The Venue (Bosveld Centre, Portion 24 Welverdiend Farm, R40 Hoedspruit, Limpopo) — savor the prettiness of Limpopo when you stay overnight in Hoedspruit, a little town at the foot of the Drakensberg Mountain Range. And it is in this idyllic setting that excellent wine and sophisticated gin can be enjoyed at leisure. While this can simply be in the form of a relaxed afternoon at the Venue, sipping on gin cocktails or your favorite wine variety, more formal tastings can be arranged for those that want to get the most out of the delicious flavors being produced in South Africa.
The craft gin tastings offer visitors a choice of four gins, each with their own nuances and flavor profiles. Each gin is perfectly paired with a tonic that is local and imbued with the heady floral notes to suit that particular gin best. The host will share insights on the distilleries and their history and will guide guests on the taste adventure.
The Venue is elegant but comfortable, with an inviting outdoor area for summer days, and a cozy indoor setting for cool winter’s evenings. The wood-fired pizzas, platters, craft beers, gins and wines on offer are nothing short of irresistible for friends and couples that want to relax and enjoy the delicious tastes of Hoedspruit. Hoedspruit is about 2.5 hours from Nelspruit, and just over five hours’ drive from Johannesburg and the Oliver Tambo International Airport. Gin Tasting: R180 per person; Wine Tasting: R720 for 4 people or less (R180 per extra person). See its website for more info: www.safariwines.co.za