South Africa has made history – again and again. First, it was the dream of one man to create the Rainbow nation. And now, honouring his idea of unity – The 67 Blankets Phenomenon. What started as a casual dare between colleagues became a viral phenomenon which eventually ended up breaking the Guinness Book of World Records.
The story of how 3133 square metres of handmade blankets were knitted, crocheted or quilted for Nelson Mandela Day. That’s South Africa for you. Unified, strong, beautiful and colourful! Head to SA to make some beautiful memories!
Arrive at Cape Town International Airport, meet and greet with your private English speaking tour guide who will transfer you to your first destination, the quaint wine village Franschhoek.
Just minutes after leaving the airport you will be greeted by lovely vineyards on both sides of the road. Franschhoek valley, just an hour’s drive from Cape Town City is surrounded on three sides by majestic mountain ranges and has a fascinating history. In 1688, the French Huguenots were granted farmlands on their arrival in this region and ever since it has boasted a distinctly French ambience.
Today, Franschhoek is also called Gourmet Village and the Main Road is known as Gourmet Mile. This title is earned due to the location of 3 gourmet restaurants as well as a chocolatier within Main Road.
The village is surrounded by 52 wine farms and 48 restaurants mostly with French names. The area is renowned as one of the world’s finest food and wine destinations and it would take time to experience everything Franschhoek has to offer. This is a popular “return destination” among guests.
Our recommendation for stay is LE QUARTIER FRANCAIS, FRANSCHHOEK. It is a romantic 21-room hotel conveniently located at the end of Main Road. The hotel has been a leading hotel in the Western Cape for over two decades and is a member of Relais & Chateaux Hotels. The Auberge offers luxurious rooms and suites with private pools, rose-filled central courtyard and swimming pool. For the ultimate in luxury, there are four state-
of-the-art suites, The Four Quarters. After check-in and freshening up, stroll through Franschhoek or just relax and enjoy the hospitality.
Today is all about Wine! Sample some of South Africa’s best-known wines in the lands where they’re grown during a private tour. From Franschhoek, head to the Cape Winelands region to visit four different wineries. During each stop, learn about how the combination of climate, soil and grape varietals create the unique wines for which South Africa is known throughout the world. Taste wines, fortified wines, cheese and chocolate on this decadent private tour through the area of Paarl and the historical town of Stellenbosch.
Taste some purely South African wine varieties like Pinotage, sample cheese and round it up with chocolate. Lunch can be at one of the wine farms off the beaten track or as gourmet picnic in style at Allee Bleue Wine Estate.
Return back to hotel at Franschhoek.
Today, bid goodbye to Franschhoek, and head to the African Coast. The Franschhoek Pass and Jan Joubertsgat Bridge connects Franschhoek and the Boland Winelands with Villiersdorp, Hermanus, Caledon and the Overberg.
As you head to Hermanus, experience a kaleidoscope of different country sides. Pass through Theewaterskloof Dam, with a little off-route detour to Genadendal (Valley of Grace) – a place of immense contentment and a feeling of timelessness.
Next stop is at charming Greyton. The cottages which line the roads were built by semi-skilled labourers when Greyton was first established about 150 years ago. Today Greyton is an artist’s mecca with its many trees and country ambience. Horses and oxen still draw ploughs and cars share the roads with donkey carts.
Reach the Botrivier lagoon and arrive at Springfontein Wine Farm for wine tasting and lunch.
Springfontein Wine Estate is breathtakingly beautiful, the people are warm hearted, and the ocean, with its icy wind that blows across the vineyards, is close by. Along with the cool climate, pure limestone soils and Hildegard Witbooi's diligent work in the vineyards, Springfontein harvests carefully handcraft natural wines that are structured, yet elegant and well balanced.
Stop by the Springfontein Eats, a must do restaurant for food lovers as it’s disrector of hospitality is Juergen Schneider - a Micheline Star Chef.
Set on the working wine farm, he loves to keep things down to earth. Home grown and foraged herbs and vegetables, locally sourced fish and meats. Look for locavore food, with a hint of molecular gastronomy. Juergen’s philosophy: throw the white gloves out the window, and keep all the flavour and finesse a Michelin starred team brings to the table.
After lunch, arrive at Hermanus, the seaside town surrounded by mountains and pristine beaches.
Our recommendation for stay is Birkenhead House, the ultimate Beach House. With its exhilarating cliff-top position overlooking the whale watching paradise of Walker Bay, Birkenhead House in Hermanus provides luxury hotel accommodation for those seeking an extraordinary coastal experience.
The hotel’s vantage position shows surfers carving through the waves and, for several months each year, between June and November - Southern Right and Humpback Whales breaching just metres from the shore. Stay at a place where you can watch Whale? Yes please. The 5-star Birkenhead House is as breath-taking as what lies beyond. The hotel’s contemporary décor is an artful mix of classic beach house style and quirky opulence.
Stay in at the lovely Birkenhead House or venture out for whale watching, shark cage diving, golf, horse riding on the beach, hiking, surfing, mussel picking or even more wine tasting.
The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley is just a short drive away and is one of South Africa’s premier wine routes specialising in cool climate Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs.
Exploration of Cape Town is on the cards today. Proceed on the breath taking coastal route along False Bay.
Cape Town (Kaapstad in Afrikaans and Ikapa in Xhosa), is a modern city with a fascinating history. Known as the Mother City Cape Town owes its multicultural personality to a diverse range of people and events, from the indigenous Khoi and San peoples to local African tribes, from the European explorers to slaves from Malaysia, Indonesia, Madagascar and Mozambique, and from apartheid to democratic freedoms.
A meeting point of many cultures, the result is a cosmopolitan city with a contemporary and eclectic vibe. So dynamic is the Cape Town of today, in 2014 it was awarded World Design Capital and named the best place in the world to visit by both The New York Times and The Telegraph.
Weather permitting, you can also visit of Table Mountain. The exhilarating ascent of Table Mountain is a must for with breath-taking views over the city.
The panorama stretches from Table Bay to False Bay and around the mountain to the Hout Bay Valley and Kommetjie. Table Mountain rises 1086 metres above the bay and its flat summit is accessed by a cable car.
Our recommendation for stay at Cape Town is The One & Only Cape Town, located in the heart of Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, currently one of South Africa’s most vibrant resorts. An urban chic waterfront resort with unprecedented levels of luxury. The hotel is based within a natural amphitheatre, shaped by the vertical cliffs of Lion’s Head and Devil’s Peak. Located on a beautifully secluded and lushly landscaped island, each of the 40 guest rooms and suites features a private balcony or terrace and waterway views.
After settling in, walk across to the V&A Waterfront and have lunch at one of the many famed restaurants by internationally acclaimed chefs.
Today, head out on a private tour to explore “the fairest Cape”. Take the spectacular scenic drive via Chapman’s Peak along the Atlantic to reach your destination. At the tip of the Cape Peninsula 60 km south-west of Cape Town, lays Cape Point. Rugged rocks and sheer cliffs towering more than 200m above sea level and cutting into the ocean provide a spectacular back ground. The natural vegetation of the area, fynbos, comprises the smallest but richest of the world’s six floral kingdoms.
The Flying Dutchman, also known as the Cape Point Funicular will be used to reach the Light House from where a spectacular panoramic view over the entire Peninsula can be enjoyed.
After visiting Cape Point, proceed along the False Bay towards Simons Town. Just around the corner from the seaside village of Simons Town at Boulders Beach famous colony of Jackass Penguins can be explored. This is a truly special experience.
Recommendation for dinner is at Harbour House that affords an exceptional location, perched above the rocks in the working Kalk Bay harbour.
Whales are waiting! Today is for a private excursion to Hermanus with an English speaking guide. After an hour’s drive East of Cape Town lies the small town Hermanus, South Africa’s “Whale Capital”. From around June to end of November the Southern Right Whales spend time close to warmer South African coastline and the best place to spot the whales is in Hermanus.
Walking trails lead into the rocks from where one can enjoy land based whale watching. For the more adventurous, Hermanus offers activities aplenty including a whale watching boat trip, shark cage diving, golf, horse riding on the beach, hiking, surfing, mussel picking and even wine tasting. Based on your interest, we can plan accordingly.
The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley is just a short drive away and is one of South Africa’s premier wine routes specialising in cool climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blanc.
As you drive back to Cape Town, pick the scenic drive along the False Bay.
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