About the trip:

This is an 9 day Ace Camp where you be will exploring textiles using batik techniques, creating fabric designs and focusing on your own creativity in the Kingdom of Swaziland in Southern Africa. 

Lotta 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 color 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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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:

  • 9 nights 
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 7 lunches
  • 7 dinners
  • 2 day pattern workshop with Lotta Jansdotter
  • 3 day Batik making workshop with Baobab Batik
  • Snacks + beverages during the workshop
  • Return Transport from Johannesburg to Swaziland
  • Shopping + Markets Tour
  • A guided wildlife drive in Mhkaya Nature Reserve
  • A visit with a womens 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 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.

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:  $2559.00 USD - airfare is not included

Deposit:  $1559.00 - due when place in workshop is confirmed 

Final Payment of $1000.00 due January 15, 2017


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)


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.





Lotta Jansdotter’s designs are like little plants working their way through cracks in the sidewalk. Things of simple beauty that bring relief to the urban landscape. Lotta’s work is about her life, and life is her inspiration. Her genius lies in exploring the beauty of everyday things.

Her look is sleek and urban and her products are created for a busy city life. Her awareness, substance and instinctual sense of style are perfectly suited for contemporary lifestyles. Learn more about Lotta Jansdotter by visiting her website www.jansdotter.com.

Lotta Jansdotter

Lotta Jansdotter


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




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.



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. 



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.


Day One

Travel Day – you will be picked up at the Johannesburg Intl. Airport on the 23rd of March.

7:00pm  Meet and Greet - dinner at our hotel.

Day Two

Breakfast 7:00 am

8am 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 2.5 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 a short time to check in and refresh before we begin our first workshop session with Lotta Jansdotter.

This afternoon we start with exploration of basic design elements and repeats on paper. We will also talk about design inspiration in batiking and surface design.

Dinner - at the hotel

Day Three

Breakfast at hotel      

This morning we will visit the Manzini Market to get a better appreciation of the remarkably 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 - Victory Seeds Cafe

Following lunch we head back to Mogi for our second session with Lotta. This afternoon we continue to play with shapes and design elements by using blocks and stamps.
Dinner - TBD

Day Four

Breakfast at hotel      

Today we have an all day workshop with Lotta. We will spend the day planning and working on our batik designs and colors to prepare for our batik workshop by using brushes, inks and stencils on paper. 

Lunch - Mogi

Dinner - Malandela's

Day Five

Breakfast at hotel    

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

Lunch TBD

Afternoon, continue with batik workshop.

Dinner at Mogi

Day Six

Breakfast at hotel    

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

Lunch TBD

Afternoon, continue with batik workshop

Dinner at Mogi

Day Seven

Breakfast at hotel    

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

Lunch - special picnic lunch with Baobab

Afternoon, continue with batik workshop

Dinner at Mogi

Day Eight

Breakfast at hotel    

Today we take an unforgettable guided safari drive through Mkhaya Nature Reserve. This park was established in 1979 to save the pure Nguni breed of cattle from extinction and has gone on to include other endangered species such as the south-central black rhinoceros, southern white rhinoceros, hippopotamus pods, roan antelope, sable antelope, tsessebe, elephant and Cape buffalo herds. It's known, however, for its black and white rhino population and boasts that you're more likely to meet rhinos here than anywhere else in Africa. Birds of note include Narina trogon, purple-crested turaco, grey-headed bush-shrike, gorgeous bushshrike and pygmy kingfisher.

Lunch - Mkhaya Picnic lunch

Dinner - on your own

Day Nine

Breakfast at hotel      

This morning we will visit a women's weaving co-operative homestead and studio. 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 - on your own

This afternoon is free for you to relax and explore. If you are keen to stretch your legs and explore more of the countryside there are a great number of scenic hikes right outside the door of the hotel. If you prefer to relax, the Royal Swazi Sun spa is just down the road and offers numerous treatments. 

Dinner - TBD

Day Ten

Breakfast at hotel

Today we travel back to the Johannesburg International Airport. Our private bus will collect us at 8am and drive directly there. 

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.