Perched between the ocean and the mountain, with a national park as its heart, there is nowhere like Cape Town. Cape Town, the “Mother City”, is the oldest city in South Africa. Large numbers of tourists flock to Cape Town to enjoy this unique city with its fascinating history, interesting culture, natural beauty, award winning wines and laid back lifestyle. The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, one of the city’s main tourist attractions, offers the visitor a unique shopping and holiday experience on a scenic working harbor. A visit to Cape Town is synonymous with a visit to the peninsula south of the city, and for good reason. With pristine white-sand beaches, hundreds of mountain trails, and numerous activities from surfing to paragliding to mountain biking, the accessibility, variety, and pure beauty of the great outdoors will keep nature lovers and outdoor adventurers occupied for hours, if not days.
The Table Bay Hotel is set on Cape Town’s historic V&A waterfront this elegant hotel features rooms with views of either the ocean or Table Mountain. Hotel facilities also include an outdoor pool, an exercise room and a day spa. Cosmopolitan, gracious and relaxed, The Table Bay Hotel is the sum of all that is good about Cape Town.
Upon your arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will be meet your Guide and proceed to the Table Bay Hotel. Check in and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
Thurs April 23
Artists and Influencers Dinner
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Meg Bartos
The idea of “breaking bread” – of a cultural exchange or salon of idea sharing and learning occurring over a special meal – is as old as time itself. Bringing together an opportunity for our guests to share a spectacular, multi-course theater meal experience at the renowned Greenhouse Restaurant in Constantia with a number of local artists, thinkers, and cultural influencers, this evening will provide a special opportunity for cultural exchange with some of the most significant creative voices in South Africa. Starting with a sun-downer on the veranda to introduce each of our esteemed local guests and their work, and moving through the famed Greenhouse tasting menu experience lavish enough to provide time for guests to move about and interact personally with all of the invited local creatives, guests will have an opportunity to learn more about the significance of Jazz and Freedom Day from the local perspective, learn about significant cultural movements and understand how local creators see themselves and the impact of South African and African voices on the world stage.
Fri April 24
Curating with Kanju
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
After breakfast, the group will embark on an Art Gallery Tour and lunch with Meg. She will bring the group on a journey to tour shops that normally cater exclusively to local designers and special registered exporters like kanju, as well as to studios and behind the scenes wholesale suppliers throughout the Woodstock neighborhood, with a stop for lunch at the famed Biscuit Mill. This day full of discovery and “treasure hunting” kanju will share what it is like shopping and curating for a major gallery, provide a view of how some of kanju’s most iconic furniture designers and artists create their internationally awarded pieces, and even provide guests the opportunity to shop these normally off-limit, export buyer only, locations on their own through kanju (who will also take care of the internationally shipping as part of the experience and purchase of pieces).
Sat April 25
Wine Country Tour
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
The morning will be at your leisure. In the afternoon the group will embark on a wine country tour, where you will visit a couple of wineries including a wine tasting and dinner with the Seven Sisters, indigenous wine producers of the Western Cape.
Sun April 26
Table Mountain and Zeitz Museum
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner at the Zeitz Museum
Enjoy the day at your leisure or take a guided visit of Table Mountain, which has been designated as one of the 7 New Wonders of the Nature.
In the early evening you will visit the Zeitz MOCCA for a museum tour, cocktails and dinner. The first major museum in Africa dedicated to contemporary art, The Zeitz Museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, research, and exhibit cutting edge contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora, while developing and supporting educational and enrichment programs for all, encouraging intercultural understanding and guaranteeing access for all. Later that evening enjoy International Jazz Day activities.
Mon April 27
Freedom Day Activities
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
In the evening guests will enjoy dinner and a private drumming session with a Master Drummer at the Gold Restaurant. You will be taught the different sounds and rhythms of the South Africa Djembre drum. The lesson concludes with a hand washing ceremony, dinner of a variety of different African dishes and live entertainment.
Tuesday April 28
Morning Cape Peninsula Tour and Evening Jazz
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Enjoy the morning at your leisure or take a guided half day Cape Peninsula tour of the Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Beach. Enjoy jazz in the evening at one of many venues throughout the city.
Wednesday April 29
Volunteer Project with the Spin Foundation/International Jazz Day Foundation
Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
According to Brenda Sisane Executive Director of the Spin Foundation – Producers of International Jazz Day South Africa, ” The International Jazz Day South Africa theme of Roots and Routes was developed to create a new movement, that of retracing the path to true emancipation as people of the Africa Diaspora. The Roots relate to our African ancestry and the Routes speak to the routes of slavery ships that took Africans and their cultures to other parts of the Americas. Through jazz, we can timelessly find our common birthright and use it to open new doors of opportunity, collaboration and spiritual healing. This ethos means we recognize what we can learn from one another across the Atlantic ocean.”
Thursday April 30 – International Jazz Day
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
As the 2020 Global Host City of International Jazz Day, Cape Town will showcase its unique jazz history and a variety of heritage music vignettes. Event organizers emphasize that “Jazz in Cape Town is more than music – it is a deeper story of slavery and the struggle against apartheid.” This year’s theme, “Tracing the Roots and Routes of African Jazz,” includes discovering, through jazz music, African identity and the creative potential of Africa to inspire global music making. There will be jazz in both public and private spaces and you will be in the midst of it all. In the evening enjoy dinner and live music at the Crypt Jazz Restaurant
Friday May 1
Meals: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner at Pigalle
Welcome to Pigalle – one of Cape Town’s best kept secrets. Perfect for when you want to ‘show off’ Cape Town to your guests or clients. Named after the area in Paris renowned for its exuberant surroundings and ladies of easy virtue, Pigalle restaurant masterfully captures the same sense of joie de vivre. This is a glamorous restaurant, it is not just its opulent interior that makes Pigalle popular – it’s the rush that diners get from stepping into a completely exciting restaurant.
Pigalle is profoundly elegant. Wanting to offer Capetonians something truly different, owner, Victor Gonçalves, converted an old ice rink into a restaurant with über atmosphere – a rich luxurious venue that would stand above all others in a city famous for great restaurants. He has done just that. Pigalle is sensual, lavish and maximalist.
Saturday May 2
Meals Include: Breakfast
Depart for your flight home or extend your trip with a Big 5 Safari, Victoria Falls excursion or trip to Tanzania
Antonia Williams-Gary is a renaissance woman. Her love for life has led her into a new-found passion. She is prepared to embark on leading groups on curated travel itineraries, where she will bring her well-developed practice of excellence, refinement, and maturity.
Ms. Williams-Gary has retired from a career in executive leadership, primarily of not-for-profit organizations and community college administration. Antonia has enjoyed appointments to the Boards of Directors to several civic and community associations, including the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Junior League of Miami, The Links, Inc., Greater Miami Chapter, to name a few.
Antonia is an entrepreneur. She has been the co-owner of several enterprises, as well as her own consulting company, Savings and Grace Enterprises (SAGE). She has received various awards and citations for her work, including National Minority Business Advocate of the Year, U.S. Department of Commerce (1992). Proudly, she is the first student inducted into her inaugural High School Hall of Fame in recognition of her life accomplishments that brought honor to her Alma Mater (2004).
Ms. Williams-Gary is a published author. She issued RECLAIMED, a memoir (2018); writes an opinion column for a South Florida weekly (2009-present); collects fine art, practices yoga, follows live jazz music, and loves her seven grandchildren. For more information visit www.antoniawilliamsgary.com to email: email@example.com
She is the Founder of Kanju Interiors, the first luxury interiors and design brand in the United States that exclusively carries collections that are designed, created and curated from across the African continent.
Founded in 2016, kanju partners with contemporary, internationally lauded African design houses and creators to offer their work internationally and curates a wide, dynamic range of high end, one of a kind artisanal furniture and décor pieces. Steeped in the inherent beauty derived from unique local materials, innovative applications of long-form handcraft, and preserved artistic traditions that speak to Africa’s modern cultural and artistic identities, kanju’s collections range from lighting, furniture, pillows and textiles, rugs and statement sculptural elements and accessories, and represents several contemporary African fine artists.
Ms. Bartos has worked across the African continent for over a decade, being continually inspired by the innovation of African design, the creative soul of the African spirit, the deep African connection with nature and mastery of working with natural materials, and the incredible objects, art and functional forms that embody these splendid values. With the birth and growth of kanju, Ms. Bartos has found a new avenue to share these values, experiences, and beauty with a broader and broader audience in the United States. In April 2020, that kanju spirit of connection will culminate in sharing a piece of that African creative journey personally with you, including meeting several of the creators that inspire her, inspired kanju, and through kanju, inspire clients across the nation.
Shado is the Chairperson of the Cape Craft Design Industries and the Panel of Experts for the Gugulethu Street Naming process. She also sits on the judging panel for The Mbokodo Awards Youth Radio Awards, South Africa’s Got Talent and has also been a Judge on the CBS Talent Show The World Stage hosted by James Corden.
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