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Fun and festivities in South Africa - celebrations, festivals and cultural events

Jameson Hall at the University of Cape Town Like people of most countries of the world, South Africans love all kinds of holidays and widely celebrate them. Both worldwide and national holidays of the state are celebrated here. Many South African holidays have roots going deep into antiquity. In the Republic, any celebration or festival is painted in the local color. At any time of the year, this country hosts celebrations timed to various holidays. The innate love for fun and well-developed fantasy make festivals and parties taking place in South Africa colorful and fiery.
The nature and geography of South Africa are very diverse. In this country, you can find any terrains and climatic zones except for tundra and polar …
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New Year in South Africa starts with Cape Town New Year's Carnival. At this time, of dancing and singing people wearing bright costumes pass through the city streets. The Cape Cun Music Festival is held in the city from January 1 to 17. The majority of the local population professes Christianity, so Christmas is widely celebrated on December 25, as well as Thanksgiving Day.
On March 24, the Taste of Cape Town Food & Wine Festival begins in Cape Town. For several days, chefs from all over the country compete in who is the best to prepare various dishes of the national cuisine of South Africa, which was influenced by different peoples and countries. At the end of March and at the beginning of April, the Peach Festival takes place on the Tonteldoos farm. The farm is just a couple of hours drive from the capital of South Africa, so many fruit lovers come here to enjoy them. Peaches can be fresh or used for the preparation of a variety of dishes and even peach moonshine. Copyright
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Easter is an official holiday in South Africa. It is widely celebrated in spring throughout the country. The city of Northam holds the OppiKoppi Folk Music Festival, while the most crowded event is a pilgrimage of people to Zion City. The day after Easter, South Africans celebrate Family Day. During its celebration, relatives visit each other's homes or go for picnics outside the city as families.
To see the multifaceted and diverse culture of such a multinational country as South Africa with your own eyes, be sure to check out Grahamstown National Arts Festival. From June 30 to July 9, all kinds of exhibitions, performances and concerts are organized as part of the festival. Talented people demonstrate to the public their achievements and creations in various arts. Every July, the small resort town of Knysna on the coast of the Indian Ocean becomes the venue for the Oyster Festival, which is very popular throughout South Africa. The highlight of its program is a competition in the preparation various dishes from these marine creatures. When the dishes are ready, there are eating contests. Another interesting event is the waiters' race demonstrating their art in serving ready meals and drinks to restaurant visitors. The festival program includes boat races, concerts, and many entertainment events.
The Republic of South Africa offers a variety of entertaining activities to its guests, so there’s no wonder why every year more and more travelers …
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The Whale Festival is annually held in late September in Hermanus, a town hidden in a beautiful bay on the Atlantic coast. The largest mammals on the planet swim here to give birth and nurse the offspring. Special observation platforms have been equipped on the rocks of the bay so that you can watch this process. During the festival, in the city, you can listen to lectures on whales or attend specialized seminars and exhibitions. Competitions and fairs are organized for kids. Art exhibitions, concerts and theatrical performances are held throughout the city.
Pretoria Every September Johannesburg hosts Living Art Festival. It has long become one of the most famous cultural events in South Africa. During its days, musical concerts, dancing and singing performances are held on stages throughout the city. The last day of the festival is traditionally dedicated to jazz. A big jazz concert is organized on the lake on the outskirts of Johannesburg. In November, in the city of Rustler, one of the most original holidays in South Africa is celebrated - Cherry Festival. Every year, up to 20,000 guests visit Rustler for its sake. The fragrance of fruit trees is everywhere, people enjoy picnics and competitions such as Miss Cherry Blossom and Miss Cherry Stone.
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Blyde River Canyon

From the series “The Deepest Canyons on the Planet”
In South Africa, in the province of Mpumalanga there is one of the outstanding natural attractions of the planet - Blyde River Canyon. Its maximum depth is 1,372 meters and the length of the gorge is 26 kilometers. Men have begun exploring the canyon more than 100,000 years ago; in ancient times the valley was home to the Swazi tribes. During the study, scientists have discovered cave paintings in the canyon, as well as the remains of ancient people who died in tribal wars.

Currently, the main inhabitants of the canyon are animals, including primates occupying local woods and rare kudu antelope attracted by scenic green meadows. It’s also worth noting that there are wild animals in the canyon, including leopards, so it’s not recommended to admire its spectacular scenery without a … Read all
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IHG Brings Its voco Brand to Scotland

As hotels in Scotland might open in April or May, the opening of two new hotels is a signal that life is slowly going back to normal and leisure travel will resume closer to summer. The name of the brand – voco – means “invite” or “call together” in Latin. The Glasgow hotel will be the first property by this brand in Scotland. The voco Grand Central Glasgow is a rebranded property open instead of the existing Grand Central Hotel. IHG reimagined the popular place, retaining its original charm. The new Glasgow hotel now features 230 rooms, meeting and event spaces, and an interesting option – a possibility to contact resident experts known as voco hosts who are ready to explore the most interesting parts of the city together with guests. voco Grand Central is a perfectly suitable choice for both leisure and business travelers. Read this


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Attractions and entertainment in top cities of South Africa

Cape Town
Greenpoint Park is located near the center of the city. This is a perfect place to relax on a hot day and enjoy the beautiful flora of the park. Rondebosch Golf Course is considered the most popular golf club in the city. Both beginners and experienced players will find this place very comfortable. Skilled coaches will help newbies to master the basics of the game. If memorable souvenirs are your main aim, move your feet to the Green Point Stadium market. Here visitors will find a huge … Read more
The reserve has got its name not by an accident - its territory is inhabited by several families of lions. There are also more than 20 other species of the local fauna in the reserve. This place is also the location of a beautiful grotto Miracle Cave. The age of the grotto is more than two million years. An excursion to the reserve lasts more than four hours and includes visits to all the most important natural attractions. Besides famous gold mines there is a large diamond mine called … Read more
People who like walking along the picturesque places will like Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary. It was named after the great ornithologist; more than one hundred of birds’ types live in this quite small nursery. It is noted fact that they live in the natural conditions. Travelers who will lucky to visit Pretoria in spring need to visit Magnolia Dell gardens. Except of hundreds of magnolia trees, which are charming during the spring flowering, there are several beautiful lakes in the garden, … Read more
These are not the only landmarks suitable for travelers with children. Guests of Stellenbosch might enjoy a visit to a small private zoo, Giraffe House Wildlife Awareness Centre. This is a great place to see typical African fauna – giraffes and zebras, buffalos and gazelles. Fans of thrilling experiences will have an amazing opportunity to visit the terrarium and hold snakes. Stellenbosch will not disappoint fans of sport – there are several excellent golf clubs in the town’s suburbs, and … Read more

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