Greetings from Cape Town, South Africa

 

 

Food, Glorious Food…

 

‘Travel is food for the soul, right now we’re between courses, savouring where we have been anticipating where we will go.’

I love this quote by National Geographic Writer Eric Weiner when describing travel and the pause caused by the global pandemic:

And talking of courses, it was the French Huguenots who introduced three courses. Beforehand the Dutch settlers at the Cape used to have all the food on the table at one time.

People travel through different lenses – it could be golf, history, wine or food!

In fact we have many clients who specifically request bookings at the top restaurants and derive enormous pleasure (and bragging rights) from having eaten at The Test Kitchen, or La Colombe, or Wolfgat, the list is endless….Over the years Cape Town has earned various foodie accolades including Condé Nast Traveller Foodie Capital.

The worst breakfast I ever had was at a hotel in Kiev, Ukraine. On offer was cold boiled eggs and stale Rice Crispies. It was seriously inedible. Thankfully, we discovered the French café across the square.

But…. if the quality of food on a holiday can ruin the experience, it can equally take it to the next level.

One of my best food memories was staying at a farmhouse in Tuscany. My Godfather’s wife introduced me to the delights of crisp, tempura-style zucchini flowers stuffed with cheese….. Even now I am transported back to that moment under the trees at the old stone garden table near Siena.

Recipes are a wonderful link to the past. In South Africa, we have an incredible fusion of flavours from our fabulous multicoloured heritage.

Ayanda Matomela, who hails from the Eastern Cape, Nelson Mandela’s home is one of our most innovative young chefs. Selected to work in Nice at Jan
Hendrik Van Der Westhuizen restaurant, South Africa’s first Michelin star chef, Ayanda is doing the most incredible innovations around food – see his nature-inspired snack of Amadumbe Chips.

Another local chef, Gary Coetzee, previously of Singita, and then private chef to the doyen of South African hoteliers, Sol Kerzner, for a decade, now manages a new boutique hotel in the Winelands. His exquisite flavours, fresh local ingredients and extraordinary plating are well worth seeking out.

When you are planning to holiday in South Africa, you want to know that you are working with professionals on the ground who are able to let you know which restaurants are open and what the best foodie experiences are.

We invite you to contact us and let us help curate your food journey.

Hidden Gems:

Two beautifully appointed luxury boutique hotels in stunning natural settings have recently come onto our radar. As South Africa is filled with so many amazing properties, we always have our hidden gems to give our clients an insider guide to the very best experiences. We have personally vetted these stellar properties and have access to great specials so please contact us to discuss your well-deserved luxury break.

Lagoon Luxury, Cape Whale Route – Just outside the seaside town of Hermanus lies a very special property situated on the banks of a magical lagoon. Perfect for inter-generational family travel, this luxuriously appointed boutique hotel ensures instant relaxation. You will be superbly looked after by dedicated staff with plenty of
activities for young and old alike. Imagine setting off on a kayak at sunrise, returning to a delicious breakfast, playing a game of tennis and then relaxing in a sumptuous lounge in front of a crackling fire sipping on a local pinot noir.

Cape Winelands Splendour, Paarl Valley – Within an hour of Cape Town on a generous portion of land nested below the Du Toits Kloof pass lies this very peaceful hidden gem. Be looked after like royalty, eat like kings and queens whilst enjoying relaxing walks around this beautiful estate. A private retreat, this luxury boutique hotel will quickly feel like home as you instantly relax and are able to soak up the slow country pace. Certainly a place to breathe and value the pause.

 

All our tours and experiences are private, ensuring optimal health and safety for our valued clients.

Vindigo Travel only partners with suppliers that have strict Covid protocols to ensure your safety and peace of mind.

Please contact welcome@vindigotravel.com to help curate your next memorable journey.

Yours in travel,

Melissa

Melissa Sutherland
Chief Travel Curator, Vindigo Travel