South Africa Gourmet Culinary Tour: Western Cape

Get an authentic taste of South Africa on this gourmet culinary tour, featuring fabulous food and wine, gorgeous surroundings, and luxurious accommodations.

This South Africa Gourmet Culinary Tour was designed for a well-traveled couple from Chicago. They were food and wine connoisseurs and wanted to see all that South Africa had to offer. This package gave them exclusive access to the finest cuisine in Cape Town, the Winelands, and Hermanus.

They started their South Africa Gourmet Culinary Tour in Cape Town. They stayed 4 nights at the luxurious Cellars-Hohenort, which offers quiet Cape Dutch luxury just a few minutes from the city center. They were escorted up beautiful Table Mountain, then took a private tour of the bustling V&A Waterfront, a commercial center rich in history. Back at Cellars-Hohenort, they enjoyed a gourmet tasting menu from the hotel chef.

The next day, they took a private tour of the Bo-Kaap neighborhood, the seat of Cape Malay culture. They had an incredible opportunity to make traditional Cape Malay cuisine with one of the Malay ladies in her home. That evening, they had a delicious meal at The Test Kitchen, one of Cape Town’s most exclusive restaurants.

Next on their South Africa Gourmet Culinary Tour, they toured the vineyards of Constantia Valley, a renowned wine region in the shadow of Table Mountain. They indulged in a gourmet lunch at the Steenberg estate before enjoying a relaxed wine tasting by the fireplace. The next day, they enjoyed a private tour of the Cape Peninsula and Cape Point, stopping off at Boulders Beach to see the local penguin colony. They enjoyed a fabulous 5-course lunch at the Boathouse, the home of chef Bruce Robertson.

Continuing their South Africa Gourmet Culinary Tour, they stayed 2 nights at Babylonstoren Farm Hotel in Franschhoek, South Africa’s culinary capital. They took a privately guided tour of historic Stellenbosch, enjoying wine tastings and an exquisite lunch, then headed on to Delaire Graaf and Grande Provence for more gourmet wine tastings.

The next day, they took a private tour of the Cape Winelands. Following delicious wine tastings around this world-class wine region, they ate lunch at the esteemed Pierneef Restaurant at La Motte. Next on their South Africa Gourmet Culinary Tour, they toured the Hermanus wine region before heading to their luxurious accommodations at Birkenhead House, where they indulged in a magnificent lunch. After lunch, their guide took them on the famous clifftop walk to spot humpback whales in Walker Bay.

After a week sampling the very best of South African cuisine, their South Africa Gourmet Culinary Tour came to an end. They made their way to Cape Town to begin their journey home.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1
Welcome to Cape Town! You will be met at the door of your aircraft and assisted through immigration, baggage collection, and customs before taking a private transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, you will be collected by your guide and ride the iconic cableway up Table Mountain, where you’ll be treated to stunning views of the city. Then, you’ll head to the fashionable V&A Waterfront, home to fabulous shops and restaurants. Enjoy a private tour of the waterfront with your guide, who will relate the fascinating history of this harbor. Finally, visit the buzzing food market before retreating to your hotel in the evening. Enjoy the hotel chef’s gourmet tasting menu, complete with delicious wines and savory delicacies.

Day 2
Today, head to the Malay Quarter, also known as Bo-Kapp, for a walking cultural and culinary tour. Visit the home of one of the Malay ladies and learn to make traditional Cape Malay cuisine, then enjoy a delicious lunch. Continue into the city to see the architectural and cultural highlights. This evening, head to the fashionable Old Biscuit Mill area and enjoy a gourmet meal with wine pairings from award-winning chef Luke Dale Roberts at The Test Kitchen.

Day 3
This morning, enjoy a tour of the 9-acre Cellars-Hohenort Gardens, one of the finest privately owned gardens in the world. Next, explore the surrounding vineyards of beautiful Constantia Valley, the birthplace of South Africa’s wine farming industry. Visit some of the most renowned wineries in the area to sample local wines. Then head to the award-winning Steenberg estate for a delicious gourmet lunch, followed by wine tasting by the fireplace. You will then be transferred to your hotel for the evening.

Day 4
Today, enjoy a guided tour of Cape Point and Peninsula. Start at the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, then cross over to Hout Bay, where you can join an optional short cruise to Seal Island to see the breeding colony of Cape Fur Seals. From here, drive to the Cape of Good Hope National Reserve via Chapman’s Peak, where you will board a cable car for an excellent view of False Bay and the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Next, visit the African penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach. For lunch, enjoy an extra-special, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: a 5-course lunch at the Boat House, celebrity chef Bruce Robertson’s personal home. After this delicious lunch with wine pairings, head back to Cape Town and visit the famous Kirstenbosch Gardens.

Day 5
Head into the Winelands for beautiful country landscapes and the very best of South African food and wine. Join your culinary guide for a tour of the historic heart of Stellenbosch. Here, you’ll sample traditional Cape food and wine, enjoy a heritage lunch platter, and visit the oldest shop in town. After lunch, you’ll make the scenic transfer to Delaire Graaf wine estate for a wine tasting. Then, continue on to the picturesque village of Franschhoek and enjoy a wine tasting at the 300-year-old Grande Provence wine estate. Finally, make your way to your luxury accommodations on a working farm and enjoy a delicious, fresh dinner.
Babylonstoren Farm Hotel

Day 6
Today, enjoy a private, full-day tour of the Winelands. Visit the finest wineries in Franschhoek Valley. Delight in cheese, chocolate, olive, and olive oil tastings, followed by a scrumptious lunch, at Pierneef Restaurant at La Motte. You can also visit the charming town of Paarl before returning to your hotel in late afternoon.
Babylonstoren Farm Hotel

Day 7
Set off on a wine tasting tour of the Hermanus region. The wines produced here are unique to South Africa, though similar to ones from Northern France. Enjoy magnificent mountain scenery while sampling wine at La Vierge, Bouchard Finlayson, and Hamilton Russell wine estates. Then, continue to your charming and luxurious accommodations at Birkenhead House, where you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch overlooking the ocean. After lunch, take the famous clifftop walk with your guide for breathtaking views over Walker Bay, where you can see whales from June to November.
Birkenhead House

Day 8
Today marks the end of your delicious tour of Cape Town and the Winelands. Head to Cape Town International Airport to catch your flight home.

About this vacation
Cost Per Person

Does not include the cost of airfare

Based on
8 day stay
2 travelers

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