Fancy a gourmet getaway this summer? We’ve selected 4 fabulous foodie travel destinations.
Esiweni Lodge, Ladysmith
You’ll enjoy heavenly feasts in one of the many dining areas at the Esiweni Lodge, set in the magnificent Nambiti Big 5 Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal.
With its elegant colonial safari theme and tables groaning under the weight of sumptuous food, Esiweni will transport you to the old world. Described as “boerekos with a twist”, you’ll find tantalising delights and surprising combinations – try the venison for a gamey feast.
The five suites are crisply decorated in restful neutrals. Swing the patio doors to your private deck wide open and let in the sounds of the Sundays River, or simply unwind while soaking in your slipper bath.
To book, call 031 202 5481 or visit esiweni.co.za
Kleine Zalze Lodge, Stellenbosch
Chef Michael Broughton and the team at the Terroir Restaurant, nestled on Kleine Zalze’s breathtaking estate, dish up award-winning, European-inspired meals.
The experience is laid back, with a bistro-style chalkboard that presents a menu focused on simple, but robust, flavours using fine ingredients. A celebration of the abundant local produce, dishes reflect the moods of the seasons. An insider’s tip from the chef himself: the prawn risotto with classic Sauce Américaine is a favourite.
The lodge, which forms part of the De Zalze Wineland and Golf Estate, offers 47 elegant rooms and suites with heavenly views of the Stellenbosch mountains and the golf course green.
To book, call 021 880 0740, or see kleinezalze.co.za
Fraat Uitzicht 1798, Robertson
This is a four-star gem tucked away in the Robertson Valley, with stunning vineyards and an acclaimed restaurant that never disappoints.
The tranquil ambience harks back to Fraai Uitzicht’s origins in the late 18th century, complete with traditional AGA stove. On sunny days, dine under umbrellas overlooking the wine farm, and on chilly evenings, you’ll love the rustic dining room with its crackling fire.
Thinly-sliced smoked warthog carpaccio scented with truffle oil, and served with blue-cheese ice- cream is bliss for food fundis. Or try the steak tartare topped with a salsa of tomato, herbs, pine nuts, soy sauce, olive oil and maple syrup. It’s heaven on a plate!
With a total of nine uniquely styled cottages, suites and rooms, there’s something to suit every traveller.
To book, call 023 626 6156, or see fraaiuitzicht.com
Saxon Hotel. Villas and Spa, Sandhurst
Foodies book months in advance to secure a table at executive chef David Higgs’ five hundred restaurant, and it’s definitely worth the wait!
Ranked second in the 2013 Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards, five hundred melds art with a top-notch dining experience. The monochrome decor is offset by the array of colours at your table alone, highlighting the intricacy of each dish.
The menu is seasonal and informed by produce from the Saxon’s own organic garden. David’s Quail Circle of Life, served with elephant foot plant, leek and citrus, is a permanent fixture on the menu and a firm favourite for discerning diners.
A night in one of the Saxon’s 53 rooms is an exquisite experience, with an impeccable collection of art pieces lining the walls.
To book, call 011 292 6000, or see saxon.co.za