South Africa Experience

$5,995.00

9 days (8 nights)  (airfare not included)

Private wine safari at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

Luxurious exotic accommodation at Dwyka Tented Lodge

Tour the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve

Dinner at Luke Dale Robert’s The Test Kitchen and more!

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Explore one of the world’s most renowned wine regions, wrapped between adventure in vibrant Cape Town and a once in a lifetime private wine safari experience.

Designed exclusively for Best Bottle this unforgettable experience combines the best of South Africa’s avant-garde food & wine scene with Big Five safari adventure and cosmopolitan Cape Town. Discover the delights of Stellenbosch and the Franschhoek Valley, including exceptional estates such as Haute Cabriere, Moreson, La Motte and Grande Provence. Sip your way through wine tastings, cellar tours and vineyards while learning the history of South African wine. Then, get your adrenalin going with a safari adventure on a private game reserve and luxurious safari lodge.

Dinner at Luke Dale Robert’s The Test Kitchen and a Tour Cape Town’s top sites including Table Mountain before heading to the wine lands.

Explore Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, visit the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach & witness the symbolic meeting of the Indian and Atlantic oceans.

Cruise through the picturesque Franschhoek Valley by private car and aboard the exclusive wine tram stopping at a collection of its most prestigious wine estates – accompanied of course by your own private guide.

Delight in cheese tasting at La Grange Fromagerie and chocolate tasting at the Franschhoek Chocolate Factory.

Enjoy game-rich safari drives, nature walks, bird-watching and star gazing from the African Savannah.

In the evening rest in five star luxury at the Cape Cadogan Hotel, the Franschhoek Country House & Villas, and Dwyka Tented Lodge.

Travel, Wine Travel, South Africa

9 days (8 nights) US$5,995 pp* (airfare not included)

Wine Safari at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve.

Dinner at Luke Dale Robert’s The Test Kitchen.

La Grange Fromagerie and the Franschhoek Chocolate Factory

Visit wineries at Haute Cabriere, Moreson, La Motte and Grande Provence.

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Best Bottle South Africa Experience Itinerary

Day 1: Cape Town

Your Best Bottle guide greets you on arrival at the airport or designated point of entry to Cape Town. Receive your Personal Document Package containing all necessary passes, tickets, a detailed personalized itinerary with pick up and drop of times, map, and helpful local information. A private car will transfer you between the airport and your hotel where chilled bubbles and refreshments await your arrival.

Accommodation: Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel

 

Day 2: Cape Town

Today you will be met by your guide and coach for a shared tour of Cape Town, known affectionately as the Mother City. Your tour will take in the Houses of Parliament, the Castle of Good Hope (built between 1666 and 1679, this is South Africa’s oldest building), lively Greenmarket Square with its daily market, the Company Gardens and of course Table Mountain which will give you spectacular views over the city and Peninsula (cable car fee is weather dependent so not included). On your descent, you stop at the Bo Kaap, home to the Cape Malay community, with its cobbled streets and brightly coloured houses. You will have the choice of being dropped off at the Waterfront to experience this vibrant location at your own pace, with its many shops, restaurants and pubs or at your hotel at the end of the tour.

*Table Mountain Cableway will be closed for annual maintenance on or around 25 July to 7 August.

If you go to the pub save room for later because you’ll enjoy a gourmet dinner menu paired with award winning local wines at Luke DaleRobert’s – The Test Kitchen this evening.

The Test Kitchen space is distinctly industrial with brick walls, oak beams, ducts and pipes exposing the integrity and honesty of the building. The tables are made of oxidized mild steel and have a consciously rough, rusted appearance in harmony with the surrounds.

An open plan kitchen engages directly with the guests seated at the wooden bar that wraps around it. The dining room is small, seating only 65. The guests can see and hear the buzz of the chefs at work, and smell what’s coming next across the pass.

“The Test Kitchen is serious, fun. Our food is free to roam in whichever direction. If there is no immediate smile as we create a new dish then we are on the wrong track. I want guests to be surprised and delighted, to wonder what ingredients we have used and how we made it. It should be an adventure!”

– Luke DaleRoberts, Chef and Owner, The Test Kitchen.

Accommodation: Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel

 

Day 3: Cape Town To Franschhoek

You will be collected this morning for a tour which combines two of the highlights of the Cape – The Cape of Good Hope and Stellenbosch, in the Winelands. You take in the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, before crossing over to Hout Bay, where you may choose to join an optional boat cruise to Seal Island. From here you drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve via Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, where you will board a funicular to the top of the Peninsula to witness the symbolic meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans as well as have spectacular views over False Bay. You enjoy lunch near here (not included – own account) before continuing to Simonstown, the naval base, and visiting the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach. Onward to Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa, with canal lined avenues, and magnificent examples of Cape Dutch architecture where you enjoy a wine tasting and cellar tour, before drop off at your hotel in Franschhoek late this afternoon.

The serious business of fine dining at Le Quartier has been set apart and defined by The Tasting Room. Course after course of exquisitely presented culinary delights showcase chef Margot Janse and her team’s award-winning talent.

You can indulge in an 8 Course African-inspired surprise tasting menu. The menu can also be enjoyed with a wine pairing, speak to your server for more details.

Accommodation: The Franschhoek Country House & Villas

 

Day 4: Franschhoek

This tailormade tour by our resident wine expert is designed for the visitor who would like to taste local wines paired with some of the other delectable delights the winelands have to offer. From cheese tasting, to chocolate, biltong and olives tastings, this day is yours to tailor and craft as you choose. The tour is geared not only for the tasting but for learning about each product that you are introduced to. Your day can include Paarl, with its imposing Afrikaans Language Monument and of course the Franschhoek Valley, including exceptional estates such as Haute Cabriere, Moreson, La Motte and Grande Provence. Enjoy lunch at one of the top restaurants or estates (lunch to be settled directly but wine and food tastings included) and you will return to your hotel late this afternoon.

Accommodation: The Franschhoek Country House & Villas

 

Day 5: Stellenbosch and Franschhoek

You will be met this morning by your guide and set off through the Winelands. Spend the day in Stellenbosch with your own private vehicle and guide as you explore and taste the stunning varietals of the region. Speak to your guide about your preferred vintages and they will customize the tour to suit your tastes. Set out on a spectacular palette scintillating safari through the Stellenbosch Winelands. Hop aboard a Game-Viewing style Land Rover for a specialized 2-hour tour through an exclusive 120-hectare Waterston Wine Estate which sits elegantly on the beautiful slopes of the Helderberg. Enjoy tasting some of the best, and awarding winning wines produced right here at this Estate, whilst your expert guide explains all the historical details regarding these fruitful vineyards. Get some insight into why the Stellenbosch region is ideal for grape growing and what makes this area so culturally unique.

Accommodation: The Franschhoek Country House & Villas

 

Day 6: Franschhoek

This morning at 09:00 you will be collected by your specialist guide for a full-day Winelands Tour. Your guide will discuss your touring options with you according to your interest, which could include any or all of the following: Paarl with its mountain setting and Afrikaans Language Monument; Franschhoek founded by French Huguenots over 350 years ago, and widely regarded as the culinary capital of South Africa, with a beautiful setting and café lined streets which will charm you, and Stellenbosch the second oldest town in South Africa, with canal lined avenues, and magnificent examples of Cape Dutch architecture. Wine tastings are included at premier estates and a stop will be made for lunch in a memorable location (lunch is for your own account). Jump on the hop-on hop-off openside tram to your wine lands tour today. It will transport you around a loop of stops in the picturesque Franschhoek valley allowing you to experience wine tastings, cellar tours, lunches or simple a stroll through the vineyards at your leisure.

What you need to know: Adult ticket price includes complimentary wine tastings at Rickety Bridge, Dieu Donne and welcome drink at Grande Provence; closed Christmas and New Year’s Day; the tour starts and ends at the Franschhoek Wine tram office in the village; allow at least 3 hours to explore some of the stops; tour departs every 45 minutes between 10:00 and 2:30pm; children of all ages welcome under parental supervision.

Accommodation: The Franschhoek Country House & Villas

 

Day 7: Cape Town To Sanbona Game Reserve

You will be picked up in Cape Town and transferred to Sanbona Game Reserve. This private transfer will take between 2 and 3 hours. Enjoy a special game drive this evening offering spectacular displays of light as the evening sun sets over the Little Karoo. Animals are at their most active in the early evenings and mornings. All meals, snacks and refreshments during your stay are provided by the Lodge.

Accommodation: Sanbona Dwyka Tented Lodge

 

Day 8: Sanbona Game Reserve

One of the true joys of Sanbona is the freedom to do nothing at all in absolute luxury. But for those who choose to venture beyond the comfort of the Lodge, a world of new experiences awaits… Game Drives, Nature Walks, Birdwatching, Star Gazing, Rock Art, Rock Formations & Features, Fauna & Flora or add some relaxing Spa Treatments to your stay. These are just some of the options!

You will be picked up by your expert safari guide and taken on a shared afternoon game drive. Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is a photographer’s dream. Due to the perfect light conditions, during the twilight hours of sunrise and sunset it is advisable to use 100 ASA film for exquisite photographic opportunities. A 100 – 300 lens is a good choice. Micro photography is also incredible to capture closeups of the smaller species.

Accommodation: Sanbona Dwyka Tented Lodge

 

Day 9: Sanbona Game Reserve to Cape Town

The San people of Africa roamed the area for thousands of years until 100 years ago. The Xam tribe, the nomadic hunter-gatherers living in harmony with nature realised then that man and nature together is sustainable. There are 7 recorded Rock Art Sites throughout Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, however many more can be found. The sites date back to more than 3500 years and depict the spiritual beliefs and lives of these fascinating people. During their travels, members of the group would congregate around a communal fire, weaving stories and celebrating the gift of life while the Shaman would meditate through rhythmic dancing, singing and clapping and while in a trance, receive visions and guidance. This medicine man or woman would ensure the wellbeing of the tribe, protecting them from evil and sickness, predicting the future and ensuring good hunting and rains. Certain animals such as the Praying Mantis and the Eland were honoured and revered and were considered to have great spiritual powers.

These experiences of the Shaman were depicted to the tribe in the form of the rock art seen today. The various sites that were chosen were also very symbolic, the rock depicting the medium between the different realms the Shaman had travelled in his trancelike state. Ingredients used for the paint consisted of animal blood, urine, plant sap, egg and water, the protein from blood or egg having the ability to preserve the art that exists today. The only evidence that remains of these little people is the delicate rock art found on Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, their indelible footprints left of their presence in this vast landscape for generations to come.

After breakfast visit the 3500-year-old rock paintings. Then, you will be picked up in Sanbona and transferred to your point of departure in Cape Town. This private transfer will take between 2 and 3 hours.

Accommodation: Depart Tour

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