South African Wine & Safari: The Ultimate Luxury Combination

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When it comes to travel dreams, South Africa often tops the list for many adventure seekers and culture enthusiasts. It’s a land of stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife, rich history, and, of course, exceptional wines. If you’re looking to embark on a journey that combines the best of both worlds – cultural exploration and wildlife encounters – then South Africa should be your next destination. In this article, we’ll delve into the incredible experiences waiting for you in the Cape Winelands and The many options for safaris, offer some travel tips, and explain why partnering with a travel expert is the key to making the most of your adventure.

 

Cape Winelands: A Toast to Elegance

Our journey begins in the heart of South Africa’s wine country, the Cape Winelands. This region, nestled at the base of the picturesque Hottentots Holland Mountains, offers a wine and culinary experience that’s second to none. Here’s what you can look forward to:

1. Wine Tasting in Stellenbosch: Stellenbosch, with its historic streets lined with oak trees, is one of the most renowned wine-producing regions globally. Take your time savoring award-winning wines in charming estates like Cavalli Estate, Waterford, Meerlust, Rust en Vrede, Delaire Graff Estate and many more. You’ll soon discover why South African wines are celebrated worldwide and if you like art, don’t miss visiting the Dylan Lewis Sculpture garden, and of course some of the Art Galleries in the wine estates. 

2. Franschhoek: The Gourmet Capital: A short drive from Stellenbosch lies Franschhoek, known as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa. Prepare your taste buds for an exquisite journey as you explore renowned restaurants like La Petite Colombe , Protegé, Chef’s warehouse at Maison, Miko at Mont Rochelle, etc, there are plenty of wine farms and restaurants to chose from, pay a visit to the amazing Ebony gallery and also visit Grande Provence to see their art collection. Don’t forget to pair your meal with some of the finest local wines.

3. Art and Culture in Paarl: Paarl offers a unique blend of wine and art. Visit the Laborie Wine Estate, where wine and art converge seamlessly. Explore the Afrikaans Language Monument, a cultural landmark with stunning vistas of the region.

4. Drift into Nature in Somerset West: If you seek tranquility amidst nature, Somerset West is your destination. The Vergelegen Wine Estate is known for its exceptional wines and beautiful gardens. Take a leisurely stroll through the Camphors at Vergelegen, home to some of the oldest camphor trees in the country.

5. Wine Tram Tours in Franschhoek: For a unique wine-tasting experience, hop aboard the Franschhoek Wine Tram. This open-air tram meanders through vineyards, stopping at some of the finest wine estates along the way. It’s a delightful way to savor wine while enjoying the scenic beauty.

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Zambia - Victoria Falls - Devil's Pool

Safris around Africa: A Wildlife Spectacle

From the serene vineyards, we transition to the untamed wilderness of Kruger National Park and Surroundings. This iconic park is one of Africa’s premier safari destinations, offering unmatched opportunities to witness the famed Big Five lions, elephants, leopards, buffalos, and rhinoceros. 

There are many places around South Africa where to do an incredible safari, Near Durban you can visit Phinda game reserve, Rhino Sands, to name a couple, near Port Elizabeth you can visit Shamwari Game reserve or Kariega game reserve, there is Madikwe national park near Johannesburg and the Waterberg with the fantastic Jamala safari lodge.

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Zambia - Accommodation Zambia
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Travel Tips for Your South African Adventure

 

Now that you’re inspired to explore the Cape Winelands and Kruger National Park, here are some travel tips to ensure a smooth and unforgettable journey:

1. Safety First: While South Africa offers breathtaking experiences, it’s crucial to prioritize safety. Travel experts can provide insights into the safest areas, secure accommodations, and precautions to take while in the wild.

2. Local Cuisine: Don’t miss out on trying local dishes like bobotie, bunny chow, and boerewors. These unique flavors are an essential part of the South African experience.

3. Packing Essentials: Remember essentials like sunblock, hats, and comfortable clothing. Depending on the season, the weather can vary, so check in advance.

4. Plan Your Itinerary: With so much to see and do, planning your itinerary is key. A travel expert can help you make the most of your time, ensuring you don’t miss out on any must-see attractions.

 

Why Partner with a Travel Expert?

 

Planning a trip to South Africa, especially one as diverse as the combination of Cape Winelands and Safari, can be overwhelming. This is where a travel expert comes in. They have the knowledge and experience to tailor your journey to your specific interests, ensuring every moment is unforgettable. From booking accommodations to arranging unique experiences, a travel expert simplifies the logistics, allowing you to focus on savoring the magic of South Africa.

South Africa beckons with a blend of elegance, adventure, and culture that’s hard to resist. The Cape Winelands enchant with their exquisite wines and gourmet delights, while a safari promises wildlife encounters like no other. With the right planning and the guidance of a travel expert, your South African adventure will be the journey of a lifetime.

Ready to embark on your unforgettable South African adventure?

Schedule a FREE planning session with German today and let’s turn your dream trip into reality.

What Our Clients Say

Vik Patel
Vik Patel
2023-12-17
From start to finish my experience with Nanan Travel to book our trip to Cape Town was superb! German is ultra-responsive and was a pleasure to work with throughout. His suggestions were great and he crafted an itinerary to meet my specific needs but also made sure I didn’t miss anything. All of the tours he scheduled were perfect and the airport transfers and guides were friendly and knew the areas we visited well. We really enjoyed the hotel we stayed at and all of the restaurant recommendations that he suggested based on my culinary preferences. Even when our trip started with an unexpected delay due to a passport issue, German went above and beyond to try and help us get here. I would highly recommend Nanan Travel for your trip. He will make it the trip of a lifetime for you!
Paola Izaguirre
Paola Izaguirre
2023-11-04
100% recomendado. Germán planeo con nosotros nuestro viaje a africa. Estuvo literal 24/7 durante todo el viaje, haciéndonos sentir seguros durante las 3 semanas que estuvimos en Africa. Los hoteles donde nos quedamos súper bonitos y súper bien ubicados, sus recomendaciones también súper! Definitivamente entendió lo que queríamos en este viaje. Los guías que nos puso todos con bastante conocimiento, muy buen inglés y amigables. Y en Capetown definitivamente Germán nos hizo sentir como locales y en casa! Ahora a planear africa parte 2 y con muchas ganas de volver a Cape Town! Thanks German!
Federico Dinenzon
Federico Dinenzon
2023-11-04
Germán is the bes. He knows everything in Africa and his service and attention to details is another level. Fully recommended
Daniel Georgiou
Daniel Georgiou
2023-11-04
This is the second time we have used Nanan Travel, and again we have been thrilled with our holiday. German took all of the hard work out of planning a complex holiday that involved travel to multiple countries in three weeks. Because German is based in Africa he has a local knowledge and has actually visited many of the destinations and hotels, which means he can provide first hand advice on where to visit and stay. The trip was meticulously planned by German and everything went smoothly. If we decide to go on another trip to Africa, German will be the first person we contact. We highly recommend!
Enrique Valdivia
Enrique Valdivia
2023-10-25
Hola Germán, queríamos aprovechar por agradecerte todas las gestiones! El avión me encantó el servicio, las hostess y hasta el piloto que avisaba con tienda si iba a haber turbulencias o no. El hotel también nos pareció perfecto! El location ideal, no mucha gente (como hubiera sido el Waterfront) y las camas y almohadas comodísimas! Los tours también excelentes. El del yate recontra simpático y conversador y Gabriel lo máximo también, reclntra puntual y sabía todo! Al pobre lo hemos hecho hablar sin parar por dos días y siempre con buenísima disposición!
Zeena Farouk
Zeena Farouk
2023-10-20
I was excited about my trip to Cape Town but was reluctant about going on a Safari on my own, however, German planned it all for me (and smoothly), and the whole experience has been one of the best (and for a frequent globe trotter like me) I have ever experienced! I will definitely be recommending German to anyone who has a mere interest in exploring Africa 🤎
Manuel Uribe
Manuel Uribe
2023-10-20
Everything in this trip was PERFECT!!! All the people and the appointments on time, the people all very nice, and the Hotels all prepared to take us in the best way and wonderful experience. The besto of the best!!!!
Miguel Silva
Miguel Silva
2023-10-19
German, es un gran profesional, cuida todos los detalles y la comunicación es super fluida y efectiva, adicional a eso es súper conocedor de todo lo referente a Sudáfrica, tiene los mejores contactos y las mejores alternativas, si duda es la mejor opción, cuando regresemos lo contactaremos sin pensarlo 02 veces.
Daniel Cacic
Daniel Cacic
2023-10-16
Highly Recommended! Toda la experiencia con Nanan fue A1. Los hoteles nos sorprendieron, todos fueron espectaculares y la experiencia con gorilas 'once in a lifetime'! Si no tienen a Africa en su bucket list, se lo están perdiendo! Volvería a ir!
Rodolfo Alexander Bernal
Rodolfo Alexander Bernal
2023-09-27
Egipto un destino que no podemos dejar de conocer, todo muy bien pensado y organizado, hoteles espectaculares, egiptólogos de primera, el crucero Historia en el Nilo totalmente recomendable, comida, atención y comodidad de primera, el hotel Cataract una joya a orillas del Nilo y el Marriot Mena House con la mejor vista de las pirámides, un viaje inolvidable. Gracias German!!!! Hasta nuestro próximo de viaje.
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