South African events and the crowds it pulls are growing exponentially. As more people travel to our beautiful country to experience our events, so does the prices increase for accommodation. With that in mind, we at Resorts Etc are determined to change this around. What we bring is affordable accommodation offers to coincide with your favourite South African events. So, what are these South African events we speak of? Well, let’s give them a closer look and couple them with some of our favourite resorts that will have you smiling all the way to your favourite soiree. Sit back, relax and enjoy the read!
South African Events On The Rise!
The influx of local and international travelers are increasing year after year. Even with the economy not being at its best right now, people still want to discover new experiences. And where better to do so than a country like South Africa? With our diverse cultures and spectacular landscapes, it’s no wonder authentic local events are booming and international events are coming to our shores more and more every year. Here we will explore some favourites and some niche events. We then couple each of these with resorts that provide you with all the comforts you will need, without breaking the bank.
Cape Town: South African Events In All Its Splendour.
Where does one start when it comes to the Mother City and ‘her’ events? With so much to choose from and of course Cape Town’s scenic beauty to match, you certainly are spoilt for choice when it comes to events. Cape Town is known as a cultural hub for both local and international visitors. A wealth of history awaits anyone visiting its shores. So, what events should you look out for?
Cape Town Carnival
Imagine an event that tantalizes all the senses and makes even the weariest of hearts feel like a child again… Imagine no more. The Cape Town Carnival is an event that brings together all of the greater Cape Town communities into a spectacle for the eyes. People from all over South Africa and the world come to the Mother City for this event. With Multi-choice being the main sponsor and broadcaster of the event, it has gotten international attention as a big drawcard for our tourism industry. Picture massive floats showcasing Cape Town and South Africa’s diverse cultures, with food vendors all along Greenpoint’s fan walk serving authentic South African dishes. Truly an experience you will want to have at least twice in your life.
The event usually happens mid-March annually and accommodation can be a hassle. Well, not anymore. We have two properties available to you at affordable rates. Check out the Royal Atlantic and Inverness. Both in the heart of Sea Point, a stone throw away from where all the Cape Town Carnival action happens. If you plan on traveling to Cape Town for this event, we recommend you sending through your accommodation requests early for these properties, so that we can secure the best possible rates for you.
Mother City Queer Project
We wouldn’t be doing Cape Town and South African events justice if we didn’t talk about MCQP. Known as Cape Town’s biggest dress-up party. Every year around October, a new theme is announced. Party-lovers from all over the world go all out in preparation for the event with costumes. MCQP is a celebration of unity and brings together people from all walks of life. This year, MCQP celebrates it’s 25th anniversary and is set to be one for the books. The venue generally changes every year as to help promote excitement for the event. And to top it all off, proceeds go to various LGBTQI organisations around the city. So a party with a conscience.
With the party usually happening in the heart of the city over the December period, accommodation can get expensive. We suggest that you book in advance with us so that we can get you the best possible rate. We recommend staying at Hastings Hall or Mount Sierra in Tamboerskloof. A comfortable stay in the heart of Cape Town’s most lively artsy hubs.
Cape Town International Jazz Festival
Known as one of the top 4 jazz festivals in the world, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival is not to be missed. A wealth of local and international jazz and soul performers flock to Cape Town every year to entertain jazz lovers from all walks of life. With events staged all around the city, you will have the chance of experiencing world-class entertainment in all of Cape Town’s most beautiful spaces. Green Market Square livens up during the festival with arts and entertainment that will leave you in awe. Local acts such as Craig Lucas are set to grace the event stage in 2019 and international acts such as legendary Chaka Khan. South African events are growing by the year when you look at how this specific one has grown.
We recommend a comfortable stay at the Peninsula All-Suite Hotel in Sea Point. With scenic views of Lions Head and the Atlantic Ocean – this is the perfect place to come and rest your head after a night out on the town enjoying jazz at its best.
Gauteng Niche South African Events To Take Note Of!
Niche events that are intimate, artistic and creative, is what Gauteng is known for. Here we explore events that haven’t made the headlines quite yet but is drawing quite the crowd. Gauteng offers South African events unique in its own right, with landscapes to match. Think inland African sunsets coupled with music and art. Let’s have a closer look.
Jazz In The Cradle
How does a blissful afternoon of jazz and art sound to you? Couple this with a beautiful setting such as the Nirox Sculpture Park in the Cradle of Humankind and you certainly have a winner! Jazz In The Cradle offers a picnic in the park experience where people can enjoy a wealth of new and upcoming jazz artists while they relax with a glass of wine. The event offers a selection of gourmet vendors, where you can delight the senses with delicious dishes made on site. A truly unique experience awaits music lovers from all walks of life.
Our accommodation choice for this event is Mount Savanah Game Reserve. Situated in the Cradle of Humankind, between Lanseria, Broederspoort, Hekpoort, and Oaktree – you will be left mesmerised under a starry sky after a day of good music and delicious food.
German Festival, Cullinan
South Africa has a rich German history within its borders and what better place to celebrate this than at the German Festival in Cullinan. Here beer gets served by the litre. Yes, the litre! While you enjoy the traditional Bavarian food. The festival provides for a day of fun, artisan food aromas and local and international craft beers. Don’t fret, there is plenty of things for the kids to do as well.
Enjoy this festival responsibly by checking in to Little Eden in Cullinan. Truly a stunning resort built with the whole family in mind. A true rustic setting for an event that celebrates all things, German.
A Wealth Of South African Events Awaits In KZN!
KwaZulu-Natal is definitely an event lovers paradise. With so many things to do in the sunshine province, choosing a select few events to speak of here proved quite the task when writing this piece. From beach events to inland historical events, KZN has it all and then some. So for both the local and international traveler, KZN is definitely worth exploring. And like the wealth of events this province brings, so do we bring a selection of resorts for you to choose from.
For a truly authentic South African events music experience, Splashy Fen is a must! The event dates back to 1990 and has grown through the years. Offering a music festival experience for the whole family to enjoy. It’s so family friendly that it even has a creche on site for the little ones should the adults want to have some festival time of their own. Furthermore, the event also has educational activities for the young ones to enjoy. Five stages across this massive event host the best of local talent. While a variety of food stalls and bar’s cater to the masses. An event experience not to be missed.
With the event happening close to Underberg, we recommend enjoying a stay at Bushman’s Nek Berg & Trout Resort if camping is not your thing. This stunning resort is located close to where all the action is happening and its an easy ride to the festival from the property.
Vodacom Durban July
When we speak of South African events, we cannot leave out the Vodacom Durban July. With it being one of the biggest horse racing events in the world, fashion and sports come together in all its glory. Feel the thrill of the crowd for a day of world-class horseracing, fashion, and entertainment. With this being an annual event, why not plan a trip away to sunny Durban to experience an event like no other.
We have a wide variety of accommodation available in and around Durban that won’t break to the bank. So that you can spend your money on the fashion aspect of the event. Places such as 10 South located in the heart of Durban’s holiday playground, or the iconic The Palace on Durban’s golden mile. For bigger groups, Silversands is an affordable and sure bet.
Pinotage On Tap
In celebration of the South African wine, Pinotage – Pinotage On Tap pulls wine-lovers from all walks of life through its gates for food & wine to delight the senses. Taking place annually at the Litchi Orchard in Salt Rock Durban, it truly is an outdoor experience that brings with it good entertainment. The event provides shuttle services as well so that you can enjoy the festivities. Bottomless Diemersfontein Coffee-Chocolate Pinotage included! Match that with acts such as Freshly Ground and you have a winner.
Check out Durban Spa for affordable rates or any one of the above-mentioned resorts. They are all within close proximity to the location of the event.
Corona Sunsets Festival
For a truly unforgettable music festival experience, one has to attend the Corona Sunsets Festival. With a line-up of artists that pack a punch and a venue as stunning as Hillcrest’s Shongweni Club, you will be building memories to last you a lifetime. The festival celebrates local and international talent and happens annually. The event happens globally, so it is definitely something worth planning for. With this in mind, we see how the South African events industry is growing exponentially.
You can have a look at our wide variety of KZN properties available here. You are sure to find something you will love at a price that will leave you smiling all the way to the bank for many South African events holiday experiences.
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