Experience the Northern Cape, South Africa

The long weekend is upon us – make the most of it by spending time with family and friends at one of these upcoming events ...

Funny, you should say that!

Funny man Stuart Taylor is in town to entertain locals with his particular combination of stand-up comedy and magic at Kimberley's Flamingo Casino.

Taylor, who has been performing stand-up comedy for 17 years, will be performing his new show, Funny, you should say that!, at Bar 129 on Saturday 28 April. Directed by another funny man, comic Rob van Vuuren, the one-man show promises to have audiences in stitches with Taylor's take on "a mid-life crisis".

Tickets are R50 per person and can be bought at the Cash Desk. The show starts at 9.30pm and no under 18s are allowed.

Orange Descent Canoe Marathon 2018

Orange  Descent
(Image: Orange Descent)
Paddling the Orange River.

Paddlers take your marks: Day 1 of the two-day Orange Descent Canoe Marathon 2018 kicks off from Sakkie se Arkie in Upington on Friday 27 April.

While entries have already closed, spectators can still be on the look-out along the route for participants in what has been dubbed a "race to remember".

Day 1 sees canoeists paddling 30km from Upington to Oranjerus. On Day 2, the race continues from Ikaia in Keimoes to Die Mas in Kakamas for a distance of 39km.

According to the organisers, "The focus of the Orange Descent Canoe Marathon has always been to host a competitive race while staying true to the Northern Cape hospitality. We have always focused on presenting a well-organised race but at the same time exposing our participants and spectators to as much of the Green Kalahari attractions and culture that our region has to offer."

Tour the South African Astronomical Observatory in Sutherland

Sutherland  Planetarium
A tour of the Sutherland observatory promises an exciting outing.

Take a trip to Sutherland and book a tour of the South African Astronomical Observatory's local facilities.

Home to the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), one of the world’s largest single-optical telescopes, the site is 1 800m above sea level and was chosen for its semi-desert setting, its absence of light at night and the absence of other pollutants.

On day tours, visitors can choose from basic or fully guided tours. The fully guided tours include a guided walkthrough of the visitor centre and selected research telescopes, including the SALT. The basic tours include a self-guided tour in the visitor centre, and a basic guided tour of the SALT.

Day tours take place Monday to Saturday, with times dependent on the type of tour chosen. Prices start at R40 per person for adults and R20 for children aged six to 11. Children under six enter for free.

The 90-minute night tours allow visitors access to two dedicated visitor telescopes, a 16" Meade and 14" Celestron, to view the night sky. None of the research telescopes, including the SALT, are open to visitors at night.

Night tours are on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Start times are confirmed at booking and tickets are R80 for adults and R40 for children aged six to 11. Children under six enter for free.

Bookings for all tours are essential, and can be made via telephone: +27 (0)23 571 2436 or via Email: suthbookings@saao.ac.za.