South Africa · May 31 - June 10 2024
Cape Town Meet The Winemakers Vacation - May 31 2024 Tour Start
Experience an unforgettable wine vacation exclusively designed for Black gay men of color, couples, partners, and friends.BOOK NOW
For Black Gay Male solo travelers, couples, partners, and friends. Imagine sipping on the finest wines among enchanting vineyards while meeting the talented black winemakers and wine professionals in South Africa's famed Cape Winelands!
Are You Hungry?🍽️
No problem, your belly won't be starved for attention during this vacation!
OPTIONAL: Ride the Dunes!🏍️
Get your buddies and buggy-down!
Tour Black-Owned Wineries🍷
Tour the best Black-owned wineries in the legendary The Cape Winelands!
Obsidian Gay Travel
Obsidian Gay Travel embraces the power of community, weaving a tapestry of shared experiences that transcends borders. Our diverse LGBTQ+ African community finds connection through travel, fostering understanding, and creating a welcoming space where belonging flourishes. Join us in the collective embrace of exploration and shared identity. Embrace Africa!
Join us for eight days in the "Land of Smiles" during one of their most festive times of the year.
Day 1: Friday, May 31st
Meet & Greet 🤝🏽
As we check into our upscale accommodations, the excitement is palpable. Meeting fellow travelers, settling in, and discovering the Obsidian Welcome Gift Basket adds to the thrill. Laughter and music fill the air as we make ourselves at home, creating an atmosphere of anticipation and sharing. Welcome to the extraordinary Obsidian Wine Vacation experience, where every moment promises luxury, connection, and the celebration of shared experiences. Cheers to a journey filled with joy and the finest in wine and hospitality!
🔹A Taste of African Culture Gift Basket: We welcome you to a taste of African culture with an especially curated gift basket for each couple or person, celebrating the life, love, and passion of the African continent.
🔹Hotel: Get ready for an exhilarating South African Wine Vacation! Our in-house Chef kicks off the excitement, crafting a delectable meal paired perfectly with wines from our winemaker. The local Sommelier ensures your glass is filled with exceptional Red, White, and dessert wines. Brace yourself for a captivating journey, promising a wine experience that will beckon you back for more. Cheers to the start of an unforgettable adventure!
Day 2: Saturday, June 1st
Township Wine Tasting 🍷
Experience the uniqueness of a township tour, followed by a lunch and wine session led by a celebrated young black wine professional. What sets Khayelitsha apart is its vibrant community spirit, cultural richness, and the opportunity to witness resilience and creativity firsthand, creating a truly authentic and meaningful exploration.
🔹Private Chef Breakfast: Chef prepares a traditional South African breakfast.
🔹Lunch, Wine Tasting, and Tour: Experience the uniqueness of a township tour, followed by a lunch and wine session led by a celebrated young black wine professional. What sets Khayelitsha apart is its vibrant community spirit, cultural richness, and the opportunity to witness resilience and creativity firsthand, creating a truly authentic and meaningful exploration.
🔹Township Dinner & Dancing: Tonight, we're thrilled to groove in a popular Cape Town township dance spot, pulsating with Amapiano beats. Live DJs will amplify the energy as locals and visitors unite for a vibrant dance experience. Savor dinner and drinks or head to the lively dance lounge for a dynamic downbeat vibe.
Cape Town V&A Harbor
Day 3: Sunday, June 2nd
Method Cap Sunset Cruise ⛵
Embark on an enchanting MCC Sparkling Sunset Cruise from the VA Waterfront in Cape Town. Hosted by the winemaker himself, savor the elegance of Method Cap Classique while witnessing the sun dip below the horizon. This exclusive experience combines scenic beauty, fine sparkling wine, and the expertise of a passionate winemaker for a truly memorable evening.
🔹Private Chef Breakfast: Chef prepares a traditional South African breakfast.
🔹Old Biscuit Mill: Indulge in a delectable lunch experience at the Old Biscuit Mill in Cape Town. Explore the vibrant atmosphere and savor a diverse array of culinary delights, from artisanal dishes to international flavors. The eclectic blend of food, art, and culture makes this historic mill a must-visit culinary destination in the heart of the city.
🔹Bohemian Culture Walk: Embark on an Observatory Culture Walk, delving into Cape Town's eclectic charm. Amidst diverse street art and vibrant cafes, explore a boutique wine shop owned by a woman of color. Revel in the largest inventory of black-owned wines for retail sale, adding a unique and enriching dimension to your journey through Observatory's dynamic and creatively spirited streets.
🔹VA Waterfront Shopping: Explore world-class shopping, savor fine dining crafted by South Africa's celebrated chefs, and immerse yourself in a cultural music and dance extravaganza at the V&A Waterfront. This iconic Cape Town destination hosts the largest wine list by the glass globally, offering an unparalleled wine experience. Discover a unique blend of luxury retail, vibrant cultural performances, and exquisite dining for an unforgettable experience.
🔹Method Cap Classique Sunset Cruise: Embark on an enchanting MCC Sparkling Sunset Cruise from the VA Waterfront in Cape Town. Hosted by the winemaker himself, savor the elegance of Method Cap Classique while witnessing the sun dip below the horizon. This exclusive experience combines scenic beauty, fine sparkling wine, and the expertise of a passionate winemaker for a truly memorable evening.
🔹West African Fusion Wine Makers Dinner: Immerse yourself in an exquisite culinary journey at a popular West African restaurant during our winemakers' dinner. Our skilled winemaker and sommelier will expertly guide you through a delightful food and wine pairing, enhancing the dining experience with carefully selected wines that complement and elevate each flavorful dish, creating a truly memorable evening.
🔹Lifestyle Lounge: This Lifestyle Lounge in Cape Town exudes a vibrant atmosphere with its energetic music, lively dance floor, and chic décor. Patrons revel in a dynamic nightlife experience, enjoying expertly crafted cocktails and a diverse range of music genres. The lounge is a pulsating hub, perfect for those seeking an electrifying night out.
Day 4: Monday, June 3rd
Winemakers Invitational Braai 🍷
Experience a Winemakers Invitational Braai immersed in the heart of the Cape Winelands. The event boasts an Amapiano playlist, celebrating local South African beats with a live DJ! Delight in traditional South African fare, skillfully prepared over open flames. Join a select gathering, including award-winning black winemakers and African sommeliers, pouring their acclaimed wines. This unique occasion promises a one-of-a-kind culinary and cultural adventure, capturing the essence of South Africa's winemaking excellence and vibrant Amapiano rhythms in a memorable Cape Winelands experience.
🔹Winemakers Tasting Crawl: Join a historic Black Women of Wine tasting crawl today, meeting three remarkable women who will share their personal wine journeys and pour their award-winning wines. Engage in a unique opportunity to savor exceptional wines while connecting with the stories and expertise of these trailblazing women in the world of wine!
🔹Winemakers Invitational Braai: A traditional South African Braai dinner in historic Stellenbosch.
Day 5: Tuesday, June 4th
Giraffe House 🦒
Giraffe House in Cape Town offers a diverse and enriching wildlife experience with a range of species, including Vervet Monkeys, Meerkats, Eland, Bontebok, Giraffes, Cape Grysboks, and various duiker species. Visitors encounter Springboks, Zebras, Warthogs, and a variety of other African animals. Additionally, the facility houses Serval Cats, Caracals, Bat-Eared Foxes, Cape Foxes, and Black-Backed Jackals, providing an immersive educational experience. The inclusion of farmyard animals adds to the charm, making Giraffe House a comprehensive destination for nature enthusiasts, where conservation and appreciation of indigenous wildlife take center stage.
🔹Historic Wine Tasting: Embark on a unique journey to the recently opened tasting room, proudly owned by one of South Africa's pioneering black female winemakers. This award-winning vintner crafts exceptional wines, and we've had the privilege of savoring them firsthand. Join us in celebrating her expertise as we explore the nuances of her creations in this remarkable tasting experience.
🔹Giraffe House: Giraffe House in Cape Town offers a diverse and enriching wildlife experience with a range of species, including Vervet Monkeys, Meerkats, Eland, Bontebok, Giraffes, Cape Grysboks, and various duiker species. Visitors encounter Springboks, Zebras, Warthogs, and a variety of other African animals. Additionally, the facility houses Serval Cats, Caracals, Bat-Eared Foxes, Cape Foxes, and Black-Backed Jackals, providing an immersive educational experience. The inclusion of farmyard animals adds to the charm, making Giraffe House a comprehensive destination for nature enthusiasts, where conservation and appreciation of indigenous wildlife take center stage.
🔹Historic Stellenbosch: Explore the charming streets of Stellenbosch, a historic wine town and university hub. Indulge in a local experience with lunch and drinks at quaint establishments, absorbing the rich cultural atmosphere. Stroll through this picturesque South African town, where each cobblestone holds a story, and savor the blend of history and contemporary vibrancy.
🔹Estate Wine Makers Dinner: An exceptional delight awaits you—a refined surprise featuring an estate wine dinner hosted by a distinguished award-winning female black winemaker. Immerse yourself in the expertise and passion of this accomplished creator of color for a memorable dining experience with exquisite wines.
Day 6: Wednesday, June 5th
FRANSCHHOEK Historic Black Owned Wine Estate 🍷✊🏾
Klein Goederust winery came about in 1905. In 2019 the Siguqa family acquired the property and so began their own winemaking journey, inspired by the family matriarch Nomaroma Siguqa, a lifelong Cape wine farm labourer. a serene, beautifully decorated wine-tasting room, with a wide verandah overlooking manicured gardens, koi pond and Franschhoek mountain views that consciously include the township. We are looking forward to introducing you to Paul and his hospitable team.
🔹Wine Estate Lunch & Award Winning Wine Tasting: The famous lamb spit-braai is a local South African tradition. Roasting slowly outdoors all morning, the whole lamb serves as an anchor to the appetising farm-style buffet of elevated South African classics, laid out in the simple but elegant homestead restaurant, with tables and comfortable hand-stitched leather chairs around the stoep. Think chicken potjie and roosterkoek (bread rolls made on an open flame), sweet-potato rolls, curried fish and salads, followed by gorgeous desserts of chocolate roulade and poached pears in red wine.
🔹Wolfgat Nature Reserve: Wolfgat Nature Reserve is a pristine coastal sanctuary nestled in South Africa, celebrated for its diverse flora and fauna. With breathtaking landscapes, it offers visitors a tranquil escape and opportunities for nature exploration, making it a cherished destination for those seeking the beauty of the outdoors.
🔹Muizenberg Beach: Muizenberg Beach, located near Cape Town, South Africa, is renowned for its iconic colorful beach huts and long sandy shores. A popular surfing spot, it attracts surf enthusiasts of all levels. The beach's vibrant atmosphere, coupled with stunning views of False Bay, makes it a favorite destination for locals and tourists alike.
🔹Hout Bay House Dinner & Celebrated Wines: Experience the enchantment of a home-cooked meal among gay friends, crafted by a skilled South African chef. This intimate gathering combines culinary artistry with the warmth of friendship, creating a magical dining experience that celebrates both the diversity of relationships and the rich flavors of South African cuisine.
Day 7: Thursday, June 6th
Hout Bay Duiker Island 🏖️
Hout Bay is special for its enchanting coastal setting, featuring sea lions at Duiker Island, and the historic township imbued with cultural richness. A standout is the famous Fish on the Rocks store, offering delectable fish and chips.
Private Chef Breakfast: Wake up to an especially prepared, personalized breakfast by our private chef.
🔹Hout Bay Sea Lion Cruise: The Hout Bay Sea Lion Cruise offers a thrilling maritime adventure off the coast of Hout Bay, South Africa. Visitors embark on a boat journey to Duiker Island, home to a colony of charismatic Cape fur seals. The cruise provides an up-close encounter with these playful marine mammals, creating a memorable and immersive experience.
🔹Hout Bay Wine Makers Dinner: Excitement abounds as we welcome a local South African, award-winning winemaker—one of the youngest in the industry—to showcase Stellenbosch wines. These exceptional wines will be expertly paired with a private dinner prepared by our own personal chef, promising a delightful and memorable culinary experience.
🔹A Night of Expression: "A Night of Expression" celebrates black gay men of color expressing authenticity through song, dance, poetry, and words. This vibrant event creates a space for diverse voices to shine, fostering a powerful atmosphere of self-expression, pride, and community celebration. 👉🏾🎤🎵
Day 8: Friday, June 7th
Weekend Friday Exploration 🦈
Today you spread your wings and venture out to those places that give you a sense of place and home. With a guided itinerary explore on your own or with your new friends.
🔹Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at your 4 star lodging at your own pace.
🔹Table Mountain - Iconic and World Renowned: The top of Table Mountain is one of the best places to enjoy views of the city. On a clear day, you can see Robben Island, the V & A Waterfront, the city bowl, harbour and so much more. Take your time walking along the pathways to enjoy the various views. And take lots of photos.
🔹TWO OCEANS Aquarium: Diversity Gallery - This gallery showcases marine life of South Africa's two oceans, and the major Benguela and Agulhas Currents that dominate its shores. Notable species include Knysna seahorses, moray eels, anemonefish, cryptic klipfish, sea stars, compass jellyfish, shysharks and temporary exhibitions of foreign species. I&J Children's Play Centre - Various activities to keep the young visitors entertained. Puppet shows, arts and craft. Save Our Seas Foundation Shark Exhibit - This exhibit holds 2 million litres of seawater. Ragged-tooth sharks as well as various other fishes are found in the exhibit. I&J Ocean Exhibit - This exhibit holds 1.6 million litres of seawater. Various fishes, rays and turtles to be seen in this exhibit. Kelp Forest Exhibit - One of the aquarium's biggest attractions, this underwater forest is home to shoals of coastal fishes, such as white musselcrackers, steenbras and spotted gully sharks, and living specimens of South Africa's kelp species, sea bamboo, split-fan kelp and bladder kelp. The northern rockhopper penguins also use this exhibit for their exercise. Penguin Exhibit - African black-footed penguins, northern rockhopper penguins, western leopard toads and African clawed frogs. A river course divided into three sections (upper, middle and lower) with examples of native and invasive freshwater fishes is also present
🔹Cape of Good Hope: Situated at the southern tip of the Cape Peninsula in South Africa, the Cape of Good Hope is a mesmerizing destination celebrated for its stunning coastal landscapes, diverse wildlife, and maritime significance. Tourists are captivated by the iconic Cape Point Lighthouse, striking cliffs, and varied plant and animal life, making it an essential stop for those fascinated by the harmonious blend of nature and maritime heritage. Notably, Cape Point, although mistakenly believed to be the southernmost point (Cape Agulhas holds that title), provides awe-inspiring ocean views within the Cape of Good Hope.
🔹Hussar Grill: The Hussar Grill, a distinguished South African steakhouse, stands out for its classic elegance, warm ambiance, and exceptional dining. Notably, patrons enjoy a timeless setting with dark wood interiors and leather upholstery. Renowned for high-quality, perfectly prepared cuts of meat, the restaurant also offers a memorable upscale experience, and notably, no corkage fee for your wine.
Day 9: Saturday, June 8th
Hit the Dunes! 🏍️
Today you spread your wings and venture out to those places that give you a sense of adventure. With the days guided itinerary explore on your own or with your new friends.
🔹Breakfast: Enjoy a beautifully prepared Buffet breakfast.
🔹Hit the Dunes: For the adventurous at heart, you get a chance to ATV or surf the Dunes. We are gladly willing to help you book this South African adventure.
🔹Shopping Canal Walk: Experience the marvelous Canal Walk, a shopping extravaganza featuring numerous shops, many Cultural restaurants in the food court, upscale dining choices, and a Cinemax movie theater. Additionally, indulge in a wetlands walking path conveniently located just a short ride away from the VA waterfront.
🔹Rooftop Dining: We recommend experiencing rooftop dining along the Atlantic seaboard, or in the heart of the Cape Town city center.
🔹Live Entertainment Lounge: We are excited to introduce to you, live entertainment, lounges that feature local talent and local clientele. The weekend evening will be full of opportunities to meet and interact with locals from across the African continent.
Day 10: Sunday, June 9th
Sundays are for Exploring ⛴️
The day is beginning and you're excited about exploring your final day on the African Continent. We will assist you in booking your Robben Island Tour or any of the other popular sites.
🔹Breakfast: Enjoy a beautifully prepared Buffet breakfast.
🔹Spa Time: Allow us to assist you in booking a uniquely curated spa experience exclusively for male patrons. With a team boasting extensive experience in various massage and relaxation techniques, these professionals from the African continent have a proven track record in delivering exceptional and soothing spa services.
🔹Time Out Market Lunch: Savor an exquisite lunch experience at the newly launched Time Out Market in the VA Waterfront. Indulge in exceptional wines and relish the culinary artistry of award-winning chefs at this enticing venue.
🔹Robben Island Tour: We are excited to offer this suggested itineraries for your free time to explore Cape Town.
🔹Obsidian Parting Dinner: Tonight, we commemorate our shared moments and revel in a farewell feast during our closing dinner.
Cape Town International Airport (CPT)
Day 11: Monday, June 10th
Departure Day: Monday 🛫
Our wine vacation in Cape Town has been truly delightful, filled with memorable moments. As you head home, we eagerly anticipate planning your next South African adventure with Obsidian Wine Vacations, eagerly looking forward to the experiences that await us.
🔹Breakfast: Enjoy a beautifully prepared Buffet breakfast.
🔹Airport Transfer: Obsidian is here to help. Arrange and confirm your airport transfer.
Accommodation / Lodging
Activities as listed in the itinerary
Wine as in itinerary (Wine & alcohol can also be purchased).
Meals as in itinerary
WiFi (where available)
What's Not Included
Visas and Transfers + their handling fees
Meals that are not listed in the itinerary
Early room check-in; late room check-out
Hotel/Report Incidental and Damages Charges
Miscellaneous fees, i.e., individual transfers; passports, extra hotel charges (mini bar, spa, gym, etc.); airline seat selection, laundry, meals not listed in the itinerary, beverages at meals, and baggage fees
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