August Festivals and Events in Africa include wine and fashion festivals in South Africa; a harvest festival in Ghana; a marriage festival in Morocco; and a Camel Derby in Kenya. Also of note for visitors to Africa in August: The cable car up Table Mountain closes for annual maintenance every year, usually around the first week of August.
1. Cape Town Fashion Week
Enjoy a week of fashion in Cape Town this August as South African designers unveil their summer lines. Models will be showing off the latest trends from around the world. This fashion event is open to the public and includes runway shows, seminars and more. It can get chilly in Cape Town during August so this might be a fun “indoor” activity to add to your itinerary!
2. Zambian Agricultural Show
Personally I love agricultural shows, but if admiring the perfect bovine isn’t your cup of tea, this event is still worth visiting. The music and performing arts that accompany the poultry and tractors is first rate. A new theme is created each year to celebrate an aspect of the farming community.
3. Tunisia’s Summer Festivals – Carthage Festival
Tunisia becomes a cornucopia of festivals during the summer months and August is simply buzzing with cultural events, music, dance and film often set romantically in Roman amphitheatres throughout the country. There’s jazz, traditional music and much more on offer throughout the major towns.
4. Maralal Camel Derby, Kenya
The Maralal Camel Derby started as a fun event thrown by Yare Safaris to promote this little known gem of a place, Maralal, in Northern Kenya. The Camel Derby also sought to raise awareness of the camel, its habitat and the people who live there — the Samburu. The derby is now an international event attracting contestants from all over the globe. Most people choose to camp, and bring the kids to enjoy cycling, horse riding and more. While you’re in the area, don;t forget to enjoy a few nights on safari – Samburu Saruni is one of my favorite places in Kenya.
5. Hermanus Food and Wine Fair
If combining great food, wine and a spot of whale-watching sounds as enticing to you as it does to me, then head to Hermanus this August. The event attracts South Africa’s best wine producers as well as its best olive and cheese farmers.
6. Imilchil Marriage Feast, Morocco
The Imilchil Marriage Feast is a Berber marriage festival where up to forty couples tie the knot. It takes place in Imilchil in the Middle-High Atlas Mountains near Marrakech. The festival is a great way to experience Berber culture including music and dance.
7. Homowo Festival, Ghana
The Homowo festival is a harvest festival celebrated by the Ga tribe in Ghana. The word “Homowo” actually means ‘making fun of hunger.’ Ga traditional oral history describes a time long ago when the rains stopped and the sea closed its gates. A deadly famine spread throughout the southern Accra Plains, the home of the Ga people. When the harvest finally arrived and food became plentiful, the people were so happy that they celebrated with a festival that ridiculed hunger.” Ga people from all over the country return home for a week in August to celebrate the festival with their families.