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Grahamstown National Arts Festival

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Grahamstown National Arts Festival

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.

The 2017 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown

Bustling city life
The 2017 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown

This is an ultra-marathon of approximately 89km that is held in KZN. It is an annual event that takes place during the second quarter of the year and is one of the oldest annual events in South Africa, as the first race took place in 1921. Run between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg, the race alternates between an “up” and “down” run, from the coast inland and vice versa. Many call it the world's greatest ultra-marathon, and one of the reasons this fabled South African marathon has the title is because of the wealth of legends in its history.

Mountain biking and the Owl Route

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Mountain biking and the Owl Route

The Owl Route is a 50km U-shaped dirt road in the Eastern Cape province, best explored by bicycle.

Extreme landscape, extreme adventure – Baviaanskloof

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Extreme landscape, extreme adventure – Baviaanskloof

Extreme landscape, extreme adventure – Baviaanskloof

Take a stroll down Route 67 and explore Port Elizabeth’s rich heritage.

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Take a stroll down Route 67 and explore Port Elizabeth’s rich heritage.

Port Elizabeth's urban-based Route 67 is one of the most exciting and creative of South Africa's inner-city developments.

Enchanted Mountain – Hogsback

Breathtaking scenery
Enchanted Mountain – Hogsback

The little town of Hogsback has become an arts and crafts colony, a photographer’s preferred location, a nature lover’s haunt and a honeymoon couple’s top choice of romantic hideaways in the Eastern Cape.

Take an unforgettable road trip in the Great Karoo

Breathtaking scenery
Take an unforgettable road trip in the Great Karoo

Spanning nearly 400 000km2 in the geographic midriff of South Africa, the Great Karoo must be one of the quietest places on Earth.

Where breathtaking nature stretches out in every direction

Breathtaking scenery
Where breathtaking nature stretches out in every direction

Let us introduce you to our places of wonder that make us swell with pride and take our breaths away again and again.

An untouched world of perfect hushed silences and raw wildlife moments

Wildlife safari
An untouched world of perfect hushed silences and raw wildlife moments

In the South African wilderness, you begin your journey into the soul of Africa.

Let the waves lift your soul along South Africa’s sun-soaked coast

Sun-soaked coasts
Let the waves lift your soul along South Africa’s sun-soaked coast

. South Africa’s sun-soaked coast lies ready, all-year round, to share its secrets, adventures and lazy days with you.

Meet the Rainbow Nation in buzzing cities bursting with colour and life

Bustling city life
Meet the Rainbow Nation in buzzing cities bursting with colour and life

Every South African city has its own unique story to tell, and the best people to tell those stories are the locals themselves.

Free the adventurous spirit within

Active adventure
Free the adventurous spirit within

Whatever your pleasure, South Africa is an endless outdoor playground that will make you feel alive and free.

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