The best of both worlds! From the heart of the Cape Winelands and the gourmet capital of South Africa to the wild open spaces of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. These clients could not fault the fine cuisine, wines and seamless hospitality at Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek nor the quality of their rangers and the thrill of incredible Big Five sightings at Londolozi.
Franschhoek & Wine Country – We all loved Le Quartier Francais. Warm welcome, lovely rooms, incredibly peaceful. The best. On Sunday night we had the bar menu (as you know), which was perfect for us as we had had a really good lunch at Môreson Bread & Wine. I know you said that not much is open on Sundays, but actually there were quite a few close by Le Quartier. We certainly had alternatives to the bar menu.
Bread & Wine was wonderful. We tasted some of their wines before lunch (and selected what we would drink with lunch). We had their charcuterie and a most delicious dish of slow-cooked Karroo lamb. A perfect day to sit out under the trees. A great suggestion.
The Monday picnic lunch at Vergelegen in the camphor forest was enjoyable, though in retrospect I think we could have done better (it was my choice, not your first suggestion). I thought it was a bit “corporate”, somewhat lacking in the easy casual charm of some of the alternative wine farms—and driving to Somerset West was unnecessarily far.
We loved Ryan’s Kitchen on Monday night. Delicious, creative food, and lovely service. I am pleased we decided to go there rather than to one of the grand restaurants, especially after we had eaten so well at our picnic.
I had remembered rather late in the day in Cape Town to buy the latest Platter, which was quite helpful with maps and other wine country info
Sabi Sands Safari – As you predicted, Londolozi was the highlight—a brilliant experience all round. The people were genuinely warm and welcoming; the rooms were absolutely wonderful; the food and wine excellent; and they went out of their way to surprise and delight us. Our ranger, Mike Sutherland, was as good as the best Margie and I have ever had in a game reserve. Smart, knowledgeable, informative, just a lovely young guy—the equal of Lex Hess, a legendary ranger who guided us there 34 years ago. The tracker, name of Life, was wonderful too. I had been a bit fearful that Londolozi might be too OTT and ersatz, but it absolutely was not. I can’t imagine a better game reserve experience. How they keep their edge doing this every day I don’t know, but I hope they never lose it
Once again thank you so much for all you did to make this a wonderful and memorable vacation. We will certainly continue to recommend SD to anyone we know who is interested in traveling to your part of the world.
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