The Easter Weekend calls for a getaway to Clarens with the third annual Lush Festival, presented by OFM and KykNET, taking place from 29 March to 2 April 2018.
Life is all about experiences. Savouring beauty. Finding hidden treasures. Soaring to new heights. Doing something crazy that makes your heart pound with excitement. Creating memories with family and friends. This year’s Lush Festival showcases some of the most amazing experiences imaginable that will leave your soul spellbound.
Taking place from 29 March to 2 April on Linwood Farm near the town of Clarens (an easy three-hour drive from Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Pretoria), Lush Festival offers something for everyone.
For those who love a challenge, there are Mountain Bike Trails and a fun trail run set against a breath-taking backdrop, guided tours traversing through South Africa’s rich and rugged landscape and horseback riding among the majestic countryside. For those seeking the thrill of adventure, fly high in a hot air balloon ride, experience white-knuckle rapids while river rafting, or enjoy the breath-taking scenery of cliffs and rock formations as you abseil in the Maluti Mountains.
If music ignites your senses, you’ll relish in Lush Festival’s live music line-up including American rock band Bowling For Soup, Dave Depper (from Death Cab For Cutie), Kyp Malone (from TV on the Radio), Laura Burhenn (from The Mynabirds), Pierce Brothers (from Australia), as well as a wealth of top South African talent including Anton Goosen, Fokofpolisiekar, TiMO ODV, Jack Parow, Goodluck, Dewald Wasserfall, Monark, Albert Frost, Wonderboom and many more.
There’s also delicious food on offer for those hungry to try something new and don’t worry about the trip back home every evening after your musical feast. An array of different accommodation in and around the festival ensures you’ll settle comfortably for the night whether you’re an independent traveller who prefers camping or a glam packer who wants a boutique B&B to recharge in.
“The farm, after 3 years of grooming and infrastructural support, is becoming an incredibly beautiful gem and somewhere beautiful to just be with friends – next to the river, under all the willow trees or in the poplar forest. Festival attendees will be able to make use of Mountain Bike Trails in the area and there will be a 5 km fun run with a fancy-dress element taking place on the Saturday, 31 March, with various prizes for the top three finishers and those best dressed,” says festival organiser Damon Forbes
If there is one experience you’ll rush to tell your friends and family about, and will always remember yourself, it’s riding in a hot air balloon. “A hot air balloon flight in Clarens is a truly spectacular experience,” says Warwick Cook of Hot Air Ballooning SA. “The Maluti mountains and the surrounding scenery is magnificent when viewed from above. The flight duration is about 45 minutes to an hour; we launch at sunrise (around 6 AM) because it is the only time the air is stable. The only control the pilot has is up or down; you drift with the wind so there is little or no turbulence during the flight, it’s just you and the elements. The pilot varies the height he flies at, from treetop height to about 300 metres above the ground. The crew deflates the balloon whilst our passengers enjoy a celebratory glass of champagne, then we return to the place of departure by vehicle, where a certificate is awarded to each guest. The total duration is about three hours from the time we meet until return.”
There will be also be a number of spaces open for festival attendees to go white water rafting in the surrounding Clarens rapids. The Ash River just outside Clarens is fed by the Trans Caledon Transfer Tunnel, which pumps water from the Katze Dam high up in the Maluti Mountains of Lesotho. The crystal-clear water flows down the Ash River all the way to the Vaal Dam creating the perfect playground for rafting enthusiasts. In addition to rafting, there’s abseiling off of rock cliffs on Linwood Farm while the festival is taking place.
Now a 4-day festival, organisers have ensured there’s ample accommodation for guests, who can make use of the self-catering hotels, B&Bs, backpackers and lodges as well as guest houses, guest farms and country inns available in and around the town. There will also be a number of ‘tented hotels’, erected by Harambee, who are famous for their camps at festivals. Each tent will have beds, power points for charging phones and will also include creature comforts like private showers, a restaurant catering for breakfast (included) and its own bar. By having these different facilities, festivalgoers can choose where to stay depending on their specific needs.
While Lush itself will take place on Linwood Farm – a well-protected farm – there will also be a frenzy of activities in and around Clarens itself. A sight-seeing hub, many of the homes, restaurants and shops in this century-old town were crafted from sandstone, contributing to the town’s appeal. Art lovers will marvel at the number of galleries, design studios and art markets, while shoppers will delight with an endless assortment of crafts and curios.
Lush promises to be a world-class festival and a fun escape for locals and international visitors alike. After all, it’s about living for today and enjoying every moment.
Good news is that Lush Festival now has a financing option with Mobicred where you can place your initial payment now and secure your ticket and then do a top up payment for the balance of payment. Sign up at https://www.mobicred.co.za/
Various ticketing options are available from R695 per person. Get more details about this on the Lush Festival Website.
Take note that gates open at 1 PM on Thursday the 29th of March for camping.
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