Winter 2018 festivals to experience around SA
While we tend to associate summer with fun events, South Africa is keeping things hot and happening this winter with an array of festivals taking place all across the country.
Whether you're a foodie, a film buff, a culture vulture or enjoy quaffing alcoholic beverages, there is something for everyone - PLUS we have a Traveller24 top tip for each.
So, whip out those calendars, gather your friends and start planning!
- Durban International Film Festival, Durban 19 – 29 July.
The 39th Durban International Film Festival is the one of the biggest film festivals on the continent, set to take place in conjunction with the Durban Film Mart and Talents Durban. It takes place at various venues across Durban. Click here for all the venues and more information.
If you are a lover of fine art, nouveau films and have an appreciation for creative and provocative cinema, then this is the film festival not to be missed.
Traveller24’s top tip: There are a number of events happening in Durban in winter. Click here to find out which other events you can attend while visiting the warm east coast.
- Slow Food & Wine Festival, Robertson 3 - 5 August
The 12th annual Slow Food & Wine Festival is ready to take over the Robertson Wine Valley from 3 – 5 August offering festival-goers an immersive and indulgent foodie experience.
Food and wine enthusiasts will get to savour the flavours of the countryside at their desired leisurely pace. Each experience must be booked directly with the host at robertsonslow.com. There’s also a Family Market on the Sunday, free of charge for all to visit.
Traveller24's top tip: While you’re there, be sure to check out some boutique wineries in the area boasting delicious wines and breathtaking views.
- Oppikoppi, Northam 9 – 11 August
Ah, good old Oppikoppi! South Africa's quintessential rock festival will be drawing thousands of music fanatics and good time chasers to the dustiness that is Northam in Limpopo one again this year. The full line-up has not yet been announced.
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's top tip: Take a bandanna or a buff to cover your mouth and nose, as it gets pretty darn dusty.
- Poetry in McGregor Festival, McGregor 24 - 26 August
Poetry enthusiasts will delight in the sixth Poetry in McGregor Festival, set to take place on 24-26 August, featuring more than 160 poets participating at various venues in the town.
New to this year’s festival is the Helenvale Poets “back a buddy” project aims to bring 20 emerging poets from Helenvale, Port Elizabeth, to the McGregor Poetry Festival.
Get your tickets at Computicket from mid-July 2018 and remember to book accommodation in advance.
Traveller24's top tip: Make a full weekend of it and explore the dorpie. See art, visit quaint pubs and restaurants, go on hiking trails and wine tastings, among other activities.
- Hantam Vleisfees, Calvinia 24 – 25 August
This year is the Hantam Vleisfees' 29th anniversary, so if you've never been before, why not now? As the name suggests, the festival revolves around meat. But not just any meat! Karoo mutton and lamb to be more specific. Apart from delicious hearty food, the festival also presents an array of popular Afrikaans artists.
While ticket prices haven't been confirmed, you can expect to pay round about R50 for entry to the festival on Friday night and R80 on the Saturday. Keep an eye on the Hantam Vleisfees website for details.
Traveller24's top tip: If you are a meat-lover, you might want to take an empty cooler box and/or a portable fridge, as you're probably going to want to bring some loot back home.