The annual SPAR Kirkwood Wildsfees which is held in the Eastern Cape’s Sundays River Valley celebrated its 18th anniversary with increased numbers and perfect weather. Attendance over the three day of the festival was 15 per cent up on 2018, with around 45 000 visitors, according to festival director Jenni Honsbein. Total attendance on Friday, June 28, was 38% up. One of the attractions was the first performance by Lira in the region. She was one of 40 of the country’s top singers and instrumentalists to perform on the giant Adventure Province Stage over the three days of the festival. “We are delighted that so many people came to kuier with us in Kirkwood for the weekend,” says Honsbein. On Saturday the grounds were close to their 20 000 capacity, with sales up by 23% on 2018. Sunday, traditionally a quieter and slower festival day, saw a 23% growth in visitors. “Millions of rand are pumped into Kirkwood and surrounds by visitors from the rest of the province and South Africa. Accommodation is fully booked for 80 kilometres from Kirkwood months before the festival. “In addition, feedback from our stallholders is that most enjoyed a bumper festival,” says Honsbein. A clan of 5 hyenas from the Addo Elephant National Park sold for a surprise R26 000 each at the Kirkwood Wildlife Festival auction on Friday, June 28. The auction turned over R5 million, compared to R4,6 million in 2018. “We are very happy with the prices and the interest in the auction this year. We have proved that there is interest in quality game,” said auction convener Johan Swart. There was great interest from buyers at the auction and on the telephone for buffalo with Kruger National park genes, which were offered for the first time by the sale, which previously had only buffalo from the Addo Elephant National Park. A top price of R300 000 was paid for an adult female with a 38 inch horn span and her male calf. An adult male with a horn size of 45 ½ inches sold for R230 000. …
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