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Learn A New Skill

Immerse yourself during your travels by learning a new skill; be it testing your creative skills with ceramics, distilling your own gin in the convenience of your villa, or learning how to cook a traditionally South African meal.

Cape Malay Cooking Class 

Escape+Explore offers unforgettable tours that are not intended to consume a whole travel itinerary, but offer once in a lifetime adventures. Enhance your day exploration out by adding a private local cooking class. 

The Cape Malays are a community unique to the Western Cape of South Africa. Lekka Kombuis is situated in a historic part of Cape Town called Bo-Kaap ('Upper Cape' in English). The Bo-Kaap is a colourful, iconic neighbourhood, full of rich history and culture. Food plays a big role in the life of the Cape Malay community and reflects this vibrant culture. For a taste of locally influenced cuisine and Cape Malay flavours, head to Gamidah's private home, one of the oldest in the area.

While out exploring the best that Cape Town has to offer, stop for a 2 hour session to learn the art of folding samoosas, rolling rootis, making chicken curry, sambal and chilli bites, all whilst chatting about local life in Cape Town and the Bo Kaap.  

Price: R1 100 per person (over and above your day tour rate with Escape+Explore)
Contact us for more information and options on half- and full day tours to combine with your cooking class

Booked on a private basis only, this is a fun interactive cooking lesson which lasts approximately 2 hours.


Comtemporary African Ceramic Classes – Imiso

Imiso is a contemporary African ceramics art studio, specialising in hand-crafted, collectable, one-of-a-kind pieces created by award-winning ceramicists Andile Dyalvane and Zizipho Poswa.

'IMISO' is derived from the Xhosa word 'NGOMSO' meaning 'tomorrow' or contextually 'the future'. Translated, IMISO means 'a better tomorrow for future generations'. This meaning can be found in the stories they tell through their work.

Learn from the masters of ceramics and try your hand at making your own one-of-a-kind piece, a keepsake of your time in South Africa.

Location: Imiso Studio, Unit A3, Salt Orchard, 11-12 Briar Street, Salt River, Cape Town
Contact us to book

This is a unique experience available exclusively to Icon Villas guests. Duration approximately 3 hours. Must be booked 2 months or further in advance. 


Blomendahl Gin Masterclass & Distilling

Unleash your inner mixologist and embark on a journey into the exciting world of gin with Blomendahl Distillery’s Gin Masterclass! Learn the secrets of distilling from their award-winning Master Distiller in the privacy of your villa, and take home a bottle of your own creation.

Crafting your own gin from micro stills is an immersive and creative endeavour that invites enthusiasts into the captivating world of distillation and flavour infusion. Tailor the botanicals, spices, and aromatics to suit your personal taste preferences, resulting in a unique and bespoke spirit. 

Price: R5 900 for 4 stills (for groups of 4 - 8 people), in the privacy of your own villa
Contact us to book

Booked on a private basis only, this is a fun interactive experience which lasts approximately 2 hours.