Road-tripping Oppikoppi + Fun things to do across SA this long weekend
South Africa’s iconic music festivals rock. They blow the minds of international visitors as much as festivals like Burning Man in the US, and the Boom Festival in Portugal do.
This might be because South African party animals can revel like no other. We’re right up there with the Germans when it comes to having a good time… It might also be because South Africa itself is such a unique destination.
So if you're heading to Oppikoppi this long weekend, why not combine the festive experience with a SA discovery road trip and get the best SA and her citizens have to offer beyond the dustiness of Northam in Limpopo
Tickets start at R575, which includes a festival pass and allows you to pitch a tent in the designated camping areas. However, if you're after a bit of comfort, you can always opt for one of the fancy-schmancy tent hotels.
Traveller24 Tip: The R511 is the shortest route to Oppikoppi, but certainly not the fastest. Embrace the bad road and potholes and take it slow.
Here are our favourite road trip stops for the wanderlust Oppikoppi-goer:
Stop 1: Check out the Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary at Hartbeespoort
The bush babies sanctuary provides for orphaned and abused animals. Situated west of Hartbeesport Dam alongside the Elephant sanctuary, it provides an environment where monkeys can be given their freedom in a natural environment.
The sanctuary situated in one of the many Kloofs of the Magaliesberg mountain range provides the perfect environment for monkeys from around the world.
R315 per adult
R235 per pensioner
R180 per child (4 – 14 years)
Tours are on the hour, every hour. First tour 09h00, last tour 16h00.
Stop 2: Take the Harties aerial cableway to a splendid view of the Magaliesberg
The Aerial Cableway Hartbeespoort offers visitors panoramic views of the beautiful Magaliesberg, Hartbeespoort Dam and surrounding areas. If you haven't seen the area from up these before, now would be the perfect time to go. Once on top, have an ice cold beer and bite to eat before moving along, en route to Oppikoppi.
Adults - R195
Children (4 - 14) - R115
Traveller24 Tip: If you want to have a beer along the way, you MUST be in a vehicle with a designated driver. Remember, drinking and driving makes of you a potential murderer.
READ MORE: Magaliesburg Escape: Old-school chill at the Valley Lodge and Spa
Stop 3: Stop to eat at Beestekraal Stasie
You can't hit Oppikoppi on an empty stomach, and Beestekraal Stasie is the last piece of civilization you will get before queuing to get through the Oppi gates. Their burgers and pancakes are heavenly!
Fun things to do across SA this long weekend
What: Blacks Only Comedy
Where: Ticketpro Dome
When: August 11 @ 20:00
Cost: R250 - R775 @ Computicket
David Kau brings us the biggest event on the comedy calendar. Catch some heavyhitters of humour in action and, trust me, they always go extra hard at this event.
- DESIGN EXPO
Where: Gallagher Convention Centre
When: August 8 - 12 @ 10:00
Cost: R20 - R120 @ Computicket
Leaders in the fields of design and décor are ready to receive you at this year’s Decorex. They will be able to provide you with product tips and clever insights to get your home situation looking right.
What: Full-Figured Plus-Sized Woman’s Day Champagne Breakfast
Where: Dodi’s Restaurant, Rampa Street, Orlando West
When: August 9 @ 10:00
Cost: R280 entrance. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information
A lovely buffet breakfast and Champagne are included in the cover charge. Be a part of this celebration of women.
Locrate Women and Wine. (Photo: Supplied)
What: Goliaths At The BAT
Where: The BAT Centre
When: August 10 & 11 @ 20:00
Cost: R100 @ Quicket
The dynamic duo will be at it again. Catch the Goliaths live with their must-see brand of humour. You won’ regret it.
The Goliaths. (Photo: Supplied)
What: Woman’s Celebration
Where: Kagiso Sports Complex
When: August 11 @ 14:00
Cost: R450 @ Webtickets
This is one of the top picks of a few celebrations of all things feminine on our radar this month. Your cover charge includes a three-course meal, a goodie bag and access to a few motivational seminars that will happen on the day.
What: Resistance Art of The 1960s Until The 1980s
Where: Pretoria Art Museum
When: Until November 1 - Tuesday - Sunday @ 10:00
Cost: R5 - R22 @ entrance
This exhibition ties in well with Mandela Month. Visit the era of politically charged art and see how this contributed to the struggle for liberation.
What: Best of 90s
Where: Rockwood Theatre
When: August 11 @ 16:00
Cost: R150 - R7 600 @ Rockwood Theatre
There was never a better time for R&B than the 90s. Head to Rockwood Theatre for a night of nostalgia and golden hits that will have you singing and dancing the night away.
Alt.Market (Photo: Supplied)
- CAPE TOWN
What: Global Aviation Gender Summit
When: 8 – 10 August 2018. 9:00 – 16:30
Where: CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa
Programme: Click or tap here
What: Free Women’s Day concert at the V&A Waterfront
When: Thursday, 9 August. From 4.30pm to 5pm
Where: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre
The five members of the multiple Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra’s Brass Ensemble will perform a free 30-minute concert at the V&A Waterfront’s Amphitheatre from 4.30pm. The musicians are in South Africa for the South African leg of an international Nelson Mandela centenary celebration tour with the rest of their orchestra and famed music director Osmo Vänskä.