Day 1: Cape Town

Welcome to South Africa! We will be met at the door of the aircraft in Cape Town with our group name on a paging board and be assisted through immigration, baggage collection and customs and on to the transfer to our hotel on the Atlantic Seaboard. This part of Cape Town is known as the “Platinum Mile” and runs from Mouille Point, through Sea Point, Fresnaye, Bantry Bay, Clifton, Camps Bay, Bakoven and Llandudno. The four beaches of Clifton and the long stretch of white, palm tree-lined Camps Bay are the most popular sections for sun worshipers.

Winchester Mansions

Three nights Winchester Mansions. Breakfast.

Day 2: Cape Eats & Table Mountain

With our local guide, we walk the streets of Cape Town and experience its history, its people and its culinary delights. So much about a country and a culture is expressed through its cuisine. In South Africa much of the cuisine is a home cuisine and to get a taste you really need to search hard: this tour aims to combine the history of this country and city through exploring the back streets to find the tastes that represents all of the “Rainbow Nation.” En route we’ll stop to taste a mixture of traditional food, South African street food and to visit some artisanal foodie and coffee shops. Plan to taste many of the following: pap, samp, beans, a meat stew and vetkoek; Falooda - a traditional Muslim Rose Milkshake; a gourmet bunny chow; coffee from a local roaster; bobotie pies - this is a modern take on a traditional dish.

This afternoon, we visit Table Mountain where the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway opened its doors to its first visitors on October 4, 1929. The round cable cars take about 5–10 minutes to carry up to 65 passengers from Tafelberg Road to the top of Table Mountain, gently rotating, offering 360 degree views on the way. The views from this iconic mountain are unforgettable. After Table Mountain, return to the hotel for a short time to freshen up before transferring to the historic Constantia wine valley for dinner at the award-winning Greenhouse Restaurant at The Cellars-Hohenort. Breakfast, tastings and dinner included.

Day 3: Cape Peninsula

Today we explore the awe-inspiring Cape Peninsula on a private full-day tour with our local guide. We snake our way along the coastline and visit the historic finishing village of Hout Bay, Cape Point (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and the penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Throughout the tour enjoy the panoramic ocean vistas, pristine beaches, towering cliffs, wild bays and quaint seaside enclaves. Not only will we encounter spectacular scenery today, but we also may be lucky and spot some of the pelagic birds, zebra, eland, and species of reptiles and small mammals, as well as the common Chacma baboons.

We have the luxury of lunching at The Flagship restaurant, on a five course lunch (with wine pairing), a true gourmet haven. After lunch, we make our way back to Cape Town with a stop (time permitting) at the Kirstenbosch Gardens. The evening is ours to explore Cape Town independently; we advise making restaurant reservations in well in advance and we can assist with this service. Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 4: Swartland, Cape Winelands

After breakfast, we bid farewell to Cape Town, and head to the beautiful Swartland Wine Region. The day is set aside for visits and tasting at a variety of wine farms (the South African term for wineries/ vineyards), including the Sadie & Badenhorst Farms, Mullineaux Family Winery and the Kloovenberg Olive Farm. The expansive Swartland region – with its historic towns of Riebeek Kasteel, Riebeek West, Malmesbury and Piketberg – is renowned for the diversity of its rural landscapes and its warm hospitality. The more than 24 wineries that make up the area are connected by golden wheat fields, fruit orchards, rolling vineyards and stretches of sunshine-yellow canola flowers, so driving from one to the next is a visual treat. What’s more, the Swartland is unique in that visitors can combine wine and olive tastings. After a busy day of wine tasting, we enjoy dinner and a wine pairing at our boutique hotel tonight. Breakfast, wine and olive tastings and dinner with wine pairing included.

Rijk's Country House

Two nights Rijk's Country House. Breakfast.

Day 5: Hermanus & Swartland, Cape Winelands

After breakfast, we depart for Hermanus. While this is a longer day, it affords access to a completely different wine area and terroir, with stunning costal scenery. Hermanus is built along the beautiful shores of Walker Bay and is the official ‘Whale Watching Capital of the World’ and is surrounded by majestic mountains and indigenous Fynbos. We visit three of its most popular wineries, Hamilton Russell, la Vierge and Creation Wines with tastings at each. Enjoy lunch in the village at leisure before returning back home in time for dinner and overnight at Rijks Country House. Breakfast, wine-tastings, dinner.

Day 6: Stellenbosch & Franschhoek, Cape Winelands

Today we head into the Winelands to South Africa's 2nd oldest town, Stellenbosch. The valley boasts more private cellars than any other Western Cape region (with over 100 open to the public) and the country's oldest wine route, nearly 300 years old! The town is also home to a bustling university and some of the country's top restaurants. We will experience day-to-day life in Kayamandi “sweet home” township on the outskirts of Stellenbosch. After an insightful walking tour with our local guide, where we meet local artists, entrepreneurs and residents, a Xhosa Mama welcomes us into her home and shares some of the delicious dishes that Nelson Mandela would have dined on growing up in a similar South African township.

After this fascinating excursion, we make our way to the tranquility of the Mont Rochelle hotel in the French Huguenot village of Franschhoek. Freshen up before enjoying an informal wine tasting and tour through the estate’s vineyard. We enjoy dinner tonight at Mont Rochelle’s restaurant, Miko. Breakfast, wine tastings, bubbly and dinner with pairing included.

Mount Rochelle

Two nights Mont Rochelle. Breakfast.

Day 7: Franschhoek, Cape Winelands

This morning we stroll around the picturesque Franschhoek village, popping into art galleries and shops along the way. We visit the Boekenhoutskloof Estate for the first tasting of the day before lunch at Bread & Wine Restaurant for the creative talents of Chef Neil Jewel! Then we walk across to the Moreson Vineyards (meaning Morning Sun in Afrikkans) for another wine tasting. Return to Mont Rochelle and freshen up for a special evening. Transfer to the Delaire Graff Estate for bubbly on the expansive lawns, before dinner with wine pairing at Vinotek. Breakfast, wine tastings, bubbly and dinner with pairing included.

Day 8, 9, 10 & 11: Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve

This morning we say cheers to the winelands and transfer to the Cape Town Airport for the direct flight to Skukuza, gateway to the famous Greater Kruger Park. Upon arrival we will be met and transferred about 45 minutes to the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve. This 65,000 hectare reserve is home to the Sabi and the Sand Rivers, which add amazing dimension to the bio-diversity of this area. Game drives, in an open safari vehicle, are conducted in the early morning and late afternoon every day in search of animals – both large and small. Close encounters are every day occurrences, and the animals are not threatened by our presence thanks to the sound conservation management policies.

Expect one-of-a-kind photographic opportunities of The Big Five, and much more – including over 300 bird species. A treat for keen birders! Guided walks with an armed ranger may also be arranged. Walks are usually arranged in the early hours during the summer months, when temperatures are more moderate. Being on foot affords a unique and altogether different view of the bush. Four nights Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp. If our group is full, we will have the entire camp to ourselves!

Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp

Four nights at Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp. All meals, local drinks and activities included.

Day 12: Depart South Africa

This morning we have time for one last game drive or walk before the transfer to the Skukuza airport to meet your departing flight to Johannesburg and international departures home. Breakfast included.

Rates - 2017
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement
January (exact dates TBD) $8,595.00 $1,075.00
Pricing* is based on a group of 10. Please note that pricing and accommodations are subject to change based on final group size and 2017 rates. Pricing for regional flights is subject to change until confirmed with payment in full.
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