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South Africa for Wine & Food Lovers

This South Africa itinerary is perfect for foodies and wine lovers. It combines an amazing safari experience with visits to some of South Africa’s best vineyards and restaurants in the Cape Winelands.

Days 1/2/3~ Sabi Sand Reserve ~ Singita Ebony Lodge

Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you will be met by your Extraordinary Journeys representative who assists with your shared charter transfer to the Singita airstrip. A short drive will take you to the luxurious Singita Ebony Lodge to begin your safari.

Begin your adventure with a combination of amazing game viewing and incredible wine. The Sabi Sands Game Reserve is a prime wildlife heaven and an unabashedly exclusive and luxurious safari destination covering in the heart of the game-rich 139,000 acre Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

Within the Sabi Sands, the Singita Private Game Reserve occupies 45,000 acres on the western border of Kruger National Park. Singita Ebony Lodge is an oasis of calm, colonial elegance mixed with an appreciation of the new spirit of Africa, and an attention to detail and service that has won it accolades from the world’s most sophisticated travelers. Between game drives in open 4x4 vehicles and bush walks with extraordinary guides and spotters, enjoy the open lounge areas well stocked with books on the area, learn to identify some of the more colorful birds that are easily viewed from your terrace, enjoy the cool comfort of your private splash pool or the outdoor shower. Each night elegantly served meals are accompanied by South Africa’s best wines, the perfect ending to each magical day.

In addition to incredible game viewing, Singita Ebony, with its enormous wine cellar and dedicated sommelier, is THE safari lodge in South Africa for serious wine lovers. Guests are encouraged to explore Ebony’s wine cellar at their leisure or enjoy an informative yet relaxed wine tasting with the Sommelier, learn about the wines of South Africa at the level and pace that best suits you. Either your Sommelier or the staff at the Premier Wine Boutique the staff can help you select wine to accompany a meal, explore maps of the Winelands to learn about flavor comparisons and geographic differences. As the staff and Sommelier learn more about your tastes and interests they can suggest additions to your upcoming time in Cape Winelands which we can incorporate. You will also enjoy a private dinner in Singita Ebony's impressive wine cellar.

While at Singita Ebony make sure to take advantage of the spa, the exercise room with its beautiful views across the African bush and the gift center will tempt you to bring the best of Africa home.

Overnights at SINGITA EBONY LODGE.

Days 4/5/6 ~ Constantia~ Cellars-Hohenort

As your flight from Singita (via Nelspruit) arrives in Cape Town you will be met by your wine expert/guide who will stay with you for the next four days as you explore the Constantia Wine Valley, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula.

Cellars-Hohenort, located in Constantia, South Africa’s oldest wine region will be your base for three nights as you explore the Winelands and Cape Town. The Constantia has three award winning restaurants, with their flagship ‘The Greenhouse’ headed by Grands Chef Peter Tempelhoff. Tasting menus, expertly paired with superb local wines are on offer while a unique dining experience will give you a real taste of local and traditional flavors, authentic to the Cape. Your Luxury Double Verandah Rooms are located in the historic 100 year-old Hohenort Manor House and have a large private balcony with panoramic vistas of the Cape Peninsula and False Bay.

Day 4: Spend the afternoon of your arrival relaxing by the pool, exploring the gardens, or taking advantage of the spa before starting your exploration of the Winelands the next morning.

Day 5: Spend your first full-day in the Winelands close in the Constantia Wine Valley. Enjoy a pleasant and easy cycle (or drive, as you prefer) through the birthplace of the wine farming industry and visit Klein Constantia Wine Estate. As part of the original vineyard that in the 18th century produced “Constantia,” prized throughout Europe by the leaders and aristocracy of the time, Klein Constantia has helped to reclaim its former glory by initiating the revival of this famous sweet wine. Family owned and run, Klein Constantia’s philosophy is founded on quality rather than quantity, reflected in the wines regularly inviting accolades, both locally and internationally. Klein Constantia Estate produces an array of varietaly-labeled premium wines: Sauvignon Blanc (including the reserve Perdeblokke), Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, and small quantities of Semillon, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. Blends include flagship red Marlbrook and flagship white Mme Marlbrook. Probably the most famous and admired wine is the Vin de Constance, a re-creation of the legendary sweet Constantia which you would have the opportunity of tasting upon our visit.

Afterward you will proceed to Groot Constantia Wine Estate, the oldest wine producing farm in South Africa. Developed by Simon van der Stel in 1685, Groot Constantia has had an uninterrupted record of being a wine farm and its name is forever linked to the most famous wines that were made in South Africa. Today the Estate is owned by Groot Constantia Trust, a company whose main objective is to preserve this beautiful and historic estate for posterity and to honor the name of South African wine. Groot Constantia produces a range of wines, exceling in reds as well as whites. The Estate has won numerous awards for its wines, and has done so consistently. Your stop at Groot Constantia includes a visit to the Manor House home to a cultural history museum portraying the early years of Groot Constantia and a tour of the Cloete Cellar. Dating back to 1791, the original wine cellar houses a display of drinking vessels and wine making equipment. End your visit to Groot Constantia with a wine tasting followed by lunch at Jonkershuis Restaurant.

End your day at the Steenberg Estate. Steenberg wines have been awarded many international and local accolades for their outstanding quality. Among the latest is the gold award for the 1999 Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc (Reserve) at the 1999 Michaelangelo International Wine Awards ceremony, and the 1998 Steenberg Merlot was awarded as the best Merlot entered at the 2000 International Wine & Spirit competition in London. The Steenberg farmstead, including the manor house and the other buildings, has been declared a national monument. The main gable, a ‘holbol’ outlined by heavy moldings in a small keystone, is the only surviving example of its type in the Cape Peninsula. Visit the state-of-the-art cellar, completed in 1996, and has the capacity to produce around 70,000 cases. The cellar also boasts a vinoteque, where bottled wines can be kept under ideal conditions until ready to be enjoyed.

Day 6: Today you will take a break from the vineyards and explore Table Mountain, the Cape Town waterfront and the Cape Peninsula.

Overnights at CELLARS-HOHENORT.

Days 7/8~ Franschhoek~ Le Quartier Francais

This morning after a leisurely breakfast you will leave Constantia for the Franschhoek Valley, the heart of the Winelands where you will spend two nights at Le Quartier.

From any point of view, Le Quartier Français is a splash of style in the heart of the historic village of Franschhoek, a quaint corner of the Cape Winelands. The origins of Le Quartier are steeped in the history of the Cape Winelands – the original buildings were laborers’ cottages which were upgraded and used as different forms of accommodation until the first restaurant was opened on this site. Set behind a delightful Provençal façade lined with a charming rose and lavender border, Le Quartier Français welcomes visitors from all over the globe who come here to dine in fine style and sleep in rooms with spectacular views. The newly refurbished, spacious suites are stylishly furnished with modern fittings, refreshing colors and brilliant hand-painted fabrics. Set in tranquil surroundings, the reception, lounge, library and 15 double rooms plus the Pool Suite and a House Suite are set against the mystic backdrop of the Franschhoek mountains and overlook a central landscaped garden with a natural pool.

Le Quartier is a food and wine lovers’ paradise. The colorful restaurant, which opens into a magnificent garden, is considered one ofthe top 100 restaurants in South Africa, and you can feast on the gastronomical delights of Chef Margot Janse, who cooks in a delightful mélange of French, Malay, and traditional South African dishes. Culinary Classes are available to guests, among many other interesting activities.

Day 7: After arriving at Le Quartier take the afternoon to relax, explore the grounds including the herb and sculpture gardens, visit the spa for a massage or go out on a horseback or by bike to explore the area before your five-course tasting menu with wine pairings in Le Quartier’s famous Tasting Room.

Day 8: On your last full day you will explore the Stellenbosch and Franschhoek on a bespoke tour that goes beyond wine to chocolate, cheese and olives! This
can include a visit to Paarl, with its imposing Afrikaans Language Monument and of course the Franschhoek Valley, including exceptional estates such as Haute Cabriere, Moreson, where you will stop for lunch at Bread & Wine, South Africa's favorite country restaurant. La Motte and Grande Provence. You will delight in cheese tasting, chocolate tasting, olives and olive oil tastings. You will get behind the scenes with a private cellar tour at Delaire Graaf Estate and visit one of the oldest and most atmospheric wineries in the Cape at Muratie – the farm itself dates back to 1685 and is historically known for being the first producers of Pinot Noir as well as fine ports. At Kanonkop, known for its iconic reds, you will enjoy a cellar tour and meet the winemaker (the cannons at the entrance were used to announce the arrival of ships in Cape Town and the departure of the farmers and winemakers into town to sell their wares). For those who are interested, add a mini-bread baking lesson at Moreson in the morning. Return to Le Quartier in the evening for yet another delicious dinner in the Common Room

On your last day you will say goodbye to the Winelands and spend a bit of time shopping in Cape Town before heading for the airport in time for your international flight home.

Overnights at LE QUARTIER FRANCAIS.

Day 9~ Depart

Today you return to the airport in Cape Town in time to connect with your international flight home.

Price per Person for Arrangements within South Africa start at $10,000(exlcuding international flights and varies depending on season

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