Get off the Couch – What’s happening this Weekend
Tired of sitting on the couch every weekend, feeling a bit of the winter slump? If so, don’t stop reading as we have some answers for you to get up and have some fun this weekend.
If you are in the Western Cape you could take part in the Gravity Adventure Festival happening in Kleinmond from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 August 2009. There is something for everyone from a trail run, MTB race (that is a mountain bike race for those not au fait with the lingo), downriver kayak race, K1 sprint, mile river swim, downriver croc race and adventure race as well as a climbing event.
This festival, one of South Africa’s most diverse adventure festivals, takes place in and around the main road bridge on the Palmiet River. You will be able to see some awesome sights, test your climbing skills on the wall or browse through the food and gear stalls.
If you’re looking for something a little more chilled head off to Oudtshoorn for the Klein Karoo Klassique. This is a festival of classical music and Klein Karoo cuisine, wines and art and you read more about this at Klein Karoo Klassique Festival.
Durban is hosting the BMW International Polo Series with the first test held at Shongweni on Sunday 16 August 2009. This year Canada has accepted the invitation to send a team and South Africa hope to remain undefeated as they came out tops during Canada’s previous visit in 2004. The second test will take place at Inanda on Sunday 23 August.
If you are a water sport or boating enthusiast then make your way down to the Coca Cola Dome in North Riding Johannesburg for the National Boat Show from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 August 2009. Bringing industry leaders together in a spectacular display of water and adventure sports, power boats and yachts, fresh and salt water fishing as well as scuba diving this is where you can rediscover your love for the sea and see all the latest and greatest there is on offer.
There are also a number of competitions taking place during the show, so make sure you don’t miss out.
On Sunday 16 August the Vodacom Tour de Soweto offers you a unique opportunity to see Soweto on a bicycle. Come and experience the colourful vibe of this Johannesburg township. Start off with a 2km warm up ride to the starting line at Mofolo Park (which is opposite the community centre), from there you can take place in either a 40km or 19km race.
Participants are encouraged to decorate their bikes for the 19km Dikwiel race.
While you twist and turn through the streets of Soweto passing historical landmarks such as the Orlando Stadium, Nancefield and Meadowlands Migrant Worker Hostels, and Orlando West – recent home of Winnie Mandela, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu – you will also see the community life of Soweto through the street side churches, garages, car washes, hawkers as well as the occasional shebeen.
The local residents will cheer you on and the live entertainment of Gumboot, Pantsula and Zulu dancing will keep you motivated. Entrance is R50 for the 40km race and R10 for the 19km.
And if that hasn’t got your blood pumping make your way to Nelspruit on Saturday 15 August 2009 for the Sundwala Mankele MTB Challenge. Take part in the 12km, 35km or 60km mountain bike races. Bring the whole family as there is also a fair and entertainment.
This weekend is about adventure. Why not challenge yourself, your friends, and your loved ones to get off that couch and do something different this weekend!