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    • Day 16

      First Day in Kapstadt

      March 25, 2023 in South Africa ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      Das Kap der Guten Hoffnung hat uns leider kein gutes Wetter mit auf den Weg gegeben, aber das hat unsere Unternehmungslust nicht gestoppt. In Kapstadt angekommen, haben wir unsere Koffer schon einmal in der Unterkunft abgeben können und sind mit einem Uber zur V&A Waterfront gefahren. Dort sind wir ein wenig die Promenade entlang geschlendert und dann zum Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, wo wir uns in den fünf Etagen des Museums verschiedene Kunstausstellungen angesehen haben.
      Da das Wetter leider sich immer noch hartnäckig gehalten hat, sind wir um dem Regen zu entkommen in die Mall an der Waterfront gegangen und waren ein wenig shoppen.
      Hoffentlich spielt das Wetter morgen mit.
      Auf in den nächsten Tag Kapstadt!
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    • Day 40

      Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art

      June 15, 2023 in South Africa ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

      It poured with rain all night, and the forecast for today wasn’t too clever, but we decided to venture out anyway. It wasn’t cold – just very cloudy and drizzly. We walked down to the waterfront and revisited the exhibition at the Nelson Mandela Gateway, which we didn’t have time to look around when we went to Robben Island the other day. It was very interesting. We learnt a lot more about the life of Robert Sobukwe, whose story we heard on the island.

      From the exhibition, we walked through to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). The museum is located in the Grain Silo Complex, which also includes a hotel, a shopping centre, and a number of restaurants. At one time, the original building was the second-tallest building on the continent of Africa, second only to the Great Pyramid in Egypt. It consisted of forty-two 33-metre high concrete tubes, each with a diameter of 5.5 metres. Internationally acclaimed designer Thomas Heatherwick and his innovative team of architects were given the task of reimagining the building. Their brief was to pay tribute to the original industrial design while creating an inspirational exhibition space suitable to house the most significant collection of art from Africa and its diaspora that had ever been seen. No mean feat!

      But, this is exactly what has been achieved!! The first impression when you enter the building is jaw-dropping! Visitors can clearly see the history of the building, at the same time appreciating the space as a backdrop for the art on display. To me, it had the same feel as the repurposed Battersea Power Station we visited recently.
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    • Day 40

      'When we see us' exhibition

      June 15, 2023 in South Africa ⋅ 🌬 16 °C

      There are exhibitions on several floors at all times. From what we saw today, we were most taken with the ‘When We See Us: A Century of Black Figuration in Painting’. This collection of over 200 works of art from 26 countries, most of them paintings, represents black subjects immortalised by black artists. The exhibition is divided into several categories including ‘The Everyday’, ‘Joy and Revelry’, ‘Sensuality’, ‘Spirituality’, and ‘Triumph and Emancipation’. The works made me smile, got me thinking, and some even moved me to tears. That’s what I believe art should do.Read more

    • Day 32

      MOCAA Museum of contemporary art Africa

      August 25, 2023 in South Africa ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

      Am Vormittag besuchten wir das Museum für moderne Kunst (MOCAA) in Kapstadt. Dieses versuchte, besonders schwarze Künstler zu fördern.
      Das Museum war in einer Alten Siloanlage, die Architektur war sehr interessant...Read more

    • Day 14

      Bus tour and no table mountain

      September 16, 2023 in South Africa ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      Bus tour today with walk around Bo Kaap area, very colourful. Table top mountain cable car closed due to high winds. Robben Island visit rescheduled twice, now may have to totally cancel!
      Weather may be improving based on tonight's sunset.Read more

    • Day 22


      January 18, 2019 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Overal waar je bent in waterfront heb je ergens wel op de achtergrond de tafelberg. Overall op verschillende plaatsen staan van die rechthoeken om de toeristen die het nog niet door hebben waar de tafelberg is,om een foto te maken met de tafelberg op de achtergrond. Met veel moeite maar we zijn er in geslaagd een foto te maken met de gele rechthoek zonder de tafelberg op de achtergrond.Read more

    • Day 5

      Jochen Zeitz

      November 1, 2021 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Das Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, kurz Zeitz MOCAA, ist das erste Museum für moderne afrikanische Kunst in Afrika. Ex-Puma-Chef Jochen Zeitz hat dafür seine private Sammlung gestiftet. Er will mit dem Museum Kunstliebhaber aus aller Welt anlocken. Leider ist uns ein Besuch in diesem Jahr durch verkürzte Öffnungszeiten nicht vergönnt.
      Als Ersatz entdecken wir ein weiteres architektonisches Highlight, eröffnet 2018, die Norval Foundation, welches sich der Erforschung und Präsentation der afrikanischen Kunst des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts verpflichtet fühlt.
      Gründer dieser neuen Einrichtung ist die Familie Norval, die mit ihrer Norval Art Collection eine der führenden Kunstsammlungen Südafrikas aus dem 20. Jahrhundert aufbaute. Den Besucher erwartet ein Museum mit wechselnden Ausstellungen, zum Teil martialische Darstellungen aus der Zeit der Apartheid, Skulpturen und ein wunderschöner Garten.
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    • Day 3

      Cape Town

      March 30, 2012 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Friday 30th March – Arrival in Africa

      Fortunately, our South African Airlines took off on time and gave us a smooth and uneventful 10-hour flight to Johannesburg where we arrived just after sunrise.
      This gave us our first sight of Africa, even if it was just the vast concrete of the sprawling airport. We still had to endure a further 2 hour wait and another transfer to the domestic terminal for our flight to Cape Town. By now we were all nearing exhaustion but were kept waiting a little longer when fog delayed our flight to Cape Town by a further 45 minutes.

      Finally, we lifted off from Johannesburg and landed in Cape Town at about 10 am local time. We staggered from the plane, collected our luggage and made our way to the exit of the airport. I was relieved to be met by a tall, smiling Africa who introduced himself as “Tickey”. Apparently this was his surname but, as his first name was the somewhat unlikely “Claudius” he quickly explained that he preferred to be referred to simply as Tickey. He also introduced his quiet assistant “Komoro” and explained that they would be looking after us for our entire time in Africa.

      Grabbing our bags, we followed Tickey to their waiting safari bus which was parked just outside in a 15-minute parking zone. Our luggage was packed while we crawled into our seats. Since the vehicle could hold 16 passengers and we had only 11 in our group we were pleasantly surprised at the amount of space available. The vehicle had very large wheels giving it a high ground clearance. It also had two large freezers at the rear which were used to keep our food and drinks cool during the trip. One thing that the bus did not have was air conditioning, although this certainly would have been welcome later in our trip.
      As it turned out the other thing the bus did not have was one of the Ghostriders !
      Somehow in our walk from the exit to the bus Jenny had become separated from the group and was now nowhere to be found. Search parties were dispatched but, after 30 minutes of frantic searching, she was still missing. This was not a promising start to our trip and Tickey was getting concerned that the bus would be towed away. Just as we were starting to worry, Jenny was found waiting on the lower level. With a great sense of relief, we finally shut the bus door and began the drive from the airport to our hotel in Cape Town.

      Along the way we were able to get our first real images and impressions of Cape Town. Although Cape Town is normally regarded as one of the most prosperous areas of South Africa it still possesses significant areas of shanty towns. Here residents have erected small dwellings made out of any materials they can get their hands on – wood, plastic sheeting, corrugated iron being the most common.

      A little further on we got our first sight of the towering Table Mountain which is certainly the most famous feature of this city by the sea. In fact, as viewed from the Atlantic Ocean, you can see that the city is literally sandwiched in between the mountain and the ocean. One of our first goals on this trip was to climb this mountain and view Cape Town from its 1100 metre summit.

      Our hotel was situated in the waterfront area, only a short walk from the new Victoria Wharf complex. This is a bustling region, full of shops, restaurants and open air entertainment. The nearby wharf is still a fully operational port and this adds a vibrancy that is so sadly lacking from Melbourne’s Docklands precinct.
      Over the next few days we came to appreciate just how convenient it was to have a hotel in this area.

      After lunch at a waterfront restaurant, we finally were taken to our hotel. More correctly we were taken directly to prison! We discovered that the Breakwater Hotel was formerly one of the major prisons, but it has now been converted to a hotel and university. We were relieved to find it modern and clean and its location was absolutely perfect. Not only was it only a short walk from the waterfront but it also offered a magnificent view of Table Mountain.

      Before checking into our rooms, we had a short team briefing with Tickey at which he outlined the way the safari was going to be conducted. By this time, we were all sitting with glazed looks on our faces as it had been something like 40 hours since any of us had been asleep in a real bed. Although the natural tendency is to go straight to bed in the middle of the afternoon, this is not a wise thing to do as it only prolongs the period of jet lag. We all decided to tough it out till after dinner and then finally get into our beds at about 8.30 pm.
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    • Day 11

      Cape Town

      October 11, 2019 in South Africa ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      Arrivée à Cape Town autour de 23h. Je vois quelqu’un avec un sac à dos comme moi, je lui propose de partager le Uber. Finalement, Uan un brésilien vivant en Allemagne deviendra un super ami et nous irons faire Table Montain, Lion’s Head et quelques soirées ensemble ...
      Je séjourne à 91 Loop boutique Hostel, le meilleur hostel de ma vie. En plein centre, rénové a neuf, un restaurant bar a l’intérieur et beaucoup de personnes à rencontrer. Une semaine de bonheur partagée à Cochabamba 😍. Diego, Namelis, Lukas et Sophie deviendront de supers amis.
      Cape Town fut l’une de mes meilleures experiences en Afrique du Sud.
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    Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art of Africa, Zeitz MOCAA

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