ACE CAMPS TRAVEL COMPANY

Swaziland, South Africa | Learn Pattern Design + Batik | Safari to Kruger

HEATHER MOORE | THE ART OF BATIK + PRINTING TECHNIQUES | SWAZILAND | APRIL 1 - 11, 2018

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.

About the trip:

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. 

Heather Moore of Skinny Laminx will be teaching a 2 day workshop about basic surface design. She will talk about design inspiration, as well as how to create simple and successful patterns and motifs. She will discuss layouts, repeat patterns and colour choices that are suitable for batiking and other printing and surface techniques at home.  

You will also 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

NEW FOR 2018! 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)
  • 2 day pattern workshop with Heather Moore of Skinny Laminx
  • 3 day Batik making workshop with Baobab Batik
  • 1.5 days of guided safaris thru Kruger National Park
  • Return Transport from Johannesburg to Swaziland
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 7 lunches
  • 9 dinners
  • Shopping + Markets Tour
  • A visit with a womans weaving cooperative
  • 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.

Single rooms are based on first registrations.

*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 10 people.

Transportation to Johannesburg is not included.

Fee:  $2959.00 USD - airfare is not included

 

Deposit:  $1959.00 - due when place in workshop is confirmed 

Final Payment of $1000.00 due January 15, 2018



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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 + VISAS

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

Nationals of some countries require a visa to enter Swaziland. An entry visa for South Africa may also be required ( when you arrive in Johannesburg ) , these requirements differ from country to country and are subject to change. We can try to assist you as much as possible if needed. Contact your government office to find out particulars.

 

 


 

HEATHER MOORE OF SKINNY LAMINX

HEATHER MOORE lives in Cape Town, South Africa with a handsome bloke, two noisy cats, loads of plants and a couple of bicycles, all just a short walk away from the Skinny laMinx store and studio, where she designs patterns and products that get sold in her shop, and sent all over the world.

Heather Moore

Heather Moore

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.

March 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

Day One - April 1

Travel Day – arrive at O.R. Tambo (Johannesburg) International Airport and shuttle to our arrival hotel.

Meet and greet dinner this evening - at hotel.

Day Two - April 2

Breakfast at hotel 

After breakfast our journey to Swaziland begins! Our private bus will pick us up from the hotel.

Passing through the eastern part of South Africa we should reach the Swaziland border in about 3 hours.

After we have crossed the border, we will stop by the workshop and store of Ngwenya Glass. Experience award-winning glass blowers creating everything from tableware to animal figurines, all from 100% recycled glass. 

Lunch at eDladleni Swazi Restaurant 

After lunch ~ We will arrive in the heart of the Ezulwini valley at our hotel, Mogi. You will have some down time to refresh before we meet on the terrace for introductions, and info about the upcoming days. Heather will also give a brief overview of her plans for teaching the next few days.

Dinner - at Mogi

Day Three - April 3

Breakfast at hotel      

This morning we will visit the Manzini Market filled with local market goods. On the same block is a great fabric shop and take a guided tour at Gone Rural workshop. Gone Rural is constantly working with their weavers to redefine what can be made with grass and a skilled hand – from fashion, to lighting, to sculpture and accessories they have embraced the vitality and artistic spirit of women living in rural Swaziland to create innovative, high-end décor products out of local, sustainable materials.

Lunch - Malandela's

Following lunch we head back to Mogi for our first session with Heather. 

Session 1 with Heather: Getting inspired. A hands-on workshop about training the eye to notice shapes, colour and pattern in ordinary life, and how this can become a way of generating designs.

Dinner - at Mogi

Day Four - April 4

Breakfast at hotel      

Today we have an all day workshop with Heather Moore on the terrace at Mogi. 

Session 2 with Heather: How pattern design works. Understanding pattern repeat, design layouts and colour choices through some simple printing techniques.

Lunch - at Mogi

Dinner - at Mantega Lodge

Day Five - April 5

Breakfast at hotel    

This morning we will visit the Manzini Thursday morning Handicraft Market to get a better appreciation of the impressive range of traditional arts and crafts this country has to offer. Then we will head to the Swazi Candle Company studio and shop where they hand make exquisitly crafted candles

Lunch - at Mogi

Afternoon Session with Heather Moore.

Session 3 with Heather Moore: Planning a design for batik. A workshop to prepare for the batik dying design process. 

Dinner - at TBD

Day Six - April 6

Breakfast at hotel    

Today we start the first day of our hands-on batik workshop in the studios of Baobab Batik.

Lunch at Vickery Seedling cafe

Afternoon, continue with batik workshop.

Dinner at Mogi

Day Seven - April 7

Breakfast at hotel    

We continue with the second day of our hands-on batik workshop in the studios of Baobab Batik.

Lunch at Vickery Seedling cafe

Afternoon, continue with batik workshop

Dinner at Mogi

Day Eight - April 8

Today is the final day of our hands-on batik workshop in the studios of Baobab Batik.

Lunch - special picnic lunch with Baobab Batik

Afternoon, continue with batik workshop

Dinner at Mogi

Day Nine - April 9

Breakfast at hotel      

This morning is free for you to relax, and pack. 

Late morning we depart Swaziland and make our way to Kruger National Park. We will make a stop at a grocery store enroute for you to pick up lunch and snacks.

From here we drive to Malelane Gate and enter Kruger National Park. Travel to Berg en Dal Rest Camp and check in to your accommodation. 

The bungalows at Berg-en-Dal camp are simple, but comfortable safari cottages with three beds each. White rhino regularly roam the area around the camp. The region also boasts regular leopard sightings because of its hilly, rocky landscape. Crocs and hippos are known to relax in the dam in front of the restaurant, so keep an eye out for those from one of the benches.

Early evening -Guided sunset jeep safari

This evening is free for you to eat at the Tree Restaurant located within the camp or relax and cook in your bungalow. (There is a simple kitchen with hotplate and kettle.)

Day Ten - April 10

Head out on an early morning safari at 6:00am. Enjoy the morning wildlife and stop off at a rest camp for breakfast (on your own).

Continue on your guided exploration of Kruger park. 

Lunch on your own at Lower Sabie Rest Camp Restaurant

Afternoon safari - continue your guided exploration of Kruger. 

Late afternoon, we head to Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp and check in to your bungalows.Located right on the banks of the Crocodile River, this camp regularly offers Big 5 viewing and it is one of the best places to spot the wild dog.

Dinner at Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp where our guide will prepare a traditional South African Braai meal.

Day Eleven - April 11

TRAVEL DAY

This morning we wake up and leave Kruger National park, we make a breakfast stop in Komatipoort before heading to O.R. Tambo Airport in Johannesburg to catch your flight home. Lunch/snack stop enroute. Breakfast and Lunch on your own.


Nota Bene: this is a prospective itinerary. It is subject to modest modifications, dependent on local weather, new opportunities and the desires of the group.