Property of the Month – Delaire Graff

Only 5 minutes from charming Stellenbosch and less than an hour from Cape Town International airport sits this month’s property of the month – the treasured citadel, Delaire Graff. Unrivalled in setting and home to some of South Africa’s finest wine, accommodation and botanical wonders it is a sight to be savoured by all. This property is the diamond in the crown and represents the epitome of state-of-the-art architecture with its Cape Dutch impression.

Go slow and take it all in. Climbing the meandering, tree-lined driveway, you are flanked by lush, manicured gardens, bright flowers and sporadic sculptures. But wait… you haven’t even got to the top. Once there, the mind-blasting views of the Franschhoek valley will no doubt, take your breath away.

Turn around and prepare yourself to appreciate the true architectural beauty of the winery itself. There’s so much to look at and so much to take in. From the biggest peach pip floor in the world, to some of South Africa’s most renowned works of art, to delicate water fountains and epic overgrown Oak Trees. We assure you, every minute detail has been carefully considered and you will not be able to fault this estate for anything.

Wandering through the delicious wines is a great place to start. Make sure you don’t leave without tasting the flagship Cabernet Franc, the estate’s best seller. Since 2008 the Delaire Graff Cellar, one of the most advanced cellars in the region has been making world-class wines.

The team of gifted chefs and sommeliers at the Delaire Restaurant take you on a culinary joyride. Savour the food as each plate is served with the utmost care and teeming with fresh ingredients, picked daily from the farms very own vegetable garden. The Slow Cooked Beef Short Rib will render you speechless especially when followed by the Coconut Namelaka, worth every calorie and much more!

As if this is not enough Delaire Estate boasts a second restaurant, Indochine which sits with the lodges at the crest of the estate. Inside a wave of blue and copper washes over you and equips you with the ultimate appreciation of the green gardens and winery beyond the wrap around balcony.

Once utterly satisfied head home to a deluxe lodge and perhaps have a midnight dip in your heated infinity pool before unwinding into the elegant sanctuary. Large open spaces, enormous windows, high ceilings and neutral colours combined result in a soothing and peaceful embrace. Here you literally have your very own piece of heaven and can survey the lands below and beyond. Appreciate the splendour of the African sunset over a bottle of wine from your very own sundeck or take a hike up to “Leopards Landing” the estates top-secret picnic spot and have the chef spoil you to your very own basket of treats.

For more on Delaire Graff click here.

African Travel Myths Demystified

“The only thing dark about Africa is our ignorance of it.” – George Kimble

Many people have preconceived ideas about Africa – often based on opinions or myths. Some of these myths have been circulating for so long that they now are in fact considered as truth or fact. Misconceptions are awful things, managing to dissuade many from visiting Africa – which is very sad! Here are our top five African safari myths debunked to convince you to finally book that unforgettable African trip.

Angama Mara East Africa Kenya Safari Tour

Africa is not safe:

Safety can be an issue in some African cities as it can be anywhere in the world now, but when it comes to national parks and game reserves, they are some of the safest places in the world.

Africa is all bush:

Africa is a vast continent with diverse landscapes, environments and climates in a single area. Countries have savannahs, rainforests, mountains, beaches and deserts to accommodate different travel wishes – making it easy to find whatever it is that your heart desires!

You always need a guide:

While it would be recommended that first-time traveller’s view game with a guide – once you’ve been on enough safaris you can go on self-drive safaris. Many travellers have seen the super-seven (the Big Five, cheetahs and wild dogs) on their self-drives.

To truly experience Africa, you have to “rough it”:

There is always the option of “roughing it” in the wilderness – sleeping bag and all. But there is the more popular preference and opportunity, to experience all Africa has to offer in comfort and opulence. South Africa boasts some of the most luxurious game lodges offering unrestricted access to some of Africa’s prestigious wildlife. Most game lodges offer gourmet meals and private bungalows – kitted out with all your modern amenities – that overlook the vast plains and Africa’s vibrant wildlife. Not to mention it offers some of the world’s most affordable luxury travel!

 

It will be too hot:

Yes, Africa’s climate is warm, but not all the time. Some countries have a cold, wet winter and others have a rainy summer. Throughout the year, most game reserves can actually get quite chilly in the morning and at night, and you will need to layer to stay warm. This’s a nice balance between the heat of the day and the cool of the night.

Animals are likely to attack you:

Animals attacking is probably the last thing you need to worry about on your safari! The wildlife, in general, prefer to avoid the company of humans, so they won’t be hunting you down any time soon…

Ivory Lodge Lions Sands Sabi Sands Lions

Only expensive cameras can take good wildlife photographs:

If you own a long lens it is of course advantageous, however it is not a necessity. Many people have photographed animals within meters of the safari vehicle with a 300mm lens. What works well – if you already have one – is the Nikon D7000 with 18 megapixels. The resolution is decent and you could crop the far-away shots.

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Our suggestion is that when you embark on your trip to Africa, you leave behind all myths and legends. Once you hit the tarmac, your adventure begins and you will never look back!

Top Travel Trends for 2018

From remote luxury accommodations to achievement-based travel, 2018 is set to be a year of long vacations, slowing down and learning to appreciate the world around us. Here’s what the experts have to say about the trends for the year ahead:

Booking trends:

79% of travel research is being done on mobile phones and an increase in online bookings has begun trending with 49% of these direct online bookings being made on mobile devices.

Duliini Lodge River Bridge

Solo Travel:

Ever since Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ was published, solo travel – especially among female travellers – has gained popularity. 2018 welcome’s our solo visitors to our safe safari destinations, where the world is at your fingertips. Our private guides and luxury transfers ensure your safety at all times.

 

Remote Luxury:

Luxury travel is increasingly being associated with remoteness and disconnectivity. This year, people are projected to dedicate more time towards travel – willing to travel farther and into destinations often difficult to get to in order to feel like they have a small piece of the world (nearly) entirely to themselves!

‘Off the beaten track’ is one of this year’s travel themes allowing visitors to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and experience nature at its fullest. An example is Tswalu Kalahari – a hidden gem set literally in the middle of nowhere!

Zimbabwe and Zambia – The two hot safari destinations for 2018:

South Africa is typically considered a favourite go-to for African safaris with Zimbabwe and Zambia as add-on destinations. On the contrary, 2017 saw an increase in demand for trips to Zimbabwe and Zambia as primary destinations. This is a trend most experts believe to continue in to 2018. These two countries have luxury accommodations and crowd-free safaris – perfect for those looking towards that remote luxury vacation. Investments in both countries from infrastructure and airports to national parks has contributed to this new destination-trend. Not to mention the fact that Zambia was recently voted “safest destination in the world by skyscanner.”

Glamping:

For those travellers who really want to be one with nature – but really can’t, there are endless possibilities for you to be outdoorsy without sacrificing comforts and luxuries. 2018 sees an increase in bookings at luxury tented properties for the less nature-inclined to slow down, unwind and enjoy nature without actually having to “be in nature”.

Singita Sabi Sands Luxury Lodge Kruger Park

Achievement-based travel:

2017 was the year for experiential national and international travel; connecting the traveller closely with their country or destination. This year, we will see this taken a step further with travellers pushing themselves to achieve a lifelong goals or using travel to “find themselves.”

The goal of the year is to achieve something – whether it is climbing a certain mountain or hiking a difficult trek – built into a traveller’s trip. This trend is a reflection in the travel industry of visitors wanting more from their trips than just a standard sightseeing tour.

Extended trips

The last six months has seen an increase in travellers booking trips for longer than two weeks – clients often pushing for around-the-country trips. According to Jacada Travel, 50% of the trips already booked are for longer than two weeks.

Travellers not tourists:

Increasingly encouraged over the years and recently trending – visitors to foreign countries prefer immersing themselves in experiences that cannot be found in guidebooks and brochures. Meeting locals and wondering through neighbourhoods has been the best way to experience cultures, from wine tasting to learning a new crafts or languages.

 

For all of us getting on a bus, plane or train to somewhere new… 2018 is going to be an exciting year!

5 Unforgettable Activities to Add to Your African Safari

When we think of a “vacation in Africa” the chances are that the bushveld and the Big Five come to mind. No doubt, Africa’s wildlife are pretty impressive. There surely is no other continent relentlessly defined by its world-class safari destinations and tours. There is an allure to African safaris – with our majestic landscapes and unforgettable wildlife interaction.

But there is so much more to Africa than safaris. South Africa is fast becoming one of the adventure capitals of the world. When it comes to the best safaris and activities, whether you’re doing an Adventure, Luxury, Family or Honeymoon Safari, travellers are spoilt for choice with awesome expeditions and adventures.

It is near impossible to compile a list of things to do – but we have chosen the most iconic options for you in the beautiful Cape. From diamond safaris and wine tasting to bungee jumping and swimming with seals, you will surely have many a story for your friends on your return!

Diamond Safaris with Ellerman House

Our property of the month – Ellerman House, in partnership with Benguela Diamonds has curated a luxury experience for their guests. Investing in a diamond is not an everyday purchase, making this unique trip an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Head to the west-coast and follow the journey of an ocean diamond. After a day out at sea, you can select your rough diamond to be cut, polished and set into a piece of jewellery at the design studio in Stellenbosch.

Wine Tasting and Culinary Tours

A foodie and a wine enthusiast? Explore the fantastic wine regions of Paarl, Franschhoek, and Stellenbosch on a tasting tour. Visit South African vineyards to learn about locally produced wines amidst the beautiful rolling mountains of the countryside. Sample the flavours of Cape Town’s Boland with top quality, locally produced gourmet food during a guided tour. Stroll from one tasting stop to another under the oak trees.

Bungee Jumping

Take the Garden Route – a paradise all on its own that deserves to be a “must-see” on everyone’s to-do list. Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Sedgefield and George are among the greenest places in the Western Cape and offer the best hiking trails and indigenous forests. On your way, make sure to visit Bloukrans Bridge – the highest commercial bungee jump in the world at 216 m high! The walkway and jump point offer breath-taking views and an inspiring once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Swimming with Seals

For an unforgettable marine wildlife experience, swimming with seals is a must-do Cape Town activity. Gaze into the eyes of a Cape Fur seal at Duiker Island in Hout Bay and come nose-to-mask with these cute creatures. Have an intimate encounter with these playful and inquisitive aqua-babies in their natural habitat.

Helicopter Tour

Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and there is no better way to admire this beauty than from a panoramic view. Take a private helicopter tour for up to one hour flying from the V & A Waterfront all the way to Cape Point. Fly over dreamy sceneries and experience what sets our coastlines apart from others.

For more awesome fun-filled activities to add to your African safari contact us now.

The Best African Safari Tours for 2018

“If there were one more thing I could do, it would be to go on safari once again.” Karen Blixen.

It’s a new year… so why not make 2018 the year that you finally go on that safari you’ve been meaning to go on for so long!

Planning the perfect African Safari can be intimidating when you don’t know where to start. That’s why we’ve carefully selected our Top 3 African Safari Tours which offer only the most luxurious, authentic, and unparalleled experiences just for you!

The optimal safari tour for first-time African adventurers. Be astounded by the magnificent Cape Grace Hotel, located in South Africa’s Mother City. Enjoy luscious cocktails on the deck, tranquil spa treatments, and divine gourmet meals.

Be whisked to the Lion Sands Ivory Lodge in world-renowned Kruger National Park, and revel in complete exclusivity while sharing an intimate connection with the African bushveld. Take delight in spotting the Big 5 and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Africa.

End your adventure in Zambia at the Royal Livingstone—Africa’s most graceful Victorian hotel. Enjoy the healing spray of Victoria Falls and unwind to the sound of its roar. With your G&T in hand, gazing out over golden mist at sundown, get a true taste of Africa’s bygone era.

  1. The Royal Romance

The ultimate romantic getaway for couples with a love for Africa. The safari begins in Cape Town at Ellerman House—an absolutely gorgeous Edwardian Mansion resting on Lion’s Head. Take in spectacular views, delectable food, and Africa’s greatest art collection.

Head off to idyllic La Residence—a captivating boutique hotel set in picturesque Franschhoek. Not only is it the most alluring hotel in Franschhoek, it is also home to exceptional wine and unrivalled cuisine.

Escape to Royal Chundu in Zambia where opulence meets tranquillity. It’s the perfect place for you and your special someone to revel in all things ‘Africa’.

  1. Africa’s Family Getaway

An extravagant safari adventure for the whole family. Your African escapade starts at the One&Only Cape Town—centrally located and an ideal home base for the whole family. Admire the sweeping views over Cape Town while indulging in all the mod-cons, what more could you ask for?

Journey to Madkiwe Safari Lodge an African safari that caters for everyone. Located in a malaria free area makes it ideal for families. Madikwe blends five star comfort and pure African indulgence.

End your adventure at Tongabezi which lies on the banks of the Zambezi River. With plenty of exciting activities for the entire family—parents can relax at the peaceful plunge pools while kids can enjoy the delights of the play area.

For more information on tours that are available please visit our site here.

Top 10 Luxury Destinations for 2018

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” — Author Unknown.

Everyone deserves to feel spoilt, pampered and relaxed. Especially in the aftermath of the festive season, there’s even more of a need to escape from the madness. South Africa is not short of luxury destinations to escape to, put your feet up and bask under Africa’s sun. Iconic Africa ticks all the boxes for those who are accustomed to only the best and prefer the finer things in life. Do pristine wilderness, private pavilions, silver service and contemporary interiors excite you? Indulge in our finest selection of luxurious locations and let us enable you to travel in guilt-free style and be in complete harmony with nature. Wherever you choose to go, we have only the very best in true African   hospitality for you and your family.

Four of our top ten luxury destinations for 2018 featured on Travel and Leisure’s ‘Top 100 Luxury Hotels in the World’ in 2017. Our collection of accommodation has a traditional African character preserving pieces of our land with qualities of sophistication, charm and natural beauty. Iconic Africa ensures that guests have a comfortable and relaxing stay in private and exclusive settings which inspire wanderlust and acts as a salve for the soul.

  1. Tswalu – Kalahari

Tswalu is 240 000 acres of pristine Kalahari wilderness. Owned by the Oppenheimer family, this is the largest private game reserve in southern Africa and bares testament to the family’s commitment to authentic conservation and opulent luxury. Out in the wild, the game viewing is breathtaking be it from the back of a 4 X 4 safari vehicle, the saddle of an impeccably behaved horse or on foot. Tswalu is the ultimate luxury safari destination in the heart of the magical Kalahari.

Tswalu Game Reserve. Southern Kalahari. Northern Cape. South Africa.
  1. Londolozi – Sabi Sands

In Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Awards 2014, Londolozi was named the best hotel in the world! A global honour of colossal proportions. Londolozi effortlessly exceeds all expectations on a luxury, hospitality, wilderness and experiential front – however when anyone who knows Londolozi well, is tasked with describing this African wonder they are immediately confronted by the difficulty of portraying the intangible. It is this indiscernible x factor which sets Londolozi aside from the rest!

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  1. Angama Mara – Masai Mara

Perched on the edge of Africa’s Great Rift Valley is a lodge that comes as close to heaven on earth, as possible. Angama Mara, Swahili for “suspended in mid-air” boasts the best views in the Masai Mara. A place that constantly takes your breath away, where happiness reigns and peace is all encompassing, where you literally stand on the edge of the world. Owner managed and run by the reputable Fitzgerald family, Angama Mara is the ultimate African safari destination.

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  1. Royal Chundu – Victoria Falls

Royal Chundu, the first Relaix Chateaux property in Zambia, is nestled on the Zambian bank of the immense Zambezi River. Here, upstream of the Victoria Falls, the river is a wide and tranquil elixir that supports a myriad of bird, fish, mammal and plant life. Elephants graze the banks and islands while tiger fish dart through the water after prey. Royal Chundu represents a commitment to unbridled luxury in the wild of Africa and the constant support of local communities.

  1. Zarafa – Okavango Delta

Zarafa, from the Arabic word for beloved, is a jewel set in the treasure trove of the Zibadianja lagoon – itself a paradise in the Selinda Game Reserve. Conceived by world-renowned wildlife filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert in the shadows of a giant ebony tree, Zarafa is earth-friendly, exclusive Relais & Chateaux luxury in one of the last great wilderness areas on earth. There are just four sumptuous and spacious suites set on the banks of the awesome lagoon where the exuberance of the African wild will speak to your soul.

  1. Singita Sasakwa – Serengeti

Perched atop the rocky Sasakwa Hill looking out over the Serengeti’s Western corridor and endless golden plains is the elegant Sasakwa House. Resembling a deluxe ranch house in the midst of the African bushveld this is one Africa’s most exquisite destinations and another Singita – ‘place of miracles’. Exquisite views extend in every direction as the ever-changing landscape teems with Africa’s most majestic wildlife and the clouds waft over the plains.

  1. Lion Sands – Sabi Sands

By protecting and harnessing the roots of both the More and Chalkley families, Lion Sands has certainly found its wings within the luxury safari industry. In 2014 Lion Sands was awarded third place in Condé Nast Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Resort in Africa, and in 2010 the extraordinarily luxurious Ivory Lodge was named third best hotel in the world by Tatler.

Lions Sands Ivory Lodge Lounge Interior 2 Iconic Africa Luxury Safaris

  1. La Residence – Winelands

Perched amongst the vineyards, on the slopes of the beautiful Franschhoek Mountains is the pinnacle of luxury and unrivalled piece of heaven – La Residence. Voted Conde Nast’s No 1 Hotel in the World in 2013 amongst a myriad of other awards, La Residence is a must for any bucket list. The sprawling green lawns speckled with majestic springbok, the private dam complete with island, rowboat and soft flowing willow trees, instil an awe-inspiring sense of peace.

  1. White Pearl – Mozambique

Set on two kilometres of magnificent, pristine Mozambican coastline, White Pearl is an intimate resort for the discerning traveller. Couples or families will revel in the luxury, hospitality, delightful cuisine and natural wonder of this beach paradise. Whether you want to adventure on or under the cobalt Indian Ocean, lounge on the beach, sip cocktails in the pool or simply soak up the soothing peace of the sea, White Pearl, Ponta Mamoli offers the ultimate luxury beach holiday.

  1. Ellerman House – Cape Town

Nestled into the side of Signal Hill and boasting some of Cape Town’s most spectacular views lies a magnificent Cape Edwardian mansion that will welcome you with both arms and capture your heart forever. Ellerman House not only offers the ultimate in Cape luxury but it is an endless heaven to wine lovers and art fanatics alike.

Please do let us know if you have any questions on the above properties or if there are any more you’d like to hear more about.

Our Year in Pictures

2017 has been a fun and incredible year for us. From the magic of the Mara, to the endless Kalahari, to the abundance of Kruger and the beauty of the Cape – we’ve seen, explored and revelled in so much that Africa has to offer. Just in case you have missed out – scroll down here… for Our Year in Pictures.

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We hope that in just a few #iconicmoments – these photographs will transport you to the wonder that awaits! Perhaps you will pay us a visit in 2018? We’d love to show you around!

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Instagram Takeover – Jaco le Roux

Brilliant photographer and friend of Iconic Africa @jacofotos has recently done an awesome #IATakeover for us. Just in case you missed it – scroll down here for his incredible shots of some unique African landscapes.

For more of these unbelievable photographs follow @jacofotos on Instagram.

Em’s Cape Town Highlights

Iconic Africa Traveller Emily Gardiner went on wonderful safari to Madikwe Safari Lodge followed by a visit to Cape Town. Earlier this year we showcased her magical trip to Madikwe. Em has now shared with us this awesome video that she put together of her time in the fair Cape. Thanks so much Em for sharing – it certainly looks like you had a fabulous time in South Africa! We hope to have you back again soon.

 

Top 10 Things to do in the Cape

Gorgeous Cape Town—the Mother City truly has it all! From exceptionally spectacular white sandy beaches, magical scenery, and abundant wildlife, to world-renowned gastronomy and a bustling nightlife and party scene, Cape Town has something for everyone. With so many activities to choose from, we have decided to compile a list of the top ten things for you to do in the Cape so that you are equipped for a Cape adventure of a lifetime.

  1. Experience Table Mountain

Certainly at the top of everyone’s list should be a trip to Table Mountain. Table Mountain is famous for being one of the seven natural world wonders. You can catch the five-minute cable car to the top of Table Mountain and soak in the captivating, panoramic view of Cape Town, Table Bay, and the Table Mountain National Park. Once you’re at the top, you can enjoy a bite to eat with the family at the Table Mountain Café, or if you’re feeling adventurous, why not go for a picturesque hike to do a bit of your own exploring? You could always join a guided walk to learn a bit more about Table Mountain and the Cableway. Without a trip to Table Mountain, your visit to the Cape will be incomplete!

  1. Explore the Cape Peninsula

Although Table Mountain is situated in the Cape Peninsula, there is so much more to explore in the area. Unquestionably worth a day out is the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. The gardens showcase all of South Africa’s finest flora and they are perfect for a relaxing, romantic afternoon stroll. Take a trip to Cape Point—the most south-western point of Africa—and enjoy scenic views and lovely picnics. Boulders Beach is another absolutely awesome experience that visitors can enjoy at the Cape Peninsula. Boulders Beach lets visitors really get up close to South Africa’s famously magnificent African Penguin colony.

 

  1. Enjoy a day out at a game reserve

One of the most beautiful game reserves in the Cape is the Cape Point Nature Reserve. It is home to some of South Africa’s most enchanting indigenous flora. You can find up to 1100 different indigenous plants in the area, and some of these plants can only be found at the Cape Point Nature Reserve. The reserve is also a popular destination for bird-watchers—you can spot up to 250 different types of birds including eagles, sunbirds, and, of course, the endangered African black oystercatchers. There is also plenty of interesting wildlife to spot like the klipspringer, the steenbok, the Cape mountain zebra, and who wouldn’t love a thrilling encounter with the famous Chacma baboons? Another absolutely charming game reserve is the Aquila Private Game Reserve which is famous for its exhilarating night tours.

4. Go whale watching

Splendid ocean views will captivate your soul, and the gorgeous whales and dolphins that you spot will touch your heart. Nothing on the planet is more moving and exciting than spotting a whale. There are plenty of boat-based whale watching tours to choose from, and Walker Bay is one of the best places to go to for a delightful whale watching experience.

  1. Take a dive

South Africa is famous for its diving opportunities. This is mostly because of the very unique meeting of the Atlantic and Indian oceans. This meeting allows for some of the most interesting and spectacularly unique occurrences of marine wildlife. First timers can enjoy an outstanding scuba diving outing and more experienced divers can treat themselves to an electrifying shark diving adventure. Divers can also enjoy exploring all the historical shipwrecks around the Cape of Storms.

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  1. Immerse yourself in South Africa’s unique history

Another bucket-list worthy experience is venturing out to Robben Island to visit Nelson Mandela’s prison cell that he was kept in for 20 years. What makes this particular outing so incredibly remarkable is that the tours of the prison are given by former prisoners, which means that visitors are treated to true first-hand accounts of what actually happened on the island. There are also plenty of other museums in the Cape that are definitely worth a day out such as the District Six Museum which pays tribute to the once very vibrant neighbourhood, as well as the First South African Perfume Museum which is truly unique.

  1. Treat yourself to a Wine Tasting Tour

A treat for all wine-lovers—a visit to the Cape Winelands is a definite must. If you’re short on time, be sure to visit Stellenbosch and Franschoek—the two most world-famous wine regions in South Africa. We recommend visiting La Petite Ferme which offers exceptional, award-winning cuisine, and boutique wines from the Franschoek area. If you’re going to be staying in Franschoek be sure to stay at one of the best hotels in the entire world—La Residence. You can book your spot with us here. If you’re planning on visiting Stellenbosch, we suggest staying at Delaire Graff Estate which offers luxury on a completely different level. Some wine estates even offer cellar tours and food pairings which is a real treat.

  1. Go Shopping!

The V&A Waterfront shopping centre is a treat for the shopper in all of us! It is the pinnacle of shopping and entertainment in South Africa. After all of your shopping, be sure to visit the V&A Market Wharf which is perfect for anyone who is passionate about food. Make sure you pick up something uniquely African from the markets in Cape Town to take back to the friends and family who didn’t come along to enjoy the delights of the Cape.

  1. Take a break at the beach

The Cape is home to some of South Africa’s most spectacular beaches—you have to take advantage of the stunning coastline by doing a bit of sun-bathing on the beach with a cocktail in hand, of course! Kids can spend days on the beach exploring rock pools and splashing in the waves. For the adventurers among us, there are plenty of opportunities to fish, kayak, and surf. The best beaches are found in seaside towns that have a buzzing nightlife and unique restaurants. Taking a break at the beach is the perfect way to wind down from your Cape adventure.

  1. A treat for foodies

Cape Town is famous for its gastronomy and some of the world’s best restaurants can be found here. The Test Kitchen is Cape Town’s most exclusive restaurant and it has been named one of the World’s Best Restaurants by San Pellegrino. Be sure to visit The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock which is home to fantastic day and night markets and gorgeous farm stalls. And, if cakes, cupcakes, and pies delight your heart, high tea at the Cape Grace is a must.

If you have any questions about visiting the Cape, please do let us know. We can recommend the most luxurious accommodation to stay at while you make the most of your Cape escape. Perhaps look into our Africa’s Cape of Desire grand tour to experience all that the Cape has to offer in absolute style.

4 Top Cape Restaurants

The Cape is known for its magnificent mountains, amazing scenery, gorgeous blue oceans, rich history, and, of course, its first-class wines and delicious food. We’ve compiled a list of four top restaurants in the Cape that combine delectable food and award-winning wine. Should you be lucky enough to be visiting the Cape soon – make sure you pop by at least one of these amazing eateries – you certainly won’t regret it!

  1. Franschhoek Kitchen

If you’re planning a trip to the Cape, it is essential to visit the Cape Winelands. Franschhoek is our absolute favourite wine district. Its spectacular beauty and its quaint atmosphere make Franschhoek a place to remember. We recommend visiting the Franschhoek kitchen at the Holden Manz winery. It has been rated as one of the leading restaurants in Franschhoek and it is regarded as one of South Africa’s culinary hotspots. This little restaurant enjoys views overlooking beautifully green vineyards and remarkable mountains. The restaurant is the perfect place to relax and enjoy bistro-style food made from delicious, locally sourced ingredients. Because they are a sustainability farm, they emphasise seasonal ingredients which means that their menu changes regularly to suit the seasons. Franschhoek Kitchen also provides beautifully presented picnic baskets filled with absolutely delicious and fresh treats, so that you can enjoy a long summer afternoon resting by the picturesque Franschhoek River. And, what would a visit to a vineyard be without indulging in a bit of wine tasting? At Holden Manz, you will have a chance to try their beautifully fragrant Rosé, their barrel-fermented Chardonnay, and their decadent port-style wines.

  1. Fyndraai Restaurant

Nestled between the border of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, you will find the 320-year-old Solms-Delta estate. At this amazing wine estate, you will discover the Fyndraai Restaurant—a restaurant that offers traditional Cape cuisine with a contemporary twist. The dishes aim to promote the assorted culinary heritage of the Cape, and you will therefore find that the dishes showcase European, Asian, and African flavours. The dishes present strong ‘Cape Malay’ influences and blend them with ingredients that were traditionally favoured by the Khoi nomads who used to roam Franschhoek thousands of years ago. Many of the rare and indigenous herbs are actually grown on the farm. You can opt for the tasty, four-course heritage menu, or you can choose to have a wine pairing menu that lets guests sample six glasses of the estate’s wines and six tasty tapas. The estate also allows guests to picnic on its grounds, and the Fyndraai Restaurant creates delicious picnic hampers for its guests.

  1. Greenhouse (Constantia)

If classic elegance is what you’re after, we suggest visiting the Greenhouse. The cuisine is created by the famous Peter Tempelhoff who emphasises the importance of complementary tastes and aromas. The dishes are imaginative and the chefs look to the sea and the garden for their inspiration. For these chefs, ingredients must have meaning and purpose, and they aim to showcase the beauty of South Africa through their cooking. The menu also features some of the best wines from Constantia, and the restaurant pairs its wines beautifully. In 2015, the restaurant won the Boschendal Style Award.

  1. La Colombe

La Colombe is certainly worth a visit if you want to treat yourself to the ultimate fine dining experience. This spectacular restaurant earned its place among the top 100 restaurants in the world in 2016. The restaurant is situated at the Silvermist wine estate on top of Constantia Nek and it has magnificent views of Constantia Valley and Hout Bay. The chefs use ingredients that are sourced from the restaurant’s own organic gardens and therefore, the menu is also a seasonal one. Each dish is perfectly and beautifully presented, and the vibrant colours and flavours of the dishes combine together to create a unique cuisine adventure. The menu pays tribute to deliciously fresh seafood which is an absolute treat when you’re dining in the Cape.

Africa’s Top Five Romantic Getaways

Planning a romantic getaway with your loved one? We’re here to help you find only the very best destinations in Africa for that couples getaway you’ve been meaning to plan forever! After all, what could be more romantic than surprising your sweetheart with a trip to exciting and majestic Africa? Safaris, wildlife, adventures, spectacular views and delicious food awaits … Here’s our list of the top five romantic escapes—each one is the epitome of supreme luxury, perfectly combined with lavish romance.

  1. Royal Malewane

Positively the paragon of class and refined grandeur, the Royal Malewane is one of our top picks for a great romantic escape. Surrounded by the majestic African wilderness, couples can enjoy the seclusion and romance that can only come from being immersed in Africa’s beauty. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains, the Royal Malewane is truly the queen of African luxury. If a safari is your idea of the perfect romantic escape—and it certainly should be—then this is absolutely the place for you. The Royal Malewane prides itself on the fact that it treats its guests to the ultimate in exclusivity and privacy—perfect for an intimate escapade for you and your darling.

  1. La Residence

Described as the crown jewel of Franschoek, La Residence is a place of abundant opulence ensconced in the middle of the impossible beauty that is the valley of the vineyards. La Residence has been described as one of the best hotels in the whole world, and why wouldn’t it be? It is an absolutely stunning boutique hotel situated in South Africa’s most picturesque valley. A stay at La Residence is definitely something that should be on your bucket-list—the perfect opportunity to treat yourself and your love. La Residence is entirely and unapologetically opulent—luxury that is unrivalled. Each room is extraordinary in its own way—no two rooms look alike, and each one is overwhelming in its beauty. You cannot go wrong at La Residence; its rooms are stunning, the setting is unmatched, and the food is to die for.

  1. White Pearl

Mozambique is the perfect place to spend with your sweetheart. Spectacular, pristine beaches, and outstanding accommodation—like the accommodation offered at the White Pearl—make Mozambique the ultimate romantic getaway destination for couples seeking luxury and perfection. At White Pearl, guests can soak up the summer sun, sip cocktails at the poolside, or venture into or under the turquoise Indian Ocean. Choose from suites that open out onto their very own private beach or suites that are raised up on stilts to showcase the captivating panoramic views of the ocean. Couples can even treat themselves to relaxing spa treatments—all in the comfort of their own suites.

  1. Royal Livingstone

Victorian elegance set in the heart of Africa, the Royal Livingstone is the epitome of old-world charm. Take a stroll in the lush gardens with your loved one and feel the cool Zambezi mist embrace you. Treat yourselves to a luxurious spa treatment in the private gazebo that overlooks the gentle flowing river. And, after a day full of relaxation, you can catch the gorgeous African sunset—with sundecks suspended out over the river you can look out and take in its delightful splendour. To complete each romantic day, you will be able to indulge in a sublime meal under the candle-lit boughs of the Monkey Tree. This is truly a romantic escape to remember.

  1. Ellerman House

Certainly the pinnacle of modern sophistication, and settled on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Ellerman House is the ultimate destination for old-world romance. The charming Edwardian mansion rests upon Lion’s Head Mountain and overlooks the crystal blue ocean that lies beyond. Not only does Ellerman House boast Africa’s greatest art collection, but it also prides itself on its world-class wine selection. The rooms are light and airy, and absolutely spacious; the food is entirely exquisite; and its prime location makes Ellerman House the ideal place to be if you wish to explore the romantic city of Cape Town.

To find out more about these stunning places, click  here or why not take a look at our Royal Romance Tour which combines the beauty, wilderness, adventure, and excitement of Africa by taking you to four different destinations that define luxury and privacy? We promise it will be a tour to remember!