Cape Town, South Africa
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South Africa has much to offer the curious traveler, and to enhance the flavor of this Signature Journey we have blended in a unique ingredient: South African craft beer.
This unique journey is the creation of Borton Overseas Africa Specialist Andrea Berger who loves to combine travel and craft beer, and has done so across the US and abroad. She is excited to explore the burgeoning craft beer industry in South Africa and is eager to share the experience with other like-minded travelers.
Along the way, you’ll be touring breweries and tap rooms, sampling craft beers, and talking to brewers about their craft. We guarantee you’ll be tasting beers that none of your friends have ever tasted, you’ll be sporting brewery t-shirts and souvenirs that no one else has, and you’ll become an expert on the nuances of South African craft beer.
We invite you to join us for a pint or two of good beer and good fun on this hop-filled adventure!
Tour dates: November 7-17, 2018
Land package: $5560 per person, double or twin occupancy
Single room supplement on request
Early Booking Discount: Save $200 per person if deposited by March 31, 2018
*Flights to/from South Africa are not included. Call Borton Overseas for a quote.
Cape Town, South Africa
Tuesday, November 6 Depart USA
The journey begins. USA to Africa bound overnight flights. Borton Overseas can assist with booking your flights.
Wednesday, November 7 Arrive Cape Town, South Africa
Welcome to Cape Town! Our group will be met and transferred to our beautiful guesthouse nestled at the foot of Table Mountain, our base for the next five nights. Overnight Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel
Thursday, November 8 Cape Town B L
Privately-guided full day Urban City and Seal Snorkeling excursion. Highlights include:
Tonight is at your leisure to just relax or explore on your own. Cape Town has endless options for dining, from fast food to fine dining, as well as catering to many styles of food. It’s a foodie’s delight! Overnight Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel
Friday, November 9 Cape Peninsula B L
We venture farther from the city today on a full day, privately-guided Peninsula Wet & Wild excursion, which includes:
Choice of 3 activities: Learn to surf, stand up paddle or kayak the coves of False Bay near the penguin beaches
Evening at your leisure. Overnight Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel
Saturday, 10 November Winelands B L
Our day to savor the renowned Winelands, a breathtakingly beautiful region of historical towns and sprawling vineyards that produces some of South Africa’s most famous wines. Many craft beers are brewed here as well, and we’ll learn about some of them on our privately-guided Winelands Adventure:
Evening at your leisure. Overnight Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel
Sunday, November 11 Cape Town B
You have the entire day at your leisure to explore Cape Town or relax! We'll provide ideas to explore, get active, divulge and savor. Cape Town is easy to navigate and is Uber friendly.
Chic hotels, cutting edge dining and stunning vistas merge seamlessly with dynamic student suburbs and vibrant nightlife. Malay and African heritage is evident in the cuisine, traditions and entertainment while the architecture reveals a strong Dutch, German and English flavor and style. Contemporary art is proudly displayed in a variety of galleries and modern boutique hotels, and wine bars and brandy tasting lounges will appeal to the fashionable set. For the well-heeled the finest in opera, ballet, drama and music can be appreciated in style. Overnight Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel
Monday, November 12 Cape Town - Oudtshoorn B L
Depart Cape Town for the famous Garden Route. We travel to Oudtshoorn and arrive at the Karusa Winery and Micro brewery for lunch and a tasting. Continue east to meet some ostriches before arriving at our hotel.
KARUSA WINERY AND MICROBREWERY –
MADE BY NATURE ~ NURTURED BY MAN
Karusa not only produces fine wine, but is also credited by pioneering the first full grain microbrewery in the Klein Karoo.With the seasonality of the winemaking process, it gave way for time and space to produce craft beer for the large volume of European tourists that flock to Oudtshoorn. The soft fresh and unpolluted water from the Swartberg catchment area proved to be perfect for clean, clinical, fruit driven and refreshing styles of Ale produced at Karusa.
After lunch, we make our way to the Safari Ostrich Farm.
Situated just outside the town of Oudtshoorn, this is our opportunity to see ostriches at different stages of their development. You may even get to try your hand at riding one! The tour ends with an exciting "Ostrich Derby" where local jockeys display their riding skills.
Afterwards, we arrive at our hotel. Overnight Rosenhof Country House
Tuesday, November 13 Oudtshoorn - Knysna B L D
Continue along the Garden Route to picturesque Knysna.
Situated at the heart of the Garden Route, Knysna is established on the shores of an estuary and it is surrounded by lush indigenous forests, making Knysna a wilderness of beaches, lakes, mountains, forests and rivers where the endangered Knysna seahorse, the famous Knysna turaco, the endangered dwarf chameleon, the Brenton Blue Butterfly and the highly elusive Forest Elephant can be found. The town itself is vibrant mix of artists and craftsmen, as well as waterfront restaurants, making it one of the most appealing towns in the country.
Our first stop is at Mitchell’s Brewing, the home of South Africa’s Original Craft Beer, for an extensive tour through the brewery to see how their beers are perfected. Then lunch at Taps Restaurant before continuing on to Red Bridge Brewery. This newly-established brewing company launched their first craft beer in Knysna on Saturday 7 December 2013 – their deliciously tropical, yet bitter No.17 Golden Ale.
After checking into our hotel on Knysna’s Thesen Island, dinner tonight is at Sirocco’s Restaurant. Overnight The Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa
MITCHELL’S BREWING - THE CRAFT BEER THAT STARTED CRAFT BEER
Since 1983, Mitchell’s has been brewing small quantities of craft beer in Knysna, using only natural ingredients; water, barley and locally sourced hops, making them one of the original South African craft beers. Perfected over time, their range of beers are full bodied, refreshing and tasting better than ever.
RED BRIDGE BREWING CO. - BORN FROM A PASSION FOR GOOD CRAFT BEER...
Darren Berry and Chris Marsicano never dreamed that one day they would own their own brewery. From completely different professional backgrounds it was their love of Craft Beer, unique tastes and the excitement of exploring the boundaries of brewing that sparked the formation of the Red Bridge Brewing Co. in 2012 – an idea soon to become a reality.
By mid-2013 the small premises in Knysna's Industrial area was abuzz with activity, with Darren carefully hand-making (as this is the brewery's primary philosophy) every inch of the brewing equipment and infrastructure required to create the perfect first batch of craft beer. It was in August of 2013 that the decision was made to produce a fine handcrafted Golden Ale – a highly 'accessible' taste, but with all of the sought-after requirements of a true craft brew. Thus was born No. 17 Golden Ale.
But that isn't the end of the story – they have just released two new finely-tuned craft beer taste sensations: Woodcutter Saison and Privateer IPA! They are sure you will enjoy them as much as they have enjoyed making them!
Wednesday, November 14 Knysna - Tsitsikamma - Port Elizabeth B D
Our Garden Route exploration continues today with a boat cruise on the Knysna Lagoon and a brewery visit before we arrive at our overnight destination in Port Elizabeth.
Featherbed Company gives visitors to the Garden Route ‘an unforgettable experience on the Knysna Lagoon’. Included is their own private nature reserve & trail, restaurants and a fleet of various boats. We will enjoy a boat cruise through the Lagoon, more accurately defined as an estuary. It has five fresh water rivers flowing in from the surrounding Outeniqua Mountains meeting with the surge of sea water from the Indian Ocean through the mighty headlands – known as the ‘Knysna Heads’ - the grand sandstone cliffs towering above the entrance to the Knysna Lagoon.
Depart Knysna to Tsitsikamma, where we will visit the Tsitsikamma Micro Brewery.
TSITSIKAMMA MICRO BREWERY – MADE WITH PURE TSITSIKAMMA WATER
Towards the end of 2014, three beer lovers, Johan Stumpf (master brewer), Pine Pienaar (master beer lover) and Chris Sykes (master apprentice), decided (after a few beers), that Storms River need a craft brewery to ensure a constant supply of good beer in the Tsitsikamma.
An old building on the village main road has been converted into a brewery and tasting room, and the first test brew took place at the end of August 2014.
Three of their Ales are brewed according to the 1487 German Reinheistsgebot (purity law): using only barley, hops and water. The ingredients are carefully selected and the water is from their own well. Currently they produce four Ales (generally having more flavor than Lagers): Storms River Ale, Redwood Ale, the Woodcutters Ale and Baines Black Ale. Their tasting room also showcases products from other craft breweries, a choice of more than 28 beers.
Continue to Port Elizabeth. The landscape of the Eastern Cape is distinctive and instantly recognizable with undulating hills punctuated by tall aloes, euphorbia and bushy cape scrub, as well as brightly colored traditional Xhosa houses.
Tonight, visit Lex Mitchell’s (founder of Mitchell’s Brewery) Bridge Street Brewery for dinner.
BRIDGE STREET BREWERY – NATURAL INGREDIENTS & UNIQUE FLAVOURS
Under the watchful eye of Master Brewer, Lex Mitchell, Bridge Street Brewery offers you four distinct beers and two refreshing ciders. Each with their carefully crafted recipes, natural ingredients and unique flavour profiles, their range of craft beers and artisanal ciders offer you a variety of taste profiles.
From the crispness of their award-winning Celtic Cross Pilsner to the rich velvety double chocolate Black Dragon Stout, enjoy the uniqueness of each of their beers, savor each one’s individuality and keep joining them for more!
Thursday, November 15 Port Elizabeth - Kariega Game Reserve B L D
This morning we are going to take to the streets of Port Elizabeth and enjoy the Arts, Culture and Heritage route on the Iconic Route 67 before departing for our safari lodge and an afternoon game drive.
Route 67 consists of 67 Public Art Works symbolising Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of political life and his work dedicated to the struggle for Freedom in South Africa. Starting at an old city icon, the Campanile Monument, the Route 67 ducks under fly-overs and climbs a staircase to Vuyisile Mini Square, the centre of the city. Then squeezing through the staircase at St Mary’s the experience of the route erupts in a celebration of colour, art and heritage that meanders up the Donkin to the great flat at the top of the hill. From here the journey continues along the old streets of the city, past art galleries and parks to culminate at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum.
Mid-morning we will leave Port Elizabeth and travel to Kariega River Lodge, where we will arrive in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive. This will be our base for the next 2 nights. Overnight Kariega River Lodge
Kariega River Lodge
Kariega River Lodge, in the Eastern Cape, lies along the meandering Bushman’s River, and enjoys glorious scenic water and hillside views. Nestled within lush vegetation the 10 thatched rooms are spacious with light décor and vibrant splashes of colour. Each has its own private patio. Thatched central zones open onto a large deck on the water’s edge, ideal for sitting quietly and absorbing the stunning natural beauty. Boma dinners are a special affair, with delicious meals served around a campfire and under starry skies. Between game drives through the big five reserve, perhaps relax around the pool or take advantage of activities such as fishing, canoeing, guided bush walks and optional beach trips.
Friday, November 16 Safari at Kariega Game Reserve B L D
Today we are on safari at Kariega! Highly successful conservation efforts in re-establishing the game that originally populated this area, have seen large tracts of land converted to private game reserves, resulted in strong numbers of lion, elephant and rhino – including the rare black rhino which thrives on the nutrient rich spekboom of the area. Cheetah, leopard and Cape buffalo are also frequently spotted.
A typical day on safari looks like this:
6:00 AM – Enjoy tea, coffee and a snack before departing for an early morning game drive.
10:00 AM – Return to the lodge for a late but hearty breakfast/brunch.
11:00 AM – Take a trip down the Bushmans River to the coast, enjoy a bush walk, go fishing or canoeing, have a swim, a spa treatment, or just relax and siesta.
2:30 PM – Savor the flavors of well-earned afternoon eats.
4:00 PM – Depart for an evening game drive and sundowners.
7:30 PM – Return to the lodge for your evening meal, either in the boma or the restaurant.
Saturday, November 17 Port Elizabeth - Departure B
Today our group journey ends after a morning game drive and return to Port Elizabeth Airport for your homeward or onward journey. If you are able to stay longer, we have lots of ideas to extend your time in Africa!
Sunday, November 18 Arrive Home
Arrive back in the USA.
We can assist with booking international flights. The price is based on a minimum group size of 14 people, and is subject to change based on number of participants (maximum of 20 people), increases in government taxes or fuel surcharges, and fluctuations in the currency exchange rate with the South African rand. Itinerary priced at a modest exchange rate and may be adjusted as necessary at time of final payment.