Upcoming events in South Africa that you don't want to miss.

  • by onRoute
  • Dec 1, 2017
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Abantu Book Festival

7 – 10 December


One of the hottest events of the year for African writers and readers. The festival is held in the vibrant, historically significant township of Soweto and is designed to acknowledge the incredibly diverse literary heritage of our continent.

Although the Abantu Book Festival has its focus on novels (both fact and fiction), there is also a generous portion of it dedicated to poetry performances, musical acts, workshops that deal with various aspects of writing and publishing, panel discussions, and film screenings. This makes it an exciting hub of cultural and literary activity for local South Africans. A massive feature of the Abantu Book Festival is the participation of a number of renowned poets, authors, playwrights, scholars, actors, readers, biographers and more. Come and witness the dynamic township of Soweto transform into a literary village!

From book festivals to elaborate magic shows, the next few months have something for everyone.

Drak Challenge

20 – 21 January


Athletes and their spectators can barely wait for the 24th N3TC Drak Challenge Canoe Marathon. Taking place on the Mzimkhulu River in the scenic southern Drakensberg, the setting assures visitors of breathtaking backdrops. It’s also a convenient and accessible spot for competitors and fans from all over the world.

About 1 000 paddlers participate over the two days in what is one of the three largest races in South Africa covering a massive 72 kilometres! The technically challenging course is matched by the pristine, clear waters of the Drakensberg.

For visitors, this part of KwaZulu-Natal is really beautiful, and those attending the race are encouraged to stay longer and explore the surrounds. There are some quality outdoor experiences, including brilliant mountain hiking and bike trails, and some gorgeous scenic picnic spots.

The Illusionists

7 – 11 Feb & 14 Feb – 11 March


After record-breaking runs in New York, London and in Asia, The Illusionists Direct from Broadway will be in South Africa for the first time ever! This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth. They have shattered box office records across the globe and dazzled audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. It’s a not-to-be-missed show packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic.

Pride Festival

23 February – 3 March

Cape Town

When it comes to gay pride, Cape Town has its own style of epic celebrations and you just know it’s going to be magical. This time around, the calendar highlight includes a fantastic collection of parties, parades and protests scattered across the 10-day period. It promises a bumper year of community events. The parade will be on the 3rd of March and will be back at the Green Point Urban Park.

All of Cape Town comes together to make gay pride an event to remember; the bars and clubs have lots of event nights to keep you entertained and of course, you have the legendary pool party at The Glenn Hotel, one of Cape Town’s best gay hotels.