Location: South Africa Duration: 11 nights Price: From £4,300 per person in low season based on two adults travelling together and including all flights in economy class, accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, car hire, experiences as stated and taxes

This food and wine exploration through South Africa would even make Bacchus proud. Flying into Cape Town, you’ll be set amid some of the world’s best restaurants in order to discover the Mother City’s vibrant amalgamation of culture cuisine, from the famous Cape Malay specialities to centuries-old Dutch traditions. Ticking off views of the iconic Table Mountain and Atlantic Ocean on the way, you’ll venture into the Cape Winelands to embrace the farm-to-fork philosophy and dine on incredibly fresh produce – that you can even help harvest. Next, you’ll travel deeper into the Western Cape to learn how to make traditional South African fare, rooted deep in the local culture, and then finish along the Indian Ocean, plucking oysters straight out of the water. No trip to South Africa is complete without trying the much-loved New World wines, therefore the whole holiday is imbibed with superb tipples and you’ll never be far away from an excellent wine estate or innovative microbrewery.

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Wine lovers, foodies, connoisseurs of the good life and the palate thrill seeker.

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Making this trip a two-week affair and adding a few nights at the end for some big game safari bliss in one of our favourite game reserves, Sabi Sand.

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CONSTANTIA – 3 nights

Constantia, an affluent suburb of Cape Town, is one of the oldest townships and was established in the late 17th century when the first vine cuttings were planted by settlers of the Dutch East India Company. Now famous for its tranquil ambiance, luxurious properties and well-established wines, Constantia is the perfect introduction into South Africa’s gastronomic splendour. You’ll fly into Cape Town and drive to country hotel Cellars-Hohenort, located in the heart of Constantia. During your stay, you’ll take part in a cookery class, learning a few show-stopping recipes, and go on a private food tour of the Cape. For your leisure time, you can wander along the tree-lined streets, spotting the characteristic Cape Dutch houses and the contoured slopes of Table Mountain, or visit the nearby farmer’s markets and wine estates. Eat until you can’t anymore in the Malay Quarter of Bo Kapp and experience the emerging coffee culture with an artisanal cup. Visit the oldest wine estate in the country, Groot Constantia, to try its sweet wines, which were cellared by Napoleon, Jane Austen and Queen Victoria alike and then head to Camps Bay for a palate cleanser, tucking into the fantastically fresh seafood. As well as food and wine, Capetonians also really love their beer -small and independent breweries are paving over the old, mass-produced lagers. With micro-breweries exploding onto the scene from every angle of the Cape, join the revolution with a beer tasting – we’d recommend starting at Riot Beer with their IPA or golden ale in full view of its brewery engine room.

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FRANSCHHOEK – 3 nights

A gardener’s dream, Babylorenstoren is a working farm estate surrounded by rows and rows of vineyards, pumpkin patches, olive and citrus groves, vegetable beds, mulberry bushes and hundreds of edible plants – 300 to be precise. All tended by expert and friendly groundsmen and 200 snow-white, snail-eating ducks, the estate is just ideal for leisurely walks. During your three nights here, you can cycle through the vineyards, go birdwatching (the estate has many more birds than just the ducks) and even give a hand with the harvest, pruning and picking at the encroaching greenery. Situated between Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl, you are in a prime position to go estate hopping, sampling the delicious wines and looking around the properties as you go. You’ll be given a superb introduction into the making of wine with a Behind the Barrels tour, where you’ll learn what goes into making an award-winning vintage and why. Foodies will discover their own idea of heaven both at the wine estates, which often offer cheese, chocolate and olive tastings as well, and in the world-famous restaurants. Embrace the ‘farm-to-fork’ philosophy at the onsite Babel Restaurant and try the warm beetroot falafel or the wild mushroom risotto all sourced from the garden, perfectly paired to Babylonstoren’s own range of wines – just ask the sommelier for their recommendation.

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PRINCE ALBERT – 2 nights

A place of great serenity and charm, Prince Albert is a small town located on the southern edge of the Great Karoo. Set on the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains, the area is an adult’s playground, with plenty of hiking and mountain biking trails to discover and birding and botanical excursions to join. You’ll drive to Prince Albert and stay at the African Relish, a recreational cooking school with its own olive grove and vegetable garden. You’ll take part in the ‘anytime courses’, tailored to passing travellers who want half or full-day cooking sessions. Ranging from learning how to balance spices to cooking some great comfort food, you’ll master some Karoo classics and get your hands kneading breads, carving meats and decorating baked goodies. Prince Albert is also known for its sun-ripened fresh and dried fruit, so consider the pickling and preserving course to take home a handmade souvenir. If you’ve been taste testing at every step, you can shake off some of the excess indulgence by following the tractor trails to the olive farm and admiring the quiet groves, before joining an olive oil tasting.

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KNYSNA – 3 nights

Finally, you’ll head towards the coast hitting the Garden Route for your last three nights in South Africa surrounded by ocean and cliffs. You’ll stay at the Turbine Hotel & Spa, a five-star boutique hotel, which makes interesting use of its past as an old power station. The hotel is located on the picturesque Thesen Island, offering entrancing views of the harbour and lagoon, which you can explore on a pontoon cruise or on a kayak. Cross the causeway that connects the island with the mainland and head to Mitchell’s, South Africa’s second largest brewery, for an extensive tour on how handmade beer is perfected and for a sampling of the draughts at the end. Visit the dramatic Knysna Heads for a higher vantage point and train your eye to spot dolphins and whales or follow the coast to Plettenberg Bay to walk along white sands framed by crystal-blue waters. As you are by the sea, you should definitely make time to fit in some seafood. Sit down with a plate of white mussel cracker or grunter (a local favourite), try an ostrich potjie (slow cooked in a wrought iron pot) and, an absolute must, is to slide a dozen or so oysters down your throat. You’ll be taken on an oyster cruise around the lagoon, where you can listen to the stories of the area’s seafood industry before cracking open a few hard shells and washing the delicacies down with a glass of local wine – at the end of the tour you’ll be a skilled shucker and a whole lot merrier.

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