ART SITE – Uitzicht

Uitzicht is a historic Victorian house with an art suite. It is located on the Kasteelberg in Riebeek West in the Western Cape of South Africa. The garden is an ecological paradise with many indigenous plants, as well as vegetables and fruit trees. The house and the garden are fed by mountain water and solar energy. The site serves as Rasa’s new head-and-heartquarters and aims to be a meeting place for artistic cross-pollination.

The owners Gerd Dierckx and Pieter Bouman have the intention to uplift the community with decades of experience; Gerd in art education and curation and Pieter as a psychologist specialising in mindfulness and meditation.

The historic home was built in 1903 by South African President Jan Christian Smuts for his elderly parents, Jacobus and Catharina Smuts. Besides his political career, Jan Smuts was a renowned philosopher and botanist, a genius, if controversial thinker.


A self-sustaining art suite is located in the Uitzicht garden. This contemporary 48 m2 space has a kitchen, bathroom, double bed and sitting area, and a private terrace with direct access to the garden, orchard and swimming pool. There is also a freestanding room in the garden that can be used a studio. Artists of different disciplines, with a special interest in art for social change, can stay and work in an atmosphere of supportive creativity. For information on projects and terms and conditions, email


The Riebeek Valley would have been known to the native Khoi people, but was first described by a party of Cape Dutch explorers led by Pieter Cruythoff, in 1661. The mountain, Riebeeck’s Kasteel, was named after the Commander of the Cape, Jan van Riebeeck, who arrived with the first settlers in 1652. Riebeek West and Riebeek Kasteel are two of the oldest towns in South Africa. They are situated in the Western Cape, 75 km north-east of Cape Town, 50 minutes’ drive from the city centre.

The slopes of the dramatic Kasteelberg stretch out into wheatlands, vineyards and olive groves, creating a distinctive touch of the Mediterranean in Africa.

 The Riebeek Valley is is home to a creative and vibrant community of artists, artisans and craftspeople.

ECOLOGY Western Cape

Wild waters ・ Kelp forests ・ Ancient rock formations ・ Fynbos・ Afromontane forest ・ Wildflower hotspot

There are few places in the world with as much biodiversity as the Western Cape. This province contains one of the world’s six floral kingdoms, the fynbos, with an estimated 8,000 unique plant species to discover. The beauty and sights of the Western Cape are hard to beat, which is why this region is South Africa’s top tourist destination.

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