A rich heritage and tourism experience rolled into one is the Drakensberg Productions’ answer to awakening the “sleeping giant” that is the famed scenic Drakensberg-uKhahlamba-Maluti area through the upcoming inaugural Drakensberg Extravaganza.
Themed “the Magnificent Drakensberg”, to showcase the rich heritage and tourism attractions of the picturesque Drakensberg/Okhahlamba geographic area, event management company Drakensberg Productions, in collaboration with Okhahlamba Local Municipality, the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government and other stakeholders, will present the Drakensberg Extravaganza on 24-26 November 2017 across the entire Drakensberg geographic playground.
The beginning of the annual event will be marked by the Josiah Tshangana (JT) Gumede Memorial Lecture on 24 November 2017, ahead of the three-day bonanza. Gumede, an eminent son of the Drakensberg, is the fourth president of the ANC, a teacher, choir master and entrepreneur.
The Josiah Gumede Memorial Lecture will kick off the Extravaganza on Day 1 on 24 November; followed by the Josiah Gumede Marathon (21km) and the Cycling Race (101km), the Artistic Diverse Music Festival on the 25th November on Day 2, ending in a Golf Tournament at Monks Cowl Resort, canoeing marathon and an array of water sports activities with the highlight being the Jet Ski Race at Woodstock Dam on Day 3 on 26 November 2017.
Event organiser Sipho Ndaba said: “At the core of the Drakensberg Extravaganza will be promoting the rich heritage and tourism attractions of the Drakensberg area.
“The Extravaganza will be a comprehensive entertainment and sporting experience that will attract tourists from all over the world to come enjoy what the magnificent Drakensberg has to offer, while helping our local government arms and entities promote social cohesion. Just like the Comrades Marathon, the Vodacom Durban July and the Duzi Canoe Marathon, the Drakensberg Extravaganza is set to be one of KZN’s signature events in the province’s entertainment and sports calendar.”
The Maluti Drakensberg area spans the Eastern Cape, Free State KwaZulu-Natal provinces. One of its features, the Maloti-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site, is recognised as a world treasure by Unesco. It boasts, among others, highlands, the 502km-long uThukela River source, the “water factory”, Ihlane Wilderness area, San rock paintings, the Royal National Park, protected fauna and flora and Struggle icons.
The Music Experience, to be held on Day 2 of the Extravaganza, will line up an array of entertainers such as popular musicians, DJs and local artists.
Local SMMEs and vendors will be on hand selling a variety of their wares.
Tickets are available at Computicket. General tickets cost R150, while VIP tickets cost R600.
For more information, call 063 983 6423 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Issued by Drakensberg Extravaganza event organiser Sipho Ndaba.