South African Quilts & the Western Cape

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22 Jun 2017 - 6 Jul 2017
Duration: 14 nights
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With: Karin Hellaby

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Join us on this textile adventure to the Western Cape and the 2017 South African National Quilt Festival. In the company of Karin Hellaby discover the vibrant colours and scenic treasures of the Rainbow Nation. We’ll visit community projects where quilting is making a positive impact and exchange ideas with local quilting guilds. The glorious colours of traditional Africa will tempt us too as we browse in specialist shops and markets. This wonderful tour ends in Port Elizabeth with two exciting days at the South African National Quilt Festival.

SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL

These are just a small selection of the stunning quilts which have been on display at the Festival in recent years, you can find lots more on the South African Quilter's Guild's website >>.

The biennial quilt festivals are the meeting places for friends and likeminded souls and the aim of the dedicated festival committee is to host a festival for quilters by quilters. The festival week will be filled with exciting workshops, lectures, competitions and endless shopping opportunities. More information will be added to the festival website over the coming months. The festival motto is “Siyadala-We Create” and the special guest teachers for 2017 are the tent makers from Cairo.

CRAFTS

In addition to all the highlights of the festival we’ll enjoy an exhibition of world class quilts made by quilters from all over South Africa and learn interesting techniques at a demonstration and mini-workshop with a qualified South African tutor. We’ll also learn how the quilting guilds support local communities and a visit to Mnandi, a store specialising in vibrant African textiles is also included. We’ll step back to another era at the Drostdy Museum in Swellendam and explore the fashion frenzy of ostrich feathers in Oudstshoorn. Time permitting there will also be opportunities to exchange ideas with Quilting Guilds along the Garden Route.

Also included are two workshops led by Karin, giving you the opportunity to get creative after being inspired by the many wonderful sights you have seen.

CAPE TOWN

Cape Town enjoys an incomparable setting between the sparkling Atlantic Ocean and the majestic backdrop of Table Mountain. We’ll ascend Table Mountain by cable car for breath taking views and visit Robben Island, now a museum where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years in prison. We’ll discover the splendours of the Cape Peninsula and enjoy the beauty of the spectacular Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens too.

STELLENBOSCH AND THE WINELANDS

Our journey will take us to vineyard-clad valleys, right in the heart of the Western Cape Winelands. We’ll visit a wine estate and discover more about the wine-making process, from grape to glass. A wine tasting is of course included too. One of the oldest towns in South Africa, the streets of Stellenbosch are lined with some of the finest surviving examples of Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture in the Cape. The historic centre is a lovely spot with its secluded lanes, cosmopolitan restaurants and cafés. The views to the mountains, vineyards and orchards are quite simply superb.

OUDTSHOORN

Oudtshoorn is home to the world’s largest population of the unique, flightless ostrich and is considered as the ‘ostrich capital of the world’. The town enjoyed a boom during the 19th and early 20th century when ostrich feathers were all the rage. You’ll learn more about these fascinating creatures during a visit to an ostrich farm. A visit to the spectacular limestone Cango Caves is also included.

KNYSNA AND THE GARDEN ROUTE

Located at the heart of the Garden Route, Knysna enjoys a magnificent setting between the lagoon and mountainous forests. The town offers an array of shops and boutiques and a lively waterfront. Knysna is also famous for delicious oysters and fresh seafood. You’ll enjoy a cruise on the lagoon, the perfect way to spend the morning. Your Garden Route journey will also take you to the dramatic splendour of Storms River Mouth, located in Tsitsikamma National Park. The scenery here is quite magnificent.

PORT ELIZABETH

Port Elizabeth is the location for the 2017 South African National Quilt Festival. Known affectionately as ‘PE’ this bustling sea port, located on the shores of the Indian Ocean enjoys a relaxed atmosphere and offers sandy beaches and a mild year round climate. Port Elizabeth is also home to the some fine art deco architecture. There are more buildings from this era here than anywhere else in South Africa. Other historical attractions include the Donkin Heritage trail which follows in the footsteps of the 1820 settlers. You’ll also have the opportunity to discover local craft shops, galleries and boutiques during your visit to the city.

SAFARI ADVENTURE

No visit to this area would be complete without a game drive and we have included an exciting day visit to Addo Elephant Park. This national park is just 55 kms from Port Elizabeth. In the company of a park ranger seek out an abundance of wildlife including elephants, lions, buffalo, antelope and warthogs.

DAY 1 -DEPART

Today you will board your flight from London Heathrow to Cape Town.

DAY 2 - CAPE TOWN (D)

Your flight will arrive in Cape Town and sightseeing starts straight away. You’ll take the cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain (weather permitting). Then enjoy an introductory tour of the city en route to the hotel, your base for the next 4 nights. Join your travelling companions for a welcome dinner this evening.

DAY 3 - CAPE PENINSULA (B)

Today is devoted to the glories of the Cape Peninsula. The journey will take you along Chapman’s Peak, one of the most spectacular coastal drives in the world. Continue to Cape Nature Reserve and Cape Point at the very tip of the Cape Peninsula. Here the dramatic cliffs plunge 850ft into the sea below. A one-way ride on the funicular is included. You’ll return to Cape Town via historic Simonstown, base of the South African Navy. The final call on the tour is to the beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens, set in a dramatic location, against the slopes of Table Mountain. Later we’ll visit a private home in the lovely suburb of Constantia. Here we’ll meet with a local quilting guild and share creative ideas.

DAY 4 - CAPE TOWN (B)

This morning travel by boat to Robben Island. Now a museum this former island prison was ‘home’ to Nelson Mandela for 18 years. Tours of the island are conducted by former inmates, giving a true perspective to your visit. As well as the communal cells you’ll also see the tiny cells of B-Section where Nelson Mandela spent much of his incarceration.

This afternoon we’ll visit Mnandi, a wonderful shop selling a range of vibrant African fabrics including West African prints and Dutch wax prints. Ready-made African clothing for adults and children is also on sale here.

DAY 5 - CAPE TOWN (B)

Enjoy a morning at leisure. Perhaps visit the Watershed Craft Market or take a stroll through Bo Kaap, the historical Cape Malay quarter of the city where brightly coloured houses line the streets. This afternoon join a workshop led by Karin at the hotel. Details of Karin’s project and the equipment to bring will be sent to you before you travel.

DAY 6 -STELLENBOSCH & THE WINELANDS (B)

You’ll leave Cape Town this morning for the drive into the Western Cape Winelands. Travel through towering mountains and a patchwork quilt of manicured vineyards dotted with isolated farmsteads and classic whitewashed Cape Dutch architecture. We’ll visit a wine estate for a short tour and tasting. The University town of Stellenbosch is one of the oldest settlements in South Africa and you’ll enjoy an introductory tour of this lovely town before checking in at the hotel for an overnight stay. This afternoon we’ll meet with members of a local quilting guild and see how their work is helping to support local communities. Later there will also be an opportunity to view a small exhibition of quilts made by quilters from all over South Africa.

DAY 7 - SWELLENDAM & OUDTSHOORN (B,D)

Enjoy a relaxing drive to the charming town of Swellendam this morning. This is one of the oldest towns in South Africa and is home to some of the finest Cape Dutch architecture in the region. You’ll visit the Drostdy Museum where an impressive collection of late 18th and 19th century Cape furniture and other artefacts are on display. You’ll continue into the contrasting desert landscape of the Klein Karoo for an overnight stay in Oudtshoorn.

DAY 8 - OUDTSHOORN & KNYSNA (B)

Your first visit today is to the spectacular Cango Caves. Located in a limestone ridge this magnificent cave system is more than 20 million years old and is a truly memorable sight. Your adventure continues with a visit to an ostrich farm. Here you will have the chance to observe these fascinating creatures at close proximity. Later continue into the heart of the Garden Route and the charming town of Knysna where you stay for two nights.

DAY 9 - KNYSNA (B)

This morning you’ll take a cruise on the Knysna Lagoon sailing between the beautiful headlands of Knysna. There will be free time this afternoon to explore more of Knysna. Visit the lively waterfront, browse in the curio shops or just relax and watch the world go by in one of the pavement cafés. Later you’ll join a workshop with Karin at the hotel. Details of Karin’s project and the equipment to bring will be sent to you before you travel.

DAY 10 - GARDEN ROUTE & PORT ELIZABETH (B)

Leave Knysna this morning and continue along the Garden Route. You’ll travel via Plettenberg Bay to the natural wonders of Tsitsikamma National Park. Deep river canyons have carved through thickly forested cliffs and the rushing waters flow into the ocean here. The scenery is splendid and the sound of crashing waves quite overwhelming. You’ll have the opportunity to take a dizzying walk across the suspension bridge where Storms River meets the Indian Ocean. You can also follow the trails through the enchanting woodlands and visit the ‘Big Tree’. Continue to Port Elizabeth where you’ll stay for 4 nights.

DAY 11 - ADDO ELEPHANT PARK (B, L)

You’ll discover more natural wonders of South Africa today on our day safari amidst the splendid surroundings of Addo Elephant Park, located 55 kms from Port Elizabeth. As well as herds of elephants the park is also home to lions, Cape buffalo, black rhino, warthogs and various species of antelope. Seek out this superb range of wildlife on a game drive in the company of a local park ranger.

DAY 12 - THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL (B)

Enjoy your first full day at the quilt festival, transfers and entrance tickets are included. If you wish to book any workshops please contact the show organisers directly to reserve and pay for your place.

DAY 13 - THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL (B, D)

Enjoy a second day at the quilt festival, transfers and entrance tickets are included. This evening join your travelling companions for a farewell dinner and “show and tell” in a local restaurant.

DAY 14 - PORT ELIZABETH/UK (B)

Transfer to Port Elizabeth Airport for the return flight back to the UK via Johannesburg.

DAY 15 - UK

You will arrive back in the UK this morning.

B=Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Important Note: A tour in South Africa is always an adventure. We recommend you are of a reasonable fitness as this tour often involves some walking and uneven surfaces; this tour is not suitable for those who require special assistance.

PRICES

Twin room: £3595 per person
Single Room: £4390 per person

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • International flights to Cape Town returning from Port Elizabeth
  • The company of UK textile artist and quilt tutor Karin Hellaby who will accompany the tour throughout
  • English- speaking Tour Manager to accompany the tour from arrival in Cape Town to departure in Port Elizabeth
  • 12 nights’ accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis in 4 Star and 5 Star hotels
  • Lunch on Day 11
  • Dinners at local restaurants on Days 2 & 13
  • All workshops and visits as detailed in the itinerary
  • Two days entrance to the South African National Quilt Festival in Port Elizabeth
  • All transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Porterage at hotels

NOT INCLUDED:

Optional excursions, drinks, meals other than those specified, travel insurance and items of a personal nature, i.e. telephone calls, laundry etc.

NON-CRAFTERS

Why not bring a non-crafting partner with you?
If a non-crafting family member or friend wishes to accompany you on any of our holidays, and is sharing a room with you, then the following reductions will apply to the price the non-crafter pays:
Worldwide - £75

WHY NOT MEET US THERE?

Stitchtopia Holidays are designed with all crafters in mind, wherever you live in the world! If you would like to make your own flight arrangements and meet us at our first hotel, please let us know - we would love to tell you more about our “meet us there” holiday discounts.

THE "STITCH TOGETHER" PROGRAMME

For single travellers who are interested in our trips, but don’t have a friend able to come with them why not join our "Stitch Together" programme to help with the costs of a single occupancy room? We have designed a way for you to find someone to share a room with on any of our Stitchtopia Holidays.

Find out more about our "Stitch Together" programme >>

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  • Minibar
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  • En suite facilities
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  • TV
  • Safe
  • Tea/coffee making facilities
  • Hairdryer

ADDITIONAL FACILITIES

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GUEST ROOMS

  • En suite facilities
  • Air conditioning
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Fridge
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Tea/coffee making facilities

ADDITIONAL FACILITIES

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GUEST ROOMS

  • En suite facilities
  • Air conditioning
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Minibar
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Tea/coffee making facilities

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