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This African safari vacation is designed to delight and inspire as It combines South Africa’s wild outdoor landscapes with exceptional cuisine. Start off with an African safari and dine on gourmet cuisine and excellent local wines; enjoy delicious breakfasts in some not so common environments; embark on a guided walking tour of the historical heart of the Bo-Kaap; and explore the wine lands at a wine country retreat. Relish in the Cape Winelands, a region that has the right to call itself South Africa’s culinary capital.
Your African tour takes you to several astonishing and exotic places. You will be staying 3 nights at the 5-star Kruger National Park Safari Lodge, 4 nights at a 5-star hotel in Cape Town, and 3 nights at a 4-star country house in the Cape Winelands.
Arrive in Johannesburg and transfer to Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve for your African safari in the famous Kruger National Park. Your home is a classic luxury safari lodge, well known for its gourmet cuisine and excellent local wine pairings. Breakfast is served on the outdoor deck and lunches overlook the Sand River and savannah. For something even more exclusive and romantic, opt for a private bush breakfast under the Marula trees, a starlight supper alongside the bon fire or a private dinner in your suite. The next two days combine safari experiences with a luxury sensibility. Rise early for game drives before breakfast, choose between nature walks and spa treatments in the late morning, and then, head off for evening game drives for another chance to spot the big 5. End your days with gourmet dinners.
Transfer to Johannesburg and board your flight to Cape Town, known as "the mother city". Nestled beneath the dramatic Table Mountain, the city of Cape Town possesses a sense of style and is steeped in history. While visiting this great city, experience the local Cape Malay cuisine on a cooking safari. Start with an exploration of the history and tradition of the Bo-Kaap area as you learn about the ways in which food, history, and religion are interwoven in the Bo-Kaap culture. On your days at leisure, there is an endless amount to see and do. If you are active, you can sightsee in the morning, hike up Table Mountain in the afternoon, and cool off in the evening by taking in the stunning Cape sunset. The must-sees include Robben Island, Cape Winelands, and Cape Point. For the nature lovers, you can also see whales, great white sharks, and the largest African Penguin colony all as short day trips. For something more relaxed, high tea at the stunning Mount Nelson Hotel epitomizes the South African historic charm since 1899.
The historic Cape Winelands are just 45 minutes east of Cape Town, and are home to some of South Africa’s best restaurants. Stellenbosch has oak-lined streets complete with historic architecture, good restaurants, and interesting galleries and shops. Franschhoek, enclosed by towering mountains, is the original home of the Cape’s French Huguenots, and their French heritage runs strongly through the region. The restaurants in this area are some of the best in Africa. Choose from dishes from traditional Cape meals to haute cuisine extravaganzas with accompanying wine that will, of course, come from the vineyards behind you. You will spend the night in a 4-star country house
Today you will drive back to Cape Town for your flight home.
Cape Town is an amazing city full of diversity, culture, community, innovation, and very much connected to nature and its surroundings. There is so much to see, find, do, and explore in this magnetic city. Considered among most as "the mother city", you will find golden beaches, vineyards full of delicious grapes, and beautifully kept botanical gardens within the city. Among this natural beauty, you will also find a rich South African history full of culture and diversity, as well as a sense of community.
South Africa’s past is a rocky one, but one that the country is making strides to rise above. The once run-down city center of Cape Town is now a buzz with activity and many attractions to see. You will find a thriving fashion scene, loads of art and design, independent shops, coffee roasters, food markets, and so much more. This is a city of diversity, where you will find all sorts of beliefs coexisting, creating a unique society.
The historic Winelands are just 45 minutes east of Cape Town, and are home to some of South Africa’s best restaurants. Stellenbosch has oak-lined streets complete with historic architecture, good restaurants, and interesting galleries and shops. Franschhoek, enclosed by towering mountains, is the original home of the Cape’s French Huguenots, and their French heritage runs strongly through the region.
Africa is abundant with wild, rich experiences. At Kruger National Park, the lions, leopards, and gazelles are the ones at home; you are the one kept at a safe distance. It is perfect for foodies, wildlife adventurers, and culture seekers, an experience found only once-in-a-lifetime, where you can get up close to the big 5 on a safari and then kick back in your luxury lodge.
Throughout your travels, you will have the opportunity to dine at some exquisite and famous restaurants and taste authentic South African wines. You will have the opportunity to dine in some interesting environment such as experiencing the local Cape Malay cuisine on a cooking safari.
Arrive at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB). Down Under Endeavors will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.