Grande Roche is situated on the site of an old farm De Nieuwe Plantatie in the Drakenstein valley of Paarl, South Africa. Its heritage dates back to 1717 when a grant of land was given to Hermanus Bosman, the ‘sick comforter‘ and assistant to the Reverend Simond. The original house was extended over the years by various family members and in 1876, possibly influenced by a visit of Prince Alfred, it was changed to a Victorian style. After being in the same family’s possession for nearly 200 years, it was modernized in 1926 by its new owners the Du Toit family. After a fire in 1953, it was rebuilt as a Victorian manor house. It was finally restored to its original Cape Dutch splendor after careful research in 1991 and transformed into a luxury hotel. In 1993, the fastidious restoration was acknowledged when the Grande Roche Estate was declared a national monument.
You will be met at Cape Town International Airport and transferred to the Steenberg Hotel. Your Road Travel Africa representative will hand you your travel documents and will go through them with you, giving you self-drive tips and information on the many interesting places you can visit whilst in our country. Dinner this evening is at Catharina’s Restaurant, Steenberg Hotel. A fusion of classical cuisine amidst ageless splendor. Experience the captivation of flavors – tempestuous, exotic, contemporary & delectable.
Overnight: Steenberg Hotel
This morning after breakfast, you will be met by your Tour Guide and depart on a full day West Coast Tour visiting the West Coast National Park and the Mamre Mission Station. The West Coast land may look dry, but hosts a range of fascinating plants, particularly the bizarre array of succulent semi-desert plants. It comes alive in spring when millions of flowers blossom to carpet the earth in beautiful colors. You will enjoy lunch at the Strandloper Restaurant in Langebaan, situated right on the beach. Eat your way through approximately ten courses, from mussels to crayfish. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon, with the evening at leisure.
Overnight: Steenberg Hotel
This morning, your rental vehicle will be delivered to your hotel, so you can go out and experience Cape Town at your leisure. A few suggestions are Table Mountain, Robben Island, the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and the beautiful Cape Town beaches. Dinner arrangements will be made at the Cape Malay Restaurant at the Cellars Hohenort Hotel this evening. This restaurant specializes in local South African cuisine, and is a unique dining experience in authentic Cape Malay food.
Overnight: Steenberg Hotel
Day 4 & 5
After breakfast, you depart for the Cape Winelands area. Your days will be spent at leisure, exploring the beautiful Winelands with vineyards, excellent wine cellars and well-preserved historical buildings. Wine farms in the Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek areas not only produce some of the country’s finest wines, they have also opened their cellars and properties to visitors, who are treated to wine tastings, cellar tours with the wine makers, excellent restaurants and tours of the farms. Award winning Bosman’s ranks among the world’s greatest for its superb gourmet cuisine and service. Among its achievements is the coveted Relais Gourmand status and best wine list awards, a tribute to its well-stocked cellar of 300 vintage wines. Bosman’s international team of chefs, restaurant staff and sommeliers offer a most memorable dining experience.
Overnight: Grande Roche Hotel
Today you will make your way to Hermanus for your last night in the Western Cape region. This coastal town offers one of the best land-based whale-watching destinations in the world. Dinner will be enjoyed at the Seafood Restaurant at the Marine Hermanus Hotel. Seafood at the Marine is a lovely bright restaurant in the modern idiom where the only sea view will be on a plate. The atmosphere is informal and busy but with emphasis on fresh fish and great style from the kitchen theatre.
Overnight: Marine Hermanus Hotel
This morning after breakfast you will enjoy a very scenic drive back to Cape Town International Airport and drop off your rental vehicle at the airport before departing on your short scheduled flight to King Shaka International Airport. On arrival in Durban, you will be met and assisted with collecting your rental vehicle. You will then continue to Lynton Hall, where you will enjoy dinner before retiring for the night. The culinary creations of Lynton Hall are inspired by its proximity to the Indian Ocean and the property’s traditional connections with colonial India. The cooking philosophy initiated by the Five Star Master Chef is expressed in an avant-garde New World style where the emphasis is on flavor, texture and individuality – each dish carrying the signature of his energy and passion.
Overnight: Lynton Hall
Day 8 & 9
After breakfast this morning, you will make your way to Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse for the next two nights. Dinner will be enjoyed at Cleopatra on both nights. Passion and dedication are the keywords in the Cleopatra kitchen. The Chef’s specialty is sauces, a subject very close to his heart. He has long been obsessed with reduction techniques, which allow the full intense flavor of the food to shine through. Fresh ingredients are essential, and being able to pick from the gardens minutes before serving is a real pleasure. For the more exotic tastes, Richard spends hours hunting down local and imported ingredients of the highest quality – flying in fresh salmon from Norway and procuring genuine Parma hams and cheeses from Italy.
Overnight: Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse
Day 10 & 11
This morning after a delicious breakfast, you will drive to Phinda Private Game Reserve. Located between the azure waters of the Indian Ocean and the lush waterways of the Greater Saint Lucia Wetland Park – a World Heritage Site – Phinda’s 17500 hectares span seven unique habitats. You can look forward to two exciting game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles daily led by experienced rangers and Zulu trackers, as well as thrilling optional activities on the water, in the air and on the beach. Scuba Safaris: A 15-minute flight and short drive takes you to one of the top ten dive sites in the world. Diving the reefs of Sodwana Bay allows you to experience a portrait of marine diversity, with approximately 1200 species of fish and spectacular coral formations. Maputaland Beach Adventures: A 15-minute flight and a short drive in a specially designed 4×4 beach vehicle takes you to the beautiful beaches of Sodwana Bay.
Overnight: Phinda Forest / Mountain Lodge
After one last exciting game drive in search of the Big Five and a delicious bush breakfast, you check out and travel to King Shaka International Airport, in time for your connecting homebound flight.
**End of Road Trip**
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