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This News and Events section will keep you alerted to what's going on around the country, including major sporting events, conventions, exhibitions, agricultural shows, festivals and breaking travel related news.

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Pink Loerie Mardi Gras - 30th April – 04th May 2014

Pink Loerie 2014This flamboyant party event of a time’s name is based off of a lively green bird in Knysna known for its festive colouring and fabulous ways, which makes it perfectly appropriate icon for this gay jubilee. Taking place in the beautiful coastal town of Knysna in May, the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras offers non-stop entertainment for anyone who enjoys a party.

The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras gifts us four days of endless entertainment celebrating gay culture as well as anybody looking to have an enjoyable time and is looking for fun parties, good music and of course hours of light-hearted fun and laughter with friends. With thousands of like-minded people absorbing the carnival atmosphere, energy levels are sure to remain at an all-time high for the duration of the festival! The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras is getting bigger, better and a bit bolder by the year. A unique experience not to be missed!

During the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras the entire town of Knysna will be transformed into a Pink bonanza by thousands of party animals - local - as well visitors from all over South Africa and fun-seeking tourists.

So grab your most garish outfit (pink in colour of course) and come and join in the feverishly flamboyant fun!

For nearby accommodation:

African Breeze Guesthouse

African Breeze Guesthouse Holiday Homes Pink Loerie Festival

Lifes a breeze while staying in Africa is what this guesthouse is a tribute to. This 5 star 5 double bedroom en-suite Guesthouse has all the amenities you could ever want and more.

Augusta Bay 

Augusta Bay Holiday Homes Pink Loerie Festival

Located by the Garden route, this tranquil and secure 9 bedroom en-suite Guesthouse will leave you and your family and friends unable to find the will to leave after having such a memorable holiday!

Hillview Self-catering Apartments

Hillview self-catering Apartments Holiday Homes Pink Loerie Festival

A sensory rejuvination centre for those in desperate need of a holiday, this self-catering apartment unit located by the beautiful garden route will ensure you return to the normal world relaxed and with your inner glow back.

 

 

 

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Splashy Fen Music Festival 17th- 21st April 2014

Splashy Fen Festival 2014Soon the serene Underberg farm on which the annual Splashy Fen Music Festival is held will transform into a colourful metropolis of tents where thousands of people from around the country plan to travel to the southern Drakensberg for a long weekend of live music in a picturesque location.

Running from 17 to 21 April 2014, Splashy Fen promises a line-up of over 80 of South Africa’s greatest performers, including:

-Jeremy Loops,

-Matthew Mole

-Gangs of Ballet

-Arno Carstens & Francois van Coke

-The Black Cat Bones

-Chris Chameleon,

-Nibs van der Spuy

-The Guy Buttery Band

-Dan Patlansky

- Haggis and Bong

-The Kiffness

-Sibot & Toyota

To name but a few.

Festival-goers can expect endless entertainment, first-rate sound and lighting, as well as tears-streaming-down-your-face stand-up comedy!

Opportunities to try exciting new cuisines and beverages will available, as well as a lively craft market and retail area, along with various camping and accommodation options made easy for your convenience. And let’s not forget the stunning mountain landscapes, snaking rivers and open fields that have earned Splashy Fen its status as one of the ultimate outdoor experiences.

A Festival not to miss!

 

For accommodation:

Splashy Fen accommodation site

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The Prince Albert Town and Olive Festival 25th - 27th April 20124

The Prince Albert Town and Olive Festival 2014To be held in the Swartberg region of the Western Cape, this festival offers the enquiring explorer more than just the region's famous olives and wine…

- Art exhibitions for those seeking culture

- Beer tents for those that have to get dragged along with those seeking culture

-Live music performing constantly

-Cheese tastings for a tasteful time

-Crafts to keep those kids (or free spirited adults really) entertained

-Fascinating historic tours of the land

-A cycle race for the athletically inclined

-An olive pip-spitting competition (time to discover an unusual talent!)

-Culinary demonstrations for your palates delight

-Midnight ghost walks (an adventure for the kids and a spooky yet romantic excursion for the newlyweds)

-Stalls to be set up to suit everyone’s tastes,

-A thrilling cabaret show!

Accommodation is ample and many places offer prime spots close to the festival, but hurry and book today before the choicest options are booked up!

The Festival starts on the 25th of April and runs through till the 27th, but the excitement doesn’t start and stop there, The Town of Prince Albert is in constant motion and a very entertaining place to visit anytime of the year.

 

For accommodation during the Festival:

Karoo Lodge

Karoo Lodge Holiday Homes Prince Albert olive and wine festival

Perfectly located to explore the picturesque town of Prince Albert, this lodge offers 3 double en-suite rooms and 1 family unit beautifully furnished to accommodate all your travelling needs.

Onse Rus Guesthouse

Onse Rus Guesthouse Holiday Homes Prince Albert Olive and Wine Festival

Located at the heart of Prince Albert Town, you'll be hard-pressed to find anything to stress about in this luxurious and tranquil thatch-roof guesthouse offering 5 double rooms en-suite.

 

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The Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) 29th March – 5th April 2014

Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees 2014

This exciting Afrikaans arts festival takes place annually in the friendly town of Oudtshoorn. The festival revels in visual arts as well as performance pieces which is why KKNK is renowned as a National Arts festival, and just by examining the annual number of visitors it can be seen as one of the largest Art festivals in South Africa.

It all began in 1994 and its founders go by the names of Nic Barrow, a political attorney and Andrew Marais.

This Art Festival attracts over a thousand artists performing or exhibiting in more than 200 creations displayed over eight days; usually at the end of March or the beginning of April.

The festival has come to play a central role in Afrikaans stage productions - new productions are usually first staged at the KKNK and are then performed throughout the rest of South Africa during the course of the year.

It is a great time to view up-and-coming artists and to see their ideas and productions given the breath of life! Who knows, perhaps you may be viewing the next Afrikaans Shakespeare in the making…

 

For accommodation in Oudtshooren during the KKNK:

101 Guesthouse

101 Guesthouse Holiday Homes KKNK

This 5 unit luxury Guest house is designed to accommodate a traveling family, especially those coming to view the famous KKNK festival. Book with them today for a memorable family holiday.

Oakdene Guesthouse

Oakdene Guesthouse Holiday Homes KKNK

So full of Oudtshooren history and culture you'll feel like you've gone back in time! this 6 double bedroom en-suite is located within the heart of Oudtshooren and ensures you and your travelling unit a holiday you'll never forget.

Thylitshia Villa Country Guesthouse 

Thylitshia Villa Country Guesthouse

Tastefully decorated in the Cape Dutch Style, this Guesthouse manages to convey both elegance and comfort with in it's 5 bedrooms en-suite. It is located by a fully functioning wine and ostrich farm for those wanting to try a bit or rural culture. 

 

 

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Hermanus - Whale Festival - Sept/Oct 2012

Southern Right off Hermanus
Southern Right off Hermanus Credits: Freda

The Hermanus Whale Festival takes place from 28th September to 1st October 2012. Some sporting events will take place during the days after the official festival. There will be the traditional half marathon on the 29th September plus a night run on the cliff path on 3rd October.

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Hermanus - Whale Festival - Vintage Car Show 2012

Whales and Wheels 2011
Whales and Wheels 2011 Credits: Freda

Hermanus Attractions

The annual "Whales and Wheels" Vintage and Veteran Car Show is to be held on Saturday 6th October 2012. This is one week after the main festivities of the annual Whale Festival in Hermanus. 

Organisers have arranged it this way to help with traffic flows

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Stanford - Attractions - Strettons Bird Fair Sept 2012

African Fish Eagle
African Fish Eagle Credits: Don MacIver

Stanford Strettons Bird Fair Sept 2012

The 2012 Stanford Strettons Bird Fair will take place on 28th, 29th and 30th September. The highlight of the bird fair is the exhibition of the Stanford Birding Photographic Competition, the announcement of the winners and the Strettons Gin tasting function – All at Stanford Art Cafe. Read more...

Hermanus - Camphill School Golf Day 4th October 2012

Golfers can help the Camphill School in Hermanus in their fund raising efforts by taking part in the 4 ball Betterball Stableford day at Hermanus Golf Course. It costs R1100 for the 4 ball plus all the other expenses you golfers understand.

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Snow - Latest Road Closures - 18h00 9th Aug 2012

The N3 from Johannesburg to Durban is now OPEN but motorists are urged to exercise care on roads that are still slippery with patches of ice on the edges.

The R617 from Kokstad to Franklin is still closed as at 17h30 this afternoon.

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Snow - Latest on Road Closures - 06h00 9th Aug 2012

KWAZULU NATAL

The N3 from Johannesburg to Durban has again been closed between Estcourt and Mooi River.Black Ice seems to be the major problem and traffic is being diverted onto the R103 which is the old and very narrow national road (from the 1960's). Apparantly big trucks are being kept back, on the N3. Long delays can be expected.

EASTERN CAPE

All the passes are apparantly open but heavy rains in the Eastern Cape has made driving very dangerous with floding and road surface damage.

FREE STATE

N3 between Harrismith and Montrose CLOSED to remove ice in roads. Traffic backed up and heavy conditions expected.

If you are travelling in the Eastern Cape and KZN extreme caution is required.

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