South African Safari, Mohair & Knitting Tour with ARNE & CARLOS!
Situated at the tip of the African continent and surrounded by two oceans, South Africa boasts breathtaking scenery, quaint coastal villages and cosmopolitan cities that can all be combined with a truly exhilarating Big Five South African safari. On this very unique tour we will also focus on South African craft culture and in particular their mohair production. South Africa produces more than 50% of the world’s mohair.
Consistently voted as one of the top tourist destinations around the world, South Africa is home to some of the world’s biggest nature reserves, as well as one of the most dazzling and scenic cities – Cape Town, and its surrounding Winelands. An incredibly versatile destination, legendary landscapes provide dramatic contrasts, diversity of habitats, a vibrant colourful melting pot of cultures and spectacular tapestries of untamed wilderness.
This is a fantastic destination offering adventures for travelers eager to explore a range of activities, food enthusiasts tempted to taste uniquely delicious local flavours and superior wines. The country’s culinary scene is world renowned and Cape Town is a haven of sublime restaurants and the finest wines. Delve into the complex history of South Africa and retrace the steps of those who helped to carve the captivating and proud country of today. The hospitality and warmth of the people will welcome you with open arms.
The iconic city of Cape Town, with Table Mountain – one of the most spiritual places of earth, in the heart of the town and with two oceans at its feet, is strategically situated at the south western tip of Africa, and for centuries been known as the Tavern of the Seas.
Vibrant, cosmopolitan and an eclectic mix of old and new, this laid-back city is as much at home with its 17th-century castle – whose cannons have never been fired in anger – as it is with its sleek skyscrapers and trendy malls.
After some enriching days in Cape Town, we continue to the wonderful Winelands, to explore its vineyards and sample the amazing vines. The refreshing stay in wine country leads us into the next part of the tour – the wilderness of the Great Karoo, where the angora goats live. The little South African heritage town of Prince Albert is surrounded by an oasis of magnificent mountains, fresh sparkling water, lush gardens, vineyards and fruit orchards. This small Karoo gem is home to beautifully preserved Cape Dutch and Victorian buildings offering dramatic mountain views.
South Africa Mohair
It is called the noble fibre and with its lustrous, resilient and offering exceptional colour reflection, mohair has become a symbol of luxury and exclusivity. Mohair is the fleece of the Angora goat, and it’s one of the world’s most beautiful sustainable natural fibres.
South Africa is the biggest global producer of mohair, producing approximately 50% of the world’s mohair. Most of South Africa’s Angora goats are farmed in the Karoo area of the Eastern Cape. Angora goats thrive in the Karoo, with its combination of hot, dry summers, cold winters and semi-desert vegetation. In the pursuit of perfection, their fleece has been refined through consistently high breeding standards and meticulous genetic selection. Just how did South Africa become the producer of 50% of the world’s mohair? The story is quite fascinating. In 1838, the Sultan of Turkey sent twelve neutered Angora rams and one ewe to Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Wanting to protect his country’s powerful monopoly in mohair fleece, the Sultan ensured that all rams were rendered infertile. Unbeknown to anyone, however, the ewe was already pregnant and gave birth to a kid enroute to South Africa – a ram that was, of course, not neutered. And the rest, as they say, is history. The South African mohair industry has grown exponentially over the years. Today, the Karoo region of South Africa produces the most mohair in the world – all thanks to a single pregnant ewe and a Sultan’s mistake. Onwards we travel to the Eastern coast where we will visit the beautiful coastal town Knysna, the gateway to the famous Garden Route and the Plettenberg Bay with its gorgeous beaches. Our South African adventure will end in true style with a wonderful safari in the malaria free Kariega Game Reserve -where we will search for the Big Five!
Highlights of the tour:
- Cape Town – the most beautiful city in the world
- Cape of the Good Hope – and the cute penguins at Boulders Beach
- Wine country – taste and enjoy premium wines!
- Great Karoo – visit the angora goats
- The Eastern Coast – spectacular scenery and the Garden Route
- Safari – search for the Big Five in the malaria free Kariega Game Reserve!
- Knitalong with ARNE&CARLOS – with South African Mohair Yarn of course!
- Workshops and make new friends with fellow knitter enthusiasts
The tour starts in the morning in Cape Town the 5th of November and ends in the evening in Port Elisabeth the 16th of November.
We can assist with all travel arrangements and pre/post tour accommodation if required. From USA there are direct flights to Cape Town and/or Johannesburg from New York, Atlanta and Washington DC.