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October 2015

Stellenbosch Craft-Beer Festival

October 17, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Everyone knows that the best wine in Africa the world comes from Stellenbosch. What most people don't know is that it's also home to some of the best craft beer as well.   Just because you're a backpacker, doesn't mean you can't splurge on some quality beer once in a while, and the Stellenbosch Craft Beer Festival aka Africa's Octoberfest is the way to do it. For only 75 rand (approximately $6 US) you'll be admitted to try 20 different micro-breweries. Plus…

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November 2015

The Great Ethiopian Run

November 22, 2015
Unnamed Venue Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Imagine thousands of individuals all sporting the same two colored t-shirt taking over the roads in one of the biggest metropolitan cities in Africa.   It's called the Great Ethiopian Run, and it's the largest road race in Africa.   Started by the native born, Olympic Gold Medalist, Haile Gebreselassie, the run generated over 36,000 participants with thousands more cheering them on.   Some would say the race isn't for everyone though. It's a crazy mix of culture and fun with crowds so…

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March 2016

Two Oceans Marathon

March 26, 2016 @ 6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Unnamed Venue Newlands, South Africa + Google Map
2 oceans Marathon, South Africa, Backpacking Africa for Beginners

There's no better way to run 56 kilometers than at the Two Oceans Marathon in South Africa. Perhaps that is why it is called the world's most beautiful marathon. Photo Courtesy From: https://www.facebook.com/TwoOceansMarathon This years marks the 46th annual race and its sure to draw a great crowd! However, if running 34.8 miles isn't quite your thing, they also offer a half marathon. Although tickets are sold out for it (not the ultra--just the half) this year, you can always…

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April 2016

Afrika Burn

April 25, 2016 - May 1, 2016
Afrika Burn Festival South Africa 2016, Backpacking Africa for Beginners

AfrikaBurn is one event you really don't want to miss! Photo: Courtesy of Afrika Burn Imagine a group of people who come together to create art, burning structures, costumes, performance, theme camps, music, mutant vehicles, and so much more.   One of the  most inspiring parts about the entire festival is its amazing gift economy. Literally, NOTHING is for sale. You won't see any vendors, advertising, or branding. It just doesn't belong there. Instead it’s a decommodified zone with a…

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May 2016

Gnaoua and World Music Festival

May 12, 2016 - May 15, 2016
Mawazine Backpacking Morocco in Morocco, Backpacking Africa for Beginners

The Gnaoua and World Music Festival was the first popular and free of charge festival. Gnaoua Music Festival was essentially was the gateway to all others. The festival began as a way to experience the African roots of Morocco, it's ancient traditions, and alluring culture. Photo Courtesy of: https://www.facebook.com/festivalgnaouaetmusiquesdumonde Gnaoua Music Festival for Backpackers This years marks the 19th year and it's sure to be a success like before. From the beginning, it was popular with the Moroccan youth. The air…

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Mawazine Backpacking Morocco

May 20, 2016 - May 28, 2016
Mawazine Festival in Morocco, Arab Music, Backpacking Africa for Beginners

Mawazine is a hugely successful music festival in Rabat, Morocco. Mawazine is one of the things you have to do whilst backpacking morocco. That is why we call it Mawazine Backpacking Morocco. The past couple years, Mawazine backpacking Morocco have seen attendance at over 2 million people!  It's no wonder why though when big-name artists like Stevie Wonder, Kylie Minogue, Elton John, and Whitney Houston have performed. This year Christina Aguilera is even performing. But Mawazine is so much more than global…

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July 2016

Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF)

July 9, 2016 - July 17, 2016
Zanzibar International Film Festival, Backpacking Africa for Beginners

Zanzibar International Film Festival is by far the largest East African film, music, and arts festival bringing together talent from all over the world. Photo: Courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/ZanzibarInternationalFilmFestival The island is already one of the most beautiful and beloved travel spots on the continent, but coming to this coastal beauty during the festival makes it that much better. The festival is themed each year with 2016 being the "Season of Visions." The entire week will be filled with world-premiers to…

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September 2016

Lake of Stars

September 30, 2016 - October 2, 2016
Malawi Lake of Stars Festival, Backpacking Africa for Beginners

As if you didn't need another reason to visit Malawi....  This country is filled with some of the kindest and friendliest people in Africa, has the most beautiful lake in the world, is super cheap for frugal backpackers, and also hosts the "Lake of Stars" festival. Photo Courtesy of Lake of Stars Lake of Stars Festival The festival is a  3-day arts extravaganza located on the shores of Lake Malawi. Festival goers will experience everything from music, art, poetry, dance,…

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November 2016

The Great Ethiopian Run: Tips & Info from a girl who ran it twice

November 20, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia + Google Map
great ethiopian run, ethiopian runners, running races in africa

The Great Ethiopian Run: One Roadrace you don't want to miss! The Great Ethiopian Run is the biggest race in all of Africa. I've done it twice-- and it's definitely an experience. Thousands of runners line up in matching shirts to race down the streets of Addis. To be fair, it's not a serious race. It's kind of hard to beat your P.R. when it's so crowded you can't pass the person in front of you. Now if you're a…

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July 2017

Mount Mulanje Porters Race: Extreme, Challenging, & Memorable

July 8, 2017
Mount Mulanje, Malawi + Google Map
Mount Mulanje Porters Race, Backpacking Malawi, Events in Africa, Events in Malawi, Races in Africa

Mount Mulanje: Island in the Sky As if you needed another reason to visit Malawi... This beautiful backpacking gem is a serious must visit. It has the most gorgeous lake in the entire world, kind locals, and super cheap prices. And if you can plan your trip to arrive in July, you'll be just in time for the Mount Mulanje Porters Race. Mount Mulanje, also known as the Island in the Sky, is around 40 miles (65 km) east of Blantyre. It's…

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