South African Culinary Safari – Itinerary

Restaurant at Steenberg
Day 1
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

crayfish braai
Day 2
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

Cape Malay Experience
Day 3
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

Seafood, the restaurant
Day 6
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

Day 7
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

Richard cooking
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

Nyala plunge pool drink
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

Forest Lodge Suite
Day 12
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**

Vlei Lodge at dusk
Contact Road Travel Africa today to arrange your Gourmet Safari in South Africa.  We will gladly assist with excellent reduced rates on your accommodation, vehicle hire, day tours and restaurant bookings.  A package deal usually works out best, as this takes the stress out of finding suitable places to stay, great places to dine, good local tour guides, safe vehicles to drive and suitable routes to take.  We share our extensive local knowledge with our clients, and make sure you will have the holiday of a lifetime.

Male Lion

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.