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.

Cape Towns Two Oceans Marathon 2019

The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon takes place on Easter Saturday, 31st March 2019, 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, 30th March 2019, 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!

The Victoria Falls Carnival 2018

This magnificent 3 day Carnival is one of Zimbabwe's best events of the year. It hosts an array of local and international musicians, food stalls and activities galore, not to be missed!

Dates: 29th December - 1st January 2019

Join in on this unforgettable New Years celebration at one of the Seven Wonders of the world. Enjoy three days of non-stop electrifying entertainment with Africa's biggest acts. Take a train to a secret party; dance until the sun comes up; enjoy the adventures activities and countdown to 2019 with thousands of adventure-loving travellers from all over the world. This carnival will leave you with a desire to come back to this magical country.

Zambezi Whitewater Festival 2018

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 2018. Event details below:
- Thursday the 25th of October registration opens 10 am Victoria Falls Waterfront.
- Friday the 26th of October is Team practice/strategy day rapids 1-25.
- Saturday the 27th 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”.

The Lake Of Stars, Malawi 2018

The Lake of Stars returns for its 15th-anniversary celebration. This three-day art extravaganza is set on the shores of Lake Malawi and showcases artists from Malawi, across Africa and all over the world.

Dates: 28-30 September 2018
Venue: Kabumba Hotel Resort, Salima

Listed as one of the top 300 festivals of the world by Fest300, this magnificent festival showcases local talents, traditional food stalls, local activities all set on the sandy beaches of Lake Malawi.

The line up so far includes artists such as :
Frightened Rabbit (Scotland), Michael Pedersen (Neu Reekie), Kim of Diamonds (Malawi), Madalitso Band (Malawi), Forus Dance Crew (Malawi), George Kalukusha (UK/Malawi).

Lots more artists will be announced over the coming months.

Join The “Foodie Revolution” On National Braai Day! 2018

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!
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