One of the most highly anticipated annual events of the Garden Route cultural calendar is nearing for 2018! The collaborative KKNK 7 day festival takes place in the sunny town of Oudtshoorn, also known as the Ostrich Capital of the world (home to the largest population of ostriches as well as a number of amazing outdoor activities for all ages). Oudtshoorn is surrounded by rich natural beauty from the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains ranges to a diverse range of fauna and flora.
The KKNK / Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (which is Afrikaans for Little Karoo National Arts Festival) first took place in 1994 and has become increasingly popular with creative minds and those interested in the arts, while also attracting those simply looking to have fun with friends. With an endless array of music acts lined up as well as dance performances, plays, productions and comedy shows, we can all look forward to a vibrant atmosphere throughout the week. Let’s not forget about the myriad of alluring art exhibitions for everyone to appreciate, with wonderful exhibitions popping up throughout Oudtshoorn. The KKNK is an inspired Afrikaans festival enjoyed every year by young and old, Afrikaans and non-Afrikaans speakers alike, introducing new local talents and welcoming back old favourites.
PLEASE NOTE: Festival details can change. Please check with the organizers to confirm that specific shows/exhibitions and performances are still taking place before making your travel arrangements. You can also visit the KKNK Festival’s official website for more information, or for contact details.
So what can you expect of this year’s KKNK Festival?
Art, Art and more ART
There are many exciting art exhibitions already confirmed and booked for this year’s Klein Karoo Art Festival so get ready to be blown away, also take time out for meet & greets with your favourite artists. Some of the local exhibitions will include Chris Slabber’s series of paintings connecting ideas of destruction and creation as well as a thought provoking series of drawings on paper composed by artist Nadja Daehnke, collectively titled Equals & Averages. Young artist Chrisel van der Merwe creates some exceptional sculptures, paintings and installations using unique experimental mediums and will also be attending this year’s KKNK with her mesmerizing creations.
Local Musicians, Old and New
With spectacular performances like Dans Op Die Vlaktes and Karoo Nag bringing together familiar face, Rymklets Van Oos Na Wes providing a variation of styles and Boontoe: Engelstemme adding a traditional and moving musical set to the mix, visitors to this year’s KKNK Festival can expect to hear some of their favourite songs and be introduced to new and amazing music. Enjoy engaging shows by some talented local bands that include Snotkop, the Bottomless Coffee Band, Awe Kaktus as well as the duet known simply as Anders. Artists to look out for this year include Adam Tas, Kurt Darren, Karin Kortjie-Aspeling, Chris Chameleon and Joe Foster.
Productions and Shows
Debut comedy shows like Babbelagtig and Swerfgoed will have everyone in stitches at the KKNK Festival for 2018, while productions such as The Mermaid-Complex (directed by Wessel Pretorius) and Weerkats (following 5 women through reflective periods of their lives) are powerful and will leave you deep in thought. Mike and Mavis is a romantic comedy production that will pull at your heartstrings and have you on the edge of your seat. The much anticipated comedy production Manne is all about a group of male friends on a treacherous journey with many ups and downs – a show for all to enjoy.
Food, Wine and All Things Fine
For all the foodies out there, the KKNK Festival has something exciting planned for your taste buds. There will be food stalls in place throughout the festival and of course, no Garden Route festivity is complete without the provision of fabulous local wines. The KKNK will host an exciting Bossafari Wine and Tapas tour, bringing visitors to the Buffelsdrift Game Lodge for a real adventure and wildlife experience. The KKNK will also be hosting an awesome cooking demonstration by Hermon Lensing (learn many 30 minute kitchen tricks and short and sweet recipes) not to mention that there will be many mouth-watering food stalls serving up various cuisines and treats throughout the festival.
Meet writers, creators and innovators and pick their brains over a glass of locally produced wine. Oudtshoorn’s exciting KKNK Festival is the perfect setting for like-minded and creative individuals to mingle, make new friends and be inspired. Let Hello Garden Route – Your Friendly Experts in Garden Route Accommodation assist you in planning your perfect stay in the Garden Route while attending the KKNK Festival for 2018. Get in touch with us today to start planning.
Accommodation for the KKNK Festival in Oudtshoorn
Buffelsdrift Game Lodge
Buffelsdrift Game Lodge is a 4 star Garden Route Game Lodge in the Cango Valley, located on a beautiful reserve that is home to an array of wildlife and bird species. Guests can choose between accommodation in Luxury Waterfront Tents, Luxury Tents and Luxury Family Tents (able to accommodate up to 5 people).
The facilities include a swimming pool, a central bush boma for late night BBQ’s under the stars and cozy lounge with a fireplace. Breakfasts are inclusive in the accommodation package.
De Zeekoe is a stunning 4 star Guest House in the heart of the Klein Karoo and situated close to a variety of attractions. De Zeekoe is ideal for family holidays as well as romantic retreats, offering Standard Rooms, Luxury Rooms, Superior Rooms, Honeymoon Rooms as well as lovely self-catering cottages.
The facilities include a swimming pool and also showcase spectacular views of the expansive natural surroundings, while guests can enjoy on-site activities that include wild meerkat tours, canoeing, birdwatching, hiking trails and stargazing.
Eight Bells Mountain Inn
Eight Bells Mountain Inn is a charming 4 star rated Hotel that is situated between Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn. Located on a beautiful 400-acre estate, guests can look forward to an amazing getaway. Accommodation options are varied and range from the Palm Court, Rose Court, Pool Terrace and Swiss Village, each able to accommodate families or smaller groups.
Ideal for any vacation, Eight Bells offers a myriad of activities both inside and out. Inside, a lovely restaurant, sun room, children’s room and teen’s game room are highly popular, while outdoor activities include tennis, squash and volleyball courts and well as a children’s playground.
Swartberg Country Manor
Swartberg Country Manor is a luxury 4 star Guest House perfectly located close to Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo on a working farm. Guests can enjoy accommodation in the Historical House, Main House, Cango Cottages or the private Honeymoon Cottage, all offering Wi-Fi access, stunning views and delicious farmhouse breakfasts each morning.
Guests can also enjoy communal areas that include a welcoming restaurant, cozy lounge with fireplace as well as a swimming pool and various activities such as walking/hiking paths and mountain bike trails, or even birdwatching.
Blommekloof offers guests a choice between two cozy self-catering and pet-friendly cottages in Ruitenbos, between Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn. Perfect for a relaxing getaway, both cottages run on solar power and gas, offering BBQ facilities, lovely indoor fireplaces and enclosed gardens. Sunflower Cottage can accommodate up to 6 guests, while Old Cottage has room for 8 guests.
While enjoying time with loved ones at Blommekloof, guests can enjoy the three surrounding dams for fishing and swimming, while other activities to enjoy include nature walks and star-gazing.
Outeniqua Moon offers guests lovely pet-friendly accommodation (either Bed & Breakfast or Self-Catering) on a lovely horse farm located between Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn, with the stunning Outeniqua Mountain range in the background. Choices for accommodation include the Blue Suite, Family Suite, Honeymoon Suite and a Cottage.
While enjoying time here, visitors can embark on adventures that include horse riding, hiking and mountain biking, with the surrounding fresh mountain air creating a peaceful atmosphere.