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AA Cape Town jazz safari is an intimate evening excursion into the living rooms of Cape jazz and goema music virtuosos. Described as part township tour, part soiree and part social history crash course, music lovers will discover Cape Town’s distinguished jazz heritage and visit a renowned township jazz club.
What’s a Cape jazz safari like?
Imagine jazz legends like Miles Davis or Earl Klugh extended an open invitation to you to come over to their house, hang out with their family and friends and listen to them blow, strum and jam just for you. Well, it’s kind of like that.
Only, a Cape jazz music tour is possibly even better, because on this urban music encounter you’ll experience Cape jazz genres that few locals have enjoyed first-hand.
Led by a guide, who is usually a local jazz aficionado, your Cape Town jazz safari starts at ikhaya Lodge, at 8 Wandel Street in Gardens, Cape Town. Here guests are given an introduction to Cape jazz, a history that includes jazz greats like Abdullah Ibrahim and Basil Coetzee, who translated the heartache of an oppressed nation into melodies.
Then, you depart by minibus to venues across the city. First stop will be the home of a jazz musician, which includes a light meal. Following that you’ll end the evening in another musician’s home or at a jazz club for the final set. Swinger's jazz club in Lansdowne and the Mahogany Room in central Cape Town are regular stops for the late set.
Scheduled tours take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Private tours can also be arranged.
Theory says your tour lasts 4 hours, meaning you’ll be home around 11.30pm. Reality says you won’t want your Cape Town jazz safari to end.
TTravel tips & planning info
Who to contact
Tel: +27 (0)21 813 9829
How to get here
The tours depart from iKhaya Lodge at 8 Wandel Street in Gardens, Cape Town. Take a cab to meet your guide there.
Best time to visit
Scheduled jazz safaris take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Enquire about private tours with the operator.
Once at the meeting point you will be driven around in a minibus.
What will it cost?
The cost is around R2 000 per person for a 4-hour tour.
Length of stay
The tour starts at 7pm and usually finishes around 11:30pm.
What to pack
Bring money for alcoholic beverages, as the fee does not include this.
What to eat
Your tour includes a light home-cooked meal.