___ Mapula embroidery

Mapula embroidery project artists

his three week journey through the northern and eastern areas of South Africa offers 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.

Reviews from previous tour:

A life changing & just outstanding trip!!! Thank you!

I liked meeting the people and getting into the villages and "out of the way" places.
So many great moments!

This trip was a dream come true. I didn't know anyone and found all to be so friendly and warm. I enjoyed every minute!

Experience the African wilderness in a private game reserve that is part of the greater 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 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 entire tour in a luxury coach.

In the rural areas we travel off the beaten track to experience the customs of amongst others, the Venda, Zulu and Tsonga tribes. Observe traditional crafts like basket weaving, pottery 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, some privately owned, with remarkable collections.

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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Ardmore ceramic studio

Ardmore ceramic studios in KwaZulu-Natal

Note: the itinerary below is a brief overview of the tour. A detailed itinerary along with accommodation information is mailed once registration & deposit are received.

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

Day 1 | Sunday, August 4, 2013 (D) Johannesburg, Gauteng

Day 2 | Monday, August 5, 2013 (B, L, D) Johannesburg, Gauteng

Day 3 | Tuesday, August 6, 2013 (B, L) Johannesburg, Gauteng

Day 4 | Wednesday, August 7, 2013 (B, L, D) Johannesburg, Irene, Gauteng

Day 5 | Thursday, August 8, 2013 (B, L, D) Winterveld, Irene, Gauteng

rondavel & wood carver

Rondavel in stunning South African landscape & wood carver using traditional techniques

Limpopo arts and crafts
Limpopo Province is known for its arts, crafts and design with acclaimed artists and craftspeople, traditional storytellers, dancers and singers to be found in many traditional Shangaan / Tsonga and Venda villages. In the next two days we’ll visit some of these people in their studios and workshops as time and weather permits.

Day 6 | Friday, August 9, 2013 (B, L, D) Soutpansberg, Limpopo Public holiday

Day 7 | Saturday, August 10, 2013 (B, L, D) Makhado, Elim, Giyani, Limpopo

private game reserve

Open safari vehicle drive at private game reserve


Kruger Park
We’ll be spending 3 days in a private game reserve that is part of the Greater Kruger Park. It offers an outstanding wilderness experience with a great diversity of fauna and flora. Enjoy the thrill of game drives in open safari vehicles with skilled rangers, viewing The Big Five (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, buffalo) and many other animals including giraffe and zebra. A night drive gives an opportunity to spot nocturnal animals and a bush walk is a wonderful way to experience the animals and vegetation from another point of view. There will be abundant photo opportunities and also time to relax, take leisurely walks in the camp and enjoy the many trees, plants and birds with a well-informed guide.

Day 8 | Sunday, August 11, 2013 (B, L, D)
Day 9 | Monday, August 12, 2013 (B, L, D)
Day 10 |
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 (B, L, D)

Day 11 | Wednesday, August 14, 2013 (B, L, D) Magoebaskloof, Limpopo

Day 12 | Thursday, August 15, 2013 (B, L, D) Letsitele, Limpopo

Day 13 | Friday, August 16, 2013 (B, L) Panorama Route, White River, Mpumalanga

Day 14 | Saturday, August 17, 2013 (B, L) White River, Mpumalanga

zulu baskets

Zulu baskets

Day 15 | Sunday, August 18, 2013 (B, L, D) Mkuze, KwaZulu-Natal

Day 16 | Monday, August 19, 2013 (B, L, D) Hlabisa, Mtubatuba, KwaZulu-Natal

Textile artist

Textile artist

Day 17 | Tuesday, August 20, 2013 (B, L, D) Rorke's Drift, KwaZulu-Natal

Day 18 | Wednesday, August 21, 2013 (B, L, D) Rorke's Drift, KwaZulu-Natal

Day 19 | Thursday, August 22, 2013 (B, L, D) Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

Day 20 | Friday, August 23, 2013 (B, L) Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

Day 21 | Saturday, August 24, 2013 (B, L, D) Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

Day 22 | Sunday, August 25, 2013

• Note: This itinerary is carefully prepared many months ahead of the actual trip. There may be some slight changes in the itinerary to take advantage of new opportunities.
Several of the hotels/lodges we stay at have a wellness center/spa where treatments are available by appointment.

• 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 29 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 1850s 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 several visits to the USA. Odette's web site

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, Peru, Bolivia 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

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• TRAVEL FEE: $7,285 (twin) U.S. Funds Only
• Note: Additional $1,600 for single supplement
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• Prices are subject to change due to unpredictable dollar/rand exchange rates, however every effort will be made to keep to the published prices.


Deadline for reservation and deposit of $1500 (per person): As soon as possible!
• Deposit must be made by check.
• Deposit is non-refundable unless trip is cancelled by the tour coordinators.

Deadline for remaining payment of $5785:
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(add $1,600 for single supplement)
• Final payment is non-refundable unless trip is cancelled by the tour coordinators.

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south africa craft tour travel information

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South africa arts and crafts tour, August 2013

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