Festivals to enjoy in the Northern Cape

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Festivals to enjoy in the Northern Cape

The Northern Cape is a province that is filled with natural splendour and beauty. It is here that you will find the gorgeous Namaqualand daisies, the stunning arid beauty of the Kalahari and the unique flora and fauna of the Tankwa Karoo. If you are someone who enjoys going to art, music or food festivals, then you will be pleasantly surprised with the offerings in the Northern Cape.

You can book accommodation in Kathu and drive to any one of the exciting events, such as the Karoo Food Festival in Cradock or the Klein Karoo Klassique in Oudtshoorn. If you are interested in finding out more about the fantastic festivals that take place in the Northern Cape, read on for important info.


The Karoo Food Festival, Cradock

The Karoo Food Festival is the perfect stop off for any foodie who wants to try out something new and unique. You will be able to tuck into some delicious local delicacies, such as deliciously fresh Karoo lamb, tasty ostrich steaks and even “karoo sushi” (made using fresh venison or other meat).

Some of the other local foods you will be able to try include slap hakskeentjies (onions in a mild mustard sauce),boeremeisies (apricots in an almond-infused witblits), and turksvystroop (thick prickly pear syrup). It is an interesting mix of modern and traditional food delights, and you will need to be sure to book your tickets in advance. The Karoo Food Festival takes place in late April and you can book tickets online.


The Ghaap River Xtreme, Douglas

The annual Ghaap River Xtreme is held in Douglas at the Broadwater River Estate. It is an extravaganza of water and land activities, including  wakeboarding, barefoot skiing, x-terra, road races, marathons, swimming over the Vaal river, the Volleyball Xtreme Challenge, helicopter rides, paintball and more.

There are also a wide variety of exciting food stalls, as well as live bands playing throughout the festival. For families with small children, there is a kiddies entertainment area full of fun activities for them to take part in. It is a short drive from your accommodation in Kathu, and takes place in October of this year. Be sure to book your tickets early as it is a wildly popular event with locals and visitors alike.


Afrika Burn, Tankwa Karoo

Afrika Burn is the South African answer to the American Burning Man festival. It is a true celebration of art, creativity and uniqueness, all set out in the strangely beautiful arid Tankwa Karoo. Here you will find artists setting up huge installation pieces and musicians working on new and inspiring pieces as they perform.

Afrika Burn is not for the faint-hearted. You will need to bring along your own food, water, tent and “survival kit”. This kit should include sunscreen, a first-aid-kit, enough water for the duration of your stay. It is important to note that the festival is 100 percent eco-friendly, so you will need to take all of your waste with you when you leave. The event takes place in April of every year, and runs for seven days. Ticket sales open in September before the event.


The Kalahari Kuierfees, Upington

The Kalahari Kuierfees in Upington is a feast for the senses. You will find up to 170 vendors, all offering stalls with unique products and services. There are live music acts, delicious food and drink and even some fun sporting activities to take part in.

The sporting activities include cycling, a half-marathon, a fun walk, an Ironman contest and volleyball as well as the famous “King’s Challenge”, where contenders must run or walk 21.2 kilometers and cycle for 60 kilometers. The Kalahari Kuierfees takes place from the 27th to the 29th of September 2018, and tickets can be bought online from their website. It is the perfect family outing and ideal for those looking for an upbeat, sporty event.


Spring Wine and Food festival at Amakulu, Kimberley

The Spring Wine and Food festival at Amakulu bids goodbye to Winter and greets Spring in the best way possible: with delicious food and sumptuous wine. You will be able to buy a food hamper and a wine tasting package at only R350, which includes a game drive through Amakulu Safari park.

The Kleine Zalze wines that you will be able to taste are some of the highest rated in the country, and the food is perfect for a mild Spring day. It is the perfect festival for a couple or for a family with older children who can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.  Ticket prices vary depending on the package you choose, and the festival takes place in early September, perfect for celebrating the first days of Spring.


Do something different

Whether you book accommodation in Kathu and drive to your destinations, or you make a road trip out of the experience, you will find something different and exciting to do in the Northern Cape. Foodies will be surprised and delighted by the unique variety of food events, and those who enjoy sportier activities are catered for too. Be sure to book tickets ahead of time to avoid any disappointment, especially with the more popular festivals.

Northern Cape Festivals