Blessed with incredible public galleries, private collections and vibrant street art, South Africa is an art lovers dream. You'll get to experience these things and more all whilst staying at some truly extraordinary luxury properties on our specially designed tour.
Depart London on your direct overnight British Airways flight to Johannesburg.
On arrival transfer to stay for two nights on bed & breakfast basis at the Maslow Hotel.
Situated in the heart of Sandton within safe walking distance to a number of bars and restaurants, The Maslow offers some of the best hotel facilities in the city. The luxury rooms are complemented by a techno gym, large outdoor swimming pool and an Africology Spa, and there is also a chic bar, which becomes a hot alfresco meeting spot during the summer months, and two restaurants.
After lunch travel with a specialist art guide to view some of the city’s finest galleries – from the treasure trove of The Art Strip, and the Picassos and Monets of the Johannesburg Art Gallery, to the modern South African artists on show at the Goodman Gallery and the contemporary art found at Gallery MOMO.
Today enjoy a walking art tour of the city, exploring some of the resistance art and public artworks on show. The multicultural, urban regeneration precinct of Maboneng, the metal trees of Braamfontein, and the enormous Banner of Hope steel sculpture in Newtown will all be highlights. The Wits Art Museum, home to a priceless collection of South African contemporary and historical art is also visited before a stop is made to the Saxon Hotel to view some of the property’s extraordinary pieces of art.
An early start for the visit to the Cradle of Humankind, where the Nirox Sculpture Park is located.
Spend time exploring the 15-hectare parkland which is filled with arresting sculptural objects in a purpose-designed space, before travelling onward to Pretoria to see the Pretoria Art Museum’s permanent collections, which range from South African old masters to international graphic art, and to the University of South Africa (UNISA) Gallery.
Depart late-afternoon on direct flight to Cape Town and on arrival transfer to Franschhoek to stay for three nights on bed & breakfast basis at Leeu Estates.
Set between the Dassenberg Mountain and Franschhoek River, the restored 19th-century Manor House is the heart of Leeu’s working wine farm, where the living room, dining room, library, wine cellar and veranda are made extraordinary by a diverse mix of antiques, custom-made modern furnishings, contemporary art, and objects hand-picked from the owner’s personal collection. Outside, life-sized bronzes sit amid the pristine lawns and rows of vines. The individually styled rooms are filled with the very highest quality features and the property also offers a wellness sanctuary, heated infinity swimming pool and a gym.
Today explore the galleries of Franschhoek & Paarl with a specialist art guide.
The African Art Gallery is first stop, followed by the studio and gallery of the distinguished South African potter, David Walters. A guided walk around the Delaire Graff wine estate, home to an ever-growing private art collection is followed by lunch in the estate’s restaurant. The afternoon is spent in Paarl at the Hess Art Collection at Glen Carlou, where Donald M. Hess, the renowned New World wine producer and art collector, has established a magnificent exhibition space.
Stellenbosch is the focus today, with the company of a specialized art guide to view some of the town’s artistic gems. The Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden is home to one of South Africa's most famous living artists and one of the foremost figures in contemporary animal sculpture. Spend time at his foundry and take a stroll around the indigenous garden filled with acclaimed sculptures.
Visit the Rupert Museum of Art, which houses the unique private art collection of Anton and Huberte Rupert, and then the SASOL Art Museum, which houses a collection of historical works by Cape artists.
Lunch and wine-tasting will be enjoyed at the Eaglevlei Wine Estate and Art Foundation, where the gallery houses works by famous artists including Steve Kaufman, and The Arts Foundation is an art school for township children. The afternoon will be spent exploring the many delights of historic Stellenbosch, South Africa’s oldest university town.
The morning is spent in vibrant Khayelitsha where Cape Town's vibrant township art scene adds yet another dimension to the city's artistic landscape. Visit a selection of art related, township based, empowerment projects which will include dance, music, theatre, mosaics & art.
After a traditional lunch transfer to Cape Town to stay for three nights on bed & breakfast basis at The SILO.
Occupying the upper six floors of the historic grain silo which towers above Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, The Silo sits above the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). Designed by Thomas Heatherwick, the hotel has 28 rooms, each more spacious vertically than horizontally due to the unique architecture, and filled with colourful and eclectic pieces which juxtapose the modern industrial architecture. There is a spa, glamorous rooftop bar, gymnasium and glass swimming pool, and at night the whole building transforms into a glowing beacon in the harbour.
This afternoon enjoy a short city tour, talking in sights such as the Castle of Good Hope, where the William Fehr collection is found, Company Gardens & St George’s Cathedral before taking a trip up the city’s most iconic feature - Table Mountain.
The art & galleries of Cape Town will be explored today in the company of a specialist art guide. First stop will be the rejuvenated Woodstock district which has the highest concentration of design studios and art galleries in the country. The contemporary Stevenson Gallery & Goodman Gallery will both be visited, along with the innovative WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery, a destination point for curators and collectors to experience work, and the Smac Gallery, always home to a series of thought-provoking exhibitions.
Central Cape Town is next with the Michaelis Art Collection, Everard Read Gallery, Salon 91 and the SA National Art Gallery all major highlights.
This evening an after-hours visit will be made to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, the
first major museum in Africa dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora, and a real rival to the likes of the Tate Modern, MoMA in New York and Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid.
After breakfast travel on a full day trip down the Cape Peninsula. Over 30 miles in length, it juts out from the city of Cape Town and offers a beguiling mix of dramatic coastal drives, deserted beaches and quaint seaside villages before it ends at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve - one of the most spectacularly beautiful combinations of sea and mountain scenery in the world.
The journey will also include a drive along the extraordinarily photogenic Chapmans Peak Drive, a visit to view the unique African penguin colony at Boulders Beach, a trip on the Flying Dutchman funicular railway, and the chance to explore quirky Kalk Bay. Amongst the gallery highlights will be the Kalk Bay Gallery & Kalk Bay Modern, and Red Room & the Sembach Gallery in Hout Bay, which is housed in one of the oldest restored cottages in the Cape.
This evening enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent private art collection which adorns the walls of the boutique Ellerman House and includes works by Thomas Bowler, Maggie Loubser, Irma Stern and William Kentridge amongst others.
A final day at leisure, or perhaps to squeeze in a few more galleries - Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery, the Montebello Design Centre, or the Irma Stern Museum? – before the transfer to Cape Town airport to depart on direct overnight British Airways flight to London.
Early morning arrival into London Heathrow
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