This would be an exceptional artistic journey that you could hardly experience elsewhere. You will stay in some extremely elegant hotels that boost the best art collection in South Africa.

It was Simonides who said, “Painting is silent poetry.” Strolling through the famous Mateya Safari Lodge, guests can marvel at one of the world’s finest collections of African art, embodying the spirit of the continent and reflecting a plethora of cultures and artistic traditions. Exhibiting a range of techniques, from majestic oils to life-size bronze sculptures, each piece in the Mateya collection has been individually selected for its unique and enduring appeal.

The art works in Ellerman House span over two centuries, from the works of the famous Thomas Bowler showcasing Cape Town in the 1800s to contemporary works from artists such as Lionel Smith and William Kentridge. Guests could join a private tour through the Ellerman House art collection starting with the oldest works and ending in the Contemporary Art Gallery, created in 2009. Professional Art Guide could also accompany interested guest for an insider’s tour of Cape Town’s top art galleries. Guest could also choose to further explore art and cultural stories in top art galleries in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, including visits to Grande Provence, La Motte, Delaire Graff Estate and Tokara etc.

Further into the wine region would you start realizing the unlimited art and wine pleasure South Africa does possess. In 2013 a very special painting was returned home to South Africa and Delaire Graff Estate. One of the most iconic pieces of the 20th Century – and the first piece of art to inspire a lifelong passion in Laurence Graff – guests can view Vladimir Tretchikoff’s iconic Chinese Girl. Delaire Graff Estate offers a rare chance for art aficionados to view some of Laurence Graff’s personal art collection in an outstanding setting. Frequently named one of the world’s top art collectors, Laurence Graff’s collection at the Estate is a carefully curated showcase of some of South Africa’s finest contemporary artists.

This journey has so much to see that by the end of the stay, Guest could still enjoy a wide collection of Selected Artists at The Saxon Hotel, including Hilton Edwards Mixed-media on canvas, Marcel Greyling Oil paints, Titia Ballot Etchings and Errol Westoll Photo-images.

Full Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1

Chartered transfer to the art world

Upon arrival at OR Tambo Airport, guests will be assisted onto their private road transfer to The Federal air lounge, followed by charter transfer to Madikwe Private Game Reserve and proceed to Mateya Safari Lodge. The reserve is famous for having a good chance of seeing the Magnificent Seven which comprises the Big Five as well as the rare and endangered wild dog and cheetah.

Destination: South Africa
Accommodation: Mateya Safari Lodge

Dat 2-3

Marvel at the finest

Mateya offers a graceful fusion of relaxed comfort in a beautiful setting. Exhibiting a range of techniques, from majestic oils to life-size bronze sculptures, each piece in the Mateya collection has been individually selected for its unique and enduring appeal.

Destination: South Africa
Accommodation: Mateya Safari Lodge

Day 4

Meet the elegence

Seat on charter and transfer to Ellerman House which is a quintessential urban retreat in Cape Town. Modern cuisine that reflects the best of local and seasonal flavours, excellent wine pairings, generous-hearted hospitality and tailor-made excursions add up to a world-class guest experience that remains authentically South African.

Destination: Cape Town
Accommodation: Ellerman House

Day 5-6

Fine art is the soul

Art tour upon request: guided tour of the top art galleries in Cape Town including visits to the City Centre, V&A Waterfront, Southern Suburbs and Camps Bay; guided tour of the top art galleries in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek including visits to Grande Provence, La Motte, Delaire Graff Estate and Tokara; top art galleries in Cape Town including visits to the City Centre and Woodstock etc.

Destination: Cape Town
Accommodation: Ellerman House

Day 7-8

Art and Wine

Private road transfer from Cape Town to Stellenbosch. Delaire Graff Estate is surrounded by sweeping views across stunning vineyards and mountains towards Stellenbosch, one of the world’s leading wine destinations. On Day guest could explore the art world in the estate, and on Day 8 ull day private vehicle and guide available for guests to explore Franschhoek/Stellenbosch.

Destination: Franschhoek

Day 9-11

Gallery marathon

Check in Saxon Hotel on day 9. After exploring the collection at Saxon Hotel, start a full day private guided tour exploring Johannesburg & Pretoria on Day 10, and the list of galleries could be so long that you don’t know where to start, e.g. Art Africa will dazzle you with its collection of ethnic arts, crafts and artefacts from around Africa. Everard Read Gallery showcases quality work by local and international artists, holding monthly exhibitions of contemporary South African artists. The Godart Gallery promotes contemporary South African art and is located in the trendy suburb of Melville. Day 11 DAY 11 Depart by private transfer from The Saxon Hotel to OR Tambo Airport.

Destination: Johannesburg