Art & Culture

South Africa may be known for its incredible wildlife and scenery, but the country is also home to a thriving arts and culture scene. From the ancient rock art of the San Bushmen to the conceptual pieces of the apartheid era, the arts have always had a major presence in South African culture. 

Africa’s oldest known collection of art originated in the Drakensberg mountains over 4,000 years ago, where the native San Bushmen created the largest and most concentrated group of rock paintings in sub-Saharan Africa until they were driven out by colonialists in the 19th century. The country’s art scene continued to evolve, with the apartheid years of 1948-1994 seeing a diverse art scene emerging, which ranged from landscape paintings to abstract art. There were European and American influences, but also a fiercely local sense of what it meant to be a South African artist during this troubled period. 

Today the art scene is thriving in South Africa, with a whole host of must-see museums and galleries throughout the country, such as the extraordinary Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town, the spectacular Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden in Stellenbosch, and the Norval Foundation Art Museum on the Steenberg Estate. Every February also sees the Investec Cape Town Art Fair, which brings the very best of contemporary art from around the world to the city. 

With so much of this growing scene to be covered, we've made sure that we're in contact with some of the best art experts in the country so that we can curate the best and most informative art and culture experience for you, allowing you to fully explore a truly fascinating side of the country. 

For more information, why not speak to one of our experts on +44 (0) 20 7843 3500 or email info@africatravel.co.uk

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