Mini Guide to South Africa


Sardine Festival

Between May and July, millions of sardines run along the southeastern coast, bringing with them dolphins, seabirds, and sharks for an incredible spectacle. It’s sometimes called “The Greatest Shoal on Earth” and as much as 200,000 tonnes of sardines are caught annually.  During the same time, the city of Durban provides a festival with music concerts, cultural activities, and plenty of entertainment.

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Grahamstown National Arts Festival

Grahamstown National Arts Festival is considered the largest cultural event in Africa, attracting several local and international talents. It runs for 11 days from the end of June to the beginning of July, gathering as many as 50,000 visitors annually. It’s a massive celebration of arts, dance, theater, opera, jazz, poetry, with more than 500 shows throughout the festival.

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Oppikoppi Festival

Oppikoppi usually takes place on a farm near Northam at the end of August and was once considered the fourth best music festival in the world. It started in 1994 with only 27 local musicians but nowadays brings over 160 international talents playing rock, hip-hop, ska, drum and bass, and much more.

People and Culture

South Africa is often called the “Rainbow Nation” due to its multiculturalism. There’s still a strong presence of British traditions, such as the afternoon tea, but the local and surrounding African nations also have an essential part in the mix.

Beadwork adornment is important for both men and women and it reflects a person’s history and values, as well as distinguishing different ethnic groups. And South African music styles are also predominant and tend to incorporate indigenous sounds to their songs (like kwaito or kwela for instance).

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Most Interesting Small Towns to Visit in the United States

If you’re used to living in a city or a big suburb, it can be hard to picture what life is like outside of all the hustle and bustle. In fact, U.S. cities house 62.7 percent of the population (as of 2015), but take up just 3.5 percent of the land area — and those numbers continue to grow as more people move into cities every day. If you need to get away for a bit, check out some of these incredible American towns. They may be small, but they’ve all got their own unique attributes that make them popular vacation destinations.

Most Interesting International Fast Food Chains We Wish Would Come to the USA

To connoisseurs of fast food, visits abroad bring the opportunity to see how the rest of the world eats on the go. Although we have our own fast-food chains at home — many which have spread around the world — the most exciting chains around today are regional chains, which use local ingredients flavored to perfectly suit the local’s palate. To get a taste at what’s out there, here are some amazing international fast food chains we wish would come to the United States.

Travel Destinations to Consider in 2019

Whether you’re looking to escape the cold winter weather or boiling summer heat or experience a different culture, there are endless potential travel destinations for you to choose from. But making the right decision may be challenging. Here are some of the top destinations throughout the world that you may want to consider visiting during 2019.