Basket maker in KwaZulu-Natal

Basket maker in KwaZulu-Natal

his journey through the northern and eastern areas of South Africa will offer a remarkable selection of arts and creativity, wild game parks, stunning scenery, multi-cultural diversity, fine cuisine and great shopping. Meet the local people in tribal villages, vibrant townships such as Soweto and cities (Johannesburg and Durban). We’ll be travelling in the provinces of Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

Experience the African wilderness in the iconic Kruger National Park with its abundant wildlife, birds and plants. Savor the thrill of viewing The Big Five in open safari vehicles with skilled rangers. Visit the impressive UNESCO World Heritage sites of Mapungubwe, iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the Cradle of Humankind. Many of the places we visit will have specialist site guides who offer us enriching educational experiences. A registered South African tour guide also accompanies us for the whole tour.

In the rural areas we travel off the beaten track to experience the customs of amongst others, the Venda, Zulu, Ndebele and Tsonga tribes. Observe traditional crafts like basket weaving, pottery, wall-painting and beading that have been handed down through families for generations. Meet the woodcarvers of Limpopo and the Mapula and Kaross embroidery groups who have received wide praise and honours for their work. Wander around open markets and enjoy the music, the people, African fabrics and much more.

Meet artists in their studios and visit self-help projects creating innovative textiles, jewelry and other amazing articles which often combine traditional skills with contemporary style. Tour fascinating galleries and museums such as the Phansi Museum.

Fantastic baobab trees, tranquil bushveld, savannah grassland, the Indian Ocean coastline and scenic forest valleys provide some of the spectacular natural beauty on our journey. We’ll encounter diverse architectural styles such as colonial homesteads in beautiful cultivated gardens, thatched rondavels and colorful township homes. We will be staying in both the countryside and urban areas in carefully chosen hotels and lodges that often have a special quality.

Learn about the history and political developments that have shaped South Africa from the San-Bushman to the early colonial settlers and the miracle of the Nelson Mandela era and the transition to democracy.

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South africa arts and crafts tour, April 2012

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