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The Cape – comprising Cape Town and the Winelands – is one of the biggest attractions for visitors to South Africa and has much to offer. Here our South Africa specialist (and former Capetonian) Annie gives her top five experiences for those looking for something new.
One of the best ways to take in the spectacular scenery that South Africa has to offer, rail travel couldn’t be further from a daily commute in the luxurious surroundings of Rovos Rail and the Blue Train. Here we give you the lowdown on what to expect and what separates these two outstanding experiences.
One of our South Africa specialists, Jen, recently saddled up for an exciting riding safari taking part in game census week at Ant’s Hill in the malaria-free Waterberg region of South Africa. Read on for more about Jen’s experience and all you need to know about exploring South Africa on horseback…
From the premier game viewing of the Kruger and malaria-free options in Madikwe and the Eastern Cape, to riding safaris in the Waterberg and getting off-the beaten-track in the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve – there is truly something for everyone. Here we give our lowdown on all that South Africa has to offer safari-wise – now all you have to do is decide which one(s) will suit you best!
South Africa and Mauritius couple superbly for a safari and beach holiday or honeymoon. Whilst South Africa offers both world class safari and cosmopolitanism, Mauritius encapsulates the very essence of laid-back island life. Start your adventure on the plains of one of South Africa’s many game rich national parks, spending your days on safari, tracking the Big Five and sipping on sundowners, before exploring the country’s vibrant cities or impressive coastal routes. A short flight to Mauritius takes you to another world of sugar white beaches, kaleidoscopic reefs and a verdant green mountainscapes. There, you can choose to do as little or as much as you like, whether it be soaking up the island’s unique Creole culture or whiling away lazy days under the shade of a leafy palm. The ultimate safari and beach combination for a year-round adventure.
This off-the-beaten-track itinerary is perfect for those searching for an authentic, scenic and cultural adventure as well as some independence that only a self-drive holiday can offer.
Self-driving in South Africa is how a number of people decide to travel as it tends to prove a more adventurous and affordable option, as well as giving you the freedom to explore. Self-driving is a hugely rewarding way to travel and appreciate the always stunning and ever-changing scenery. Here we give you our tips for taking to the open road.
Contemporary Cape Town hotels, beautiful Cape Dutch wine estates and luxurious private game lodges, all combine to make South Africa the perfect honeymoon destination. Here we give our top ideas for making South Africa the perfect honeymoon destination for you.
Le Quartier Francais
Best for: Food Drink, Family, First time
Le Quartier Francais offers a stylish boutique stay in the heart of the picturesque village of Franschhoek. With sophisticated suites, gourmet cuisine and warm hospitality, Le Quartier Francais is one of a kind.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Le Quartier Francais is our top pick for foodies in the Winelands and has established itself as a mecca for those in search of world-class gastronomy in luxurious surroundings. Coupled with the French Huguenot heritage of Franschhoek, you could be forgiven for thinking that you had stumbled into a village in the South of France, given the atmosphere that is created at Le Quartier Francais.
The style of Le Quartier Francais blends eclectic and striking colours with the muted tones of a Provencal farmhouse to create the stylish surroundings which complement the incredible surrounding scenery. The Auberge at Le Quartier Francais sustains its exclusive experience by having just twenty one rooms. There are nine en-suite Auberge Rooms, three Grande Rooms, three Petite Garden Suites, two deluxe Auberge Suites – which come complete with private pools. For those looking for the crème de la crème experience we recommend one of the four suites, which make up The Four Quarters which have access to a private courtyard and pool. All rooms have a luxurious finish with air-conditioning, under floor heating, iPod docking station, television with DVD player and library, fireplace, tea and coffee making facilities as well as en-suite bathrooms. The gastronomic delights served in one of the many restaurants provide guests with incredible food surrounded by incredible scenery to make every dining experience special. Replacing The Tasting Room, La Petite Colombe offers an exciting new partnership with the Leeu Collection and an exciting menu that reflects the popular fine-dining experience of La Colombe in Cape Town. Reserve online or direct with the hotel at the time of booking.
Guests staying at Le Quartier Francais can expect to visit at least one of the fifty two wine farms in the Franschhoek Valley and learn about the culture and history of the area. The Leeu Estate, for which the Le Quartier is a part of, produces its own wine which can be enjoyed in the restaurants or on a tour of the winery and vineyard.
When to go
The Winelands in general are warm and temperate with hot and dry summers running from December to February, with temperatures reaching an average high of 23°C (73°F) during February. Winter runs from June to August where heavy rains, strong winds and temperatures as low as 13°C (55°F) are likely. However, the Cape Winelands are a wonderful place to explore at any time of year with Spring and Autumn especially nice as it is often sunny, but not as warm.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Enjoy a scenic, leisurely hop-on hop-off tour around the wine and gourmet capital of South Africa on the Franschhoek Wine Tram. The best way to discover the gems of Franschhoek and to take in the views of the rolling vineyards.
Waterford Estate Wine Safari
Waterford Wine Estate, in the heart of Stellenbosch offers a range of tours for visitors, including a Wine Safari Tour in a safari style Land Rover, where you will get the opportunity to taste some of their award-winning wines and even some chocolate.
Dine at Babel
A trip to the Winelands is not complete without visiting Babylonstoren and their wonderful restaurant, Babel. Food here is simple but creative and always uses fresh fruit and vegetables from the beautiful gardens. A wonderful spot for lunch!
Lunch at La Petite Ferme
Enjoy stunning views and great food at La Petite Ferme's restaurant, listed as on of the top fifteen 'best value' establishments in the world by Conde Nast Traveller. The cuisine incorporates an influence of international methods and flavours.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Pretoria, Cape Town & Francschhoek
This luxury itinerary includes some of South Africa's finest highlights. Combine the beautifully scenic Blue Train with cosmopolitan city Cape Town and ending your stay in the charming town of Franschhoek where you can appreciate the wonderful Winelands.