The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, enjoyed a warm welcome in the Mother City from Monday 23 September 2019 – the start of their ten-day southern Africa tour with four-month-old baby Archie in tow. Prince Harry is currently in Angola while Meghan and Archie remain in Cape Town.
are Heritage-Month approved spots we recommend the family should add to their
itinerary when they’re reunited.
Feast like a king in Bo-Kaap
a packed Heritage Day morning, the official royal itinerary included a visit to
Bo-Kaap in the afternoon. The royal duo visited the Auwal Mosque in Dorp Street
and had tea with locals from the area. They also enjoyed a cooking class at the
District Six Homecoming Centre the afternoon before.
“A Bo-Kaap cooking class and tour is a must-do for any visitor to Cape Town.
Nowhere else in the world can visitors experience Cape Malay cuisine. It’s a style that is truly our own, infused with the flavours of South Africa’s multicultural heritage. Travellers are advised to pre-book any of the local-led tours and cooking classes in the area.”
Sue Garrett, Flight Centre Travel Group General Manager for Product and Marketing
Sleep like a royal: We’re
sure that a quick cooking class wasn’t nearly long enough to learn how to roll koeksisters and sample dhaltjies, bredie, breyani, bobotie and
more like a local!
suggest the family return for a second try before drifting off into a post-food
coma at The Pepper Club Hotel and Spa. With views of Table Mountain from the
royal bedchamber, an Odeon cinema and a rooftop pool, the couple can enjoy some
Wine and dine in Franschhoek
no secret that Meghan is a foodie. Long before she met Prince Harry, Meghan had
a lifestyle blog, The Tig, named for her favourite Italian wine and billed as ‘a hub for
the discerning palate.’
Africa’s very own hub of discerning palates is nestled in the scenic Cape
Winelands – in Franschhoek. With more than 150 award-winning wine estates
offering exquisite wine tastings and dining, we think Meghan would
Franschhoek’s Mystery Weekend is the perfect opportunity for the loved-up couple to enjoy some romantic time alone together (sorry, Archie). The Mystery Weekend takes place this weekend on 27 and 28 September and includes a pre-planned, romantic weekend getaway with all accommodation and bespoke experiences – but the entire itinerary is a surprise! Only at check-in will all the details be revealed.
Sleep like a royal: There’s
no shortage of crème de la crème accommodation in Franschhoek.
royals can check into the five-star (of course!) Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa.
It’s ideally situated to visit the Franschhoek and Stellenbosch wine farms and
boasts a fabulous fine-dining restaurant on-site, Sauvage Restaurant. Harry and
Meghan can even enjoy a touch of home with afternoon tea and a glass of Cap
Archies’s first safari
loving Harry and Meghan can embrace the wilderness of the African bush on
Archies’s first safari.
couple have visited Africa before and love the bush so we know that if they
could choose, they would escape for a blissful week or two at a game lodge.
Sleep like a royal: Tshukudu Bush Lodge in the malaria-free (perfect for young travellers) Pilanesberg National Park is arguably one of the area’s most romantic lodges. Nestled on a hill overlooking a waterhole and savanna, the lodge is ideal for the privacy-seeking traveller.
only six luxury chalets and four suites, Harry and Meghan can enjoy exclusive
game drives, dinners in the boma and their private plunge pool.
Command adventure along the Garden Route
The Duke and Duchess aren’t afraid of embracing adventure and where better to do it than in our natural playground, the Garden Route.
couple can surf, hit the rapids kayaking and blackwater tubing and skim the
treetops ziplining near Storms River. They can also tick the world’s highest
commercial bungee jump off their bucket list, a 216-metre bungee jump off the
Sleep like a royal: Little
Archie need not be left out of the fun when staying at Fancourt Hotel in
George. This family-friendly hotel is used to pampering young guests. The
family can enjoy walking the on-site trails, and the new mum and dad can check
into the spa for a much-needed rest.
A royal escape to the Wild Coast
from the prying eyes of the paparazzi, the Wild Coast is the perfect escape for
the privacy-seeking, nature-loving young family. It is where generations of
South Africans families have enjoyed holidays in the sun, so where better for
the couple to embrace down to earth South African living than on the unspoilt
“Port Edward is just a two-hour drive from Durban’s King Shaka International Airport, making for an ideal long-weekend break,” recommends Garrett.
Archie can dip his tiny toes in the warm Indian Ocean waves for the first time, and yogi Meghan can practise on the beach. Next, the family can take a drive to Coffee Bay’s most famous attraction, Hole in the Wall.
Sleep like a royal: The
Wild Coast Sun is the quintessential Port Edward seaside accommodation. If
Harry and Meghan want to celebrate Heritage Day like a South African family,
this is a good pick.
all these right royal options, we couldn’t blame the young family if they never
want to leave our fine shores.