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South Africa

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South Africa wineries are referred to as “Wine Farms.”

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With a huge variety of fascinating experiences to explore, South Africa will create a memorable vacation. Imagine game watching the Big Five one day, sipping wine in the vines the next, and hitting the beach the day after. South Africa has a spectacular wine route, a large number of world heritage sites, glamorous resorts, excellent seafood and the wild kingdom in all its glory. It is a place where you can watch whales perform acrobatic moves, and at the same time engage in an ostrich race taking place along the seashore. Africa is a land of beautiful gardens and incredible sunsets. It is a marine wonderland with snorkeling, surfing, boating and diving. It is also an outdoor fortress for those seeking adventure. South Africa has been referred to as “The Rainbow Nation;” a title which illustrates the country’s cultural diversity. The population is one of the most complex and diverse in the world, with a combination of native Africans, Europeans and Asians (mostly of Indian descent). The African majority is composed of many different ethic groups, the largest of which are Zulu, Xhosa, Tswana and Bapedi, all with their own unique identity and customs. Africa is also thought to be the birthplace of humankind, giving it historical, aesthetic, archaeological, scientific, ethnological and anthropological value. It is the world’s largest outdoor zoo with all creatures living in the wild, fighting for survival. A South African wine vacation will go beyond the boundaries of your wildest dreams.

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South Africa has over 300 years of winemaking.

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usually blended and can be referred to as hermitage, from its Rhone origin. It is the great grape, Pinotage that comes to mind when thinking about the wines in South Africa. Pinotage, was born in 1925, when Professor A.L. Perold at Stellenbosch University crossed Pinot Noir and Cinsaut. It produces a robust, complex wine, which ranks among the best varietals in the world. With the ability to age, it can also be a refreshing wine when consumed young. With a

South Africa’s main winegrowing regions are located in the southwestern corner of the country, known as the Cape. But wine and wineries can be found in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Reunion, Mauritius, Namibia and Zimbabwe. However, most of these regions are not suitable for growing grapes. Therefore, the fruit or juice is brought in from surrounding areas like Spain, Portugal and France. South Africa is the continent’s leading wine region, and is ranked seventh in production in the world. Strangely, half of all the grapes are distilled and made into brandy and lesser expensive spirits. Because of South Africa’s location, a maritime, Mediterranean climate exists, and only occasionally drought and wind pose a problem for the vines. The country’s top wine districts spread out from the old port city of Cape Town. The major grape that is widely planted is Chenin Blanc (called Steen), but many other whites are found such as Cape Riesling, Chardonnay, Hanepoot, Mascadel, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. Hanepoot is a very popular ancient grape also known as Muscat of Alexandria. This wine is sweet and is usually fortified. The leading red grape, Cabernet Sauvignon, is found alone but is also used for Bordeaux style blends. Cinsaut is the next most used grape, and has a lighter style also it is

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heady bouquet of fruit (notably banana), it stands as an example of what the best New World wines can offer. Other key red wines are Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Shiraz or Syrah. South Africa’s wine regions are Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Constantia, Elgin, Walker Bay, Paarl, Worcester, Klein Karoo and Mossel Bay. Klein Karoo, also known at Little Karoo, is a region that has long been associated with fortified wines. Its climate is similar to Douro in Portugal, and it houses a number of independent and cooperative wineries. The Paarl District is landlocked and generally quite warm. Classic sparkling wines, port, a hand full of white varietals and Bordeaux reds are the most popular in Paarl. Constantia Ward is historic for sweet wine and is limited in its winegrowing because of the pressures of urban development, as well as the dominating physical presence of two peaks in the Cape Peninsula mountain chain. Sauvignon Blanc is the principal variety, but reds are also grown usually on the warmer, lower ground. The district of Stellenbosch is the hub and the center of South Africa’s wine industry. It has more private cellars than any other Cape area. It is also the center for viticultural research and training. With varied microclimates, elevations, and soil types, quality wines are easily produced here. Although many vines stretch up the mountain slopes, the lower land is literally carpeted with grapevines. There is a large variety of mixed grapes, both red and white planted in Stellenbosch, but Cabernet Sauvignon is the king. Pinotage is also at its best here. South Africa’s other districts are also very active in producing great wines. From Cape Town, it does not matter which direction you start your wine journey because you are guaranteed to always find wonderful wines.

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The majority of South African wine is white.

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The West Cape or Cape Town is known as the “Mother City of Africa.” It is an area regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the world. The city is a rare cultural gem, resulting from a diverse population of immigrants, mostly from Indonesia, Western Europe and also the Bushman, Hottentots and Bantu tribes from the north. With the impressive presence of Table Mountain, flanked by the legendary Devil's Peak and historical Signal Hill standing proudly above the city, a vision is planted that is never forgotten. The beautiful white sandy beaches along the peaceful coastlines frame the Cape Peninsula. The peninsula is unique for its floral kingdom, bountiful rivers, and magnificent countryside landscaped with grapevines. Cape Town has a wide range of entertainment, from outdoor activities to its extreme nightlife, with many shopping areas including Green Market Square, sophisticated malls and stylish boutiques. The long list of restaurants including international cuisine, fast food, elegant dinning and posh cafes that feature food reflecting its multicultural history. Cape Town is a setting for

many scenic wonders, awesome seascapes and panoramic vistas. It is a city of culture, with a unique architectural design and structure. The music and dance also perfectly reflect its diverse population. The pleasant Mediterranean climate creates warm gentle summers and cool temperate winters. It is the gateway to the wild, and a magical wine vacation for anytime of year.

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While creating your upcoming trip to South Africa, it is important for us to know what inspires you. What are your travel dreams, trip goals, and experience expectations for your perfect vacation? Sometimes it helps to put your thoughts down on paper. We have created this guide to help plan the ultimate custom vacation, hand crafted specifically for you and your companions. What are your trip dreams and desires?

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O Cape Town O Victoria Falls

Specific Cities: ______________________________________________________________________________________ Do you want to visit more than one country? ______________________________________________________________

O Durban O Kruger National Park

O Garden Route O Port Elizabeth

O Botswana O Safari Camp

W H AT A R E Y O U R T R AV E L I N T E R E S T S ?

O Food and Wine O Historical Tours O Hot Air Ballooning O Sailing O Specialty Gastronomy O Helicopter O Performing Arts O Spa & Wellness

O Private Guide O Golf O Specific Wine Types O Big 5 Animals O Rail O Group Travel O Self Drive

O Cape of Good Hope O Regional Festivals O Child Friendly Camps O River Vessels O Art & History O Dinner Reservations O Fall Wine Crush

O Transfers / Airport O Archeological Sites O City Tours O Safari O Picnics O Shopping O Botanical / Gardens

W H AT T Y P E O F W I N E S D O Y O U D R I N K ?

O White / Light O Red / General O Pinot Noir O Chardonnay O Pinotage

O Sweet / Dessert O Merlot O Bordeaux Blends O Semillon O Hanepoot

O White / Big O Chenin Blanc O Cabernet Franc O Sauvignon Blanc O Riesling

O Rose / Blush O Cabernet Sauvignon O Sparkling Wine O Shiraz O Cinsaut

HOW LONG WILL YOU BE GONE?

O 7nts / 8days

O 10nts / 11days

O 13nts / 14days

O You Tell Us!

W H AT T Y P E O F A C C O M M O D AT I O N S ?

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O Boutique Lodging O Tented Safari

O Villas or Homes / Country O City Property / Central O Vineyard Property O River / Ocean View

Did we miss something? Let us know and we’ll make sure to include: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Name ________________________________________ Address ______________________________________________ City _______________________State ______ Zip _____________Telephone __________________________________ Email ________________________________ Fax ______________________ No. of Travelers ____ No. of children ____ Travel dates (list alternate dates) _______________________________________________________________________ Traveling with any other couple, group etc.? ________ If so, may we contact them? _______________________________ What is your budget per person? _________________________Special Occasion? ________________________________ Do you want us to handle your airfare? ___________ Carrier Preference? _______________________________________

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SOUTH AFRICA RECOMMENDED ADVENTURES

Two Oceans Aquarium
Take some time out from wine tasting to enjoy Cape Town’s Two Oceans Aquarium. It is Africa’s largest aquarium, housing over 300 species of marine life. Meander through the impressive and informative displays and watch seals playing in a bed of kelp with brilliantly colored fish. The sharks are fed daily at 3:30, so don’t be late. The aquarium offers an excellent variety of bookstores, souvenirs shops and the Bayfront Blue Restaurant, where you can enjoy magnificent lunch.
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Drakenstein Lion Park
See lions in their natural habitat without traveling too far into Africa’s wild. The wild cats live in a high quality, authentic surrounding, located 30 minutes from Cape Town. The center allows visitors a chance to relax under a rustic thatched roof building, with an openair viewing deck. To make things more interesting, there is a catwalk suspended over the lion’s den, creating an up-close encounter of these amazing animals. The facility also features a gift shop and refreshment center. This is a perfect spot to spend part of a day.

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Golf Around Cape Town
Golf is an activity that can be enjoyed year round in Cape Town. Nowhere in the world will you find such a variety of available golf combinations. Whether you would like to play golf everyday, or combine a round with wine tasting, game viewing, or general sightseeing. The list of private courses, golf estates and public courses is very extensive. Your personal caddy can help you select the right course for you. The options are endless making this your dream golf adventure.
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Robben Island
Robben Island is a short distance from Cape Town. It is known for its 400-year history of being a place for banishment, exile, and imprisonment. It was also a leper colony and an asylum where Nelson Mandela spent 27 years of his life. Today, it is a fascinating tour that includes a museum. This is a must see for all who visit South Africa. The guides are all former residents who will provide personal accounts of prison life.
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World of Birds
Spend a delightful afternoon viewing over 3,000 birds. Enjoy several aviaries, the forest of tropical plants, and African monkeys hard at play. Watch the pelicans and birds of pray during feeding time, or walk up to a rare black eagle. This entertaining center is also home to a number of high-energy Meerkats and Leguwaans. The cafe serves wonderful breakfasts and lunches, and the curio shop is the only place to buy unbelievable bird paraphernalia.

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Cango Wildlife Ranch
This incredible ranch’s mission is to save endangered African wildlife. The ranch features the oldest and biggest cheetah conservation center in the world, offering visitors a unique hands-on experience with the cats. Explore the facts and fiction of crocodiles, and try a cage dive if you are gutsy enough! Cuddle with baby lion cubs, enjoy a delicious croc-o-bob, ostrich steak or hamburger. Enter a room of flying foxes, or see Madagascar’s ring-tailed Lemur. This is an over-the-top pet sanctuary you will not want to miss.
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Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park is the best game reserve in South Africa. Ride in open vehicles as you escape near-collisions with 1,000 pound Rhinoceros, or walk through the bushes with your knowledgeable guide. The park is over 500 million acres and packed with fascinating components of an intricate ecosystem that is unspoiled by man’s progress. It hosts several private reserves and concessions, with beautiful forests, gardens and waterfalls. Discover how to appreciate the wildest of animals in a luxurious lodge, modest bungalow, cottage, fashionable guest house or African-style hut. The park even has a variety of tents for those brave enough to sleep under the stars. The land’s geology is staggering with huge boulders strewn across a densely vegetated landscape. Stop at popular rest camps hidden in extensive grassy plains, only interrupted by rivers. Northern Kruger is a region sheltered from all, due to its remoteness. The Sabi Sand game reserve, located in the southwest area of the park, will ensure close encounters with all creatures great and small. Enjoy mouth-watering meals that consist of fresh fruits, vegetables, South African wine and an incredible selection of fresh meat, fish, and poultry prepared by your personal chef. Your African safari will be a part of your wine vacation that which you will cherish forever.

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Botswana Adventure
Botswana is home to some of Africa’s last great wilderness, including the Okavango Wetlands and the Kalahari Desert. This land-locked nation is centered in Sub-Saharan Africa, with an impressive biodiversity. As in all of Africa, land sustains life. Diamond mining and cattle rearing are the center of Botswana's economic survival. A number of small farmers rely on goats, sheep, beans, peanuts, cottonseed and other dry land crops. With tourism on the rise, Botswana has become the third most visited country in Africa. It is a land of unlimited activities and adventures. A tradition tent safari on the shores of ancient lakes, magical rivers and vast wetlands, is a special kind of a safari. It features spending time on a Mokoro, so close to the waters surface that frogs the size of a fingernail can be identified. Or fish on the earth’s largest delta, as you reel in a giant tiger fish. If you are crazy about elephants, this is the only place to have an interactive encounter with them in their natural habitat. When the time is right, you will even have an opportunity to ride one. Stay for a day or a week, your guide and everything you need for a luxury safari is included.

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Victoria “Vic” Falls
Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, a gateway for a South African safari, home to one of the wildest, white water rafting experiences and is the site of the highest commercial bungee jump on earth. It is truly spectacular and deserves the spot as the number one attraction in Africa. It is still an evocative destination for hunters, survivors, thrill seekers, explorers and anyone with an eye for beauty. With a variety of lodging options available in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia, it is the perfect place to relax and enjoy Africa. Canoeing, biking, horseback riding and nature walks are among the favorite things to do while visiting the Falls. Day trips to game parks, river expeditions and evening drives to popular watering holes at night, are also some favorite excursions. Highlights may include a helicopter ride over the Falls, a guided photography tour, hot air ballooning, a lunar rainbow walk, visiting a lively casino and indulging in the unique cuisine of the land. Your guide from Wine Tours of the World will design your Victoria Falls adventure, using your interests to make the trip a dream come true.

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Garden Route - Cape Town to Port Elizabeth
The Garden Route is one of the most magnificent, inspiring stretches of land in South Africa and the world. The route is laced with majestic mountains, breathtaking views, colorful vista gardens, peaceful valleys and lakes and rugged rivers and forests. It is a paradise for birdlovers and nature lovers, and is an eco-destination like no other in the world. See miles upon miles of beautiful, white sandy beaches with a million things to do and explore. The tour begins in Cape Town and ends in Port Elizabeth. Enjoy a brief tour, a three night stay, or spend an entire week taking in all of the natural wonders. Choose from a list of lodging options and let your guide handle the rest. The featured highlights include: a visit to the Cango limestone caves, an entertaining show at an ostrich farm, shopping for treasures in the quaint town of Knysna, a lagoon cruise to Featherbed Natural Reserve, a nature walk through Milkwood trees, exploring indigenous forests, walks along beautiful coastline and a guided tour of Port Elizabeth. This is a wonderful way to relax after your South African wine adventure, and one more way to see Africa and its wild.

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South Africa is the second largest exporter of fruit in the world.

HIGHLIGHTS
• Enjoy a welcome wine tasting and lunch. • Your personal guide is available throughout your wine vacation, to assist with your dinner reservations, transportation, knowledge and private tours. • See amazing views from Table Mountain and The Cape of Good Hope. Enjoy free time to shop and explore the beachfront community of Kalk Bay. • Visit the penguin colony of Foxy Beach as you take in an incredible sunset. • Walk along a white sandy beach at Cape Point Natural reserve, spotting zebras, ostrich and other wildlife. • Stroll through the beautiful vegetation at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. • Spend two nights in the middle of wine country at the posh L’Auberge du Francais. • Discover the secrets of South African cuisine in your private cooking class. • Enhance your wine knowledge as you sip through your private tours, tasting and educational exercises.

Wine in the Wild

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Imagine sipping a glass of South African Pinotage while riding on the back of an elephant. Or sharing your beach walks with a variety of African wildlife frolicking in the surf. Wines in the Wild combines stunning African wine, picturesque scenery, and of course, Africa’s wild nature. The beautiful city of Cape Town is the perfect base when visiting the wineries of the surrounding land. The vine-

yards fan out from the city in all directions. After a full day of wine tasting, you can return to find unlimited activities to do, such as shopping, exploring the unique city streets and feasting on savory cuisine. This is a perfect itinerary to enjoy South African nature, culture and wine!

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The Itinerary
D A Y O N E : Welcome to South Africa! After arriving in
Johannesburg, you will continue traveling to Cape Town. Cape Town is the jewel of South Africa! Check in… relax and get aquainted with the city. Dine at one of the fabulous waterfront restaurants this evening.

D A Y T W O : Wine country is magnificent. We start the
day at Dornier for a cellar tour and private tasting, and continue to the Audacia winery for a private tasting and cheese pairing. Lunch will be served as you taste the wines of Avontuur. You will then have two tastings in the afternoon.

D A Y S S E V E N - T E N : A South African safari is
next with four nights in a private luxurious tented room. Sabi Sands Game Reserve shares an unfenced border with Kruger National Park. The game reserve offers many exciting activities and adventures in its beautiful setting. Kruger National Park is South Africa’s most legendary game park with the greatest animal diversity in Africa including lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, buffalos, rhinos, hippos and crocodiles, as well as over 450 different bird species. Safari life includes twice a day mobile safari drives in open air Land Rovers, with experienced bush rangers. Get to know African traditions such as Sundowners and Braai’s. Night game drives are also available and should not to be missed. A trip to nearby Shangaan Village will give you exposure to authentic bush tribal culture.

D A Y T H R E E : It’s a camera day on top of Table
Mountain. The views are unforgettable! A cable car ascends 3,000 feet above sea level to the observation deck. For lunch and afternoon shopping, you will be taken to Kalk Bay, a gorgeous coastal village. Enjoy the remainder of the day at Cape Point Nature Reserve. Here you may walk along the white sandy beaches, or hike to the lighthouse. Be sure to keep an eye out for wild game including zebras! Before you begin your coastal-sunset ride back into Cape Town, you will stop at a Penguin Colony for an up-close view of these cute critters dining on fish. We have dinner reservations at the Green Dolphin, in Cape Town’s waterfront district.

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Kirschenborsch Botanical Gardeens has over 4000 species of African flowers and other indigenous South African plants. After a morning at the gardens, it’s time for a private tasting at Groot Constantia, makers of some of the best South African ports. Your day will conclude with tastings of Zevenwacht and Stellenzicht.

D A Y E L E V E N : Take some time this morning to say
your good-byes to your staff and the wild. You will board a short flight back to Johannesburg where you will begin your journey home.

Other Excursions & Extensions

D A Y F I V E : Today you will check into Le Quartier
Francais for two amazing nights in the heart of wine country. Wineries are referred to as “Working Farms” in South Africa. You will enjoy two days of wine tasting, a brandy tasting, and food pairings. South Africa is gaining notoriety for the noble grape Pinotage. While sipping Pinotage, consider other wine country activities including golf, bike tours and spa treatments. A winemaker’s dinner will be served in a tasting room that will be prepared by Chef Margo Janse. Cheers!

Consider a Hot Air Balloon Ride, Golfing along the Ocean, or visiting a Cheetah Rescue Facility. Heading to the North enjoy the spectacular Victoria Falls, while visiting Vic Falls consider a trip to the Okavango Delta of Botswana to the West. After a restful stay in Cape Town venture to the East along the Garden Route outside Port Elizabeth.

Accommodations
Property, location, style, size and amenities chosen based on client specifications.

D A Y S I X : We have arranged a very special African cooking class for you today. Learn about some of Africa’s most unique cuisine and how to pair it with South African wine. Learn how and why wine really can compliment and enhance food. You will then be guided through a list of wine that can be paired with the meal. The afternoon includes two of the area’s most well-known wineries.

This suggested itinerary is based on two people traveling together. A single supplement fee will apply. Cost of itinerary is priced based on dates of travel.

Pricing

Restaurants and meals listed above are recommendations only. Wine Tours of the World handles reservations at top restaurants, small intimate bistros and gourmet dinners at vineyards. Exact meal inclusions and dining reservations will be specified at time of booking based on final trip itinerary.

Meals

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