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South Africa Wine Tour 2018

This is a two week tour of South Africa that will include visits to several wineries with wine tasting, a history presentation on the wine industry of this land, and tours of the Cape Town region and the Cape of Good Hope, and a photo-safari through the world's most premier game park.

Your tour coordinator is John Paul McGuire, 
South African born and US raised.
This tour is presented in partnership with
Love-To-Travel, travel agency, Sandpoint, ID

The Stellenbosch produces some of the finest wines in the world, in a geographical and meteorological region that has often been compared to the wine regions of California.  The quality of the wines and the gourmet food presentations will make this trip a journey of delight for the connoisseur.  The anticipated time of travel in November, 2018, will be summer weather in South Africa with mild to warm temperatures in the Western Cape - a great winter escape for travelers from the Northern Hemisphere!

Waterfront Cape Town
at the foot of Table Mountain

Typical Dutch influenced architecture
of the Stellenbosch region
Itinerary !
(Click on any of the accommodations to go to their websites)
DAY 1
Arrive on the continent of Africa through the "Mother City" of Cape Town and transfer over to Hermanus on Walker Bay. 
 (D)    Hermanus
DAY 2
Morning visits, wine tastings and cellar tours of the Hamilton Russel Vineyard and the Bouchard Finlayson Vineyard, followed by a group lunch.
An afternoon of leisure in Hermanus to relax and hopefully do some whale spotting.  
(B,L)    Hermanus
DAY 3
Leave Hermanus in the morning for Paarl, traveling through the apple growing region and over the Sir Lowry's Pass into the winelands region of Franschhoek, with visits to two local wine estates. 
 (B,L,D)    Paarl
DAY 4
The two sister towns of Paarl and Stellenbosch are the centers of the South African wine country and just 30 minutes apart.  We will be visiting two vineyards for wine tasting, including the award winning estate of Neethlingshof, and enjoying lunch at a traditional Cape restaurant.  Free time in the afternoon will allow for a leisurely stroll along the tree-lined streets of Stellenbosch, filled with quaint shops.  In the evening we will be treated to a traditional South African braai (barbeque) back at our hotel in Paarl.
(B,L,D)    Paarl
DAY 5
The morning will include visits to two of South Africa's largest and well decorated vineyards: Nederburg and Boschendal, with wine tastings and a picnic lunch; and in the afternoon we will travel over to Cape Town to check into our hotel at the V&A Waterfront.
The V&A is an incredible sea-side shopping and dining experience at the foot of Table Mountain.  (The top photo above is taken from the V&A)  The evening is leisure time for you to enjoy any of the fine dining experiences offered here - in a city known for its unique blend of African, Dutch, Continental, vegetarian, meet and seafood cuisine.  
(B,L)    Cape Town
DAY 6
The Other Side of the Mountain!: We will drive around to the south-east side of Table Mountain to visit both the Groot Constantia and the Buitenverwachting estates for wine tasting, and then on to the quaint sea side village of Simonstown for lunch.  In the afternoon we will visit Boulders Beach - for a visit to the famed Penguin colony.  YES! - South Africa has native Penguins.  Remember where you are: there's nothing but open ocean between South Africa and Antarctica and that water is COLD!!
(B,L)    Cape Town
DAY 7
Full day of leisure - on your own - to explore the Mother City and all the spenders it has to offer.  
Options include: 
Table Mountain: the iconic flat top mountain rises 3,500' above the city and is only accessible by the ariel cableway.
Robben Island: The "Alcatraz of South Africa" - now a museum and World Heritage Site - made famous for it's most well known prisoner, Nelson Mandela.  Accessible only by ferry ride.  Advance purchase suggested as the ferries do sell out.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens: 1,300 acres of the most beautiful floral offerings in Africa, including an impressive abundance of the Protea flowers, along with probably the largest collection of Shona stone statuary on the planet.
(Click here for images of the various Protea flowers)
Shopping: The city of Cape Town offers a wide variety of shopping experiences for the lover of antiques, art, furniture, treasures, clothing, etc.
(B)    Cape Town
DAY 8
Day tour down the Atlantic Coast road, M6, through Camps Bay and Hout Bay, and along the sometimes cliff hanging Chapmans Peak to reach the Cape of Good Hope, with a picnic lunch.  Leisurely final night back in Cape Town.
(B,L)    Cape Town
DAY 9
We will fly out of Cape Town to Mpumalanga and enter the Kruger National Park for 3 nights at the Shishangeni Safari Lodge.
(B,D)    Kruger
DAY 10 & 11
Two days of organized safari drives in the Kruger National Park.  Kruger is an amazing wildlife refuge - largest in the world - and a photographer's delight! But it is best seen/experienced from organized safari drives.
(B,L,D)    Kruger
DAY 12
Fly from Mpumalanga to Johannesburg to fly home.
Shopper's Last Stand!!: For those who wish to take back memories of South Africa, the Jo'burg airport is itself a HUGE shopping experience unlike anything experienced in United States airports.  The shops offer a variety of goods from touristy trinkets - to - fine china, silver and jewelry - to - wine and liquor - focusing mainly on South African made products.  And unlike US airports, the prices are comparable to what would be found on the streets - not hiked up because of being in an airport.  (B)
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(B) = breakfast included
(L) = Lunch included
(D) = Dinner included

There are no VISA requirements for US citizens to travel to South Africa.
There are no health shot requirements for visiting South Africa.
The anticipated dates of travel are 17 November ~ 01 December 2018.
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This tour is being offered through Love-To-Travel, Inc, Sandpoint, ID, USA
For further information, please contact John Paul McGuire, tour leader, at klipspringerstudios@yahoo.com, or at 864-417-8516, or at P.O. Box 635, Landrum, SC 29356