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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.

Cape Towns Two Oceans Marathon 2018

The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon takes place on Easter Saturday, 31st March 2018, and is known globally as "the world's most beautiful and scenic marathon". It's also one of the toughest, with the route taking runners over the steep Chapman's Peak and Constantia Nek.

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The two main events are the Ultra Marathon, 56 km (35 miles) and the popular Half Marathon, 21 km (13 miles). Inaugurated in 1970, this competition had a mere 26 runners lining up to face the unknown challenge. Fast forward 45 years, the race now hosts up to 11,000 runners on the Main Ultra Marathon and 16,000 on the Half Marathon.

Ultra Marathon
This magnificent marathon kicks off at 06:30am on the Main Road of Newlands and continues to Muizenburg and Fish Hoek, over breath-taking Chapmans Peak Drive, through Hout Bay and over Constantia Neck before heading to the finishing line at the University of Cape Town. The cut off time of 13:30 gives entrants plenty of time to complete the run.

Half Marathon
The Half Marathon kicks off from the Main Road in Newlands at 06:00am and winds through the beautiful Southern Suburbs before ending at the University with a cut off time of 09:20am.

Both marathons will have water stations and medical point’s en-route. Read more.

In addition to the main events on Easter Saturday, 30th March 2018, Good Friday is also a day that celebrates all things running with fun runs for the kids and trail runs for beginners, so don’t miss out on the fun with the family. And, if you are travelling through or you have a loved one running in one of the races there are great spectator spots to ‘cheer on the crowd’ as they run past! An exciting event for all, whether you are running or not!

Platbos Reforest Festival 2018

Join Greenpop's annual Platbos Reforest Festival weekend running from the 16th to 18th March 2018. Assist in planting trees, dance to amazing live music under the African skies, participate in eco-workshops including yoga and eat delicious food. A true humanitarian experience, not to be missed!

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Every year Greenpop hosts a fun filled, action packed reforest festival where families and travellers join together and camp for a weekend under the starry African skies of Platbos Forest Reserve. This weekend consists of tree planting, dancing to amazing live music, fabulous eco-workshops, lots of fun team building games and of course a wide variety of delicious food. The aim of the weekend is to plant over 8000 trees to restore an ecosystem that is one of the rarest and most endangered in the Western Cape.

Are you keen to join in on the fun? Check out the Greenpop's website for more information.

The Sauti za Busara Music Festival, Zanzibar! 2018

The 15th edition of Sauti za Busara (in swahili: “sounds of wisdom”)music festival takes place on the Idyllic island of Zanzibar on the 8th – 11th February 2018. Each year, over 400 musicians perform on stages set up in Stone Town, one of the world’s most ancient and oldest cities.

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The main stage will be situated at the The Old Fort – a prominent tourist attraction for all visiting this magnificent city. Once in the fort, the courtyard has been adapted to serve as a cultural centre and hosts an open-air Amphitheatre where live dance and music shows are held most evenings.

Check out up dates and the list of artists for 2018 that are still to be announced here: http://www.busaramusic.org/

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts, Cape Town

Every year, Cape Town kicks off the summer with concerts at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The concerts run every Sunday, starting 11th November until April 2018 and host mainly local, but some international artists.

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So far, the 2017/18 line-up has been announced and tickets have started to go on sale.

11th November 2017: Cat Stevens
08 December 2017: Texas
31 December 2017: Goldfish and Hot Water
02 February 2018: The Vamps

Bring a picnic and a blanket and join the locals to celebrate summer with music.

More 2018 concert line-up to be announced. Stay tuned!

Zambezi Whitewater Festival 2017

Safari-Par-Excellence is hosting the inaugural “Zambezi Whitewater Festival” where teams of 6 compete down the rapids for the championship title. This amazing event is run over 2 full days from 9th November – 12th November 2017. Event details below:
- Thursday the 09th of November registration opens 10 am Victoria Falls Waterfront.
- Friday the 10th of November is Team practice/strategy day rapids 1-25.
- Saturday the 11th of November is Race Day Rapids 1-25 and prize giving at the "MOTHER OF ALL PARTIES".
- Sunday the 12th of November is departure day.

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Get ready for the best event on the adventure sports calendar this year with spectacular prizes to be won and lots of cool events happening around the race days on and off the river. All not to be missed!
The main white water rafting events are:
- A timed downriver race between Rapid *1 “Against the Wall” and rapid *4 “Morning Glory”.
- A Le Mans-style sprint between rapids *5 “Stairway to Heaven” and *6 “the Devil’s toilet bowl”,
- A timed slalom event between rapids 12a, b and c “The three ugly sisters” and rapid 13 “The Mother”.
- A best surf/carnage spectacular in rapid *18 “Oblivion”.

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