Cape Town Choral Music Tour with Safari

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Overview

5 days and 5 nights in Cape Town, South Africa, with 2 days and 2 nights on Safari. Cape Town accommodation in 4 star Hotel.

Day1.
Arrivals, check in, sunset cruise, dinner

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Welcome to the city. One of the Coffeebeans team will meet you at Cape Town International Airport, and transfer you to your hotel. Along the way, we’ll do a bit of a city tour. Cape Town is big, and the airport is about in the middle of the metropole. So from the moment you arrive, we will be able to start unpacking the city for you, there are some very special highlights.

Checking in can be a process, so we will have our own space, with a light lunch served. Guests will be called to check in as their room cards are ready.

Once you are checked in, you might want to just relax a little. So we’ll have a free afternoon. There will be a space to rehearse if you would like.

At 5pm, we will head to the Waterfront for our Sunset Cruise, a glorious little trip onto the bay on a catamaran to feel the sunset.

Back at the Waterfront, we will have dinner at one of the restaurants. There are many. Cape Town is a seafood city, so maybe the
Cape Town Fish Market. They have a great selection (for the vegetarians and the meat eaters too), and their wine list is pretty good too. We’ll have starters, a main meal, salads and dessert. Wine and soft drinks are included.

After dinner we head back to the hotel.

Day2.

Rehearsal, Table Mountain, Robben Island

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Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko, Cissie Gool & Imam Haron, heroes of our political struggle

The 12 Apostles from Table Mountain

We are on the go at 9am. We are going to start from the top of the city, on Table Mountain. Apart from all the beautiful and magical and spiritual reasons you might want to experience being on top of the mountain, one of the most powerful elements of being there is being able to perceive the city in one big glance. The aerial perspective helps to open up the city’s geographies, and demystify it to some degree. We map the week ahead from this elevated position. And enjoy the sheer exhilaration of the elevation.

We will have a picnic lunch on Table Mountain, and if the spirit so moves, maybe an impromptu performance slash rehearsal as a thank you to the great Hoerikwaggo, the mountain that rises from the sea, as the Khoesan originally named it.

We need to be at the Robben Island gateway at 2:30pm for the 3pm departure. And we need a little time to get in the bus and get from the Mountain to the Waterfront. So we’ll aim to be in the cable cars at 1pm, which means we are in the bus about 20 minutes later. And then up to another 30 minutes to get to the Waterfront. So around 2pm we are at the Waterfront, with plenty time to get to the departure point and maybe even to have a quick pint or a cuppa.

The Robben Island tour will introduce you to some key revolutionary figures, including of course Nelson Mandela, he’s the primary focus, but also people like Robert Sobukwe, the leader of the Pan African Congress, a pivotal political thinker and activist. Ahead of the tour we will introduce you to some of the other key political figures and thinkers, including Imam Haron and Steve Biko.

The tour returns around 6pm. We’ll head to the hotel to freshen up, and then we head to dinner for 8pm. Tonight is a special combination. We will dine above the city overlooking Table Mountain, at the Bo Kaap Kombuis. We will dine on traditional Cape Malay foods, looking over a brilliantly alive Cape Town nightscape.

We will follow dinner with
the first concert of your visit, produced especially for you at the Cape Town Creative Emporium. There will be an opportunity to do a few songs with the featured musicians. After the concert, it’s back to the hotel.

Day3.

Wine tasting, Cape Point, choir exchange with the Rosa Choir

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Stellenbosch Vineyards

Chapman’s Peak

We’ll start at 9am and head straight out to Cape Point, passing through stunning coastal villages, including Kalk Bay, Muizenberg and Simonstown. Cape Point, where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet, is spectacular. You’ll have a chance to take the funicular, or walk to the lighthouse, or just have a pint in the restaurant. Taking in the view of False Bay from there is exercise in itself!

And then we head to the Constantia winelands, the home of the earliest Cape wines. We will aim for lunch at 130pm at the Steenberg Wine Estate, they have beautiful wines and their Bistro is excellent. We’ll do a tasting of their wines, and maybe the wines at Buitenverwachting.

And then it’s back to the hotel. We have a rehearsal with the Rosa Choir at 7pm.

Back at the hotel the Rosa Choir would have started to arrive, and they will be enjoying the finger supper laid out. You will join them in supper, and then start the rehearsal, which will last probably two hours.

Day4.

Rehearsal, township lunch feast, choir exchange with the Zamanani Brothers.

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The Zamanani Brothers

isiXhosa cuisine

We rehearse from 9am to 10, and then we head out for the day’s exploration. This is a food and music day. We are going to be in Langa, the oldest township in Cape Town, and also the geographic centre of the Cape Town metropole. Which makes for interesting opportunities. We will start our visit to Langa with the Langa Pass Museum. Picking up the Robben Island narrative, the Pass Museum takes us deeper into the foundation of the apartheid system, the Dompas or Pass document, the document that determined the movement of black people. This will journey us into some fascinating insight into South Africa’s recent past.

Then we head into the Langa Quarter, a precinct that is running with the idea that Langa is the centre of the metropole, and establishing itself as a cultural and economic hub in the city. We will learn from this visit more about how the future of Langa is being shaped. We will have
lunch at Mzansi Restaurant in the Langa Quarter, feasting on a spread of traditional isiXhosa dishes.

After lunch, at about 330pm, we will meet the Zamanani Brothers at the Guga s’Thebe centre for a rehearsal with them.

We will be back at the hotel around 6pm. A chance to freshen up before we head out for dinner at about 730pm, to be in the restaurant for about 8pm.

Dinner tonight is a South African barbeque, or as we call it here, a ‘braai’, at a great little spot in Sea Point called the Backyard Grill.


Back to the hotel after dinner. Tomorrow’s a big day!

Day5.
Concert day!

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The day that everything has been leading up to…

We start with an inChoir rehearsal at the hotel, around 10am to 11am. Then we head to the Waterfront. It’s your last day in Cape Town, so here’s a chance to shop a little, or just enjoy the Waterfront. At 1pm we meet up for lunch, something light. The concert is at 5pm, and we want a little break before going on stage. So we will meet the Zamanani Brothers and the Rosa Choir at 3pm, and have a good hour and a half
rehearsal to prepare together. At 430pm we move backstage and at 5pm we are on!

After a great concert, we go backstage to our rehearsal space, and celebrate the concert with the Rosa and Zamanani choirs over some finger foods and sodas.


We think that for the last night in Cape Town - and to revel in a beautiful concert collaboration, a special dinner is in order. Addis in Cape Town is a dramatic, exotic eating experience, serving Ethiopian food, music and culture. Interestingly, within a 3 block radius of Addis in Cape, there are another 5 Ethiopian restaurants, all very small in comparison, and functional in comparison to the almost-opulence of this place. But the point is that in terms of pan African food in the city, the Ethiopians are the most visible. And for good reason - the food is exciting, diverse and delicious.


Back to the hotel after dinner.

 

Day6, Day7 and Day8.

Two night Safari

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There’s lot of transit today. We check out of the hotel very early this morning and fly to Johannesburg. We are taking the 9am flight, which means we need to be at the airport at 7:30am, which means we are leaving the hotel at about 6:45am. From Johannesburg, at around 1145am, we transfer by road to to our Lodge, a 6 hour journey. So we arrive at the Camp in the evening, in time for dinner and then a night game drive.

And once we are settled in, it’s all incredible scenery and animals, food, rest and peace after the intensity of Cape Town. There are game drives at dawn and dusk on Friday. Dinner by candlelight under the stars.

We leave early-ish on Saturday morning the 29th, after the dawn game drive, to catch our flights home from Johannesburg International Airport, returning with many unforgettable and vivid memories.

Note: the Safari Lodge is full board, including alcoholic drinks (excluding premium brands), and game drives.

Coffeebeans Routes. 22 Hope St, Cape Town, 8001. info@coffeebeansroutes.com. Tel +2721 461 3572