Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa Opening Exclusive
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- Platinum ticket to Zeitz MOCAA’s opening
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To celebrate the opening of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa – the first major museum in Africa dedicated to contemporary art – Jacada Travel has put together a special trip with access to its exclusive opening and all the festivities, as well as private tours showcasing Cape Town’s burgeoning art scene.
Visiting some of the city’s best and most interesting galleries and studios with an expert art guide, you’ll get a chance to chat with the curators and artists themselves and experience a behind-the-scenes, in-depth look into the city’s amazing creative scene.
The below was put together to complement the activities surrounding the opening weekend of the Zeitz MOCAA Museum with five nights in the the ‘Mother City’, arriving on 13th September before, a final two nights relaxing among the verdant vineyards of the Winelands. We recommend booking this exclusive trip in advance, as spaces are strictly limited!
Example Trip Itinerary
Meet and greet at Cape Town airport
Private transfer from Cape Town airport to Cape Town hotel
Accommodation in Cape Town
- 28 rooms, including one penthouse suite
- Rooftop restaurant and champagne bar
- Rooftop glass swimming pool
- Spa and fitness centre
With sweeping views of the Atlantic, Table Mountain as a backdrop, and the buzz of a working harbour, the Victoria and Albert Waterfront is one of Cape Town’s prime locations. It is here that you’ll find The Silo. The grain silo was the tallest building in Sub-Saharan Africa when it was built in 1924, and the luxury hotel is located in the former elevator tower. The creative brain behind the project is that of prominent British designer and architect Thomas Heatherwick, whose iconic works include the Cauldron for the London 2012 Olympic Games and London’s new Routemaster bus. The Silo occupies six floors above the Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. A partnership between the V&A Waterfront and Jochen Zeitz, this cultural institution focuses on exhibiting cutting-edge contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora, with the Zeitz Collection forming its founding exhibition. Taking its place on Cape Town’s skyline, the hotel is a beacon of modern design. The industrial aesthetics remain with the addition of pillowed glazing panels which bulge outwards as if gently inflated. At night, this transforms the building into a glowing lantern. Each of the 28 rooms, which include a magnificent penthouse suite, are individually designed and strike the balance between industrial, stylish and comfortable. The creative team have been busy sourcing pieces from Cape Town and across the world, to ensure each room tells its own story without detracting from the natural beauty of the city, which can be seen through the 18-foot windows. Another key feature is the huge grain-shaped atrium carved out of the interior of the grain silos. The art in the hotel is in keeping with the collections in the museum. Appreciate the 360 degree panoramic views from the restaurant, champagne bar and glass swimming pool located on the rooftop while casting your eye across the ocean, city bowl and mountains. There is also a café, piano bar, spa and fitness centre and when you want to go exploring, the Waterfront itself offers a wealth of shops, restaurants and bars.
- Six suites
- Swimming pool
- Sauna and steam room
- Piano lounge
- Access to hiking trails
At the top of Cape Town’s affluent Clifton suburb, with incredible panoramic views around the bay, of Table Mountain’s Twelve Apostles and out to sea, 21 Nettleton is one of the most exclusive addresses in South Africa. The large house has just six suites, accommodating up to 12 people. Beautifully decorated with wonderful artwork and furnishings, suites come with either mountain or ocean views. The larger suites, such as the positively sprawling 250 square metre Presidential Suite, come with views of both. Surrounding the house area wonderful gardens with a swimming pool and access to the abutting nature reserve and its hiking trials up Lion’s Head. There is also easy access down to Clifton’s famous beaches. For those looking to relax and unwind while in the city, the hotel can organise personalised spa treatments on site.
- One suite and seven luxury rooms
- Cafe, bar and boma area
- Swimming pool
- Gym and steam room
- In-room spa treatments
Nestled at the foot of Table Mountain with awesome cityscape and ocean views is the creative and contemporary MannaBay hotel. Splendid style and South African art adorns every spot of this property, from the rooftop Atlas Bar to the gorgeous lounge to the fabulously unique guestrooms. Whether it’s Persian grandeur or Oriental opulence that takes your fancy, pick your favourite room as each boasts its own lavish theme and scenic views. However it is the Versailles Suite that reigns as most sumptuous. Boasting not one, but two four poster beds – one sits out on the private balcony – this suite is designed with Louis XIV in mind. Accommodating a maximum of just sixteen guests, look forward to an exclusive and intimate feel here. The superb service and thoughtful extra touches add to the serene experience with mobile phones with local sim and numbers, African travel literature and in-room spa treatments all provided during your peaceful stay.
- Eleven rooms, two suites and two villas
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Public kitchen
- Large spa
- Private contemporary art gallery and cinema
- South Africa Masters adorning the walls of the communal areas
Ellerman House is a class act throughout. Not to mention a wonderful piece of history that feels very much like your own home but with top class service befitting a five-star hotel. Perched in one of the most spectacular and privileged settings in Cape Town overlooking Bantry Bay, it is the epitome of comfort and class with a relaxed, elegant style. Decoration is colonial, with a nod to the contemporary and recently refurbished to provide thoroughly modern comforts. Where Ellerman House excels above others is the excellent house staff, who in these grand surrounds create such a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Taking a (complimentary) evening cocktail from the lounge and strolling out onto the peaceful gardens overlooking the sea for sunset is the perfect end to a day in Cape Town as one feels both special and relaxing. There are just eleven rooms, two suites and two private contemporary villas. Communal areas include a spacious lounge, large garden area (with outdoor pool) and a huge spa. There is an open kitchen you are invited to visit, a pantry that you can raid as well as the complimentary evening cocktails. A particular feature of the property is its private art collection. This is simply outstanding, one of the best in South Africa with works from African masters inside the main building and then, underneath is a contemporary gallery. For anyone interested in art this will add an extra element to their stay.
One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town is a city that can really take your breath away. The horizon dominated by the iconic table-top mountain rising up in the background, whilst in the foreground are the crisp waters of the cape, the laid-back bustle of the city’s waterfront skirted by sandy beaches and picturesque suburbs. Spend your first day at leisure before your weekend of fun begins.
Spend the day visiting some of our favourite studios around town. You’ll end your day with a trip to Lionel Smit’s gallery, where the artist himself will join you for a chat. A few of the places you’ll visit include the Bronze Age Foundry (an art gallery and foundry that specialises in bronze sculpture casting), The Stevenson Gallery and What if The World Studio.
Visit the Everard Read Gallery, Gallery Momo and Liza Grobler’s art studio in Cape Town, followed by a guided tour of Ellerman House’s collection and a la carte lunch at Ellerman House.
On the evening of Friday 15th, you’ll attend the unveiling of the Zeitz MOCAA Atrium followed by a black tie Founder’s Dinner on the museum roof.
Spend the day getting a first view of the numerous exhibits at Zeitz (the museum will house 80 galleries), including the sculpture garden. You’ll have access to special talks and performances throughout the day.
This evening you’ll attend another fabulous red carpet event, the Zeitz MOCAA Gala.
Spend your last day in Cape Town enjoying the Zeitz at your leisure. The museum will be hosting a farewell “braai” on the museum plaza throughout the day, so come ready to eat. End your time in the city with the absolutely spectacular views towards Robben Island, over Camps Bay and the beach and along the Twelve Apostles in the direction of Hout Bay from Cape Town's most iconic landmark.
Your private guide and vehicle will meet you and privately transfer you to the Winelands.
Accommodation in The Winelands
- Eleven suites and five villas
- In-room massage
- Two separate outdoor pools serving the villas and main residence respectively
One of the most famous hotels in South Africa, La Residence is a truly opulent and stately base from which to explore the wine region. From the moment one enters the grand hall at the entrance, it is obvious that you have entered a very special place. Works of art and antiques from all over the world adorn the lavish interiors. Set close to the pretty town of Franschhoek on a backdrop of rolling hills, the hotel sits in thirty acres of working farm with immaculately manicured gardens, vineyards and orchards. There are eleven suites set in the main building, each very individual from the other and themed around a colour, with an eclectic but cohesive mix of antiques and art lending both character and opulence to each of the rooms. Further down the hill are the newly constructed villas. These have a slightly more contemporary feel, with brighter colours and are also very suitable for families as they range from two to four bedrooms each. The villas also share a separate pool area and a communal open kitchen and dining area, encouraging a more informal mingling of guests in this part of the property.
- Ten lodgings with private infinity plunge pools
- Two restaurants
- Main pool with jacuzzi
- In-house cinema
The most contemporary luxury property in the wine region, Delaire sits on a privileged vantage point, perched on the hillside along the magnificent Helshoogte mountain range between Stellenbosch and Franschhoeck. There are just ten individual lodgings, each very private, decorated in elegant neutral tones and modern art. Each boasts a separate lounge and bedroom as well as a large deck and private infinity pool. At the centre of the property sits the large communal area, with a large pool, Jacuzzi and deck outdoors (from which one can enjoy spectacular views) as well as a peaceful interior decorated with a fantastic modern art collection. There is also an in-house cinema that screens documentaries and two restaurants, where the service is exemplary.
- 20 rooms
- Dining room
- Gym, spa and pool
- Reading room
Surrounded by vineyards and gardens and just minutes from the village of Franschhoek is Leeu Estates, a boutique hotel, winery and wellness spa. Set within 68 hectares between the Dassenberg mountains and Franschhoek River, it offers guests the opportunity to enjoy stunning natural beauty in total luxury. Each room is individually styled and upholstered in natural linens giving a relaxed yet sophisticated feel. The luxury en-suite bathrooms have marble floors with underfloor heating and some feature a freestanding bath tub. You’ll enjoy your beautiful surroundings from the moment you wake up, with windows that look out over the gardens and orchard. Located within the Manor House is The Dining Room, where uncomplicated dishes let the locally produced ingredients shine though. In the warmer months, choose to dine al fresco and enjoy soaking up the sun from the garden terrace. For when you want to simply relax and unwind, The Reading Room is an intimate space with a fireplace, opening onto a veranda with views of the gardens, vineyards and Franschhoek Valley. There is plenty of reading material and enough board games to keep you occupied, but if you do fancy engaging in something more active then make a beeline for the gym, pool and spa.
Enjoy the beautiful countryside of the Winelands. This is one of the most historic areas of South Africa as it’s where many of the original Dutch settlers first made their homes. Pretty towns and villages adorn the countryside, their white washed Dutch colonial buildings contrasting against the lush greens of vineyards, fields and forests.
There are a huge variety of different vineyards to visit here, ranging from small boutique wineries where you may be shown round by the owners themselves to larger, more modern estates. Aside from grapes, all manner of fresh produce is made here, much of which you will find adorning the plates of the excellent restaurants in the area. In fact, this is something of a culinary hotspot, and you’ll have our recommendations for the best spots.
Today you have a full day in the Winelands with one of our expert wine guides. We will communicate your wine preferences before the tour, so that your guide has time to set up any special appointments. That way, you will have the best experience possible. Typically the regions explored are Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl, but this depends on your wine tastes. On a usual tour, the first stop is Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa, with canal-lined avenues, and magnificent examples of Cape Dutch architecture. Next head over the scenic Helshoogte Pass to Franschhoek, founded by French Huguenots over 350 years ago. It's lovely setting and café lined streets will charm you and afford the opportunity to do some shopping too. Optional chocolate, cheese and olive tastings can also be arranged with your guide ahead of time.
Private transfer to Cape Town airport
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