Explore South Africa's cutting-edge creativity - where art & design intersect.

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Explore the cutting edge of South African creativity – where art, architecture & design intersect. See the country’s highlights, hidden gems & iconic sights – in summer.Meet local trail blazers who stretch the powers of innovation, engage with enlightening experts. Enjoy privileged access, seminal art collections & enlightening museums on curator-led tours.Discover how design, art & craft are providing a third way between entrepreneurship & aid.Opt for a safari to see the Big Five up close and personal at the start of the trip. In Cape Town Take in the spectacular beauty & landmarks during Cape Town Art Fair – a transcontinental showcaseIn the Winelands Visit private art collections, sculpture-filled gardens set among unique Cape Dutch architecture with some independent time in Franschhoek (a foodie capital).In Johannesburg Get a taste of the cosmopolitan mix & standout shops.Appreciate democracy at work & take in the Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
ItineraryDay 1: Cape Town Stop At: Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town Central, Western CapeOn arriving and enjoying VIP airport assistance you’ll be transferred to your hotel, where you can relax and unwind, for the first of 5-nights. In the early evening, get together for an icebreaker before celebrating your first night at a welcome dinner with select guests in a private, art-filled home.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: A 4-5 star establishment in Cape Town city centre for 5 nights included in priceDay 2: Cape Town and the Peninsula Stop At: Cape Point Nature Reserve, Cape Town Central, Western CapeGet your bearings exploring the striking natural beauty of the Cape Peninsula and two oceans. Summit Table Mountain by cable car for a panoramic view of the city. Then travel south along the Atlantic’s spectacular coastline before crossing the Peninsula to see a penguin colony at Boulders on the Indian ocean. Lunch on the rocks overlooking a buzzy working harbor before lingering in Kalk Bay at a gallery that showcases established artists and inspiring initiatives assembled by a legendary maven. On a curator–led tour take in the newest addition to the Cape’s vibrant art scene - Norval Foundation, with its 20th & 21st-century South African art, remaining in the historic Constantia Valley for dinner with informative guests. Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: A 4-5 star establishment in Cape Town city centre for 5 nights included in priceDay 3: Cape Town Stop At: Bo-kaap, Cape Town Central, Western CapeSee the heart of the city: The cobbled streets and colorful homes of the Bo-Kaap Quarter; Geenmarket Square abuzz with traders; inspiring initiatives like Monkeybiz, a women’s economic empowerment collective that is transforming the beaded arts market. Enjoy a curator-led tour of The SA National Gallery, lunching in the historic Company’s Garden. Meet pioneering artists at the country’s first kiln-formed glass studio. Join in early evening festivities at the opening of the Cape Town Art Fair, a transcontinental platform showcasing Africa’s vibrant contemporary art landscape, with exhibits from prestigious galleries. Dinner follows in the Waterfront.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: A 4-5 star establishment in Cape Town city centre for 5 nights included in priceDay 4: Cape Town Waterfront Stop At: Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town Central, Western CapeSpend the morning at flagship destinations in the V&A Waterfront’s The Silo District. Be shown over Guild, a multi-faceted destination that includes the Southern Guild Gallery that showcases limited-edition African art and design, an in-house studio with its own furniture range, and a concept store.At Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) see architect Thomas Heatherwick’s repurposing of former grain silo’s into the biggest contemporary art museum in Africa.On a curator-led tour, discover why it’s one of the most influential museums of African art and its diaspora in the world. Follow with lunch with 360-degree views of the city and Table Mountain. In the afternoon, enjoy a privileged viewing of one of South Africa’s foremost private collections spanning two centuries, as well as its Contemporary Art Gallery and architecturally astounding Wine Gallery conducted by its dedicated art guide. In the evening, enjoy a ”Taste Safari – from Cape Town to Timbuktu”, interspersed with live entertainment that celebrates the energy of Pan Africa with hand crafted puppets from Mali and Xhosa and Congolese dancers and singers.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: A 4-5 star establishment in Cape Town city centre for 5 nights included in priceDay 5: Cape Town - Woodstock Stop At: The Woodstock Exchange, Woodstock, Western CapeGain some fascinating insights into the life and times South Africa’s foremost Expressionist and top selling artist, while being shown over her former home / studio and now eclectic museum.Woodstock is a fast gentrifying precinct, likened to New York’s Meatpacking district, with the highest concentration of design studios and art galleries in the country. Lunch at a crowd–pulling spot in The Old Biscuit Mill and in the afternoon visit a number of cutting edge galleries such as Stevenson, Whatiftheworld, SA Print Gallery, SMAC, Goodman. On your last night in Cape Town eat among the locals, at a hot spot in the city. Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: A 4-5 star establishment in Cape Town city centre for 5 nights included in priceDay 6: The Winelands Stop At: Franschhoek Pass, Franschhoek, Western CapeHead out to the Winelands with its abundance of unique Cape Dutch architecture, historic homesteads and über-chic contemporary estates set in a region of rolling vineyards and soaring peaks. At the country’s premier wine estate, stroll around the spacious grounds and gracious manor house. Lunch from a spectacular eyrie at the top of the Helshoogte mountain pass. Follow with a guided walk around Delaire Graff’s sculpture-filled gardens, art-clad walls and shop, where museum quality investment pieces rub shoulders with dazzling cutting edge urban design. Once in Franschhoek and settled into your centrally located hotel for the first of 2-nights, you can venture forth independently to explore the picturesque village, before dining in SA’s ‘’culinary capital”.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: A 4-5 star Hotel in the heart of Franschhoek for two nights included. Day 7: The Winelands Stop At: Franschhoek Pass, Franschhoek, Western CapeIn the morning, enjoy a curated visit to Stellenbosch’s Rupert Museum, one of South Africa’s significant private art collections. Lunch among the vines. In the afternoon, be enchanted by a private gem - a guided walkabout of sculptor Dylan Lewis’ indigenous garden and studio, where upwards of sixty of his highly acclaimed works depicting various stages of his career are thoughtfully located on mountain slopes. Later, wander around the town of Stellenbosch, glimpsing some Cape Dutch architectural gems among the university town’s oak-lined streets, popping into shop and galleries before ending with dinner in historic Dorp Street.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: A 4-5 star Hotel in the heart of Franschhoek for two nights included.Day 8: Johannesburg Stop At: Babylonstoren Garden, Paarl, Western CapeMorning is open to explore Franschhoek’s many galleries and appealing shops at your leisure. Be shown around Babylonstoren’s beguiling garden based on the Dutch East India Company’s landscape layout that replenished passing ships with fresh food, which now produces over 300 edible plants and local specialities. Lunch here, before taking an afternoon flight to Johannesburg (two hours) where you’ll stay at for 3-nights. Dinner is at the hotel, with welcoming hotel staff on hand to whip up something delicious.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: A 4-5 star establishment in Johannesburg for 3 nights Day 9: Johannesburg - Artists, galleries and regenerated precincts Stop At: Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg, Greater Johannesburg, GautengSpend the morning at Maboneng, a multicultural, urban regeneration precinct. Go on a behind-the-scenes walkabout of its SoHo-inspired work spaces, vibrant street murals, artists’ studios, creative venues and retail clusters that fuse contemporary architecture with historic city buildings. Arts on Main is the hub of this complex of early 1900 warehouses that includes the studios of William Kentridge and art entrepreneur David Krut. Lunch in its tree-filled courtyard with some of the creative residents. In the afternoon hit the fashionable Rosebank district for a series of gallery tours: Goodman – a distinguished modern art gallery, Everard Read – the oldest gallery representing national and international artists, and take in the city’s skyline from the deck of its adjacent striking gallery – Circa. End the day at a treasure trove filled with hand crafted objects from all over Africa – Kim Sacks Gallery, enjoying a private dinner here with the owner. Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Stay in a 4-5 star establishment for 3 nightsDay 10: Johannesburg - Sculptural gardens and human originsStop At: Nirox Sculpture Park, Krugersdorp, Greater Johannesburg, GautengIn the morning Origins Centre tells the story of the origins of humankind and our journey out of Africa, as well as diverse Southern African rock art traditions of the San / Bushmen (the world’s oldest continuous art form). Notable display is ”the” ground-breaking artefact that dates man’s design thinking origins back some 100,0000 years. In the afternoon take in the tranquillity of Nirox’s landscaped grounds while being shown around art and sculpture in thoughtful and unexpected places, in this symbolic landscape where 3.5 million years of human activity have taken place. Nirox Sculpture Park & Residency is located in the Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where forty percent of the world’s human ancestors have been found. Enjoy sunset and watch the Southern Cross emerge over a celebratory private dinner here with select guests.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Stay in a 4-5 star establishment for 3 nightsDay 11: Johannesburg - Constitutional Hill and urban renewal projectStop At: Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, Greater Johannesburg, GautengVisit Constitutional Hill, a National Heritage Site in the inner city, located on what was the country’s most notorious prison complex, to contextualize the country’s turbulent past and its transition to democracy. The architectural brief for the re-purposing of this complex was to convey the justice and openness of SA’s constitution. The adjacent Constitutional Court (the highest in the land) houses a collection of art works with a human rights theme by eminent South Africans that tells this story with a different lens and weaves multiple threads together. A fitting end to your journey of creative discovery.Have a tasty bite at a popular eatery houses and the first urban renewal project in the city centre.before being dropped off at the airport, subject to your flight schedule.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • 10x Breakfast
  • 9x Dinner
  • 10x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 10 nights
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Cape Town International Convention Centre
  • Entry/Admission - Cape Point Nature Reserve
  • Entry/Admission - Bo-kaap
  • Entry/Admission - Zeitz MOCAA
  • Entry/Admission - The Woodstock Exchange
  • Entry/Admission - Franschhoek Pass
  • Entry/Admission - Franschhoek Pass
  • Entry/Admission - Babylonstoren Garden
  • Entry/Admission - Maboneng Precinct
  • Entry/Admission - Nirox Sculpture Park
  • Entry/Admission - Constitution Hill

What’s not included

  • International flights

Itinerary

Day 10: Johannesburg - Sculptural gardens and human origins Stop At: Nirox Sculpture Park, Krugersdorp, Greater Johannesburg, Gauteng In the morning Origins Centre tells the story of the origins of humankind and our journey out of Africa, as well as diverse Southern African rock art traditions of the San / Bushmen (the world’s oldest continuous art form). Notable display is ”the” ground-breaking artefact that dates man’s design thinking origins back some 100,0000 years. In the afternoon take in the tranquillity of Nirox’s landscaped grounds while being shown around art and sculpture in thoughtful and unexpected places, in this symbolic landscape where 3.5 million years of human activity have taken place. Nirox Sculpture Park & Residency is located in the Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where forty percent of the world’s human ancestors have been found. Enjoy sunset and watch the Southern Cross emerge over a celebratory private dinner here with select guests. Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Stay in a 4-5 star establishment for 3 nights
Day 11: Johannesburg - Constitutional Hill and urban renewal project Stop At: Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, Greater Johannesburg, Gauteng Visit Constitutional Hill, a National Heritage Site in the inner city, located on what was the country’s most notorious prison complex, to contextualize the country’s turbulent past and its transition to democracy. The architectural brief for the re-purposing of this complex was to convey the justice and openness of SA’s constitution. The adjacent Constitutional Court (the highest in the land) houses a collection of art works with a human rights theme by eminent South Africans that tells this story with a different lens and weaves multiple threads together. A fitting end to your journey of creative discovery. Have a tasty bite at a popular eatery houses and the first urban renewal project in the city centre. before being dropped off at the airport, subject to your flight schedule. Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch No accommodation included on this day.
Day 1: Cape Town Stop At: Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town Central, Western Cape On arriving and enjoying VIP airport assistance you’ll be transferred to your hotel, where you can relax and unwind, for the first of 5-nights. In the early evening, get together for an icebreaker before celebrating your first night at a welcome dinner with select guests in a private, art-filled home. Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Dinner Accommodation included: A 4-5 star establishment in Cape Town city centre for 5 nights included in price
Day 2: Cape Town and the Peninsula Stop At: Cape Point Nature Reserve, Cape Town Central, Western Cape Get your bearings exploring the striking natural beauty of the Cape Peninsula and two oceans. Summit Table Mountain by cable car for a panoramic view of the city. Then travel south along the Atlantic’s spectacular coastline before crossing the Peninsula to see a penguin colony at Boulders on the Indian ocean. Lunch on the rocks overlooking a buzzy working harbor before lingering in Kalk Bay at a gallery that showcases established artists and inspiring initiatives assembled by a legendary maven. On a curator–led tour take in the newest addition to the Cape’s vibrant art scene - Norval Foundation, with its 20th & 21st-century South African art, remaining in the historic Constantia Valley for dinner with informative guests. Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: A 4-5 star establishment in Cape Town city centre for 5 nights included in price
Day 3: Cape Town Stop At: Bo-kaap, Cape Town Central, Western Cape See the heart of the city: The cobbled streets and colorful homes of the Bo-Kaap Quarter; Geenmarket Square abuzz with traders; inspiring initiatives like Monkeybiz, a women’s economic empowerment collective that is transforming the beaded arts market. Enjoy a curator-led tour of The SA National Gallery, lunching in the historic Company’s Garden. Meet pioneering artists at the country’s first kiln-formed glass studio. Join in early evening festivities at the opening of the Cape Town Art Fair, a transcontinental platform showcasing Africa’s vibrant contemporary art landscape, with exhibits from prestigious galleries. Dinner follows in the Waterfront. Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: A 4-5 star establishment in Cape Town city centre for 5 nights included in price
Day 4: Cape Town Waterfront Stop At: Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town Central, Western Cape Spend the morning at flagship destinations in the V&A Waterfront’s The Silo District. Be shown over Guild, a multi-faceted destination that includes the Southern Guild Gallery that showcases limited-edition African art and design, an in-house studio with its own furniture range, and a concept store. At Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) see architect Thomas Heatherwick’s repurposing of former grain silo’s into the biggest contemporary art museum in Africa. On a curator-led tour, discover why it’s one of the most influential museums of African art and its diaspora in the world. Follow with lunch with 360-degree views of the city and Table Mountain. In the afternoon, enjoy a privileged viewing of one of South Africa’s foremost private collections spanning two centuries, as well as its Contemporary Art Gallery and architecturally astounding Wine Gallery conducted by its dedicated art guide. In the evening, enjoy a ”Taste Safari – from Cape Town to Timbuktu”, interspersed with live entertainment that celebrates the energy of Pan Africa with hand crafted puppets from Mali and Xhosa and Congolese dancers and singers. Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: A 4-5 star establishment in Cape Town city centre for 5 nights included in price
Day 5: Cape Town - Woodstock Stop At: The Woodstock Exchange, Woodstock, Western Cape Gain some fascinating insights into the life and times South Africa’s foremost Expressionist and top selling artist, while being shown over her former home / studio and now eclectic museum. Woodstock is a fast gentrifying precinct, likened to New York’s Meatpacking district, with the highest concentration of design studios and art galleries in the country. Lunch at a crowd–pulling spot in The Old Biscuit Mill and in the afternoon visit a number of cutting edge galleries such as Stevenson, Whatiftheworld, SA Print Gallery, SMAC, Goodman. On your last night in Cape Town eat among the locals, at a hot spot in the city. Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: A 4-5 star establishment in Cape Town city centre for 5 nights included in price
Day 6: The Winelands Stop At: Franschhoek Pass, Franschhoek, Western Cape Head out to the Winelands with its abundance of unique Cape Dutch architecture, historic homesteads and über-chic contemporary estates set in a region of rolling vineyards and soaring peaks. At the country’s premier wine estate, stroll around the spacious grounds and gracious manor house. Lunch from a spectacular eyrie at the top of the Helshoogte mountain pass. Follow with a guided walk around Delaire Graff’s sculpture-filled gardens, art-clad walls and shop, where museum quality investment pieces rub shoulders with dazzling cutting edge urban design. Once in Franschhoek and settled into your centrally located hotel for the first of 2-nights, you can venture forth independently to explore the picturesque village, before dining in SA’s ‘’culinary capital”. Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch Accommodation included: A 4-5 star Hotel in the heart of Franschhoek for two nights included.
Day 7: The Winelands Stop At: Franschhoek Pass, Franschhoek, Western Cape In the morning, enjoy a curated visit to Stellenbosch’s Rupert Museum, one of South Africa’s significant private art collections. Lunch among the vines. In the afternoon, be enchanted by a private gem - a guided walkabout of sculptor Dylan Lewis’ indigenous garden and studio, where upwards of sixty of his highly acclaimed works depicting various stages of his career are thoughtfully located on mountain slopes. Later, wander around the town of Stellenbosch, glimpsing some Cape Dutch architectural gems among the university town’s oak-lined streets, popping into shop and galleries before ending with dinner in historic Dorp Street. Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: A 4-5 star Hotel in the heart of Franschhoek for two nights included.
Day 8: Johannesburg Stop At: Babylonstoren Garden, Paarl, Western Cape Morning is open to explore Franschhoek’s many galleries and appealing shops at your leisure. Be shown around Babylonstoren’s beguiling garden based on the Dutch East India Company’s landscape layout that replenished passing ships with fresh food, which now produces over 300 edible plants and local specialities. Lunch here, before taking an afternoon flight to Johannesburg (two hours) where you’ll stay at for 3-nights. Dinner is at the hotel, with welcoming hotel staff on hand to whip up something delicious. Duration: 3 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: A 4-5 star establishment in Johannesburg for 3 nights
Day 9: Johannesburg - Artists, galleries and regenerated precincts Stop At: Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg, Greater Johannesburg, Gauteng Spend the morning at Maboneng, a multicultural, urban regeneration precinct. Go on a behind-the-scenes walkabout of its SoHo-inspired work spaces, vibrant street murals, artists’ studios, creative venues and retail clusters that fuse contemporary architecture with historic city buildings. Arts on Main is the hub of this complex of early 1900 warehouses that includes the studios of William Kentridge and art entrepreneur David Krut. Lunch in its tree-filled courtyard with some of the creative residents. In the afternoon hit the fashionable Rosebank district for a series of gallery tours: Goodman – a distinguished modern art gallery, Everard Read – the oldest gallery representing national and international artists, and take in the city’s skyline from the deck of its adjacent striking gallery – Circa. End the day at a treasure trove filled with hand crafted objects from all over Africa – Kim Sacks Gallery, enjoying a private dinner here with the owner. Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Stay in a 4-5 star establishment for 3 nights
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