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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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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...

Calvinia - Hantam Vleisfees August 2012

The Annual Calvinia Hantam Vleis Fees takes place on 24th and 25th August. Every year this event attracts more and more visitors. The Locals put on a great show which lamb and mutton cooked in lots of various ways, and a host of imported entertainment including Read more...

Whisky Live Festival - Durban - Nov 2012

 Whisky Live Festival – In Durban 1st and 2nd November 2012

The FNB Whisky Live Festival will be held in Durban for the first time ever from the 1st to 2nd November at the Durban International Convention Centre (as well as in Johannesburg on 7-9th November and Cape Town a month earlier on 3rd to 5th October 2012).  The FNB Whisky Live Festival is in its tenth year in the other two cities so Durban will have a wonderful first Whisky Festival based on the experience of the team that has created one of the largest whiskey and lifestyle events of its type worldwide.

The dynamic and ever changing whisky market has lead to some exciting new innovations

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Whisky Live Festival - Johannesburg - Nov 2012

10th Annual Whisky Live Festival – November 2012

The FNB Whisky Live Festival will be held in Johannesburg from the 7th to 9th November at the Sandton International Convention Centre (as well as in Durban on 1-2nd November and Cape Town on 3rd to 5th October 2012).  The FNB Whisky Live Festival is in its tenth year and is one of the largest whiskey and lifestyle events worldwide.

The dynamic and ever changing whisky market has lead to some exciting new innovations

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Whisky Live Festival - Cape Town - Oct 2012

10th Annual Whisky Live Festival – Oct 2012

The FNB Whisky Live Festival will be held in Cape Town from 3rd to the 5th October 2012 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (as well as in Durban on 1-2nd November and Johannesburg on 7th to 9th November 2012).  The FNB Whisky Live Festival is in its tenth year and is one of the largest whiskey and lifestyle events worldwide.

The dynamic and ever changing whisky market has lead to some exciting new innovations

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Swellendam - Canola Carnival - August 2012

Canola Carnival or Karnaval in Swellendam from 9th to 12th August 2012

Swellendam celebrates all that is good in South Africa in a four day festival of activities ranging from art, theatre productions, live concerts, mountain bike challenges and numerous other healthy activities. Then theres plenty of food and wine for those who prefer a more chilled approach to carnivaling.

See the full Carnival Program

See images of Canola in full bloom 

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Hermanus - Kalfie Fees - Wine and Food Fair - August 2012

Taste more than 250 wines from Producers across the Overberg from Elgin to Elim at the Hermanus Wine & Food Festival. 

The Hermanus Wine and Food Fair has all the above and located in the beautiful Hemel en Aarde Village, Hermanus. Three days of indulgence offering

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