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SWAZILAND - THE ART OF BATIK PRINTING WITH BAOBAB BATIK 2019

SWAZILAND - THE ART OF BATIK PRINTING WITH BAOBAB BATIK 2019

THE CRAFTS OF SWAZILAND | WEAVING + THE ART OF BATIK PRINTING SWAZILAND | APRIL 2019

 MLILWANE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY LOCATED NEXT TO BAOBAB BATIK STUDIO Photo by Vaiz Ha.

MLILWANE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY LOCATED NEXT TO BAOBAB BATIK STUDIO Photo by Vaiz Ha.

A NOTE ABOUT OUR 2019 TRIP TO SWAZILAND:

We are still working out final details of our trip to Swaziland in 2019 but below you will get a feel for everything we are planning. If you would like to sign up to be notified as soon as we launch our 2019 trip, please make sure to submit your email address below:

 

This is a 10 day Ace Camp where you will be exploring textiles using batik techniques, creating fabric designs and focusing on your own creativity in the Kingdom of Swaziland in Southern Africa. 

You will experience a 3 day hands-on batik workshop taught by Els Hooft of Baobab Batik at their studio in Malkerns Swaziland. You will learn the process of how to batik, where selected areas of the cloth are blocked out by brushing or drawing hot wax over them, and the cloth is then dyed. The parts covered in wax resist the dye and remain the original colour. 

Swaziland has managed to hold on to that slow-down-this-is-Africa feeling, it's a place where everything remains small and personable, and the atmosphere is remarkably relaxed. Lively and colourful local culture, with celebrations and ceremonies are still common practice, plus there are superb walking trails, stunning mountain and flatland scenery, and excellent, high-quality handicrafts. As one of the few remaining Executive Monarchies in Africa, culture and heritage are deeply engrained in all aspects of Swazi life, ensuring an unforgettable experience for all who visit. 
 

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KRUGER NATIONAL PARK - GUIDED SAFARI

Spend 1.5 days exploring + living in Kruger National Park. In terms of wildlife, Kruger is one of the world's greatest national parks. The diversity, density and sheer numbers of animals is almost unparalleled, and all of Africa's iconic safari species – elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, rhino, buffalo, giraffe, hippo and zebra – live out their dramatic days here, along with a supporting cast of 137 other mammals and over 500 varieties of birds. 


WHERE WE'RE STAYING:

Bordering Mantenga Nature Reserve and tucked beneath Sheba’s Mountain in the Ezulwini Valley, Mogi Boutique Hotel offers ultimate luxury in the heart of Swaziland. Enjoy serene mountain and valley views, walking trails and al fresco breakfasts serenaded by birds. Beautiful suites and stylish modern rooms feature luxurious linens and amenities.

This Ace Camp includes:

  • 10 nights accommodation - 7 nights in Swaziland, 2 nights in Kruger National Park, 1 night in Johannesburg (*please note occupancy info below) 
  • 3 day Batik making workshop with Baobab Batik
  • 3 day Weaving Workshop with Tsandza Wovens
  • 1.5 days of guided safaris thru Kruger National Park
  • Return Transport from Johannesburg to Swaziland
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 7 lunches
  • 9 dinners
  • Visit to the Manzini Market
  • All transportation during tours and to restaurants
  • All admissions to sites during the tours
  • Tips for guides, hotel staff + drivers

*Our boutique hotel in Swaziland has just eight rooms, there are 4 single rooms with large king beds, and 4 shared rooms, with one king bed and one large sleeper sofa.

*Our simple bungalows in Kruger National Park are triple occupancy.

You will be sent a list of supplies to bring after registration.

This Ace Camp is limited to 11 people.

Airfare to Johannesburg is not included.

 


Interested in joining us in 2019? Submit your email below and we will keep you in the loop the moment we launch our next camp.


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 TRAVEL NOTES

Due to the remote location of this camp, you will need to arrive at the Johannesburg Intl. Airport. You will be met at the airport* and transported to a hotel nearby from where we will start our on wards journey to Swaziland. 

Consult a doctor, nurse or health care provider, or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel. (side note:  If you have any pending health concerns you should contact your health care provider prior to registration of this Ace Camp)

PASSPORTS

Foreign visitors wishing to travel to Swaziland should be in possession of valid national passports valid for at least 190 days. 

 


BAOBAB BATIK

Baobab Batik is a social enterprise based in Swaziland, Southern Africa, founded by Els Hooft in 1991. She wished to follow her passion of creating batiks, as well as offering sustainable work opportunities for women. Since then Baobab Batik has evolved into a thriving enterprise employing 35 artisans full time. Every Baobab Batik product is handmade by their team; the artisans combine their skills and talents to create the finished product. Their Vision is to be; A leading example, in Swaziland and beyond, of a social enterprise using thought leadership and innovation to empower women and develop the batik art form. Learn more about Baobab Batik by visiting their website www.baobab-batik.com

 

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TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

ACE CAMPS  will email you when it is time to make your travel arrangements. This email will always be sent 60 days or more before your trip departs unless you book within 60 prior to the camp. If this Ace Camp fills prior to 60 days we will let you know right away so you can plan. 

Due to the remote location of this camp, you will need to arrive at the Johannesburg Intl. Airport. You will be met at the airport and transported to a hotel nearby from where we will start our on wards journey to Swaziland. 

There will be no refunds for this Ace Camp due to the planning and logistics involved. When you register be sure to know all you can about traveling to Swaziland.

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WEATHER

Swaziland’s climate is considered to be ‘temperate subtropical’, but there are significant regional differences. In general, Swaziland’s weather can never be forecast with the same certainty as a little further north in Africa, where the rainy and dry seasons are more clearly defined.

April in the Ezulwini Valley can see daytime highs up to 26C with lows in the evening to 11C and the average daily temperature of 18C. Expect a mix of sun, cloud and rain so best to pack some warmer layers and an umbrella or rain shell just incase. 

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ACE CAMP TOUR LEADER

The ACE CAMP TOUR LEADER is a part of your group and are there to look out for your safety, to help resolve issues, and to make sure you get what you want from your vacation. The Tour Leader will make sure that everyone who wants company has it, including dinners when no group meal is scheduled.

They also work with the local guides to insure the right combination of pace, information, and duration - and, well...keep the ball rolling.


ITINERARY

FULL ITINERARY COMING SOON!


Interested in joining us in 2019? Submit your email below and we will keep you in the loop the moment we launch our next camp.