A Taste of South Africa 2017
Safari, The Winelands and Cape Town
Trip Details

Trip Dates

Jun 26, 2017 until Jul 09, 2017
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from $10,995 per person
14 Days / 13 Nights

Price Details

Per person fare is based on double occupancy in a Varty Camp Standard Chalet with upgrade opportunities available.  25% deposit is required to reserve. 

Please note that payments made for this trip are non-refundable.  We strongly suggest purchasing travel insurance to protect your trip investment.

Fare includes 1 night Deluxe Room at the Intercontinental with breakfast; light aircraft flight from Johannesburg to Londolozi; 4 nights Varty Camp Chalet on a fully inclusive basis at Londolozi; scheduled flight from Skukuza Airport to Cape Town; 3 nights in an Auberge Room at Le Quartier Francais with breakfast; 2 nights at The Lanzerac in a Classic Room with breakfast; 3 nights in a Marina Tower Table Mountain Facing Room at the One&Only Cape Town with breakfast; all ground transfers & touring per the itinerary, Connoisseur Club Exclusive Events throughout and all meals local brand beverages & spirits and all game viewing activities while on safari.

Fare does not include international air, gratuities and items of a personal nature (ie. long distance telephone calls, spa services or curio shop purchases).

Trip Overview

Join wine expert and restaurateur Michael Klauber and his wife Terri with the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club for an extraordinary culinary-themed safari and wine tour in South Africa!

  •   Watch, follow and celebrate Africa’s “Big 5” on photo safari at Londolozi   Game Reserve, South Africa’s leader in eco-tourism
  •   Sample world-class wines and award-winning plates by chef Margot   Janse at Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek
  •   Explore famous wine estates, artisan shops, galleries and museums in the   historical town of Stellenbosch from the Lanzerac Hotel and Spa.
  •   Enjoy the culture, dining and natural beauty of Cape Town from its finest   hotel, The One&Only

Conde Nast Traveler–recommended Safari Specialist and former Londolozi guide, Ryan Hilton will escort and photograph the tour for guests, and prepare each traveler for the adventure of a lifetime.
Michael & Terri Klauber will introduce some of South Africa’s most prized wines and dining experiences.

Points of Interest

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Cape Town

‘The Mother City’ is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city offering diversity like no other.  A colorful melting pot of cultures has created something for every palate in one of the world’s most popular and picturesque settings. World class dining, shopping, art, theaters, beaches, scenery, wildlife and nightlife come standard. In a city which could be considered a destination itself, hidden gems are found around every corner.
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The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Situated at the foot of Table Mountain and within a stone’s throw from the Cape Town Stadium, the V&A Waterfront is where everything comes together in perfect harmony.  Spectacular views, the buzz of a working harbor, world-class shopping, dining and entertainment venues only scratch the surface of opportunities in the hustle and bustle of the V&A.
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Londolozi Game Reserve

Widely respected as South Africa's first eco-safari lodge, Londolozi treats guests to an authentic wild experience against the backdrop of a world-class Relais & Châteaux resort.  Breeding herds of elephant and buffalo roam throughout the Londolozi area, with high concentrations of white rhino and lion. But viewing Londolozi's famous wild, free ranging leopards is one of life’s truly treasured experiences.
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Cape of Good Hope

"The Fairest Cape in all the World" as named by Sir Francis Drake, is one of the top tourist destinations in South Africa. Rich in cultural and natural heritage, the Cape of Good Hope is home to the Southwestern most point in Africa, various wildlife and unique flora and fauna. Also a haven for outdoor enthusiasts,  a wide variety of activities are on offer set against the spectacular backdrop of the mountains and coastline of the Cape Peninsula.
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Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach in Simons Town is home to a unique and endangered land-based colony of African Penguins. The beach itself ideal for families and children as immense boulders shelter the cove from currents, wind and large waves. The Penguin Colony is one of only a few in the world, and has become a famously popular site consisting of three pristine beaches, one penguin viewing area and three scenic boardwalks.

Traveler Reviews

 

Itinerary

  1. June 26, 2017 | Arrival Into Johannesburg

    A warm welcome into South Africa awaits with an Exclusive Connoisseur Club Welcome Reception followed by some time to relax and catch up on rest from the long journey.  

    Overnight at the Intercontinental Johannesburg.

  2. June 27, 2017 | Transfer to Londolozi [B,L,D]

    Checkout and transfer to the airport for your private charter flight to Londolozi Game Reserve where you will spend the next 4 nights on a fully inclusive basis.

    After a brief orientation, you'll head out for afternoon game drive.

    Connoisseur Club Welcome Dinner

    Overnight at Londolozi

  3. June 28, 2017 | First Full Day on Safari [B,L,D]

    No two days are the same at Londolozi and every experience is tailor-made to suit individual preferences and expectations. However, there is a certain rhythm and pace to the experience that stirs a sense of homecoming on repeat visits and a pleasant sense of order for first time bushveld visitors.

    The daily schedule includes morning and evening game drives with time at leisure in the afternoon to spend as you prefer - a guided walk, yoga, spa treatment, quiet rest and observation on your own, etc.


    * 5:30 Rise and shine
     * 6:00 Dawn Patrol Game drive
     * ±10:00 Breakfast/Brunch
     * 11:00 Bush Walk
     * ±12:00 Yoga
     * 15:00 High Tea
     * 15:30 Sunset Game Drive
     * ±19:00 Dinner

    Dinner and overnight at Londolozi

  4. June 29, 2017 | On Safari at Londolozi Game Reserve [B,L,D]

    Speak with your guide about the range of activities offered in addition to the game drives: bush walk, visiting the cultural village, yoga and a full range of spa treatment and fitness.  For travelers with an interest in working out while on safari, the well-equipped fitness room overlooks an expansive swimming pool and contains weights, a rowing machine, treadmill and spinning bike.

    Dinner and overnight at Londolozi

  5. June 30, 2017 | Last Full Day On Safari at Londolozi Game Reserve [B, L, D]

    Track the movements of the incredible and endangered rhino, observe the African elephant as herds meander through the forests, or observe a cheetah mother as she bonds with her cubs or teaches them how to sharpen their hunting skills.

    Connoisseur Club Farewell Group Dinner

    Overnight at Londolozi

  6. July 1, 2017 | Transfer to The Winelands [B]

    After morning game drive, transfer to the Skukuza Airport for direct flight to Cape Town. Upon arrival you will transfer to the Cape Winelands where culinary experiences and world class wines will take center stage.

    Overnight Le Quartier Francais

  7. July 2, 2017 | Day at Leisure in the Winelands [B]

    During your stay, explore the village's quaint shops, galleries, the chocolaterie, chacuterie or you have the option of biking, fly-fishing, horse riding and golf.

    Eating is not a problem in Franschhoek - the gourmet capital of South Africa - abundant with great cafes and restaurants and more than 40 wineries to visit!

    We advise that you pre-book spa appointments and golf times before you arrive in Franschhoek to avoid disappointment.

    Overnight Le Quartier Francais

  8. July 3, 2017 |  Full Day of Wine Touring [B,L]

    Today is dedicated to celebrating the riches of the winelands of the Western Cape through exclusive Connoisseur Club touring and events.

    Overnight Le Quartier Francais



  9. July 4, 2017 |Franschhoek to Stellenbosch [B,D]

    After breakfast, we make our way to the historical heart of the winelands in Stellebosch with touring en route to the Lanzerac Wine Estate.

    Overnight The Lanzerac Hotel and Spa

  10. July 5, 2017  |  Day at Leisure in the Winelands [B]

    Stellenbosch caters to a wide variety of tastes with a bit of something on offer for any interest. Spend your day touring traditional Cape Dutch architecture at one of the many famous wine farms, indulge in retail therapy at one of the many local artistan shops and galleris or take in a round of golf with the majestic the Helderberg Mountains as your backdrop.

    Overnight The Lanzerac Hotel and Spa

  11. July 6, 2017  |  Touring en route to Cape Town  [B,L]

    Bid farewell to the wine growing region with in style with exclusive Connoisseur Club touring as we leisurely make our way to Cape Town.

    Arrive to the One&Only with time on your own to settle in and explore the waterfront at leisure. 

    Overnight The One&Only Cape Town

  12. July 7, 2017 |  [B,L]

    Today we dedicate a full day to seeing a few of the area's most acclaimed highlights.  Ascend Table Mountain by 360° rotating cable car to take in one of the most breathtaking views of "The Fairest Cape in all the World". We'll visit the Cape Peninsula and see the Cape of Good Hope.  Spend some time at Boulder's Beach to see the famous colony of penguins and take time out for a delicious, authentic lunch en route. 

    Overnight The One&Only Cape Town

  13. July 8, 2017 | [B,D]

    Day at leisure to explore areas and experiences that you may not have had the chance to incorporate in your busy days of pre-arranged private touring.

    A few recommendations: explore the hustle and bustle of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Alternatively, visit Camps Bay or Robben Island.  Have a custom piece designed at The Diamond Works or take a Great White Shark Cage Dive.

    Connoisseur Club Farewell Group Dinner

    Overnight The One&Only Cape Town

     

  14. July 9, 2017 |Departures [B]

    Checkout and transfer to the airport in Cape Town for your outbound international flight or post trip arrangements.

Accommodations

InterContinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport Hotel

South Africa’s only upscale airport hotel provides a comfortable place to rejuvenate and continue onward with your journey.  Make use of the fitness center and spa to overcome fatigue from long flights.  Dine on inspired African cuisine with a great selection of wines and plentiful bradkfast buffet.  Enjoy unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi, quiet soundproofed rooms, quick check-in and a host of services designed to meet the needs of the modern traveler.  InterContinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport hotel is a safe, easy walk from the international arrivals hall at Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport.  Winner of the 2011 Best Airport Hotel in Africa Award by Skytrax World Airport Awards.

Londolozi Varty Camp

The campfire has burned here for over 85 years making Varty Camp the symbolic heart and soul of Londolozi. The décor echoes the same tones of the owner's private homes and their continuing love affair with the earth.

Varty Camp is the home of an African safari holiday. All rooms have private swimming pools framed by timber decks that overlook the riverine bush. The living spaces are raised off the ground and shaded under a cathedral of trees. The camp has a pleasingly down-to-earth quality and the emphasis on family heritage means that children of all ages always have a place at Varty Camp.

Varty Camp is also home to the original Sparta Hunting Camp, our boutique, the Cardio Vascular Room, Massage Treatment Room and our Library. Guests from all Camps are invited to make use of these facilities.

Le Quartier Francais

Le Quartier Français is an exclusive luxury hotel situated in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley.

Home to two great restaurants, the award winning Tasting Room and Common Room, Executive Chef Margot Janse is one of South Africa's most celebrated chefs.

It is the extra-ordinary staff, the opulently comfortable rooms and the attention to detail that ensure that this Relais & Châteaux Auberge is the ultimate spoiling.

Complement your stay with a Cooking Class or lingering lunch at the hotel's sister restaurant Bread & Wine, where you will enjoy a  complimentary wine and charcuterie tasting.  Guests also enjoy complimentary access to the private Franschhoek Health Club.

The Lanzerac Hotel and Spa

The Lanzerac Hotel & Spa is set on a 155 hectare private working wine estate. Established over 300 years ago, the Lanzerac Estate is ideally positioned to explore the region’s famous wine estates and the historical town of Stellenbosch. Local craft and antique shops, art galleries, museums, and award winning restaurants are conveniently located just minutes away.

Experience the finest hospitality and heritage. The hotel boasts one of the most distinguished examples of Cape Dutch architecture. Each room in the five-star accommodation property opens out onto a private patio that overlooks landscaped gardens, endless lush vineyards and the majestic Helderberg Mountains. The hotel gives to visitors what few others can. Gourmet restaurants, comfortable lounges, numerous swimming pools, a tasting room and spa facilities are all located on the estate. The Lanzerac is undoubtedly the most scenically attractive and exquisitely styled establishments in Stellenbosch. It is a must for any discerning traveler.

One&Only Cape Town

South Africa's premiere urban chic resort offers captivating views of Table Mountain from its enviable location in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

Discerning travellers are invited to discover the celebrated cuisines of Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa and Reuben Riffel, socialise in the high-energy vibe of Vista Bar & Lounge and sample rare and undiscovered vintages at the stunning Wine Loft.

The sublime calm of the city's most expansive and sophisticated spa offers an indulgent escape, while NEO Boutique debuts an enviable collection of designer fashions, some available for the first time in South Africa.

As the first luxury hotel to open in Cape Town in nearly a decade, the resort is designed to celebrate the city's wine, art, design and spirit, balancing contemporary glamour with an authentic South African style.

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