Tankwa Karoo & Cederberg Art Retreat

Apollo de Karoo in December
Tankwa in Spring – Photo by Riaan Wolhuter

2nd – 10th September 2021

Escape the maddening crowds and lose yourself in the vastness of the magnificent Karoo.

A unique and exclusive opportunity to explore rarely seen parts of Southern Africa on roads less travelled & to capture the experience on canvas.

Come and join me, South African Artist Sharon Kuisis and Horticulturist Laura Klapwijk on this adventure exploring the Great Karoo & Art. I am a professional artist and teacher who has explored these areas of the country by car and motorcycle, and would like to share my love of this part of the country, its light, space and stillness with you through art.


You will come to love the Karoo plains as I have, the distant mountains blue in the morning, pink, purple and gold at sunset, and the dark Karoo night skies filled with millions of stars. For mile after the mile the great expanse is peppered with a remarkable number of plant species, the Driedoring bush which is covered with white flowers when the drought breaks, Brosdoring, Taaibos & Klapperbos and many more hidden gems that come into flower when it rains. And then we’ll explore the magnificent Cederberg Mountains, richly coloured with its spectacular iron oxide rock formations & valleys filled with fynbos and pin cushion proteas. Along the way Laura will share her knowledge of some of the 6000 plus species of plants found in the Karoo, which also has the largest number of succulents in the world.

The Tankwa Karoo National Park especially in flower season is a visual delight!!

During this incredible 1100km journey you will be staying in comfortable accommodation in beautiful unique areas along the way, enjoying good local food, learning about the incredibly clear & great expanse of stars above in Sutherland during a stargazing evening, exploring the surrounding scenery and the beginnings of art in the Rock Art Paintings, and learn how to capture the Karoo and Cederberg on canvas.

Small exclusive group – maximum of 8 participants.

Discover the Karoo like never before..

Tankwa in Spring – Photo by Riaan Wolhuter
Tankwa in December

Itinerary

Day 12nd September – Tankwa Karoo – Rooikloof Guest farm

11.30 am

Meet at Cape Town Airport – I will collect 4×4 cars from Cape Town Airport, meet everyone and we will drive to Sutherland via a scenic route through Ceres, stopping for lunch along the way.

4.30 pm

Arrive in Sutherland – staying over Accommodation – Rooikloof Guest Farm

http://rooikloof.co.za/

6.30pm

Dinner will be provided at the farm – meet each other and discuss the next few days program.

8pm – 10pm

Special Treat! Stargazing at Sterland with Jurg – The star gazing session is max 2 hours long where you will be able to watch through 1 of 6 telescopes. Remember to “dress up for the occasion”. Evenings are cool so in order for you to enjoy the program more thoroughly, being warmly dressed is essential. Once you are outside, Jurg uses a very powerful laser to point out the stars and different constellations as well as to teach you how to find South with the aid of the Southern Cross and Magellan clouds before looking physically through one of the five telescopes.

Day 2 – 3rd September Tankwa Karoo – Gannaga Lodge

8am

Breakfast and leave for Gannaga Lodge which is in the Roggerveld Berge

https://gannagalodge.co.za/

Gannaga Lodge
Gannaga Lodge

https://www.roxannereid.co.za/blog/gannaga-lodge-at-the-top-of-gannaga-pass-tankwa-karoo

12pm

Lunch at Gannaga Lodge restaurant and settle in

2-5pm

Basics of Landscape painting – composition etc a lesson that teaches you what to focus on (using sketchbooks and pencils)

5 – 6pm

Learn how to take good landscape photos using the golden hour light with your camera or cellphones! (introduction to sun calculator app)

7pm

Dinner at Gannaga Lodge Restaurant

Check out the flowers in September on the links below!

https://www.roxannereid.co.za/blog/flowers-in-the-tankwa-karoo-national-park

Riaan Wolhuter – http://www.wildscapes.co.za/home/parks-landscapes-wildflowers/tankwa-karoo

Tankwa in Spring – Photo by Riaan Wolhuter
Tankwa in Spring – Photo by Riaan Wolhuter
Tankwa in December
Flowers on October
Tankwa in December

Day 3 – 4th September Tankwa Karoo – Gannaga Lodge

Optional

Get up early and meet me at 6.45 am to take beautiful photos

8am

Buffet Breakfast at Gannaga Lodge Restaurant

9.30 –12.30

Colour mixing basics and aerial perspective using a limited palette which teaches you to utilize value rather than colour, and gives you better colour harmonies. Learn how to see the colours of the Karoo. Start painting using photos taken or examples I have brought along.

1pm

Lunch at Gannaga Lodge Restaurant

2 -5 pm

Continue with painting

7pm

Dinner at Gannaga Lodge Restaurant

Photo by Riaan Wolhuter
Tankwa in October
Gannnaga Pass in October

Day 4 – 5th September – Tankwa Karoo – Gannaga Lodge

8am

Buffet Breakfast at Gannaga Lodge restaurant

9.30

Palette knife techniques and using them in your paintings Demo & Start a new painting!

12.30

1pm

Lunch at Gannaga Lodge restaurant

2.30 – 5.30

Continue with your artwork

7pm

Dinner at Gannaga Lodge Restaurant

Day 5 – 6th September – Tankwa Karoo – Gannaga Lodge

8am

Buffet Breakfast at Gannaga Lodge restaurant

9am

Drive to a different location

9.30 – 12.30

Introduction Plein Air Painting demo – set up, photograph, plan and paint

1pm

Lunch at Gannaga Lodge restaurant

2-5pm

Continue with painting or afternoon to yourself

6.30

Enjoy a true South African Braai

8pm

For those interested, a lesson on Star Photography!

Gannaga Pass in October

Day 6 – 7th September – Cedereberg – Algeria Cottages in Cederberg Wilderness Area

8am

Buffet Breakfast at Gannaga Lodge restaurant

9am

Leave Gannaga Lodge and make our way through the Tankwa Karoo National Park, stopping at the famous quirky Tankwa Padstal, then making our way over the Swartruggens mountains with its incredible views, over Skittery and Katbakkies Pass. We will be stopping along the way. We will fill up at Die Dorp in the Berg and go to the local shop so you can buy any supplies. We then make our way into the Cederberg to our next destination

Look out for the spring flowers on the way!

(Packed lunch along the road)

4-5pm

Arrive at Algeria Cottages in Cederberg Wilderness Area and settle in.

7pm

Dinner

Day 7 – 8th September – Cederberg – Algeria Cottages in Cederberg Wilderness Area

8am

Breakfast

9.30 –12.30

Find a beautiful spot and paint the local scenery or the smaller things!

1pm

Light Lunch

2-5pm

Continue with painting

7pm

Dinner

Photo by Riaan Wolhuter

Day 8 – 9th September – Cederberg – Algeria Cottages in Cederberg Wilderness Area

8am

Breakfast

9am

Discussing & Finishing off of all paintings – this takes time!

1pm

Light Lunch

2pm

45min Drive to the Rock Art at Stadsal and/or Truitjieskraal, these are a ‘must’ for all Cederberg visitors and keen photographers could spend hours here capturing the play of light and shadows on the open caves and rock formations, taking a walk through time to where art first began.

7pm

Dinner

Day 9 – 10th September – CT Airport

8 am

Light Breakfast and leave for Cape Town Airport

11am

Drop off at Cape Town Airport

*Times might vary slightly day to day.

Map of the Route – https://goo.gl/maps/pyhb1aoUVTViDZj66

Cost of Tankwa Karoo & Cederberg Art Retreat

Maximum of 8 students

Packages

Full – R11500 (excludes accommodation, own flights and vehicle hire)

Includes:

Tuition as described in itinerary

Canvas panels and oil paints (Daler -Rowney Georgian)

All food (drinks and gratuity not included) * as described below *

Star Gazing evening at Sutherland

Park fees

Excludes:

All meals exclude drinks and gratuity – you are welcome to bring your own drinks or you can buy along the way when we stop.

Flights to and from Cape Town

Accommodation and transport as described below

Travel Insurance (mandatory)

Materials you need to bring:

Visual diary or A4/A5 sketchbook

Pencils – 2B

Willow charcoal

Sharpener and eraser

Bull clips (this is to tie things down during Plein Air)

Paint Brushes – Good quality – flat or filbert hog sizes .. 2, 4, 6, 10 – Synthetic flat or filbert size 2, 4, 6 – Synthetic Fan brush size 4 or 6 and a small Round size 2

Basic Palette Knife Set – not plastic!

* if you have your own preferred painting materials I can send them down with my things with courier but will need them 2 weeks before we leave. No deducted cost from package.

Non Participant – R6500

NB : only 2 allowed due to the limited space in 2 vehicles unless you are driving your own car

Food, park fees, Stargazing at Sutherland, Rock Art Trip & organization

Excludes accommodation and transport, All meals exclude drinks and gratuity – you are welcome to bring your own drinks or you can buy along the way when we stop.

Transport

Rental of 4 x4 Vehicles – Usually between R1800 – R2500 each

Transport is from Cape Town Airport, Ceres, Sutherland, Gannaga Lodge, Cederberg and drop off at Cape Town Airport – no unscheduled trips

Subject to a specific time frame that cannot be changed – pick up at 11 am at Cape Town Airport and Drop off at Cape Town Airport at 11am

I will be renting 2 off 4×4 vehicles (Nissan Double Cab 4×4 or similar) due to the terrain we will be travelling on and the cost will be divided between the number of participents.

Usually between R1800 – R2500 each (please note there will be luggage restrictions)

Alternatively you may bring your own car or rent your own car – NB (check route map – no low sedans) – https://goo.gl/maps/pyhb1aoUVTViDZj66

Accommodation – 8 nights

R4000.00 sharing

R5100.00 single

Please note that I will be booking the accommodation in advance and your particular rooms will be chosen on a first come first serve basis.

NB – if you book a place you will be held responsible for the monies according to their cancellation policy unless I find someone to take your place. I have added this into the deposit.

2nd September – Sutherland – Rooikloof Guest Farm – already reserved and paid 50% deposit

http://rooikloof.co.za/

2 Houses

Huis Harpuis has 5 bedrooms (the annex flat included): 3 x double and 2 x twin single.

Renosterbos Cottage: 3 bedrooms, 2 x double and 1 twin single.

* packed lunch and dinner included *

50% deposit paid and balance due 15 days before arrival

Cancellation Policy

If cancelling more than 30 days before arrival – full refund

If cancelling 15 – 30 days before arrival – forfeit 50% of the booking total.

If cancelling 14 days or less before arrival – no refund

3rd – 6th September – Tankwa Karoo – Gannaga Lodge in Roggerveld Bergealready reserved and paid 50% deposit

“Gannaga Lodge is situated in 20 hectares of its own ground within the Tankwa National Park. It is located in some of the most spectacular countryside in the Northern Cape, at the summit of the breathtaking Gannaga Pass. The Lodge lies 29 kilometres from Middelpos on the dirt road between there and Ceres. The lodge offers 10 comfortable rooms, situated in either the newly-restored Old Farmhouse or the converted Stable Block. It the only establishment offering B&B accommodation and restaurant facilities within the boundaries of the National Park. Unlike the Tankwa National Park, Gannaga Lodge does not offer self-catering accommodation. The reception building is newly constructed from local stone retrieved from old farm outbuildings, is air-conditioned and contains a well-stocked bar, spacious lounges, the dining room and a meeting room suitable for seminars and small conferences. From here, guests can enjoy glorious views towards Langkloof and over the Gannaga Pass.” Trip Advisor

* buffet breakfast is included in accommodation and lunch and dinner to the value of R300/person per day at the restaurant. *

  • The Old Farm House comprises 5 bedrooms. Each bedroom features a double bed or 2 single beds and an en-suite bathroom with a shower, 1 of the bathrooms has a bath. All bedrooms have white linen, towels, electric blankets, heater and fans. Coffee and tea is served in the lounge.
  • The Stable Block – Each available bedroom features a double bed or 2 single beds and an en-suite bathroom with a shower, 1 of the bathrooms has a bath. All bedrooms have white linen, towels, electric blankets, Air-conditioner. Coffee and tea is served in the lounge of Farm House.

No cell signal but there is WiFi

50% deposit paid and balance due 15 days before arrival

Cancellation Policy :

If cancelling 60-30 days before arrival – forfeit 50% of the booking total.

If cancelling 14 days before arrival – forfeit 25% of the booking total.

If cancelling less than 14 days before arrival – no refund

7th – 9th September – Cederberg

Algeria Cottages in Cederberg Wilderness – self catering – already reserved and paid in full

“The six cottages are called Waterfall, Wolfberg Arch, Maltese Cross, Cedar, Klipspringer and Grey Rhebok, named for the local landmarks and animals in the Cederberg. Purpose-built, the six new cottages were made to not only help guests blend into their surroundings, but also to provide them with a luxury experience.” – Cape Nature

* Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided by us *

These cottages are modern two-bedroom cottages with a double bed in the main bedroom, two single beds in the other room and a sleeper couch in the living area. These cottages can accommodate four adults and preferably two children under the age of 12.

Each cottage has one bathroom with a shower and toilet together, a big stoep with beautiful views over the mountain with undercover braai facilities and inside fire places. The kitchens and living areas are modernly furnished with colourful pictures added to enhance the natural environment in which they are situated.

Electricity: Yes
Bathrooms: Yes, with a shower and toilet
Kitchen: Oven and stove with four plates, fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle, crockery, cutlery, pots and pans
Bedding, linen and towels: Yes
Fireplace: Closed combustion indoor fireplace and outside braai (with braai grid and tripod supplied
Pets welcome: No

Cancellation Policy –

  • Confirmed bookings cancelled 30 days or more in advance of the booked arrival date can be refunded in an amount equal to 75% of the total payment. CapeNature shall retain 25% of the full booking value.
  • Confirmed bookings cancelled between 30 and 15 days in advance of the scheduled arrival date can be refunded 50% of the total booking cost. CapeNature retains 50% of the full booking value.
  • Confirmed bookings cancelled 15 days or less of the booked arrival dates do not qualify for a refund or credit.

Book your Place!

Full Package deposit – Deposit of R3000 immediately and 70% of accommodation payable 1st April

Non Participant Package deposit – Deposit of R2000 immediately and 70% of accommodation payable 1st April

The balance of Package chosen, accommodation and transport will be payable on the 15th July 2020

Cancellation Policy of the Tankwa Karoo and Cederberg Art Retreat:

  • 90 days before start of retreat – Forfeit deposit plus the applicable deposits (check cancellation policies above) on accommodation unless I can find someone to take your place.
  • 30days before start of retreat – Forfeit 50% of Package & transport costs plus the applicable deposits on accommodation unless I can find someone to take your place.
  • 14 days or less before start of retreat – Forfeit 100% of Package, transport and accommodation unless I can find someone to take your place.
  • The deposit will be worked into this final amount.

Please email me your details, package & accommodation choice to

courses@sharonkuisis.com

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