South Africa food and wine tour
Description of South Africa food and wine tour
Described as a world in one country, South Africa, with its breath-taking scenery offers travellers a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Discover the foods and wines of Cape Town, the West Coast, the Cape Winelands and the Overberg while taking in the spectacular natural beauty of the region.
PlanetHaving travelled widely ourselves and witnessed first-hand how tourism can have either positive or negative effects on local communities and the environment, we always endeavour to leave a positive mark on all places we send clients and promote awareness of the local environment.
As a company: We strive to operate as a paperless company as far as possible, and recycle wherever facilities are available. We use toxic-free fair trade products whenever we can.
Our clients’ requirements are of primary importance to us at all times, as we know that our growth and success depend on their continued support.
On the road: Many of the resorts and operators we work with offer our clients free drinking water refills to minimise wastage of plastic bottles through out the trips; and ask clients if they want items laundered before simply washing towels and linens unnecessarily, to conserve water.
Along the Garden Route there will be several animal sanctuaries such as Monkeyland (the world’s first free roaming primate sanctuary), Birds of Eden (a unique free-flight bird sanctuary) and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary (home to big cats). We encourage our guests to bear in mind that visiting these sites is a precious opportunity of learning and a chance to educate themselves about wildlife rather than a fun attraction. Similarly, also in the case of Robberg Beach and Robberg Natural Reserve, fragile marine eco-systems can be put into danger if tourism does not focus and encourage sustainable policies.
• Where we stay: As a boutique travel company, we strive to offer unique and authentic travel experiences in line with sustainable accommodation. Many of the resorts and operators we work with are eco-friendly and run their businesses in a more environmentally friendly manner. For instance, guests are offered free drinking water refills to minimise wastage of plastic bottles. While in remote areas, we carry rubbish with us and ensure we do not disturb anything in the natural environment.
• While we are there: We ensure that our clients are given the correct guidance while visiting protected areas and/or heritage sites so we can help to minimise impacts on the environment and respect the natural wonders of the area. We work with guides who are local to the area and have been trained, bettering their communities. These areas also ask for a fee to appreciate the protected area. These fees go to conservation and infrastructure efforts directly supporting the reserve.
PeopleWe endeavour to follow responsible guidelines, as with all trips. In this tailor-made itineray, we will visit a local craft market to purchase items directly from the local artisans. The tour of the Malay Quarter is guided by a local resident and dinner is prepared by his wife and served in their home – giving guests a rare insight into daily life in the area and supporting the family’s bludgeoning business. The time spent in the winelands includes tastings and meals at locally owned vineyards.
Our tours are designed with the intention of maximising the benefits that our guests can have on the host community. This is the reason why we endeavour to follow responsible guidelines and teach guests about responsible tourism. With this we hope to encourage our guests to be mindful of the environment and respectful of local people and culture. With all our tailor-made trips we enjoy offering new routes and encourage travel to areas that are not on the main tourist trails and which further support smaller, local communities.
This trip represents a valuable chance to discover and experience the culinary traditions of South Africa. A land famous for its local production of wine, chocolate, olive oil among other things and its general love of food. Especially in the area of Stellenbosch, the numerous vineyards allows tourists to taste and learn about wine making. The food, the local restaurants and markets and the genuine hospitality are all things that you will encounter throughout this trip that not only will ensure you have an unforgettable holiday but also genuine encounters with the local people.
• While we are there: As previously mentioned, we work in partnership with locally employed guides who having been professionally trained, better their communities and provide insight into the local culture. We encourage interaction with local communities, however we keep our group sizes small and provide advice during the trip to ensure our impact on the indigenous way of life is minimised. Typically these areas also ask for a fee to appreciate the protected area, which go to aid conservation, employment and infrastructure efforts directly supporting the community and surroundings. We also encourage our clients to support the livelihood of the local community by purchasing locally produced crafts wherever possible.