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TTo be in South Africa is to be part of a story that goes back to the start of all humanity. Today, South Africa has evolved into an amazing mix of modern cultures, inspiring history and incredible heroes. It really is a melting pot with roots that run deeper than you think.
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South Africa’s winemakers are coming to the UK and they’re bringing their hottest wines with them. Not only are they packing their best wines, there’s an unmistakable vibe, only found in the Rainbow Nation, that will be arriving on UK shores with them. The South African Wine Festival gives you the opportunity to be part of this vibe, meet charismatic, fun filled winemakers, explore, sample and celebrate the best South African wines, food and culture available throughout the UK from 1st – 7th September 2019.
The National Arts Festival is an important event on the South African cultural calendar, and the biggest annual celebration of the arts on the African continent. It has become the home for artists from different corners of the creative world. Whether you are a dancer, musician, painter or a mere art lover, the Grahamstown National Arts Festival is where you belong. From theatre to dance, opera to cabaret, fine art to craft art, classical music to jazz, poetry readings to lectures, every art form imaginable is represented in one of the most diverse festivals in the world. For 11 days every year, the Eastern Cape town of Grahamstown transforms from a sleepy haven of academics, students and entrepreneurs into the heart of South Africa’s arts scene.
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The township of Soweto to the south-west of Johannesburg has transformed from a legacy of the apartheid era to a vibrant, energetic hub that will ignite your senses and immerse you in true South African culture. The thriving heart of Soweto is one of the most well-known streets in South Africa, Vilakazi Street.
Discover the traditional South African curry dish - bunny chow
Attention beer lovers! 🍻 Discover the newly launched Brew Route on our story today, catering to all of your local craft desires.
Explore the craft breweries in and around Gauteng.
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.
Eastern Cape province is the heartland of South African English culture, as the site of the first mass settlement of British settlers around the city they called Grahamstown – now renamed Makhanda.
Visitors to South Africa are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing souvenirs; beadwork, wire sculptures, wooden carvings and other arts and crafts can be found at curio shops all over.
The Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 saw the world’s mightiest empire struggle to overcome a brave indigenous people; today, history buffs can relive that desperate conflict in KwaZulu-Natal’s battlefields.
South Africa’s blend of many cultures means that visitors to Northern Cape province can enjoy a food terroir that is as intriguing and unusual as it is delicious.