The Gourmet & Boutique South Africa tour focuses on staying at smaller boutique lodges and enjoying both the fine wine and gourmet food that South Africa is famous for, as well as its superb game-viewing. Amongst other delights, you sample a Cape Malay morning cooking course, a foodie walk through Stellenbosch trying various South African delicacies, and wine-tasting in both the Stellenbosch and Franschook area as well as the Hemel en Aarde valley. You stay mostly in the Cape: in Cape Town, the Cape Winelands and then on the Whale Coast at a lodge overlooking Hermanus lagoon. Then you fly to the Eastern Cape to enjoy a Big Five safari at one of the loveliest boutique game lodges, Kichaka in the Lalibela Game Reserve.
Gourmet & Boutique South Africa at a glance:
3 nights Camps Bay Retreat, Cape Town – B&B
2 nights Oude Werf Hotel, Stellenbosch – B&B
2 nights Mosaic Lagoon Lodge, Hermanus Lagoon, Fully Inclusive with selected activities
3 nights Kichaka Safari Lodge, Lalibela Game Reserve, Eastern Cape – Full Board & Game Drives
If you have time, we strongly recommend adding a night in either Cape Town or Hermanus, or both as there is so much to do and see. This is shown as a semi-guided tour but it can also be arranged as a self-drive tour if you prefer. Ask us for a tailormade quote.
What does semi-guided mean?
Many of our tours are semi-guided. This essentially means that it is not guided by the same person from start to finish. You enjoy guided half and full day tours with different guides in the areas you visit. Sometimes when staying at a Fully Inclusive lodge, you enjoy activities with the guides based at the lodge.
3 nights Cape Town, Camps Bay Retreat, B&B
Today you are transferred from the airport to Camps Bay Retreat in Cape Town for your 3 night stay
Cape Town is one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world. Cradled by Table Mountain, it has immense charm and historical interest whilst its unique cultural blend (part African, part European and part Asian) makes for a cosmopolitan dining experience.
The afternoon is at leisure. You may like to book an optional half day city and Table Mountain tour (not included at this stage), take the cable car up Table Mountain or browse through the vibrant Greenmarket Square.
Accommodation: Camps Bay Retreat Private Nature Reserve
Located in: Atlantic & Camps Bay - Cape Town - South Africa
Full day tour of Cape Peninsula, B&B
This morning you are collected by our guide for a full day Peninsula Scenic Tour including lunch
Our full day private Cape Peninsula tour includes a scenic coastal drive along Chapmans Peak; the Cape of Good Hope National Park and Cape Point; viewing the Penguins at Boulders Bay; Simonstown historical naval base and ends with the magnificent Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
Half day Cape Malay market & cooking tour
This morning you are collected for a half day Cape Malay Cooking Safari tour including lunch. You get to know aspects of the cultural diversity that Cape Town has to offer on the interactive guided walk through the historical heart of the Bo-Kaap with a mini shopping safari. The focus lies on the Cape Muslim people with their South-East Asian heritage, their culture, their community and their food and links between these.
The walking tour stops at a local spice shop and halaal butcher, there are plenty of opportunities to interact with locals and to discover typical ingredients. The shop-keeper himself, when available, or the knowledgeable guide, will take you behind the counter to taste, smell and touch your way through typical ingredients (when open and suitable to the specific itinerary of the day). This is a true sensory delight.
The highlight is to visit a local family’s home and participate in a hands-on fun-filled cooking session & demonstration before savouring a full traditional lunch. You make your own own meal with the assistance and guidance of the local host. This is the perfect occasion to gain insight into local culture and hear some real-life stories first-hand while having fun.
The afternoon is at leisure. You may enjoy a trip to the Waterfront, a visit to Robben Island (pre-booking essential) or a visit to some of the fascinating museums and art galleries. Alternatively you could enjoy the beaches of Camps Bay…
Tour of the Cape Winelands, 2 nights Oude Werf Hotel, B&B
This morning you are collected from Camps Bay and you enjoy a tour of the Winelands before you are dropped off in Stellenbosch for your 2 night stay.
The Winelands region is an area of exquisite beauty with rocky mountains overlooking green vineyards; oak avenues leading to elegant Cape Dutch wine estates and some of the most charming towns and villages in South Africa. The main pleasure of this region is the enjoyment of the good life: appreciating the wine and the superb architecture, enjoying long, lazy meals in one of the many excellent restaurants, browsing in shops and galleries or taking scenic drives or walks in the surrounding mountains. Explore the oak-lined streets of Stellenbosch, a bustling university town; enjoy the rural charm of the Huguenot settlement of Franschhoek or meander along a wine route.
Private Winelands full day tour
Today you enjoy a private tour to the Cape Winelands for a leisurely exploration of the historic towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek as well as wine tasting at local wine estates. The majestic scenery of the Winelands is unparalleled so even if you don’t drink wine, the countryside and history make it well worth the visit.
A combination of the favourable effects of the two major ocean currents meeting off the Cape makes the climate in the area perfect for the acres of vineyards. The stunning backdrop of the mountains, the tree-lined streets and the white gabled Cape Dutch homesteads all blend in tranquil harmony.
The exact wine estates to be visited will vary for each private tour as everyone has their own preference in wine. Your guide will discuss all the options with you and select the best wine estates to visit. The tastings will include high quality (and often award winning) red and white wines.
Accommodation: The Oude Werf Hotel
Located in: Cape Winelands - South Africa - Stellenbosch
Classic Cape Foodie walk & lunch
Today you are collected for a half day Classic Cape Cuisine Walk in Stellenbosch.
Includes: Guided walking tour of the old town centre with entertaining stories about its history and culture: get a glimpse of pioneer life when you visit the oldest restored townhouse in South Africa, dating from 1709, you follow the water furrows in search of the ‘angel factor’, the story behind the Cape Dutch ‘alphabet houses’, travel back in time when you browse the oldest shop in town – the legendary Oom Samie se Winkel. Various tasting stops flavour your route: first you do a tasting of indigenous teas served with old-style rusks, you get some traditional snacks (biltong and droëwors) from a family run butchery, then you go for a wine tasting with traditional snacks at a trendy wine bar, your heritage lunch platter is served at the oldest hotel in the country and typically consists of Bobotie, chicken pie, frikkadel with vegetables and typical condiments, all washed down with a glass of delicious local wine, dip into a brown paper bag with nostalgic sweets as you make your way down the old main road, finally, you take a seat on the banks of the Eerste River to finish your tour on a sweet note: you enjoy a variety of classic Cape desserts with fortified wine/coffee/tea.
The rest of the afternoon is at leisure…
Tour of Hermanus,, then 2 nights, Lagoon Lodge at Mosaic, B&B
This morning you are collected from Oude Werf and you enjoy a scenic tour and transfer to Hermanus for your 2 night stay at Lagoon Lodge at Mosaic.
The Southern Cape is a bountiful area of gentle rolling green pastures, vineyards, forests and unspoilt coastline between the Cape Winelands in the West and the Garden Route to the East. The southern coast boasts some of the finest land-based whale-watching in the world with sightings of Southern Right Whales, possible between July and December but normally peaking in August and September, when the Southern Right Whales come right into the bays to give birth. Enthralling sightings are a daily occurrence with spectacular breaches and whale song.
Lagoon Lodge on Mosaic Private Sanctuary is an enchanting lodge on the edge of Hermanus lagoon in an ancient milkwood grove. Lagoon Lodge has a spectacular setting with views overlooking a bird sanctuary and lake towards the beautiful Overberg Mountains. The five shady, spacious en-suite stone and thatch suites are built on the lagoon’s edge.
Accommodation: Lagoon Lodge on Mosaic Private Sanctuary
Located in: Hermanus - Hermanus & Route 62 - South Africa
Fly to the Eastern Cape for 3 nights at Kichaka Game Lodge, FBG
Today you are collected from Hermanus and transferred back to Cape Town Airport for your flight to Port Elizabeth. On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transfered to Kichaka Luxury Game Lodge in the Eastern Cape for your 3 night stay.
A safari is nearly always an important part of a holiday in Southern Africa – words cannot describe the thrill of tracking a lion on the hunt or observing a breeding herd of elephants at a waterhole. In the Eastern Cape lie several malaria-free game reserves and private concessions. Thousands of hectares have been returned to natural bushveld that supports predators as well as abundant plains species. Staying at a private game lodge is an intimate and informative experience. You enjoy open-vehicle game drives with an experienced ranger who can give you a deeper understanding of the wildlife and the natural cycles of the bush.
Accommodation: Kichaka Game Lodge
Located in: Eastern Cape - Eastern Cape Game Reserves - South Africa
This morning you are collected from Kichaka Game lodge and transferred back to Port Elizabeth Airport for your flight to Cape Town onto departure.
Camps Bay Retreat Private Nature Reserve
Camps Bay Retreat is a romantic boutique hotel set in four acres of gardens which cascade down to the ocean with its own private gate bringing you right to the secluded Glen Beach in Camps Bay. It is also set in its own private nature reserve ideal for a walk at sunset. That – in a nutshell – is the charm of Camps Bay Retreat. You can enjoy the lively buzz of Camps Bay and Cape Town but then you can retreat to this quiet oasis!
The Oude Werf Hotel
Elegance and ambience are the bywords of the Oude Werf hotel, situated in the heart of historic Stellenbosch. The Oude Werf Hotel is South Africa’s oldest hotel and was built on the site of South Africa’s first church. Yet the Oude Werf has undergone one of the most dramatic transformations of any South African hotel in recent years completely revamping all the bedrooms and the public areas to showcase a modern contemporary style within the shell of this historic building.
Lagoon Lodge on Mosaic Private Sanctuary
Lagoon Lodge on Mosaic Private Sanctuary is an enchanting lodge with a stunning setting on the edge of Hermanus lagoon in an ancient milkwood grove with spectacular views overlooking a bird sanctuary and the beautiful Overberg Mountains. Situated half way between Hermanus and Gansbaai it is ideal for exploring the area with a variety of activities also offered by the lodge.
Kichaka Game Lodge
Kichaka Game Lodge is an exclusive five star luxury lodge located within the Lalibela game reserve which covers five ecosystems, giving a breathtaking diversity of fauna and flora. You see a wide variety of game, including the Big Five, as well as wild dog, hyena and cheetah, all ranging freely over the reserve.
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