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Cape Town hosts its 17th annual Jazz Festival!

Calling all Jazz lovers! The Cape Town Jazz festival returns for its annual event at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on the 31st March and 1st April 2017 for another soul and groove calling performance weekend. Since it’s opening in 2000, this magnificent festival has grown and its acclaim has spread globally with fans travelling from all different countries to experience this magical weekend in the mother city.

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With more than 40 local and international artists performing on 5 stages throughout the CTICC, this amazing festival is made up of 50% international and 50% local artists with more than 37,000 jazz-lovers visiting these performances over the showcased two days. Check out the cool line-up here [http://www.capetownjazzfest.com/artists-2017]

Tickets are selling out fast, so you have to be quick. Tickets are booked through Computickets. Prices are as follows:

Early- Bird Weekend Pass – R950 per person (sold out)
Weekend Pass - R1190 per person
Rosie’s Stage Tickets R30 per person per performance (only available for those who have purchased a weekend pass to the festival)

If you miss out on a ticket, don’t stress, there is an 8-day community upliftment programme prior to the main weekend hosting a range of workshops and classes for aspiring musicians. Not only that, the festival will host many events around the city including a free concert (not to be missed) at the Greenmarket Square in the central city. A cool and funky place to hang out! For full details on these awesome events and workshops, check out the programmes at Cape Town Jazz Festival. [http://www.capetownjazzfest.com/arts--culture]


Cape Towns Two Oceans Marathon 2017

The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon takes place on Easter Saturday, 15th April 2017, 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, 14th April 2017, 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!

Stellenbosch Wine Festival, South Africa 2017

Sample some of the best wines in the country, indulge in gourmet food offerings by top restaurants, enjoy live music and take part in fun outdoor activities at the Stellebosch Wine Festival. This three-day lifestyle festival will showcase hundreds of Stellenbosch wines from award-winning producers to small boutique wineries.

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Venue: Coetzenburg Sports Grounds, Stellenbosch

Date: 24 - 26 February 2017

Time: 14h00 onwards Friday
Time: 12h00 onwards Saturday and Sunday

Cost:

Day Passes = R190.00
Weekend Passes = R490.00

Children under 12 are free.

Check out the official website [http://www.stellenboschwinefestival.co.za/] for all ticket purchases and for the full list of great restaurants and wineries that are showcasing at this magnificent event of the year.


New flight routes for Air Namibia!

Air Namibia has introduced four flights per week on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays linking Windhoek, Gaborone, and Durban. These become available from the 30th October 2016.

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Flight SW 742 departs Durban to Windhoek (via Gaborone) at 11h35 arriving at 15h00; the same flight arrives in Gaborone at 12h55 before flying on to Windhoek.

Flight SW 741 departs Gaborone at 09h35 and arrives in Durban at 10h50. Flight SW 742 departs Gaborone at 13h40 and arrives in Windhoek at 15h00.

Flight SW 741 departs Windhoek at 07h30 arriving in Gaborone at 08h50, before flying on to Durban and arriving at 10h50.

Starting a trip in Windhoek on our Cape Desert Safaris (North) or Cape Desert Safaris (South)? check out Air Namibia websitehttp://www.airnamibia.com/ for scheduled departures.

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts, Cape Town

Every year, Cape Town kicks off the summer with concerts at the Kistenbosch Botanical Gardens, a UNESCO World heritage site. The concerts run every Sunday, starting 20th November until April 2017 and host mainly local, but some international artists.

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So far, the 2016 line-up has been announced and tickets will be on sale from September 2016.

20th November 2016: Jimmy Nevis
27th November 2016: Jah Prayzah
04 December 2016: Beatenberg
11 December 2016: The Parlotones/Richard Stirton
26 December 2016: Prime Circle

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

2017 line-up to be announced. Stay tuned!
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