ndebele woman

Ndebele woman in traditional clothing

zulu wire basket

Discover the arts, crafts, people, wild game parks and scenic beauty of South Africa. Observe traditional crafts like basket weaving, pottery, woodcarving and beading which have been handed down through families for generations. Visit incredible World Heritage Sites with specialist guides. Tour fascinating museums and galleries and take exclusive tours of private homes. Meet contemporary artists in their studios. Travel in townships and villages to meet the local people.

In addition to the wonderful arts and crafts, learn about various cultures in South Africa as we stay in rural, tribal and urban areas. Also gain an understanding of the history and political developments that have shaped this country from the San-Bushman to the early colonial settlers and the miracle of the present Mandela / Mbeki era, making South Africa one of the newest democracies in the world.

Experience the magnificent coastline of both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, spectacular scenery and diverse architecture from tranquil game park bushveld, rolling hills and thatched rondavels, to rugged mountain peaks, colorful township homes, colonial buildings and homesteads in wonderful gardens.

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(B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)

zulu woman making bead jewelry

Bead artist making jewelry

Day 1 | Sunday, August 2, 2009 (L, D) Johannesburg, Gauteng

Day 2 | Monday, August 3, 2009 (B, L) Johannesburg, Gauteng

mapula embroidery project

Mapula embroidery project artist

Day 3 | Tuesday, August 4, 2009 (B, L, D) Northwest & Mpumalanga Provinces

Day 4 | Wednesday, August 5, 2009 (B, L) Johannesburg, Gauteng

Day 5 | Thursday, August 6, 2009 (B, L, D) uKhahlamba-Drakensburg Park, Kwa-Zulu Natal

didima kwa zulu natal drakensburg

Spectacular Didima in the uKhahlamba-Drakensburg Park, Kwa-Zulu Natal

Day 6 | Friday, August 7, 2009 (B, L, D) uKhahlamba-Drakensburg Park, Kwa-Zulu Natal

Day 7 | Saturday, August 8, 2009 (B, L, D) uKhahlamba-Drakensburg Park, Kwa-Zulu Natal

ardmore ceramic art

Artist working at Ardmore Ceramic Studio

Day 8 | Sunday, August 9, 2009 (B, L) Midlands, Durban

Day 9 | Monday, August 10, 2009 (B, L) Durban

Day 10 | Tuesday, August 11, 2009 (B, L, D) Zululand

Day 11 | Wednesday, August 12, 2009 (B, L, D) Zululand

game drive
white rhinos

Preparing for a morning game drive and white rhinos viewed during a game drive

Day 12 | Thursday, August 13, 2009 (B, L, D) Zululand

Day 13 | Friday, August 14, 2009 (B, L, D) iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Day 14 | Saturday, August 15, 2009 (B, L, D) Zululand

zulu women with beer pots

Zulu women in traditional clothing

Day 15 | Sunday, August 16, 2009 (B, L) Durban

Day 16 | Monday, August 17, 2009 (B, L) Stellenbosch, Western Cape

stellenbosch church

Stellenbosch church

Day 17 | Tuesday, August 18, 2009 (B, L) Stellenbosch, Franschhoek

Day 18 | Wednesday, August 19, 2009 (B, L, D) Cape Town

Day 19 | Thursday, August 20, 2009 (B, L, D) Cape Town

bo-kaap area of cape town

Colorful Bo-Kaap area of Cape Town

Day 20 | Friday, August 21, 2009 (B, D) Cape Town

Day 21 | Saturday, August 22, 2009 (B) Cape Town

• Note: This itinerary has been prepared months ahead of the actual trip. There may be some very slight changes to take advantage of new opportunities.

• South Africa's infrastructure is excellent. Roads are in good condition and hotels are world class. The water is safe to drink and the food is superb! The exchange rate is favorable for U.S. dollars. ATM machines are widely available.


Nancy Crow
Nancy is an artist who has been creating contemporary quilts for over 28 years and maintains a large studio on her farm east of Columbus, Ohio. Her work has appeared on the covers of two of Maya Angelou’s books and is in the collections of the Museum of Arts & Design, Smithsonian American Art Museum and The Museum of American Folk Art. She teaches worldwide and offers in-depth workshops on her farm in a recently renovated 1884 timber frame barn. Nancy was named a Fellow of the American Craft Council.

Odette Tolksdorf
Odette has a long abiding passion for arts and crafts and the people who create them and is enthusiastic about promoting the vibrant work being made in South Africa today. Her childhood was spent in Australia and she has lived in Namibia and in four of South Africa's provinces. Odette now lives in Durban and has travelled widely in South Africa and organized tours focusing on arts, crafts and culture. She is a graduate in graphic design and has been making art quilts and teaching for over 20 years, which has taken her to many parts of southern Africa and other parts of the world including six visits to the USA.

Jurgen Tolksdorf
Jurgen is a keen bird-watcher, photographer, woodworker, nature-lover and philosopher. He grew up in Germany and Namibia and has travelled in many parts of southern Africa learning about the landscape, animals, plants and people of each place he visits. Jurgen came to Durban in 1982 to lecture in Optometry at the University of Durban-Westville. He taught there for 9 years before returning to private practice which he continues today on a part-time basis.

Nathaniel Stitzlein
Nathaniel is an artist who works with Nancy Crow on coordinating art trips to France, Mexico, South Africa, and Guatemala. They also work together to produce art workshops at the Crow Timber Frame Barn. Prior to organizing tours and classes, he was an admissions counselor for The Ohio State University. In addition, he studied ceramics in South Africa for a year and is a free-lance graphic designer.
Nathaniel's web site: www.artgrange.com

Fees Tour is full!

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• TRAVEL FEE: $6390 (twin) U.S. Funds Only
• Note: Additional $1270 for single supplement
• The travel fee does not include airfare, etc. | please view below
• Sorry, credit cards are not accepted
• Prices are subject to change due to unpredictable dollar/rand exchange rates, however every effort will be made to keep to the published prices.

This travel fee includes:
• All accommodations
• All meals as indicated
• All tips for meals, baggage, and bellmen
• Land transportation in air-conditioned coaches
• Game viewing activities
• Admission fees
• Professional tour guide plus specialist site guides

This travel fee does NOT include:
• Roundtrip airfare to South Africa
• Airfare in South Africa
• Departure tax and travel insurance
• Meals not included on the itinerary
• Tip for bus driver
• Personal expenses


Deadline for reservation and deposit of $1400 (per person): As soon as possible!
• Deposit must be made by check.
• $400 is non-refundable unless trip is cancelled.
• $1000 is refundable up to February 1, 2009.
• None of the deposit is refundable after February 1, 2009, unless trip is cancelled.

Deadline for remaining payment of $4990:
February 1, 2009 (add $100 if paid after due date)
(add $1270 for single supplement)
• Final payment is non-refundable, unless trip is cancelled.

All payments must be in US FUNDS ONLY! No credit cards

Questions? Please click here to send an e-mail

Please complete the form below & mail with your deposit.

Flight Information

All participants are responsible for making their own flight travel plans. We are not arranging for a group flight since people are coming from all over the United States/Canada/other countries and many use frequent flyer miles. We can assist you in coordinating your flights but information is not yet available. As we get closer to the dates of the trip, we will have more information about available flights. Participants should take the least expensive and easiest flights.

Please wait to make flight arrangements until the trip is confirmed.

Travel insurance is recommended.

No special visas are required, but a valid passport is necessary.

south africa arts and crafts tour, august 2009

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