The Top Spring and Summer South African Events

 
 

A captivating mixture of wild savannah, vibrant urbanity, and laidback coastal culture, South Africa is as diverse as it is beautiful, and with summer fast approaching, the region has an events calendar to match. Whether you’re looking to work up a sweat at a Cape Town fitness festival, or spend Boxing Day sunning yourself at

 

08th October 2015

The Twelve Apostles Hotel

South African events

A captivating mixture of wild savannah, vibrant urbanity, and laidback coastal culture, South Africa is as diverse as it is beautiful, and with summer fast approaching, the region has an events calendar to match. Whether you’re looking to work up a sweat at a Cape Town fitness festival, or spend Boxing Day sunning yourself at a cricket match, a stay at one of our luxurious hotels will ensure you too can enjoy the best South African events this spring and summer.

Moses Tladi UNEARTHED

South African events

Discover the pioneering artist Moses Tladi’s artworks at the South African National Gallery © izikoSA

Moses Tladi UNEARTHED at the South African National Gallery is a celebration and exploration of the works of one of South Africa’s most important artistic talents. Moses Tladi (1903-1959) was a realist landscape painter who is thought to have been the first black artist ever to be exhibited formally in the region.

From 24th September 2015 – 31st March 2016.
Moses Tladi UNEARTHED

Ajax Cape Town vs. Orlando Pirates

South African events

Watch the local soccer team Ajax Cape Town play against Johannesburg’s Orlando Pirates © Flickr / Warren Rohner

Whilst cricket and rugby command many of the sporting headlines in South Africa, the country’s soccer following is huge. For those staying in Cape Town, watching the local soccer club, Ajax Cape Town, play at their 55,000-seat stadium is one of the best things to do during your visit, especially if you get tickets for the match against the team’s friendly rivals, the Orlando Pirates from Johannesburg.

4th November 2015.
Ajax Cape Town vs Orlando Pirates

Durban Jazz Festival

South African events

Catch exceptional live jazz performances on Boxing Day © iStock / Kuzma

An enduring Boxing Day tradition in Durban, the city’s annual Jazz Festival at the Moses Mabhida Stadium is a chance for locals and visitors to celebrate the festive season while enjoying some top-notch live jazz in a laidback location. Perfect for an alternative seasonal day out, it’s a great spot to settle in with a festive family picnic while listening to the smooth South African rhythms.

26th December 2015.
Durban Jazz Festival

South Africa vs. England Test Cricket Series

South African events

Don’t miss out on this huge event in the sporting calendar, as South Africa go up against England © Flickr / Steve Baty

No run down of the best summertime South African events would be complete without mentioning the cricket, especially when the match in question sees the home team play their fierce rivals, England. The Kingsmead ground in Durban will play host to the first match of England’s month-long tour of the country, so spectators should expect a fervent, passionate contest.

26th December 2015.
South Africa vs England

Cape Carnival

South African events

Join in on the vibrant celebration of South African culture at Cape Carnival © South African Tourism

A vivid celebration of South African identity, community and culture, the annual Cape Carnival sees thousands of costumed troupes take to the streets of Cape Town to usher in the New Year with parades, parties and plenty of singing and dancing. Join the revellers in Cape Town and take part in this much-loved South African tradition.

2nd January 2016.
Cape Carnival

After spending the day enjoying all the brilliance and bustle of some of the top South African events this spring and summer, head back to the sumptuous surrounds of our elegant South African hotels to relax and unwind in style.

Header image: A jazz musician performing live © iStock / edelmar