The bright smiles, the welcoming people, the finger-licking dishes and the festivals – That’s what we crave for when we visit new African destinations. But the festivals, that’s why we travel at Goge Africa.
While we’ve attended scores of festivals across the continent, we’re always on the lookout for more, because we love to share. We’re gifting a list of festivals for your Travel Bag; Many we’ve attended, and some we’re hoping to attend real soon.
1 – Calabar Carnival and Festival – Nigeria
While the Calabar people of South Eastern Nigeria are known for their delicious cuisines and hardworking people, they’re recreating their story to include the Calabar Carnival and Festival held in December annually. Dubbed one of the biggest street parties in Africa, the festival was established to improve the tourist profile of Calabar, and showcase the cultural diversity of the city – the beautiful costumes of its people, the food and warm hospitality of the people. The month-long festival peaks with a cultural parade, which showcases a kaleidoscope of colours and cultures from across the state and within Nigeria.
2 – Timkat – Ethiopia
Celebrated on January 19, Timkat simply means “baptism,” and is the Ethiopian Orthodox Church’s celebration of Epiphany. The three-day event remembers the baptism of Jesus Christ in the River Jordan, but also features a parade of holy relics. Get ready to splash into the river after the priests says the prayers and sprinkles water on the congregation!
3 – Homowo Festival – Ghana.
You don’t necessarily need to know how to plant crops, just come along for a swell time with the Ga people of Ghana. Revel, eat and have fun, but keep in mind the festival is held for a reason: to remember the famine that once happened in their precolonial history.
4 – Mombasa Carnival
Witness the city of Mombasa come alive in this multi-cultural parade which celebrates the diversity of the Kenyan town. The vibrant display features participants dressed in clothing depicting the cultural splendours of Mombasa. Treat your palette to scrumptious meals, and your eyes to the pot-pourri of colours displayed during the week-long festivity aimed at celebrating Mombasa’s African, European, Chinese, Indian, Persian and Portuguese influences.
5 –Sauti za Basura Music Festival – Zanzibar
Bask in the sun, swim in pristine blue waters and let the white sands of Zanzibar’s beaches massage your feet, but remember, there’s more to the breezy island than beaches. Listen to the “Sounds of Wisdom,” at the Sauti Za Basura Music Festival, one of the largest in East Africa. It’s the best way to relax, while enjoying a backdrop of several genres of music from some of Africa’s greatest singers.