This 14-night itinerary is the foodie’s guide to eating your way around the Cape. Try out the hottest local spots in Cape Town, sip your way around the Winelands, sup on seafood in Knysna and end on an al fresco note with sundowners on a safari in the Eastern Cape.
Suggested route & duration
14 nights from Cape Town
• Cape Town 3 nights
• Franschhoek 2 nights
• Robertson 1 night
• Oudtshoorn 2 nights
• Knysna 3 nights
• Kariega Game Reserve, Eastern Cape 3 nights
About this independent tour
Why you’ll love this self-drive
• Stay at boutique hotels with knockout restaurants
• Experience classic South African gourmet dining
• Taste oysters in the country’s oyster capital, Knysna
• Combine the Cape Winelands with the wine route, Route 62
• The food and drink theme continues into your safari with top-quality meals and scenic sundowners
Suggested itinerary details
Day 1: Cape Town
Arrive in Cape Town. Have drinks at the hotel’s upscale Leopard Bar and book a picnic with unreal views of the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range. Stay 3 nights at The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa.
Day 4: Franschhoek
Drive to the Cape Winelands. Go for wine tastings on picturesque estates or choose from Franschhoek’s high-standard restaurants. Stay 2 nights at Leeu House.
Day 6: Robertson (Route 62)
Head to Robertson on the wine route. Visit local wineries and sit down to seasonal food in your hotel’s restaurant garden. Stay at The Robertson Small Hotel.
Day 7: Oudtshoorn
Travel inland to Oudtshoorn. Have wildlife encounters with a cheeky meerkat clan and spot this town’s famous ostriches. Stay 2 nights at Rosenhof Country House.
Day 9: Knysna
Head over the Outeniqua Mountain Range to Knysna, where waterfront seafood restaurants and oyster cruises are on the menu. Stay 3 nights at Lairds Lodge.
Day 12: Eastern Cape
Continue to the Eastern Cape. Go on game drives in Kariega and round off each day with sundowners in the bush. Stay 3 nights at Kariega Game Reserve.
Foodies on foot
Go on a walking tour in Stellenbosch with wine, chocolate and biltong
Set your alarm clock for sunrise and watch meerkats peek out from their natural burrows in Oudtshoorn
Learn how to shuck your own oysters as you head out on Knysna Lagoon towards the Indian Ocean
Leave the car behind and let Franschhoek’s Wine Tram chauffeur you between wine tastings
Tailor your tour
Make it your own
We’ve crafted this itinerary based on our own experiences and our customers’ feedback. It’s fully flexible, so talk to us and we can create your perfect trip.
Where to stay
The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa is a Capetonian hot spot for drinks with a view and Leeu House is a fine example of how good the food is in Franschhoek. The hotels we’ve chosen come with seriously good restaurants but you’re spoilt for choice if you’re craving something else.
Chat with us about your must-do foodie experiences. There are lots of scenic spots to have an indulgent picnic and the Franschhoek Wine Tram is one of our favourite things to do in the Cape Winelands as you hop on and off at award-winning wineries on a vintage tram.
We think that 2 or 3 nights is enough time to savour your time at each place. Cape Town’s strong restaurant scene deserves 3 nights, as does Knysna for relaxation. Spend longer in Franschhoek or Robertson to cover even more wineries.
This itinerary packs in a nice variety of destinations, plus an optional added twist to your epicurean travels with a safari in the Eastern Cape. Add on beach time in Cape St. Francis or pull out all the stops with a trip further out to Victoria Falls or Mauritius.
Good to know
When to go
• Cape Town is great to visit year-round with warm summers (January to February) and generally mild winters (June to August, when Cape Town gets its rain). The warm shoulder seasons are usually less busy
• Summer (November to March) is the busiest time in the Winelands and ideal for outdoor picnics; winter brings log fires and hearty meals
• The Garden Route is best experienced in November to March. Pack a rain mac if you’re visiting in August to October
• Everywhere is busy in the summer holidays (December and January)