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South African Festival Bucket List

The festive season is here along with your accumulated annual leave and there are things you just have to do. South Africa is renowned for its festivals, which are all worth experiencing at least once. Why not join in and celebrate the culture and heritage on show this festive season. The December period especially has a range of attractions, shows and festivals for you to feast your eyes on. Webjet, the online flight comparison and aggregator service, recently published a bucket list of some of the best festivals around the country. Apart from contributing to the main article, Tourism Tattler has put together some of the highlights from the main resource so that you can all go ahead and try out some of the top festivals in SA.

Kirkwood Wildsfees


Location: Sundays River Valley, Eastern Cape
Date: 24-26 of June
Damage: R120 per head, R60 for children aged 7-17, children under 7 free of charge.

This festival attracts around 50 000 visits and is famed as one of the most child friendly fests in the country. This festival is community-driven, centred on creating jobs, and provides business opportunities in the Valley.

JBC Africanos


Location: Africanos Country Estate
Damage: R150 per head

Africanos festival celebrates the finer things in life—music, wine, food, flowers and all sorts of sensibilities. The event location is surrounded by wild flowers making it a perfect getaway to take in all the things that make life beautiful.

Oppikoppi Festival


Location: Northam, Limpopo
Date: 2 weeks of August annually
Damage: R650

This festival is among one of the best festivals in the world—fourth to be exact. Oppi has been around for 21 years and stems from the Afrikaans phase meaning “on the hill”. It is the biggest single event in South Africa, a fusion of both music and culture which embodies the diversity which the festival sprung from.

The National Arts Festival


Location: Grahamstown, Eastern Cape
Date: end of June to start of July
Damage: Mostly free but paid events start at R85

This is one of the continent’s biggest celebrations of the arts. The event caters for all artist endeavours—drama, dance, physical theatre, comedy, opera, music, jazz, visual art exhibitions, film, student theatre, street theatre, lectures, craft fairs, workshops, tours—you name it, the National Arts Festival has got it. What really makes this festival so unique is that there is no censorship of any form and the festival has become a platform for protest of social injustice and inequity.

These festivals represent some of the top events on the South African calendar. Take some time to take in the culture, the art which makes South Africa so unique. If you want to find out more about all the festivals not to be missed in South Africa visit for the full article, and get a head start to the festive season.

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