South Africa: Total Gourmet Experience

23 days – EUR 3,266.07 pp in dbl-room1
Sabie, Sabie Sand, Malelane, uPhongola, Mooirivier, Bloemfontein, Graaff Reinet, Addo, Garden Route, Caledon, Winelands-Paarl, Cape Town

Experience a Gourmet Adventure, a combination of stunning locations, safaris and the best of South Africa food experience, a Gourmet treat while enjoying some of the best South African wines. This tour is the perfect trip for food lovers.


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1st day: Sabie

Cool mountain air to rejuvenate yourself
Cool mountain air to rejuvenate yourself
Hiking paradise: Blyde River Canyon
Hiking paradise: Blyde River Canyon
Arrival at the airport.

Rental car pick-up
Type: Toyota Corolla Sedan or Similar
Pick-up location: Johannesburg, Airport

From the Highveld to the escarpment
Distance: 400 km    Time: 4:30 h

 You will leave the metropolis of Johannesburg behind and travel through the seemingly endless "Highveld". Only near Waterval Boven does the landscape become interesting, as you begin the descent into the lowlands of South Africa.

Accommodation: Highgrove House

2 Nights, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
The guesthouse is hidden away in one of the most beautiful areas of Mpumalanga. It is one of the leading Independent hotels in South Africa and combines award-winning cuisine with first-class accommodation in spacious suites and attentive, unobtrusive staff. Views of the hilly bushland can be enjoyed from the large tropical garden. Hiking, horseback riding and golf are offered. Kruger National Park is only a half hourdrive away.


Details: Blyde River Canyon Park
The Drakensburg range in KwaZulu Natal extends into Mpumalanga and lies to the west of Kruger National Park. It forms part of the escarpment between the highveld and lowveld area in South Africa with a drop of around 1,300 meters. Blyde River Canyon was formed by heavy rains originating in the warm Indian Ocean. The landscape is dotted with waterfalls, forests and clear streams. Blyde River is one of the beautiful and extraordinary highlights of South Africa. A road called the Panorama Route leads to waterfalls, the potholes and vantage points from which one can view the African lowlands and large sections of Kruger National Park. This pristine, quiet and vast area of the Blyde River Canyon is revealed best to the hiker. Hiking trails with self-catering overnight huts are available, but reservations are essential. Many trails start at Bourke's Potholes.
Map: 1st day: Sabie

3rd day: Sabie Sand

Comfort in the Bush
Comfort in the Bush
Endangered species: Wild dogs
Endangered species: Wild dogs
Into a Private Game Reserve
Distance: 150 km Travel time: 2:30 h


Accommodation: Savanna Lodge

2 Nights, All meals with activities
Savanna's tented suites combine the romance of a tented roof and draped inner ceiling with the sophistication of permanent structures that ensure absolute luxury and privacy.
Three top of the range Executive Suites each have their own private swimming pool, indigenous garden area, are fully air-conditioned, have bathrooms en-suite that include double wash hand basins, enclosed toilets, a unique double shower and a beautiful ball and claw Victoriana bath.
The four Luxury Suites are of equal standard, however, exclude the private swimming pool and double shower.
Pure cotton linen with hand embroidered wildlife designs, and top quality beds are standard. Rustic reed blinds, coir carpets, a draped canvas ceiling and built in lounge area with bolsters and scatter cushions, all combine to create the most luxurious tents in Africa.


Details: Private Lodges in Kruger Park
A number of private game reserves are integrated into the western side of Kruger National Park. Some of the most exclusive lodges in Africa are found here, although there are also some rustic bush camps.

The single biggest advantage of the private game reserves is the exceptional service that is provided compared to the state-run Kruger National Park. Game viewing is their central focus and competent rangers accompany game drives in search of the Big Five and other animals. The chances of viewing rare game are greater since all rangers maintain radio contact and alert each other when sightings are made. Private game reserves are expensive but offer an unforgettable wildlife experience.
Map: 3rd day: Sabie Sand

5th day: Malelane

Zebras in Kruger Park
Zebras in Kruger Park
South of Kruger Park
Distance: 220 km    Time: 4:00 h
(Distances measured from northern Sabi Sand to Malelane)


Accommodation: Buhala Game Lodge

1 Night, Bed & Breakfast
Buhala is fenced into the Kruger National Park just 15 minutes from the Malelane Gate. Watch big game come down to drink in the Crocodile River while friendly staff caters to your every whim. Kruger ParkElephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, hippo and giraffe are all regulars. Over 200 bird species have been recorded on the property.
Elegant fully air-conditioned accommodation is offered with generous en-suite bathroom facilities. Buhala also has a cosy bar, comfortable lounge and swimming pool. Enjoy some pampering at the open deck day spa which overlooks the Kruger National Park.


Details: Kruger National Park
Kruger is one of the largest and best-known reserves in the world, and is the oldest in Africa. It covers an area of 2.2 million hectares, is 350 km long, 60 km wide and has five rivers flowing through it. It contains over 300 different species of trees, 50 different species of fish, 114 reptile species, around 500 bird species and 150 different mammals. The animal populations vary from season to season. To provide just one figure, the Kruger area is home to around 10,000 elephants.

Kruger has a subtropical climate with summer rainfall between October and May. During this time the park is transformed into a paradise, as flowers bloom and vegetation turns green. In the drier season between April and September, game viewing is more favourable, as trees shed their leaves and game congregates at water pools in the dry riverbeds.
Map: 5th day: Malelane

6th day: uPhongola

Luxury in the bush: White Elephant Lodge
Luxury in the bush: White Elephant Lodge
Open wide!!
Open wide!!
Through Swaziland
Distance: 400 km    Time: 6:00 h
(Distances measured from Malelane to Ithala Park)


Accommodation: White Elephant Lodge

3 Nights, All meals with activities
The White Elephant Lodge, the showpiece of the Project uPhongola Game Reserve, has won various awards. In the park there is a large variety of African game. Trips on the uPhongola to view hippos and crocodiles are offered. Bush trails, tiger fishing and guided mountain bike tours are also available.


Details: uPhongola Game Reserve
The uPhongola Game Reserve was first proclaimed in 1894 and is the second oldest reserve in the world and the oldest in South Africa. It's a sanctuary to a large variety of wildlife, including elephant, lion, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, impala, hyena, buffalo, rhino and leopard. Exactly 100 years ago after the last sighting of elephant in the uPhongola area, two breeding herds were reintroduced. Birdlife is prolific due to the diversity of habitats, with in excess of 350 species recorded.
uPhongola Game Reserve is a co-operative conservation project between private landowners, tribal communities and government conservation services, and forms the heart of a large ecological and socio-economically viable "Big Five" reserve. Allied to this quest the "Space for Elephant" Foundation has been formed to realise the goal of a biosphere large enough to viably sustain an elephant population of a thousand elephants and allow the re-establishment of the ancient elephant migration routes.
The uPhongola Game Reserve's 'Golela' section, under control of Kwazulu Natal Wildlife has over 40 white rhino. The Rhino Walk takes place here, in the Golela bushveld (Zulu for 'gathering place of animals') on the original area proclaimed as a game reserve by President Paul Kruger in 1894, thus the first and oldest game reserve in Africa!
Map: 6th day: uPhongola

9th day: Mooirivier

Exclusive gourmet getaway: Cleopatra
Exclusive gourmet getaway: Cleopatra
into the mountains
Distance: 400 km Travel time: 5:00 h


Accommodation: A mountain farmhouse

2 Nights, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Located at the foot of Giant's Castle in the Drakensberg Mountains, the historical farmhouse is the leading gourmet getaway in Kwazulu Natal. The owners Richard and Mouse Poynton administer the farmhouse personally, and with Richard's excellent gourmet cooking and Mouse's decorative genius they complement each other perfectly. Guests will appreciate the relaxed, comfortable stay amid tranquil surroundings. Trout fishing, horseback riding, hiking, and swimming in crystal clear rock pools are just a few of the available activities.


Details: Drakensberg
The Drakensberg mountain range of Natal forms the most dramatic escarpment between the South African Highveld and the low-lying regions. Soft meadows, jagged cliffs and bizarre rock formations create majestic scenery. From any vantage point you can enjoy a grand view into the low-lying Kwazulu Natal region. The Drakensberg has a network of hiking trails, some of which have caves for overnight self-catering accommodation. Most of the caves were used by Bushmen for many centuries. The best months to hike are the drier months (March to September) when the views are best, but a stay in the berg during the summer months (October to February) is also very rewarding due to the warm weather, green hills and thunderstorms. The thunderstorms can be fierce but are usually brief, after which you can resume your walk.
Map: 9th day: Mooirivier

11th day: Bloemfontein

Historical buildings: Bloemfontein City Hall
Historical buildings: Bloemfontein City Hall
 Distance: 550 km    Time: 6:45 h


Accommodation: De Oude Kraal

1 Night, Bed & Breakfast
In the heart of the Free State, lying snugly just outside Bloemfontein, lies a beautifully restored old farmhouse, De Oude Kraal Country Estate. They offer tranquillity after a long daytravel in luxury, romantic accommodation and spend a few days unwinding on the farm. Adorned with family heirlooms and collectables, the homestead offers old world charm, whilst Gerhardexclusive bar and wine cellar provides a wide variety to satisfy all discerning guests. Marierenowned Free State cuisine offers a gourmet dinner by candlelight, a hearty farm breakfast and is a culinary feast in all aspects.
A complimentary afternoon tea with cakes awaits you upon check-in. Lounge in the sun, read a book from the in-house library and experience the peaceful park-like gardens under the blue gum trees. Explore the farm by horseback, footpaths, sundown tractor ride or enjoy one of our many other outdoor activities.
The garden rooms are all individually themed and decorated by Marie. Each boasts a private patio, open fireplace, en-suite bathroom, heater, television and tea and coffee facilities. Some have under floor heating and spa bath as an added luxury. After a leisurely meal snuggle up under fluffy goose down duvet and mohair blanket.


Details: Bloemfontein
Bloemfontein, the Capital City of the Free State Province in South Africa, is centrally situated roughly in the middle of the Province, as well as in South Africa. The "City of Roses", as it had become known locally, is placed with more pivotal importance than any other city in the country. The Judicial Capital, sixth largest city in South Africa, lies on the main road, rail and air links between north and south, east and west.
What keeps the past so alive is the unobtrusive and almost natural inclusion of an impressive architectural and historical heritage into the very life of a modern, developing city - here the past becomes part of the present. Graceful charm is to be seen all along the historical, tree-lined President Brand Street, a declared national monument; stately museum buildings stand proudly visible at the ends of the bustling main streets in the business district, while small monuments and memorials, almost unnoticeable, are deliberately preserved even in built-up suburbs. Historical buildings include the City Hall, Old Presidency, buildings of judicial implication, the Anglican Cathedral, railway station, the Dutch Reformed twin tower church and many more. Other attractions include the Orchid House, a tropical oasis of lush beauty, with astonishing colour and uniqueness. Then there's Loch Logan, a popular venue for a braai or get-together, or the Botanical Gardens, or Aventura Maselspoort, where you can enjoy various activities and watersports.
The Bloemfontein Zoo, Naval Hill with the Franklin Reserve, Sand du Plessis Theatre, other theatres and galleries, arts and craft-markets. For the culture-vultures there are also the Bloemfontein National Museum and the Women's Memorial and War Musem.
Map: 11th day: Bloemfontein

12th day: Graaff Reinet

The Valley of Desolation
The Valley of Desolation
Into the semi-desert of Karoo
Distance: 425 km    Time: 5:00 h


Accommodation: Andries Stockenstrm Guesthouse

1 Night, Bed & Breakfast
Situated in the historic town, Graaff-Reinet, the centre of the Karoo Midlands, this guest house is one of the culinary oases of South Africa. Food is a passion here and the dinners are legendary, the highlight of your stay, an experience to be savoured and remembered. The owners Gordon and Rose Wright, invite you to become part of this experience, Karoo hospitality at it's best. Bedrooms are cosy and with comforts and extras to pamper. The floors in the old house are all original yellow wood. The guest house and dining room, located in a manor house built Circa 1819, has six en-suite double rooms all elegantly furnished. As mentioned, food is the very being, the soul of this guest house and Gordon's enthusiasm for good, honest food is legendary. Turning local and regional products into a fine art is what sets his cuisine apart and has cognoscenti proclaiming it among South Africa's finest.
Relax on the pool terrace or in the lounge. Stroll streets filled with architectural treasures, of which more than 200 are National Monuments. Visit the awesome Valley of Desolation and nature reserve with plenty of game.


Details: Graaff-Reinet
The South African Highveld and coastal plains are divided by a mountain range that runs parallel to the coast from the west coast to Kruger Park. Graaff-Reinet lies in a gap in the mountains separating the Highveld and low-lying areas. Wild animals used the route as a passageway between the interior and the coast long before the area was settled by the Boers. The abundance of game has attracted people to the area for centuries. Graaff-Reinet is one of the oldest cities in South Africa. It was built in the typical Cape Dutch style and is surrounded by game reserves. The Valley of Desolation is an outstanding nature reserve that is well worth a visit.
Map: 12th day: Graaff Reinet

13th day: Addo

Stylish farm accommodation near Addo Park
Stylish farm accommodation near Addo Park
The elephants at Addo are unusually large
The elephants at Addo are unusually large
Towards the coast and the parks
Distance: 240 km    Time: 4:00 h


Accommodation: A citrus farm

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Tucked away in a peaceful citrus farm on the doorstep of Addo Elephant Park, and close to Shamwari and Schotia, this retreat offers five star (TGCSA) luxury and service which entails attention to detail and spacious accommodation. Stylish, regional cuisine is served in the Afro-Chic dining room with views of resident herons, cormorants and rare waterbirds. The cuisine is inspired by the flavours of local ingredients and freshly picked herbs and vegetables. Complementing the menu is wine from the private underground cellar, which boasts a unique and comprehensive cross-section of fine South African wines. The health spa, equipped with sauna, hydrotherapy treatments, gym and massage room, flows into a palm fringed pool. Experience game at close quarters from a luxury open Landcruiser with highly experienced guides.


Details: Addo Elephant Park
Long ago large herds of elephants congregated along the southern coastline of Africa, thriving and growing in size, mainly due to the rich vegetation. Farmers entered the area in the 19th century and regarded the elephants as a threat to their livelihood because they destroyed large areas while foraging. The animals were shot in large numbers. In 1931, when only 11 elephants remained in the Eastern Cape, Addo Park was established to give them the protection necessary to their survival. Zuurberg Park was later added and together they contain a population of over 200 giant elephants, herds of buffalo and a variety of antelope. The park has numerous vantage points which offer the opportunity to view game at watering holes (bring binoculars). While Zuurberg Park has two walking trails, Addo may only be viewed by motor vehicle or guided tour.
Map: 13th day: Addo

15th day: Garden Route

Grenzt an Nutrureservat: Boutique-Gästehaus in Wildernss
Grenzt an Nutrureservat: Boutique-Gästehaus in Wildernss
Enchanting southern coast of Africa: The Garden Route
Enchanting southern coast of Africa: The Garden Route
To the golfing mecca of the Garden Route
 Distance: 380 km    Time: 4:45 h


Accommodation: Cinnamon Boutique Guest House

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Set in amongst the tranquil Milkwoods alongside a private reserve, they offer rooms with a variety of views of the beautiful surroundings. At Cinnamon Boutique Guest house you can expect only the best deluxe accommodation. All bedrooms are air-conditioned with tea/coffee facilities, bar fridges, DSTV, safes and Hair dryers. All the rooms have balconies. Cinnamon Boutique also offers a self-catering bar, TV room and a stunning private pool. They are within walking distance to the beach, a host of fine restaurants and all other amenities.

 

Details: Garden Route
The coastal area between Swellendam and Humansdorp is known as the Garden Route. It is characterised by its picturesque coves, secluded beaches, steep cliffs and indigenous forests. Just inland, high mountain ranges cause precipitation of up to 2,500mm a year. Behind the mountains, the rainfall quickly diminishes to around 250mm per year. Despite this precipitation, one cannot say that the Garden Route lies in a high rainfall area. Rain showers are brief but intense and occur mostly at night. The name of this area originates from the first inhabitants, who migrated to this area and thought they had found the Garden of Eden. The Tsitsikamma Coastal National Park must be the highlight of the area, consisting of untouched forest and coastal areas through which beautiful hiking trails meander.
Map: 15th day: Garden Route

17th day: Caledon

South African hospitality: Rouxwil
South African hospitality: Rouxwil
The endless vistas of the Overberg region
The endless vistas of the Overberg region
The Overberg
Distance: 350 km    Time: 4:00 h


Accommodation: Rouxwil Farm

1 Night, Bed & Breakfast
Rouxwil Farm is a working sheep farm looking out over wheat fields, fruit trees and the majestical Riviersonderend Mountains. All rooms have their own patio with a view of the valley. While farm tours are offered, the farm is also ideal for walks. Thys und ORoux treat guests as if they were personal friends.


Details: Overberg
Overberg offers several pristine beaches, beautiful nature reserves and numerous other peaceful spots. The beaches are perfect for swimming, surfing or just sunbathing. Yet the summers are more than just sun, sea and sand. There's good food served with a chilled glass of Overberg wine while admiring stunning sunsets, relaxing hikes in one of the many nature reserves in the region, or just lying around the pool of your accommodation.

This area also showcases wild flowers in abundance. These floral jewels embrace mountains, valleys and coastal areas. Overberg is home to an immense diversity of wild flowers and fynbos, many which are unique to the region. During winter the less travelled roads are bordered by a colourful array of flowers. The many botanical gardens, parks and nature reserves exhibit these special flowers throughout the winter months.

The attractions in the region include museums, nature reserves, mission stations, the southernmost tip of Africa (the point where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet), whale watching and much more.
Map: 17th day: Caledon

18th day: Winelands-Paarl

In the heart of the Winelands
In the heart of the Winelands
In the winelands: a tranquil retreat
In the winelands: a tranquil retreat
Beautiful landscapes with fertile winelands
Beautiful landscapes with fertile winelands
To the winelands
Distance: 100 km    Time: 1:30 h

From the remote back country you cross the magnificent Franchhoek Pass into the Winelands.

Accommodation: A country house in the winelands

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The accommodation is centrally located in the winelands between three well-known towns: Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek. The rooms are located in chalets spread evenly around the lush garden. During the day there is time to tour the beautiful countryside, visit some wine estates and, of course, sample the wines. Evenings can be spent on the terrace enjoying the red sunsets behind the mountains. The hotel has its own restaurant and stocks several of the good wines produced in the area.


Details: Winelands
The Cape Winelands extend from Paarl through Stellenbosch to Franschhoek and largely produce white wines of world-class quality. Wine has been produced there since the middle of the 17th century when the first settlers, mainly French and German-speaking farmers, moved to the area. The vineyards are cultivated in rich valleys instead of on steep slopes, as is customary in other countries. Wine-tasting is offered at most wine farms. In addition to the world-class wines, the spectacular landscapes make a visit to the Winelands a rewarding experience.
Map: 18th day: Winelands-Paarl

20th day: Cape Town

Cape-Dutch architecture
Cape-Dutch architecture
The Waterfront and Table Mountain
The Waterfront and Table Mountain
To the Cape of Good Hope
Distance: 65 km    Time: 0:40 h


Accommodation: Glen Avon Lodge

3 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The Lodge is situated in the most beautiful part of Constantia, between Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope, and has been maintained in its Cape-Dutch style, surrounded by a lush big garden with a view of the surrounding mountains. The luxury guestrooms, all with a view of the gardens have a mini-bar, telephone, and coffee and tea making facilities. The Lodge is ideally situated between the City and the southern Wine estates.


Details: Cape Town
The city of Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula alone warrant a trip to South Africa. It is the oldest city in South Africa, commander Jan van Riebeek having landed at Cape Town in 1652. From there the Boers migrated further into the country. In 1814 the Dutch East India Company ceded the land to the British Crown. The British influence increased from then on, and today Cape Town is probably the most liberal city in South Africa. This is where the abolishment of apartheid began.

You will probably not find a more beautiful setting for any city in the world. Overlooking the city is Table Mountain, a flat-topped mountain often covered with a tablecloth of clouds. To the east the vineyards produce wines of world-class quality, and at the southern point, known as the Cape of Good Hope, a nature conservation area protects the fauna and flora. There one can take secluded walking trails which provide a view of both oceans.

Bathers are advised to swim in the warmer waters of the Mozambique current on the eastern side, which is approximately 2° warmer than the Atlantic Ocean with its current stemming from the Antarctic.
Map: 20th day: Cape Town

23th day: Cape Town

Rental car drop off
Drop off location: Cape Town, Airport

Additional Services

Climate Compensation
For more information on our project, please refer to our website:
www.umfulana.com/about-umfulana/projects/climate-compensation

Avis Permit - Swaziland
The Avis Permit to enter Swaziland must be picked up at the Avis office when collecting the vehicle. It is vital that this permit be obtained, as otherwise the vehicle will not be allowed to enter Swaziland.

Rental car

Rental car company: AVIS South Africa
Type: Toyota Corolla Sedan or Similar (Group C)

Accessories: 4 Door, Air-conditioning, Power Steering, Central Locking, Electric Windows, Radio/CD, Airbags, ABS, Manual transmission
Capacity: 4 persons, 3 medium bags, 1 small bag

max excess: ZAR 0 (nil)
AVIS
Services The price is per person based on two persons sharing a double room and includes accommodations (meals included as stated above) and rental car (if stated above).

USD 4,359.001
(EUR 3,266.07)1




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