South Africa in March

What you need to Know..

A lot of people will be flying into Cape Town with their bicycles this month, to participate in the largest timed cycling event in the world. If you’re up for a 65-mile cycle around the peninsula on March 10, get in training.

Much more fun and easier on the legs is the Cape Town Carnival ( that takes place at 7pm on March 16, when more than 2,000 costumed performers and musicians parade along Cape Town’s pedestrianized Fan Walk. 

The Cape Town Carnival is a glamorous celebration of the transformative power of creativity and our African identity with its diverse array of communities and cultures.

Every year, this festive occasion inspires our city and her people to create, build and play together – thousands of spectators converge annually on Green Point’s famous Fan Walk to join the extravagant parade of costumed performers, musicians and moving floats.

The Cape Town Carnival is operated by a non-profit trust with the purpose of staging this world-class event, simultaneously creating jobs and benefiting our local economy.

Having limbered up on the streets, you should be ready for a weekender at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (, where the continent’s top jazz musicians transcend the slightly sterile vibe at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on March 29 and 30. The largest jazz festival in sub-Saharan Africa, it features a stellar local line-up plus some great international acts including Corinne Bailey Rae, Miles Mosley, Trombone Shorty, Vijay Iyer and Jordan Rakei. 

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