Departs from Nelspruit area @ R11 500.00 per person sharing (minimum 2 pax)
A grand opportunity for Art and Architecture enthusiasts visiting our area (Nelspruit, White River & Hazeyview) to appreciate South African and Mozambican local art and architecture
Day 1: The Artist’s Press and Graskop Art Hotel and Flycatcher Castle
- At the Artists’ Press, you will be met by Mark Attwood – a Lithographer and Printer who spends time preparing limited edition works to be printed.
- At the Graskop Hotel, each room at this special hotel is a work of art, installed by some of South installed by some of South Africa’s best known artists who have left their distinctive personal “fingerprints” and philosophies in the form of chandeliers made of mattresses, wall coverings made of plastic hangers, rear-view mirrors at the dressing table and more… a seriously strenuous sensory workout.
- The Flycatcher Castle was designed and completed by sculptor and owner, Manie Connoway, along a 16th century European style. The Castle boasts with its own unique art gallery, an abundance of European antique furniture. Enjoy a guided tour of the rooms of the castl
Day 2: Chissano Museum, Sagrada Familia Church and Portuguese Art Deco
- Visit Chissano Gallery is a fundamental introduction to art in Mozambique. The spirit of Mozambique’s armed struggle is ever-present in the totem-pole-like carvings skinny, desperate humans crushed under the clumsy, uncaring feet of fat figures perched victoriously on top.
- Sagrada Familia Church is Mozambique’s gem of the 50s, a fine example of Pancho Guedes’ unique architectural style. The Sagrada Familia Church is shaped like a ship’s hull, replacing the dragons with crosses and then repeating the motif of the Latin cross throughout, this is a perfect example of the Portuguese Art Deco architecture
- Maputo Central Train Station: It was constructed from 1908 to 1916 in the Beaux-Arts style. Widely recognized for its attractiveness, the station has been ranked by international publications as one of the world’s most beautiful. In addition to serving as an active train terminus, the station contains a rail museum, food venues, and holds music events.
Day 3: More of Pancho Guedes works and Portuguese Art Deco Buildings
- The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception: This cathedral is dedicated to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. The foundation stone for the construction of the Church was laid on June 28, 1936, and is located inside the narthex and inscribed by the Bishop of Mozambique and Cape Verde, D. Rafael Maria da Asunção. Construction on the cathedral was completed in 1944.
- Saint Anthony Catholic Church: This Franciscan church, an emblematic building of modernist architecture, was designed by the Portuguese architect Nuno Cavreiro Lopes. The Church of Saint Anthony of Polana was built in 1962 and restored in 1992. The building has the shape of an inverted flower and is popularly known as the “lemon squeezer”. In the dome of the building, of concrete and with conical shape, windows with colorful crystals also allow the entrance of light.
- Fortress of Maputo: This is Mozambique’s national monument that depicts moments of Portuguese colonial occupation and how local people resisted. Old Portuguese weapons are on display.
- Núcleo de Arte: This is an Artists cooperative in the heart of Maputo city. Frequent exhibitions featuring the work of up-and-coming artists (some of which are for sale). Other works that you can appreciate include pottery by Mozambique’s Reinate Samdimba and paintings by Valente Malangatana. There is also a garden where you can talk with the artists and watch them at work.
- All tours are run in air-conditioned vehicles
- All safaris are run in Open game-viewing vehicles with a capacity of 10 passengers
- The pick and drop off points include Maputo city, Nelspruit and surrounding areas of White River and Hazyview
- Departure time from Maputo is 4:30 am and from Nelspruit and surroundings is 5:30 am
- We have Portuguese-speaking driver/guides should the guests prefer that
- All booking are made and paid for before the day of the safar
- Dress code is bushveld casual and light weight. Please note that during winter months (May – August) warm clothes are recommended for the morning and evening weather
- Straw hat, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, a flashlight, binoculars and a camera are also recommended.