Limpopo pulls out all the stops for Marula Festival 2019
March 12, 2019
I have been watching the Limpopo Marula festival via social media for the past few years and was determined to attend. This year I got to tick this prestigious event off my bucket list. While the marula tree was always central to the celebrations Limpopo Tourism Agency made sure that we experienced a lot of other attractions.
On Saturday morning we started with a game drive through the Kruger National Park where we spotted elephant, giraffe, zebra and were lucky enough to see a pack of cheetahs.After breakfast, we set off to Qualito Craft Distillery. After a talk about the distillation process, we had fun mixing gin cocktails then tasting the whisky and vodka. In honour of the festival, there was a limited edition Marula vodka for sale.
After lunch, it was time for a cruise down the Olifants River. Over a leisurely two hour cruise we saw elephants along the river bank and naturally, I had to take some pics for the Gram.
After a siesta it was time for pre-gaming at the All White Party. Food, music and great company were the perfect way to warm up for the Gospel and Jazz concert.
The concert was definitely the highlight of the weekend. A packed crowd responded enthusiastically as a range of musicians enthralled them. Everyone from Jimmy Dludlu to Cuban saxophonist Michel Herrera, Mafikizolo, Unathi and King Monada gave their all onstage. The performances carried on till 4am but I left long before that because too much of a good time was catching up with me.
If you are looking for culture, golf, wildlife and festivities galore then there is always a good reason to visit this beautiful part of the country. See www.golimpopo.com for more information.