Ultra Music Festival takes place this weekend in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Picture: Drew Ressler.
Ultra Music Festival takes place this weekend in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Picture: Drew Ressler.

6 travel tips for the Ultra Music Festival this weekend

By Clinton Moodley Time of article published Feb 27, 2020

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Ultra Music Festival will take place this weekend in Cape Town and Johannesburg. If you are travelling, here are 6 tips to follow: 


Travellers can fly or drive to the festival. Flying allows travellers ample time at the destination. However, those who have time can also opt to take a road trip. Friends can take turns behind the wheel, making a few pitstops along the way. The journey to the music festival is just as important.

Festival-goers should get a lift to and from the festival. For those who prefer to drive, make sure that the person behind the wheel is not under the influence of alcohol.

Find suitable accommodation

Many travellers leave their accommodation planning for the very last minute. When they do not find anything that meets their expectations, they end up booking substandard accommodation. Rather opt for a hotel or Airbnb, and choose accommodation close to the venue to avoid traffic and other travel issues. 

Book a few tours

In between all the partying, take time to explore the sights. Cape Town and Johannesburg offer some of the country’s top tourists destinations. In Cape Town, make a trip to see the penguins on Boulders Beach or club hop on Long Street. In Johannesburg, visit the busy district of Maboneng or enjoy some adventure at Gold Reef City. The city sightseeing buses in both cities are a great way to experience the history and culture of a city.

Make sure you have time to rest

Attending music festivals require lots of energy, so I suggest you take time to rest. Plan your time between tours, partying and rest. You will thank me later.

Travel light

Crime related incidents like pickpocketing can happen at any time, therefore it is advisable to be vigilant at all times. Carry only the essentials when at the festival and leave the rest at the hotel or lodge. 


Before you leave for your holiday, plan a budget for your expenses. Many festival-goers overspend on alcohol and other items during their trip that causes a huge dent in their pockets once their holiday is over. Budgets help keep the finances in check. It helps you to be in control of your spending habits.

  • Ultra takes place at The Ostrich Farm in Cape Town on February 28 and at the Expo Centre, Nasrec in Johannesburg on February 29. Visit ultrasouthafrica.com/

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