Top 20 Mossel Bay Restaurants 2017.

Mossel Bay may be a harbour town of note, especially with its Garden Route location. And while there are great activities and places to see here, it’s also something of a foodie haven.

Here are the top 20 Mossel Bay eateries to enjoy in 2017:

#1 Carola Anne’s

Trading under a nickname (Carola Anne) she received in Chef School when people struggled to pronounce her name, Corelie holds a business degree, making her an unlikely chef.

At Carola Anne’s, she does food for life, and is big on combining both raw and cooked food. She makes great food, which is as healthy as it is beautiful to look at. The coffee is equally good. Happily, Corelie also offers catering services too.

Contact: 044 690 3477

Website: www.carolaann.com

Address: Carola Anne’s, 12 Church Street, Mossel Bay, Western Cape

#2 Café Gannet

Known as Mossel Bay’s seafood house, Café Gannet Restaurant is acclaimed for its local seafood delicacies. With sweeping views of the Indian Ocean, it offers great meals in a trendy space. Tuck into coastal oysters, Mossel Bay sole, pizza, salads and even light lunches and meat dishes too.

Bookings are advisable due to its popularity.

Contact: (044) 6913738

Website: oldposttree.co.za/cafe-gannet

Address: Café Gannet, Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex, corner of Church and Market Streeet, Mossel Bay, Western Cape

#3 Kaai 4

If you’re craving a casual, braai-orientated restaurant, then Kaai 4 is for you. Enjoy popular SA meat-dishes, like spitbraais, potjiekos options, whole fish off-the-grid and freshly baked bread.

With its harbour-fronting location, expect an informal slice of paradise at this rustic, family-friendly eatery. Kaai 4 also caters to weddings, birthdays and other special functions.

Contact: (044) 691 0056

Website: www.kaai4.co.za/contact-us.html

Address: Kaai 4, Quay 4, Mossel Bay Harbour, Mossel Bay, Western Cape

#4 The Blue Shed Coffee Roastery

Considered by some to serve the best coffee in SA, The Blue Shed Coffee Roastery is a coffee lover’s haven. It’s also a local supplier to other eateries, including Kaai 4 and Sea Gypsy.

Its mission is ‘simple’: produce the perfect cup of coffee every time. It’s a wonderfully relaxing spot, where guests can unwind or book for special functions.

Those with a sweet tooth should have their coffee with the chocolate brownies, although they also offer savoury eats here.

Contact: (044) 691 0037

Website: www.blueshedroasters.co.za

Address: The Blue Shed Coffee Roastery, 33 Bland Street, Mossel Bay, Western Cape

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#5 Route57 Restaurant

Part of professional golfer, Louis Oosthuizen’s 57 brand, Route57 is headed up by chef-patron Anzelle and her team. They invite you to enjoy tasty South African dishes and true local hospitality with them.

This stylish restaurant provides a large, varied menu for guests to order off. Dishes are made from only the freshest ingredients, ensuring optimal quality.

Contact: (082) 457 7550

Website: www.route57.co.za

Address: Route57 Restaurant, 12 Marsh Street, Mossel Bay, Western Cape

#6 Baruch’s Roastery and Coffee Shop

This roastery and coffee shop offers, not only delicious coffee blends (made from globally sourced beans), but also mouth-watering Israeli dishes and gorgeous cakes.

The coffee is also available for order, and can be posted or couriered to anywhere in South Africa.

Contact: (044) 695 2078

Website: www.baruchscoffee.co.za

Address: Baruch’s Roastery KKT Building No 4, Gericke Street, Voorbaai, Mossel Bay, Western Cape

#7 Punjabi Kitchen

This family-owned Indian restaurant in Eden Plaza is something of a hidden gem. It offers friendly staff and delicious cuisine. The eatery is overseen by hands-on owner Mr Gill, ensuring good service.

If you love Indian food, then theirs is apparently possibly some of the tastiest you’ll discover in SA. They offer meat and vegetarian dishes, so everyone’s tastes are catered for.

Contact: (044) 690 5020

Website: www.punjabikitchen.net

Address: Punjabi Kitchen, 8 Grave Street, Eden Plaza, Mossel Bay, Western Cape

#8 Coffee@Work

This trendy coffee shop is found in the heart of Mossel Bay CBD and is a well-loved among locals. Since it was voted as South Magazine’s winner for favourite coffee in the Garden Route 2016, you’ll find quality java here.

They also offer a selection of tasty little eats to enjoy with your coffee. While visiting, stock up on the purchasable coffee blends.

Contact: (071) 692 1641

Website: www.coffeeatwork.co.za

Address: Coffee@Work, 65 Marsh Street, Mossel Bay, Western Cape

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#9 Delfino’s Restaurant

With a passion for food and made-to-order, delicious eats, Delfino’s offers an array of good food, which even includes banting-friendly options.

Sink your teeth into light meals, fish dishes, grills, burgers and gourmet pizzas, as you sip on one of their great drink options.

With light, cheerful décor and seating indoors and outdoors, this seaside-facing restaurant has it all.

Contact: (044) 690 5247

Website: www.delfinos.co.za

Address: Delfino’s Restaurant, Point Road, The Point , Mossel Bay, Western Cape

#10 Stars Restaurant and Sports Bar

Blessed with breath-taking views of the bay and beautiful Outeniqua, Stars Restaurant and Sports Bar is well-known in town for serving good food at affordable prices.

It’s also a trendy and vibey restaurant, where guests can enjoy music, sports and more. If you’re looking for a laid-back spot, this should be your go-to choice in Mossel Bay.

Contact: (044) 690 3045

Website: www.starsmb.co.za

Address: Stars Restaurant and Sports Bar, Mossel Bay Bayview Centre, corner of Louis Fourie and Marsh Street, Mossel Bay, Western Cape

#11 Sea Gypsy Café

If you’re after incredible seafood and other good eats, then Sea Gypsy Café is the place for you.

Found at Quay 4, Mossel Bay Harbour, this welcoming eatery offers fresh, tasty food and delightful views. Here, friendly service makes for a great added bonus.

Contact: (044) 690 5496

Website: www.seagypsy.co.za

Address: Sea Gypsy Café, Quay 4, Mossel Bay Harbour, Mossel Bay, Western Cape

#12 Kingfisher Restaurant

Offering both mouth-watering sushi and seafood, as well as superb sea- and beach-views, Kingfisher Restaurant is perfect for tasty food in a chilled setting.

Enjoy line fish, prawns, calamari, ribs, ostrich, T-bone and sushi bar favourites at this seaside eatery.

Contact: (044) 690 6390

Websitewww.thekingfisher.co.za

Address: Kingfisher Restaurant, Point Road, The Point, Mossel Bay, Western Cape

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#13 Admiral’s Buffet Restaurant

Found just outside Mossel Bay, near Pinnacle Point Golf Resort, Admiral’s Buffet Restaurant is hailed as one of the Garden Route’s most beautiful restaurants. Particularly since its 2009 revamp.

Enjoy delicious buffet-style food in a cutting-edge, 210-seater restaurant. Anything from traditional Bobotie to succulent beef roast and even mouth-watering desserts, like peppermint tart, can be found here.

Contact: (044) 693 3900

Website: www.dining-out.co.za/md/Admirals-Buffet-Restaurant-Mossel-Bay/3188

Address: Admiral’s Buffet Restaurant, Spekboom Road, Garden Route Casino, Western Cape

#14 De Vette Mossel Groot Brak

Enjoy a laid-back meal at De Vette Mossel, where top-class, value-for-money seafood is the order of every day. Seafood is prepared fresh – and served immediately thereafter.

As a stunning welcoming gesture, guests receive a complimentary glass of Cape wine on arrival. They also have a cash bar and host of cocktail options.

Contact: (079) 339 0170

Website: devettemosselgrootbrak.co.za

Address: De Vette Mossel, Souwesia, between Klein- and Groot Brak River, Mossel Bay, Western Cape

#15 Fork and Train Restaurant

Providing superb views over the bay and of the mountains, Fork and Train Restaurant lies next to Santos Express Train Lodge.

This pretty, family-friendly restaurant offers guests a well-balanced, traditionally South African-style menu, with fresh seafood and continental dishes available for your enjoyment.

Contact: (083) 900 7797

Website: santosexpress.co.za/inner.php?ref=3

Address: Fork and Train Restaurant, Munro Road, Santos Beach, Mossel Bay, Western Cape

#16 Café Havana

This restaurant and cigar lounge remains true to the Cuban spirit, serving traditional Cuban fare. Enjoy great specials on chicken wraps, Cuban Burger night and much more.

You can also have cocktails and tapas out on the deck, or choose from a selection of Cuban cigars to puff on.

Contact: (044) 690 4640

Website: www.cafehavana.co.za

Address: Café Havana, 38 Marsh Street, Mossel Bay, Western Cape

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#17 Transkaroo Restaurant

Located at Groot Brak River’s old railway station, the charming Transkaroo Restaurant offers a unique location. It serves contemporary South Africa cuisine. This is enhanced by a few creative twists of its own.

Service is also tops, making for a great, all-round experience.

Contact: (044) 620 4163

Website: none

Address: 1 Morrison Road, Great Brak River, near Mossel Bay, Western Cape

#18 The London Bus Fish & Chip Company

This quirky restaurant – housed in an actual bus-themed setting – offers fresh seafood options, including popular fish and chips, and calamari.

You will enjoy amazing views – but it can get a bit nippy in cold weather, so bring a spare jersey or jacket along when visiting!

Contact: (082) 817 2382

Website: www.londonbus.co.za

Address: The London Bus Fish and Chip Company, Quay 4, Mossel Bay Harbour, near Mossel Bay, Western Cape

#19 Santos Express Restaurant

This restaurant and pub provides prime views over the bay and of the distant mountains. It serves both seafood and traditional meals. These include: burgers, steaks, ribs, breakfasts and pub-lunches.

It’s a venue for both young and old to enjoy, and also caters to functions.

Contact: (044) 691 1995

Website: www.santosexpress.co.za/restaurant.htm

Address: Santos Express Restaurant, 1 George Road, Mossel Bay, Western Cape

#20 The Lighthouse Restaurant

With stunning views over the sea and nearby rocks, The Lighthouse Restaurant possesses one of the Garden Route’s most dramatic restaurant settings.

Enjoy the likes of Mossel Bay oysters, fresh line fish and buffet breakfasts. While you’re there, sample one of their sundowners.

Contact: (044) 691 3512

Website: www.visitmosselbay.co.za

Address: The Point Hotel, Point Road, Mossel Bay, Western Cape

These are just some of the delightful eateries you can enjoy when visiting this special Garden Route town.

Top 20 Pretoria Restaurants 2017.

Pretoria may be known for its historical and national significance (it is SA’s administrative capital, after all), colourful Jacaranda trees and warm hospitality, but the Jacaranda City is also one of South Africa’s best foodie destinations…

Here are some of top Pretoria restaurants to visit during 2017:

#1 Restaurant Mosaic

Fronted up by SA’s chef-of-the-year, the award-winning Chantel Dartnall, Restaurant Mosaic needs little introduction. Even before chef Dartnell raked in the accolades, this restaurant at the Orient was known for its modern, chic fine dining, creative dishes and Belle Epoque-style interiors.

Dishes here are inspired by fresh, seasonal produce and European roots, ensuring a culinary adventure worthy of all the shining reviews and ratings Restaurant Mosaic receives.

Contact: (012) 371 2902/3

Website: www.restaurantmosaic.com

Address: Restaurant Mosaic, Orient Boutique Hotel, Elandsfontein, Pretoria, Gauteng

#2 Pachas Restaurant and Cherry Room

Pachas incorporates local and international flavours and dishes, providing its guests with a global food experience. Offering a menu with favourites like Duck Fuji or Gemsbok Schnitzel – at Pachas, the chefs work daily to create new and exciting specialities, which’ll leave you drooling!

Pachas has proven it’s a Pretoria restaurant institution, as customers consistently return for more. It also offers private venue options for special occasions, but you’ll definitely need to book ahead for those!

Contact: (012) 460 5063

Website: www.pachas.co.za

Address: Pachas Restaurant, The Club Centre, 22 Dely Road, Hazelwood, Pretoria, Gauteng

#3 Kream

This stylish, trendy and above all, upmarket restaurant in Brooklyn strives to provide not only great food, but excellent service as well. To complement its glam, suave interiors, Kream offers everything from fresh sushi to grill specialities. It also possesses an enviable drinks list, which includes: top wines, cognac and rare whisky and brandy too.

As an added bonus, Kream also has a sister restaurant in the Mall of Africa, Midrand.

Contact: (012) 346 462/4

Website: kream.co.za

Address: Kream, Brooklyn Bridge, 570 Fehrsen Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria, Gauteng

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#4 La Pentola

This international fusion cuisine eatery offers global cuisine, enhanced by local South African flavours. Established in 1995, La Pentola draws its culinary inspiration from rich Mediterranean, French and Italian flavours, and uses the best, locally available produce.

All dishes are freshly prepared off a menu designed by internationally renowned chef-patron, Shane Sauvage. La Pentola has everything from soups, salads, poultry and seafood within its food repertoire.

Contact: (012) 329 4028/9123

Website: pretoria.lapentola.co.za

Address: La Pentola, 5 Well Street, Riviera, Pretoria, Gauteng

#5 Hemingway’s Restaurant & Wine Cellar

Found near to the four- and five-star-rated, award-winning Leriba Hotel, this French-inspired restaurant is reminiscent of a European café, with hints of Provencal style to make it even more aesthetically appealing.
Though based in Centurion, it falls onto all the best Pretoria restaurant lists.

Along with its old-world charm, it serves up mouth-watering dishes with a menu, which revolves firmly around the seasons and simple, yet exciting flavours sure to awaken your taste buds.

Contact: (012) 660 3810/3300

Website: none

Address: Leriba Hotel and Spa, 245 End Avenue, Clubview, Centurion, Gauteng

#6 Geet Indian Restaurant

This family-run restaurant is not only good – but it’s also inspirational, particularly given how Gita Jivan found herself in Brooklyn, Pretoria with little more than a small suitcase and a big love of food. In time, however, Geet – which means “melodious poem” – was born.

The menu is uniquely based on the Indian tradition of using natural, seasonal flavours, in addition to classic techniques and the freshest ingredients possible.

Geet is a zesty, exciting culinary offering, sure to tantalise your palate, as you tuck into top Indian dishes. Dining dress code is smart casual.

Contact: (012) 460 3199/3164

Website: www.geetindianrestaurant.com

Address: Geet Indian Restaurant, 541 Fehrsen Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria, Gauteng

#7 Mo-Zam-Bik

With several restaurants spread across Gauteng and KZN – all of which are equally popular, with sound reputations – Mo-Zam-Bik has built itself up into something of a South African restaurant icon.

This relaxed, Silver Lakes-based family eatery provides guests with a choice of tasty, Afro-Porto dishes, such as quarter chicken with a Moz-dry peri-peri, steak prego, vegetable curry, awesome desserts and kiddies’ options to name but a few.

Contact: (012) 817 2014

Website: www.mozambik.co.za/silver-lakes

Address: Mo-Zam-Bik, corner of N4 Highway & Solomon Maghlangi Drive, Silver Lakes, Pretoria, Gauteng

#8 Crawdaddy’s

With several branches dotted about Gauteng, Crawdaddy’s is a good food and pub company, which specialises in great seafood, steaks and even Asian fusion food. It provides an exciting menu for its patrons.

This popular eatery offers nice, yet unfussy interiors, which are quirky and fun, and makes for a relaxed and casually delightful, after-work restaurant or catch-up with those you love.

Contact: (012) 460 0889

Website: crawdaddys.co.za

Address: Crawdaddy’s, Brooklyn, Pretoria, Gauteng

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#9 Hillside Tavern

Driven by the desire to make its guests feel like welcome friends, Hillside Tavern has enjoyed deserved customer popularity and dining success over the years.

This restaurant and pub, established in 1989, has a long-standing reputation and trusted menu, which includes a range of juicy steaks and other meat-based dishes, as well as some nice wines. It’s rustic, yet elegant too, ensuring guests have a pleasant dining atmosphere to enjoy with their food.

Contact: (012) 348 1402/5505

Website: www.hillsidetavern.co.za

Address: Hillside Tavern, 320 The Hillside Street, Lynnwood, Pretoria, Gauteng

#10 De Kloof

Unapologetically committed to fine food, De Kloof focusses on classic European dishes with local influences. This casual, yet lovely restaurant strives to bring diners a memorable eat-out experience, using its atmospheric setting and inspirational dishes.

They also take their wines very seriously here so you might want to try a glass or two when you visit.

Contact: (012) 771 8655

Website: dekloofrestaurant.co.za

Address: De Kloof, Waterkloof Golf Estate, Johan Rissik Drive, Eclipse Road, Pretoria, Gauteng

#11 Zest Bistro

Created by husband-wife team, Sidney and Anchen Cousins, Zest Bistro offers straightforward food that focuses on fresh produce. Featured eats include: delicious cakes, breakfasts, salads, chicken breast, grilled fillet of beef and more.

The menu changes every five weeks, ensuring that the ingredients and selected dishes are equally fresh! Zest boasts a short, yet solid wine list, sourced from the owners’ favourite estates, as it believes firmly in good wine and good friends…

Contact: (012) 460 0275

Website: zestbistro.co.za

Address: Zest Bistro, Shop 18, Greenlyn Village Centre, Menlopark, Pretoria, Gauteng

#12 Fumo

This authentic Italian restaurant supplies contemporary Italian fare, artfully whipped up since 2012 by executive chef, Claudio Uccello. Think seafood soup, spaghetti with mussels, pizza and other hearty dishes!

There are daily specials available on offer, and Fumo is available to diners for both lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Fumo also has its own exciting, new wine cellar!

Contact: (012) 3460916

Website: www.fumo.co.za

Address: Fumo, Groenkloof Plaza, Bronkhorst Street, Pretoria, Gauteng

#13 Burger Bistro

This bistro is big on burgers – in fact, it offers some of the biggest, quirkiest and tastiest burgers you’ll find anywhere. Created by two guys – Corne Read and Jan-Hendrik van Staden – who simply just love burgers, Burger Bistro uses fresh ingredients, homemade patties, killer milkshakes, hand-cut chips and good music to provide the necessary accompaniments to your monster burgers.

With several SA branches, Burger Bistros are suitable for sit-down or takeaway meals. Try the fun High-5 Burger, which comes with: a 200g pure beef patty, cheddar, mozzarella, balsamic caramelised onions, chips, Coke/Coke Zero and a High-5 too!

Contact: (012) 346 6147

Website: www.burgerbistro.co.za

Address: Burger Bistro, 24 Pierneef Street, Villieria, Pretoria, Gauteng

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#14 Capital Craft Beer Academy

This restaurant specialises in quality food, served in conjunction with some of SA’s best craft beers. Dishing up generously sized meals, including burgers, meaty dishes and more, Capital Craft Beer Academy will provide diners with good food, even better craft beer and a friendly restaurant environment wrapped together in one neat package!

Contact: (012) 424 8601

Website: www.capitalcraft.co.za

Address: Shop 20, Greenlyn Village Centre, Menlo Park, Pretoria, Gauteng

#15 Tin Roof Café

This country restaurant offers hearty, country fare, served up in a soothing atmosphere designed to remove you from your busy, daily life and allow you to appreciate a slower, gentler pace.

With fun, light-hearted décor, like pitch forks, a verandah and cosy, fireside dining options, Tin Roof Café provides its guests with a casual ambience and delicious food.

Contact: (072) 367 5698

Website: www.tinroofcafe.co.za

Address: Tin Roof Café, R223, Mooiplaats, Pretoria, Gauteng

#16 The Black Bamboo Restaurant

The Black Bamboo provides South Africans and tourists with a unique, world-class dining experience. Here, good food, wine and art are celebrated as a sensory whole.
With hands-on head chef Pellie Grobler’s ever-changing, a la carte menu – inspired by global delicacies, yet bearing a local twist – and a carefully coordinated wine list, this hotel-based restaurant is worthy of all praise.

Contact: 084 508 9752

Website: www.theblackbamboo.co.za

Address: The Black Bamboo Restaurant, Menlyn Boutique Hotel, Ashlea Gardens, Pretoria, Gauteng

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#17 Blu Saffron Restaurant

Catering to the public – as well as to the Pretoria Country Club – this elegantly casual, yet trendy restaurant boasts two lounges, a bar, outside patio/dining area and of course, a main dining area inside too, leaving visitors spoilt for choice on where to sit and eat.

It serves a variety of foods, ranging from international to contemporary, game, seafood and even grill-styled dishes, served up in a relaxed, casual setting, no matter where you choose to dine.

Contact: (012) 346 0223

Website: www.pretoria.co.za

Address: Blu Saffron Restaurant, 241 Sidney Street, Waterkloof, Pretoria, Gauteng.

#18 Harissa Bistro

Offering a sophisticated bistro feel, Harissa Bistro provides a unique culinary experience.

Serving a modern (mainly African-inspired) menu, Harissa Bistro, with its easy food and stylish décor, makes for a quiet, pleasant eating experience at The Club Centre. Service seems attentive, with even the manager frequently checking up on patrons.

Contact: (012) 452 5519

Website: www.harissa.co.za

Address: Harrisa Bistro, The Club Centre, Hazelwood, Pretoria, Gauteng

#19 Toni’s Fully Furnished Pizza

Toni’s Pizza takes food and customers seriously, and endeavours to supply glorious pizzas made from the love of good food and a passion for good service.
Toni’s Pizza uses only the best, freshest ingredients, ensuring top quality, delicious wood-fired pizzas for your ultimate enjoyment.

Contact: (012) 329 9000

Website: tonipizza.co.za

Address: Toni’s Pizza, 676 Chamberlain St, Deerness, Pretoria, Gauteng

#20 La Madeleine

Opened three decades ago now, La Madeleine has changed location only, for the restaurant’s dedication to wonderful, classic French and Belgian dishes remains the same.

The eatery – which is named after the shell-shaped Madeleine biscuit – invades the senses with the same pleasure, as its tasty little namesake, and offers good food at affordable prices, with a lovely dining atmosphere to boot.

Contact: (012) 361 3667

Website: www.lamadeleine.co.za

Address: La Madeleine, 122 Priory Road, Lynnwood Ridge, Pretoria, Gauteng

These are just a few of the best eateries to enjoy in (and around) prettiest Pretoria in 2017.

AccommoDirect.com has changed its name to Afristay.com!

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Why the change?
We’ve come a long way since we launched back in 2006. Thanks to the support from our wonderful establishments and customers we’ve built Accommodation Direct’s name up to be one of the most recognisable online travel brands in South Africa.

Nonetheless, we felt it was time for a new fresh look, and a brand that better reflected our identity: simple, easy online bookings combined with friendly customer service.

The switch over from AccommoDirect.com to Afristay.com should be completely seamless, and no change is needed from your side. All of your bookings and info will be moved over automatically, and your login details remain the same to https://www.afristay.com/accounts/.

This is just the start of many more exciting upcoming developments, and we hope you are as excited about the future as much as we are.

Best Regards,
Rupert Bryant – CEO

Top 20 Stellenbosch Restaurant 2017.

Stellenbosch is loved for its wine, history and laid-back town vibes but many also flock to its streets for the amazing eateries, both in town and on nearby wine estates, that it possesses.

Here are some of the top 20 Stellenbosch Restaurants to visit in 2017:

#1 Delaire Graff Restaurant

Located at the top of Helshoogte Pass in what can only be described as a dramatic setting, Delaire Graff Restaurant offers the best of everything.

Fronted by head chef Michael Deg, the restaurant offers up local, seasonal dishes, which use ingredients that have been freshly sourced from its own garden facilities.

Contact: (021) 885 8160

Website: www.delaire.co.za

Address: Delaire Graff Restaurant, Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#2 Restaurant Jardine 

Leading chef, George Jardine, is the brains behind this relatively new addition to Stellenbosch. Now, what was formerly an old house serves as this inviting restaurant’s delightful setting.

Here, chef Jardine prepares a variety of exciting dishes, which reflect his flavourful signature style.

Contact: (021) 886 5020

Website: restaurantjardine.co.za

Address: Restaurant Jardine, 1 Andringa Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#3 Terroir

Chef Michael Broughton leads the way at this multi-award-winning eatery, situated on the tranquil Klein Zalze estate. Tuck away beneath old oaks with views across Stellenbosch, Terroir is a place where unfussy, yet entirely excellent, dishes come to life.

Contact: (021) 880 8167

Website: www.kleinzalze.co.za

Address: Kleine Zalze Wine Estate, Strand Road, De Zalze Golf Estate, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#4 Overture

With views for days, this restaurant, found on Hidden Valley Wine Farm, is another of Bertus Basson’s genius creations. It has steadily become a destination and one which impresses not just with its amazing food, but with its stunning location too.

Contact: (021) 880 2721

Website: bertusbasson.com

Address: Hidden Valley Wines, T4 Route, off Annandale Road, R44, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

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#5 Rust en Vrede Restaurant

Rust en Vrede Restaurant is every bit the ultimate, elegant wine farm restaurant experience. Not only does it offer quality service and French-inspired meals to match, but it has raked in a number of exciting international ratings and nods of recognition from some of the best in the food industry – and quite deservedly so.

Contact: (021) 881 3757

Website: rustenvrede.com

Address: Rust en Vrede, Annandale Road, Stellenbosch

#6 Jordan Restaurant

Located on the beautiful Jordan Wine Estate, this restaurant offers wonderfully detailed dishes and professional service. Meals here are made by chefs George Jardine and Kyle Burn, who team up to ensure one fine eatery.

Contact: 021 881 3612

Website: www.jordanwines.com

Address: Stellenbosch Kloof Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#7 Spek & Bone

With a sweet back story (it was named after the Bassons’ pets in pig, Spek and boxer, Bone), this delightful restaurant is magically hidden away off Dorp Street and offers honest food, complemented by a fine wine list to satisfy even the most discerning wine lover. You can dine inside the cosy interior or out in the courtyard.

Contact: (082) 569 8958

Website: bertusbasson.com

Address: 84 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

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#8 The Restaurant at Clos Malverne

Yet another wine estate offering, The Restaurant at Clos Malverne is blessed with gorgeous views and a picturesque estate setting.

There is an a la carte menu as well as a four-course food-and-wine experience on offer here… both options are sure to be positively delicious so either way, it’s hard to lose.

Contact: (021) 865 2022

Website: closmalverne.co.za

Address: Devon Valley Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#9 Cucina di Giovanni

After the success of their popular Somerset West institution, the owners were inspired to open another branch at Eikendal Wine Estate.

At Cucina di Giovanni, a relaxed, family-friendly eatery, delicious Italian fare, award-winning wines and the quintessential wine farm setting are all on offer.

Contact: (021) 855 5033

Website: www.giovannicapetown.co.za

Address: Eikendal Wine Estate, R44, Eikendal Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#10 Postcard Café

Located on Stark-Conde Wine Farm, in arguably one of the most magical Jonkershoek Valley settings, this casual restaurant offers both good food and fine wines.

You might also enjoy a quick ramble about the farm, which simply begs for quiet walks and life’s peaceful contemplation.

Contact: (021) 861 7703

Website: www.postcardcafe.co.za

Address: Stark-Condé Wine Estate, Jonkershoek Valley, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#11 Makaron Restaurant

With chef Lucas Carstens at the helm, this chic, award-winning restaurant, found at the alluring Majeka House, will have guests coming back for more time and time again.

Most recently, they’ve introduced an exciting small plates menu, perfect for sharing with those you love.

Contact: (021) 880 1549

Website: www.majekahouse.co.za

Address: Majeka House, 26 – 32 Houtkapper Street, Paradyskloof, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

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#12 Cuvee

Found at the easy-going, yet endlessly charming, Simonsig Wine Esate, Cuvee is the answer for those seeking old-school charm blended with Cape country hospitality.

At Cuvee, head chef Stephanie de Wet has created a changing menu, full of seasonal, local ingredients that, in turn, make for wonderfully fresh, flavourful dishes.

Contact: (021) 888 4932

Website: www.simonsig.co.za

Address: Simong Wine Estate, Kromme Rhee Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#13 The Big Easy

Found within a building that dates back to 1798, and which is an eclectic mix of Dutch, Victorian and Georgian styles, The Big Easy is, of course, named for owner and pro golfer, Ernie Els and naturally pay homage to a nickname he received during his professional, international golf career.

The food and setting will delight your senses and, before or after your meal, you can even enjoy perusing some golf memorabilia, all of which honours the Big Easy himself.

Contact: (021) 887 3462

Website: thebigeasyrestaurant.co.za

Address: La Gratitude, 95 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#14 Oppie Dorp

Found in the bustling heart of central Stellenbosch, Oppie Dorp is definitely well-named. Its décor may be relatively simple but the good service and delicious dishes will nevertheless have you charmed and eager for more.

The menu is relatively concise but it offers some lovely flavourful dishes all the same.

Contact: (021) 883 3889

Website: www.oppiedorp.co.za

Address: 137 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#15 The FatButcher

Yet another new addition to the Stellenbosch food scene, The FatButcher has already imprinted itself as a food destination of note in this winelands town. This laid-back restaurant offers pasture-reared, quality meaty dishes.

You can almost dine in area of choice because they have not only vibey indoor seating, but a lovely courtyard space and street-side porch too.

Contact: (021) 882 8705

Website: fatbutcher.co.za

Address: Number 1, van RiebeekStreet, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#16 Genki

Serving some of the best sushi around, this unobtrusive little eatery is one of Stellenbosch’s greatest finds. It is a great sushi bar and Japanese tapas restaurant, where the food is fresh, delicious and above all, sustainable.

Contact: (021) 887 5699

Website: genkisushi.weebly.com

Address: Shop 2, De Wet Centre Courtyard, Church Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

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www.ginos.co.za

#17 Gino’s Restaurant

This inspiring family set-up has ensured a truly Italian restaurant offering in the heart of Stellenbosch, in the beautiful, historic De Kelder building.

The ethos here is firmly on serving up consistently good food at affordable prices for young and old to enjoy.

Contact: (021) 887 9786

Website: www.ginos.co.za

Address: 63 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#18 Pane e Vino

The philosophy behind this establishment is already apparent in its name, which means “bread and wine.” The menu at this popular Italian establishment includes classic Italian dishes, although it changes daily.

The restaurant atmosphere is laid-back one, with characteristically Italian charm.

Contact: (021) 883 8312

Website: www.dallacia.com

Address: 7 Distillery Road, Bosman’s Crossing, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#19 The Vine Bistro

Situated on the lovely Glenelly Estate, this modern eatery is headed up by chef Christophe Dehosse and offers a nice, French-inspired menu, which changes regularly.

There is indoor and outdoor seating both but either way, you’re sure to enjoy views out on the vineyards and nearby hills.

Contact: (021) 809 6444

Website: glenellyestate.com

Address: Glenelly Estate, Ida’s Valley, Lelie Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#20 Bukhara

This slightly smaller restaurant from the popular Bukhara restaurant chain is nevertheless a popular haunt for locals, students and of course, tourists.

Lying comfortably on the corner of Dorp and Bird Streets, this restaurant is every bit the authentic Indian restaurant experience and offers exciting, richly flavourful food to match.

Contact: (021) 882 9133

Website: bukhara.com

Address: Corner of Dorp and Bird Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

If these top eateries aren’t enough to tempt you to visit Stellenbosch during 2017, then nothing will be able to!

Top 20 Umhlanga Activities 2017.

Umhlanga, which means “place of reeds” in Zulu, is known for its coastal-lying beauty, classy shopping malls and, perhaps above all else, as Durban’s popular resort town, so it’s only natural to find some epic adventures lying in store here.

Here are some of the best activities to enjoy in Umhlanga (and nearby areas) during 2017:

#1 See the Light with Umhlanga Lighthouse

This rather iconic, 21-metre high lighthouse is white with a topside red stripe and offers a light range of 24 sea miles. It not only doubles as a tourist attraction and popular local landmark, but it also, naturally, safely guides ships to shore.

And although this isn’t a lighthouse you can explore from within, it’s definitely one you need to snap a picture of or pass by when visiting Umhlanga.

Contact: n/a

Website: n/a

Address: East Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

#2 Catch a tan at Umhlanga Main Beach

This popular beach offers a few fun things to enjoy. Not only can you tan and surf, but you can also swim in the granny’s pool, with the knowledge that there are life guards on duty. Visitors can also rent beach chairs and umbrellas and enjoy taking in the sights from nearby benches.

Parking is minimal so, if you can, it’s best to get there early to secure a spot. The beach is clean (and thus most perfect for beach walks!) and there are toilet facilities found , as well as a nicely maintained walkway. Ice-cream shops nearby will delight children and adults alike.

Contact: (031) 561 4257

Website: www.umhlangatourism.co.za

Address: Umhlanga Main Beach, Umhlanga, KZN

#3 Get your shopping fix at Gateway

Gateway Theatre of Shopping is the ultimate retail and entertainment experience, offering everything from fashion to dining and movies.

It’s considered to be one of SA’s most elite retail shopping stores, with over +390 stores and 70 eateries, and frequently brings world-class events, competitions and entertainment to town. What’s more, it offers something for everyone to enjoy.

Contact: (031) 514 0500

Website: www.gatewayworld.co.za

Address: 1 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga Ridge, Umhlanga, KZN

#4 Enjoy a beach day at La Lucia Beach

While not strictly within Umhlanga, it’s close enough to warrant a mention… and it certainly deserves one! Offering a tropical element, La Lucia is close to paradise, with its coral reef and colourful fish. It’s ideal for snorkelling, diving, surfing and swimming.

It offers wonderful tranquility, despite being relatively close to the city centre… so if you’re in Umhlanga, you will definitely want to take a drive to enjoy some time at La Lucia Beach.

Contact: n/a

Website: www.sa-venues.com

Address: La Lucia, Umhlanga Coast, KZN

#5 Lace up for Umhlanga Lagoon Hiking Trail

Located on the periphery of this resort town, Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve is nevertheless a popular nature lovers’ haunt.

The trail winds by past a picnic area, crossing over a wooden boardwalk into a coastal forest, inhabited by all manner of local wildlife, including veret moneys, buck, birds and even butterflies. Some of the trees have labels so you can learn while you ramble.

Contact: (031) 561 4257

Website: n/a

Address: Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve, Umhlanga, KZN

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#6 Catch a movie at IMAX Theatre Gateway

With pretty epic effects, good audio, comfy interiors and prime location within Gateway Theatre of Shopping, this will definitely be your go-to movie spot for all the major flicks, provided you can afford to splash out a little…

It’ll blow your socks off as you experience your favourite film in ultra high definition 3D on a very big screen indeed!

Contact: (031) 566 4415

Website: movies.sterkinekor.co.za

Address: IMAX Theatre Gateway, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Umhlanga, KZN

#7 Visit KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board

Enjoy an educational and insightful visit to the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Excellence (also known as KZNSB), a global leader in shark protection, as well as in key environmental and tourism efforts.

Not only does the KZNSB maintain the 37 beaches found along the KZN coastline, but it also conducts shark biological research and offers fascinating public education programmes.

Activities visitor can enjoy, both at and with KZNSB, run as follows: boat trips, audio-visual and shark dissections, a museum, a curio shop and conference facilities. Be sure to visit them and learn more about these misunderstood ocean predators.

Contact: (031) 566 0400

Website: www.shark.co.za

Address: 1a Herrwood Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

#8 Hit the 4×4 track at Gateway

Tear up some turf with the Gateway Leisure Centre and 4×4 Track. Hop inside a supplied off-road vehicle and tackle the chart track.

Water traps, canons, rocky faces and river beds will delight drivers as they cover some pretty rugged terrain. Call ahead to book a fun, off-road experience.

Contact: (031) 566 3140

Website: n/a

Address: Gateway Leisure Centre and 4×4 Track, 1 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga, KZN

#9 Take to the greens at Umhlanga Bowling Club

Have a bowl at this fun and free facility, which is also wheel-chair friendly and happily suitable for all ages. Registered coaches and officials are on-site to ensure that the rules are understood and that help is offered where needed.

The bowling green is not only a great place to enjoy some bowls but it’s also available to hire for corporate and function days.

Contact: (074) 639 4028

Website: n/a

Address: 75 Twilight Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, KZN

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Bowls1Sport4Life via Facebook

#10 Shop till you drop at Pearls Mall

If you need a little retail therapy, look no further than the relatively new and exciting, Pearls Mall, which opened in late 2016. This classy, high-end boutique mall not only offers excellent shopping, but it also includes a host of delightful coffee shops and eateries, like African Roots Coffee, Casa Bella and Doppio Zero to name just a few.

Strut your stuff as you enjoy some fun shopping and eating out at the Pearls.

Contact: (031) 940 6840

Website: thepearls.co.za

Address: Pearls Mall, The Peals, Umhlanga Rocks, KZN

#11 Sip some good java at African Roots Coffee

The still newly-opened coffee shop, located within the glamorous Pearls Mall, is already taking the Umhlanga area by storm. The still newly-opened coffee shop, located within the glamorous Pearls Mall, is already taking the Umhlanga area by storm.

Coffee lovers will rejoice upon discovering this speciality coffee shop, which serves only the finest African origin Arabica coffees. If you really love their java and would love some to enjoy at home, you can also shop for different blends on their site.

You can also order artisanal light meals, such as breakfast (includes banting-friendly and health eats), Danish-style open sandwiches, veggie quiches and locally baked cakes, to complement the fine coffee and speciality teas on offer at African Roots Coffee.

Contact: (087) 941 4591

Website: www.africanrootscoffee.co.za

Address: Pearls Mall, The Pearls, 6 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, KZN

#12 Grab a bite to eat at Village Table

If you agree that eating is a great activity to partake in, then you are going to want to visit Village Table, where you can enjoy some delicious food in a very attractive setting.

Bringing life experiences from pantry to plate, Village Table is all about aesthetically appealing food and restaurant atmosphere both.

Contact: (087) 288 4235

Website: www.facebook.com/villagetableumhlanga

Address: 6 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

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Village Table via Facebook

#13 Keep the kiddes At Play

Let your little ones run amok @play, where children are always the priority. This safe indoor haven is suitable to children of all ages (from one-year-olds to tweens), and helps to broaden their creativity in fun, engaging ways as they learn and grow.

Under the careful eye of @play staff, children can climb the enchanted jungle gym, whiz about on cars and bikes, swim in a large pond (under supervision), or play dress-up to their heart’s content.

The play area also offers an abundance of great toys, like LEGO, books, puzzles and more to keep little minds (and hands) occupied at all times and away from screens and electronic devices. Parents can remain or go, knowing that, either way, the kids will have great fun on their own.

Contact: (010) 900 2191

Website: www.facebook.com/At-Play-Umhlanga-612718548924084/

Address: Shop B7 Pearl Walk Mall , Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, KZN

#14 Have some fun at Wavehouse

This fun, affordable and clean spot is a great, family-friendly location where visitors can enjoy a water park with a supertube and other water-based activities (making it a safe place to learn to surf), as well as a pump track for bikes, scooters or skates for those who prefer to stay dry.

It’s also offers a fun toddler area for the little ones – and generally makes for an enjoyable day out for all, whether young or old.

Contact: (031) 584 9400 Contact: (031) 584 9400

Website: www.wavehouse.co.za

Address: G240, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 1 Palm Boulevard, KZN

#15 Enjoy the ultimate retreat with SurfSup Yoga

Enjoy six days in paradise with SurfSup Yoga on this exclusive Umhlanga yoga retreat, which will include five-star accommodation, five days of activities and of course, some super sup-ping!

Food and drinks, photos, daily transfers, lessons, equipment and so much more will be included on this awesome find-your-balance experience, as you learn to surf and stand-up paddleboard.

For dates and bookings for 6 Days in Paradise 2017/2018, please contact SurfSup Yoga.

Contact: info@surfsupyoga.co.za

Website: surfsupyoga.co.za

Address: SurfSup Yoga, Durban, KZN

#16 Explore Hawaan Forest

Immerse yourself in this beautiful forest, which offers a woodland enclosed by the Ohlanga River and the ocean. It is home to large number of birds and animals, and remains wonderfully unspoiled even to this day.

The Hawaan Trails are not open to the public due to preserving conservation efforts but you can partake in a guided trail and learn more about this unique ecosystem, which is home to creatures of all kinds.

Contact: n/a

Website: n/a

Address: Hawaan Forest, Umhlanga, KZN

#17 Grab some good coffee Power Plant

This Steampunk-inspired smoothie and coffee station not only serves good java, but it also offers a health shop for natural and superfood ingredients, which inspired the name ‘Power Plant’.

Stock up on some healthy goods while you pop by on a coffee run.

Contact: (031) 561 9191

Website: n/a

Address: 65 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, KZN

#18 Enjoy great food at Olive & Oil

Tuck into comfort food at this cheerful eatery, where fresh ingredients come together beautifully to supply guests with wholesome meals.

Friendly staff and unrivaled hospitality will ensure you feel right at home too.

Contact: (031) 561 2618

Website: oliveandoil.co.za

Address: Olive & Oil, 15 Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

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#19 Discover new things at KZN Science Centre

Visit the KZN Science Centre and learn all about science, technology, engineering, Mathematics and more at this interesting, highly educational place. This non-profit organisation is big on giving back and educating people on all things science-related.

It’s a particularly great experience for young, curious minds and is sure to inspire a love of science and technology in our South African youth and foreign students alike.

Contact: (031) 408 1012

Website: kznsc.org

Address: 1 Airport Road, Reunion Road, Gateway, Umhlanga, KZN

#20 Walk along Umhlanga Promenade

Of course, one way to really take in some of the best sights Umhlanga has to offer is by simply enjoying a leisurely walk along the promenade.

Or, if you prefer, go for a 4.6km-odd jog and ensure you stay fit and healthy, while absorbing the gorgeous scenery and surrounding views.

Contact: n/a

Website: n/a

Address: Umhlanga, KZN

These are just some of the fun and varied activities you can enjoy when visiting the Fun-Shine Coast!

 

Top 10 Umhlanga Restaurants 2017.

The trendy resort town of Umhlanga, found just north of Durban, is known for its coastal-hugging location, high-end shopping and natural beauty – but it also has some nice food offerings lined up for visitors to enjoy.

Here are the top 10 restaurants to visit in Umhlanga during 2017:

#1 Village Table

Located in the Pearls of Umhlanga Mall, this eatery offers “life experiences from the pantry to your plate,” as it serves breakfast, lunch and supper.

It overlooks the enviable, warm Indian Ocean and is both trendy and cool, with a relaxed, yet elegant interior. The fresh food is a blend of Mediterranean meets Portuguese.

Contact: (087) 288 4235

Website: https://www.facebook.com/villagetableumhlanga

Address: 6-8 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

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#2 Lord Prawn Fish & Grill

Initially established in 1975 on the Durban beachfront, Lord Prawn relocated in 1989 to Umhlanga, where – operating under the same staff and owners – it soon became a local favourite.
To this day, it remains a consistently good institution, serving wonderful meals off its set menu.

Options include: shellfish, pasta, chicken dishes, curries and even steaks – but it’s naturally the prawns that are lord over all at this restaurant.

Contact: (031) 561 1133

Website: www.lordprawnumhlanga.co.za

Address: 9 Umhlanga Plaza, 2 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

#3 Doppio Zero

With branches found across other parts of SA, Doppio Zero Umhlanga is the first branch to hit KZN. Located at The Pearls Boutique Mall, it offers an artisanal, on-site bakery, packaged retail items and a relaxed, open-style eatery, made for home-away-from-home dining and good food enjoyment.

Doppio Zero is best known for its good coffee, light lunches and lovely dinners. It’s also enjoys a prime setting, lying only a stone’s throw away from the beach.

Contact: (010) 900 3173

Website: www.doppio.co.za

Address: Shop A21, Pearls of Umhlanga, Corner Lagoon Drive and McCausland Cresent, Umhlanga, KZN

#4 Café La Plage

More than a restaurant, Café La Plage is really a lifestyle. After a long search, the team finally found the right spot to pour all their passion and efforts into.

Now, they offer a memorable dining experience and a gorgeous view, which complement the fine French, cosmopolitan food, cocktails and great entertainment that guests can enjoy.

Contact: (031) 561 9999

Website: www.cafelapage.co.za

Address: Shop D1, Pearl Walk, Pearls of Umhlanga, Umhlanga, KZN

#5 Mo-Zam-Bik

With a number of popular branches across SA, this Portuguese restaurant chain does a great job no matter where it’s situated.

This is no-frills, colourful dining, which offers visitors tasty Portuguese-African food, which will make your mouth water in pleasure.

Contact: (031) 836 1574

Website: www.mozambik.co.za

Address: F183, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 1 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga Ridge, Umhlanga, KZN

#6 Olive & Oil

It is not often that restaurants live up to their self-promoting taglines – but Olive & Oil definitely personifies theirs: “comfortable food made exceptionally well”.

The owners of this family-run eatery treat guests like an extension of their own family, as they use fresh, seasonal ingredients to create dishes inspired by Mediterranean to exotic Morocco cuisines. The menu will suit meat-eaters, pasta lovers and vegetarians all.

Contact: (031) 561 2618

Website: oliveandoil.co.za

Address: 15 Chartwell Drive, Shop 19, Chartwell Centre, Umhlanga, KZN

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#7 Lucky Shaker

Lucky Shaker is an oasis for those who wish to escape and unwind for a while. Here, the small but passionate team of staff do their best to ensure a good and memorable experience.

With both top drinks, tasty burgers and other yummy offerings, Lucky Shaker is the perfect spot to sit back and relax with friends, family or your significant other.

Contact: (078) 450 6751

Website: www.lukcyshaker.com

Address: 9B Mayfair On The Lake, 5 Park Lane, Parkside, Umhlanga, KZN

#8 Casa Bella

Specialising in Italian cuisine, like wood-fired pizzas, pasta and grills, Casa Bella believes in simple, wholesome ingredients, original meals and time-honoured recipes.

They have branches across SA, including in the Western Cape and at the Mall of Africa.

Contact: (031) 007 0136

Website: casabelladining.co.za

Address: Shop A17, Pearl Walk Umhlanga Shopping Centre, 6-8 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

#9 De’Ma

This restaurant, located within the Gateway of Theatre of Shopping, specialises in authentic, quality Indian food, beverages, sweetmeats and desserts. The food is a mixture of Durban-style and North Indian cooking.

Aside from catering to its walk-in, sit-down clientele, De’Ma also offers a full catering company, which caters to weddings, conferences, parties, takeaways and deliveries.

Contact: (031) 566 2450

Website: www.dema.co.za

Address: F179, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 1 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga Ridge, Umhlanga, KZN

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#10 The Incredible India

This unique dining experience offers dishes that are prepared and served fresh. The restaurant is a 120-seater, with group tables dotted all about to add a sense of a togetherness, mixed with relative intimacy for your table.

The Incredible India also accommodates for events and conferences in its facilities and can cater for up to 150 people.

Contact: (031) 837 3731

Website: theincredibleindia.co.za

Address: 6 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

These are just some of the eateries you can enjoy in glamourous Umhlanga and nearby surrounds when visiting this coastline-hugging resort town in KZN.

Top 20 Hermanus Activities 2017.

The seaside town of Hermanus not only considers itself to be the (land-based) whale capital of the world but, all whales aside, this popular travel destination also offers visitors a range of top class restaurants, fun experiences and awesome indoor/outdoor adventures to enjoy.

Here are some of the best experiences to partake in during 2017:

#1 Have a whale of a time

Every year, from June to December, this coastal village becomes a haven for the whales, who migrate back to these shores annually to calve and mate. Because of this, Hermanus is now known as the land-based whale capital of the year.

Not only do they have their own Whale Festival – but there are plenty of ways to watch the whales – whether it’s from shore or out at sea, like with Southern Right Charters’ whale-watching tours.

Contact: (082) 353 0550

Website: southernrightcharters.co.za

Address: Southern Right Charters, Hermanus, Western Cape

#2 Head to Grotto Beach

This blue flag beach is one of Hermanus’s most popular attractions and is simply a must when visiting, especially since it offers a massive, sandy stretch of shoreline, with glorious views of mountain and sea alike.

The beach is also dog-friendly… provided you keep your pooches leashed and clean up after them at all times!

Contact: (028) 312 3180

Website: www.hermanus.co.za

Address: Grotto Street, Hermanus, Western Cape

#3 Get active in Fernkloof Nature Reserve

This beautiful reserve offers a glorious escape into nature… Covering some 18 square km, the reserve provides visitors with a chance to experience some amazing hiking, cycling and walking trails, all while taking in unique Cape fauna and flora in the process.

Contact: (028) 313 0819

Website: www.fernkloof.org.za

Address: Fernkloof Nature Reserve, Hermanus, Western Cape

#4 Explore the Hermanus Country Market

Every Saturday, visitors can enjoy this fun country market, which offers organic produce, fresh herbs, food and wine stalls, home-grown goods, trinkets, jams, deli eats and more.

Be sure to pop on by and experience a market, Hermanus-style.

Contact: (072) 883 3894

Website: hermanuscountrymarket.co.za

Address: Fairways Avenue & Jose Burman Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape

#5 Visit Lembu Gallery & Studio

Lembu Gallery is a wondrous place – located within a hundred-year-old fisherman’s cottage – for art lovers and aspiring artists to explore.

With works from across the globe (though there’s a firm focus on African works), Lembu offers a creative escape and makes for a unique addition to Hermanus.

Contact: (028) 312 1187

Website: www.lembu.co.za

Address: 10 Harbour Road, Hermanus, Western Cape

#6 Enjoy top class wine tasting at Creation Wines

A wine lovers’ paradise: Creation Wines offers both sustainable, award-winning wines and immaculate facilities. They also enjoy a stunning setting in the highly sought-after Walker Bay wine region.

At the estate, visitors will also encounter the delightful Creation Wines Restaurant, which is the perfect place to eat after some quality wine tasting at the Tasting Room.

Contact: (028) 212 1107

Website: www.creationwines.com

Address: Hemel en Aarde Road, Hermanus, Western Cape

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www.roxannereid.co.za

#7 Visit The Whale House Museum

Learn more about this migrating mammals (and other sea creatures) at The Whale House Museum.

Educate yourself with some cool audio-visual shows, photographic exhibitions, a life-sized whale display and informative installations too.

Contact: (028) 313 0418

Website: www.southafrica.net

Address: The Whale House Museum, Hermanus, Western Cape

#8 Savour Bouchard Finlayson’s world-class wines

This internationally renowned boutique winery is definitely the place to go if you’re after some interesting wine experiences and/or tastings.

They offer a selection of different wine tastings (some of which may leave your purse much lighter than before…)… Yet, with such a stellar reputation across the local and international wine industry, you know you’re in for a quality offering no matter which you opt in for.

Contact: (028) 312 3515

Website: www.bouchardfinlayson.co.za

Address: R320, Hermanus, Western Cape

#9 Relax at Voelklip Beach

This small, sandy beach is a popular spot for surfing but it also features grassy lawns, ideal for outdoor picnics when the weather’s fair.

There are also some rocky coves close at hand; these help to add a sense of secluded beach lounging. The beach has basic ablution facilities, but parking is quite limited.

Contact: n/a

Website: hermanus.co.za

Address: Voelklip Beach, Hermanus, Western Cape

#10 Tuck in at Betty Blue Bistro

Undoubtedly one of Hermanus’s most well-loved and highly rated eateries, Betty Blue Bistro is a dash of colour and food passion in the Main Road – and as such, it is an experience in and of itself.

They specialise in delicious light meals, like healthy breakfasts, mouth-watering pancake varieties, soups, burgers and chips and of course, decadent sweet stuff too!

Contact: (028) 125 0037

Website: bettbluebistrohermanus.com

Address: 126 Main Road, Hermanus, Western Cape

 

 

 

 

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Betty Blue Bistro via Twitter

#11 Stay a while at Sumaridge Wine Estate

This estate lies between two mountain ranges and enjoys commanding sea views, so not only is it blessed with a spectacular setting – but it also offers visitors award-winning wines.

If you wish to spend some time in literal heaven-on-earth, then book a seven-day plus accommodation getaway at Sumaridge’s The Lodge: a secluded, five-room house, which is both child- and wheelchair-friendly.

Contact: (028) 312 1097

Website: www.sumaridge.co.za

Address: Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Hermanus, Western Cape

#13 Bend a bowstring with Hermanus Field Archery Club

Try your hand at the ancient technique of archery – a learned skill dating back to 10,000 BC – with the Hermanus Field Archery Club (HFAC).

The club offers a professional range of targets between 10 – 80 yards, and a circular course with 28 different stations. The picturesque course is nestled among fynbos and pines.

Contact: n/a

Website: www.wparchery.org

Address: R43, between Kleinmond and Bot River turn-offs, Hermanus, Western Cape

#14 Indulge your inner bookworm at Hemingway’s Bookshop

Not only has this little bookshop been featured in the New York Times but its fame has reached many other corners of the globe – and as such, it is internationally recognised as a book lover’s essential port of call.

If you’re after seeing rare, unobtainable or simply out-of-print books, this wondrous place is a must when in Hermanus.

Contact: (028) 312 2739

Website: www.hermanus.co.za

Address: Warrington Place, 4 Harbour Road, Hermanus, Western Cape

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#15 Tackle Hermanus MTB Trails

Starting at the Hemel-en-Aarde Village, these four different MTB trails will plunge riders deep into the heart of Hemel-en-Aarde’s raw, natural beauty.

Choose between the blue, green, red and black trails; each track comes with its own level of difficulty, so riders of all classes and styles will be well catered for.

Contact: (082) 828 6567

Website: www.hermanusadventures.co.za

Address: Hemel-en-Aarde Village, Hermanus, Western Cape

#16 Stop by Benguela Cove Estate

If it is memorable wine tasting that you’re after, then Benguela Cove Estate is the place for you. But what’s more, this stunning estate also offers a very elegant restaurant for visitors to enjoy a meal at.

What’s more, wine tasting out on the lagoon aboard a serene cruise on a 12-seater pontoon called Lady Bonnie is pretty epic too!

Contact: (028)

Website: www.benguelacove.co.za

Address: R43, Bot River Lagoon, Hermanus, Western Cape

#17 Revisit the past at De Wet’s Huis

In 1983, museum staff dismantled the old Dutch Reform Sunday School house and transported its numbered stones and timber off to a new location and then, in 1987, the cottage was rebuilt in Fishermen’s Village. Today, it houses an amazing photo museum with a photographic exhibition of old Hermanus, dating back to the last century.

There are also trophies, furniture and a herb garden to be seen at this history-holding little cottage.

Contact: (028) 312 1475/2629

Website: www.old-harbour-museum.co.za

Address: Hermanus, Western Cape

#18 Visit Hamilton Russel Vineyards

Located close to the sea, Hamilton Russell Vineyards is one of the most southerly wine estates in Africa. It falls under the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley: a place just behind Hermanus, that is famed for its rural, natural beauty.

The estate specialises in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, so if you visit, be sure to get a bottle to enjoy at home or sample a glass while at the estate.

Contact: (028) 312 3595

Website: www.hamiltonrussellvineyards.com

Address: R320 Hemel-En-Aarde Valley, Hermanus, Western Cape

#19 Take in the views at Kwaaiwater

Like its name implies, during high tide, this amazing viewing spot is surrounded by angry waters that froth and foam…

The rest of the time, however, this little rocky beach of sorts (reached via the delightful Cliff Walk) is a great place to take in some fauna, flora and of course, those irritated waters too…

Contact: n/a

Website: n/a

Address: Hermanus, Western Cape

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#20 Discover Hoy’s Koppie for yourself

Known as the ‘Jewel of Hermanus’, Hoy’s Koppie provides visitors with a glimpse into both the area’s history and nature.

Part of the Fernkloof Reserve, Hoy’s Koppie – now named for the pioneering Scot, Sir William Hoy, who loved hiking up it (though it used to be called Klip Kop in olden times) – provides eager explorers with an easy walk up its isolate location, 75-metres above sea level.

Contact: (028) 313 8111

Website: www.capetownetc.com

Address: Hermanus, Western Cape

These are just a few of the many reasons to explore this captivating Western Cape coastal town… it’s no wonder the whales love Hermanus so much!

Top 20 Hartbeespoort Activities 2017.

The resort town of Hartbeespoort – otherwise fondly known as Harties – is a place where fun adventure and epic outdoor exploration awaits, making Hartbeespoort a vibrant and engaging holiday destination for locals and tourists.

Here are the top 20 activities to enjoy in Harties during 2017:

#1 Soar with Harties Aerial Cableway

The aerial Hartbeespoort cableway is arguably one of Harties’ main, most popular attractions. With beautiful facilities – such as restaurants, express food stalls and stunning seating areas and bomas – this is the ultimate family excursion. Kids will delight in the Dassie Loop walkway or KidZone, allowing parents a momentary respite.

There are top and base stations, and the former offers amazing views of Magaliesberg, Hartbeespoort Dam and surrounds.
Contact: (012) 253 9910
Website: www.hartiescableway.co.za
Address: Plot 3, Melodie, Agricultural Holdings, Hartbeespoort, North West

#2 Monkey around at Bushbabies Monkey Sanctuary

This sanctuary covers some seven hectares and is situated alongside the elephant sanctuary, which it has recently merged with. It’s one of only eight free-release primate sanctuaries found globally. Here, primates – such as squirrel-, spider- and capuchin-monkeys – find a new lease on life.

Sanctuary tours are highly informative and guests will leave with a better understanding of why monkeys are best suited to natural, free environments rather than lives as household pets.
Contact: (012) 258 9904
Website: www.monkeysanctuary.co.za
Address: R104, Hartbeespoort, North West

#3 Visit Jasmyn Farm Stall

Set alongside the famous Windfall Restaurant, Jasmyn Farm Stall is yet another iconic Hartbeespoort venue. Opened in 2004, this humble, thatched farm stall draws its inspiration and design from the honeybee; its shape is reflective of a honeycomb and the open-plan interiors allow for easy navigation and browsing.

Offering a selection of organic goods, farm produce, cheeses (from Jasmyn’s own factory), fresh breads, dairy products, baked goods, meats, imported treats, as well as flowers, curios and gifts too – Jasmyn is a right treasure trove of goods. When you visit, why not enjoy a cup of coffee or a sweet treat to really enhance your experience?

Contact: 012 259 1183

Website: http://www.southafricaexplorer.co.za

Address: Die Windmeul Kompleks, corner of R511 and Jan Smuts Avenue, Meerhof, Hartbeespoort, North West

#4 Interact with elephants at The Elephant Sanctuary

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The Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeespoort Dam offers an interactive African elephant experience, which includes hands-on, educational interactions; elephant back riding; and even overnight accommodation.

Dedicated staff ensure a relaxed, safe interaction between the elephants and visiting guests – even as they carefully reinforce positive training methods for the gentle giants.

Contact: (012) 258 9904

Website: www.elephantsanctuary.co.za

Address: R104, Hartbeespoort, North West

#5 Enjoy Hartbeespoort Dam fully

Built in 1925, Hartbeespoort Dam has become a favourite destination among water sports enthusiasts and those after a city escape, in what is a very beautiful natural attraction.

Enclosed by the majestic Magaliesberg mountains, the dam is primed for parasailing, windsurfing and jet skiing. The more adventurous can also enjoy paragliding, hot air ballooning and hang-gliding.

Contact: n/a

Website: www.hartbeespoortonline.co.za

Address: Hartbeespoort Dam, Hartbeespoort, North West

#6 Explore Hartbeespoort Dam Snake and Animal Park

Nestled against the Magaliesberg, the park lies enclosed by massive walls and contained within, guests will find an exotic land, filled with all manner of creatures.

Visitors can see a range of species including: lions, tigers and other big cats, chimpanzees, hyenas, wild dogs, otters, birds and one of SA’s finest reptile collections. Look out for the Snake and Seal Show, which is held on public holidays, weekends and during school breaks.

Contact: (012) 253 1162

Website: www.hartbeespoortsnakeanimalpark.co.za

Address: 1 Scott Street, Schoemansville, Hartbeespoort, North West

#7 Head to the Harties Market

Open every Saturday, this beautiful, rustic market – situated at the foot of the Magaliesberg Mountain – is the perfect place to spend a relaxed day with friends and family.

Hand-picked vendors offer creative art and crafts, as well as delicious food and drink. While visiting (the market is open from 9:00 am to 3:00pm), be sure to utilise the outdoor space and enjoy the green lawns and shady trees too.

Contact: (082) 886 5583

Website: www.hartiesmark.co.za

Address: Old Ennis Nursery, 260 R511, Hartbeespoort, North West

#8 Hop on a horse with Horse and Trails Unlimited

Even if you have no horse riding experience, Horse and Trails Unlimited has your back. Experience stunning horse riding with their scenic mountain trails, romantic trails and picnics (perfect for dates) and even the more unique engagement/picnic package… after all, what better way to pop the question?

Whatever package deal you opt for, the well-trained horses and guides will provide you with an unforgettable experience.

Contact: (082) 926 4911

Website: horseandtrails.co.za

Address: Farm Deo Duce, Hartbeespoort, North West

 

 

 

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#9 Test your mettle with Hennops MTB Trails

Starting at the Hadeda Camp – found alongside the Hennops River – the Hennops MTB Trails offer some stunning routes, suited to all levels of fitness and expertise.

The trails are colour-coded and run as follows: main circular 13km route (green), 5km River loop (ideal for beginners) – or else, take your pick of the blue loop in Skeleton Hill, Kayalami, Pelindaba and Watergat, with the option of covering up to 26km of distance available to you.

Routes are of an average difficulty and take 1-2 hours to complete.

Contact: (082) 825 9205

Website: www.hennopstrails.co.za

Address: R511, Hartbeespoort, North West

#10 Take to the skies with Life Ballooning

With the fully-licenced and capable Life Ballooning, you can literally take to the skies and enjoy breath-taking hot air ballooning in this 3-4 hour experience.

Departing at sunrise (though trips are firmly weather dependent) guests will enjoy: pre-flight treats (like hot chocolate and marshmallows, tea or coffee); passenger participation (assisting with balloon inflation); a safety briefing from the pilot prior to departure; an hour-long flight; sparkling wine upon landing and finally, transfer back to the site for a full country-style breakfast. (Included in the package deal is a first-flight certificate and in-flight photo.)

Contact: (076) 778 7676

Website: lifeballooning.co.za

Address: Oberon Street, Hartebeespoort Dam, North West

#11 Indulge in underwater wonder at Hartbeespoort Dam Aquarium

Discover an exciting variety of tropical and freshwater fish, crocodiles (nile, slender-snout and dwarf; all indigenous to Africa), pelicans, penguins, seals and other aquatic creatures at the Hartbeespoort Dam Aquarium.

On weekends and public holidays, visitors can see live pelican, seal, crocodile and penguin shows. The aquarium also has a nearby pet shop and charming tea garden available to guests.

Contact: (012) 259 0080

Website: www.hartiesholiday.co.za

Address: Plot 97, Melodi, R511, Hartbeespoort, North West

#12 Put your best foot forward on Hennops Hiking Trail

With Hennops Hiking Trail, nature lovers and hikers can experience unspoiled nature at its finest. Consisting of three trails (all of which set out from Hadeda Camp), the trail offers glorious views, unique river crossings, an underground cave, traces of old settlements and dolomite mines and even amazing bird- and animal-wildlife too.

It will appeal to every kind of hiker, even ones who rarely get out into the woods – just be sure to pack in water and comfy, sturdy hiking shoes!

Contact: (082) 825 9205

Website: www.hennopstrails.co.za

Address: R511, Hartbeespoort, North West

#13 Head out on the water with H2O Cruise

Book a 90-minute, fun-filled boat cruise at Harties on a luxury, liquid lounge pontoon boat. The trip includes interesting given facts about the area (courtesy of the skipper), amazing views and of course, great water fun!

Price is R215 (per person for the trip) but this excludes separate per person and car rates for entrance to the dam itself.

Contact: (012) 259 0303

Website: www.h2o-cruise.com

Address: 110 Schubert Road, Hartbeespoort, North West

#14 Tear up turf with Segwati Quad Bike Safari Trails

Experience an unforgettable quad biking experience with Segwati Quad Bike Safari Trails on a 650-hectare farm, found on the northern boundary of the Cradle of Humankind, near Hartbeespoort Dam.

This quad biking adventure offers awesome outdoor fun, unforgettable scenery and unique game viewing too.

Contact: (082) 412 9823

Website: www.encounter.co.za

Address: Hartbeeshoek Road (D400), Hartbeespoort, North West

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#15 Take a leap of faith with Mountain Adventures

Choose your very own mountain adventure from a variety of fun activities in Hartbeespoort and beyond. You can enjoy abseiling, rock climbing or even kloofing!

Check availability and book your desired adrenaline-pumping adventure online with Mountain Adventures.

Contact: (082) 652 1490

Website: mountainadventures.co.za

Address: Hartbeespoort, North West

#16 Get cheesy with Van Gaalen Kaasmakerij

Situated at Skeerpoort, Van Gaalen is open six days a week and, aside from their in-house restaurant, they also host functions like weddings, family outings, corporate events and other festive occasions. At their farm shop, Van Gaalen offers a wide range of quality cheeses, as well as wine, preserves, souvenirs, Dutch favourites, sweets and other goodies.

You can also enjoy a relaxing picnic on the river banks. (Though these must be booked a day in advance.) They also have overnight accommodation thanks to their Milk Cottages.

Contact: (012) 207 1289

Website: www.vangaalen.co.za

Address: R560, Skeerpoort, North West

#17 Art appreciation at Dietmar Wiening Gallery

Take in works from SA’s leading bronze marine life and bird sculptor. Figurative art, paintings and stunning waters are all permanent features at Dietmar Wiening’s gallery.

Also, some art pieces are purchasable so art lovers and collectors really will have a field day.

Contact: (012) 205 1193

Website: www.dietmarwiening.com

Address: R512 Lanseria Road, Hartebeespoort Dam, Broederstroom, North West

#18 Visit Pretville Film Set, retro-style

Visit the set of the Afrikaans flick, Pretville, and experience 1950s cars, a retro-style diner (serving milkshakes and burgers) and good, clean fun. Snap some pictures in the photo booth or as you stroll about in the quaint surroundings, exploring the set.

You can also watch the movie while you’re there. R60 gains you entrance to Pretville.

Contact: (083) 266 8567

Website: pretville.co.za

Address: R511, Hartbeespoort, North West

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#19 Experience river rafting with Mobile Adventures

Offering activity packed, half-day white water rafting adventures on the Highveld Crocodile River, Mobile Adventures is the answer for adrenaline junkies and water babies.

The 5km river trip, which enables water enthusiasts to ride the rapids, takes +/- two hours to finish.

Contact: (083) 969 9083

Website: afrotourism.com

Address: Broederstroom, Hartbeespoort Dam, North West

#20 Hit a hole-in-one at Magalies Park golf course

Situated on the tranquil edge of the Hartbeespoort Dam, Magalies Park golf course offers endless emerald fairways, which seemingly melt into the surrounding hills and waters. There are three tee options to suit a host of golfing abilities, and players will find the surroundings and course equally delightful.

Contact: (012) 207 9000

Website: www.magaliespark.co.za

Address: Magalies Park, Hartbeespoort, North West

These are just some of the main attractions and most popular activities to be enjoyed in Harties during 2017.

Top 20 Langebaan Activities 2017.

Everyone knows that Langebaan is the Jewel of the West Coast towns… and with its pristine beaches, numerous fun outdoor activities and stunning scenery, it’s no wonder this lovely seaside town is a hugely popular destination among both locals and tourists.

Here are the top 20 activities to enjoy in lovely Langebaan during 2017:

#1 Laze about at the Langebaan Lagoon

This large salt water lagoon (considered by many to be a wetland of international significance) lies protected within the beautiful West Coast National Park. Its turquoise waters – completely open to the sea – attract beachgoers, numerous birdlife and other marine life too.

Divided into three sections – A, B and C – Langebaan Lagoon offers a range of activities and sights, depending on which section you find yourself in.

Contact: (022) 772 2144

Website: www.sa-venues.com

Address: West Coast National Park, Langebaan, Western Cape

#2 Chase the breeze with Kitesurfing Langebaan & Cape Town

At Kitesurfing Langebaan & Cape Town, the qualified instructors are extremely passionate about kitesurfing and want to ensure that you’ll have an amazing time on the water – whether you’re a nervy beginner or self-professed pro.

Offering a selection of quality, full-day courses – ranging from 5 hours to 14-day intensive courses – the patient, dedicated and, above all, professional team of instructors will help you become a safe and independent kite surfer.

Contact: (073) 639 9204

Website: kitesurfinglangebaan.com

Address: 114 Main Street, Langebaan, Western Cape

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www.constantlykiting.com

#3 Relax at Kraalbaai Beach and Lagoon

Located within the West Coast Nature Reserve, this is yet another gloriously special lagoon and beach in Langebaan to visit.

With houseboats, romantic beach strolls, boat trips, swimming, careful sun tanning, picnic opportunities and of course, picture-perfect scenery straight out of the Greek Isles, Kraalbaai beach and lagoon makes for the perfect, family day (or overnight) trip.

Contact: (022) 772 2144

Website: sanparks.org

Address: Western Coast Nature Reserve, Langebaan, Western Cape

#4 Test your aim with Thali Thali Game Lodge’s Archery

Test your aim and learn fun new skills with Thali Thali’s archery lessons. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned bowman, you can book exciting archery (under accredited coaches) or visit their bow shop. Shoot at 23 different, life-sized 3D rubber animal targets and choose whether to bring your own bow or rent one out.

Lessons are by appointment only and cost R150 per lesson. (The additional R150 for bow hire and 3D archery are not included in this per person cost).

Contact: (083) 275 282

Website: www.thalithali.co.za

Address: Thali Thali Game Lodge, ZoutekuilenFarm, R27, Langebaan

#5 Sip good brews at Black Eagle Brewing Company

This is a must for all beer drinkers, particularly because this relatively new, little brewery could just be one of the best in SA.

Founded in 2014 by home-brewing couple, Hugo and Elmien, Black Eagle Brewing Company is housed within an old fishing factory, which dates back to the early 1900s. They brew a variety of classic beers, with personal twists. Enjoy fine brews, snacks and games when you visit.

Contact: (022) 772 0594

Website: www.bebc.co.za

Address: 4 Suffren Street, Shop 7, Queens Cottage, Langebaan, Western Cape

#6 Visit the West Coast National Park

A short drive from Cape Town lies the popular, yet wonderfully preserved West Coast National Park, a place of immense beauty, filled with natural flora and fauna, and a range of fun outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy.

Explore the Langebaan Lagoon or green wetlands; navigate hiking trails; stop to smell and see the flowers (if the season is right) – or simply, enjoy a moment’s quiet as you soak up paradise.

(Outside flower season) Entry is R50 for SA adults (with valid SA IDs), R75 for SADC adults (and R37 per child) and R25 for SA children.

(During flower season: August and September only) Entry is R70 for SA adults (with valid SA IDs), R100 for SADC adults (R50 per child) and R35 for SA children.

Contact: (022) 772 2144

Website: www.sawestcoast.com/park.html

Address: West Coast National Park, West Coast DC, Western Cape

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#7 Experience a West Coast Game Drive at Thali Thali

Thali Thali also offers a wonderful game drive, with a choice between three open, game-viewing vehicles, each equipped with different capabilities to suit the guests’ needs.

Trained guides will take you on an informative, 90-minute game drive where you may chance to see a range of exciting game life in their natural/fynbos habitats.

Cost is R250 per adult, and R150 for children ages 5-12. (Free to children under 5).

Contact: (082) 372 8637

Website: www.thalithali.com

Address: Thali Thali Game Lodge, ZoutekuilenFarm, R27, Langebaan

#8 Dig up the past at West Coast Fossil Park

Visit the West Coast Fossil Park and unlock fossils of the past. Aside from guided tours of the Dig Site, visitors can enjoy a range of physical and gastronomic activities, including walking/mountain bike trails, a tasty meal at their café or a garden picnic.

Contact: (022) 766 1606

Website: www.fossilpark.org.za

Address: West Coast Fossil Park, Langebaanweg, R45, Vredenburg, Western Cape

#9 Step out into the wild with Thali Thali’s Walking safaris

Calling all nature lovers: Thali Thali’s unguided nature walks afford guests the chance to experience the wild, up-close-and-personal. You can expect to see a range of smaller wildlife, such as birds, insects and smaller wild animals, as well as natural fynbos, grasses and flowers.

Walkers must report to the front desk before setting off and are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes and take water along. Walks are strictly at your own risk.

Contact: (082) 372 8637

Website: www.thalithali.com

Address: Thali Thali Game Lodge, ZoutekuilenFarm, R27, Langebaan

#10 Enjoy a Sunday Buffet at Thali Thali

At Thali Thali’s restaurant, visitors can enjoy their awesome, weekly Sunday lunch buffet. Dine out and experience true West Coast hospitality at their restaurant and bar, which is located near the lapa and splash pool.

Food buffet offerings and costs vary but bookings are essential.

Contact: (082) 372 8637

Website: www.thalithali.com

Address: Thali Thali Game Lodge, ZoutekuilenFarm, R27, Langebaan

#11 Take 5 at Club Mykonos

This luxurious holiday resort is your very own little piece of Greece in the West Coast. Enjoy accommodation, entertainment options, facilities and even some good eateries too.

So slip away to this ever-popular, family-friendly holiday resort in Langebaan for some quality rest and relaxation.

Contact: (022) 707 7000

Website: www.clubmykonos.co.za

Address: Club Mykonos, Mykonos Access Road, Langebaan, Western Cape

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#12 Master kite surfing with the KiteLab

KiteLab is a dedicated kitesurfing school located a stone’s throw away from the main kitesurfing beach in Langebaan.

With world-class instructors, constant winds and flat waters, this is a prime location for quality kitesurfing. The Kite Lab also offers a fully stocked kite shop for you to browse.

Contact: (022) 772 0026

Website: www.kitelab.co.za

Address: KiteLab, 8 Bree Street, Langebaan, Western Cape

#13 Sail around with Brian’s Boat Tours

This 8-seater boat takes visitors on personally tailored, eco trips around the Langebaan Lagoon and parts of Saldanha Bay too.

Boat trips cover fascinating historical, birding and cultural topics; tours run daily and Brian Hodgson is a registered tour guide.

Contact: (022) 772 2093
Website: www.brianstours.co.za
Address: 14 Lagoon Crescent, Langebaan, Western Cape

#14 Dine at Die Strandloper Restaurant

Eat at one of the West Coast’s most popular, open air restaurants: Die Strandloper. Enjoy a lunch or dinner out on the beach at this casual, seaside restaurant, which offers everything from fish curry and snoek to waterblooetjie bredie and strong coffee.

Contact: (083) 227 7195
Website: www.strandloper.com
Address: Die Strandloper Restaurant, Langebaan, Western Cape

#15 Experience Langebaan with Masada Guest House

If you wish to linger longer in Langebaan, why not experience Masada Guest House, one of Langebaan’s finest local offerings?

This wedding and conference venue offers delightful, four-star accommodation, a jungle gym for kids, a petting farm, heated indoor spa swimming pool, a licensed bar, full English breakfasts and great braai facilities.
Contact: (079) 525 5051
Website: www.masadaguesthouse.co.za
Address: 18 Loop Street, Longacres, Langebaan, Western Cape

#16 Shop till you drop at Laguna Mall

This lovely shopping complex offers retail delights to suit all sorts of shoppers. Opened in 2007, the intimate family mall also plays host to numerous events and activities throughout the year.

Contact: (022) 772 0528
Website: www.lagunamall.co.za
Address: Languna Street, Skiathos, Langebaan, Western Cape

#17 Hop on a horse at Oliphantskop

The Oliphantskop horse trails, based around Langebaan and Saldanha, are the most relaxing and leisurely way to soak up the West Coast surroundings.

There are several different trails to choose from, all with varying difficulty levels, but all offer: excellent views, plant species and bird spotting along the way. In Langebaan, you can also view Eve’s Footprint – the oldest known to man.

Contact: (022) 772 2326

Website: www.westcoastway.co.za

Address: Olifantskop Road, Langebaan, Western Cape

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#18 Enjoy a West Coast overnight hike

Whether you opt for the two-day Strandveld Trail (covering 28km through Strandveld, then onto the 16 Mile Beach in Yzerfontein before returning to Geelbek), the 2.5 day guided, slack-packing Eve’s Trail – or the 2-day, 27km Postberg Hike (only available during August and September when the Flower Season comes back around), there are a great selections of overnight hikes in and around Langebaan and the West Coast to enjoy.

Contact: (022) 707 9902/3

Website: www.roxannereid.co.za

Address: West Coast, Western Cape

#19 Flock to see the birds at the Geelbek bird hide

If you wish to experience some quality birding, then Geelbek bird hide is the place for you.

During low tide to just before the tide comes in, bird watchers can visit this hide and see a host of different birds, with everything from Curlew Sandpipers and Whimbels to White Pelicans on offer.

Contact: (022) 772 2144
Website: www.sanparks.org
Address: West Coast National Park, West Coast DC, Western Cape

#20 Fly a kite on Langebaan Beach with Cape Sports Center

Use the wind to your advantage and, with your eyes to the sky, learn to fly a kite with Cape Sports Center. It makes for great family fun, so pack in a picnic and head down to the beach…

Contact: (022) 772 1114

Website: capesport.co.za

Address: 98 Main Road, Langebaan, Western Cape

These are just some of the amazing activities to enjoy in and around the lovely Langebaan, the favourite child among the West Coast owns, during 2017.

Top 20 Hartbeespoort Restaurants 2017.

Resort town, Hartbeespoort – situated north of Joburg – may be best known for the likes of Hartbeespoort Dam and Crocodile River’s white water rapids, but it is also (perhaps surprisingly to some) a place of good food and interesting restaurants, cafés and bistros.

Here are the top 20 eateries you should visit in 2017:

#1 La Terrazza Restaurant

Specialising in Mediterranean cuisine, this Italian restaurant offers either breakfast or lunch options, complete with sizeable portions. Available meals include: calamari, seafood, vegetarian and meat, as well as lighter meals such as: salads, Prego rolls, cheese boards and wraps.

Guests will also enjoy the relaxed and pleasant dining atmosphere.

Contact: (012) 244 0667

Website: none

Address: Mountain Lake Centre, Pecanwood, Hartbeespoort, North West

#2 Skye Bistro

Located above an equestrian estate, amid towers, the romantic and elegant Skye Bistro offers breakfast, lunch or five-course, sit-down dinner options.

For breakfast, enjoy English-style offerings, yoghurt and fresh pastries, while for lunch you can tuck into lighter meals, like salads and seafood/meat dishes. Finally, to round it all off, dinner is a glitzy, full affair – so be sure to dress up to the nines!

Contact: (072) 905 4919

Website: none

Address: R511, Hartebeespoort, North West

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#3 Silver Orange Bistro

Offering contemporary SA cuisine – with an emphasis on clean flavours and local produce – this farm bistro consists of both award-winning wines (from the likes of Ernie Els) and delicious fare. Here, each dish is artfully prepared with flavours, which perfectly complement each other.

Then, nearby, among the citrus orchards, you will find a new, additional dining experience (no children under 16 allowed) called Almost Orange. Here, you can share a light meal while sipping on premium liquors, gins, craft beer and hand-selected wines.

Contact: (082) 378 2948

Website: www.silverorangebistro.co.za

Address: Altyd Mooi Farm, R513, Hartbeespoort, North West

#4 The Windmill Restaurant

This charming restaurant – located within an authentic Dutch windmill – offers a variety of true Dutch meals, as well as traditional restaurant favourites, to satisfy your hunger and is something of a local eatery icon.

Enjoy either indoor or outdoor dining, with spectacular views wherever you sit.

Contact: (012) 259 0955

Website: none

Address: 1 Jan Smuts Drive, Meerhof, Hartbeespoort, North West

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#5 Laurentina Restaurant

This Portuguese-Mozambican-style restaurant in Chameleon Village offers a great vibe, in addition to lovely décor, tasty food and music performances.

Here, you will find authentic Portuguese-type dishes to fill up on.

Contact: (012) 253 5052

Website: www.facebook.com/LaurentinaHarties

Address: Chameleon Village, Hartbeespoort, North West

#6 Leopard Lodge Restaurant

Situated at the beautiful Leopard Lodge, when at this restaurant, diners can enjoy open plan dining, culinary art and traditional cuisine in a lovely setting.

Expect the likes of gnocchi, zuercher geschnetzeltes, Italian pizza, sushi (the African Swiss way) and wiener schnitzel.

Contact: (012) 207 1130

Website: www.leopardlodge.co.za

Address: Leopard Lodge, Skeerpoort, R560, Hartbeespoort, North West

#7 The Coffee Shop

Located at The Snake and Reptile Park in Chameleon Village, this family-friendly, outdoor café boasts a menu consisting of breakfasts, light meals, sandwiches, coffee, dessert and burgers.

Contact: (076) 141 3364

Website: www.food24.com

Address: Chameleon Village, Hartbeespoort, North West

#8 De Vette Mossel

This seafood restaurant – first opened in 2004 in Mossel Bay on an isolated beach at Groot Brak Rivier – now has a second branch in Hartbeespoort Dam, as well as in Parys, Klerksdorp and Nelspruit too.

Here, diners will find perfectly prepared seafood and an array of tasty dishes in what is an unusual and informal restaurant setting in Harties.

Contact: (082) 346 3731

Website: www.devettemosselharties.co.za

Address: R511, Hartbeespoort, North West

#9 Café La Bonheur

Offering an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday city life, this French café – with a name that translates into “tranquillity” or “place of happiness” – is run by owner-chef Angelique, who has a strong passion for food.

They also cater for functions, special lunches, buffets, year-end functions, meetings and birthday parties.

Contact: (071) 402 0695

Website: cafebonheur.co.za

Address: Plot 246, Saartjies Nek, Hartbeespoort, North West

#10 AfricanSwiss Restaurant

Serving divine food – like soft veal in white wine sauce or Gorgonzola gnocchi – AfricanSwiss additionally offers an amazing and relaxed dining atmosphere.

The specialties here are definitely Swiss and Bavarian dishes, ensuring a break from local cuisines.

Contact: (083) 476 0507

Website: www.africanswiss.com

Address: Plot 119, Broederstroom, Hartbeespoort, North West

#11 BisiBean Coffee Roasting Co.

Here, coffee is their passion and as such, BisiBean do real coffee. If you want to enjoy the best espresso and cappuccino at one of Hartebeespoort’s best coffee shops, then this is the place for you.

You can also sample a mouth-watering selection of cakes, like chocolate cake, caramel velvet cake or lemon cheesecake, as well as enjoying filled croissants and other yummy foods.

Contact: (079) 143 8511

Website: www.bisibean.co.za

Address: R27, Tielmann Street, Hartbeespoort, North West

#12 Pica Pau Continental Cuisine

For delicious, hearty meals visit the onsite Pica Pau Restaurant.
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Located in Magalies Park Rort, Pica Pau is owned and run by George and Franci, who take immense pride in their restaurant. It is well-known for its excellent pizzas, made with delicious toppings; visitors will find something to suit every palate with Pica Pau’s great, wood-fired offerings.

They also offer western European dishes, event/function catering and stunning views of the Magaliesberg Mountains.

Contact: (012) 207 9127

Website: www.picapau.co.za

Address: Magalies Park Country Club, Skeerpoort, Hartbeespoort, North West

#13 Upperdeck Restaurant

This rustic, laid-back grill restaurant offers a lovely garden terrace, live music and, of course, tasty food and great drinks. It’s the perfect place to relax, catch up with friends or family or simply enjoy a chilled meal out.

Contact: (012) 253 2586

Website: www.upperdeck.co.za

Address: Old Rustenburg Road, Damdoryn, Hartbeespoort, North West

#14 Black Fox Eatery

This gin bar and eatery is an intimate and quirky space, which offers unbelievable views of the surrounding Magalies Mountains and famed Hartbeespoort Dam.

Their kitchen offers scrumptious nibbles, enchanting mains and sweet delights. Speciality dishes are offered on a daily basis and depend on the new, seasonal harvests available.

Contact: (012) 253 1847/8

Website: www.villaparadiso.co.za

Address: Hartbeespoort, North West

#15 Harties Café

This Belgian and European contemporary delicatessen offers a great variety of treats, like waffles, pancakes and much more, while the friendly service only adds to this Harties experience.

Contact: (079) 331 2771

Website: none

Address: Tielman Road, Village Road, Schoemansville, Hartbeespoort, North West

#16 Caravela Restaurante

This Portuguese restaurant offers superb seafood and European fare, as well as cold beers and yummy milkshakes to wash it down. As aforementioned, they are perhaps especially well-known for their seafood.

Enjoy a friendly and relaxing atmosphere, with professional staff at your service.

Contact: (012) 253 2642

Website: none

Address: Straduvarius Road, Hartbeespoort, North West

#17 French Toast Koffie Kafee

Paying homage to Paris, this quaint café serves, in particular, killer croissants, other good food and lovely coffee.

Visitors will love the mini Eiffel Tower and lovers lock, which add a sense of Parisian romance to this little, country café.

Contact: (078) 592 6953

Website: frenchtoastharties.co.za

Address: R27, R511, Hartbeespoort, North West

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#18 Café Deli-Licious

This upmarket spot – equipped with beautiful décor – serves modern, fresh food and great coffees. Absorb the smells of fresh coffee and baking bread, as you wait for your order(s) to arrive. What’s more, expect quality service with it.

Contact: (082) 484 7440

Website: none

Address: Chameleon Village, Hartbeespoort, North West

#19 Pick-a-Pancake

This is a nice concept and it adds a fun and different element to Hartbeespoort. Expect creatively named pancakes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Whether you prefer savoury or sweet, you’ll be well catered for here.

Contact: (012) 253 0485

Website: none

Address: Old Rustenberg Road, Hartbeespoort, North West

#20 Hero’s Grill House & Pizzeria

Specialising in pizzas and grills, this is the perfect place to enjoy a bite to eat before or after experiencing the Aerial Cableway. The menu is large enough without being too vast.

It’s quite spacious inside, the views are good and service comes with a smile.

Contact: (012) 253 9910

Website: none

Address: Plot 3 Melodie, Aerial Cableway, Hartbeespoort, North West

These are just some of the top cafés, bistros and restaurants visitors can enjoy when exploring the small resort town, Harties.