Best of South Africa Gastronomy Safari

From $7,545.00 p/person

Embark on a sense-provoking journey into South Africa’s culinary scene.

This delicious 10-day trip will delight your taste buds with a smorgasbord of flavours, from fine French to local Cape Malay.

Your journey starts in Cape Town; on the menu is fair trade coffee, local gin and coveted table reservations at the city’s hottest dinner spots. Expect a side serving of spectacular scenery, blockbuster attractions and curated experiences.

Next up is Franschhoek (French Corner). Discover why this historical town is considered the culinary capital of South Africa. Indulge in wine pairings, chocolate tastings, farm-to-table dining and some of the country’s most celebrated dishes – all in the heart of the picturesque Cape Winelands.

For dessert, we take you to the 5-star Madikwe Safari Lodge in South Africa’s North West Province to explore the African wilderness and conclude your gastronomy safari with a classic Big Five adventure.

Best of South Africa Gastronomy Safari Map

Your Itinerary

4 nights in Cape Town

Your love affair with Cape Town and its celebrated food kicks off from your accommodation at More Quarters. After a sumptuous breakfast featuring bread and confectionary, the city’s restaurants, markets and interactive cooking experiences are yours to explore.

A private tasting at Truth Coffee will give you insights into the origins of the world’s best coffees; similarly, a private tasting at Woodstock Gin will reveal the surprising infusions of different types of gin. Dinner at the Pot Luck Club promises an unforgettable experience. Dubbed the coolest place to be in Cape Town, you’ll dine on innovative cuisine conceptualised by the famous Chef Luke Dale Roberts.

In between all your wining and dining, Cape Town will also serve up some unmissable experiences: ride the cable car to the summit of Table Mountain, meet the resident penguin colony at Boulders Beach in Simonstown, and explore the V&A Waterfront.


The cuisine is the undoubted star of the show here, and you’ll spend many hours delighting your appetite at award-winning restaurants.

More Quarters Hotel - Explorer Safari


More Quarters

More Quarters offers understated luxury and authentic Cape Town living at the foot of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head, in the vibrant Kloof Street neighbourhood.

More Quarters Hotel - Explorer Safari

2 nights in Franschhoek (Cape Winelands)

Your gastronomy safari continues to the heart of South Africa’s culinary scene: Franschhoek. In true Cape Winelands style, this leg of your journey begins with a wine tasting at Waterkloof Wines followed by a chocolate and wine pairing at Waterford Estate.

Lunch on three courses of gourmet cuisine created by Chef Guy Bennet at Grande Provence, followed by dinner at La Petite Colombe. One of the highlights of the Winelands is Babylonstoren, home to famous gardens and celebrated restaurant, Babel.

Here you’ll enjoy a garden and wine tour followed by lunch before heading to Pierneef La Motte for a wine tasting and dinner at Le Coin Francais.


Each meal is an experience at La Petite Colombe, Babel, and Le Coin Francais.

Franschhoek Country Villas - Explorer Safari


Franschhoek Country Villas

Situated on the outskirts of the Franschhoek Village, just 1km from the main town, this 5-star hotel is complemented by the well-known Monneaux Restaurant and a number of luxurious guest services on offer in which to indulge and enjoy. it is an ideal base from which to indulge your tastes for fine wines and world class cuisine.

Franschhoek Country Villas - Explorer Safari

4 nights in Madikwe Game Reserve

With four nights at your disposal at the Madikwe Safari Lodge, this leg of your journey is all about relaxation. Your luxury accommodation at Kopano, a private lodge, encourages taking some time out to soak in the surroundings.

At your disposal is a private 4X4 game drive vehicle to seek out the Big Five, a private plunge pool for a refreshing dip, and a personal bar for sunset cocktails on your deck.


No two mealtimes at Madikwe are the same. Whether in the dining room, on the deck, in the boma or out in the bush, the delicious food is stylishly simple and unpretentious, inspired by the lodge’s surroundings.

Madikwe Safari Lodge - Explorer Safari


Madikwe Safari Lodge

Kopano consists of only four suites, promising an intimate stay in a private setting. Perfect for couples who want to take some time out for themselves, the suites come with a private plunge pool, fireplace, indoor and outdoor shower, and personal bar.

Madikwe Safari Lodge - Explorer Safari


4 nights More Quarters in a one-bedroom apartment on a bed and breakfast basis (includes airport to hotel transfer)
2 nights Franschhoek Country Villas on a bed and breakfast basis (includes transfer to hotel)
4 nights Madikwe Safari Dithaba Lodge in a Suite on a fully-inclusive basis (includes all meals, select drinks, safari activities)
Half Day City Tour (excludes lunch)
Full Day Cape Point Tour
Full Day West Coast Tour
Full Day Cape Winelands Tour (two versions on two days)
Home-hosted lunch at Nicky Gibbs at Crofters Kitchen inlcusive 10% gratuity
Lunch at Wolfgat inclusive of 10% gratuity subject to availability
Home-hosted lunch in the Bokaap inclusive of local soft drinks and 10% gratuity
Lunch at Grande Provence or similar inclusive of 10% gratuity, subject to availability (beverages to own account)
Lunch at Babel / Delaire Graaf or similar inclusive of 10% gratuity, subject to availability (beverages to own account)
Airport transfer from Franschhoek to airport
Meet & greet with Federal Air
Federal Air flight to Madikwe Game Reserve
Federal Air flight from Madikwe to Johannesburg
Meet and greet to assist with international flight


International flights
Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
Activities not mentioned in the itinerary
Activities specified as additional / optional in the itinerary
Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
The Shortmarket Club or similar dinner subject to availability
Pot Luck Club or similar dinner subject to availability (excludes dinner transfer)
La Colombe / Test Kitchen / Green House or similar dinner subject to availability
Le Petit Colombe or similar dinner, subject to availability
Le Coin Francais / Protege or similar dinner, subject to availability
Travel insurance
All items of a personal nature


Our rates are per person sharing unless expressly identified. Please treat all pricing as a guide only: All rates are an estimation, subject to availability and may change without notice. Single supplements may apply. Enquire now or speak to one of our expert Travel Planners for updated rates.

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