2 November 2017

THE ART OF TRAVEL

Dubbed as ‘Africa's Tate Modern’, Cape Town’s Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz-Mocaa) had the social scene buzzing with the launch weekend in late September 2017, and it’s continued to be the talking point for both locals and international visitors alike. This privately-owned museum with 100 galleries across 9 floors and a rooftop sculpture garden was designed by internationally renowned architect, Thomas Heatherwick. Originally a grain silo back in the 1920s, it’s a project unprecedented in its scale and ambition on the African continent; a true collaboration of individuals and organisations bringing the focus exclusively on 21st-century work from Africa and the diaspora, centered around the private collection of Jochen Zeitz. It’s a platform allowing Africans the opportunity to preserve our cultural heritage and the opportunity to tell our history first-hand.


Caroline attended one of the private opening events, and it got us thinking about the culturally rich Cape experiences that celebrates our heritage, and compliments your Southern African safari.

After recently spending some time at both Ellerman House, located on the Atlantic seaboard in Cape Town, and Delaire Graff Estate which is just outside of Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands region, the notion of just how perfect the combination of the two was reaffirmed.

Fine art is the soul of Ellerman House, perched along the slopes of Signal Hill with breathtaking views of the ocean. The private collection belonging to Paul Harris carried throughout the estate spans over two centuries showcasing a journey that explores the huge social and cultural shift that South African art has made. From the early paintings of Thomas Bowler, to works by quintessential South African artists such as William Kentridge and Irma Stern, the collection is the creation of a true art connoisseur. There is always an open invitation to join Ellerman House’s art guide for a private tour.


Delaire Graff Estate is tucked between mountains overlooking the expansive Stellenbosch vineyards. 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. Intricately landscaped gardens are home to Dylan Lewis’s bronzes juxtaposed with Deborah Bell’s signature pieces. One of our favourite pieces is the 'Swallows In Flight' by Lionel Smit and Andre Stead - commissioned by Graff for Indochine, guests dine under the installation of 1000 swallows. The exhibit uses the movement of flight as an expression of vibrance and harmony, and it’s quite simply spectacular.


Between the luxurious accommodation, world-class wines, fine-dining experiences and exquisite art, both Ellerman House and Delaire Graff Estate envelop you in a distinctly calm and peaceful atmosphere. They really have captured the art of travel.

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