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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The Best Flower Displays in the World

Flowers are one of the most beautiful objects in nature — their bright faces remind us of sunshine and warm weather, and their perfume can help us recall specific memories that all our other senses have forgotten. While many of us strive to make our home the perfect outdoor oasis, others focus on spectacular displays of flowers that can only be found in a small number of places. We’ve scoured the globe for some of the most beautiful flower displays open to the public. If you’re a fan of beautiful flowers both cultivated and wild, check this list out.

Lights Out: Abandoned American Drive-Ins

The first drive-in movie theater was opened in the United States in 1915. This innovation marked yet another step in the American entertainment industry. For the first time ever, families could see a movie together without having to get out of their car. Although for a time, drive-in movie theaters were popular all over the United States, with almost a thousand open during their heyday in the 1950s and 60s, the rise of the luxurious multiplex drove most American drive-ins out of business.

The Best Coffee Roasters in the USA

While it’s true that most coffee beans come from farms in Africa and South America, there are plenty of American coffee roasters who are doing amazing things with these beans and turning them into unique products with a little time, patience, and heat. Today, we’re going to explore the best coffee roasteries in the United States, and how you can find their beans. If you’re a coffee fan, make sure to keep this list handy when you’re planning your next vacation as a bag of freshly-roasted coffee is a great souvenir.