SOUTH AFRICA SENSES TOUR
What is a “Senses” Tour?
Collect moments, not things. In this age of enlightenment, many travelers are drawn to our new approach to travel: Senses Tours. With an emphasis on flexibility and personalization, Senses Tours are designed around the client’s individual tastes.
All five senses are awakened through art, community, culinary creations, culture, history, music, nature, self-awareness, and wellness. Carefully curated experiences are laced together to create a travel tapestry that inspires new awareness within yourself and your travel companions. Do as little or as much as you like with your valuable time. With the help of our expert travel advisors, come home rejuvenated and appreciative of the planet we call home.
ACCOMMODATIONS IN SOUTH AFRICA
Here are just a few of the accommodations we can utilize for your Senses Tour. We specialize in finding the unique lodging that incorporate our Senses approach. We have 1000’s of choices around the world through our travel networks and consortiums.
Ellerman House – Cape Town
Experience the very best that South Africa has to offer when visiting Ellerman House. Surround yourself with national treasures, exceptional flavors, uninterrupted views, sweet sounds and a refined atmosphere with sincere hospitality. With only 13 bedrooms and 2 private contemporary villas, we excel at offering our guests an intuitive and understated level of service.
Twelve Apostles – Cape Town
The award-winning Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is situated on Cape Town’s most scenic route. Poised above the Atlantic Ocean, the 5-star boutique hotel is flanked by the majestic Table Mountain National Park, a World Heritage Site, and the Twelve Apostles mountain range.
Ulusaba Lodge – Sabi Sands
Guests of Ulusaba Safari Lodge will sense the ultimate feeling of adventure. With tree houses, rope swing bridges and the big five passing by, this lodge will contribute to an unforgettable time in South Africa. Ulusaba Safari Lodge consists of eleven luxurious suites. All rooms have stunning view over the African bushveld.
Bird Hide – Kruger Park
Hidden in Kruger National Park you can lock yourself in a bird hide for a night you will never forget. Overlooking a watering hole you can see and hear the sights and sounds in an African night, including hippos fighting, hyenas whooping and lions roaring.
Oyster Box – Durban
The Oyster Box is one of South Africa’s best-loved hotels, offering the charm and nostalgia of a bygone era, but with all the modern comfort and amenities. Facilities include a magnificent Spa, two swimming pools, luscious gardens and a 24-seater movie theatre.
South African Senses Tour Activities
We customize each Senses Tour to fit your personal style and preferences. Work with us to create the perfect symphony of sights, sounds and feelings to create a transformational experience. Here are just a few of the many types of tours and activities that we could include in your itinerary.
Behind the Scenes Art Tour – Visit the best art museums in Cape Town and have a behind the scenes tour where you will be exposed to art that is not on display. You will have your own personal art historian to take you through some of the best art in South Africa. (Art, Culture)
Happy Feet – We take you down into one of the townships to see Happy Feet, a group of kids who are learning how to do the traditional gumboot dance. Gum boot dancing has a long history in the South African mines. Gumboot dancing comes from South Africa workers who worked in the gold mines during the migrant labor system and oppressive Apartheid Pass Laws. Workers were chained in flooded gold mines, the workers started expressing themselves by making rhythms and beats by slapping their boots. (Music, Culture)
Stand in Nelson Mandela’s Prison Cell – The hair stands up on your body when you stand in the cell where Nelson Mandela spent 16 years of his life. Robben Island, the prison off the coast of Cape Town is now a national museum. Currently an ex-inmate is your tour guide but you better go quick because when they martyrs are gone they will never return. (Culture, History)
Safari, Safari, Safari – We can set you up with more than just the standard safari, luxury safaris, walking safaris, or just camping out on the African savannah. Get involved in conservation, how about darting rhinos to take vital information and removing the horns to prevent poachers from killing off the rhino population? (Nature)
Spend a Night on Table Mountain – Hike to the top of Table Mountain and then spend a magical night overlooking one of the most beautiful cities in the world. (Wellness, Nature)
Amazink Live – Amazink is proud to be South Africa’s very first township dinner theater. A delicious three course African fare meal sets the stage for what follows – a vibrant and soulful local rhythms woven through a story of life, love and laughter. (Music, Culture, Cuisine)
Sand Surfing – No surf, just sand. Spend a day surfing the sand dunes in the Cape, loads of fun and great exercise. This is a new and safe way to test your surfing skills. (Wellness)
Enjoy the Wine Regions of South Africa – From Port Elizabeth to Cape Town you can find some of the best wines in the world. Take a week or a day to explore the incredible South African wine region. Not only will you taste some of the best wines to hit your pallet, you will see one of the most amazing coastlines in the world. (Cuisine, Culture)
Great White Shark Cage Dive – Take a boat ride to see up close one of the most terrifying animals on Earth, the Great White shark. After a bit of chumming these majestic creatures start to show up as you darn a wet suit and prepare to jump into a cage. The cage is anchored on the side of the boat, there is a surreal feeling as you jump into the water and prepare for an incredible adventure. The experience of seeing a 15 foot shark in a feeding frenzy from two feet away is an experience you will never forget. (Nature, Self-Awareness)
Visit Some of the Most Prolific Artists in South Africa
South Africa has a rich artistic history, filled with creations that standout from art found in other parts of the world.
Jenna Clifford Designs is the premium name in exclusive, bespoke jewelry in South-Africa.
Anton’s work has been exhibited extensively in South Africa and it is featured in various national and international collections.
Dylan’s reputation as one of the world’s finest wildlife sculptors is already established, but does not end there.
Tony finds inspiration for his imaginative artworks from nature, which shows in both the subjects he chooses and the materials with which he constructs his sculptures.
The wildlife studies executed by Leigh have great sensitivity and are remarkable for the wonderful use of color. She is particularly well-known for her bird studies and depiction of small wild creatures.
The Artists Press
The Artists’ Press is a small purpose built studio under Master Printer Mark Attwood, dedicated to offering artists, local and international, the very best in personal attention in lithography, letterpress, mono printing and relief printing.
Explore the Unique Musical Heritage of South Africa
Symphony in Kruger National Park
Imagine listening to Beethoven and Bach as the sun sets over the African savanna. Every year, for a long weekend, the Kruger National Park transforms into what must be SA’s most unique concert hall. Over the course of the weekend, guests are whisked away to three bush venues for three spellbinding concerts. Sundowners are served upon arrival, after which a six-piece ensemble fills the air with a host of classical favorites. Each performance is followed by a three-course meal at Tindlovu restaurant, overlooking the Pioneer Dam. (Music, Nature, Culture)
“It’s an incredible annual journey, almost like a pilgrimage,” says Peta Ann Holdcroft, a cellist and long-time member of the ensemble. “We initially started small, with a shorter programme, but today it has become so much more. This experience is for people who truly love the bush and who love music.”
Casterbridge Music Academy – A unique music venue that is using music to involve kids in music and academics. Get involved with this music experiment working with township kids. A great mix of music and community. (Music and Community Service)
Additional South African Experiences
Volunteer to Work in a Township – Spend a day or two working and living in a township and you will never be the same. There are tons of opportunities to help people who not only need your help but relish the opportunity to get to know a foreigner. By the time you leave you will have helped a community but have a whole new set of friends. (Culture, Community Service)
Savuka Township Tour – A township tour with Nitto will introduce you to the explosive energy of the Savuka Africa Youth Crew’s traditional Zulu dance. You will experience the joys and sorrows of colorful township life and learn about the history of the area, have an optional consultation with a sangoma (traditional healer or witchdoctor) and enjoy a typical township meal of “chicken dust”. (Music, Culture)
Dine at the best restaurants in Cape Town – A great way to experience Cape Town a cosmopolitan foodie town. You can try the Test Kitchen, one of the top 50 restaurants in the world or the local fresh market. Cape Town is complete with the highest level of gourmet dining, local cuisine and everything in between. (Cuisine, Culture)