This food and wine lovers itinerary is priced starting from $9,700 per person, based on double occupancy and includes superior accommodations, game-viewing drives, domestic airfare, meals and drinks per the itinerary and activities throughout the planned stay. As an added value, travelers booking by April 15, 2013, will receive a $500 per person discount.
Food and wine highlights of the nine-day African safari include, but are not limited to:
• Tour of Groot Constantia Manor House, home to a cultural museum dating back to 1791. Tour of the Cloete Cellar followed by lunch at renowned Jonkershuis Restaurant.
• Explore the Franschhoek Valley by foot, bicycle or horseback before a five-course, paired, tasting menu in Le Quartier's renowned Tasting Room.
• Behind the scenes access to several wineries including a wine cellar tour with the winemakers at Kanonkop and tasting of various red wines the winery is known for.
• In Franschhoek Valley, visit renowned vineyards such as Haute Cabriere, Moreson and Delaire Graff and explore some of the other delights the Winelands have to offer from chocolate to olives to cheese with a private vehicle and guide.
Guests arrive in Johannesburg and travel to Singita Ebony (pictured above), a luxury safari lodge, for three nights. Singita Ebony is set in a 45,000 acre private reserve within the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. The Sabi Sands is one of the best game-viewing areas in South Africa and Ebony is the ultimate safari lodge for wine lovers. Enjoy daily game drives with expert guides, a private dinner in the lodge's renowned wine cellar and tastings with the resident Sommelier.
On day four guests return to Cape Town and meet their private wine guide who will escort them for the remainder of the trip. For their first three nights in the Winelands they will stay at Cellars-Hohenort located in Constantia, South Africa's oldest wine region. Explore notable wineries including Klein Constantia Estate (producers of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Shiraz); Groot Constantia (oldest wine producing farm in South Africa) and Steenberg Estate (known for its Sauvignon Blanc Reserve and Merlot). Guests will also spend a day visiting Table Mountain and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve before returning to Constantia in the late afternoon via helicopter, taking in panoramic views and breathtaking scenery.
The last two days are a spent in a gourmand's haven in Franschhoek Valley. Here, enjoy some of the best restaurants in South Africa including the Tasting Room at Le Quartier where Chef Margot Janse prepares a delectable mélange of French, Malay and traditional South African dishes.
For a detailed itinerary, visit http://www.extraordinaryjourneys.net/blog/south-africa-for-food-wine-lovers/.
*This nine-day epicurean adventure includes intra-South Africa airfare, superior accommodations, all meals and drinks listed in the itinerary, activities per the itinerary, knowledgeable tour guides, hotel and lodge taxes as well as all game park entry fees.