Annual Events That You Just Cant Miss
There are so many events in South Africa that are dedicated to the huge variety of local talent. These are not only enormous amounts of fun, but also showcase the best parts of this country to locals and tourists alike. They include cultural celebrations, sports events and musical experiences that rival the world’s best. Here are some of the top Annual Events in South Africa:
Nelspruit is home to the increasingly popular InniBos, which is a music and arts festival that is dedicated to the South African culture. Hundreds of stalls are complemented by more than 200 artists and performers, who entertain the huge crowds (exceeding 100 000 people) and make for a great outing. Dedicated entertainment areas for children mean that this is a perfect family event.
The tiny Eastern Cape town of Bathurst comes alive every December, when more than 10 000 party animals head to the countryside for this huge bash. As its name implies, there is an enormous barbecue, manned by dedicated chefs. There is also entertainment in the form of DJs and performers, as well as stalls. Visitors set up camp on the farm and enjoy a few days of solid partying.
Every winter, the little agricultural hub of Kirkwood welcomes thousands of visitors from all over the country. Originally, this event was solely for the auction of cattle and other animals. However, it has grown and now includes beer tents, funfair rides, food stalls and a fabulous variety of local performers doing their thing on stage.
This is an ultra-marathon between Durban and Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu Natal, a distance of almost 90 kilometres. It attracts athletes from all over the world, but retains its focus on integrity and the mutual respect of all other runners, irrespective of their colour or creed. This makes it a truly spectacular event to witness.
The worlds of music, art and performance converge in the chilly university town of Grahamstown every winter. Hundreds of shows are on offer, as well as stalls that offer clothing, food, African curious, plants, accessories, art, and so much more. The town may be small, but visitors get to explore every inch of it as they peruse the stalls and enjoy the vibe. There is plenty to do for little ones, making this a fabulous way for the family to escape the big city and enjoy the fun and festivity.
This event takes place in the quirky Karoo town of Oudtshoorn that is otherwise known mainly for its ostrich farming. The KKNK, as it is more commonly called, is dedicated to all things Afrikaans. South Africa’s top performers descend on this small town to entertain the masses, who are not confined to those that understand the language.
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Of course, there are many other popular events in South Africa, far too many to mention.
Here are some of the other popular ones that are worth a visit:
- The Knysna Oyster Festival
- Iron Man
- The Pick ‘n Pay Argus Cycle Tour
- The Sardine Run
- The Soweto Derby
- The Addo Rose Show
PS: if, like me, you’re too late for a couple of these, pencil them in for 2014 …