GLENDALE, Calif. -- African Travel, a Far & Wide company, is
spicing up its product line with a South Africa Food and Wine Tour.
"We are doing South Africa because of the wines," said Maggie
Maranga, African Travel's northeast sales manager. "Most African
countries don't really have good wines. On this tour we're doing
five days in Capetown, which is the wine country. It's really a
food and wine tour with some game- viewing at the end." Departures
will begin in January for groups of eight to 12.
In its 28-year history, African Travel has put together many
food and wine itineraries for groups that requested them, according
to the company's senior safari consultant, Niki Duncan, but this is
the first time the company is offering one as a brochure
Tour participants will spend five nights in Capetown at two
properties, the Mount Nelson Hotel and a villa at the La Couronne
wine estate; at both, they'll receive a cooking lesson.
Other tour highlights include a cable-car ride to the top of
Table Mountain and a trip to Robben Island to see the maximum
security cell where Nelson Mandela was held.
The group also will take an excursion to Cape Peninsula and
visit the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.
While headquartered in La Couronne, the group can explore
mountain landscapes or visit the craft stores and galleries of
The final three nights of the tour will be spent on safari at
Singita, the "the top-of-the-line game lodge on the continent of
Africa," Duncan said.
Each day the group can go on game drives to view elephants,
lions, zebras, buffalo, rhinos and hippos.
The tour is part of African Travel's high-end Moments of Luxury
series, which was introduced last year.
Other products in the series include the Ultimate Safari, which
includes some top safari lodges and hotels in South Africa and
Botswana, and the Last Refuge, a safari in Botswana.
The land price of the food and wine tour starts at $5,500 per
person, double. Roundtrip air from New York can be arranged,
starting from $1,250 per person. Add-on fares are available from
any U.S. city.
For information or reservations, call (800) 421-8907, Ext. 122
or visit www.africantravel.com.
To contact reporter David Cogswell, send e-mail to [email protected].