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South Africa has fast become one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations. 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!
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.
South Africa is without doubt the most family-friendly country in Africa and offers a wide-range of experiences to suit all ages and interests. From an exciting malaria-free safari to exploring the beautiful Cape to the warm Indian Ocean beaches along the Garden Route, we can help you put together the perfect holiday for your family. Here we give our rundown on our favourite spots for families to get you started.
Le Quartier Francais
Le Quartier Francais offers a stylish boutique stay in the heart of the picturesque village of Franschhoek. Home to the award-winning The Tasting Room, it’s a must for foodies, as well as those looking for luxury combined with impeccable service.
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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’d 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 that befit a cutting-edge restaurant with rooms. Regularly included in lists of the best restaurants in South Africa, Africa and Worldwide, The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais is a destination worth visiting in its own right.
The Auberge at Le Quartier Francais sustains its exclusive experience by having just 21 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, or 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. In addition to the gastronomic delights served in The Tasting Room, The Living Room is available for all day dining whilst guests can enjoy a film in The Screening Room or a spa treatment at B.gorgeous.
When to go
The Winelands are a wonderful year-round destination and enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate, somewhat like the South of France, which is what makes the area perfect for grape-growing. Summer in Franschhoek is the reverse of the Northern hemisphere. The best season visit is September to March when it is hot, sunny and dry. From April to August it cools down with some rain.
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Waterford Wine Estate Wine Drive 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, a Wine and Chocolate Tasting Tour and a Reserve Vintage Tasting Tour.
Dine at Babel
A trip to the Winelands is not complete without visiting Babylonstoren. A walk through the gardens is a fantastic experience, time your visit to take advantage of Babel's opening times. Lunch here is not to be missed!
Cooking Courses at Le Quartier Francais
Le Quartier Francais offers a range of cooking courses throughout the year. The courses change regularly and involve professional instruction from the team at LQF and from celebrated chefs from throughout South Africa.
Dine at the Tasting Room
The Tasting Room is one of South Africa's most celebrated fine dining restaurants. Situated in the heart of Franschhoek, at Le Quartier Francais, it is only an hour's drive from central Cape Town.
Le Quartier Lounge Bar
Le Quartier Lounge Bar is a recently opened, stylish cocktail bar at Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek. Mixologist, Matthew Roberts is quickly making it Franschhoek's evening 'hot spot' with his unique, African-inspired cocktails.
Enjoy a scenic, leisurely tour around the wine and gourmet capital of South Africa on the Franschoek Wine Tram, scheduled to be launched this spring!
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
A classic but stylish Garden Route itinerary staying in our handpicked collection of luxury boutique hotels. Exploring Cape Town, the Winelands, Walker Bay and the Garden Route before enjoying a premier malaria-free big five safari in the Eastern Cape.