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Discover the Emerging Art Scene in South Africa

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Highlights

African art is the next big thing. South Africa is fast becoming a destination with lots to do beyond safari. Cape Town is a cultural hub gaining international prominence in the arts heralded by the September 23rd opening of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), considered to be one of the most significant museums to be built on the African continent in the last 100 years. Johannesburg is a cosmopolitan mecca that has become a vibrant city of theatres, museums, cafés and open-air concerts.

Kick off your first three nights in in Johannesburg at 54 on Bath in Rosebank, as this is a very pleasant stroll to Keyes Art Mile, an area known for its abundant contemporary art. Then venture further afield for a half-day private guiding in Maboneng, one of the hippest urban enclaves that is reminiscent of New York’s Williamsburg neighborhood, where arts and cultural projects are revitalizing areas. Take a tour with “Jozi Inner City Lover” Jo Buitendach and top graffiti artist in downtown Johannesburg. Intersperse art and history at Constitution Hill, a former prison complex converted into a public museum that tells the story of South Africa’s journey to democracy and houses an impressive collection of exclusive paintings and sculptures. Take a half-day jaunt to Nirox Sculpture Park, located within an extensive private nature reserve in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, or Brenthurst Gardens at Brenthurst estate, owned by the Oppenheimer family. Return to the city for sundowners on the rooftop of one of the top art galleries with private lounge and art. Then dine down the street at the best new restaurant on Keyes Art Mile.

Keep the creative juices flowing and take a tour through the Cape Winelands to the very best art galleries in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek including visits to Grande Provence, La Motte, Delaire Graff and Tokara. Start the day with a private tour of the studio and workshop of Dylan Lewis, one of the world’s finest wildlife sculptors, whose work is peppered throughout Cape Town, the Winelands and Johannesburg. Pair good food, good wine and good art at established galleries and museums located inside the wineries and featuring works by some of South Africa’s finest contemporary artists such as Deborah Bell, Dylan Lewis, William Kentridge and Lionel Smit. Stay for two nights at Leeu Estates to meditate and contemplate, and see the landscapes that inspired the art.

Finally, end your trip in style in Cape Town at The Silo Hotel, built in an historic grain silo complex on the V&A Waterfront above the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). Silo guests will have exclusive access to the museum afterhours and private tours can be arranged. You will also have a specialized art guide who will personalize tours tailored to your specific interests including a behind-the-scenes Art in the City Tour to top galleries in Cape Town. Host a screening at The Stack’s reopened Brasserie and Private Members Club with cocktails and dinner to follow; or dine at one of the best restaurants in the Mother City with a prominent Capetonian artist. Don’t forget to leave yourself time to play…on a bike, paddleboard or foot. Must-do activities include horseback riding on the beach, paragliding from Lions Head or abseiling off Table Mountain.

Now is the time to experience the explosion of contemporary African art.

Summary

  • 3 nights - 54 on Bath, Johannesburg
  • 2 nights - Leeu Estates, Franschhoek
  • 2 nights - The Silo Hotel, Cape Town

Price

The price for this trip is starting at $4,500.00 per person in double room accommodations and does not include flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town.

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