Our day began with a trip up to Table Mountain. Because of the high winds, it had been closed for 2 days so you can imagine how long the line was. It was crazy! Wine Tasting and lunch was in Stellenbosch at TOKARA. This wine estate offers visitors a unique combination of award-winning wines, brandy and olive oils, a gallery of fine art and a restaurant featuring one of South Africa’s leading chefs.
As we wind down this tour, it couldn’t have been capped off in a better way. It was a most delightful afternoon. The wine lovers seemed to enjoy the tastings as I saw several order forms floating around to have wines shipped home.
The chef and his team showed us what they were working with From starter to dessert. Each course was perfectly paired with one of their wines. My taste buds still seem to remember my starter of tempura fish with sticky rice, avocado with a slight hint of wasabi. My main was roasted pork belly —- yummy. The dessert I chose was the yuzu parfait. Yuzu is a small fruit mainly cultivated in Japan. What Chef did with it was amazing. As we departed, the chef and his team made an appearance and allowed us to thank them for an exceptional dining experience.
En route back to Cape Town, we stopped in Paarl at the prison where Nelson Mandela was under house arrest for 17 months, where he and Winnie walked the Long Walk to Freedom. In past years our group has been invited twice inside Madiba House by correctional officer, Edgar, who worked there when Mandela was there. Sadly, our friend passed away last year. He was escorting an inmate to another facility. The vehicle had a blow out and rolled over. Edgar died a few days later. Thank you Edgar for showing us what most never see.
This evening we fly home with wonderful, unforgettable memories. Next year, we will return. The tour is about sold out, however We may be able to add a few more rooms if there is more interest.
Thank you for joining us on this journey.