Peggy's African Art and Tours

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Peggy's African Art and Tours

Peggy's African Art and Tours
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At the studio & gallery at 66 Main Street you can hear the stories behind my paintings and get a glimpse of my own life and work as an African artist. Visiting me is of course free but as an accredited Tour Guide I also offer township tours: Expect a fascinating experience of African culture, food, lifestyle and empowerment far beyond the usual Garden Route "routine". Optional: visit local artists.
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685dieterk
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Mr.
Jun 2019 • Solo
It was a short visit, far too short, to the Gallery, I will do the tour in July on my return to Knysna.

Wow, what vibrant colours, what a variety. The paintings reflect an ideal of Africa, a simple Africa, a strong and vigorous Africa, a loving Africa.

In the back corner I was gobsmacked. Piles of tinned food, packets of flour, rice and maize meal? Peggy's support a soup kitchen, a creche. WOW, this lady and her team really share the love!!!

I cannot recommend a visit to this gallery highly enough.

Written 15 June 2019
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Jasmin
Colne, UK1 087 contributions
Sad news
May 2019 • Friends
Sadly Peggy died on 3rd May 2019 after a short illness. The tours will continue but with other guides.
Written 9 May 2019
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Carolyn G
Alamo65 contributions
See a part of South Africa that you would not normally see.
Oct 2018 • Friends
Peggy's is an amazing person, warm, caring and funny. She has worked tirelessly in her community to raise up the people who live in these townships. She gives you a chance to see how they live, and one thing you will notice is that even though they do not have much, and life is a daily struggle, they always have a smile for visitors. It is a great experience.
Written 5 November 2018
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Lesly U
72 contributions
Professional and interesting
Nov 2018 • Couples
A big thumbs up to Peggy for her tireless work in the community. Her tours are interesting, personal and exciting. Peggy's tours are a must do, standard when visiting Knysna.
Written 4 November 2018
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hightech-nomade
Munich, Germany190 contributions
Outstanding township tour, outstanding person
Mar 2018 • Couples
Peggy is a very warm hearted, well connected woman, who build a business and moved out of the township herself. As she put it: "there's no magic". Connected to how life in the township is, we were very impressed by her hard work as an artist and a tour guide. The day we had our tour there was a photo of her and the minister of tourism in the newspaper and she was rightfully proud.
For the tour we were picked up by her and drove directly to the township.
Peggy actively told us a lot about the townships and we could ask questions.

I wanted to know how life in a township is, but at the same time it hard to bear.
In the incredible rich Knysna of 76 000 inhabitants, 47 000 live in townships, in small shags, lots of them without running water and little electricity. The living conditions are extremely bad and crowded. In a small shag easily 10 people live, I could hardly image, that there is enough room in the floor. Peggy pointed out, that 80% are unemployed and without government support to buy food or anything.
The other 20% often work for minimum wage jobs, which is around 6€/day.

We visited a place, where Peggy sponsors food for school children and a creche, which she supports to get governmental approval. Another review did not like the invitation to help this places and labeled it a "sale pitch". I did not perceive it that way, they talked fondly about the past donation but did not actively ask for new ones, though this moments were hard for me too, seeing that with little money so much could be done. I am happy that Peggy bundles efforts and supports them.
Written 25 March 2018
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Holiday_Reader
Somerton, UK85 contributions
Township Tour Experience
Feb 2018 • Couples
We found Peggy's leaflet at our B&B in Knysna and it sounded interesting so we booked a Township Tour for the following day. It started on time and we were driven straight to the edge of the Township. Our guide was one of Peggy's team and was a delight. She seemed to know everyone! We stopped many times and our guide explained how the Township had developed and how it was still changing. We were welcomed into one of the local shops, met a lady who welcomed us into her Mandela home, the modern replacements of the apartheid era huts, with minimum basic standards. We spent a long time at a school, something as a retired teacher from the UK I was keen to do. The classes were large, but the children had a yearning to learn which gave us a positive feeling about the future for this generation. It was a treat for us when they sang some lovely traditional songs. Peggy's company supports a number of community activities and this year part of each tour fee is supporting a soup kitchen for children after school, and to provide some basic requirements for a pre-school crèche. Visiting this was an especially moving experience. This is our first visit to SA and this visit has been one of our most memorable.
Written 6 February 2018
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ehl52
Linz, Austria3 contributions
Exzellente Township tour mit Peggy
Nov 2017 • Couples
What an excellent, interesting and fascinating experience, our township tour with Peggy!
She is very kind, very well informed and such a friendlay caracter!
We visited little shops where we could talk to the sellers and we also visited a pre-school where children sang songs and where could contact the teachers.
We got a lot of informations!
We learned a lot from Peggy concerning life in a township. She gave us insight to the social developpement in South Africa after apartheid regime. She answered to all our questions so patiently! We enjoyed her passion for her work and her sense of humor!
Highly recomended!
Written 10 January 2018
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Carole P
Prosper, TX130 contributions
A Bit of a Sales Pitch
Oct 2017 • Friends
We did a walking tour & visited a school along with a preschool in the Knysna township. Peggy has a very warm friendly personality but it seemed very obvious a sales pitch for money for the township was her purpose. She also pushed her store where African items could be purchased which seemed overpriced based on our previous stops at shops.
Written 22 October 2017
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Hobbsey52
London, UK53 contributions
A really great tour from a lovely lady
Apr 2017 • Family
Peggy was very accommodating and such a lovely lady. We saw the reviews on Trip Advisor and thought we would book up the tour as we wanted to see the real Africa and a township. Peggy knows everyone on the township and is very well known in the community. We recommend taking lots of sweets for the kids as they seem to sense them and come running from all directions and we ran out within 5 minutes. The tour was really interesting and opened our eyes to the townships. At all times we felt totally safe with Peggy. We went to her studio after and saw the incredible art that she produces.
Written 8 April 2017
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ntripping
Düsseldorf, Germany35 contributions
One of the best little galleries and the most charming artist we've ever met!
Feb 2017 • Couples
We visited Peggy outside her opening hours but she was so happy to chat with us and tell us about her township projects, work with young people and women, that we didn't want to leave :)

The painting we bought from her now hangs on our wall and reminds us of her positive energy, her smile and kindness and is one of the best souvenirs we've ever brought back from our travels.
Written 29 March 2017
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