South Africa holidays
Start with a walk through the Company Gardens towards the city centre. Stroll past the National Library, Cape Town Parliament and St George's Cathedral on your way to The Cape Gallery. This gallery is set in the heart of the old city on Church Street, flanked by colourful Georgian and Dutch facades. Here you will find some of the oldest and most prestigious galleries, antique shops and auction houses in Cape Town. Central to the tradition of South African painting is the abiding love of the land. Early Cape painters were 'reporters' who described the topography, flora and fauna of this fascinating land; a conservative approach that is still favoured by the gallery's clients today. Recently the emergence of vibrant street art has added an essentially African character to the work on display. Return to the Company Gardens for a visit to the South African National Gallery. It houses outstanding collections of South African, British, French, Dutch and Flemish art, with a full programme of temporary exhibitions of paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, beadwork, textiles and architecture that provide insight into the extraordinary range of aesthetic production in this country, the African continent and further afield. Travel to the village of Muizenberg and visit Casa Labia. Built in 1929 to reflect the spirit of 18th-century Venice, Casa Labia is the former Muizenberg residence of Count and Countess Natale Labia. Following a complete two-year restoration by the family, this much-loved national monument was reopened to the public on 5 May 2010 as South Africa's most exquisite multi-functional cultural centre. Casa Labia is home to a contemporary South African art gallery, a stylish Africa nova boutique as well as a celebrated Italian cafe, where you can enjoy a light lunch (payable locally). Continue to the quaint seaside village of Kalk Bay where the pace is a little slower with its quirky shops, antiques, crafts and art. Traditional fishing vessels still return with the catch of the day, while surfers enjoy one of the best reefs in Cape Town. Visit the Kalk Bay Gallery, which is reputed to have one of the most comprehensive selections of contemporary, original South African art. Established in 1995, it is housed in the distinct Orange Building overlooking False Bay and offers a unique selection of over 3,000 art works from international and South African artists.