Duration: 12 Days
Location: South Africa: Start Cape Town | Cape Winelands, Blue Train, Pretoria, Johannesburg, Greater Kruger National Park
Price: From $8,329*pp twin share
This culinary safari focuses on all the food and wine on offer in the stunning Cape region of South Africa and a sophisticated fine dining experience on board the luxurious Blue Train from Cape Town to Pretoria.
This is followed by contemporary African cuisine and exceptional close wildlife encounters at an award winning five-star private game reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park.
Why We Recommend It
The amazing food – from Cape Malay and traditional Cape cuisine to braais and mezzes in the heart of the bush.
The timeless luxury, grace and elegance of the Blue Train with a sophisticated dining experience and gourmet cuisine.
You’ll fall under Africa’s magical spell at the luxurious Sabi Sabi Game Reserve where wildlife encounters abound.
Day 1: Cape Town
Upon arrival in Cape Town you will be met and transferred to your hotel. After settling in to your hotel you will be transferred to the Mayoga Restaurant where you will enjoy a seven course wine paired welcome dinner.
Day 2: Cape Town
This morning enjoy a Cape Malay Cooking Safari. Meet your guide at the Bo-Kaap Museum and from here take a walking trip of the area. Arrive at the home of a local resident to begin your hands-on cooking experience. Enjoy a refreshing glass of Falooda- flavoured milk, an old custom when welcoming visitors. Learn about Masalas, make a curry and fill and fold samosas. After all your hard work, it is time to sit down and enjoy the meal ending with dessert of a Koeksiester and a cup of either Rooibos or Masala Tea. Afterwards enjoy a relaxing afternoon of sightseeing around Cape Town.
Day 3: Cape Towm
Enjoy a full day visit to Cape Point. Travel via the 12 Apostles and Chapman’s Peak (dependant on the road being open). Continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve which comes to an end at majestic Cape Point. This evening make your way to Gold Restaurant, a vibrant, eclectic Pan-African experience in the heart of Cape Town, for dinner and a drumming session.
Day 4: Cape Town
Today you have the full day at leisure to explore the magic and beauty of Cape Town on your own.
Day 5: Cape Town – Cape Winelands
Depart for the Cape Winelands and enjoy a Cuisine Walk. Savour traditional Cape food and drinks as your guide leads you through the historic heart of Stellenbosch. Enjoy a tasting of indigenous teas and old-style rusks, wine tastings at a trendy wine bar, traditional snacks from a family run butchery, heritage lunch platter at the oldest hotel in the country, and a variety of Cape desserts. Enjoy dinner at the De Volkskombuis Restaurant in Stellenbosch which specialises in traditional Cape cuisine in authentic Cape Dutch surroundings.
Day 6: Cape Winelands
Today enjoy a delightful visit to local wine estates in Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. At Fairview Estate in Paarl, enjoy wine and cheese tasting. Enjoy lunch at Haute Cabriere, a wine farm steeped in history and local lore and a visit to Waterford Estate in Stellenbosch where the wine and chocolate tasting is a unique flavour experience with custom-made chocolates paired with red and dessert wines.
Day 7: Cape Winelands – Cape Town – Blue Train
Transfer to Cape Town Station where you will board the luxurious Blue Train for your journey into a timeless world of grace, elegance and romance. En-route to Pretoria the train stops at Matjiesfontein where the Victorian buildings and original nineteenth century London lampposts impart to the traveller the uncanny sense of entering a colonial time warp. The Blue Train dining experience is a sophisticated affair. The meals are freshly prepared by executive chefs and carefully selected South African wines complement the gourmet cuisine.
Day 8: Blue Train – Pretoria
After breakfast and a relaxing morning, the train arrives in Pretoria. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel.
Day 9: Pretoria – Johannesburg – Greater Kruger National Park
Transfer to Johannesburg airport for your flight to Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve where you will be met and transferred to your lodge. Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge is set in the heart of the bushveld overlooking a waterhole and an African plain. The lodge is a luxurious safari escape.
Day 10: Greater Kruger National Park
Sabi Sabi epitomises Africa’s magic. With no fences between the reserve and Kruger National Park, big game abounds, moving freely through this unspoiled part of the ancient African continent. The Reserve is blessed with a great biodiversity of habitat and wildlife giving an excellent chance of close encounters with the “Big Five”. Safaris take place each morning and evening in open Land Rovers, allowing you to view the vast interactions of the wild. Bush Lodge’s executive chef has a wealth of world wide experience and describes his food as ‘Contemporary African’. The dishes range from South African braais (barbeques) to African mezze platters.
Day 11: Greater Kruger National Park
Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve.
Day 12: Greater Kruger National Park – Johannesburg
After an early morning game drive and breakfast, transfer to the airstrip for your flight back to Johannesburg.
- 11 nights accommodation
- Some meals
- House beverages on board the Blue Train and at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
- Sightseeing and entrance fees
- Scheduled game activities at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
- Transfers and flights as per itenerary
- Beautiful Cape Region of South Africa
- Luxurious Blue Train dining experience
- Mouthwatering dishes from the Cape to the Bush
- Fall in love with Africa at the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve
- Encounter the wildlife of Africa
- International Airfares
- Visa, personal expenses
- Departure taxes.
*Ask Fine Travel for the best available international airfares
*TERMS & CONDITIONS
All prices are quoted in NZD (unless otherwise stated), per person, twin share (unless otherwise stated) & are correct as at 19 Sept 2016. Single supplement and child costs supplied on request. Offers are subject to availability & can change without notification due to fluctuations in charges & currency. Valid for sale until sale date specified with each deal. Valid for travel in low season, unless specified. A deposit must be paid at time of booking & full payment must be received by Book by date where a date is specified. Credit Card surcharges apply. For full terms and conditions please contact Fine Travel on 0800 00 3463. Have a Fine Holiday! (REF: AW)