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Sipping wine while gazing out on the rolling vineyards from whence it came…experiencing Cape Town’s wonders in the company of a proud local guide…savouring fresh, farm-to-table food from top chefs…waking in one of the most luxurious South African lodges to a day of lions, leopards and elephants…
This is Micato’s Africa. Experience all this and more on our new South African Highlights Safari, an exclusive Travel + Leisure Trip of the Month.
Day 1 Depart Home
The adventure begins today as we board our international flight bound for Cape Town.
Day 2 Arrive Cape Town
A Micato Representative greets us at the airport, our first taste of the extraordinary hospitality that is simply the way of life here. We are whisked away to our hotel, the Taj Cape Town, a magnificently redone historic building that seamlessly combines the heritage of the old with the luxury of the new.
Day 3 Cape Town
This morning we marvel at the abundant organic foods and designer goods that await us at the Old Biscuit Mill, a lovely market occupying an old Victorian warehouse. We relax over a leisurely lunch at Karen Dudley’s The Kitchen before heading back out the Greenmarket Square, Cape Town’s historic open-air market.
Once we’ve finished ogling the fine crafts, local handiworks, and specialty foods we embark on a “Walk of Freedom” tour, an introduction to the rich and storied culture of Cape Town. We visit the historic District Six neighborhood and the colourful Malay Quarter, converse with locals about their lives and histories. Delve deep into the mystery of this place at the Bo-Kapp Museum, as well as Auwal Mosque, a beautiful structure and the oldest mosque in the Southern Hemisphere.
Day 4 Hermanus
After breakfast we drive the scenic coast to nearby Hermanus, winding through the Kogelneberg Nature Reserve and stopping to spy on a surprising colony of African penguins in Betty’s Bay.
We have a superb lunch overlooking Walker Bay in Hermanus before setting off on a sublime tour of Hemel n’Aarde Valley, home of four award-winning vineyards. The scenery here will simply take your breath away. We’ll also take a private boat trip into the bay, viewing the 40-ton southern right whales that are so prevalent that Hermanus has even dedicated a festival to them. While cruising the limitless sea you might stop by an island populated by huge colonies of sea birds, admire the antics of the Cape fur seal colony or watch a great white shark surface while on the hunt.
Our base for explorations is The Marine Hotel, a beautiful property complemented by the abundant views and a charming internal courtyard.
Day 5 Cape Winelands
We set out on a day of wine tasting and estate touring through the Cape Winelands—some of the most beautiful, and bountiful, countryside anywhere in the world. Leisurely we explore the vast vineyards, grand manor houses, and quaint farms. We come across new delights at every turn, from a cheese and wine tasting in the charming village of Stellenbosch to a chocolate tasting in Franschhoek, another village overlooking the spectacular Groot Drakenstein Mountains.
We repair at the end of the day to Babylonstoren, an extraordinarily comfortable hostelry on one of the best preserved farms in the Cape Dutch tradition. The chefs grace us with the freshest cuisine possible—you may even catch them picking the vegetables and herbs for your meal on the property’s extensive garden.
Day 6 - Day 9 Sabi Sabi Game Reserve
We have three glorious nights at Sabi Sabi Game Reserve, where the high concentrations of leopard, lion, hyena, kudu, Cape buffalo and elephant are reason enough to tarry.
We are awakened early each morning by a wake-up call of piping hot tea or coffee with biscuits, before setting off on the morning game drive with your ranger and tracker. After lunch, you have time to relax, whether watching animals meander through the plains from one of the huge viewing decks, swimming in the pool or indulging in a soothing massage—all from the comfort of your home away from home here, the glorious and ecstatically comfortable Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge.
In the evenings we go out again into the bush, perhaps catching side of a chortling pod of hippos in the Sand River or hearing the other-worldly call of the nocturnal rock hyrax. A lifetime of indelible memories are packed into each short day. As the sun goes down we sip cocktails, or perhaps some world-class wine from the vineyards we’ve just visited, and watch as the evening sun bids farewell in a blaze of red.
Day 10 Depart Johannesburg
As we prepare to leave, we find ourselves commiserating with Hemingway when he penned: “All I wanted to do now was get back to Africa. We had not left it yet, but when I would wake in the night, I would lie, listening, homesick for it already.”
Day 11 Arrive Home
Our flight touches down, and we reflect on an adventure for the ages.
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