Wine, Dine & Adventure in South Africa

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  • South Africa

  • Cape Town

  • Luxury Travel

  • City Travel

  • Food & Wine

  • Adventure Travel

  • Nature Escapes

  • Safari

  • Honeymoons

  • Foodie

  • Coastal

  • Vineyard

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Curator’s statement

South Africa is one of my favorite places to visit - it truly has it all. You can explore the city for a few days, hike, head to the beach, explore wine country, and then end your trip on a relaxing, yet epic, safari. It's a beautiful and friendly country that makes for an ideal honeymoon or couples trip for any foodie or adventurer.

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Where to stay in South Africa

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One&Only Cape Town

A tranquil enclave surrounded by mesmerizing waterways and a traditional harbor featuring utmost service well-known to the One&Only brand.

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  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

The Silo Hotel

An unmistakeable architectural gem on the V&A Waterfront, with a prized modern art collection and, in many rooms, Table Mountain views.

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  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Lion Sands Game Reserve

Family-run lodge on a private game reserve in Kruger National Park with luxury guest living quarters.

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Things to do in South Africa

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  • Wine Tasting - Spend two days wine tasting and separate your time between Stellenbosch with a private guide and Franschhoek on the can't-be-missed wine tram!

  • Hiking - Reaching the top of table mountain is a must. There are a few ways up to the top and it can be challenging, but rewarding. The best part is you can take the easy way down on the cableway. Opting for a shorter hike? Lions Head is beautiful and the perfect hike for sunrise or sunset.

  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden - A truly beautiful spot to go for a stroll with a cup of coffee in the morning. Their Boomslang Trail is not to be missed!

  • Boulders Beach - Penguins anyone? Watching these guys have fun in the water is something that can't be missed.

  • Camps Bay, Chapman's Peak Drive & Cape of Good Hope - Touring these areas is beautiful with stunning scenery and it's awesome to hear the history around Cape of Good Hope.

  • V&A Waterfront - Spend some time walking around the waterfront to pick up a souvenir and have a glass of wine on the water, all while listening to locals play music out by the ferris wheel.

  • Cape Town City Center - Head out in the morning to explore Bo Kaap's color houses & stroll through the Company's Garden with a cup of coffee.

  • Safari - Lastly, the number one can't be missed thing to do is a safari to see the Big Five in Kruger National Park or Sabi Sands. My advice? Find a lodge like Lion Sands Game Reserve that is allowed in both the National and Private game reserves to get the best of both worlds! Be sure to have at least 4 nights to take advantage of all of the lodges offerings such as massages and hippo walks.

Day Trip

  • Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai - Just about two hours outside of Cape Town you can take a day drip to dive with sharks and encounter sporadic great white sharks, copper sharks and even stingrays! Not a certified diver? No problem - they allow first time divers since you'll be in shallow waters!

Places to eat & drink in South Africa

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  • La Colombe - Amazing spot for a special occasion dinner. Request a table by the window for beautiful views. This French meets Asian tasting menu is not to be missed, as the food is just as good as it's presentation.

  • Grub & Vine - Another tasting menu that was truly fantastic, but head a more down to earth vibe. Insiders tip: Head downstairs to the Blue Room after dinner for some live jazz and a night cap.

  • Kloof Street House - Ever have ostrich before? If not, you must try it here! Trendy and cozy atmosphere with high end food. Lots of nightlife around this area for after dinner.

  • FYN - This Japanese meets South African cuisine is sure to please ranking at number 37 in the world this year! This is another spot perfect for a special occasion that offers a high end tasting menu along with wine pairing.

  • Harbour House - Located right on the water in the V&A, it's the perfect spot to stop for lunch and enjoy waterfront views from the rooftop.

  • Cause & Effect Cocktail Kitchen - An awesome and funky laid back craft cocktail bar where their drinks are as great as their presentation!

  • Bascule Bar - Perfect for a post dinner whiskey tasting and conveniently located in the Cape Grace Hotel.

  • Williamson Bar - Located conveniently in the Silo Hotel, this bar has fantastic cocktails with city views to match!

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out my guide, A Mix of Luxury & Adventure in Kenya & Zanzibar.

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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to South Africa.