EASTER EXCITEMENT IN THE NOTHERN CAPE
Motorsport enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice with the second leg of the AutoTraderSupaDrift Series thundering into Kimberley as part of the annual Kimberley Easter Motorsport Festival. See some of the country’s top drifters such as Otto Graven, Van Zummeren and Jason Webb battle it out at the MonsterMob Raceway from 4-5 April.Other motorsport activities for the weekend includean exhilarating display of top-class spinning at the MonsterMob Raceway and the Try Me Spinning Grounds, drag racing on the Old Bloemfontein Road and show & shine displays.
Keen drivers looking for a fun adventure can join the 31st annual Namibia Desert Run, which sets off from Kuruman for Swakopmund on 3 April. This fascinating route trip is open to all ages and vehicles and offers a glimpse of towns and villages such as Hotazel, Vanzylsrus, Middelputs, Andriesvale and Mier into Namibia via the Rietfontein border post. From there participants will wind their way through Koes and the famous KhomasHochland to eventually reach the final destination in Swakopmund.
Mountainbikers can look forward to the epic 2015 Trans Karoo MTB Challenge, one of the longest single stage endurance races in South Africa, taking place on 25 April. This year sees a down ride as competitors tackle the 240km route from Sutherland to Ceres. Riders and supporters are encouraged to experience the unsurpassed star-gazing for which Sutherland has become world-renowned. Sutherland is home to the South African Astronomical Observatory and a visit to the Southern African Large Telescope just outside town is a must.
For a touch of culture, the Kalahari Desert Festival is the place to be from 20 – 22 March. Experience the lifestyle of one of Africa’s most ancient tribesduring this three-day celebration of traditional music, arts, culture and language.Extend your stay after the festival and explore the Kalahari Red Dune Route. This self-drive route is a fascinating gateway into the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and the friendly locals are always ready to welcome visitors with their hearty hospitality. Activities include camel rides, dune boarding, 4 x4 trails, bird watching as well as guided bush and game walks.
The annual Diamond &Dorings Music and Art Festival will once again wow festival goers with a musical line-up featuring top local and South African performers from 4-6 April. Staged at the Riverton & Langley Resorts, the festival venue is located on the banks of the Vaal River and is ideal for a picnic or braai and relaxing with friends and family, while enjoying great music. Book accommodation for the weekend and enjoy the host of water and land-based activities available on site.
For an alternative weekend breakaway, don’t miss the annual AfrikaBurn festival in the Tankwa Karoo National Park from 27 April – 3 May. Thousands of revellers descend on the temporary city of art with theme camps, costume, music and performances in the middle of the Karoo each year. Visitors need to be completely self-sufficient and bring their own food, water, camping gear as nothing is for sale at the camp premises.