Date: 29 – 31 October 2021
A weekend of wine, food, diverse musical styles, gardens, wellness, outdoor adventures, and interactive masterclasses awaits visitors to the Sunday Rivers Valley for the Ama-Zing Addo experience from 29 to 31 October.
Headline music performers include entertainment icon Nataniël, alternative Afrikaans music legend Koos Kombuis, renowned classical and jazz pianist Charl du Plessis, and Gqeberha a capella quartet The Creed, while 20 of South Africa’s top wine estates will present tastings and the Addo Polo Fayre showcases homegrown and handmade local products.
Visitors can also experience Addo’s wildlife, nature and some energetic adventure thrills with ziplining, quad-biking, sand-boarding, a mountain hike or half-day guided Addo Elephant National Park safari.
•The Vine Verandah at the Elephant House: 20 leading South African wine producers offering tastings and masterclasses, including De Wetshof, De Grendel, Le Lude, La Motte, De Krans, Ormonde, Zevenwacht, Stark-Condé and Bon Courage. There will be a tapas restaurant and outdoor seating.
• The Polo Fayre located at the Addo Polo Club, is the place to find handmade and homegrown produce, arts and crafts and tuck into local foods in the open air or visit the tourism and agricultural exhibitions. There will be a supervised children’s play area and plenty of parking at the Addo Polo Club.
• Three of Addo’s top-rated guesthouses – Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farm, Addo Wildlife and De Old Drift – will present a Safari Dinner on the Friday and Saturday evening. Guests will be transported between the venues on game-viewing vehicles to enjoy canapés, champagne, local game dishes and mouth-watering dessert, paired with wines from some of the visiting producers.
• Addo’s only sushi chef will present “Sushi, anyone?” sushi masterclasses at Africanos Country Estate on the Saturday and Sunday, teaching participants to make their own stylish sushi.
• Casa Mia Health Spa will be exploring the cutting-edge of beauty and wellness with a presentation entitled “Restore, Revive, Renew”. Non-invasive and minimally invasive aesthetic and anti-ageing treatments to enhance are placed under the magnifying glass.
• Gina Cooks with Citrus – Local chef Gina Woolley, a former assistant chef to Jamie Oliver, has rediscovered her foodie roots in Addo’s citrus orchards and will present cooking demonstrations with the Sundays River Valley bounty of oranges, lemons, and soft citrus – from marmalade to biscotti – at Gerald’s Gift Guest House.
• Famed for the beautiful gardens of its accommodation establishments and farms. Take yourself on a self-guided Valley Gardens Tour through some of the best local gardens at your leisure on Saturday or Sunday.
• For those with a thirst for adventure, Adrenalin Addo offers South Africa’s highest, longest and fastest double zipline, perched 70m above the Sundays River with breath-taking views over the valley, as well as a giant swing and the unique “Superman” zipline for a bird’s-eye view. For something slightly less adrenalin-pumping, join them for the Addo Parkrun through the citrus orchards on the Saturday morning.
• More adventure awaits with safari and outdoor specialists CrissCross, offering excursions on their eco electric quad-bikes through the orchards and valley bushveld, sandboarding on the largest coastal dunefield in the southern hemisphere, mountain hiking and half-day guided safaris through Addo Elephant National Park.
• Take in local Addo musicians along with craft brews from Addo Brewing Co., venison burgers, an indigenous garden shop and local art at Local is Lekker at De Old Drift.
• Koos Kombuis will dust off his old hits and share new tunes in two “unplugged” performances at Africanos Country Estate, looking back on three decades since the ground-breaking Voëlvry tour.
• At the same venue, the golden voices, and harmonies of Gqeberha’s popular all-male a capella quartet The Creed will enthrall guest with their new show Hope.
• Just like in his popular TV show “Toegang”, Nataniël gains access to brand-new venue Die Koöperasie in his first-ever appearance in Addo. Singer and story-teller of note, icon-extraordinaire, Nataniël will present three shows throughout the weekend. He will be accompanied by the Charl du Plessis Trio.
• Acclaimed musician Charl du Plessis, considered one of SA’s foremost pianists and enjoyed for his ability to move through genres from Lady Gaga to Beethoven, returns fresh from a season in Europe to perform with the Charl du Plessis Trio, renowned for their distinctive classical-jazz crossover style, in Jazsix @ The Co-op.
• Hopefield Country House presents 2 Pianos 4 Hands 176 Keys, with old music friends Kobus Buys and Mathilda Hornsveld playing side-by-side, performing the music of Schubert, Saint-Saëns, Strauss and Grainger.
• Also at Hopefield, David Bester (violin), Dylan Barker (French horn), Mariechen Meyer (double bass), Jan-Hendrik Harley (violin), Elmarie van der Vyfer (viola) and Henru van Zyl (trumpet), with Kobus Buys and Mathilda Hornsveld on piano in the Saint-Saëns 100 tribute, marking 100 years since the death of the famous French composer.
• Romano Jonathan and Paul Richards will do an organ and saxophone recital inspired by the Swedish Antiphone Blues at the NG Kerk Sondagsrivier Suid.
• Newly resident in Gqeberha, David Bester, Mariechen Meyer and Jan-Hendrik Harley present three performances of their String Serenade on violin, viola and double bass at Sneezewoods, at Chrislin African Lodge.
Each of the events as well as entrance to the Polo Fayre and Vine Verandah is individually priced and ticketed. Find all the events and buy tickets at www.ama-zingaddo.co.za. Accommodation can be booked at www.addotourism.co.za.