We started off in the morning with a visit to Nelson Mandela’s house situated at the Victor Verster Prison located just outside of Franschhoek. This is where Nelson Mandela was moved to after being imprisoned on Robben Island. Mandela served another 3 years at Victor Verster before his release, staying in a private house on the prison grounds which was used for lower risk political prisoners. One of the prison wardens conducted the personalized tour and walk through the house which still has some of its original furniture. It was a very interesting and touching tour which is not yet open to the public so we did feel very privileged. However this experience can be arranged through us by prior arrangement and is certainly one not to be missed.
En route back into Franschhoek we stopped at Leopards Leap for wine tasting. The Leopards Leap wine is created by sourcing the best grapes in the Cape Winelands to produce wine of exceptional quality and is really great value for money. The variety of wines on offer are perfect for any occasion and the team there have a great passion for what they do. The setting is in a ultra-modern and chic venue surrounded by wonderful views of the vineyards. The famous chef, Liam Tomlin has his food culinary studio there and hosts cooking classes and food demonstrations with 24 work stations. This is a great interactive option and offers great variety for all ages with a wide variety of classes.
After watching the chef demonstrate a multiple-course meal, you will be able to enjoy the demonstrated lunch paired with the Leopard’s Leap wines. By this time after tasting over 6 wines, we headed to Moresen’s Bread & Wine Restaurant. This restaurant is situated with the most perfect setting and has a very rustic atmosphere. The restaurant itself is very popular and has won numerous accolades for its food. Once we had finished our lunch we enjoyed a bread making course and great fun was had by all. It really was something different and we had the opportunity to be creative and design some of our own breads which we got to take home.
Due to our timing we couldn’t do the whole programme but in summary, you would enjoy the following:
- Course starts at 09h30 sharp
- Each person will be given their own apron and recipe book
- You will learn to make four different types of dough including focaccia, olive oil brown, sourdough and soda bread
- While the breads bake, you will enjoy some of the award winning Moreson wines
- After the tasting, enjoy lunch served at Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant accompanied by a selection of your own baked breads
We then enjoyed a Charcuterie tasting with Neil Jewell. He has a great passion for his homemade Charcuterie that he prepares. This was a very interesting aspect of the day and a lot of detail was given into the different preparation of the meats with the opportunity to taste the various options while sipping on some sparkling wine.
From here we left quite exhausted and checked in at Delicious, our accommodation for the night situated in the center of Franschhoek. This hotel offers a very unique and very affordable option. They have taken away a lot of the extras that add to the accommodation prices. Their rooms are named, The Teeny Weeny, the Itsy Bitsy and The Bigger than a Bikini room and there is a very fun and cheeky feel at the house. Rooms consist of queen size beds, lovely linen, en-suite bathrooms with shower only, flat screen tv’s with satellite channels and other standard features such as tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer, safe and free WiFi. Rooms are not serviced daily but at a small additional cost they can do this on a daily basis. Rates quoted are on a room only basis but these extras can be added should you prefer. There is a total of 5 rooms and is great for family or friends staying together as you can book the entire house. There are 3 rooms situated in the main house and then in the garden area there is another 2 rooms.
They have a great swimming pool and grass area and should you want to have dinners and breakfast, you can make use of Le Quartier’s facilities which is a one minute walk from Delicious. I wouldn’t have a problem booking this hotel for clients wanting to be in the center of town but wanting a more affordable option as long as you know the rooms are much smaller without all the extras.
After checking in and freshening up we then made our way to Le Quartier’s Common Room and enjoyed a wonderful dinner. This restaurant has a lovely relaxed atmosphere and a great variety of options to choose from. The choices can either serve as a snack or you can build on your choices and have a more substantial meal. This is a great option to encourage sharing as you could all order a few options and then try various options and are truly spoilt for choice.
Should you want more information on any of the activities mentioned or should you want to book any of these options, please do not hesitate to contact Southern Africa Travel today!