'Food & Wine Safari' program debuts

NEW YORK -- Classic Encounters in Southern Africa, a travel specialist here that focuses on luxury travel, unveiled a program called Food & Wine Safari.

Gazelles. The program is in conjunction with Cape Classics, a South African wine importer, and Orient-Express Hotels' African Collection.

The Food & Wine Safari concept was conceived by Andre Shearer, president of Cape Classics, who was exploring ways to bring wine enthusiasts to South Africa for a culinary and cultural safari.

Michael Jackson, president of Classic Encounters, welcomed the idea of diverse food and wine tastings in conjunction with game-drive excursions to the region.

Lions lazily lounge on a rock. Elements of the program include sampling edible plants in remote regions north of Cape Town, where some of the last Bushmen live, to a lunch showcasing goat cheese and wines from a local farm. Wine tours and tastings are available throughout the itinerary as are safaris to the Okavango Delta in Botswana.

Guests stay at Orient-Express Hotels, including the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and Gametrackers camps in northern Botswana.

Giraffes in South Africa. Both group and individual trips can be coordinated through Classic Encounters. The company's Food & Wine Safari group packages provide suggested itineraries that can be tailored to accommodate special interests.

Group departures are scheduled for November and for February, April/May and September 2000. Prices start at $5,275 per person.

Classic Encounters in Southern Africa
(888) 808-1999
E-mail: [email protected]
Cape Classics wines
(800) 237-1236

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