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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.

AfrikaBurn 2020

Afrikaburn, South Africa’s legendary American Burning Man Festival, is set in the arid, semi-desert of the Northern Cape on a private farm called Stonehenge (roughly 300km from Cape Town).

This seven days of art, music, performance and creative expression starts on April 27th, ends on May 3rd 2020. Part of the activities includes the display & creation of art, the burning of large-scale structures, unique and colourful costumes, live performance art, theme camps, music, lots of parties, and pretty much everything else your imagination can think of.

Cape Towns Two Oceans Marathon 2020

The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon takes place on Easter Saturday, 11 April 2020, 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.

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, 10th April 2020, 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!

Cape Town Jazz Festival 27th - 28th March 2020

Calling all Jazz lovers! The Cape Town Jazz festival returns for its annual event at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on the 27th - 28th March 2020 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.

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 []

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

Weekend Pass - R1290 per person (TBC for 2020)
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. []

The Sauti za Busara Music Festival, Zanzibar! 2020

The 17th edition of Sauti za Busara (in swahili: “sounds of wisdom”) music festival takes place on the Idyllic island of Zanzibar on the 13th – 16th February 2020. Each year, over 400 musicians perform on stages set up in Stone Town, one of the world’s most ancient and oldest cities.

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 updates and the list of artists for 2020 here:

Zambezi Whitewater Festival 2019

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 25th October– 27th October 2019. Event details below:
- Thursday the 26th of October registration opens 10 am Victoria Falls Waterfront.
- Friday the 25th of October is Team practice/strategy day rapids 1-25.
- Saturday the 26th of October is Race Day Rapids 1-25 and prize giving at the "MOTHER OF ALL PARTIES".
- Sunday the 12th of November is departure day.

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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