Living Like a Local
Looking for some insider info on your travels? We've got some of the top events listed here for you.
Alternatively, see the comments by our crew on where to go and what to do so you don't miss out.
Natron 100 - 3 day festival in Tanzania
10 Nov 2017
Natron 100 is a vibrant 3 day festival of delectable bands, jazz beats and unique vocalists set in picturesque surroundings of Lake Natron in Northern Tanzania. Home to an active volcano, Lengai – the only active carbonatite volcano in the world is the single largest breeding ground for the lesser flamingo and a large variety of flora and fauna.
Dates: 10th - 12th November 2017
For more information about accommodation and the artist line-up, check the Natron Website.
Lake of Stars - Malawi Arts Festival
30 Sep 2017
The Lake of Stars festival happens against the beautiful backdrop of Lake Malawi every year. The festival features live music, film screenings, art exhibits and lots more.
The festival will happen over 3 days this year - dates are still to be announced! (September - October 2017)
People from Europe, Southern Africa and of course Malawi are attracted to the festival every year. Its known as one of Africa's best festivals and in its first won the Malawi Tourism Award.
Musically, the lineup is an intriguing combination of Malawian musicians and globally renowned acts – with the likes of Freshlyground, Foals, Young Fathers and Annie Mac among those who have played on the stunning lakeside stages in recent years.
With Malawi being a country landlocked there is plenty to explore within and outside.
Join The “Foodie Revolution” On National Braai Day!
24 Sep 2017
We’ve been cooking up melt in the mouth morsels on the road for almost two decades – which is all the more reason to celebrate National Braai day (24 September) with us!
A spin off from South Africa’s Heritage Day (when the country celebrates its cultural diversity) it will be time to chuck a tjoppie on the fire, and feast on everything from bobotie to potjie. The annual initiative puts the nation’s “rainbow cuisine,” on a plate, so we can promise some of the very best on the menu, whether you’re kicking back in Knysna (voted in twice as South Africa’s favorite town) or adding to your culinary repertoire in Cape Town!
National Braai Day was conceived by Jan Braai (real name Scannell), this one man starting a “revolution to unite 50 million people” around the campfire, braai tongs in hand! Jan now travels around Southern Africa, exploring the art of grilled cooking, but with several of our tours charting a course across the rainbow nation, why not join in the “foodie” fun!
We’ve got tasty options that start in South Africa to tempt your travel palette, or why not book a city stay with us in Johannesburg or Cape Town to kick off your adventure or complete you stay on the continent!
Umhlanga Reed Dance, Swaziland 2017
23 Aug 2017
Starting on the 23rd of August, Swaziland’s best known culture event, the Umhlanga Reed Dance is an 8 day traditional dance and ceremony where up to 40 000 Swazi maidens gather, dress up in brightly coloured attire to pay honour and homage to the Queen Mother (iNdlovukazi) and the Royal family.
The Umhlanga Reed Dance event is largely private, however its final two public days (normally a Sunday and Monday) are a spectacle to see! Check out the schedule below:
The girls gather at the Queen Mother’s royal village.
The girls are separated into two groups based on their ages - 14 to 22 years and 8 to 13 years and they march to the reed-beds with their supervisors, local chiefdoms that are registered as security for this event.
Each girl cut her reeds ( between ten to twenty) and ties them into a bundle.
The girls may their way to the Queen Mother’s village, carrying their bundles of reeds.
A day of rest where the girls make final preparations to their hair and dancing costumes.
First day of dancing (around 3-5pm). The girls place their prepared reeds outside the Queen Mother’s quarters and move to the arena in their (age) groups to dance and sing.
Second and last day of dancing. His Majesty the King will be present.
King commands that a number of cattle to be slaughtered for the girls which receive some meat before the ceremony ends and the girls head home.
Check out our tours 19 day Kruger to Cape Town and 7 day Kruger, Swaziland and Beach tours and plan your next trip around these dates!
Zanzibar International Film Festival 2017
8 Jul 2017
This is East Africa's largest film, music and arts festival. The festival show's films ranging from world premieres to local shorts, showcasing the best talent from all over the world.
The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) Is a non-governmental, non-political and non-profit organization. The festival was established in 1997 and the films submitted are based on a different theme each year, this year's theme is 'Finding Joy – Kusikia Furaha'
The festival will run from the 8th - 16th July 2017 and attracts international guests as well as those from the African continent.
Not only does the festival have the best cutting edge cinema but it also provides the best parties with live music, DJ's, dance and performance happening at several venues across the eight days. The festival also gets you involved with the local community with exhibitions, workshops, and cultural tours.