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8 Days Complex Culinary, Wine, and Adventure Holiday in Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town City Hotel, Cape Town, City of Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Amazing Culinary Holiday South Africa

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Seeing new places and having fun is just not enough anymore. Today, you'd want to feel something as well. You are a traveler with a conscience. You must know that your experience could in some way be helping someone. For A Day Travel believes that you can explore and discover new things but at the same time make a difference, making the world a better place. With this holiday, you will not only get the chance to experience and enjoy various activities such as wine tasting, art crafting, cooking lessons, and safari but also volunteering activities all packed in one tour! What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get ready for a life-changing adventure!

Highlights

  • Cooking and surfing lesson
  • Volunteering and safari experience
  • Photograph the penguins at the Boulder beach
  • Wine tasting and blending in the Cape Winelands
  • Wine and painting social evening session
  • Tasty South African delicacies sampling
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 7-night accommodation

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6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

You will stay at various accommodations in Cape Town throughout your holiday. Comfort is the name of the game with For a Day Travel. If you're into hostels and backpacker lodges, we may not be the travel experience for you. The standard accommodation is four-star graded and included in your program fee. An upgrade to five-star for Cape Town is possible at a small additional fee.

All rooms are sharing with another person. For a Day Travel will match you with another same gender participant to share a room with. Each participant has a single bed. This is also why For a Day Travel has chosen larger than usual deluxe rooms and hotels which include separate living room areas and kitchenettes for your comfort.

Cape Town City (standard / four-star hotel)

Just a short distance from the popular V and A Waterfront, is the four-star boutique hotel which accommodates your experimental participants. The Sky Deck on the roof of the hotel offers breathtaking views of the three famous mountains of Cape Town, including Table Mountain, Signal Hill, and Lions Head, not to mention the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. The guest services are large rooms with entertainer's sized kitchen, open plan living area, complimentary Wi-Fi, shuttle service to the V and A Waterfront, rooftop pool deck, on-site restaurant and bar, on-site gymnasium, room service, travel desk and a 24-hour concierge, as well as ice, tea, and coffee station.

Safari Tented Lodge (standard / four-star tented lodge)

Listen to the sounds of the wild from these luxury safari tents with private decks and heated Jacuzzis, all are perfectly set in a horseshoe bend of a dry Karoo ravine. This Big Five Wildlife Reserve makes use of cutting-edge conservation and sustainability practices which their rangers will share with the experimental travel participants. The guest services are open-air dining boma, lounge with a fireplace, TV with satellite channels, wine cellar, gift boutique, relaxation retreat with two therapy rooms, Wi-Fi, comfort cooling / heating air conditioners, en-suite bathroom, outdoor shower, private deck with spa bath, private minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, international dial telephone, electronic safe, as well as safari and conservation activities.

Cape Riviera (five-star upgrade)

With its Miami inspired look and feel, South Beach offers award-winning five-star luxury accommodation and is situated less than 50 meters from the world famous, Camps Bay beachfront and the internationally recognized Blue Flag beach. Serviced daily, all suites include a fully equipped kitchen, refrigerator stocked daily with breakfast items, minibar, and coffee machine. The guest services are bathrobe and slippers, DVD library, complimentary fiber optic Wi-Fi, pillow menu, complimentary use of bicycles, sound bar, CD / Blu-Ray with Bluetooth, daily concierge service, elevator access to all suites, private luxury vehicle on request, fridge stocked daily with breakfast items, fully equipped gym, daily service, universal plugs, complimentary cell phone, laundry for guest use, personal yoga mat and thera band in suite, complimentary soft drinks, and guest library including board games.

Program

Day 1

You will have a welcome dinner.

Day 2: Chef 4 a Day

Spend the day discovering the diverse cultures of South Africa through their cuisine. Learn how to make traditional dishes while listening to stories from your local cooks. You will have a short walking tour in the colorful Bo-kaap with a visit to the local spice shop. You are welcomed into the local cook's home in Bo-kaap where you will begin with a Spice Mix lesson. You will then enjoy a two-hour interactive Cape Malay cooking lesson before settling down to a two-course lunch served with refreshments.

Spend your afternoon sampling South African delicacies from local artisans. Taste your way through the rich cultures that make up this rainbow nation. In the early evening, you will put on your apron, pour yourself a glass of good Cape wine and get into the kitchen, this time taking an instruction from a professional award-winning chef.

You will prepare a restaurant-quality, traditional South African meal. Once you photograph your masterpiece, you will enjoy each other's company and your delicious food. All ingredients, recipes, and most beverages, as well as wine, are supplied.

Travel tips

  • This experience requires light walking and offers a shopping opportunity.
  • This experience does not permit video recording.

Day 3: Artist 4 a Day

You will immerse yourself in all things creative on this day. From photography lessons at some of Cape Town's iconic locations to ethnic sculpting in the afternoon as well as wine and painting social program in the evening.

You have an early start to capture the golden hour along the coast at one of Cape Town's most Instagramable locations. From here, your photography guide will take you to photograph the penguins at the Boulder beach. You will see how many antelope and baboons you can see as you make your way to the Cape Point with its awe-inspiring news. Your professional photography instructor will assist you with photography tips for your camera at each location.

After your photography tour, you will make your way to a cultural art center where you will be taught how to create an ethnic piece. A perfect memento to take home with you. You will enjoy some curio shopping and haggling for the best price on some exquisite African art.

In the evening, you will get your creative juices flowing by enjoying an wine and painting social evening with friends. A local artist will assist you in creating a painting that you will be proud of. All art supplies, wine, and light snacks are provided.

South Africa's Big Five Artists

  • Irma Stern's Arab Priest: This painting was found in a London apartment. It had been donated to a charity auction by Stern in order to help finance Nelson Mandela's legal defense in the 1950s.
  • Irma Stern's Bahora Girl: Stern painted this girl in Zanzibar dating from 1945. An oil on canvas it comes with its original Zanzibar frame which adds interest.
  • Irma Stern's Seated Nude with Oranges: This painting is a celebration of Stern's distinctive and compelling use of color.
  • J.H. Pierneef's Farm in Jonkershoek with Twin Peaks Beyond, Stellenbosch: Pierneed painted the painting as an experimentation of colors.
  • Vladimir Tretchikoff's Chinese Girl: This painting has been featured in David Bowie's "The Stars are Out Tonight" music video, in a Don Paterson's poem titled "God's Gift to Women".

Travel tips

  • This experience requires light / medium walking and a camera.
  • A light meal of snacks and wine are served for dinner.
  • This experience offers a shopping opportunity for curios and cultural art.

Day 4: Winemaker 4 a Day

The Cape Town is known for its world-class wines so you will explore the region and the art of winemaking with a local winemaker and learn what makes some of South Africa's best wines so good.

You will make your way to the Winelands, a short drive from Cape Town. This area is also known as the Cape Floral Kingdom. It's a UNESCO-listed biodiversity hotspot as it is the smallest and richest of the six Floral Kingdoms of the world. You will meet up with your winemaker who will give you some background information about this 350-year-old wine industry. The oldest outside of Europe.

Your day will be filled with fun wine activities which vary depending on the season. All year round, you will enjoy wine tasting at some of the best wineries, putting your tasting skills to the test. You will try out your winemaker skills by blending your own wines to produce something unique and special. You will pair excellent wines with a fine lunch, fit for a king and queen. For a Day Travel's professional guide will show you behind the scenes and give you the exclusive access to the Cape Winelands wine estates as you explore the beautiful wine region.

South Africa produces four point two percent of the world's wine and is the world's eighth largest wine producer. The country exports an average of 450 million liters of wine per year. The five most popular grape varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Chenin blanc, Sauvignon blanc, and Syrah. In 1685 Constantia wine was so popular it was favored by Russian Czars, British Monarchs, Frederick the Great, and Napoleon Bonaparte.

Wine tasting tips

  • Look: A visual inspection of the wine
  • Smell: Identify aromas by breathing through your nose
  • Taste: Assess both the taste structure (sour, bitter, sweet) and flavors by breathing in with the back of your nose
  • Think / conclude: Develop a complete profile of a wine that can be stored in your memory

Travel tips

  • This experience requires light / medium walking.
  • This experience offers the opportunity to purchase wine.

Day 5: Volunteer 4 a Day

On this day, you will give back. You will spend your day making a difference to the lives of the most vulnerable in Cape Town - children.

South Africa is a beautiful country with so much to offer. But sadly the country has some sad problems that affect the quality of life of so many. As concerned visitors, you will do your best to help, even in a small way to try and make someone's life a little better.

For a Day Travel has developed a donation plan which is built into your experimental travel fees. This donation will be pooled together with the other participants of the group to create a good amount which you will use to help.

In the morning, you will visit a children's home and when you are not all helping with the children, you will be assessing the home's needs. As a group, you will make a decision what the most pressing needs are and together you will either go and make these purchases yourself or you will allocate the funds to a fun activity for the children that afternoon. The afternoon will be filled with activities with the children as you try to bring laughter and joy to their lives.

Here is the children's home wish list:

  • Electricity vouchers
  • School stationery
  • Grocery store vouchers
  • Storybooks
  • Kids clothing (all sizes)
  • Toiletries
  • Games and outdoor toys
  • Used / old laptop
  • Baby diapers
  • Kids shoes
  • Skills

Travel tips

  • This experience may require you to be active, like playing with the children.
  • This experience allows the opportunity for you to make additional donations.
  • This experience can use your skills whatever they may be: teacher, nurse, accountant, builder, plumber, marketing, or photography. The children's home can use your skills.

Day 6: Adventure 4 a Day

Today is a whole day that will be dedicated to just having fun while exploring Cape Town. There will be a range of exciting activities to choose from. Experiences you just won't find anywhere else in the world. You will make your way to the beautiful beaches of Cape Town where you will be introduced to your surf instructor. Enjoy an exhilarating surf lesson and then practice in your own time after your lesson. This activity is included in your program fee and includes the surf gear rental. No experience needed. Challenge yourself and learn this awesome sport, dude!

After a delicious lunch, you will make your way to Table Mountain where you will receive a safety brief, helmets, and gloves then learn how to operate your non-motorised scooters. You will enjoy two downhill runs. Run one is Signal Hill to Bo-Kaap.

One the way down, you will appreciate the views of Table Mountain, Cape Town City Center, Cape Town Harbor, and the colorful Bo-Kaap. On your second downhill run from Table Mountain to Oranjezight, you will enjoy views of Lions' head, Signal Hill, Cape Town Stadium, Blouberg, and the V and A Waterfront.

Travel tips

  • This experience requires a basic physical ability to enjoy. All ages are welcomed.
  • This experience offers a photographer and photos of the trip are for sale.

Day 7: Ranger 4 a Day

This once in a lifetime experience is enjoyed overnight in a Big 5 Wilderness Reserve not far from Cape Town. You will experience an African safari and learn about the conservation of unique fauna and flora from experienced rangers.

You get an early start to the day with an enjoyable scenic drive to the Big 5 Wilderness Reserve about three hours away. Here, you will be met by your professional ranger who will drive you to your bush lunch where you will enjoy a typical safari meal in the surroundings of the African bushveld. Your afternoon will be filled with excitement as you learn from your ranger about African animal identification and the unique conservation and sustainability techniques used by this acclaimed reserve.

After your sunset safari, you will return to your luxury tented camp to freshen up before enjoying a delectable dinner. If the sky is clear, you find a spot outdoors for stargazing as you've never experienced it before. You will discover that the ancient myths of the stories told by the San Bushman people about their visions of the stars.

The next morning, you will enjoy a wonderful breakfast before setting out for another safari. This safari reserve offers a variety of activities at an additional cost such as spa treatments with a view to relax you, safari by the boat, and guided wilderness walks.

Travel tips

  • To reach this experience, a three-hour journey by comfortable vehicle is required.
  • For this experience, For a Day Travel suggests you dress for an outdoor safari on the day.
  • This experience offers the opportunity to extend your stay on safari. Participants who choose to extend will need to arrange a return transfer to Cape Town.

Day 8:

Today your airport transfer schedule.

Included excursions

  • Capture the golden hour around Cape Town, Boulder Beach, and then venture to a cultural art center to create an ethnic art piece
  • Downhill runs with a scooter
  • Safari to the Big 5 Wilderness Reserve
  • Surfing
  • Volunteering activities

Location

This tour will take place in Cape Town, South Africa. You will also get the chance to go see Table Mountain, a 22,000-hectare national park that boasts more plant species than the British Isles or New Zealand, 7,000 found nowhere else.

Food

You will be served breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. When you make your booking, be sure to inform For a Day Travel of any dietary restrictions / requirements or allergies so they can accommodate you as much as possible throughout the program.

If you don't drink alcohol, you can still follow the program. The wine tasting day is about wine-making and the process and experience of this amazing industry. Wine tasting is fun and you can always spit or even choose to enjoy some of the non-alcoholic options.

South Africa's National Dish

Pronounced ba-boor-tea, this delicious national dish is a mixture of curried meat and fruit with a creamy golden topping, very similar to moussaka.

The ingredients are:

  • Two slices of white bread
  • Two onions, chopped
  • 25 grams butter
  • Two garlic cloves, crushed
  • One-kilogram packet lean minced beef
  • Two tablespoons of Madras curry paste
  • One tablespoon of dried mixed herbs
  • Three cloves
  • Five allspice berries
  • Two tablespoons of peach or mango chutney
  • Three tablespoons of sultana
  • Six bay leaves

For the topping:

  • 300 milliliters full-cream milk
  • Two large eggs

How to cook

First, heat the oven to 180 degrees Celcius / fan 160 degrees Celcius / gas. Pour cold water over the bread and place on the side to soak.

Second, fry the onions in the butter, stirring regularly for 10 minutes until they are a golden brown. Add the garlic and beef, stirring well. Crush the mince into fine grains until it changes color. Stir in the curry paste, herbs, spices, chutney, sultanas, and two of the bay leaves with one teaspoon of salt and a good serving of ground black pepper.

Third, cover the pot and simmer for 10 minutes. Squeeze the water from the bread, then beat into the meat mixture until it's mixed well. Tip into an oval ovenproof dish (23x33 centimeters / 9x13 inches and about 5-6 centimeters / 2 inches deep).

Lastly, for the topping, beat milk and eggs with seasoning, then pour over the meat. Top with the remaining bay leaves and bake for 35 - 40 minutes until the topping is set and starting to turn golden color.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Cage diving

Get close and personal to one of nature's most majestic shark species. No scuba gear or diving certification is required as the free-floating cage is attached to the side of the boat. The cage is a six to eight-man cage and groups of divers spend roughly 20 minutes in the cage during their first dive session; thereafter groups can take turns for subsequent dive sessions. Trips are subject to daily weather and sea conditions and start times may vary. Breakfast / lunch, beverages, and a briefing on safety as well as equipment are provided. The excursion will be confirmed 24 hours before. Travel time to launch location is two and a half hours.

Travel tips:

  • This experience offers the opportunity to purchase a video of your experience
  • Participants must bring their own towel.

Fly in a Hot Air Baloon

Enjoy views of Drakenstein mountain range to Table Mountain in a distance, flying over Winelands. Four to seven passengers in the basket. Flights are weather permitting. Breakfast buffet served after landing. Confirmation of flight is 24 hours before. Location is one hour from the hotel. Transport is included in fee. Participants can still enjoy the Scootours in the afternoon if arriving back to Cape Town on time.

Travel tips:

  • Passengers are involved in packing and rigging of the balloon.

Tandem Paragliding over Cape Town

Enjoy amazing views over Cape Town on a Tandem flight with a licensed SAHPA rated instructor. Take off from Signal Hill or Lions Head depending on the wind direction on the day. Participants who choose this experience may also participate in the surfing lemon on the same day. The flights are weather dependent. The flight will be confirmed a day before.

Travel tips:

  • This experience offers the opportunity to purchase photos and videos of your experience.

Other optional activities

  • Guided wilderness walks
  • Safari by the boat
  • Spa treatments

What's included

  • 1-day culinary tour
  • 1-day photography and art crafting and lesson
  • 1-day wine tasting and blending tour
  • 1-day volunteering activities
  • 1-day adventure activities (surfing and downhill runs)
  • 1-day safari experience
  • Art supplies
  • Cooking ingredients, recipes, and most beverages on day one
  • Surfing gear rental
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Light snacks
  • Wine
  • 7 nights' accommodation

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 10% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 45 days before arrival.
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Tour information

This tour requires minimum 4 participants.

 

Pricing information
  • The single room upgrade to a 5-star beach hotel costs 1655 USD per person.
  • The shared room upgrade to a 5-star beach hotel costs 827 USD per person.
  • The add-on for extra days on safari is 578 USD in a single room and 445 USD in a shared room for low season.
  • The add-on for extra days on safari is 1055 USD in a single room and 810 USD in a shared room for high season.
  • The price for cage diving is 70 USD and the video experience is 26 USD.
  • The price for tandem paragliding is 69 USD and the photo / video experience is 23 USD.
  • The price for hot air balloon experience is 276 USD.

 

Availability

This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.

 

Low season

 

  • April 1 - November 30

 

High season

 

  • December 1 - March 31

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