This is a hand crafted escorted wine tour of South Africa. It has been designed to allow participants to explore and gain insightful knowledge about South Africa’s wine industry from emerging wine areas to the well established wine region of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. You’ll meet some of South Africa’s leading grape growers, vintners and sommeliers, whilst enjoying amazing cuisine,wines, hospitality, scenery and game viewing.
26 MAY 2020
South Africa is renowned for its wines, especially its own variety- the Pinotage.
This exclusive, escorted wine tour explores South Africa’s wine industry from the new to the century old established vineyards. You’ll stay at wonderful lodges and hotels whilst enjoying stunning cuisine and the best wines South Africa has to offer. You’ll meet and engage with vintners, sommeliers and grape growers on this hand crafted escorted tour.
You’ll also get to go on safari and stay in a private game reserve for 2 nights. The private lodge is nestled on the banks of the Nhlaralumi River in the Timbaviti Private Game Reserve where you'll experience some amazing game viewing up close from open vehicles lead by your professional ranger.
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Airport transfers in South Africa
Meet and greet
9 nts 4 star twin share accommodation
9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners, 7 wine tastings
Selected drinks at Timbavati game lodge
Luxury touring coach with tour guide and driver
Professional tour escort
Tour of Knysna, Cango Caves, full day wine Tram excursion, Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens, Table Mountain with return cable-way ticket
4 open vehicle game drives
3 internal oneway flights Johannesburg-Port Elizabeth, Cape Town- Kruger, Kruger - Johannesburg
WINES OF SOUTH AFRICA
ThIs video, created by Wines of South Africa, highlights the wonderful aspects of South Africa's wine industry. Besides producing award winning wines South Africa also wants to ensure wines are made in a fair and ethical manner.
You'll get a glimpse of the amazing scenery and the feel for some of the wine estates, however, nothing prepares you for the real thing.
You'll fall in love with South Africa's hospitality, scenery, cuisine, game viewing and of course its stunning wines.
SIMBAVATI GAME LODGES
Simbavati River lodge is situated in the picturesque Timbavati Private Game Reserve, home to the Big 5. The reserve borders Kruger National Park with animals free to traverse thousands of square kilometres unimpeded.
The lodge has a relaxed family atmosphere with fantastic staff and rangers to ensure your stay is truly memorable.
This video will give you an insight into what to expect from your stay, but nothing beats seeing it first hand.
Johannesburg - Plettenberg Bay
Meet at Johannesburg airport and fly to Port Elizabeth. Our luxury coach will take us to Plettenberg Bay where we will experience our first wine estate (Bramon Wine Estate), complete with lunch and wine tasting. Stay at THE JUNCTION BOUTIQUE HOTEL. (L))
Plettenberg Bay - Buffelsdrift
We travel along the Garden Route to Knysna and enjoy an orientation tour before heading into the mountains to our next wine estate - The Goose Wines. This is arguably the coldest wine growing region in South Africa, some 700 mts above sea level. Enjoy an estate tour and wine tasting before traversing over Outeniqua Pass. In the afternoon visit the Cango Caves. In the evening enjoy heading out to see the African night sky in open vehicles. Stay at BUFFELSDRIFT GAME LODGE. (BD)
This morning enjoy a fun Meerkat safari where you’ll witness these inquisitive animals emerge from their burrows to start the day. After breakfast travel to Axe Hill Wines. Only one vintage is made per year from Portuguese varietals matured in French oak after being hand sorted and foot crushed. Enjoy wine tasting. Continue onto Boplaas Winery & Distillery for another tasting. The Boplaas owner is a member of the prestigious Cape Winemakers Guild. Enjoy lunch at Die Dorphuis before tavelling along Route 62, through the Little Karoo, to Montagu. Stay at MIMOSA LODGE. (BL)
Montagu - Wine Region
After breakfast we make our way to South Africa's famous wine region of Stellenbosch. Enjoy wine & Olive tasting at Kloovenburg Wine Estate before visiting Jordans Wine Estate. Here you will enjoy lunch and another tasting. In the afternoon enjoy artisanal pairings at Plaisir de Merle (Dark Belgian chocolate with 3 exclusive wines).Afterwards travel to the nearby wine precinct of Franschhoek. Stay at LE FRANSCHHOEK HOTEL & SPA. (BL))
Today's a fun day as we ride the Wine Tram. This is a "hop on hop off" experience taking you to a variety of vineyards in the region. The day is free to do as much or as little wine tasting as you like. All tastings and meals are at your own expense today. (B)
Wine Region - Cape Town
In the morning enjoy a visit to the Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens and take a trip up Table Mountain (weather permitting). We will make our way to the V & A Waterfront and check into our accommodation. In the evening we will partake in a whisky tasting. Stay at TABLE BAY HOTEL. (B)
Today is a free day to do your own exploring of Cape Town. (B)
Cape Town - Private Game Reserve
This morning we will be transferred to the airport in time for the flight to Hoedspruit, close to the Kruger National Park. On arrival we will be met by our lodge rangers and transferred to the lodge situated in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve. In the afternoon experience your first open vehicle game drive. Have your camera ready as you’re bound to come close to a variety of wild animals like elephants, lions and hippos. Stay at SIMBAVATI RIVER LODGE. (BLD)
Private Game Reserve
Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives. This evening enjoy a special boma dinner under the African night sky. (BLD)
Private Game Reserve - Johannesburg
Enjoy a morning game drive and breakfast. We will be transferred to the airport in time for our flight back to Johannesburg. (B)