African Culinary Adventure

Welcome to Africa. Your hosts Alison and Sidney’s journey of love began in Africa, where they both found a profound connection to the land and its culinary heritage. Sidney, born and raised in Africa, and Alison, captivated by its diversity and flavours, embarked on a shared adventure of exploration and appreciation. Drawing upon their years of living and working across the continent, they eventually brought their passion to fruition with Le Calabash France and Le Calabash Cape Town. Through their culinary tour, they aim to share the warmth and flavours of Africa with others, creating a personal and welcoming atmosphere for all who join them on this gastronomic, Cultural and wild life adventure.

Price per person sharing:


The Cape Peninsula, Kruger National Park and Mpumalanga – Price includes:

  • Fully inclusive of all superior accommodation
  • Return flights between Cape Town and Kruger National Park
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Mineral water with meals
  • All transport during Tour, including scheduled Airport Transfers
  • All safaris and excursions as per itinerary


Victoria Falls – Price includes:

  • Luxury Suite Accommodation
  • All meals and drinks including complimentary mini bars in the rooms
  • Shuttle transfers to Victoria Falls town & inter-camp transfers
  • Return transfers ex Victoria Falls or Livingstone Airport
  • Emergency Medical Evacuation cover
  • Elephant Conservation Experience
  • Cocktails & Canapés at the Batoka Gorge
  • Morning / Afternoon Game drives in the Zambezi National Park
  • Birding & Nature walks on the Wild Horizons Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Lunch at the Lookout Cafe – Including drinks
  • Guided Tour of the Falls – Zimbabwe (Excluding Entry Fees)
  • Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi Royal

The Cape Peninsula, Kruger National Park and Mpumalanga – Price excludes:

  • Wine and Beverages
  • Meals not included
  • Laundry
  • Personal Insurance
  • Telephone Calls
  • Travel Insurance which is highly recommended
  • Gratuities


Victoria Falls – Price excludes:

  • Flights from Kruger Park to Victoria Falls and Return to either Cape Town or Johannesburg. – These can be booked through le Calabash and need to be done so well in advance to ensure the group travel together and that we get a flight.
  • Premium brand drinks available and payable direct
  • Gratuities, Curios and All items of a personal nature
  • Laundry
  • Visa fee at point of entrance $40
  • Travel Insurance which is highly recommended

The scenic Cape Peninsula

The Cape Peninsula, a realm of enchantment where rugged cliffs meet the vast Atlantic Ocean. From the iconic Table Mountain to the untamed beauty of Cape Point, it’s a landscape of unparalleled splendour. Explore pristine beaches, ancient forests, and charming coastal towns, each offering a glimpse into South Africa’s diverse landscapes and cultures. Welcome to the Cape Peninsula, where adventure and natural beauty await.

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  • Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, Alison and Sidney will personally greet you and will escort you to Zevenwacht Wine Estate, where you'll be welcomed with a glass of Zevenwacht’s award winning wine overlooking the stunning Cape peninsula.
  • If you arrive before lunchtime, you have the option to enjoy a light lunch amidst the estate's lush gardens or reserve a table at The Manor House Restaurant for a relaxing dining experience.
  • Relax and settle into your accommodation at the Country Inn, nestled amidst Zevenwacht's picturesque vineyards. Each air-conditioned suite boasts its own private terrace, offering uninterrupted views of Table Bay and False Bay. The Country Inn features amenities such as a clubhouse, swimming pool, tennis court, and sauna, providing the perfect blend of comfort and relaxation. Both Alison and Sidney played pivotal roles in the early days of Zevenwacht, adding a personal touch to your stay.
  • Indulge in the evening with a fine glass of Zevenwacht wine, and savour the rich flavours of a traditional Cape Malay Braai, expertly prepared over glowing coals infused with the Le Calabash Fire and Spice twist.

Situated along the esteemed Stellenbosch Wine Route, Zevenwacht boasts a rich viticultural heritage deeply rooted in South Africa's historic past. Translating to "Seven Expectations," the name Zevenwacht epitomizes the abundance of delights awaiting visitors to the estate. A pioneer in wine tourism, Zevenwacht was among the first wine estates to offer a restaurant, hotel, conference facility, and spa on-site. The wines of Zevenwacht are renowned for their classic style and exquisite craftsmanship. Under the stewardship of Winemaker Hagan, who reveres century-old winemaking traditions while embracing modern innovation, the estate produces premier wines of unparalleled quality. Encompassing 120 hectares of the expansive 450-hectare property, the vineyards benefit from diverse soils and meticulous planting of red and white noble varietals, ensuring consistently exceptional grapes.

  • Start your morning with a breakfast served in the charming ambiance of the Manor House.
  • This morning you have your first cooking class, an exploration of Cape Malay cuisine featuring traditional dishes such as Bobotie and Malva Pudding. Alison's rendition of Amarula Ice Cream perfectly complements the rich, buttery syrup-laden Cape Malay pudding. Sidney passionately believes that South Africa's comfort food is unparalleled, reflecting the nation's diverse origins and rich historical background.
  • We gather on the kitchen terrace to savour the fruits of our labour for lunch.
  • Following lunch, embark on a journey to Cape Town's vibrant V&A Waterfront, a renowned tourist destination nestled in the heart of the city's working harbour. Here, you'll discover a plethora of unforgettable experiences, where indoor shopping and entertainment venues seamlessly blend with panoramic ocean vistas and mountain views. Immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan atmosphere as you explore over 80 restaurants offering a fusion of international cuisines, from casual fish and chips to upscale dining experiences.
  • Enjoy the afternoon and early evening at your leisure, indulging in South Africa's premier shopping experience at the Waterfront. Then, treat yourself to dinner at one of the waterfront's many restaurants, where you can savor a diverse array of culinary delights. Please note that dinner arrangements are at your own expense.

Cape Town, known as Kaapstad in Afrikaans and iKapa in Xhosa, stands as South Africa's second-most populous city.Renowned for its picturesque harbor and nestled within the captivating landscape of the Cape floral kingdom, Cape Town is adorned with iconic landmarks like Table Mountain and Cape Point.

Situated along the shores of Table Bay, Cape Town traces its origins to April 6, 1652, marked by Jan van Riebeeck's establishment of the first permanent European settlement in South Africa. Initially conceived as a European outpost, Cape Town rapidly evolved into the economic and cultural nucleus of the Cape Colony, surpassing its initial purpose embodied by the Castle of Good Hope.

For a significant period, Cape Town held the title of South Africa's largest city until the emergence of Johannesburg during the Witwatersrand Gold Rush. Presently, Cape Town thrives as one of the world's most diverse cities, welcoming immigrants and expatriates from various corners of the globe. In 2011, the metropolitan region boasted an estimated population of 3.74 million inhabitants.

  • Start your morning with a breakfast served in the charming ambiance of the Manor House.
  • Following breakfast, embark on an unforgettable journey around the Cape Peninsula, traversing what is acclaimed as one of the world's most awe-inspiring coastal routes, Chapmans Peak.
  • Experience the charm of Simon's Town, renowned for its Penguin Colony, and enjoy a seafood platter at a beachfront restaurant with panoramic views of the ocean.
  • Return to the wine estate in the late afternoon, where you can unwind at your leisure. Whether you choose to bask in the sun on your private terrace, meander through the vineyards, or take a refreshing dip in the pool, the estate offers a tranquil retreat to rejuvenate your senses.
  • As the day winds down, savour a relaxing dinner accompanied by a glass of fine Zevenwacht wine, enhancing the perfect end to another memorable day in the Cape.

  • Start your morning with a breakfast served in the charming ambiance of the Manor House.
  • Following breakfast, immerse yourself in the world of wine with a Wine Tasting and Cellar Tour led by none other than Hagen Viljoen, the esteemed Cellar Master of Zevenwacht Wines. Hagen's exceptional expertise and unwavering passion have elevated Zevenwacht Wines to become award-winning and highly sought-after both locally and internationally. A graduate in Viticulture and Oenology from the University of Stellenbosch, Hagen brings over 12 years of winemaking experience from prestigious wine regions around the world, enriching his profound understanding of different terroirs and varietals, particularly Rhône varietals.
  • Embark on a journey to discover two of South Africa's leading Wine Estates, where you'll partake in a delightful Wine and Chocolate Tasting experience.
  • Nestled amidst the renowned Cape Winelands, surrounded by majestic mountains and verdant vineyards, our first stop is Lanzerac, one of South Africa's most esteemed Wine Estates. Here, indulge in a wine and chocolate tasting experience at the 300-year-old estate, situated on the outskirts of the historic town of Stellenbosch. Lanzerac's pioneering Pinotage pays homage to the world's first bottled Pinotage in 1959, showcasing the estate's rich heritage and commitment to excellence.
  • For lunch, relish in a vineyard picnic, basking in the warm afternoon sun amidst the scenic beauty of the mountains and vineyards.
  • Journey to Franschhoek, where you'll stroll through the charming streets steeped in history. Originally inhabited by the Khoisan peoples, the valley later welcomed French Huguenot refugees in 1688, who established farms and businesses, leaving an indelible mark on the area's cultural landscape. The name "le Coin Français," meaning "the French Corner," evolved into Franschhoek, Dutch for "French Corner," reflecting the settlers' origins and their contributions to the region.
  • Conclude your day with a memorable dinner experience at The Test Kitchen Fledglings, where culinary innovation meets exquisite flavors. Here, Chef Alison and Chef Sidney’s close friends from The Test Kitchen, bring their expertise to craft an unforgettable dining experience that promises to leave a lasting impression.

  • Start your morning with a breakfast served in the charming ambiance of the Manor House.
  • Begin your day with a journey to Cape Town, where we delve into the vibrant Bo Kaap area. Here, we invite you to explore our favourite spice shop, where le Calabash sources all the aromatic spices essential for our culinary adventures in crafting Cape Malay and Durban Indian Curries.
  • Next, ascend to the summit of Table Mountain, celebrated as one of the world's most breath-taking natural wonders. Board the cable car for a scenic ride up the mountain, where you'll be greeted by panoramic vistas and ample opportunities for leisurely walks amidst the stunning landscape.
  • Enjoy a leisurely lunch as Chef Sidney and Chef Alison reveal one of their favourite hidden lunch spots in the city, savouring the flavours of Cape Town in a charming setting.
  • In the afternoon, immerse yourself in our second culinary escapade as Alison unveils one of South Africa's most beloved desserts.
  • Prepare for an evening of culinary delights as we embark on a Cape Malay Dinner experience. Under Sidney's guidance, unlock the secrets of Cape Malay cuisine while enjoying sundowners around the firepit followed by dinner served on the Kitchen Terrace, creating unforgettable memories against the backdrop of a starlit sky.

  • Start your morning with a breakfast served in the charming ambiance of the Manor House.
  • Today, discover the picturesque beachside town of Hermanus, renowned for its breath-taking coastal vistas and rich marine life. Prepare for an exhilarating Marine Safari as we venture out into the sea, offering you a unique opportunity to encounter majestic whales and awe-inspiring Great White sharks in their natural habitat.
  • Nestled amidst towering mountains and a stunning shoreline, Hermanus captivates visitors with its enchanting blend of natural wonders. From scenic mountain walks to pristine beaches, secluded forests, and crashing surf, the town beckons with an array of experiences. Explore the most diverse floral kingdom in the world and uncover hidden gems like the tranquil 'Heaven and Earth' valley, immersing yourself in the unparalleled beauty of the region.
  • As the day draws to a close, indulge in a special BBQ dinner at the Wine Estate, where you'll savour mouth-watering dishes amidst the serene ambiance of the vineyards, creating cherished memories under the starlit sky.


The Spectacular Kruger National Park and Mpumalanga

The spectacular Kruger National Park and Mpumalanga, where untamed wilderness and stunning vistas await. Kruger National Park, Africa’s vast reserve, hosts iconic wildlife for unforgettable safaris. Adjacent lies Mpumalanga, famed for dramatic landscapes and rich culture. Explore the Blyde River Canyon or delve into vibrant local communities. Together, they unveil South Africa’s wild heart, brimming with adventure and awe. Welcome to a land of wonder.

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The Spectacular Kruger National Park and Mpumalanga

The spectacular Kruger National Park and Mpumalanga, where untamed wilderness and stunning vistas await. Kruger National Park, Africa's vast reserve, hosts iconic wildlife for unforgettable safaris. Adjacent lies Mpumalanga, famed for dramatic landscapes and rich culture. Explore the Blyde River Canyon or delve into vibrant local communities. Together, they unveil South Africa's wild heart, brimming with adventure and awe. Welcome to a land of wonder.

  • Depart from Cape Town and journey into the captivating Lowveld, renowned for its subtropical climate, abundant wildlife, and ancient allure. This region boasts spectacular game reserves, including the world-famous Kruger National Park, vast farmlands, and the scenic Panorama Route.
  • Retreat to the Valbonne Villa, overlooking the reserve, where luxury meets serenity. Featuring a private pool, boma, and extensive gardens, this unique Lowveld home, formerly the Fillery family residence, is adorned with family antiques, local art, and cherished memorabilia, ensuring a stay filled with comfort and nostalgia. Chef Sidney and Chef Alison have created countless cherished memories at this beloved retreat, spending quality time here with clients from around the world.
  • Embark on an exhilarating adventure aboard our open Safari Land Rover, lovingly referred to as 'Shrek,' accompanied by our knowledgeable guide. Traverse the mountain bushveld for an up-close encounter with a diverse array of wildlife, from graceful giraffes and majestic zebras to elusive cape clawless otters.
  • After exploring the stunning surroundings, unwind with a sundowner allowing the tranquil sounds of nature to envelop you.
  • Experience the magic of a Bush Dinner, a truly unforgettable affair. Embark on a nature drive as the mountains bask in the warm hues of the fading sunset, before descending into the valley to be greeted by a crackling fire and the aroma of delectable cuisine. Indulge in fine wines and sumptuous dishes under the twinkling night sky, serenaded by the melodious calls of nightjars, creating an enchanting ambiance.

  • Begin your day with an early morning departure to one of the world's premier Game Parks, the iconic Kruger National Park.
  • A short 45-minute drive from Tomjachu brings you to the nearest gate at Malelane, offering an unparalleled wildlife experience that rivals the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to safeguard the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this expansive national park spans nearly 2 million hectares and stands as a testament to advanced environmental management techniques and policies.
  • As evening descends and the fire is lit, Alison and Sidney, along with our local chef, create a memorable dinner under the twinkling stars. Immerse yourself in the ambiance of the African bush as you savour delicious dishes, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the wilderness.

  • Savour a hearty breakfast to start your day on a delicious note.
  • Embark on an unforgettable journey along the Panoramic Route and Blyde River Canyon Day out, renowned as one of the most scenic drives globally. This route, connecting various cultural and natural points of interest, stands as a highlight of South Africa's attractions. Centered around the majestic Blyde River Canyon, the largest green canyon globally, the route boasts breath-taking waterfalls, expansive forest areas, intriguing potholes, historic towns, and awe-inspiring views of the canyon.
  • Experience lunch at the Lift Cafe, nestled within the Graskop Gorge Lift Co, where you'll be treated to a breath-taking panoramic view of the canyon during your meal.
  • Conclude your day with dinner at our Villa, where you'll enjoy a meal crafted with care and served in the comfort of your luxurious surroundings.

  • Enjoy an early morning breakfast before we embark on our journey.
  • We continue our adventure into Kruger National Park, eagerly anticipating the wonders that await us in the wild.
  • As evening approaches, we meet for a sundowner in the tranquil beauty of the African landscape. Later, we gather around the glowing coals to cook our dinner together under the starry night sky.

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  • Begin your day with an invigorating Early Morning guided bushwalk on Tomjachu Nature Reserve. Led by a knowledgeable guide, these guided bushwalks offer a unique insight into the wonders of the African bushveld. Follow termites and animal tracks, discover the medicinal uses of indigenous trees and shrubs, and marvel at the diverse birdlife and other wildlife encounters. Traverse trails and animal paths through the open savannah, past watering holes, and dams, immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the reserve.
  • After the bushwalk, return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast and enjoy a leisurely day of relaxation. Take time to unwind, catch up on reading, take a refreshing swim, or enjoy a leisurely stroll through the reserve.
  • Indulge in a light lunch on our veranda, soaking in the tranquil surroundings and savouring the anticipation of the journey ahead and if luck smiles upon us, we may even find ourselves sharing our meal with curious zebras who occasionally amble right up to where we sit, adding an unforgettable touch.
  • Experience the magic of a Sunrise Drive as we explore the Tomjachu Reserve with our knowledgeable guide. Traverse the mountain bushveld for an up-close encounter with a variety of game, bird species, and diverse plant life, including giraffe, zebra, kudu, blue wildebeest, warthog, and mountain reedbuck.
  • Conclude our day with a memorable dinner at our Villa surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature.

  • Begin the day with a journey to Chimp Eden, a sanctuary operated by the Jane Goodall Institute, located just 30 minutes from the lodge. Here, we'll have the unique opportunity to observe and learn about chimpanzees in their natural habitat, gaining insight into the important conservation work being done to protect these endangered species.
  • After our visit to Chimp Eden, we'll stop at a local restaurant for a leisurely lunch, immersing ourselves in the flavours of the region before returning to the lodge for a relaxing afternoon.
  • Enjoy an afternoon free to unwind and recharge. Whether you prefer to lounge by the pool, take a leisurely stroll, or simply rest and relax while overlooking the African savanna, this is your time to enjoy at your own pace.
  • As evening falls, we gather around the crackling fire while enjoying a traditional South African Braai, savouring the flavours of the grill while reflecting on the adventures and shared experiences that have shaped our time in the African bush. It's a fitting finale to our journey, a moment to cherish the memories forged and the bonds strengthened in this wild and beautiful land.


Victoria Falls, The Heart of Africa

Victoria Falls, The Heart of Africa, where the Zambezi River cascades, captivating all with its sheer power. Mist rises, rainbows dance—a spectacle drawing global admiration. Beyond, adventure beckons: helicopter flights, bungee jumps, wildlife cruises. Here, nature’s raw beauty and enduring spirit define an unforgettable journey. Welcome to Victoria Falls.

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  • Following breakfast, we bid farewell to the Lowveld and head to the airport for our flight to Victoria Falls or Livingston International Airport, the gateway to our next adventure.
  • Welcome to The Elephant Camp, an oasis of African elegance nestled in the wilderness alongside an Elephant Sanctuary. Join Sidney, Alison, and their Zimbabwean friends as they unveil a luxurious experience like no other. For the next three nights, indulge in your own private, lavish accommodations, immersing yourself in the heart of African tranquillity, wildlife, and unparalleled splendour.
  • As the day transitions into evening, we are treated to Cocktails & Canapés at the Batoka Gorge. Perched on the rim of the gorge, with the Zambezi Rapids raging 120 meters below, this hidden gem offers a breath-taking backdrop for indulging in a selection of cocktails and canapes. Exclusively available for guests staying at The Elephant Camp, this experience promises to be a memorable start to our time at Victoria Falls.

"When David Livingstone first set eyes upon the majestic Victoria Falls, he was moved to exclaim, 'Sights such as these must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” Known as 'Mosi-oa-Tunya' in both Zambian and Zimbabwean languages, translating to 'The Smoke that Thunders,' this natural wonder epitomizes awe-inspiring beauty. Sidney and Alison, with their deep connection to Zimbabwe, have been sharing the splendour of Victoria Falls with adventurers from around the globe. As one of the world's most remarkable waterfalls and recognized as one of the 'Seven Natural Wonders of The World,' Victoria Falls is a breath-taking sight to behold. Set on the Zambezi River, serving as the boundary between Zambia and Zimbabwe, these falls showcase unparalleled grandeur. With a width twice that of Niagara Falls and a depth equally impressive, spanning over 1,700 meters, the falls cascade over a sheer precipice, plunging 108 meters down. At an average flow of nearly 935 cubic meters per second, Victoria Falls captivates all who behold its majestic power and beauty.

  • Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at The Elephant Camp before we embark on a guided tour of the Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwean side, where you'll uncover the marvels of this iconic natural wonder. Wander through the rainforest as knowledgeable guides enlighten you on the Falls' rich history, geological significance, and diverse flora and fauna. Immerse yourself in the breath-taking vistas, verdant surroundings, and enchanting waterfalls, feeling the refreshing spray on your skin.
  • We have lunch at the charming Lookout Café against the backdrop of breath-taking scenery of the Batoka Gorge, before making our way back to our villa.
  • Explore the local Craft Market with Sidney and Alison, where talented craftsmen from across Africa showcase their arts and crafts. Then, enjoy leisure time in the quaint town of Victoria Falls.
  • As the sun sets, embark on the Malachite Dinner Cruise aboard the Wild Horizons vessel for an unforgettable evening on the Zambezi River. Sip on sparkling wine as you relax on the upper deck, soaking in the sights of the river and its wildlife. Indulge in lively cocktails and premium spirits served by attentive staff, before savouring a sumptuous dinner prepared onboard with locally sourced ingredients. With a seasoned captain at the helm, this cruise promises an insightful and memorable dining experience amidst the beauty of the Zambezi River.

  • Begin your day with a leisurely breakfast amidst the tranquil setting of The Elephant Camp.
  • Embark on an exhilarating safari adventure with morning or evening game drives at The Elephant Camp. Led by experienced guides, these drives offer the chance to witness evolving wilderness and animal behaviours, maximizing encounters with wildlife during their most active periods.
  • Explore The Elephant Sanctuary and Orphanage, a haven for orphaned and injured elephants from the aftermath of culling operations in the 1980s. Resident herds roam freely within the wilderness concession, offering guests an immersive encounter with these majestic creatures.
  • Engage in the Elephant Encounter, a deeply enriching experience designed to foster connections with the resident herds and educate visitors on elephant conservation efforts. Gather at the open thatch boma by the Masuwe River for a presentation by knowledgeable caretakers, delving into the Sanctuary's history and its rescue-rehabilitate-reintegrate program. Following the presentation, venture out to interact with the elephants, capturing memorable moments and fully immersing yourself in the experience.
  • After a thrilling day of adventure and exploration, come together over dinner to relax and enjoy each other's company, reflecting on the day's experiences amidst the beauty of nature.

  • Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at The Elephant Camp, savouring the final moments of your African adventure before bidding farewell to this enchanting destination.
  • Transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for your onward journey, carrying with you cherished memories and the spirit of Africa in your heart.
  • Combining the Victoria Falls adventure with the South African journey creates an unparalleled African experience. Opting for the full trip allows travellers to fully immerse themselves in the continent’s beauty and diversity. However, for those preferring a shorter journey, the option to conclude the adventure on Day 13 offers flexibility. Whether experiencing both destinations or focusing solely on South Africa, every moment promises to be unforgettable.