Delicious Gourmet Tour through the Cape of South Africa

As a Southern African Inbound Tour Operator we get a lot of requests from a wide variety of different clients – from online shoppers, to travel agents to return clients. Recently a Joberg based “operator” wanting to do a gourmet trip in the Cape approached us. Seeing as we have such an extensive network of foodie destinations & related things to do and experience– we gladly accepted the request and put together a tailor made package. Today we’d like to share it with our followers and other interested readers – to give you a little taste of the Cape.

Day 1
Group will be met on arrival at Cape Town International Airport and transferred to their hotel situated in the famed Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

Tonight the group will enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, famed for its traditional Potjies and Cape Malay dishes.

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Day 2
Group will depart after breakfast for Table Mountain. Enjoy a cable car ride to the top (weather permitting). Spend some time on top with the tour guide before returning to the lower station, from where the group will go to Signal Hill for more spectacular views and photo opportunities.


Enjoy a walking tour through the colorful Bo Kaap, stopping at the Spice Market, before going onto a local house to participate in a local interactive cooking experience.


After this unforgettable lunch, the group will have some time in the city center, stopping off at the Greenmarket Square open-air market and a walk through the Company Gardens. Arrive back at the hotel in the late afternoon, with the evening at leisure.

Day 3
Enjoy breakfast before the group departs with their tour guide for a Cape Peninsula Tour. Drive through Camps Bay and Llandudno towards Hout Bay, where the group will depart on a cruise to Seal Island. Continue on Chapmans Peak Drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.

Lunch will be a memorable local seafood affair in Kalk Bay, followed by a visit to Simons Town and the Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.


The group will return to their hotel in the late afternoon, with the evening at leisure.

Day 4
This morning the group will have a little leisure time in the morning to visit the V&A Waterfront or just relaxing. The group’s tour guide will meet them at their hotel at mid-day to depart to the Constantia wine route.

A Gourmet Lunch will be enjoyed at one of South Africa’s best award winning restaurants, followed by a wine tasting at a select wine estate.


Finish off this beautiful day with a walking tour through the magnificent Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Return to the hotel in the early evening, with the evening at leisure.

Day 5
Group will depart after breakfast for the West Coast. Enjoy a wine and olive tasting with the owners of the farm en-route.

Arrive at the traditional outdoor beach restaurant at mid-day. This restaurant is set right on the beach – barefoot pleasure! There are several courses, all traditional dishes – from fresh mussels, fish, to potjiekos. This culinary experience will take a few delectable hours.

Strandloper crayfish braai

Return to Cape Town via Blaauwberg, stopping at the beach for that iconic photo opportunity. Arrive at the hotel in the early evening.

Day 6
The group will be met at their hotel after breakfast and check out, and depart on their journey into the heart of the Cape Winelands. First stop will be at a top sparkling wine producer. Enjoy a tasting with a difference.
JC bubbly tasting

Visit one of the oldest wine estates in the area for a wine tasting and light lunch, before checking in at the hotel situated in the Stellenbosch town center.

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The hotel is ideally situated to explore this quaint village. There are many restaurants, shops, bars and clubs within easy walking distance.

Day 7
This morning the group will be met at their hotel by their tour guide and depart on a walking tour of the old part of town.

The group will then enjoy a rusk with indigenous teas, there will also be a visit to a small family-run butcher to taste some of their famed biltong and droewors. Lunch will be a trilogy of fragrant Cape dishes, complemented by a glass of excellent Stellenbosch region wine.


The last stop on the walking tour will give the group an opportunity to purchase some nostalgic local sweets in a brown paper bag at the oldest shop in town.


The group will then depart on their afternoon meander through the Stellenbosch wine route, visiting two or three beautiful estates. Return in the late afternoon, with the evening at leisure.
Day 8
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before the group will depart with their tour guide on their wine and dine tour through Franschhoek. First stop will be at a beautiful local wine estate where the group will enjoy a wine tasting paired with homemade charcuterie at the comfortable Farm Grocer bar counter.
Neil & Clayton Moreson

The group will enjoy a walking tour through the heart of Franschhoek and a visit to the French monument before going onto their next wine tasting and cellar tour at another award winning wine estate. Lunch will be enjoyed at a traditional restaurant on La Motte Wine Estate. The group will enjoy a fine dining experience with a complementing wine selection. Each guest will also receive a hard cover recipe book with beautiful photography, Cape Winelands cuisine recipes and their history.
LM Tree

After lunch the group will enjoy a walk around the gardens before departing for the next tasting at a wine estate that also produce fine wines and unusual cheeses. Enjoy a cheese and wine tasting before departing back to Stellenbosch.


If time permits, enjoy one last wine tasting and a visit to a extraordinary art gallery before returning to the hotel. The group will have time to relax and freshen up before they will be met and transferred to the local township for an unforgettable show and farewell dinner.


The live performance showcases local talent in a setting that shares with their guests the vibrancy of township street life, featuring township food and a craft market in an arena overlooking the surrounding mountains.

Day 9
Enjoy one last delicious South African breakfast before check out and transfer to the Cape Town International Airport for the group’s homebound flight.

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As mentioned, we did this as part of a bigger group safari – we can of course assist with the rest of Southern Africa – adding on visits to KwaZulu Natal (excellent Indian and Zulu cuisine), Mpumalanga (Kruger Park, Sabi Sands, etc. Safaris), Gauteng (Egoli – place of Gold), Botswana, Namibia, etc. Contact us to work out a bespoke program to fit your specific taste buds.

Fete de la Gastronomie in South Africa

France celebrates Gastronomy this year by creating the Fete de la Gastronomie, various events will take place all over France on and around 23 September.  A taste of this celebration is now in South Africa. Some of our South African restaurants embrace French cuisine.  have a look at the list below, some of them will be celebrating the festival too.

Aubergine Restaurant in Gardens Cape Town, in celebration of Spring and all things French, turn Aubergine into L’Aubergine and offer you a 4-course menu with a French theme.  This delectable menu is paired with outstanding wines created by French winemakers producing wines in South Africa.  Enjoy the fine food and wines that have become synonymous with the Aubergine Restaurant.

The Big Easy is situated in Dorp Street, Stellenbosch.  La Gratitude was built in 1798 by the first Reverend of Stellenbosch.  It boasts a blend of Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture and is known as “The Grand Old Lady”.  The building has been gently and tastefully renovated  to provide the home for Ernie Els’s new signature wine bar and restaurant.

Bizerca Bistro is situated on the Foreshore in the Cape Town Central Business District.  Laurent was rewarded for his culinary skills and passion for his work with a Two Chefs Hat status in Australia and the numerous other awards received speaks volumes of the combination of his classic French training and the ten year experience of working in Australia.  Laurent brings with him a gentle and down to earth approach in the kitchen ………bon appétit!!”  Enjoy a special French menu during the Fete!

Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, situated at Môreson Wine Estate outside Franschhoek exudes an old world charm.  It is a character-filled, rustic restaurant that has won numerous accolades for its honest food.  Neil Jewell, the Charcuterie Guru, is the inspiration behind the perfectly balanced, seasonally influenced and surroundings inspired, menu.  His passion lies in his homemade Charcuterie that he prepares with mountains of patience and bucket loads of love.  Enjoy special French tastes during the Fete!

Café Chic is a beautiful Victorian house in the Gardens area of Cape Town.  This unique restaurant consists of two dining rooms,  Whiskey Bar,  Cocktail bar and Moroccan tent.  The bistro style food served is typically South African with a French twist.  The Victorian house is perfectly restored and each room is individually designed to make every guests experience different even on repeat visits.  The restaurant will be celebrating the Fete de la Gastronomie and are offering guests a glass of Pierre Jourdan Method Cap Classique with every meal.

Joostenberg bistro is situated in Muldersvlei, in the Stellenbosch winelands.  A great place to stop when visiting the wine area of the Western Cape.  In the relaxed family friendly bistro they serve freshly cooked, simple meals such as traditional breakfasts, croissants, omelettes, charcuterie, coq au vin, crème caramel and homemade ice creams.  In the deli they sell a wide range of local specialty produce.  They are also  proud of their own farm reared pork.  Fresh meat can be cut to order and bacon, sausages, terrines, pates, cured meats are prepared on site.  The wines have a sense of place and are made on the farm from the organic vineyards.

La Colombe  Restaurant is situated on Constantia Uitsig, Cape Town.  Scot Kirton was appointed as Executive Chef of La Colombe in September 2010 and has since made his mark at this award-winning restaurant by securing an honorable Top 100 position in the San Pellegrino 100 Best Restaurants of the World Awards 2011.  Scot’s philosophy and approach to food lies in the pursuit of excellence and perfection he says, “Every dish can always be improved.  The freshest seasonal produce, uncomplicated clean flavors and classical elegance are the essence of my inspiration and passion for food.”  With impeccable service and an award-winning wine list, La Colombe is a truly unforgettable experience!

Caveau restaurant opened up in the antique cellars of Heritage Square in central Cape Town in 2004.  The concept of unpretentious fine-dining quickly entrenched it as a firm favourite on the local culinary scene.  A daily-changing menu, innovative wine list, relaxed atmosphere and attentive service have garnered it extensive acclaim.  The innovative and extensive wine list is categorized according to moods and styles, not region or varietal, making it informative and practical.  Open air seating is available in the historic Heritage Square courtyard as well as the terrace on Bree Street.  The restaurant is also adjoined by Caveau Deli.

Morgenhof Wine Estate is situated in the Stellenbosch winelands,  is owned by Anne Cointreau of France, and will be showcasing a special French menu during the Fete de la Gastronomie week.  The menu features Tomato & Gruyere Galette, Veal Cutlets served with Ratatouille & Gratin Dauphinois, ending with the very traditional Crepes Suzette.  One can select a 2 or 3 course menu.  A selection of elegant Morgenhof wines is available to compliment the French cuisine.

Savoy Cabbage is situated in central Cape Town, and offers a menu that alters daily, using the freshest local produce.  Gracious dining without excessive formality, High standards of service remain uncompromized.  Boutique wine list with many available by the glass also reflects discerning good taste.  Chosen as CNN’s only  “Hot Spot” for Cape Town.  Rave Review New York Times.  2½ star rating in Rossouw Guide.  Enjoy a special menu including a glass of Cap Classique.

The Foodbarn is situated in the picturesque Noordhoek, next to Chapmans Peak Drive.  The philosophy of the foodbarn is that food must be civilized without being over civilized; that is to say it has natural taste, smells and textures and much character…..often it looks beautiful too…what is paramount, is that it is prepared with respect, savvy and love…then, it is the right food for us to eat.  You will always find traditional French items on the menu.