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South Africa’s 5 Most Popular Events
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South Africa’s 5 Most Popular Events

Every year, South Africa hosts hundreds of exciting events; ranging from sports matches and dances to theatre and art exhibitions. Locals and tourists flock to the various locations around the country in which these events take place, because they showcase the talents and abilities of this gloriously diverse land and its people. Here are five of the most popular events in South Africa, based on their annual attendance, as well as on their influence within the event and media circles. South Africa’s 5 Most Popular Events The Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (WC) The KKNK, as it is more co...
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The Shell Festival
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The Shell Festival

Jeffrey’s Bay is best known as the surfing Mecca of champions and sportsmen from all over the world. The same beaches that host these local and international surfing enthusiasts and their spectators are home to another South African treasure. This is the extensive collection of exquisite shells that occur naturally along these shores. As the chill of winter dissipates and spring is well on its way, the annual Shell Festival lures thousands of South African and foreign visitors to Jeffrey’s Bay to see some of the beauty that exists in its shell variety. More than 600 types of shells come in ...
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Get Cheesy at the George Cheese Festival
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Get Cheesy at the George Cheese Festival

The Cheese Festival in George, Garden Route, began in 2002 and, considering its size and popularity, has very humble roots. This festival was started by the parents of the children attending Outeniqua Primary School in an effort to raise much-needed funds. The money raised is used to improve the children’s educational experience as well as to assist the community in a number of ways. Local fundraising activities like these go a long way in bettering and uplifting communities. However, the George Cheese Festival is not only popular for its monetary value, but also for the delicious flavours ...
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Kicking Back at the Kirkwood Wildsfees
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Kicking Back at the Kirkwood Wildsfees

The Kirkwood Wildsfees is fast becoming one of the Eastern Cape’s largest, and most successful, events. It is characterised by a really festive ambience with plenty of sights, sounds, competitions, stalls and performances. Set in the heart of the little “dorp” of Kirkwood in the Sunday’s River Valley, the Wildsfees was originally intended to showcase agricultural and wildlife-oriented. Any other time of the year, Kirkwood is a sleepy hollow in which locals enjoy the tranquillity of the Eastern Cape bushveld and surrounding mountains. Some of the top performers in South Africa travel to b...
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See The Flowers, Be The Flowers
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See The Flowers, Be The Flowers

The magic of a blanket of beautiful blooms comes alive in Namaqualand between July and September of every year. In fact, this part of the Northern Cape is actually fairly quiet for the rest of the year. However, come winter, visitors from all over the world flock to see the magnificence of the blooms as they emerge from their summer sleepiness and grace the extensive countryside with their vibrant colours and breath-taking aroma. There are more than 4 000 different plant species, but it is up to the weather to decide which will flourish in any given year. This means that even regular...
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Move Over KKNK, the Klein Karoo Klassique is This Weekend!
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Move Over KKNK, the Klein Karoo Klassique is This Weekend!

I know, it does get a little confusing - all these Kunstefeeses (can one even say that in Afrikaans?) but the Klassique is worth pencilling into your diary, particularly as it's over this coming long weekend 9 – 12 August. It might be a smaller festival than Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK) but it packs a punch all its own, even if it fails to get quite the plethora of advertising its fellow arts' festival enjoys. But it's still young - only in its fourth year. As one can only say in Afrikaans, this year's Klein Karoo Klassique, as its name suggests, is a 'fees van klassieke mus...
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Kicking Back at the KKNK
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Kicking Back at the KKNK

The Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (simply known as the KKNK, which is most aptly pronounced in Afrikaans) is a proudly South African tribute to the Afrikaans language, culture and arts. In fact, it is the first festival in the country dedicated to one language community and, based on its annual attendance, remains the largest and most popular festival of its kind. Every year, in the first school holidays (March and April), the small Karoo town of Oudtshoorn is abuzz with those who know and appreciate the complexity, humour and diversity of the Afrikaans language and its speakers. Of co...
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The Grahamstown National Arts Festival
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The Grahamstown National Arts Festival

At any other time of year, the little university town of Grahamstown, just 90 minutes from Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape, is a quiet hub of students and families going about their daily lives. However, come June / July, this peaceful retreat suddenly erupts into a hive of excitement and activity for the annual Grahamstown National Arts Festival. Visitors from all over the country, and the world, make their way to this artistic epicentre to be a part of the festivities. The National Arts Festival is organised by the Grahamstown Foundation and has been recognised as the most exte...
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The Billabong Pro in Jeffreys Bay
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The Billabong Pro in Jeffreys Bay

The Billabong Pro is part of an international surfing competition that pushes even the most seasoned surfing champs to the limits. This exciting sporting event is the halfway mark for the esteemed ASP World Tour, which is made up of a total of 10 individual surfing events around the planet. The winner of this tough compo is recognised as the world’s champion male surfer. So, it is no wonder that it draws hundreds of thousands of spectators, no matter where in the world these top-notch surfers are competing for this coveted position. Every July, thousands of people and many of the world’...
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Alexandra Park in Pietermaritzburg – A beautiful venue for Cars in the Park
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Alexandra Park in Pietermaritzburg – A beautiful venue for Cars in the Park

Established in 1860, Alexandra Park in Pietermaritzburg boasts an impressive array of flower and other plant species, while the cricket Oval, with its fascinating Victorian Pavilion (a national monument), regularly hosts many of the KwaZulu-Natal capital’s cultural events. Considered for many decades to be the city’s main social activity centre, Alexandra Park is well known for showcasing annual events like Art in the Park – the largest outdoor art exhibition in South Africa; Cars in the Park – an annual motoring event featuring vehicles past and present; and Maritzburg Fantasia – a Christmas ...
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Visit Richmond – You Don’t Need To Be A Book Nut, But It Helps If You Are
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Visit Richmond – You Don’t Need To Be A Book Nut, But It Helps If You Are

The little town of Richmond lies in the middle of the Karoo of the Northern Cape, roughly four hours away from Bloemfontein, its slightly shaggy main street lined with period 19th century architecture, much of it restored, the upper reaches of which form a tunnel of book stores. Richmond is a book town. The only one on the African continent. And a book town of note. If you are an avid book fan, my advice to you is that you set aside at least two days for a visit. And if you really want to indulge, time your visit with one of the annual book festivals. From the N1 there seems nothing ...
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All I want for Christmas – some interesting and creative gift ideas
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All I want for Christmas – some interesting and creative gift ideas

Ding, dong, ding, dong – it's Christmas. Again. The time of endless standing in queues listening to Boney M re-runs of Christmas carols, tinsel and turkeys begins. Bet last year you made a vow not to get caught up in the mayhem. And yet, here we are... If like most of us you've still not bought all your gifts, we've put together some easy, local (well, not all, but most) gift ideas. Some have a travel theme in keeping with the blog, but we've also thrown in a few just because we like them so much, and couldn't resist. Here's to a merry Christmas! Magazine subscription to Country Life...
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Kamers vol Geskenke – where gifts are flying off the shelves
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Kamers vol Geskenke – where gifts are flying off the shelves

I'm just back from three hours of soaking up the ambiance of a market that gives new meaning to the word 'craft'. The recent term for this type of craft is 'high-end craft' (there's that word again, but obviously it is irreplaceable). So, don't expect to see hand-knitted jerseys and wooden toys as you might at your average local craft market. If there is one event you attend for all your Christmas gift shopping, then make it Kamers vol Geskenke at Lourensford wine estate in Somerset West, happening now: until 29 October, 9am to 6pm daily. 'High-end craft' describes originally designed, timel...
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Franschhoek Bastille Day Festival Photographs
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Franschhoek Bastille Day Festival Photographs

Some of our team members attended the Franschhoek Bastille Day festival on the weekend of 16 July and brought back some wonderful photographs of the festivities. We especially like the photos of the Solms-Delta marching band - aren't they a handsome bunch? Franschhoek, South Africa’s Gourmet Capital, celebrates its centuries-old French Huguenot heritage with a wonderful feast of food, wine and entertainment at its annual Bastille Festival. Its a great time to be in Franschhoek and if you haven't been yet, we suggest you try to get there next year! Its a wonderfully festive time. ...
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Liberty Midlands Mall Motor Show – A review
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Liberty Midlands Mall Motor Show – A review

Once dubbed ‘Sleepy Hollow’, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal’s capital, has become a vibrant city thanks largely to the establishment of a modern shopping centre there some years ago. Situated on Sanctuary Road, just off the N3 highway, The Liberty Midlands Mall is home to nearly 180 shops including many household names like Game, Pick ‘n Pay, Woolworths, Edgars and Cine Centre Cinemas. Besides the many shops and restaurants, the Mall has a number of attractions with one of the most popular being its annual motor show, which is always a crowd puller. Many of the city’s motor dealers have re...
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