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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.





Wolseley - Bird Spotting Weekend Training Program - Sept 2012

Bird Identification Course For Novice and Intermediate Birders

Join Dr Anton Odendaal from Overberg Birding for a two day birding course in beautiful Wolseley.

The  “FLIGHT FOR BIRDERS" Program  is on 15 and 16 September 2012

This program was developed to assist novices and experienced bird-watchers to become involved in bird-watching in a practical and sustainable way.  Basic steps in the identification of birds will be highlighted


Bloemfontein - 56th National SA Vleismerino Auction - August 2012

Vleis Merino Jongensklip
Vleis Merino Jongensklip Credits: Freda

National Meat Merino Auction

The 56th South African Meat Merino (Vleismerino) National Annual Auction takes place on Wednesday 1st August in Bloemfontein.

154 Rams and 80 Stud Ewes will come under the hammer of CMW Elite starting at 10h00 with the Ewes and at 11h30 for the Rams.


Prince Albert - Attractions - De Beer Family Reunion - September 2012

No To Fracking Waste Drum
No To Fracking Waste Drum Credits: Freda

De Beer Family Reunion

This year - 2012 sees the 250th anniversary of the establishment of the town of Prince Albert in the Karoo. 250 years ago 3 De Beer brothers - Zacharias, Mathys and Johannes -arrived in the district to establish their farm "Queekvalleij" at the foot of the Zwartberg. Today the area is called Kweekvallei and the mountain Swartberg.

The town of Prince Albert has put together


Durbanville - Just Kidding - Night of Laughter - July 2012

Just Kidding

Get ready for a good night of drink-in-hand laughter with some of Cape Towns funniest Comedians performing in Just Kidding on the 27th of July at Hillcrest Winery.

Three of Cape Towns funniest people join forces and bring you a combination of stylish entertainment, wit,... satire, confusion and good old fashion fun!

Combining the hilarious comedy talents of the popular Wayne Mckay,


Stellenbosch - AU.RA - 30 Year Old Brandy from Van Ryns

Van Ryns Brandy have launched the most exclusive Brandy ever in South Africa. Called AURA - A combination of AU (the symbol of Gold) and RA (The mythical Egyptian sun god). AURA is a 30 year blend which is sold in unique hand crafted crystal decanters, adorned with a pure silver neckpiece and packaged in a hand crafted Oak Cabinet.


Nelspruit - Nianell at the Innibos Music Festival - June 2012

Nianell The well known and very accomplished singer (who is also a writer and motivational speaker) will be performing at the Innibos Music festival in Nelspruit on 29th June together with Romanz at 14:00.


Tulbagh - MTB Funrides at Christmas in Winter - June -July 2012

Tulbagh is the venue for the Rijk Tulbagh MTB Fun rides this coming weekend 30th June -1st July. There are three distances to choose from -15km, 40km and 75km.

Cycle  fantastic countryside through plantations, forests and scenic mountain


Tulbagh - Christmas in Winter - June and July 2012

Christmas once again comes early this year as Tulbagh dons its winter cape in the month of June / July and welcomes the rest of the country to join them for a weekend extravaganza of wonderful winter warmers.

Marvel at the array of Christmas trimmings and glittering lights, take a trip with Father Christmas down historic Church Street and help him hand out treats to the many bright-eyed children, browse through the arts, crafts, photographic exhibitions, art galleries and quaint shops.


Robertson - Wacky Wine Weekend - June 2013

just driftin
just driftin Credits:
The annual Wacky Wine Weekend has been scheduled for 6th to 9th June 2013. A full program of events will be released early next year. Over 16500 people attended the 2012 version of Wacky Wine Weekend so it's advisable to book accommodation early if you intend being part of the action. Read more...

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