SPAR Kirkwood Wildsfees promises an event of a life-time for the whole family


One of South Africa’s leading family festival, the annual SPAR Kirkwood Wildsfees promises a weekend of ‘Wild and Wonderful’ experiences for the whole family at the Addo National Park on Friday.

The media launch, which took place at the Addo National Park, was to formally invite everyone and the media to the event.

From Friday the 24th of June to Sunday the 26th, the small scenic town of Kirkwood, in the Sundays River Valley Local Municipality, which is less than an hour drive from Port Elizabeth, will be home to the first Zip Zap Circus performance in the Eastern Cape.

This year’s event will include 350 specialised stalls, food and wine stands, Bag-jumping for the adrenaline junkies and a free kids festival with-in the festival. One of the chief highlights will be the Zip Zap Circus from Cape Town, which will be presenting a show called the ‘Fun Factory’.

Festival director, Jennifer Honnsbei, said they are the only major festival in South Africa that caters for the whole family, she added that they also cater for all age groups.

“Many people come to shop at the 350 specialist stalls, to treat all five senses to wonderful experiences, and to enjoy the live entertainment which is included in the entrance fee,” said Honsbei.

Spar spokeswoman, Wendy Westdraadt, mentioned that it was nice seeing that the event is coming together, and whenever they as Spar do something that involves their brand, they have to consider their main values which are; passion, family and entrepreneurship.

There is also a business side to the event which will be hosting the premier’s game auction, as well as the biggest agricultural show, the Unifruit Agricultural Expo, and one of the biggest vehicle expos in the country.

Many South Africans and neighbouring countries have showed great interest in the quality game show that will be at the annual game auction, which is the only sale in South Africa where breeders can purchase disease-free buffalos directly from the National Park.

Park Manager, Mzwandile Mjadu said this year the will be offering about 40 buffalos as well as the prime eland and kudu at the auction.

“All funds raised through the sale of these animals will go towards the development of the park and conservation related expenses,” said Mjadu.

Other main attractions of the festival include the Walk on the Wildside experience, skaapkop langtafel, mohair expo and cooking demonstrations and chilling out in the Tiki Island Style Bar.

Gates for the event will be opening from 9am and festinos can party till late. Tickets are available from SPAR Kirkwood Wildsfees office on 042 230 0064 or go to for more information.