Art in the Mother City

Explore the history and evolution of the Mother City and the Cape with a special emphasis on art, culture and heritage. The programme follows a traditional city tour routing, but includes visits to galleries which showcase historical and contemporary works, telling a story about the city over time. There is much to discover in respect of the European influence on the Cape’s architecture as well which is evident as the tour meanders through the streets of Cape Town.

Highlights

Bo-Kaap
Table Mountain
Company Gardens
South African National Gallery & The Cape Gallery

Departure days

Monday – Saturday
08h30

Languages

English

Duration

± 9 hours

Participants

1 – 16 per vehicle

Vehicle

Sedan, Minivan or Minicoach

Guide

English speaking THETA accredited

Includes

Entrance Fees:
SA National Gallery, Castle of Good Hope

Excludes/Optional

Lunch

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Explore the history and evolution of the Mother City and the Cape with a special emphasis on art, culture and heritage. The programme follows a traditional city tour routing, but includes visits to galleries which showcase historical and contemporary works, telling a story about the city over time. There is much to discover in respect of the European influence on the Cape’s architecture as well which is evident as the tour meanders through the streets of Cape Town.

Highlights

Bo-Kaap
Table Mountain
Company Gardens
South African National Gallery & The Cape Gallery

Departure days

Monday – Saturday
08h30

Languages

English

Duration

± 9 hours

Participants

1 – 16 per vehicle

Vehicle

Sedan, Minivan or Minicoach

Guide

English speaking THETA accredited

Includes

Entrance Fees:
SA National Gallery, Castle of Good Hope

Excludes/Optional

Lunch

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Start the day with a drive through Bo-Kaap to discover how the Malay slaves influenced the culture, food and aesthetics of this beautiful city and its people. Visit the Company Gardens and enjoy a walk through this inner city oasis to the South African National Gallery. Regular exhibitions enable the museum to have a full programme of temporary exhibitions of paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, beadwork, textiles and architecture that provide insight into the extraordinary range of aesthetic production in this country, the African continent and further afield. On the Wale Street end of the garden an architectural structure commissioned by Design Indaba that commemorates the work and life of one of South Africa’s most celebrated figures, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Arch for Arch was installed beside historic St. George's Cathedral. Continue to the Cape Gallery which is set in the heart of the old city off the Church Street walking mall flanked by colourful Georgian and Dutch facades. Here you will find some of the oldest and prestigious galleries, antique shops and auction houses in Cape Town. Central to the tradition of South African painting is the abiding love of the land. Early Cape painters were 'reporters' who described the topography, flora and fauna of this fascinating land, a conservative approach which is still favoured by the gallery's clients today. Recently the emergence of the vibrant street art has added an essentially African character to the work on display. Visit the Castle of Good Hope which is home to the William Fehr Collection of historical paintings and period furniture which have a special relevance to the Cape. A lunch stop will be made at Truth Coffee Roasting Co. which a ‘steampunk inspired’ artisan coffee shop serving all hand-roasted coffees in a vintage cast-iron drum. The last Gallery stop for the day will be at Goodman Gallery in Woodstock before exploring the Art in Public Places at the V&A Waterfront. Return to your hotel in the early evening.

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