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South Africa organises many events and festivals like the Marathon, Oyster festival, Jazz festival, Wine and Gourmet festivals, Sardine Run, etc. Travellers should make a note of these events and plan their vacation.

Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon

Since humble beginnings in 1970, this marathon following a beautiful 56km scenic route around the Cape Peninsula now attracts over 12 000 entrants, including competitors from overseas.

Spectators line the course to cheer participants along and the race ends at the University of Cape Town with a carnival for the whole family. Takes place around the Easter weekend.

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Knysna Oyster Festival

The Knysna Oyster Festival is probably one of the most popular annual events in the Western Cape. It is also something of a celebration of the good life and sport and has taken place every year since 1983, where it began as the Knysna Winter Festival – a combination of sport that drew people to Knysna during the quiet winter season.

Marketed as the ‘Best 10 Days of Your Winter’, the Knysna Oyster festival is spread across two weekends that promise constant fun and activities for the whole family. But of course the stars of the show are undoubtedly the oysters, served naked, cooked or garnished at over 30 local Tabasco Hotspots throughout the festival.

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Cape Town International Jazz Festival

The annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival is the culmination of world-renowned musicians providing a cohesive star-studded line-up.

The musical and training workshops offered at the festival are yet another endorsement of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival’s commitment to developing not only the industry, but the community as well. Well attended and supported by local musicians and industry professionals, the participants in the various workshops benefit directly from experts in their respective fields. Collaboration between the Festival, musicians and the media has ensured that participants at all the workshops benefit generously from the contributions of these professionals.

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V & A Waterfront Wine Affair

Showcases over 75 Western Cape wine estates all under one roof. Includes food and wine pairings and many special dinner offers at Waterfront restaurants. Takes place 6-9 May.

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Cape Gourmet Festival

Two weeks of food and wine and more food and wine. The festival encompasses a host of events from the Good Food and Wine show to cookery demonstrations with top international and local chefs, restaurant promotions and the Table of Unity luncheon at the foot of Table Mountain.

Takes place in May.

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Sardine Run

Every year, between the months of May and July, many millions of silvery sardines travel north from the cold southern oceans off South Africa’s Cape Point, hugging the shore as they make their way up along the coastlines of North Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal in what is commonly known as the annual Sardine Run.

There are many predators waiting to eat the sardines which makes it the best time to see the oceanic animals.

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Cape Carnival

Starting with street performer, a street party with a DJ will take place immediately after the parade until midnight. There are themes each year for the carnival according to which floats are made & people enjoy dance, music and special performances.The Carnival celebrates a truly South African expression of Music, Dance and Arts and educate and inform the world of the rich culture and history of South Africa.

The Cape Town Carnival promises to be a magical event & should not be missed if one is travelling over New Year.

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