Every devout Muslim fasts for 30 days during Ramadan. No food or drink should pass the lips from sunrise to sundown. Travelers who fast along with their Muslim friends during this time are much appreciated. Tempers may be short during Ramadan so try and be as culturally sensitive as possible. The end of Ramadan is marked by the festival of Eid and celebrations last for several days. Find out more about traveling to Africa during Ramadan...
Where: Throughout Africa
When: July 20 - August 19 (2012)
Tunisia becomes a cornucopia of festivals during the summer months and August is simply buzzing with cultural events, music, dance and film often set romantically in Roman amphitheatres throughout the country.
- The International Festival of Carthage: From 8 July - 19 August (2011) in Carthage
- The International Festival of Hammamet: July - August (2012) in Hammamet
- International Festival of Sousse: From July - August (2012), Sousse
- International Festival of Bizerta: From July - August (2012), Bizerte
- International Festival of Dougga: From July - August (2012) at the Roman amphitheater in Dougga
- International Festival of Symphonic Music: from July - August (2012) El Djem
Personally I love agricultural shows, but if admiring the perfect bovine isn't your cup of tea, this event is still worth visiting. The music and performing arts that accompany the poultry and tractors is first rate. This year's theme is "Sustainable Development".
Where: Lusaka, Zambia
When: 2 August - 8 August (2012)
The Maralal Camel Derby started as a fun event thrown by Yare Safaris to promote this little known gem of a place, Maralal, in Northern Kenya. The Camel Derby also sought to raise awareness of the camel, its habitat and the people who live there -- the Samburu. The derby is now an international event attracting contestants from all over the globe. Most people choose to camp, and bring the kids to enjoy cycling, horse riding and more.
Where: Maralal, Kenya
When: 17 - 19 August (2012)
If combining great food, wine and a spot of whale-watching sounds as enticing to you as it does to me, then head to Hermanus this August. The event attracts South Africa's best wine producers as well as its best olive and cheese farmers.
The Imilchil Marriage Feast is a Berber marriage festival where up to forty couples tie the knot. It takes place in Imilchil in the Middle-High Atlas Mountains near Marrakech. The festival is a great way to experience Berber culture including music and dance.
Where: Southeast coast, Ghana
When: August (The date is determined by Chief Priests after they consult with Oracles)