HOW DID CAPE CLASSICS AFRICA BEGIN?
Cape Classics Africa began after Shirley who had been a travel agent selling worldwide travel for many years, began to really appreciate what an incredible offering South Africa has for tourists. With the rate of exchange and the quality of accommodation and touring on offer, it is a travelers dream. She teamed up with Cape Classics Inc. a wine import company with an offices in New York and Somerset West and began arranging wine tours in the Cape.
As most of our visitors wish to experience more than just wine, she then diversified into arranging itineraries of all of South Africa, Southern Africa and East Africa. After having been in the travel trade for 38 years it was easy to diversify to offer safaris, island and beach getaways and desert escapes.
WHO IS CAPE CLASSICS INC?
Cape Classics Africa is affiliated to Cape Classics Inc. a wine import company based in New York with an office on Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West. It is presently the largest importer of South African wine to the USA .
The Indaba Montessori Institute
Established by Cape Classics Inc, the Indaba Montessori Institute offers Association Montessori Internationale teacher training to students wishing to work with and educate children. They are the only training center in Southern Africa offering AMI-accredited training.
The Indaba Education Fund is a registered Section 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that invests in early childhood development within the winelands of South Africa. It introduces skilled and resourced educators into these disadvantaged communities. This opportunity to be taught in this way greatly improve the children’s chances of a successful adulthood hence enhancing family life, elevating societies, and building a better future for South Africa.
At the Helm
Cape Classics Inc.
Born in Johannesburg in South Africa, Andre went to King Edward VII School. An avid oarsman, he rowed for a Junior South African squad in the British Championships in 1979. After attending Medical School at the University of the Witwatersrand for four years, Andre spent seven years working in Europe.
In 1991, he arranged the first tasting of South African wines in New York. This led to Cape Classics Inc. being founded which is now the largest importer of fine South African wines into the United States.
Andre also takes a great personal interest in social responsibility by supporting early childhood development to those in need in the Stellenbosch winelands area in the form of the Indaba Montessori Institute. Andre lives between South Africa and the USA and is the proud father of three sons.
Cape Classics Africa
Shirley is the founder of Cape Classics Africa. Born and schooled at Springfield Convent in Cape Town, her overwhelming passion was to see the world. After leaving school, she studied travel and tourism and worked for various travel companies before opening her own travel business.
She has travelled the world extensively but always loves returning to Africa which has a special place in her heart. Bringing guests into Southern Africa, East Africa, and the islands off Africa is something that gives her great joy through an opportunity to experience all that these countries have to offer.
Shirley’s meticulous attention to seamless travel planning ensures that our clients go home having had the trip of a lifetime, well planned and care free. Shirley is married with two children and lives in Somerset West.