Top 10 Restaurants on the Water in Knysna

Knysna is one of the most beautiful towns in the Western Cape. With its special lagoon, stunning scenery and peaceful way of life, it has steadily grown to be a favourite place to both live and holiday in South Africa.

And, best of all, this Garden Route gem offers some great activities, travel experiences and excellent restaurants. The restaurants are particularly unique, as many of them overlook either the Knysna Waterfront, Lagoon or famous Heads.

With this in mind, here are the best Knysna restaurants on the water:

#1 Butterfly Blu

Situated atop a dune and blessed with a stunning vista, it is safe to say that Butterfly Blu is one of the most beautiful Knysna restaurants.

With indoor and outdoor seating, a lounge area and bar and lovely interiors, this restaurant offers a sophisticated, yet relaxed dining experience, with great food and service to boot. In fact, you can even enjoy unique Croatian pizzas and cocktails here… mmm!

And, before or after your delicious meal, why not pop down to the beach? As it is located just below this gorgeous eatery!

Contact: +27 (044) 381 0027, reservations@brentonhaven.co.za

Website: butterflyblu.co.za

Address: Butterfly Blu, 198 CR Swart Drive, Brenton on Sea, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

Butterfly Blu via Facebook
Butterfly Blu via Facebook

#2 Sirocco Restaurant

Located within the stylish Thesen Harbour Town, Sirocco is named after the deliciously warm breeze that blows across the Mediterranean… and indeed, this restaurant is a breath of fresh air!

Serving everything from sushi, pizzas to famous Knysna oysters, this harbour-side eatery (open seven days a week for lunch and dinner) is one of the most popular restaurants in Knysna.

So if you’re looking for a lovely restaurant – with good food and beautiful views – visit the soothing Sirocco Restaurant.

Tip: As a bonus, its sister restaurants, 34 South and Dry Dock Restaurant and Terrace, are equally lovely Knysna eateries to enjoy.

Contact: +27 (044) 382 4874, info@sirocco.co.za

Website: www.sirocco.co.za

Address: Sirocco Restaurant, TH 28, Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 JJ’s Restaurant

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jjsrestaurant.co.za

If you wish to enjoy a memorable meal on the picturesque Knysna Waterfront, look no further than JJ’s Restaurant.

With an aim to serve quality, excellent food and offer a comfortable, welcoming dining experience, JJ’s is big on customer service and fine food in every sense… Plus, the setting is stunning too!

The menu – which is locally sourced and seasonal – ensures you will have the freshest, tastiest meals possible, whether you’re after steakhouse specialties, seafood or meaty winners or even just some South African game, JJ’s has it all.

Note: JJ’s is open every evening for dinner from 18:00 pm. They are also open to lunch groups by request.

Contact: +27 (044) 382 3359, jjs@cyberperk.co.za

Website: jjsrestaurant.co.za

Address: JJ’s Restaurant, The Waterfront, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Dry Dock Restaurant and Terrace

This lagoon-side restaurant is another waterside favourite. Open seven days a week, they offer guests the finest choice of fresh seafood, fusion cuisine, sushi, salads and of course, sinfully good desserts.

Not only are they blessed with a truly tranquil restaurant setting but they provide their guests with the best in food, drinks and dining experiences, all of which combine to ensure truly memorable meals by the water…

So, when you’re in Knysna, be sure to join them from 11:30 am till late.

Contact: +27(044) 382 7310, info@drydock.co.za

Website: www.drydock.co.za

Address: Dry Dock Restaurant and Terrace, Waterfront Shop 1, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

www.drydock.co.za
www.drydock.co.za

#5 East Head Cafe

As the name suggests, East Head Cafe is situated on the rocks of Knysna’s famed Eastern Head. So, with killer views of the blue lagoon and sandstone cliffs, it is certainly one of the most beautiful restaurants around.

Clean and crisp inside, with more relaxed outdoor seating (as well as a kids’ play area), East Head Cafe is a charming restaurant by all accounts.

The food is simple but great, the wine is top class and of course, the location is ideal… What more could you want?

Contact: +27 (044) 384 0933, info@easthead.co.za

Website: www.eastheadcafe.co.za

Address: East Head Cafe, 25 George Rex Drive, The Heads, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 O Pescador Restaurant

Located at the Knysna Waterfront, O Pescador Restaurant is another local favourite. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, this Portuguese eatery serves up quality food and a lovely, warm restaurant ambiance.

This restaurant has stood the test of time and offers a wide range of delectable meals – everything from fresh fish (caught daily), meat and seafood dishes, all cooked in a traditional Portuguese style.

Visit this long-time favourite for a warm, excellent eating experience with those you love!

Contact: +27 (044) 382 3476

Website: www.knysnawaterfront.com

Address: O Pescador Restaurant, Shop no 20, Upper level Waterfront, Waterfront Drive, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Cruise Cafe

Known for its seafood and stylish cuisine, Cruise Cafe offers guests the chance to enjoy gorgeous views over the Knysna Lagoon.

With its blond wood tones, nautical images and lovely interiors, it offers a unique restaurant atmosphere, with a tempting lagoon deck. The deck is especially perfect for enjoying specialty coffees, breakfasts, lunches, dinners – and of course, cocktails.

To experience Cruise Cafe, book today and enjoy a delightful eat out experience in Knysna!

Contact: +27 (044) 382 1693, bookings@featherbed.co.za

Website: www.knysnafeatherbed.com/cruise-cafe.html

Address: Cruise Cafe,  The Featherbed Co, Remembrance Avenue, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 34 South

www.34south.biz
www.34south.biz

Located in the Knysna Quays, 34 South is one of the best seafood, waterfront restaurants in Knysna.

Although they have an extensive menu, some of the standout items include fresh Knysna oysters, seafood, freshly baked bread and even a wine shop! As an added bonus, the restaurant also offers a deli and sushi bar so there really is something great for every type of eater.

So whether you join for a platter, takeaway meal or cosy sit-down meal, you are sure to love 34 South, with its lovely waterside setting!

Contact: +27 (044) 382 7331, 082 419 3434, keith@34south.biz

Website: www.34south.biz

Address: 34 South, Shop 19, Knysna Quays, Waterfront Drive, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Freshline Fisheries

At Freshline Fisheries, visitors can enjoy an array of food on their beach. This outdoor beach restaurant is considered by many to be one of the best seafood restaurants in Knysna – and its laid-back vibe lends it well to more casual, family friendly or group meals.

This is one of the more relaxing and fun restaurants you will find… and the seafood is legendary!

Note: They do not sell alcohol so you are welcome to bring your own (without being charged corkage).

Contact: +27 (044) 382 3131, freshlinefishing@telkomsa.net

Website: freshlinefisheries.co.za

Address: Freshline Fisheries, Railway Siding Dockyard (behind Tait Marine), Corner of Long & Waterfront Drive, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

Freshline Fisheries via Facebook
Freshline Fisheries via Facebook

#10 Benguela Brasserie & Restaurant

Although it is situated closer to Sedgefield than Knysna, this beautiful restaurant is one you definitely cannot miss if you’re in the Garden Route… Especially if you want to enjoy its positively gorgeous lakeside setting!

Serving up delicious, filling meals, prepared by talented Chef Yolisa Keyizana, guests can enjoy a classy and superb meal at this delightful restaurant, found at Lakeside Lodge (itself a stunner!).

Benguela Brasserie is perfect for fresh breakfasts, lovely lunches and stylish wine tastings. Note: All wines are sourced from their estate, Benguela Cove, near Hermanus.

Note: They are closed until 4 September 2019 but are otherwise normally open from Wednesday to Sunday.

Contact: +27 (044) 343 1884, info@lakesidelodge.co.za

Website: www.lakesidelodge.co.za/benguela-brasserie

Address: Benguela Brasserie, 3 Lakeside Dr Lakeside Lodge & Spa, Swartvlei Lake, Sedgefield, Western Cape, South Africa.

Top 10 Vegan Restaurants in Cape Town

The rise of veganism in the Mother City in recent years has brought some incredible vegan- and vegetarian-friendly eateries to our city.

In almost every area of the city now, one can find a vegan restaurant, cafe, juice bar or food truck.

For those who follow veganism, this has provided quality food to enjoy, without compromising on their ethical eating beliefs or plant-based food practices.

So, without further ado, here are the top ten vegan (and vegan-friendly) restaurants to enjoy in Cape Town:

#1 Lekker Vegan

With two branches in Cape Town already – in Harrington and Kloof Street respectively – Lekker Vegan offers guests gourmet vegan junk food at its best.  It has become so increasingly popular that owner, James Knapp, is keen to open more branches of this vegan junk food franchise.

Their menus include delicious varieties of gatsbys (a staunch Cape Town food favourite, similar to a sub), burgers and chips, snacks and even soft serve.

This cruelty-free food gives a choice of everything from apple crumble pie to gatsbys… Best of all, there are even some gluten-free options available!

Note: Lekker Vegan does not allow table bookings or phone-ins but you can visit either of their branches – or order their food online using food delivery services like UberEats, Mr D Food and OrderIn.

Contact: For questions, please mail or direct message on Instagram or Facebook.

Website: lekkervegan.co.za

Address:

  • Lekker Vegan Harrington, 37 Barrack Street, Corner of Harrington & Barrack Street, Zonnebloem, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

  • Lekker Vegan Kloof, Shop 11A1, Palmhof Shopping Center, 105 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
Lekker Vegan via Instagram
Lekker Vegan via Instagram

#2 Raw and Roxy

Raw and Roxy – the brainchild of Danish-born  Beatrice Holst – is an eatery that needs little introduction, having won numerous accolades, in addition to being hailed by many vegan and non-vegan foodies alike as incredible.

As one of the first vegan eateries in Cape Town, Raw and Roxy has successfully made vegan food and eating ‘sexy’.

They believe in creating “delicious raw vegan meals”, which include the likes of gourmet salads, guilt-free desserts, healthy juices and a mix of superfoods and tonics to give your body an added health boost… in a variety of different ways!

Situated in the heart of Woodstock, this cafe is one of Cape Town’s best (vegan or otherwise) and well-worth a visit!

Note: Raw and Roxy also offers online ordering.

Contact: +27 (079) 599 6277

Website: rawrawandroxy.wixsite.com

Address: Raw and Roxy, 38 Hout Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

 

Beatrice Holst via Instagram
Beatrice Holst via Instagram

#3 Scheckter’s RAW

A long-standing favourite in the Mother City, Scheckter’s RAW – who specialise in gourmet health food – are loved by vegans and non-vegans alike. They believe in authentic, honest, plant-based food, which is both “cruelty-free and nutrient-dense”.

What’s more, in addition to its great food, this wholesome eatery is endlessly stylish, so it offers visitors a wonderful, all-round dining experience.

When visiting, sink your teeth into the likes of cold-pressed juices, organic superfood smoothies, super bowls, vegan burgers, curry wraps, organic, gluten-free treats and more!

Contact:  +27 (021) 434 1364, love@schecktersraw.com

Website: schecktersraw.com

Address: Scheckter’s RAW, 98 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Plant

From its early beginnings as a Bo-Kaap cafe to its popular rise as a firm CBD favourite, Plant is one of Cape Town’s best loved vegan eateries.

They pride themselves on top-class food and service, striving for ultimate customer satisfaction and clean, nutritious food in our fast-paced world of living and eating.

Offering everything from breakfast to tapas to hot dogs, this vegan cafe is sure to even tempt non-vegans into the plant-based way of eating.

Note: You can also order food from Plant on OrderIn.

Contact: +27 (072) 521 9252, info@plant.co.za

Website: www.plantcafe.co.za

Address: Plant, 8 Buiten Street, Corner of Loop Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

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www.plantcafe.co.za

#5 The Kind Kitchen

Specialising in seasonal vegan goodness, The Kind Kitchen has a ‘no harm done’ mantra, which is the basis for everything here.

This vegan deli and cafe’s menu varies according to seasonal- and ingredient-availability but their goods range from breakfast offerings to burgers, lunches and super suppers… Think: beetroot falafels, a fillet of fish made from banana blossoms (inventive) and scrambled tofu in lieu of eggs.

Note: The Kind Kitchen’s menu is subject to seasonal availability and may change on a weekly basis.

Contact: +27 (061) 526 1358

Website: thekindkitchen.co.za

Address: The Kind Kitchen, 252 Albert Road, Woodstock Brewery, Shop 1, Woodstock, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Jessy’s Waffles

Jessy’s Waffles, based in Gardens, offers visitors a selection of vegan and gluten-free waffles.

As Cape Town’s new, go-to plant-based and gluten-free dessert cafe, Jessy’s Waffles is, understandably, very popular.

Not only do the waffles taste and look great – but they have a focus on amazing ingredients, which result in sinfully good, cruelty-free treats… A win on all fronts!

Contact: +27 (087) 470 0139, info@jessyswaffles.co.za

Website: jessyswaffles.co.za

Address: Jessy’s Waffles, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

Jessy's Waffles via Facebook
Jessy’s Waffles via Facebook

#7 Pure Elixir Cafe

This organic superfood smoothie and juice cafe needs no introduction. It is famed for its organic, vegan and preservative-free eats.

Offering everything from superfood smoothies to vegan rotis and gluten-free baked treats, Pure Elixir Cafe is a wonderfully health-conscious, cosy cafe to enjoy with friends and loved ones.

It is naturally an excellent option for vegans (and vegetarians) – but, thanks to its excellent, healthy food and drinks, it is a gem for non-vegans too.

Contact: +27 (076) 768 0733, pureelixircafe@gmail.com

Website: N/A

Address: Pure Elixir Cafe, 120 Bree Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 The Sunshine Food Co

What started as a vegan burger stall at markets dotted across the Mother City, has blossomed into a cheery yellow cafe situated in Main Road, Sea Point.

The Sunshine Food Co – the genius of Elisha Madzivadondo – still offers its iconic vegan burgers (which are generously sized and incredibly tasty!) – but now you can also enjoy a selection of health wraps, smoothies, juices and more! Best of all, their food is one hundred percent organic!

Contact: +27 (081) 825 0925, thesunshinefoodco@gmail.com

Website: sunshinefoodct.co.za

Address: The Sunshine Food Co, Main Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

The Sunshine Food Co via Facebook
The Sunshine Food Co via Facebook

#9 Spirit Cafe

Although not strictly vegan, Spirit Cafe offers plenty of vegan-friendly options. They firmly believe in good, healthy food.

At Spirit Cafe, the menu follows a ‘seasonal availability’ approach and is friendly to all, whether non-vegan or vegan.

Vegan food and drink options include the likes of the chia pot, powerhouse porridge, buddha bowl and a wide range of lip smackin’ smoothies, which (barring one or two exceptions) are almost entirely vegan.

Aside from their sit-down offerings, you can also enjoy their food on the go, thanks to their takeaway options – or hire their catering services for special occasions and events…  Either way, Spirit Cafe is sure to charm you with their delicious, healthy eats!

Spirit Cafe now has two branches, the original, primary branch based in Constantia Village, as well as the newer, second branch in Dunkley Square, Gardens.

Note: If you aren’t comfortable dining in an eatery that offers both vegan and non-vegan options, rather head to a purely vegan restaurant. Still, Spirit Cafe is recommended by other vegans and vegetarians so it’s definitely worth including on this post.

Contact: +21 (021) 795 0167, info@spiritcafe.co.za

Website: www.spiritcafe.co.za

Address:

  • Spirit Cafe Constantia, Shop 10A, Constantia Village, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
  • Spirit Cafe Dunkley Square, 6 Dunkley Square, Gardens, Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 O’Ways Teacafe

Although not strictly vegan or vegetarian, O’Ways Teacafe offers a great selection of teas and vegan and gluten-free eats. They are popular among the masses and offer a nice selection of food for every palate and eating preference.

Some of the notably vegan options include scrambled tofu, vegan chickpea flour pancake, tofu curry, fruit salad, rice burger, creamy gnocchi and coconut vegetable curry.

Note: If you aren’t comfortable dining in an eatery that offers both vegan and non-vegan options, rather head to a purely vegan restaurant. Still, O’Ways is recommended by other vegans and vegetarians so it’s definitely worth including on this post.

Contact: +27 (021) 671 2850, bookings@oways.co.za

Website: www.oways.co.za

Address: O’ways Teacafé, Shop 2, Heritage House, 20 Dreyer Street, Claremont, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the mouth-watering and ‘ethical eating’ vegan and vegan-friendly eateries you can enjoy in the Mother City… Which are you most excited to try?

Top 10 Family Friendly Restaurants Cape Town

Cape Town is a city that offers many delights for young and old. Fortunately, along with all the excellent activities geared at families, the Mother City – and the surrounding Winelands regions – offer plenty of incredibly lovely, family friendly eateries too.

Here are the top ten family friendly restaurants in Cape Town:

#1 Dunes Beach Restaurant

Situated in Hout Bay, Dunes is one of the most family friendly restaurants you will find in Cape Town… and beyond.

With gorgeous views of the mountains and bay, good service in a lovely setting (with a choice between either indoor or outdoor tables) and an excellent play area for children, Dunes ensures quality family time without compromising on the finer things in life.

Their menu offers a nice selection of adult and child meal options, so no one gets left out. Some of the menu’s standout dishes include the seafood platter, an array of sushi options, sirloin steak, pizza – and kiddie ribs, homemade chicken nuggets, spaghetti bolognese and kiddies’ burger to keep the younger, pickier eaters content too.

If you and your family are looking for a classy, yet relaxed Cape Town restaurant, head to Dunes.

Contact: +27 (021) 790 1876

Website: www.dunesrestaurant.co.za

Address: Dunes Beach Restaurant, 1 Beach Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

Dunes Beach Restaurant via Facebook
Dunes Beach Restaurant via Facebook

#2 Clay Cafe

If you are craving fun experiences and good food, then the Clay Cafe has you well covered on both fronts.

This charming, family-run establishment offers both fun ceramic painting, a peaceful setting and good times for young and old.

In addition to their excellent menu and play facilities, guests can also host parties, school outings, team buildings and more here.

So next time you need a soothing experience with your food, pop by Clay Cafe!

Contact: +27 (076) 810 5120, (062) 455 6578, info@claycafe.co.za

Website: claycafe.co.za

Address: Clay Cafe, 4080 Main Road, opposite Bokkemanskloof Estate, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

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claycafe.co.za

#3 cafe Roux

cafe Roux is both a child- and dog-friendly eatery, which is one of the most popular places in the Mother City, for this and plenty of other reasons.

With excellent outdoor play facilities, a soothing atmosphere (enhanced by live music performances) and good food options to boot, it seems there is little cafe Roux doesn’t offer its visitors!

Additionally, they have a good menu for both adults and children so everyone can enjoy a fitting meal at this cool cafe!

Contact: +27 (021) 789 2538, info@caferoux.co.za

Website: www.caferoux.co.za

Address: cafe Roux, Noordhoek Main Road & Village Lane, Noordhoek, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 The Gardener’s Cottage Restaurant

With exquisite grounds and traditional, heartwarming cuisine, The Gardener’s Cottage is charming by all accounts.

Best of all, with its lovely indoor and outdoor spaces, it is very much family friendly, allowing families the chance to enjoy some fresh air and garden walks during their visit.

Join them under the vast Camphor trees for breakfast, lunch or tea – you won’t regret it!

Contact: +27 (021) 689 3158, gardenerscottage@telkomsa.net

Website: www.montebello.co.za/the-gardeners-cottage.htm

Address: The Gardener’s Cottage, 31 Newlands Avenue, Newlands, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

The Gardener's Cottage
The Gardener’s Cottage

#5 Bon Amis at Bloemendal

If ever a place was made for children to run riot outdoors at and lose themselves in a world of exciting play areas and jungle gyms, then it has to be Bon Amis.

Situated on Bloemendal Estate in the Durbanville Wine Valley, Bon Amis is truly a delight for families. Offering both classy indoor seating and more relaxed outside tables, it is the perfect blend of classy and carefree.

The restaurant also has some quality menus – including a la carte, lunch and kiddies’ options – so guests are sure to enjoy a fine meal in a truly tranquil winelands setting.

Contact: +27 (021) 976 2682, info@bonamis.co.za

Website: www.bonamis.co.za

Address: Bon Amis, Bloemendal Wine Estate, M13 Tygervalley Road, Durbanville, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Damhuis Restaurant

This quality family venue has so much to offer visitors… Incredible food (especially its seafood and traditional South African food!), a family- and pet-friendly space and a great ambiance with pretty views to boot.

For those who wish to bring their whole family along – furry friends included – Damhuis is one of the best restaurants to visit. Plus,the value-for-money food portions are generous and tasty every time!

Add friendly, efficient service in a beautiful setting… and you are all set for a gorgeous outing near the sea!

Contact: +27 (021) 553 0093

Website: www.diedamhuis.co.za

Address: Damhuis Restaurant, 32 Beach Road, Melkbosstrand, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 The Stone Kitchen at Dunstone

Dunstone Country Estate via Instagram
Dunstone Country Estate via Instagram

Although it is situated in Wellington, The Stone Kitchen at Dunstone Country Estate deserves to be on every family friendly list, focusing on places in and around Cape Town.

It’s one of the most delightfully family friendly, elegant (yet relaxed) bistros you will find anywhere.

With gorgeous indoor and outdoor seating, peaceful garden areas and both indoor and outdoor play areas for children, The Stone Kitchen is an experience the whole family can enjoy… even well-behaved, friendly pooches!

The food (and wine) at The Stone Kitchen is equally great and service is friendly and warm, making you feel thoroughly welcome as you enjoy some quality family time out in the Cape Winelands.

Contact: +27 (021) 873 6770, 060 340 1635, 078 860 9721, food@dunstone.co.za

Website: www.dunstone.co.za/bistro

Address: The Stone Kitchen, Dunstone Country Estate, Wellington, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Tables at Nitida

Tables at Nitida looks like something out of Hansel and Gretel… Thankfully though, in strong contrast to the fairytale, it is very much family and child-friendly so you don’t need to worry about any scheming witches here!

With its picture-perfect setting on the gorgeous Nitida Wine Farm, this lovely, laidback restaurant is suitable for young and old to enjoy. The restaurant also offers everything from breakfast to lunch to cakes and mouthwatering savoury platters!

It is, in every way, a charming, family friendly eatery, ideal for groups of friends and family and couples to enjoy.

Contact: +27 (021) 975 9357, tables.nitida@gmail.com

Website: nitida.co.za/tables-at-nitida-restaurant

Address: Tables at Nitida, Nitida Wine Farm, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Joostenberg Bistro

A winelands gem near Stellenbosch, Joostenberg Bistro is a firm family favourite. Offering simple, good food from seasonal menus, cosy interiors and beautiful garden spaces, Joostenberg Bistro is a delightful eatery in so many respects.

As a bonus, the outdoor spaces allow children the space to run about and play in a safe, beautiful environment so families of all ages can relish this wonderful winelands bistro.

Contact: +27 (021) 8844208, bistro@joostenberg.co.za

Website: joostenberg.co.za/the-bistro

Address: Joostenberg Bistro, Klein Joostenberg. R304 Muldersvlei, Stellenbosch,Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Peppa Jack’s

Peppa Jack's via Facebook
Peppa Jack’s via Facebook

Peppa Jack’s is a fun Mexican-style eatery, which offers great food, a casual, yet lovely atmosphere and excellent play facilities for children to enjoy.

It’s ideally suited to families and groups of friends. Plus, their authentic Mexican cuisine is hugely appealing and good value for money.

For those seeking a fun date night experience, meal out with family or friends in a pretty setting or simply the ideal place to try authentic Mexican food, this Durbanville restaurant is the one for you.

Contact: +27 (021) 975 5606, bookings@peppajacks.co.za

Website: www.peppajacks.co.za

Address: Peppa Jack’s, Thaba Park, 19 Hooggelegen Road, Durbanville, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the delightful family friendly eateries you can enjoy in Cape Town and its surrounding areas… Which is your family most eager to try?

Top places to eat in Zanzibar

A tropical paradise known for its azure blue ocean, adventure water activities and the superb mix of African and Indian cultures; there are multitudes of flavours, spice and fragrances to sample and enjoy in the food. It’s not called the spice island for nothing so come expecting dishes carefully prepared with a cacophony of spices. Here’s a few favourites you should try when visiting Stone Town…

#1 Lunch at Chumbe Island

Funded by their eco-tourism alone, by staying in their eco-lodge set with solar panels, compost toilets, using water regeneration; you will be supporting all of the conservation projects on the island. I’ve been to many islands, but here I felt like i had been deserted on an island in the middle of paradise ( with staff not far away). When visiting the island on a day trip lunch is an abundant affair of seafood, salads and rice/potato-based dishes. All fish are caught sustainably and are on the green seafood guide list Enjoy lunch after a snorkel and relax on a lounge beside the ocean after.  This place was pure bliss!

Website: Chumbe Island Coral Park

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#2 Dinner at Red Monkey Lodge

You can’t get any closer to the beach if you tried and with beautiful simple island accommodation right on a quiet beach in Jambiani, you can’t go wrong. With live music, the sensation of sand under your feet and the sunset smudges coloring the sky over the ocean, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better view in Zanzibar. The menu changes daily and will be written on the blackboard. I loved the spicy octopus and samosas. But to be honest- everything was a sumptuous affair.

Book your spot for dinner here: Red Monkey Lodge 

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#3 Breakfast at Protea Hotel- Mbweni Ruins

Perched beneath the palm trees and right on the Mbweni beach in the neighborhood adjacent to Stone Town, the Protea Hotel is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a buffet breakfast overlooking the ocean, mangroves and the beach. Linger a bit longer for lunch and cocktails beside the pool and find coolness in the shade of the trees.

For more info visit: Protea by Marriott

#4 The Taarab restaurant

Atop the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in the heart of Stone Town is a roof top restaurant overlooking  the old city and the ocean. These are one of the restaurants which really impart the romance of Zanzibar especially once sun sets and night falls. Enjoy scrumptious breakfasts in the morning, sundowners in the evening and warm dinners  at the a la carte restaurant outside on the terrace. The Chef is known for creating marvelous meals and the team are known for wonderful gestures of hospitality.

Website: Doubletree by Hilton

#5 Emerson Tea House Restaurant and Secret Garden

Get whisked away by the romance of Stone Town and book your seat at The Tea House at Emerson Hurumzi showcasing true Swahili style with lush Persian rugs, low tables and live traditional Taarab music. Known for serving up some of the best meals in Zanzibar, one cannot help but get swept away to another time and relax into Afro-Persian luxury.  The restaurant only seats 35 guests so reservations are essential for lunch and dinner.

While the rooftop dinner venue of the Emerson is only open for dinner, Downstairs the secret spice garden is open during the day. With shaded spots beneath the trees and umbrellas to enjoy lunch, this magical little garden provides a welcome reprieve from the heat and the food is pretty delicious! Definitely try to the coconut curry.

Website: Emerson on Hurumzi

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#6 Ma Shallah cafe

Started by local Yaseer, this buzzing restaurant is said have some of the best Indian meals in Zanzibar and this comes from Indian guests who tend to be very choosy about how their Indian meals are prepared. With well loved briyanis and butter chicken, fresh juice and fresh food, this is a stop you can’t miss on your culinary journey through the city. Watch how the naan is baked and sit outdoors watching the world go by.

 

Website: Ma Shallah Cafe

 

 

#7 Maru Maru

Another rooftop delight and one with a pool, Maru Maru is a welcome visit after a day of shopping in stone town. Enjoy views of the ocean and this dynamic little town from the top and take a dip in between drinks and lunch. On a hot day, the breeze up here is dreamy.

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Website: Maru Maru

Top Eco-Friendly Activities to do in Zanzibar

Zanzibar is one of Africa’s tropical paradises set with white sand beaches, snorkeling havens and azure blue ocean which happens to also be a welcoming temperature. Islands in particular have many risk factors when it comes to eco-friendly practices given their far flung locations and logistics of recyling, however Tanzania has banned plastic and Zanzibar is starting to introduce more and more eco-tourism offerings allowing visitors to keep their footprints light and really benefit the local communities. Here are a few projects and activities you can support when visiting Zanzibar…

  1. Seaweed Co, Paje

Aside from making delicious skincare products such as body oils, butters, scrubs and soaps using seaweed as one of the ingredients, the project’s backbone are the local ladies who now get a sustainable income from farming and harvesting the seaweed. Instead of the seaweed being farmed and just exported out of the country, The Seaweed Co provides jobs for the local ladies in Paje as well as a few male guides from surrounding areas and in turn educates them on the properties of seaweed as well as how to harvest it and use it along with essential oils, beeswax and spices to make skincare products. Go and visit their centre and shop in Paje.

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2. Do a Swahili Cooking Class at Red Monkey Lodge

You can’t get any closer to the beach if you tried and with beautiful simple island accommodation right on a quiet beach in Jambiani, you can’t go wrong. Red Monkey Lodge offers many activities to their guests, most of which benefit the local communities and one of these is a cooking class hosted by local Okala. Not only does Okala own his own restaurant and teach swahili cooking to tourists and chefs, he has also started a NGO as well as Marine cultures to educate locals on sponge farming and getting incomes in sustainable ways. Okala is someone you have to meet in Zanzibar.

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3. Do an Eco-Tour with Okala and visit Marine Cultures.

One of the projects started by Okala, is Marine Cultures which teaches locals how to farm sponges to sell to make money. His passion lies in marine conservation education for locals but also for visitors. He is currently putting eco-tours together to take visitors to lessor known places in Zanzibar.

4. Day trip to Chumbe Island

Having just won an ITB award for Africa’s most sustainable project, Chumbe is a major success story in that it’s the first self-sustaining marine-protected island and its been running for 25 years.  A visit to the island will include a snorkeling trip in the pristine protected reef just off the island as well as a forest tour learning about the endangered species there. Turns out one day is not really enough to take it all so that leads me to the next one…

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5. Stay in Chumbe’s Eco-Lodge

Funded by their eco-tourism alone, by staying in their eco-lodge set with solar panels, compost toilets, using water regeneration; you will be supporting all of the conservation projects on the island. I’ve been to many islands, but here I felt like i had been deserted on an island in the middle of paradise ( with staff not far away). This was I was able to enjoy the true tranquility of this piece of ocean and reef they work so hard to protect as well as the wonderful education projects they hold so dear. To date they have educated 10 000 local students on marine conservation such as guarding the living coral, teaching fishermen the importance of not fishing in this area allowing fish to grow before they are fished and the small ways to make a difference in their own homes. This place was pure bliss!

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Best Things to Do in Kimberley

The Northern Cape’s capital city, Kimberley, is famous for its diamond mines and The Big Hole – but this city is about so much more than diamonds and mining.

It may be one of South Africa’s more historic cities but it’s still very much an interesting place to visit, with some great things to do indoors and out!

Here is a list of the best things to do in Kimberley:

#1 Explore The Big Hole

Over 150 years ago, the Big Hole was a flat-topped hill… until rumour spread of diamonds within and the Diamond Rush began. This sent thousands of prospectors descended upon Kimberley and resulted in the “largest hand-dug excavation in the world”.

The Kimberley diamond mind, which is 463 metres wide and 240 metres deep, was active from 1871 to 1914… Today though, it remains a local attraction and an important part of South African history.

The Big Hole is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kimberley and definitely makes for a unique family experience. It is honoured by the Kimberley Mine Museum, which flanks it.

Visitors can explore the visitors’ centre, experiencing a day in a miner’s life… Or head over to the Kimberley Mine Museum or Duggan-Cronin Bantu Gallery.

If you are really brave, you can even descend down into the big holes themselves!

Note: The Big Hole facilities are wheel-chair friendly and qualified first aid staff are found on-site throughout the day; pets and fire arms are not allowed on the premises.

For pricing and other details, please visit The Big Hole website.

Contact: +27 (053) 839 4600, info@thebighole.co.za

Website: thebighole.co.za

Address: The Big Hole, Tucker Street, Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa.

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The Big Hole via Facebook

#2 Visit Sol Plaatje House Museum and Library

The Sol Plaatje Museum honours the life of Sol Plaatje, a South African intellectual, journalist, writer, politician and a founding member of political party, the African National Congress (ANC).

In addition to being a founding member of the ANC, Sol Plaatje was also the party’s first secretary general, a top journalist and an accomplished author. He was also the first person to sing a recorded version of the national anthem, Nkosi Sikelele’ iAfrika.

This museum and library houses a number of books – largely African literature – as well as fascinating displays on Sol’s life… So it is worth a visit for an insight into South Africa’s past.

Contact: +27 (053) 833 2526

Website: www.kimberley.co.za

Address: Sol Plaatje House Museum, 32 Angel Street, Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa.

#3 See Kamfers Dam from Afar

Kamfers Dam, a privately owned dam outside Kimberley, is one of four breeding areas in Africa – and the only one in South Africa – of the graceful lesser flamingos.

The pretty, light pink birds are always a sight for sore eyes – and they can sometimes be seen in masses of up to 60, 000 birds at Kamfers Dam.

These beautiful birds are important to Kimberley and to its people for so many reasons… Sadly, the birds’ breeding site is under threat, so while you can see the dam from afar – it is also great to get involved in helping to preserve their habitat, through either Save the Flamingo or BirdLife South Africa.

Contact: info@savetheflamingo.co.za

Website: www.experiencenortherncape.com

Address: Kamfers Dam, Transvaal Road, Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa.

#4 Head to Mokala National Park

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www.sanparks.org

SANPark’s newest addition, Mokala National Park, is a place where endangered species roam. This park, situated some 70km outside Kimberley, lies nestled in the hills.

It offers a variety of koppies (hills) and vast open plains. At the park, visitors can enjoy flyfishing, self-catering accommodation, picnics, guided rock art drives and so much more.

If you are planning to stay a bit longer in Kimberley, then the magical Mokala National Park is the place to start…

Contact: +27 (053) 204 8000/(053) 204 8300, tess.white@sanparks.org

Website: www.sanparks.org/parks/mokala

Address: Mokala National Park, Modder Rivier, Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa.

#5 Visit Wildebeest Kuil Rock Centre

If you are looking for an interesting, outdoorsy heritage and cultural experience, then Wildebeest Kuil Rock Centre has to be the pick of the bunch.

This community-based public rock art project and rock engraving site is an important part of Kimberley’s local community and history. It is open seven days a week, offering a centre and site that is both informative and interesting.

There are a number of talks, displays and other activities to enjoy, with careful, well-versed guides on-site to add to your experience.

Note: Booking is advisable.

Contact: +27 (053) 833 7069

Website: www.wildebeestkuil.itgo.com

Address: Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre, Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa.

#6 Head to Kimberley Mine Museum

Flanking the famous Big Hole, the Kimberley Mine Museum promises a fascinating, exciting overview of mining, colonisation and of course, Kimberley’s historic past.

Visitors can also go underground, see the memorabilia and even explore the Old Town, which gives a taste of life here during the 1800s.

Guides are friendly and well-informed, ensuring an interesting and educational experience from start to finish.

Contact: +27 (053) 839 4600

Website: www.thebighole.co.za

Address: Kimberly Mine Museum, Tucker Street, Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa.

#7 Take to the Greens at Kimberley Golf Course

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kimberleygolfclub.co.za

If you fancy a bit of golf, look no further than the popular Kimberley Golf Course. Here, visitors and golfers can enjoy a Grimsdell-designed, par 72 course, which is well-tended and immaculately green – a lovely contrast to the surrounding terrain.

There are usually weekly golfing competitions, while social golf is welcome most other days.

The golf course is also wonderfully close to Sun Flamingo Casino, where you can head for a thrilling casino experience.

Contact: +27 (053) 841 0127, kgc@wol.co.za

Website: kimberleygolfclub.co.za

Address: Kimberly Golf Course, N12, Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa.

#8 Visit Magersfontein Battlefield Museum

Due to the riches within close proximity to it, Kimberley was once a setting for some fierce battles – one of which was the Magersfontein Battle, which took place in December 1899.

Today though, the 3.5km former battlefield has become a bustling town, despite being the site of the contentious battle between the Boers and the British.

Visitors can explore the battlefield and memorial site; take tours with experienced guides; watch a short film; or simply browse the museum.

Note: For hiking to the locations during hot weather, ensure you have ample water and protective sunscreen and gear, as temperatures can soar here.

Contact: +27 (053) 833 7115

Website: www.thesolomon.co.za

Address: Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa.

#9 Visit the William Humphreys Art Gallery

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www.whag.co.za

Situated in the Oppenheimer Gardens, the William Humphreys Art Gallery (or WHAG), is considered to be one of South Africa’s finest art galleries.

It is a tranquil, well-maintained gallery, home to everything from 17th century Dutch and Flemish Old Masters to European artworks and contemporary South African pieces too.

It also offers its own educational and culture centre, thus enriching the lives of locals and visitors in more ways than one.

The peaceful Palette tearoom and garden offers guests a lovely place to enjoy refreshments, the perfect way to cap off a visit to WHAG!

Contact: +27 (053) 831 1724/5, enquiries@whag.co.za

Website: www.whag.co.za/contact.htm

Address: William Humphreys Art Gallery, 1 Cullinan Crescent, Civic Centre, Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa.

#10 Head to McGregor Museum

McGregor Museum is a unique multi-disciplinary museum, which offers plenty of rich history. It has also played a key role in the Northern Cape’s ecological and historical knowledge.

This beautiful, somewhat faded old building offers a true taste of olden-day Kimberley – and there are some great, well-preserved exhibits to enjoy viewing too. As the motto says: it is a way of honouring the past, while celebrating the future.

The museum is child-friendly (making it ideal for school trips), so it is a great way to bring the young and old up to speed on some of Kimberley’s rich past…

Contact: +27 (053) 839 2700

Website: www.museumsnc.co.za

Address: McGregor Museum, 5 Egerton Road, Belgravia, Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the historical indoor and fun outdoor experiences you can enjoy in Kimberley… Which is top of your to-do list?

Four Fun Things to Do Near Phalaborwa

The small, mining town of Phalaborwa is famed for its proximity to the Kruger National Park – but there are a few other places, eateries and adventures to marvel at in this little town.

Situated in the very heart of Limpopo, the town makes for a fascinating place to visit. Not only for its climate, terrain and closeness to the Kruger – but also for the host of adventures you can enjoy in the area.

Let’s take a look at four fun things one can to do near Phalaborwa:

#1 Drive in the Kruger

It would be impossible to compile a list on Phalaborwa without including an adventure in the glorious, world-famous Kruger National Park.

So, while you are a stone’s throw away, make it your goal to take a guided game tour of the Kruger or embark on a self-drive safari experience.

You can enjoy seeing the wonders of the African bush… and if you’re blessed with good luck, you may also catch some great glimpses of some (if not all) of the Big Five!

Tip: If you wish to see a wider variety of game, head further in than the northern Kruger Park, where the Phalaborwa Gate is located.

But if you do head through the northern part of the Park, entering through Phalaborwa Gate, you can expect to see some interesting vegetation, including Mopane trees and acacia, and elephants (who especially love the Mopaneveld), giraffe, zebra, wild dogs and more.

Contact: +27 (013) 735 4000

Website: www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/

Address: Kruger National Park, Phalaborwa, Limpopo, South Africa.

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www.sanparks.org

#2 Visit the Foskor Mine Museum

In a region that is famous for mining, it is great fun to visit a museum dedicated to mining history, artefacts and memorabilia like the Foskor Mine Museum.

This museum is especially exciting for children and while it is small, it provides interesting insights into Phalaborwa’s mining history, Kimberley’s Big Hole and much more.

Contact: +27 (015) 789 2000/+27 11 347 0600

Website: www.foskor.co.za

Address: Foskor Mining Museum, Phalaborwa, Limpopo, South Africa.

#3 Explore Masorini Archaeological Site

While you are in Phalaborwa, try organise a tour of the Masorini Archaeological Site and museum.

This ancient Stone Age village was brought to life by early settlers who made a life smelting iron ore here…

The site takes visitors back in time, as one can see dome-shaped, clay furnaces, clay pipes and much more equipment from the olden days… It’s a fascinating place to wander about!

Nowadays, there is a small museum of sorts, renovated huts built here – and guests can even enjoy picnicking at the foot of Masorini Hill.

Contact: +27 (013) 735 4000

Website: www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/people/heritage/masorini.php

Address: Masorini, Kruger National Park, near Phalaborwa, Limpopo, South Africa.

#4 Tour the Qualito Craft Distillery

Qualito Craft Distillery via Instagram
Qualito Craft Distillery via Instagram

For those who prefer a more curated indoor experience, the Qualito Craft Distillery, established in 2005, is the ideal tasting (and shopping) experience.

At this excellent local distillery, you can enjoy tasting or buying quality non-alcoholic gin, craft gins, craft whisky and vodka infusions, as well as heading on a unique tasting tour.

The informative, fun tasting tour is an hour-long experience, which allows guests to sample 10 craft spirit tastings per person. And, because a maximum of ten people per tour is allowed, this is a nice one to enjoy with friends or family!

Note: Tours run from Monday – Saturday. For pricing and times, please see their website.

Contact: (064) 522 7600, info@qualito.co.za

Website: qualito.co.za

Address: Qualito Craft Distillery, 36 Potgieter Street, Phalaborwa, Limpopo, South Africa.

Talk about a round-up of four fab experiences to enjoy in or near Phalaborwa! Which would you like to most try?

Top Places to Eat in Stone Town, Zanzibar

A tropical paradise known for its azure blue ocean, adventure water activities and the superb mix of African and Indian cultures… There are multitudes of flavours, spice and fragrances to sample and enjoy in the food.

It’s not called the spice island for nothing so come expecting dishes carefully prepared with a cacophony of spices.

Here’s a few favourites you should try when visiting Stone Town…

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doubletree3.hilton.com 

1. Taarab Restaurant

Atop the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in the heart of Stone Town is a roof top restaurant overlooking  the old city and the ocean.

These are one of the restaurants which really impart the romance of Zanzibar especially once sun sets and night falls.

Enjoy scrumptious breakfasts in the morning, sundowners in the evening and warm dinners  at the a la carte restaurant outside on the terrace.

The Chef is known for creating marvelous meals and the team are known for wonderful gestures of hospitality.

90 / 90A Shanghani St | DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Zanzibar, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania

+255 24 223 4062

Website: doubletree3.hilton.com 

2. Tea House Restaurant

Get whisked away by the romance of Stone Town and book your seat at The Tea House at Emerson Hurumzi showcasing true Swahili style with lush Persian rugs, low tables and live traditional Taarab music.

Known for serving up some of the best meals in Zanzibar, one cannot help but get swept away to another time and relax into Afro-Persian luxury.  

The restaurant only seats 35 guests so reservations are essential for lunch and dinner.

236 Hurumzi Street | Emerson on Hurumzi, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania

+255 24 223 2784

Website: emersononhurumzi.com

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3. Ma Shallah Cafe

Started by local Yaseer, this buzzing restaurant is said have some of the best Indian meals in Zanzibar and this comes from Indian guests who tend to be very choosy about how their Indian meals are prepared.

With well loved briyanis and butter chicken, fresh juice and fresh food, this is a stop you can’t miss on your culinary journey through the city.

Watch how the naan is baked and sit outdoors watching the world go by.

Mkunazini Street | Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 4151, Tanzania

+255 24 223 3444

https://www.facebook.com/MaShaaAllahCafe/

4. Lukmaan Restaurant

Keen to experience the authentic flavours of Zanzibar? Lukmaan Restaurant is place you can’t miss out on and opens from 7am to 9pm.

Without a menu, you just point and choose what tickles your fancy.  You’ll find delicious dishes like biryani, pilau rice, fried fish, a variety of pre-made curries, and a selection of deep fried snacks like samosas and mandazis.

Favorites include octopus curry, pilau rice and you can except to pay an average of 5,000 TZS ($2.92) per person

It’s located on New Mkunazini Road,  just a short distance from the Anglican Church and former slave market.

5. Passing Show Hotel

Another local goody is the Passing Show Hotel also serving famous Zanzibar dishes like goat and fish biryani, rice pilau, beans, stewed vegetables and a full assortment of deep fried snacks.

Add the delicious tamarind juice with a meal. Practically anything you eat here from curries to briyanis will bring delight to your mouth and mealtime.

6. Forodhani Gardens

Visit Forodhani Gardens every evening at 5pm where street food vendors unite to bring their dishes to passersby.

Choose between Zanzibar pizza-a roti filled with meat, veggies, an egg and cheese and then wrapped up and fried, a chicken shawarma stall, urojo- a Zanzibar snack soup mix (popular with locals), and fresh sugar cane juice or an assortment of seafood such as lobster, fish, shrimp and octopus are displayed on skewers, pre-cooked, and when you order it, they will be quickly heated over charcoal.

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Unsplash 

7. Mzuri Sana

Looking for simple food made well, then Mzuri Sana is a small Chinese-owned restaurant that serves delicious Tanzanian and Zanzibari food.

It’s an informal restaurant where you select your meals and find a seat.

Find meals such as  eggplant, collard greens, fish tail soup, fried beef, chapatis, bread, mandazis, rice, cups of chai are a few of the dishes available.

 

Best Things to Do Near Pinetown

Pinetown, a lovely, small town outside Durban, is one of the most popular places to reside in KZN.

And no wonder… Not only does it offer a peaceful, slower pace than Durban, it also provides locals and visitors with plenty of options in terms of eateries and experiences.

With the latter in mind, here is a list of some of the best activities near pretty Pinetown:

#1 Explore Pinetown Museum

Pinetown Library is home to a fascinating, little museum, the Pinetown Museum. This museum showcases a wide range of topics and exhibits – everything from the history of Pinetown to Zulu culture, anthropology and even cultural diversity in this small town.

And, when you are done at the museum, why not take out some library books or catch up on some reading time?

Note: Admission is free and the museum is open every day, excepting Sundays and public holidays.

Contact: +27 (031) 311 6343, anthee.ramlucken@durban.gov.za

Website: durbanhistorymuseums.org.za/pinetown-museum/

Address: Pinetown Museum, Corner of Josiah Gumede and Crompton Street, Library & Museum Building, Pinetown, KZN, South Africa.

#2 Visit Mariannhill Monastery

Mariannhill Monastery via Facebook
Mariannhill Monastery via Facebook

When in Pinetown, this historic, beautiful place is a must-visit, if only to appreciate its stunning gardens and incredible architecture!

Founded by Trappist monks in 1882, the monastery – which lies on the outskirts of Pinetown – is a place of true beauty, in every way… Frescos, stained glasses, gorgeous garden spaces and sheltered outdoor corridors make this a unique and interesting place to visit.

Head to the tea garden for a light meal, shop at the monastery (known for producing some organic goodies, like cheese and milk) or simply pass some quiet, leisure time within its peaceful garden and walls.

Contact: +27 (031) 700 4288

Website: mariannhillmonastery.org.za

Address: Mariannhill Monastery, 1 Abbot Francis Road, Mariannhill, Pinetown, KZN, South Africa.

#3 Wander about New Germany Nature Reserve

This beautiful, protected space in New Germany, just outside of Pinetown, is the perfect place to visit for a day out in the fresh air.

The reserve includes a nature park (with its own, walk-through aviary and snake display), grasslands to explore on foot, picnic and braai areas and opportunities for natural bird-watching and wildlife viewing.

This is a great spot to take the whole family for a fun day together… So why not pack a picnic and some walking shoes and make a real adventure out of it?

Note: Entry to this reserve is free.

Contact: +27 (031) 262 8239

Website: www.durban.gov.za

Address: New Germany Nature Reserve, Mountain Ridge Road, Mountain Ridge, Pinetown, KZN, South Africa.

#4 Cycle at Giba Gorge MTB Park

Ranked among the 25 best bike rides in the world, Giba Gorge MTB Park is a wonderful place to go for some epic mountain biking, trail running, lovely horse riding, great parties and much more. And, thanks to Afro’s Chicken Shop, food is available too.

If you’re a keen cyclist, why not test your skills on the different tracks – BMX, super cross and more – or invest in a membership, allowing you to run or ride here for a full calendar year.

Overall, there is plenty to see, do and eat at this interesting park… But, whatever you choose to do here, one thing is sure: you’ll have great fun!

Contact: +27 (031) 769 1419, info@gibagorge.co.za

Website: www.gibagorge.co.za

Address: Giba Gorge MTB Park, 110 Stockville Road, Westmead, Pinetown, KZN, South Africa.

Giba Gorge MTB Park via Facebook
Giba Gorge MTB Park via Facebook

#5 Head to Bellevue Market

Although this charming artisan market may fall under Kloof in terms of location, it is still close enough to Pinetown to enjoy – and it’s certainly worth experiencing!

Bellevue Market focuses on local talent, uplifting the community and showcasing the vendor’s skills in a most wonderful way.

This popular market, which takes place four times annually, offers everything from food and wine to fashion, decor and craft beer!

It’s a fun and vibey market to browse and enjoy… and because it is well-loved by locals, you know it’s a true market gem!

Note: Entry is R20 for adults but free to those under 18. For market dates, please visit the Bellevue Market Facebook page.

Contact: sadaisybox@gmail.com

Website: www.facebook.com/pg/BellevueMarket

Address: Bellevue Market, 5 Bellevue Road, Kloof, KZN, South Africa.

Bellevue Market via Facebook
Bellevue Market via Facebook

#6 Climb at Southern Rock Climbing Centre

For those craving a little fun and excitement, Southern Rock Climbing Centre is the ideal spot.

This climbing centre is hailed by many as a wonderful place to climb. It is filled with some great bouldering walls and it has a cool atmosphere andsafe, secure environment to climb in – no matter your climbing level.

Climbers can rent out shoes, enjoy refreshments, try multiple routes and bouldering walls of varying difficulty levels and, if needed, even get free climbing/roping assistance.

This is arguably one of the most fun places to hang out at in Pinetown – and it sure beats going to your ordinary gym for a workout!

Note: For rates and other info, please see their website.

Contact: +27 (031) 7053842, info@srockgym.co.za

Website: srockgym.co.za

Address: Southern Rock Climbing Centre, Pinetown, KZN, South Africa.

#7 Picnic at Paradise Valley Nature Reserve

This expansive, altogether stunning nature reserve is one of the best outdoor experiences anywhere in Pinetown.

It has a calming atmosphere, lovely picnic and braai spots, self-guided walks – and best of all, the Umbilo river, which eventually leads to a most gorgeous waterfall… Really, this nature reserve is every nature lover’s dream location!

Take your friends and family and enjoy a fun day out in this beautiful, natural space.

Note: For rates and other information, please contact: (031) 702 3443.

Contact: +27 (031) 702 3443, sibusisomkhwanazi@durban.gov.za

Website: www.zulu.org.za/paradise-valley.co.za

Address: Paradise Valley Nature Reserve, 10 Oxford Road, Pinetown, KZN, South Africa.

These are just seven of the super experiences you can enjoy near Pinetown… Which is your favourite?

Best Places to Eat in Secunda

Secunda, a small town in the Mpumalanga Province, offers plenty of character and points of interest.

Not only is it blessed with many unique indoor and outdoor experiences and offerings but it also offers a handful of decent eateries too. (And not just your normal chain franchises, either.)

Here are some of the best places to eat in Secunda:

#1 Bosveld Lapa Restaurant

Bosveld Lapa Restaurant is one of Secunda’s most popular places to eat. Found on the banks of Lake Umuzi Waterfront, this restaurant provides guests with a relaxing and delicious food experience every time.

It’s well-situated in town and, aside from a warm, welcoming atmosphere, offers great food and equally good service. Bosveld Lapa Restaurant is definitely one you have to try when visiting this small town.

Contact: +27 (017) 631 4902, bosveldlapa@toi.co.za

Website: www.bosveldlapa.co.za

Address: Bosveld Lapa Restaurant, 1 Kiewiet Street, Secunda, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Bosveld Lapa Restaurant via Facebook
Bosveld Lapa Restaurant via Facebook

#2 Symphony’s Cafe

If you are looking for a charming, home-away-from-home eatery in Secunda, Symphony’s Cafe is certainly the place to go. This cosy cafe is a family business – and everyone is made to feel like family here.

They are well-loved for their Sunday buffets, coffee and cakes and most of all, delightful atmosphere and friendly staff.

Service is good (just sometimes you have to wait a bit) and overall, the food and drinks here are excellent, ensuring an all-round awesome eat out experience for the whole family.

Contact: +27 (079) 921 9597, symphonys@lantic.net

Website: www.symphonyscafe.co.za

Address: Symphony’s Cafe, Shop 18A UG, Secunda Mall, Secunda, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Symphony's Cafe via Facebook
Symphony’s Cafe via Facebook

#3 Blue Bayou

If fine dining has your fancy, then Blue Bayou will not disappoint. Located within the Graceland Hotel Casino and Country Club, this stylish, New Orleans-themed eatery offers a touch of old world sophistication and modern, engaging food.

Earlier in 2019, the restaurant launched a new and exciting a la carte menu, carefully served up by talented head chef, Johan van Zyl.

If you wish to dine in an opulent setting, where elegance and fine food are guaranteed, Blue Bayou is perfect for you.

Contact: +27 (017) 620 1060

Website: www.graceland.co.za

Address: Blue Bayou, Graceland Hotel Casino and Country Club, Embalenhle Road, Secunda, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

www.graceland.co.za
www.graceland.co.za

#4 Cappuccino’s Cafe and Pizzeria Secunda

Cappuccinos Cafe and Pizzeria is one of the more popular spots in Secunda. Whether you pop in for a catch-up meal with friends, a well-deserved treat after a long day’s shopping in the Secunda Mall – or simply for your favourite local dish, Cappuccinos won’t disappoint.

Food and service is consistently good here and the prices are affordable – an added bonus for sure!

Best of all, the menu is varied, offering something for everyone, thanks to the likes of pizza, pasta, seafood, meat, coffee, cakes and much, much more.

This eatery is also cosy and inviting… this definitely adds extra appeal among diners!

Contact: +27 (017) 634 4134, secunda@cappuccinos.co.za

Website: www.cappuccinos.co.za

Address: Cappuccino’s, Shop UG 33, Secunda Mall
Secunda, Secunda, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

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#5 Augusta Club Lounge

The charming Augusta Club Lounge is located at Graceland Hotel Casino and Country Club. This tastefully decked out lounge is the ideal place to go relax after some good golf or even as part of a special outing.

Decorated with South African golf memorabilia, this classy lounge also offers a good selection of drinks and light meals and snacks, allowing you to nibble and sip while you enjoy its comforts.

Contact: +27 (017) 620 1065

Website: www.graceland.co.za

Address: Augusta Club Lounge, Graceland Hotel Casino and Country Club, Embalenhle Road, Secunda, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

www.graceland.co.za
www.graceland.co.za