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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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Concert in the Park – A review
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Concert in the Park – A review

Established in the early 1870s for the purpose of conserving and propagating rare and endangered indigenous plants, the National Botanical Gardens in Pietermaritzburg is always a great venue for anyone looking to relax and unwind amongst the beauty of nature. Flowers of every description birth forth a kaleidoscope of colours and hues while tall trees shade visitors strolling along the neatly manicured lawns creating a sense of utopia seldom experienced in any city setting. The ever popular ‘Concert in the Park’ has been staged annually in the Botanical Gardens since 2005 and when my friend ...
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A day out with the cars in the park
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A day out with the cars in the park

Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal’s capital city, is home to many attractions, not least of which is the colourful Alexandra Park, considered for many decades to be the city’s main social activity centre. Established in 1860, the park boasts a dazzling array of flower and plant species while the Cricket Oval with its fascinating Victorian Pavilion (a national monument) regularly hosts cultural city events. The park itself is well known for showcasing annual events like ‘Art in the Park’ - the largest outdoor exhibition in South Africa; ‘Cars in the Park’ – all wheels vintage and future; and ‘...
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The Flamjangled Tea Party
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The Flamjangled Tea Party

Set on the Contermanskloof Wine Farm, only 30 minutes from Cape Town, the Flamjangled Tea Party in Durbanville is a unique, colourful weekend long party and celebration of music. With its ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ theme, festivalgoers need little encouragement to dress up in psychedelic costumes, embracing the opportunity to dust off their zaniest outfits. A magical array of props and festival décor set the scene for one of Cape Town’s most beloved festivals, which attracts a more folksy and artistic crowd than most. This year’s party promises to deliver, with a stellar line-up of great ...
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