At Afriscapes – your travel passion is what drives us. There’s no better way to encounter the best of Africa, than to sit back and relax, have fun – to fully explore, experience and enjoy a continent so rich in culture, heritage, people and places, not to mention astonishing wildlife and spectacular scenery. Plus, fabulous food, superb wines – all complete your African experience!
Jonathan Franzsen is one of the founding members of Afriscapes.
Jonathan’s never-ending curiosity to learn and understand our world has taken him to over 135 countries around the globe, he has lived in 15 on all six continents. A qualified chef and his passion for travel has centred around food, history, culture and accumulating 20 languages. Over the last 50 years he has been Brand Ambassador with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Diners Club, travelling with over 45,000 people on Food & Wine Tours.
Our team delivers a fully customized journey where you will explore new passions, flavours and perspectives. Experience insider access that everyday tourists never get to experience. Travel is incredibly personal, as it should be, and we create bespoke Food & Wine itineraries. Savour each moment while we handle the rest. Allowing you to focus on the true joys on these tours.
Our like-minded travellers come from all around the world. Our Food & Wine Tours appeal to people who are seeking unique travel experiences, such as personal wine tastings, hands on cooking classes and meeting locals, who regular tourists will never get to meet.
When it comes to food and wine, travellers visiting South Africa are spoilt for choice. Historic trade routes brought dining delights from all over the world, seeing influences of Malay, Dutch, French, Portuguese, Indian and British combine with the flavours of Africa. With this, a rainbow of multicultural cuisines and food experiences, often paired with world- class local wines.
Rare game meats barbecued over a wood fire, 17th-century vineyards displaying private cellars, decadent restaurants combining French and African styles; this charming tour celebrates the very best of South African food and wine. From farmers’ markets to microbreweries, hidden secrets to distinctive wine valleys, you immerse your senses on this journey through all the local flavours. It features the country’s best restaurants and each day is privately guided for an exclusive and engaging experience. Read our Blog and learn more about South African food.
Golfing in South Africa is an experience unlike any other. With its world-class golf courses, stunning landscapes, and beautiful weather, it’s no wonder that South Africa is a top destination for golf enthusiasts from around the globe.
One of the most popular golf courses in South Africa is the Lost City Golf Course, situated in the beautiful Sun City Resort. The course was designed by Gary Player and features 18 holes, each with their unique challenges and breathtaking views. The course is known for its water hazards, including the famous 13th hole, which features a green surrounded by water. The course is also home to an abundance of wildlife, including crocodiles and hippos, making it a truly unique golfing experience.
Another popular golfing destination in South Africa is the Western Cape, which boasts some of the most beautiful courses in the world. One of the most notable is the Erinvale Golf Course, which is located in Somerset West. The course is surrounded by the Hottentots Holland Mountains and features 18 holes, each with stunning views of the surrounding landscape. The course is also known for its challenging layout, including tight fairways and tricky water hazards.
Another must-visit golf course in the Western Cape is the Arabella Golf Course, which is located in Hermanus. The course features 18 holes, each with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and ocean. The course is known for its challenging layout, including narrow fairways and fast greens.
South Africa is a golfer’s paradise, with its stunning landscapes, world-class golf courses, and beautiful weather. Whether you’re visiting the Lost City Golf Course or one of the many courses in the Western Cape, you’re sure to have an unforgettable golfing experience.
South Africa is a top destination for wildlife enthusiasts, with its vast array of national parks and private game reserves. The most famous among them is the Kruger National Park, which spans across two million hectares of land and is home to the Big Five – lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, and rhinos.
For those looking for a more exclusive experience, Makalali Private Game Reserve is the perfect choice. Located in the Limpopo Province, this reserve offers a more intimate safari experience, with fewer crowds and a higher chance of spotting rare wildlife.
Garonga Safari Camp offers a unique experience with its sleepout option. Guests can spend a night under the stars in a treehouse, surrounded by the sounds of the African bush. During the day, visitors can go on game drives, guided walks, or indulge in a relaxing spa treatment.
Diving in Mozambique in the warm, crystal clear Indian Ocean waters and its islands, is a thrilling and rewarding experience. Mozambique is one of the finest diving destinations in the world, with remarkably unspoilt coral reefs and an abundant variety of marine life that all levels of divers can enjoy all year round. Sea temperatures vary between 30°C in summer to 21°C in winter and the structure of the reefs offer pinnacles, overhangs, coral arches and much more.
Reef depths vary from 10m to 40m and offer good visibility and fantastic photo opportunities. Not only of the incredible range of coral but of over 6,000 species of fish. The reefs attract a variety of game fish while the coral is home to myriads of brightly coloured smaller fish including schooling banner fish, Moorish idols, butterfly fish, blue striped snappers, barred sweetlips, goldies, and trigger fish.
Mozambique diving is an excellent all year-round activity and a range of exciting and varied diving itineraries can be organized. Barracuda, manta rays, moray eels, sharks, huge schools of kingfish, giant lobsters, and numerous species of reef fish are commonly seen. The whale shark, the largest fish in the world which can reach lengths of up to 14m and weigh up to 15 tons, can be spotted between December and April. Above the waves, dolphins are frequently encountered as are leatherback, loggerhead and green turtle. Humpback whales can be sighted between August and October while the lucky few may get to marvel at the sight of the rare dugong. Most lodges in Mozambique are pleased to welcome all levels of divers and lessons can be arranged for both beginners and intermediates.