen as one of the new seven world wonders.


We have ample time to wander the top of the mountain before descending and heading to the craft stands at Greenmarket Square. The bus will wait while we shop and then you may choose to return to the hotel with the driver or set out on your own adventure for the afternoon.


Tonight we gather for our second, and final, farewell dinner at our hotel. Overnight Kensington Place. Breakfast, dinner, yoga classes and cable car tickets included.

Cape Town Extension: October 24, 2018: Depart


Rise early for one last yoga class and breakfast. The rest of the morning is your leisure until it’s time for the individual airport transfers to meet your flights for home. Breakfast and yoga class included.


Rates - October 12-20, 2018
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement
From $8,120.00 to $9,960 depending on group size. Group minimum of 6, maximum of 10.
Cost includes all accommodation, meals and activities as noted, all yoga classes and one-on-one sessions, regional flights and trip leaders. Please contact us for a quote from our air partners for international flights!
Rates - October 20-24, 2018: Cape Town Extension
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement
From $2,060.00 to $2,550.00 depending on group size. Group minimum of 6, maximum of 10.
Cost includes all accommodation, meals and activities as noted, all yoga classes and one-on-one sessions, regional flights and trip leaders. Please contact us for a quote from our air partners for international flights!
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