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The Bierfest is the closest representation of the German beer culture. Break out the lederhosen and dirndls and get ready for a “top Klaus bier festival” when the Newlands Brewery Village Green transforms into a Bavarian-style beer hall. Dates: Durban: 31 August – 1 September Pretoria: 2– 3 November Cape Town: 28– 29 November
The Photo & Film Expo is the largest photography event in Africa, with over 400 brands under one roof. It is the perfect platform to interact with your favourite camera brands or bring your camera in for repairs. There are also workshops throughout the expo, where speakers get to share their knowledge of the field. Taking place in Johannesburg, expect great deals on a wide variety of products ranging from professional to the enthusiast. The expo is extremely focused and serves as a platform where photographers and enthusiasts can network and learn. With well over a hundred workshops running during the four-day event, the expo is time well invested. See the latest technologies and a wide range brands related to the imaging industry, and pick up some amazing ideas and bargains as well.
The RMB WineX Festival is an annual event that is not to be missed be any wine connoisseur. It showcases a wide range of brands, boutique wines, crystal stemware and more. The undisputed festival of choice for the discerning wine consumer, the RMB WineX Wine Festival celebrates the “art of wine”. The show boasts the greatest selection of South Africa's top cellars under one roof, together with an exciting array of newcomers, boutique producers and garagistes – all who have one thing in common, they are all passionate about fermented grapes. RMB WineX is the wine happening of the year, where winemakers divulge expert knowledge to an attentive audience and Jozi wine lovers meet to socialise over a glass of good wine. Additionally, visitors can get handy tips and learn the latest in winemaking trends. There are also plenty of products that are available for purchasing – from gadgets, olives and oils, imported decanters, design coolers, artisanal cheeses and storage systems.
The Soweto Wine & Lifestyle Festival is a must-attend festival in Soweto. The show exhibits a combination of wine, travel destinations, food and lifestyle products. This festival is the hub for the country’s finest innovators, bringing together winemakers, artisanal chefs, designers, crafters and entrepreneurs for a three-day cultural experience, unique to Soweto. The festival was originally designed to bring Cape wines into Johannesburg’s largest township, Soweto – which is known for its trendsetting values and people – to expose this magnificent movement to the country’s oldest, unique wine etiquettes and cultures. Come and experience the best wines the Cape has to offer; check out travel retailers with a huge choice of holidays and weekends away; indulge in a wide selection of gastronomies to suit all tastes from top restaurants, local bistros and food vendors; and enjoy music from Soweto’s famous set. Get the tickets here:
England will tour to South Africa this winter, which means the Barmy Army won't be far behind celebrating 25 years of the army! A fantastic country to tour, epic cricket grounds and stunning scenery. With fully escorted tours available, South Africa is guaranteed to be a cricket tour to remember. Fixture Date Location Two-day Tour Match Tues 17 - Wed 18 Dec Willowmoore Park, Benoni Three-day Tour Match Fri 20 - Sun 22 Dec Willowmoore Park, Benoni 1st Test Match Thu 26 - Mon 30 Dec SuperSport Park, Centurion 2nd Test Match Fri 3 - Tue 7 Jan PPC Newlands, Cape Town 3rd Test Match Thu 16 - Mon 20 Jan St George's Park, Port Elizabeth 4th Test Match Fri 24 - Tue 28 Jan Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg One-day Warm Up Fri 31 Jan Eurolux Boland Park, Paarl One-day Warm Up Sat 1 Feb Eurolux Boland Park, Paarl 1st ODI Tue 4 Feb PPC Newlands, Cape Town 2nd ODI Fri 7 Feb Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban 3rd ODI Sun 9 Feb Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 1st T20 Wed 12 Feb Buffalo Park, East London 2nd T20 Fri 14 Feb Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban 3rd T20 Sun 16 Feb SuperSport Park, Centurion Read more here
With no jetlag, a great year-round climate (particularly during school holidays), the strength of the pound against the South African Rand giving families fantastic value for money and an incredible abundance of nature and wildlife, South Africa is an ideal destination for families. To mark the royal visit, here are some of the top family activities in Cape Town and beyond.
If calamity were to strike humanity, and archaeologists of a distant future were to enquire about how we lived, they would draw upon our architecture to paint a picture of who we were.
Mining in South Africa has been a contentious issue since 15-year-old Erasmus Stephanus Jacobs discovered South Africa’s first diamond, the Eureka, in Hopetown in 1867.