Wine in the Wild


Day 1Depart the USA

Day 2Welcome to South Africa
Your incredible wine adventure begins in Johannesburg, where you will be assisted to your deluxe hotel. You will have time to relax and unwind before dining in the terrific restaurant. Besides enjoying the creature comforts of your hotel, prepare for your morning departure on safari to the Sabi Sands Game Reserve.

Day 3Travel to Sabi Sands
After breakfast, meet your escort who will assist you to the airport to meet your flight to Sabi Sands. You will be met by the staff of your Game Lodge and transferred in an open vehicle to your private, luxurious suite room. The Lodge shares an unfenced border with Kruger National Park, so you can experience the native African wildlife roaming in their natural habitat.
You will enjoy a mobile safari tour in one of several state-of-the-art Land Rovers, accompanied by experienced rangers and trackers who are extremely knowledgeable on the African bush and its species. Afternoon drives include sundowners (refreshments) while you enjoy the glorious African sunset. Each day of your stay, you will enjoy extravagant bush lunches, gourmet breakfasts and Boma dinners, all of which include local wine, beer and spirits for your pleasure.

Day 4Sabi Sands Game Reserve
After your first game drive of your stay, return to the lodge for breakfast and then spend the rest of your morning relaxing at your own private plunge pool. After lunch, depart on the afternoon game drive, followed by a lavish dinner in the evening.

Day 5Sabi Sands Game Reserve
Today, you may want to include a visit to the nearby Shangaan Village to learn a little bit about the local way of life. This visit can be done after breakfast, followed by the daily program of your safari drives, lunch and your farewell dinner.

Day 6Travel to Franschhoek Valley
After the early game drive and breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Cape Town. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in Franschhoek Valley.
Located only 45 minutes from Cape Town, the Franschhoek Valley lies nestled between towering mountain ranges in the beautiful Cape Winelands. Spectacular vineyards cover these mountain slopes settled more than 300 years ago by the Huguenots, who brought with them their age-old French wine and food culture.
You will be staying at an exclusive four-star boutique vineyard property situated in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, where you will experience the feeling of being in a private manor home. The service and dining featured here is guaranteed to surpass your every expectation!

Day 7Cape Winelands Wine Tour
Join your private guide who will escort you on an exploration of the Paarl area of the Cape Winelands. Paarl is the third oldest European settlement in the Republic of South Africa (after Cape Town and Stellenbosch) and forms part of the Western Cape Province. The former headquarters of the wine industry in South Africa, the Co-operative Wine Growers' Association (better known by its Afrikaans initials KWV), is situated here.
Today, you will have the opportunity to visit the KWV for a food and wine pairing, followed by a visit to a prestigious wine estate for a wine and cheese tasting. Your tour concludes with a visit to Diemersfontein for a taste of their renowned chocolate Pinotage wine.

Day 8Cooking Class and Franschhoek
To kick off your day, an entertaining and highly educated gourmet cooking class has been arranged for your enjoyment. Your lesson promises to be very hands-on and afterwards, enjoy the fruit of your labor as you sit down to the wonderful cuisine that you have created!

This afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure. There are numerous walking trails in the surrounding mountains to explore or you could hire a bicycle and explore the area on your own.

Day 9Cape Winelands Wine Tour, Stellenbosch and Travel to Cape Town
You will be met by a private guide for a full day excursion of the Cape Winelands, en route to Cape Town. Enjoy a private lunch and a wine tasting at a beautiful wine estate located in the heart of wine country.

Cape Town is recognized as the second largest city in the country and the provincial capital of the Western Cape. Located in the southwest corner of South Africa near the Cape of Good Hope, and is the most southern city on the continent of Africa.

You will enjoy a five-star luxurious, small boutique hotel adjacent to Victoria & Alfred Waterfront offering breathtaking views of Table Mountain.

Day 10Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
This morning your private guide will escort you to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, one of eight National Botanical Gardens covering five of South Africa's six different biomes. The garden includes a large, indoor greenhouse exhibiting plants from a number of different regions, including savanna, fynbos, karoo and others. Outdoors, the focus moves to plants native to the Cape region, highlighted by the spectacular collections of proteas.

After your garden tour, you will travel next to the Constantia Winelands, where you will enjoy lunch and a private tasting at a local wine estate, before returning to your hotel.

Day 11Your entire day is at leisure to enjoy Cape Town on your own. Some recommended sites to visit include: Two Oceans Aquarium, Robben Island, District Six Museum, or the Cable Car to the top of Table Mountain.

Day 12Tour of the Cape Peninsula
Today, you will be escorted by a private guide to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Cape Point and the penguin colony at Boulders Beach.
Ranging from rocky mountain tops to beaches and open sea, the Cape of Good Hope is home to at least 250 species of birds. There is a wealth of small animals such as lizards, snakes, tortoises and insects, also offers excellent vantage points for whale watching. Seals, Dusky Dolphins or Killer Whales may be seen while visiting this diverse habitat. Lunch will be served this afternoon at a local seafood restaurant.
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