If you’re an out-of-towner, do your best to brush up on your basic Afrikaans to fit in a little better. Lekker has a dual use; it’s the standard term for something cool or awesome, and it’s the Capetonian version of Northern California’s famous “hella.” Tjommie, pronounced “choh-mee” means friend, which you’ll make plenty of by the end of the festival.
RTD is a camping festival, so if you go that route, it’s highly recommended you get there early so you’re not stuck with a camping spot that gets muddy in the rain (which is a likely occurrence on at least one day over the four-day period). Pack your gear accordingly.
If your camping days are behind you, there's a number of quaint bed and breakfasts, our top picks being Disa Lodge and Jacaranda House. Disa Lodge is a simple and relaxing place to recharge and it's within walking distance of Darling’s most popular restaurants and shopping. The century-old, mom-and-pop establishment Jacaranda House sits on a beautiful property and offers fine cuisine, a pool, and a library.
Rocking The Daisies usually takes place in the first or second weekend of October which occurs during the Southern Hemisphere’s springtime. This means daytime temperatures should be just about perfect, ranging from the upper 60s to upper 70s. At night, expect hoodie weather or colder with temperatures reaching the 40s; so make sure you have heavier outerwear on hand as well, just to be prepared. As was stated earlier, there's a good chance it’ll rain on one of the four days, so don’t forget a raincoat and some water resistant shoes.