Cape Gourmet Experience

10 Days


This self-drive tour will stay in the southern part in and around the Cape and the focus is not only on sightseeing but also in experiencing activities around food and drinking. Please note that it has to start on a Friday as some activities included in the itinerary are only available on specific days.

 

On the bottom of this page you find a map which helps you locate the destinations. 

Day 1: Arrival in Cape Town

Arrive on a friday, collect the rental car and settle in at your accommodation in Tamberskloof in proximity to Long and Kloof Streets with lots of quaint cafes, Green Market square and top restaurants.

Includes: accommodation

Accommodation Days 1 - 4:

Day 2: Cape Town

A day at leisure to visit the numerous sightseeing options in Cape Town which are all at a relatively short distance from your accommodation and easily accessible with your rental car.

Recommended activity:

 

A great place to visit on a Saturday is The Old Biscuit Mill, a vibrant, warm-hearted little village in the heart of Woodstock where talented people come together to share, collaborate and show off their heart-felt passion. The Mill is home to day and night markets, dynamic office space, a range of workshops and designer stores, delicious farm stalls, decadent restaurants (The Test Kitchen is a MUST) as well as in inspiring line-up of festivals and productions. Here you will meet some of South Africa's most talented and innovative designers, artists, photographers and conaisseurs of fine taste and decor. Every saturday their award-winning market features over 100 specialty traders creating a weekly platform for local farmers, fine-food purveyors, organic merchants, bakers and distributors, grocers, mongers, butchers, artisan producers, celebrated local chefs and micro enterprises .

Includes: accommodation, breakfast

Day 3: Cape Town - Gourmet Tour with a Wine Lord

Today you are in for a real treat: a private Gourmet Tour with a Wine Lord through the winelands of the Cape! A route focused on tantalizing the taste buds, pairing numerous foods and treats with quality wines. Meet locals and share stories with the wine makers themselves! Tasting wine out of old oak barrels, visiting small local farms as well as world famous estates, tasting cheese and other local delicacies. This tour is not for the faint-hearted and only for those who like to live life "Burgundy Style"!

Itinerary:

  • Your first stop will be at Villiera Wine Estate on the outskirts of the Stellenbosch region, here your Wine Lord will walk you through the vineyard and cellar for an informative behind the scenes look
  • Your first pairing of the day will start with a variety of Methode Cap Classiques (Champagne) and Nougat/Turkish Delights
  • You will also be served a Sauvignon Blanc paired with dried fruit with which your Wine Lord will go through all the proper tasting steps to make you swirl like a conaisseur! Followed by a Bordeaux-style blend paired with Biltong, a port style paired with dark chocolate sourced from an organic chocolatier in Cape Town and to finish of noble late dessert wine paired with dried fruit
  • Your next stop will be in the Paarl region at Vrede and Lust where you will indulge in their artisanal food and wine pairing that includes 7 dishes with 7 of their top wines, especially selected and paired by the chef and winemaker
  • Following on the next estate, Hartenberg, you will be tantalized with 5 different pairings, again selected to impress. The estate is also home to a natural estuary with boardwalks tat takes you on a meander through the farm with over 100 bird species
  • Following a drive through the historic town of Stellenbosch we will me making your way to Van Rhyn's Brandy Distillery where you will be sampling some of the world's best Potsill Brandy paired with chocolates and espresso after an informative cellar tour where you will see how the oak caks are made!

Includes: accommodation, breakfast, 8 hours private Gourmet Tour according to above itinerary (incl. all food and tastings, guide and transportation)

Day 4: Cape Malay Cooking Safari

Perched on the slopes of Signal Hill overlooking Table Bay the Bo-Kaap is as idiosyncartilly "Cape" as the spicy scents and flavours that waft downhill from its eccentrically colourful cobbled streets. Your walk through the historic Malay quarter of Cape Town takes you through its nooks and crannies, its legends and secrets as you hunt for the sources of those wonderful aromas and discover the distinctive cuisine of the Cape Malay community.

 

Featured on TV, in magazines and in the press the Cape Malay Cooking Safari is a truly special Cape Experience. The adventure begins at the Bo-Kaap Museum where an intimate group of no more than ten people will meet to enjoy the photo exhibition and get a feel for the history and tradition of the area. Your guide will lead you on a leisurely stroll though some of the most historic streets giving you a chance to appreciate the extraordinary collection of pre-1840 architecture that resulted in this area being declared a national monument. Then it is time to follow your noses towards the scents of ginger, coriander, cardamon, cinnamon and chili which drift tantalisingly from the storefronts and cafes as you shop for ingredients to make a typical Cape Malay dish. It's "hands-on" during the informal cooking workshop which follows in a Bo-Kaap family home. You learn how to mix Masala, fold Samosas and how to balance the delicate flavours of a Cape Malay curry. Over a mug of faloodah (a traditional, lightly rose-scneted milk drink) your hostess and cooking instructor will tell you more about the ways in which food, history and religion are interwoven in the Bo-Kaap culture. Then it's time to sit back, relax and appreciate your handwork as you dig into a full course traditional Malay Meal.

Includes: accommodation, breakfast, guided township tour, entrance to the museum, a hands-on cooking session in a private home, ingredients for the cooking session, local non-alcoholic drinks, typical local meal and a small gift-pack of recipes

Day 5: Robertson (2,5 Hours)

Today you head into the interior to Robertson which lied nestled in the Breede River Valley and is also known as the valley of wine and roses! Super laid-back this region produces wine, olives and breathtaking scenery. At your accommodation which is an olive estate you will be able to relax in their Superior Suite, hang around in a hammock, taste their wines in their outdoor jacuzzi and of course do their fabulous olive oil tasting! In the evening you are treated to a 4 course dinner with wine included. Your chef and sommelier will only use freshly picked herbs, vegetables and fruit which are organically grown. You will be spoiled with irresistible unplugged cuisine in which your chef plays seemingly contrasting flavours and ingredients to blend them into everlasting memories for your tastebuds!

Includes: accommodation, breakfast, dinner, olive oil tasting

Day 6: The Elgin Valley (2 Hours)

Today you will head into a region that most South Africans have never even heard about: The Elgin Valley which offers as much uncluttered quietude, scenery, eateries and things to do. The Valley is famous for fresh produce most notably apples, pears and grapes and is home to Appletiser. This is a real place for country living where there is plenty to do and see: Apple Museum, several big farm stalls worth visiting, Platform 1 eatery (at the station, perfect place to check the locals), the Oude Molen Brandy Distillery and if it's Whaling season (August to November) Hermanus is only 30 minutes away. The dinner has something special waiting for you, a typical South African Braai (BBQ)...but there is a twist...you will be doing it!

Includes: accommodation, breakfast, braai (BBQ)

Day 7: Gordon's Bay (1 Hour)

A day of leisure where your route will take you along the coast of Hermanus, Betty's Bay and ending at Gordon's Bay. With its sunny climate and its many outdoor cafes and beachfront restaurants the Mediterranean atmosphere of Gordon's Bay is popular with holidaymakers. You overnight in a cosy little guesthouse right on the beachfront.

Includes: accommodation, breakfast

Days 8 & 9: Cape Town

Today you head back to the Mother City and settle at your accommodation a little further from Long and Kloof Streets but closer to the Table Mountain so your views are amazing! There still are plenty of things to discover and explore so you will definitely not feel bored at any time!

Recommended activities:

There are still 2 things you would not want to miss and the first is a visit to South African Breweries which produces all of South Africa's famous beers and a few well-known international brands as well! Their Beer experience in Newlands is a taste of history!


The second place you should not miss while on a culinary exploration is having your afternoon tea at Cape Town's most famous hotel: Mount Nelson. 

Includes: accommodation, breakfast

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Day 10: Departure from Cape Town

Today your culinary experience on the cape will end and you will drop off your rental car and fly home or to your next destination.

  • Accommodation can be changed and is subject to availability
  • More or less days can be added / cut out
  • Fly-In Packages can be added departing from Johannesburg
  • Different rental car types available
  • Drive times are averages

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