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Sizzling South African events you can’t miss out on

While driving around in South Africa can be the ultimate fun and scenic activity, one cannot afford not to the turn off every once in a while and discover what is on offer in the region. Meet new people, learn something new about conservation, or just have some good old relaxed time with the family. 

Do your bit for the seabirds

The annual Save Our Seabirds (SOS) Festival aims to educate people about the threats seabirds face. Birdlife South Africa needs all the help they can get and this initiative will help people to acknowledge this and help make a difference. The SOS festival boasts a jam packed programme with plenty of fun activities and opportunities to get involved in saving these animals.

When and where:

The event takes place from the 10th to the 20th October at various locations in Cape Town.

Save our seabird

Above: Many South African seabirds have to face threats every day. Learn how you can make a difference at the annual Save Our Seabirds (SOS) Festival. Photo: Pim van den Heuvel

A mountain of a special for kids

There's no adult in the world who appreciates nature as much as children do. That is why Table Mountain has come up with a variety of specials for our little ones. This special ranges from free cable car rides to photo competitions and food specials at the café. Make a plan to take the kids before this offer ends on 30th October. 

When and how much:

Every day from 08:30 to 18:00 until the 30th October. Two kids under the age of 18 get to ride the cable for free as long as they are accompanied by an adult.  The Table Mountain Café will offer a pizza slice plus a cup of hot chocolate at R26.50 per person under 18. 

Above: Make use of the variety of specials for kids on Table Mountain. Photo: DanieVDM

Live music every Friday at Daddy Cool's

Summer is here and the ever so cool Daddy Long Legs Bar at The Daddy Cool Hotel in Long Street is hosting a live band every Friday. This Friday, the 21st October, is inviting everyone to join for some live music by Rolling Thunder, a band that specialises in great sound, great vocals and great friends.

When and how much:

Every Friday this summer and entrance is, as always, free!

The Grand Daddy Hotel

Above: The Grand Daddy Hotel is the place to be every Friday after work. Photo: The Grand Daddy

Howlo'ween at the Johannesburg Zoo

This popular evening event at the Johannesburg Zoo sees visitors touring the "scary animals" and trick or treating. A wonderful outdoor family event.

When and how much:

Saturday 29th October and the entrance fee is R55 per person and children get in free.

Above: Who said Holloween can't be celebrated at a zoo. Take the whole family and let the kids enjoy this tradition in a safe environment. Photo: Kris416.

Strawberry Festival in Tiegerpoot

Music artists and kids entertainment and of course lots and lots of strawberries are the main role players in this fun-filled family event. Bring a blanket and an umbrella. Strawberries in all forms will be sold - choc-dipped strawberries, strawberries and cream, strawberry ice cream and much much more!

When and where: 

Plot 23 Tiegerpoort, Lynnwoord road,  Tiegerpoort, Johannesburg.

Above: The Strawberry Festival in Johannesburg is a fun family event to celebrate strawberry awesomeness. Photo:

Bloemfontein Rose Festival

Around this time of year, the City of Roses attracts thousands of visitors all over the country. If you appreciate the beauty and intricacy of this magical flower, the Bloemfontein Rose Festival is for you! Loch Logan Waterfront has aligned itself this year to participate fully in the Bloemfontein Rose Festival, one of the absolute highlights of the Central South African events calendar.

When and how much:

Saturday 22nd October and Sunday the 23rd. Entrance is free as it is in the public areas of the Loch Logan Waterfront.

Above: Go to the Rose Festival held at the Loch Logan Waterfront.

Cape Town International Kite Festival

Africa's biggest festival is here and if you are in the Western Cape, you have absolutely no excuse not to witness this explosion of colour and happy people. "Uplifting Mind and Body" is the theme for the 16th Cape Town International Kite Festival, which is happening on 22nd and 23rd October 2011 in Muizenberg and is proudly hosted by Cape Mental Health organisation and Heart 104.9FM radio station. 


+27 (0)21 447-9040 for more information on the Cape Town International Kite Festival and Cape Mental Health.

Above: Be a kid again and join the Cape Town International Kite Festival. Photo: Steve Crane

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Cheréne Pienaar

Cheréne Pienaar Title: Blog Contributor
Affiliation: Drive South Africa Blog

Born and bred in Bloemfontein, this Free state gal is an obsessive reader and hiker and loves discovering... all the time. As an e-marketing assistant and copywriter she believes social media is the future and plans to conquer Africa one word at a time.

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