Enjoy a week of outstanding natural beauty, food, and drink, coupled with world class contemporary art. – This is a rare opportunity to get to know Cape Town and its surrounds, while at the same time experience Africa’s dynamic contemporary art scene, at a key point in its development.
Your hosts, Jessy Lipperts and Kate Crane Briggs from Culture Connect SA will ensure you have a hassle-free holiday, with opportunities to go to places and meet people which would be hard to do on your own. Jessy is from The Netherlands and Kate from England – they have been living in Cape Town for many years and have great knowledge of Cape Town, art and travel.
You’ll be amongst the first to see the international Cape Town Art Fair 2018. We’ll visit creative quarters, a studio, township art programs and galleries of note – the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (ZMOCAA) with over 100 galleries, and will have just opened (September 2017). These art experiences are carefully interspersed with going to “must-sees” – Cape Town’s center, Table Mountain, sea, nature reserves and top wine estates.
Could change slightly in case of unforeseen circumstances like bad weather.
Day 1: Wednesday 14 February – Arrival
The first class, privately-owned, Winchester Mansions Hotel, will be our home. It is centrally located with ocean and mountain views – it faces onto Sea Point’s promenade. A chauffeur from the hotel will meet you at Cape Town International Airport (30 minutes drive).
At 6h30pm we’ll all meet for welcome drinks and hopefully the sunset over the sea, before going to the stunning Gold Restaurant nearby for an African inspired dinner.
Day 2: Thursday 15 February 2018 – City Centre, ZMOCAA, and Cape Town Art Fair
Today we’ll start with getting to know Cape Town and its history, and finish with seeing Africa’s leading contemporary art.
In the morning, we’ll bicycle around town with an experienced cycle guide, starting at the V&A Waterfront through the City Bowl, Company’s Gardens, and Bo-Kaap. You’ll see striking parts of the city and hear extraordinary stories. Our coffee and cake stop is at Cape Town’s most popular bakery in an area bulldozed in apartheid (District 6).
We bicycle back to the V&A Waterfront for lunch, before a special highlights tour of ZMOCAA. It is a huge heritage former grain silo’s re-imagined by UK designer, Thomas Heatherwick CBE.
For those who prefer to walk, we will organize a walking tour instead of the cycling tour.
We return to our hotel to relax and freshen up for the Art Fair preview and supper nearby at acclaimed ‘on trend’ restaurant, Villa 47.
Day 3: Friday 16 February 2018 – Cape Peninsula
We’ll be driven along the stunning Atlantic seaboard to the small town of Hout Bay. We’ll stop at its township, Imizamo Yetho to see an inspiring art education program for children at risk, Lalela. We’ll travel along Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the “must-do” drives in the world as the views are spectacular.
After a 30-minute drive through small villages and coastal areas, we’ll reach the most southwestern point of Africa. Lunch is at the highly rated 2 Oceans Restaurant in the national park with breathtaking sea views.
We’ll have a short walk from Cape Point to Cape of Good Hope before heading back to town (one hours’ drive).
Late afternoon and supper:
Free time (Kate and Jessy can advise – it is likely there will be Art Fair related events that you may want to attend).
Day 4: Saturday 17 February 2018 – Table Mountain, Woodstock, and Groot Constantia
We start the day with a short cable-car ride to the top of Table Mountain. After savouring the panoramic views, we’ll head to the gritty, creative neighbourhood of Woodstock, 10 minutes away. We’ll have a whistle stop tour of key contemporary art galleries and street art.
Lunch: Superette in Woodstock
In the afternoon, we’ll travel 15 mins to Groot Constantia, home of South Africa’s first vineyards – founded in 1685. With impressive Dutch Cape architecture and house museum, we’ll get a feel of life for the first European settlers. We’ll have a cellar tour with chocolate and wine tasting.
Back in town for the evening, we will enjoy live jazz with supper underneath St George’s cathedral in The Crypt Restaurant.
Day 5: Sunday 18 February 2018 – Gospel Church, Kalk Bay, and Boulders Beach
Our morning will celebrate life with a visit to a community church with a beautiful African gospel choir. We’ll then make our way to the charming small fishing town, Kalk Bay full of small shops and galleries. We’ll visit an artists’ collective studio and have lunch at Harbour House, famous for its fish and position by the breaking waves.
In the afternoon, we’ll travel 10 minutes further along the coast to Simon’s Town to see the endangered African penguin colony at Boulders Beach.
Day 6: Monday 19 February 2018 – Stellenbosch and Winelands
An hour’s drive from our hotel, we’ll go to the small historic town of Stellenbosch. Our first stop is a sculpture garden “oasis”, created by world renowned wildlife sculptor, Dylan Lewis. We’ll then drive through the center of Stellenbosch to the Rupert Museum with its collection of South African modern “greats”.
Our three-course lunch will be just outside Stellenbosch at luxurious Delaire Graff wine estate. Afterward, there is the option for wine-tasting or visiting briefly Tokara wine estate opposite, which also has artworks of interest (and an excellent deli/shop).
Supper (you’ll not need much) – at the hotel or nearby – your choice (Kate and Jessy will make suggestions).
Day 7: Tuesday 20 February 2018 – Free Day and Farewell Dinner
Free time – Robben Island (needs to be booked well in advance), Watershed design and craft market, South African National Gallery, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Kloof St shops, District 6 Museum, Castle of Good Hope, ZMOCAA, galleries, golf, beach day… Jessy and Kate will be happy to advise.
Our last meal together will be at The Stack’s Brasserie, off the hip Kloof Street in town. It is in a classic old Cape house but with an interior striking for its contemporary African design.
Day 8: Wednesday 21 February 2018 – Departure
Our last day – nothing scheduled but let us know if you wish to go on safari and travel elsewhere in Africa (or before the trip begins).
We hope you leave with fond memories of our beloved Cape Town and with a refreshed love and understanding for African contemporary art.
7 nights of accommodation based on double occupancy at the Winchester Mansion Hotel, Bed & Breakfast included
Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
4 dinners in superb restaurants
5 lunches of which 3 in top notch restaurants
All tours and excursions as mentioned above
All entrance fees as mentioned above
Table Mountain Cable Car return ticket
Donations for Lalela & church visit
Transport in an air-conditioned vehicle with Kate and Jessy as your accredited tourist guides and tour managers (some days just one of us however mostly both as we don’t want to miss out on all the fun but at times our families need us)
The tour is priced in South African Rands (ZAR). See below for the current exchange rates (11 September 2017):
Single Supplement: ZAR 9.000
– International flights
– Robben Island ticket
– Travel Insurance
– Other meals
– Personal expenses like laundry, souvenirs and phone calls