Safari & Foodie Tour
SOUTH AFRICA | ZIMBABWE – 15 FEB to 2 MAR 2023
Our exclusive escorted Safari & Foodie Tour is open to all food-loving travellers who wish to experience the food and culture of South Africa and Zimbabwe with other foodie-minded, fun and adventurous people.
Are you ready for an African experience with a difference?
- Walking Foodie Tour around the streets of Cape Town
- Franschhoek Wine Tram Tour
- An immersive African experience at GOLD restaurant
- Honey Tasting Experience
- Boma Dinner & Drum Show
- Pot and Cruise Interactive Dining Experience
- Traditional Zimbabwe Restaurant Dinner
- Vulture Culture Experience
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Safari & Foodie Tour!
South Africa and Zimbabwe – 15 FEB to 2 MAr 2023
DAY 1 – CAPE TOWN – Welcome to Africa
Welcome to South Africa! After a meet and greet on your arrival in Cape Town you will be transferred to the Gorgeous George Hotel. Our funky boutique hotel for the next 4-nights.
DAY 2 – CAPE TOWN – Franschhoek Wine Tram Tour
After breakfast, you will experience the unique Franschhoek Wine Tram tour. One of the best ways to discover the picturesque vineyards, breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine, fine wines and the 300-year history of the Franschhoek Valley.
DAY 3 – CAPE TOWN – City Walking Foodie Tour
We will be picked up early in the morning for our City Walking Foodie Tour. Cape Town is a city that has been metamorphosing at a rapid rate over the last ten years-it feels like a butterfly that is emerging from a city that was once a rundown area that was purely a business district into a city where we now live and play. Today we walk the city flat, we explore and taste the city. Be sure to eat a very light breakfast or no breakfast and to wear comfortable shoes. The tour goes from 9 am to 3.30 pm. This is NOT a fine-dining tour – it is a REAL food tour.
DAY 4 – CAPE TOWN – Cape Peninsula & GOLD Restaurant Dinner
Cape Town is one of the most picturesque cities in the world, with the majestic Table Mountain providing its central focus. Departing after breakfast we visit Hout Bay harbour en route to Cape Point Nature Reserve and then the African Penguin colony at Boulders Beach.
Tonight we are booked in for dinner at the GOLD Restaurant: a unique dining venue in the heart of Cape Town that combines amazing African cuisine with vibrant, traditional entertainment. African cuisine with an entertaining evening of African storytelling through music. The entire 14 dish menu is served at your table in sharing and individual portions, and you may order as much as you like from the menu.
DAY 5 – MAKUTSI SPRINGS – Safari Begins
This morning we are transferred to Cape Town Airport for our flight to Hoedspruit and Safari Time!
The representative from Makutsi Safari Springs will meet us at Hoedspruit Airport for the 1-hour transfer to the lodge for our 6 night stay. Enjoy an afternoon of relaxation and getting to know the camp and the mineral springs. Dinner is served in the traditional open air “Lapa”.
Please note: The sequence of this itinerary is subject to change. You will get your final itinerary on the day of your arrival at Makutsi Safari Springs.
DAY 6 – MAKUTSI SPRINGS – Game Drives
Before breakfast our ranger will take you for a 3-hour morning game drive in an open Land Rover. Most of the African wildlife can be encountered here, including elephant, rhino, zebra, lion, giraffe, crocodile, hippo, leopard…the list goes on. After breakfast you deserve a rest and time to enjoy the Makutsi Springs. Early afternoon, depart for another 3-hour game drive before returning just in time for a sundowner at the Makutsi Lapa.
DAY 7 – KRUGER NATIONAL PARK – Game Drive
Depart at 5 am for a full day’s game viewing in the world-famous Kruger National Park. The early hours of the day are used for finding as much game as possible. Your guide will take a picnic-style breakfast along, and a stop is made at one of the many rest areas. After breakfast, off on more game exploration until lunchtime (at own expense) when you stop at one of the camps inside the Kruger National Park. After lunch, off-again for more exciting game viewing. Return to Makutsi around 4-5 pm.
DAY 8 – MAKUTSI SPRINGS – Sunset Game Drive
Morning of leisure. Enjoy the warm mineral pools or your own private safari while sitting on your terrace, reading a good book. Depart Makutsi at 3 pm for a 5-hour game drive. Around sunset, light snacks and drinks will be enjoyed during a short Sundowner break. After snacks, continue your safari in search of the various nocturnal animals. Take a jacket along in winter, as it can get chilly once the sun disappears. Return to Makutsi Main Camp around 8 pm when dinner will be served.
DAY 9 – DRAKENSBERG MOUNTAINS & BLYDE RIVER CANYON
After breakfast depart at 9 am for a day of sightseeing in the breathtaking Drakensberg Mountains and Blyde River Canyon. Several stops are made along the way, including the Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels Viewpoint overlooking the Blyde Dam. Changes to the itinerary can be made subject to weather conditions. A lunch stop will be made (at own expense) before returning to Makutsi around 4-5 pm. This day offers opportunities to purchase locally made crafts and curios.
DAY 10 – MAKUTSI SPRINGS – Game Drive
Reserve, either early morning or in the afternoon. For the remainder of the day, enjoy relaxing in the pools, reading on your terrace, visiting the Hippo Hide. Let Africa take care of you.
DAY 11 – JOHANNESBURG
After breakfast, we will be transferred to Hoedspruit Airport for our short flight to Johannesburg where we will be met and transferred to the Peermont Mondior Hotel located 15 minutes from the airport.
This evening we will enjoy a show at the Barnyard Theatre (food and drinks at own expense).
DAY 12 – VICTORIA FALLS – Honey Tasting and The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show
During breakfast this morning we will be joined by Tshwane chef Germain Lehodey, a wine and food expert who has worked in the industry for many years. Germain’s honey tasting presentation includes a short history of honey and the different styles and qualities of honey, how health is influenced by consuming honey and is followed by the tasting of 6 different kinds of honey.
After breakfast, we depart Johannesburg for our flight to Victoria Falls and settle into our rooms at the Batonka Lodge for our 4 nights stay.
For dinner tonight we are treated to the Boma restaurant for an unforgettable African experience infused with Zimbabwean cuisine and culture.
The Boma nestles in a Gusu Forest and is partly open to the spectacular African night skies. “The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show” is a full-on sensory experience that unites vibrant Zimbabwean traditions in food, song, dance and drumming. Diners are invited to sample local delicacies such as mopane worms, impala stew, dried kapenta, Zambezi bream and warthog steak. For the less adventurous, beef, pork, chicken and fish dishes are available as well as vegetarian and halal dishes. This experience is an evening extravaganza featuring energetic dance performances, lively songs, stories of enchantment and creative face painting. A captivating interactive drumming show then provides a wonderful highlight to the festivities. Immerse yourself in the tastes, sights and sounds of Africa.
DAY 13 – VICTORIA FALLS – Vulture Culture Lunch & The Lookout Cafe
Guided Tour of Victoria Falls
After breakfast, we will explore Victoria Falls. The Falls are commonly described as one of The Seven Natural Wonders of the World and Zimbabwe boasts some of the most spectacular views. You will discover how the Falls were formed and what local customs and traditions surround them. The tour is extremely informative and ends with a visit to the local art and crafts centre.
Vulture Culture Experience and Lunch
The Vulture Culture Experience is a supplementary feeding program that aids the survival of these remarkable but endangered birds, and allows visitors to enjoy the spectacular sight of hundreds of these raptors swooping down to be fed on leftover meat scraps from onsite restaurants.
The activity, which occurs at 1pm daily, begins with a briefing on a deck beneath Victoria Falls Safari Lodge about the ecological importance of vultures and the plight they are facing, before visitors take a short walk down a bush path to a hide to view the vultures feeding. Here there is the opportunity to spot white-headed, hooded, lappet-faced and white-backed vultures, as well as marabou storks.
After the highly informative vulture display, you go upstairs and have lunch in the Makuwa-kuwa restaurant overlooking the famous waterhole.
12 – 15 Minute Flight of the Angels Helicopter Flight
Experience a spectacular helicopter flight over the majestic Victoria Falls and up the mighty Zambezi River towards Long Island. Passengers are treated to “Scenes so lovely they must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight” – David Livingstone – as the flight completes orbits to the left and right-hand side of the helicopter to enable all passengers a fantastic view and opportunity to video and photograph the Victoria Falls.
The Lookout Cafe
Late afternoon we will head off for dinner at the Lookout Cafe. The Lookout Café is a newly re-built restaurant in Victoria Falls providing a spectacular venue with the best views in Victoria Falls, making casual dining a decadent affair.
Perched on the banks of the Batoka Gorge, the Lookout Cafe has without doubt some of the finest views of any venue in Victoria Falls, the African fusion design creates a flow through, connecting indoor and outdoor dining space, offering diners a unique experience with breathtaking scenery and views over the gorge and the iconic Victoria Falls Bridge.
DAY 14 – VICTORIA FALLS – Dusty Road Dinner
Tonight we taste Real Artisanal Food from a Zimbabwe Kitchen.
Dusty Road is a traditional Zimbabwean restaurant situated in the bustling heart of Chinotimba, the largest and oldest township in Victoria Falls just 2km from the centre of town.
Step inside the thriving home and experience the vibrancy of the community, as local vendors sell their wares, enticing smells waft from the charcoal fires and your eyes are treated to bright and inventive creations recycled from the region with a heavy dose of African humour and ingenuity.
The food is cooked the Zimbabwean way, on open fires and in cast iron pots and ovens, giving you an authentic, wholesome and tasty food experience. The Dusty Road style is cheerful, earthy, soulful and funky with a true purpose at its core: namely the welfare of women and female empowerment, with awareness of Zimbabwean culture of huge importance.
DAY 15 – VICTORIA FALLS – Pot and Cruise Dinner
Today we enjoy an immersive combination experience where we will be guided by our Chefs and prepare our own Potjie dinner on the banks of the Zambezi River. Whilst the potjie simmers on the fire, we depart on a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.
After your delightful sunset cruise, we return to the jetty site, where the open-air kitchen has been transformed into a star-lit dining room. We are served our choice of starter, followed by your potjie and a surprise dessert.
A unique foodie experience!
DAY 16 – END OF OUR SAFARI AND FOODIE TOUR
After breakfast and check-out our wonderful journey ends with a transfer to the Victoria Falls Airport for your onward flight.
From AUD$8395 per person twin share
Single Supplement available on request
Limited spots for this Exclusive Safari & Foodie Tour. Get in quick!
- All airport transfers and activity transfers
- 4 star accommodation in Cape Town, Johannesburg & Victoria Falls (as per itinerary)
- Full Board & 3 1/2 star accommodation on Safari in the Greater Kruger region
- 15 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 11 dinners,
- 10 Foodie Experiences (as per itinerary)
- 2 x 3hr game drives
- 1 x 5hr game drive
- Full day – game drive in Kruger National Park
- Full day – sightseeing Drakensberg Mountains and Blyde River Canyon
- Cape Peninsula Tour including a visit to the African Penguin colony
- Victoria Falls Tour
- Vulture Experience
- 12-15 minute Flight of Angels helicopter flight over Victoria Falls
- Scheduled flights:
- Cape Town to Hoedspruit
- Hoedspruit to Johannesburg
- Johannesburg to Victoria Falls
- All Zimbabwe National Park fees
- Rainforest Entry Fee US$30 Internationals
- Flight of the Angels US$15 pp
- Pot and Cruise River Fee US$10 pp
- Escorted Guide throughout the tour
- English speaking guides on safari
All International and Domestic flights not listed on the itinerary
Tips, gratuities and porterage
Laundry & Drinks
Comprehensive travel insurance
Covid Testing Cost if applicable
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Cape Town – Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic oceans, situated between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town is fortunate to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.
Victoria Falls – Magnificent Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. David Livingstone ‘discovered’ the falls in 1885 and named them after his Queen. The scene he encountered was a mile-wide (1.6 km) sheer basalt fault line over which the mighty Zambezi tumbled to a depth of 100m, creating a cloud of spray. The falls are also the centre of a wide range of activities, including white water rafting on the mighty Zambezi, sunset cruises, scenic flights, a 111m bungee jump and lots more.
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