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The first Cherry Festival was held in 1968 and is the longest-running festival in South Africa. You can indulge on fresh, succulent cherries – harvested from October to December. The festival stretches over three days and attracts up to 30 000 people. The festival offers quality family shows and activities such as the herding of sheep, horse rides, camel rides, helicopter flips, steam train rides at Sandstone Estate, and tours through the town to see the beautiful sandstone buildings and architecture. Ficksburg is situated on the scenic landscape of the eastern Free State, nestled between the foot of the Imperani Mountain and the banks of the Caledon River. It is known as the cherry capital of the world, and to celebrate this fact, the town hosts the annual cherry festival. It is the largest cherry-producing area in South Africa, and the first successful cherry trees were planted in this area in 1905.
The Oscar-winning documentary celebrates South Africa’s biodiversity, the 3 rd most biodiverse country on Earth, and home to the only place in the world where the Marine Big five (Southern Right Whales, Dolphins, Great White Sharks, Cape Fur Seals and African penguins) are all in close proximity to the shore.
Never has wellness been more relevant, with health and immunity now at the forefront of consciousness after months spent at home during lockdown, and entirely new concepts added to the plethora of health concerns - from Zoom fatigue and maskne to the loneliness induced by self-isolation. Here are some of South Africa’s top wellness experiences for travellers to nurture the mind, body, and spirit on a 2021 post-lockdown trip.
It’s rugby’s ultimate adventure, the greatest tour of all. Every four years the very best players from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales unite as one to undertake a truly remarkable journey.
Chapman’s Peak Drive in Cape Town is a winding 9km route that takes visitors from the fishing village of Hout Bay to the beaches of Noordhoek, through some of the world’s most breath-taking scenery.
The West Coast Wine Route follows the N7 North and has a surprisingly large selection and quality of award winning wines to chose from. It includes boutique and garagiste producers, along with some of the largest wineries in the country.
Succulent Karoo is a unique South African biome known for its wildflower extravaganza in spring. The vegetation is primarily made up of dwarf succulent shrubs. You won’t find as many plant species – mostly succulents – in other similarly sized arid areas in the world.
Sacred sites in KwaZulu-Natal include the Buddhist Retreat Centre in Ixopo, the charming Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple in Chatsworth and the majestic slopes and valleys of the mighty Drakensberg mountain range. Throw in some isiZulu culture, San rock art and Bhangazi legends, and let the journey begin.
For a holiday that truly lets you get away from it all, you can’t beat the peace and relaxation of a spiritual retreat, surrounded by a majestic South African landscape.