Top Places to Eat in Vilanculos

Being a seaside town, Vilanculos is abounding in fresh seafood options and often with a view too. It’s a small town so every restaurant and cafe is only a short tuk tuk ride away. Here’s a few of the best places to eat…

Casbah Restaurant

When it comes to locations, you really can’t get closer to the sea than this. Dine inside during the evening and enjoy everything from cocktails, crayfish and prawn curry to calamari and steaks. It’s right next to the Kite surfing centre so pop in for lunch, with your toes in the sand and watch the dhow boats, kitesurfer and fishermen go by.

Visit Casbah Restaurant to find their location.

Photo Credit: Casbah Restaurant

Frutos Do Mar

Another spot with higher seaview, this bar and cafe is a great option for a light lunch as well as drinks in the evening. Play pool, take a dip in their splash pool, relax on outside loungers and enjoy the chic island vibe here.

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Kilimanjaro Cafe

Open until 5pm in the centre of town, this cafe provides a tranquil retreat from the heat and you have the option of sipping your cappuccino from a table beneath the trees or under cover. Those looking to relax with a book or get some work done on their laptops may enjoy this particular spot. Find everything from seafood, burgers and chips to sweeter options to go with your coffee.

Casa Rex

This well-known a la carte restaurant is a beautiful option for dinner and offers magnificent options of seafood as well as local and imported wines. Enjoy a swim in their pool, take a walk down the winding stairs all the way to the beach or have a sundowners while the sun seeps below the horizon.

Book your table at Casa Rex

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Bahia Mar

This hotel’s restaurant is open to the public and offers a huge variety of dining options form samosas, soups, toasties, seafood, pastas and crepes to curries, vegetarian options and desserts.

Choose a table beneath an umbrella with the turquoise ocean as your backdrop or better yet, swim in the infinity pool to reach the bar for a smoothie or cocktail.

Visit Bahia Mar Restaurant to see their menu.



Best Things to Do in East London

East London is a fabulously fun city to explore. This Sunshine Coast city offers plenty to see and do – whether it’s a day by the beach, time spent exploring a museum or heading to a secret spot beloved by the locals, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Here are some of the best things to do in and around East London:

#1 Explore gorgeous Nahoon Beach

Whether you are keen to surf, swim, go for a walk or simply sit and soak up a bit of the sun, Nahoon Beach is arguably one of the best beaches to enjoy in the Eastern Cape.

It’s not only extremely beautiful but it’s clean and neat to boot, with soft beach sand and unspoilt natural surroundings. Blessed with a lovely wooden walkway for admiring the scenery, Nahoon Beach is perfect for the whole family.

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Address: Nahoon Beach, Beach Road, Nahoon East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#2 Hop on a Buffalo River Cruise

Southern Cross Cruises
Southern Cross Cruises

Southern Cross Cruises offer an exciting local experience: river cruises along the beautiful Buffalo River.

Catering to social groups, birthday parties, weddings or simply soothing sundowner trips, this family-friendly cruise (suitable for all ages) is a wonderful way to experience some local natural beauty in a real and intimately fun way… This is a must for locals and tourists alike!

Contact: +27 (082) 938 6275, +27(043) 735 1918,


Address: Southern Cross Cruises, 1 Sheerness Place, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#3 Head to Lavender Blue Market

Loved by locals, Lavender Blue Market (open daily) is a wonderful, family-friendly farmer’s market, where you can enjoy browsing stalls, buying great, value-for-money eats and enjoying an all-round charming experience.

The market is spread between a large, vibey indoor space and a tranquil outside area, which is perfect for kids to run around freely in.

This is a truly delightful spot in the city – and one you definitely need to visit for yourself.

Contact: +27 (043) 732 1172,


Address: Lavender Blue Market, Old Gonubie Road, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Lavender Blue Market via Facebook
Lavender Blue Market via Facebook

#4 Visit East London Museum

Founded in 1921, this time-honoured museum is one of South Africa’s most interesting and informative cultural and natural museums.

East London Museum offers a range of exciting exhibits, with highlights including the ‘World War 1’ and ‘Plants and People’ exhibitions.

This is an educational experience, suited to families, history buffs, tourists, locals and school groups alike. (Happily, the museum also offers disabled parking and wheel-chair access on both levels.)

Note: The museum is closed on Sundays and public holidays. For opening times and admission fees, please see their website or contact them direct.

Contact: +27 (043) 743 0686,


Address: East London Museum, 319 Oxford Street, Southernwood, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#5 Explore Ann Bryant Art Gallery

The Ann Bryant Art Gallery is a beautiful and well-known art museum and gallery. As one of the best art spots in town, it offers an interesting array of exhibits.

There is also a lovely garden for you to ample around once you have finished appreciating the art.

Note: Ann Bryant Art Gallery is also a National Monument.

Contact: +27 (043) 722 4044,


Address: Ann Bryant Art Gallery, No 9, St Marks Road, Southernwood, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Ann Bryant Art Gallery via Facebook
Ann Bryant Art Gallery via Facebook

#6 Immerse Yourself in Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve

If you are looking to escape the confines of the city and immerse yourself in the peace and quiet of the outdoors, Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve is the place for you.

Walk through the mangrove swamps, head down to the pristine beach or simply pack a picnic and enjoy seeing all the natural flora and fauna.

Either way, you win and will enjoy a special day out with those you love!

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Address: Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#7 Treat Yourself at Friesland Milk Bar

If you’re craving a sweet treat, then Friesland Milk Bar is a must-visit spot.

This delightful milk bar is famous for its ice-cream and milkshakes, which come in over 20 droolworthy flavours, with many delicious ice-cream sauces besides… Pop by for something tasty to enjoy the sweeter side of East London!

Contact: +27 (043) 722 3260,


Address: East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#8 Eat Out at Pinecreek Restaurant and Farmstall

This fun, family-friendly spot (with great play facilities for kiddies) is well-worth a visit – if only for its beauty, especially thanks to its stunning Cape Dutch-style architecture.

Combining a lovely restaurant and farmstall, it allows you to enjoy a relaxing meal or pack in some goods for the road ahead.

Either way, you can enjoy a lovely time out at Pinecreek Restaurant and Farmstall.

Contact: +27 (043) 732 1101,


Address: Pinecreek Restaurant and Farmstall, Road A1, Holm Hill, Main Road, Beacon Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Pinecreek Restaurant and Farmstall
Pinecreek Restaurant and Farmstall

#9 Head to East London Aquarium

First opened in 1931, this long-standing museum is one of the oldest public aquariums in all of Southern Africa.

It might not be large but it offers a good variety of interesting and fascinating sections and displays nonetheless. Highlights include the penguin area and beautiful fish.

Contact: +27 (043) 705 2637


Address: East London Aquarium, 13 Esplanade Street, Quigney Beach, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#10 Visit Mpongo Park Game Private Reserve

Last but far from least, we have the stellar Mpongo Park Private Game Reserve, situated a short distance out of East London.

This quality establishment and game reserve allows visitors to get up close and personal with some amazing game and wildlife. The reserve also offers accommodation and conference facilities if you expect to visit for longer.

Be sure to enjoy a game drive (including special night and sunset drives, which can be arranged on request), team building activity or safari walk when visiting this incredible private game reserve.

Contact: +27 (043) 705 5000

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Address: Mpongo Park Game Reserve, Macleantown District, N6 National Road, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Top Things to do in Vilanculos

There is truly nothing better than seaside village getaway because more often than not islands, snorkling, sunning and boating await. For the small town of Vilanculos in Mozambique, it’s no different and there’s a wealth of water and land activities to enjoy while visiting. Some of my favorites include:

Standup paddle boarding

If you know how, rent a board from Mark’s Kite Surfing centre and savor a tranquil paddle out on flat turquoise ocean. If you’re a newbie, their instructors will show you how it’s done and advise on the best time of day when it’s less windy ( which will differ with each season). Once you’ve engaged your core and got the hang of standing up; you’ll be addicted!

Visit  to book your SUPPing lesson.

Learn how to Kitesurf

So on those windy days when SUPPing is not the best option, kitesurfing is. This is definitely a trickier water sport to master but I recommend everyone try it at least once. And if you’re going to try it, it may as well be in the paradise of Vilanculos. Mark and his team have been doing this and teaching for year so you’re in the best possible hands.

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Once you arrive in Vilanculos, you’ll realize that there is no better place to slow down and focus on your body, mind and soul and give them all a break (and a stretch). While there, I signed up for group yoga classes at Bahia Mar hotel. Aside from their aerobics, anti-gravitational training and yoga, they also boast a world-class spa and offer fitness retreats over a few days. Wellness begins here…

Visit Bahia Mar Club  for more info.


When you’re ready, it’s time to explore beneath the aqua-marine ocean surface. If you have your underwater certificate you’re all set to go, else you can get certified here…with warm temperatures and great visibility ( depending on the day and season), there’s no better place to learn and spot devil rays, garden eels and maybe even a dugong.

Visit  to get certified while in Vilanculos.



Not as keen to go to great depths, but want to discover the magnificent marine life here? Rent snorkels, goggles and fins with Odyssea Dive and head out by boat to the two mile reef where turtles, fish and all manner of marine life awaits.

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Dhow cruises

You really can’t visit Mozambique, especially this part of it and and not experience the iconic Dhow- a boat used throughout the arabic african trade routes and as a main fishing vessel for locals. Sailaway Safaris offers camping safaris and sunset safaris ( including drinks and snacks), so don’t miss out on exploring the islands and ocean in this way.

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Best Places to Eat in East London

As one of South Africa’s most popular cities to visit, East London – blessed with the warm Indian Ocean, a subtropical climate and a good city vibe – is a gem worth discovering for yourself.

And, best of all, this Sunshine Coast-lying city offers some excellent eateries worth savouring too.

Here is a list of the best places to eat in East London:

#1 Sanook Cafe

Sanook Cafe is one of East London’s best, most popular restaurants and when you see their menu and food, it isn’t hard to understand why…

Serving up a mix of quality dishes – with an emphasis on their gourmet burgers (there is even a vegan option) – Sanook Cafe creates a memorable dining experience for its visitors.

Highlights from the menu include their Sweet Potato Moroccan Chicken Buddha Bowl, The Deluxe Burger, Chocolate Brownie and Flatbread Focaccia (ideal for sharing), to name only a few.

In addition to this drool-worthy, larger-than-life food, they also have a wonderful restaurant atmosphere and good service, both of which only add to the overall experience.

Note: Sanook is open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner but is closed on Sundays.

Contact: +27 (043) 721 3215,


Address: Sanook Cafe, 11 Chamberlain Road, Berea, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Sanook Cafe via Facebook
Sanook Cafe via Facebook

#2 Grazia – Fine Wine and Food

This elegant eatery, complete with indoor and outdoor seating, has a touch of class that permeates its every inch.

Not only does Grazia offer some amazing dishes – think, seafood and grill speciality mains, delicious pizzas and gorgeous desserts – but it also offers an award-winning wine list, with everything from bubbly to red and white favourites and more.

Order a glass of something fine to savour with your fresh, flavourful meal, as you enjoy Grazia’s beautiful surroundings.

Contact: +27 (043) 7222 009 or (087) 350 4066,


Address: Grazia Fine Wine and Food, Upper Esplanade/Beach Front Road, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Grazia Fine Wine and Food
Grazia Fine Wine and Food

#3 Irana Indian Cuisine

Offering flavourful Indian food, the small but cosy Irana makes a memorable impression with its fragrant, delicious dishes and good service.

Although they offer some standard eats – like classic sandwiches – it’s the bunny chows, roti rolls, vindaloo and Karai Gosh delights and more, which will have you coming back time and again.

An added bonus is that they also have some great desserts, like peppermint tart or mango ice cream, perfect for when you need to hit that sweet spot post-meal.

Note: Irana Indian Cuisine caters to both meat eaters and vegans alike.

Contact: +27 (043) 721 2652 or (073) 020 9466

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Address: Irana Indian Cuisine, 5 Glaston Street, Berea, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#4 Cantina & Craft

Cantina & Craft via Facebook
Cantina & Craft via Facebook

For those who crave good Mexican food in East London, look no further than the popular Cantina & Craft.

Whether you want good nachos, a taco or even just some tequila… Cantina & Craft can happily attend to all your Mexican food craving needs. In addition to their fine food, they also offer excellent craft beer on tap.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to head to Cantina & Craft for a foodie fiesta!

Note: Cantina & Craft is part of the Sanook Restaurant family.

Contact: +27 (043) 748 2636


Address: Cantina & Craft, Shop I & J Beacon Bay Crossing
East London, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#5 Windmill Roadhouse

Popular with the people, Windmill Roadhouse is a favourite among East London locals. And when you factor in top notch service, great food and a longstanding history of quality offerings (since 1946, no less) – it’s clear why.

This traditional restaurant offers excellent food at affordable prices, as well as some of the best coffee in town… What more do you really need?

So head over to  this classic, local eatery, which is perfect for everyone.

Contact: +27 (043) 722 9208


Address: Windmill Roadhouse, Windmill Park, Esplanade, Quigney, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#6 The Cricketer

This rustic, wonderful steakhouse draws in glowing reviews on both its consistently good food and service.

And with some interesting and mouthwatering dishes available, it is certainly one of the food gems in East London.

Best of all, it excels at its steaks, with many people hailing The Cricketers’ steaks as ‘the best steak in town’. But it’s the fact that they always offer a good restaurant experience and sound service that truly sets them apart.

Contact: +27 (083) 659 8899,


Address: The Cricketer, Schafli Road, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

The Cricketer via Facebook
The Cricketer via Facebook

#7 Cafe Neo

This attractive cafe offers some of the best food around, with a wide range of options to choose from. What’s more, service is consistently good and the setting is lovely too.

With great cocktails (hailed by many as top class), pasta and burgers and a delightful atmosphere to boot, Cafe Neo is perfect for casual eating and cosy catch-ups.

Best of all, the cafe offers a wonderful view of the beach, so you can soak up the sights of East London while you eat.

Contact: +27 (043) 722 4531

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Address: Cafe Neo, 128 Moore Street, Quigney Beach, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#8 Buccaneers

Opened in 1992, Buccaneers is more than just a local watering hole, for this spot also just so happens to serve up some good, solid pub grub and views for days – thanks to its proximity to the beach.

The vibe here is fun and relaxed, meaning you can enjoy a chilled time out with friends and loved ones. Better still, service is good and there is a choice between indoor or outdoor seating, as desired.

If you need to unwind, laid-back Buccaneers is the place to do it at in East London.

Contact: +27 (043) 743 5171,


Address: Buccaneers, 1 Tram Track Road, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#9 The Beach Break Cafe

Boasting a tranquil setting, The Beach Break Cafe is famed for its great coffee, light lunches, good breakfasts and tasty cakes.

Visitors agree that the food is good (including the dessert), service is great and the setting is dreamy and peaceful.

At this family friendly cafe, tuck into healthy food options, like their chicken and stir fry wrap or carrot cake, as you enjoy relaxing in the fresh air under the trees… It’s sure to soothe and satisfy you.

Contact: +27 (078) 171 2579,


Address: The Beach Break Cafe, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#10 The Cow Shed

The Cow Shed via Facebook
The Cow Shed via Facebook

For anyone looking for a quiet and intimate spot, this comfy eatery, which opened in 2016, has you sorted. Service and food are both solid and good and the atmosphere is pleasant above all else.

Be sure to pay them a visit and enjoy both tasty food and a peaceful setting at The Cow Shed.

Contact: +27 (043) 735 1513,


Address: The Cow Shed, 54 Beach Road, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

These are just a few of the best eateries to enjoy in East London. Which is your pick?

Best Places to Eat in Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth is a beautiful city, with plenty of amazing attractions, beautiful natural scenery and lush city vibes to make a local or traveller’s day.

But it also offers some stellar eateries too… Here are the best places to eat in PE:

#1 De Kelder Restaurant

This romantic, cosy restaurant offers a touch of class, quality meals and superb service.

If you are looking for a place to celebrate a special occasion or create beautiful new memories, De Kelder should be top of your list in PE.

Try exciting dishes like the Vension Duo or Chateaubriand… Whatever you sample though, a good meal and great service are guaranteed.

Contact: +27 (041) 583 2750

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Address: De Kelder Restaurant, 39a Marine DriveSummerstrand, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#2 Old Austria Restaurant

Opened in 1972, this grand old dame has stood the test of time with popularity, grace and beauty.

As the longest running restaurant in PE, it has a rather iconic status – but it is the warm service, classic Austrian cuisine and beautiful surroundings that make it truly memorable.

Visit Old Austria for a special meal in a very special PE restaurant.

Contact: +27 (041) 373 0299, 


Address: Old Austria Restaurant, 24 Westbourne Road, Central Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Old Austria Restaurant
Old Austria Restaurant

#3 Shanna’s Portuguese Restaurant

If you are looking for delicious Portuguese food, delightful service and a lovely dining atmosphere to boot – then Shanna’s is perfect for you.

The restaurant is hugely popular and continues to convert new and old customers alike into die-hard fans… More importantly, this is authentic Portuguese dining and hospitality at its finest.

Contact: +27 (041) 367 4560


Address: Shanna’s Portuguese Restaurant, 220 Circular Drive, Versatile Centre Lorraine, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#4 Cubata Sydenham Port Elizabeth

For those craving a more relaxed eatery, Cubata Sydenham Port Elizabeth is the ideal spot.

It’s laid back and fun and serves good food without a fuss. Portion sizes are generous, the vibe is good and staff are great too.

It’s no fuss, no frills eating… and it’s great!

Contact: +27 (041) 487 3737

Website: n/a

Address: Cubata Sydenham Port Elizabeth, 16 Stebonheath Road, Sydenham, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#5 Mellas Dim-Sum & Noodles Bar

Mellas Dim-Sum & Noodle Bar via Facebook
Mellas Dim-Sum & Noodle Bar via Facebook

This hidden gem specialises in authentic Asian cuisine, dim sum and noodles. All food is hand-made and served oh-so-fresh.

Overall, the food is well-priced and good, while the atmosphere and flavours ensure a great place to go for tasty food.

Contact: +27 (041) 582 2736


Address: Mellas Dim-Sum & Noodles Bar, 15 Bain Street, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa. 

#6 Sticky Fingers Wood-fire Steakhouse

As the only wood-fired steakhouse in PE, this one is a special find. With a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere, a homely setting and mouthwatering food, it’s hard to go wrong with Sticky Fingers.

The hosts, Godfrey and Karyn, are especially wonderful and really add to the experience with their warm hospitality and all-round attentiveness.

Contact: +27 (079) 316 7541


Address: Sticky Fingers Wood-fire Steakhouse, 23 Webber Street, South End, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

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J.F Punter, Sticky-Fingers-Wood-fire-Steakhouse via Facebook

#7 Natti’s Thai Kitchen

First established in 1997, Natti’s Thai Kitchen is a place where “good people come together and enjoy some of the best Thai cuisine out of Thailand.”

With a cosy, chic atmosphere, warm hosts and even better food, Natti’s offers a unique, incredible dining experience in pretty PE.

Contact: +27 (041) 373 2763,


Address: Natti’s Thai Kitchen, 5 Park Lane
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#8 Remo’s Italian

With a touching family story as the poignant inspiration and motivator behind this restaurant, it’s clear that at Remo’s Italian, brotherhood and family are vitally important.

Remo’s Italian is a wonderful, quietly unassuming eatery, which serves Italian cuisine at its best… What’s more, service and the atmosphere are impeccable too.

And, with branches in Durban, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth, Remo’s offers a touch of class and a taste of Italy across South Africa.

Contact: +27 (060) 998 0789,


Address: Remo’s PE, Alabaster Street, South End, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#9 Coachman on the Bay

This ocean-side restaurant is truly beautiful… and so are its views.  In every way, it is chic, polished and delightful, especially from a decor and setting point of view – best of all though, the food is the crowning glory here.

With everything from succulent steaks to fresh, lovely seafood, Coachman on the Bay is a winner through and through.

Contact: +27 (041) 584 0087

Website: n/a

Address: Coachman on the Bay, Brookes on the Bay, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#10 Backstreet Grill

With a cosy atmosphere, sound service and excellent quality steaks above all else, Backstreet Grill is well worth a visit. So be sure to join them for a delectable meal in a lovely Port Elizbeth restaurant.

Contact: +27 (041) 582 3015


Address: Backstreet Grill, 19 Bain Street, Richmond Hill, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

These are the best eateries in PE… which is your favourite?

Best Things to Do in Paarl

Paarl is one of the most beautiful and fun parts of the Cape Winelands to visit. And, as it is blessed with rich history, world-famous wine estates and a host of family-friendly experiences, it should be on everyone’s must-visit list…

So, here is a list of the best things to do in Paarl:

#1 Enjoy a day out at Spice Route

Spice Route is an excellent destination for the whole family to enjoy and is particularly great for groups of friends or weekend outings.

With chocolate and ice-cream tastings, beers, wine, restaurants and a host of artisan offerings, it’s the perfect place to head for a day out in Paarl. It’s also extremely picturesque and relaxed, making it especially ideal for weekend wanderings.

Contact: +27 (021) 863 5200,


Address: Spice Route Destination, Suid-Agter Paarl Road, Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

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Spice Route Paarl via Facebook

#2 Visit The Alpaca Loom Coffee Shop and Weaving Studio

If you would like to visit with adorable alpacas, then this is the place for you. Enjoy delicious coffee and cakes, before browsing luxurious, hand-crafted goods and petting the alpacas, who happily call it home.

It’s an interesting and engaging place to visit and is sure to delight shoppers and animal lovers alike.

Contact: +27 (084) 793 3666,


Address: The Alpaca Loom Coffee Shop and Weaving Studio, Suid-Agter Paarl Road, Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 See the goats at Fairview Wine and Cheese

Fairview is not only one of the best wine estates in the country but it is also famed for its quality cheeses and cute goats.

In fact, the estate has really gone to great lengths to keep their four-legged friends happy, even creating a fairytale-like goat tower and overreaching bridge for them to enjoy.

So, pop by for lunch at Goatshed and enjoy explore the soothing wine estate grounds, while patting the goats and allowing your little ones the freedom to savour the gardens and lawns.

Contact: +27 (021) 863 2450,


Address: Fairview Wine and Cheese, Suid-Agter-Paarl Road, Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Explore Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve

Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve is a beautiful and tranquil spot in Paarl and is perfect for enjoying with the whole family.

Walk through the garden, pack a picnic or even set out to enjoy some excellent birding or hiking nearby. What’s more, there are plenty of amazing flowers – including the majestic Proteas – to see too.

The nature reserve offers incredible views across Paarl and is truly an outdoor haven… Just keep in mind that it can get busy on weekends and there is an entry fee for cars.

Contact: +27 (021) 807 6231


Address: Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve, Jan Phillips Bergpad, Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Soak up the views at Taal Monument

Afrikaanse Taal Monument via Facebook
Afrikaanse Taal Monument via Facebook

Perked atop Paarl Mountain, this iconic structure pays homage to the past, while especially honouring Africa’s youngest language: Afrikaans.

Not only can you enjoy exploring the Taal Monument itself – an awe-inspiring structure thought up by architect Jan van Wijk – but you can also pop by the restaurant and museum.

What’s more, Taal Monument often hosts some exciting events – including picnics under the stars and amphitheatre concerts – so be sure to keep an eye and ear out for those!

Note: For more information on entry fees and events, please see

Contact: +27 (021) 863 0543,


Address: Taal Monument, Gabbema Doordrift Street, Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Lunch at Ridgeback Wines

One of the main attractions at Ridgeback Wines is definitely The Deck Restaurant. Overlooking the gardens and dam, this tranquil eatery is found within the wine tasting centre and offers an excellent array of fresh, home-style cooking.

Also, because this lovely Paarl wine estate produces some world-class wines, a winetasting of either their first label or premium label wines is a must!

Join them for lunch and enjoy a great wine tasting while you’re at it!

Contact:  +27 (021) 869 8988


Address: Ridgeback Wines, R44, Windmeul, Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Winetasting at Nederburg Wines


As one of South Africa’s most esteemed estates, Nederburg is one that almost everyone has heard of – and for good reason.

This quality estate, which is as beautiful as it is famous, offers a lovely restaurant, excellent wine tastings and so much more to thrill visitors.

Join them for a memorable wine tasting and tour or simply pop by for lunch… you won’t regret it.

Contact: +27 (021) 862 3104


Address: Nederburg Wines, Sonstraal Road, Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Take the Paarl Historical Walk

Hybre van Niekerk offers some insightful historical Paarl walks and tours. Options include: Historic Paarl, From Slavery to Freedom and In the footsteps of Arnoldus Pannevis.

The main one, the Historical Walking Tour starts at South Africa’s fourth oldest church, Het Gesticht Museum. From there, you enjoy a guided one kilometre walk along Paarl’s delightful Main Street.

Note: For pricing, please see the website. This historic tour takes roughly two to two and a half hours. Also, visitors are advised to don comfortable shoes and during summertime, a hat too.

Contact: +27 (065) 905 8197,


Address: Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Quad biking and horseback riding at Rhebokskloof

Rhebokskloof is one of the most family-friendly estates you will find anywhere. It’s a welcoming, beautiful and entertaining estate to visit and there’s always plenty to enjoy here.

But two of the coolest attractions on offer are undoubtedly the quad biking and horseback riding.

The first is led by an experienced guide and allows guests to enjoy stunning views, while navigating several different routes and even the obstacle course, too.

The horse riding, meanwhile, is offered by Wine Valley Horse Trails… Join them for a one-, two- or three-hour trail, led by experienced guides and enjoy exploring the estate in a unique way.

Note: Wine Valley Horse Trails also offer moonlit tours and tours with winetasting(s) included.

Contact: 083 226 8735 / 083 657 5135,


Address: Rhebokskloof, Noord Agter Paarl Road, Windmeul, Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Dine at Pearl Rock Terrace, Laborie Estate

Nestled beneath Paarl Mountain on the beautiful Laborie Estate, one finds the charming Pearl Rock Terrace.

This cosy, scenic eatery is perfect for enjoying a meal with family and friends. It offers seasonal tapas, divine pizzas and delicious desserts, suitably enhanced by the stunning views.

Be sure to give them a visit; it’s well worth your while!

Contact: +27 (021) 807 3467,


Address: Pearl Rock Terrace, Laborie Estate, Taillefer and Main Road, Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the top things to do in Paarl – and there are more where these came from!

Best Things to Do in Port Elizabeth

South Africa’s windy city is a place where the locals are ultra friendly, the ocean is always close by – and best of all, there are plenty of great activities and experiences for the whole family to enjoy!

Here are the best things to do in and around Port Elizabeth:

#1 Enjoy Shamwari Private Game Reserve

As one of South Africa’s premier “safari and holiday” destinations, Shamwari needs little introduction. Chances are, if you have heard of any place close to P-E, it will be this incredible game reserve.

Although Shamwari sadly doesn’t offer day game drives, it features exciting experiences, luxurious accommodation and of course, the chance to get up close and personal with Africa’s impressive Big 5.

Activities to enjoy when staying at Shamwari include: kids’ safaris, guided walks, game drives and birding. They also offer vital conservation experiences, like the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary.

Contact: +27 42 203 1111,


Address: Shamwari Private Game Reserve, Paterson, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#2 Explore Kragga Kamma Game Park

At Kragga Kamma, all the wild life roams around freely, unrestricted… This means that whether you stay overnight or simply stop by for the day – you can experience these incredible animals in a truly unique way!

Aside from the mandatory game drives, there are cheetah encounters, birding opportunities, a suspension bridge and monkey (forest) walk and more to enjoy.

Visit this amazing game park for some life-changing experiences in South Africa’s wild!

Contact: +27 (041) 379 4195,


Address: Kragga Kamma Game Park, Kragga Kamma Road (M15)
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#3 Take the family to Happy Valley

Catering to both kiddies and adults, Happy Valley is a magical place to go for a family outing.

Highlights at Happy Valley include: a life-sized chess board, lovely rockeries, lily ponds and of course, beautiful surroundings (especially at night when the colourful lights are turned on).

Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy some fresh air at this enchanting place!

Contact: +27 (041) 582 2575


Address: Happy Valley,  50 Beach Road, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#4 Adventure in the Donkin Reserve

Overlooking the city, Donkin Reserve offers some interesting historical monuments and landmarks. These include the Stone Pyramid monument (which bears a moving inscription from Sir Rufane Donkin, written in loving memory of his late wife, Elizabeth) and proud-looking lighthouse.

Aside from these attractions, the reserve – which forms part of the sought-after Route 67 and the Donkin Heritage Trail – is a beautiful and interesting part of the city to explore.

Contact: +27 (041) 585 8884


Address: The Donkin Reserve, Belmont Terrace, Donkin Street, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#5 Explore Cape Recife Nature Reserve

Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism
Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism

This beautiful, 365-hectare reserve offers an escape from everyday city life. Here, one can enjoy some of the best ‘secret’ beaches and views around P-E.

What’s more, the reserve is also home to SANCCOB Port Elizabeth, a rehabilitation centre for marine animals (particularly the adorable African Penguins).

For the adventurous, there’s a delightful, 9-km circular walking trail, which allows you to experience pristine beaches, natural dune flora, interesting rocky outcrops and the lighthouse too.

All in all, the reserve is a wonderful place to explore and provides some incredible scenery.

Please note: There are weekly or annual vehicle permits, while those on foot and non-motorised transport enjoy free entry.

Contact:+27 (041) 582 2575


Address: Cape Recife Nature Reserve, Schoenmakerskop, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#6 Head to The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World

For those craving a little added fun and excitement, the popular Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World is the place to go.

Offering restaurants and bars, spa treatments, golf, plenty of fun for the kids (including childrens’ rides, a magic company and more) and an amphitheatre, festival lawn area and a cinema to boot… it’s an all-round interesting attraction for everyone!

Contact: +27 (041) 507 7777,


Address: The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World, Beach Road, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#7 Be entranced at Bayworld Oceanarium

Bayworld Oceanarium is a wonderful, educational experience for young and old. The oceanarium is home to several species of fish, Cape gannets, turtles, fur seals and even South Africa’s second largest captive population of African Blackfooted Penguins.

At Bayworld Oceanarium, you can meet the marine mammals who live in Algoa Bay… So bring your friends and family along and enjoy an immersive glimpse into local sea life.

Please note: For ticket prices and operating hours, please see Bayworld’s website.

Contact: +27 (041) 584 0650,


Address: Bayworld, 23 Beach Road, Humewood, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#8 Get wet at Splash WaterWorld

Splash WaterWorld offers good, clean fun for the whole family. This epic water park offers amazing water slides, a beautiful enclosed grass area on Kings Beach and plenty of food and drink options too.

Main attractions include: the Super Tube, Lazy River Ride, Speed Slide and a dedicated Kiddies’ Slide too!

Splash WaterWorld is popular among school groups, youth groups and birthday parties… Join them for some fun in the sun – we promise you’ll get to make a splash!

Please note: For ticket prices and operating hours, please see Splash WaterWorld’s Facebook page.

Contact: +27 (041) 582 2575


Address: Splash WaterWorld, Kings Beach, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#9 Check out Route 67

Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism
Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism

This insightful route comprises of 67 public art works, symbolising the late Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of service to South Africa. Included among these art works are 67 steps, which lead up to the largest flag in Africa.

Route 67 is a historical and cultural celebration, which honours a global icon and one of South Africa’s most influential people of all time.

Explore Route 67 from start to finish for an eye-opening and colourful introduction to P-E and South Africa alike.

Contact: n/a


Address: Route 67, 14 St Mary’s Terrace, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#10 Enjoy St George’s Park

As Port Elizabeth’s oldest park, St George’s Park is one of its longest standing attractions. Found within easy walking distance of the city, this delightful park is spread across 73 hectares of gorgeous, wooded parklands.

It is filled to the brim with an array of plants, trees and flowers and also encompasses the world-famous P-E cricket ground, South Africa’s oldest bowling green, a swimming pool, Prince Alfred’s Guard Memorial, the Victorian Pearson Conservatory and a great kids’ playground too.

The park is one of the city’s finest attractions, so it’s definitely worth enjoying when visiting or residing in P-E.

Note: There is also a monthly Art in the Park market, normally held on the last Sunday of the month.

Contact: +27 (041) 506 2775


Address: St Georges Park, Park Drive,
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

These are some of the best things to do in P-E. What’s first on your list?

Top Seven Durban Central Restaurants

Durban is blessed with an array of top, classy and hole-in-the-wall restaurants but some stand out above the rest, whether for their food, service or simply word-of-mouth popularity.

With this in mind, here are seven super Durban Central-based restaurants to enjoy:

#1 Roma Revolving Restaurant

Opened in 1973, this local restaurant is a stalwart and a real favourite in Durban. It has an almost legendary status and presently is the only revolving restaurant in the Southern Hemisphere – no small feat!

It’s the perfect place to enjoy a special meal and is designed for spoiling yourself and your loved ones, sharing memorable meals and celebrating life’s greatest moments too!

As you dine on excellent Italian cuisine, expect to be wowed by the incredible 360-degree views of Durban…. Talk about breathtaking, right?

Contact: +27 (031) 337 6707


Address: Roma Revolving Restaurant, 32 Floor, John Ross House, Jonsson Lane, Durban Central, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#2 Little Gujarat

For those craving an authentic Indian and vegetarian restaurant, this delightful eatery is the perfect place to go for both!

It is extremely popular and is known for its delicious Indian cuisine, including the likes of bunny chows, samoosas, sweetmeats and much more.

Be sure to visit this wonderful, little restaurant for your authentic taste of India right here in the beating heart of Durban!

Note: Aside from its Durban Central branch, Little Gujarat also has a branch in Gateway.

Contact: +27 (031) 3062272


Address: Little Gujarat, 107 Dr Goonam Street,
Durban Central, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#3  Ku D’Ta

Situated at Wilson’s Wharf, this fusion-focused eatery and grill offers delightful food and a ‘relaxed harbour atmosphere’, live music (seven nights a week!) and some truly impressive views to boot.

Whether you let it become your after-work hang out or weekend favourite, be sure to pay this exciting restaurant a visit and allow them to tantalise your taste buds.

Note: For those who are keen on belting out some songs with friends and family, they also offer fun Karaoke Thursdays.

Contact: +27 (031) 301 1650,


Address: Ku D’Ta, IL 4-18 Boatmans Road, Durban Central, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#4 Patels Vegetarian Refreshment Room

This affordable and much loved eatery offers some truly delectable Indian and vegetarian cuisine.

Many consider this restaurant an iconic Durban eatery. In fact, some even say they have the best bunny chows in the whole city!

Over the long years, Patels has always been a firm favourite and it is known for its consistently good service, excellent Indian food and more… And this something that is true today as much as it ever was!

Contact: +27 (031) 306 1774

Website: n/a

Address: Patels Vegetarian Refreshment Room, 202 Dr Yusuf Dadoo Street, Durban Central, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#5 Oriental Restaurant

Considered one of Durban’s true foodie gems, Oriental Restaurant is well-known (and loved!) for its incredible bunny chows, great curries, brilliant breyanis and a wide array of delicious salads!

They offer great food, good service and affordable prices for big food portions – what more could anyone want?

For those seeking fine quality meals for takeaway or sit-down in Durban Central, look no further than this stellar establishment.

Contact: +27 (031) 304 5110

Website: n/a

Address: Oriental Restaurant, 3C & 3D, The Workshop, 99 Samora Machel Street, Durban Central, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#6 Nino’s

Founded by Nino Bompani, this wonderful Italian restaurant is where passion for customers, good service and quality food all come together in one beautiful space.

On the classic menu (they have a halaal menu too), you can enjoy a selection of gourmet burgers, breakfasts, house cakes, pasta dishes, pizzas and tramezzinis to name just a few of the mouthwatering options on offer. (Not to mention a range of great drinks, like ‘summer chillers’, wines and cold brews too!)

If you are looking for a cosy, delightful Durban eatery, head to Nino’s!

Contact: +27 (031) 301 7330


Address: Nino’s, Shop 21-25, Mutual Mall, 303 Dr Pixley Kaseme Street, Durban Central, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#7 Glenaire Gourmet Grill

Offering a wide range of products and excellent service, Glenaire is a diverse and exciting local institution.

With their meat market, two rotisserie stores (in Johannesburg) and of course, the grill restaurant, there is something for everyone to enjoy through Glenaire.

Here, food is cut and grilled to perfection, service is friendly and good and you can opt for sitdown dining or simply enjoy takeaways – either way, with Glenaire Gourmet Grill restaurant, you always win!

Contact: +27 (031) 301 2791,


Address: Glenaire Gourmet Grill, Corner of Dr Pixley Kaseme & Joe Slovo Streets, Durban Central, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

These are just seven of the most popular restaurants in Durban Central. Be sure to check them all off your dining to-do list!

Best Places to Eat in Paarl

Paarl is one of the most well-rounded parts of the Western Cape. Not only is this beautiful, hot region home to some of South Africa’s finest wine estates and hotels but it also offers a wealth of highly rated, consistently pleasing restaurants.

Here are the best places to eat in Paarl:

#1 FABER at Avondale

Ever since its opening, FABER has been the recipient of much highly esteemed and deserved food praise.

Found on the picturesque estate of Avondale, this enchanting eatery is pure magic, from setting to food presentation to taste.

Formerly under the helm of chef Eric Bulpitt but now overseen by up-and-coming chef Dale Stevens, FABER is an authentic, altogether impressive restaurant. It is, in every sense, a tastefully decorated, professionally run and sustainability-driven offering.

If you are looking for one of the best culinary experiences the Western Cape has to offer, book at FABER.

Contact: +27 (021 202 1219:


Address: FABER, Avondale Estate, Lustigan Road,
Klein Drakenstein, Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Terra Mare

Terra Mare – “Where land meets sea” – is a wonderful find in Paarl’s town proper. This contemporary establishment brings together some of the finest elements – including continental, Italian and Mediterranean cuisines – in a setting that quietly wows.

Inside, the restaurant is stylish and classy, without being over-the-top -and the food provides diners with the ultimate food experience.

Add to that some excellent wines and a passionate team and you cannot go wrong with Terra Mare.

Contact: +27 (021) 863 4805


Address: Terra Mare Restaurant, Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Noop

Noop is the place where wonderful stories of food and wine await… It is a warmly welcoming, gorgeous eatery, with food to match.

Here, things are kept fresh, local and simple, and there is no need or desire to over-complicate… And the culinary results are incredible.

What’s more, not only is Noop ideal for special dinners, romantic meals and celebratory nights out but it is perfect for hosting any special event.

Contact: 021 863 3925,


Address: Noop, 127 Main Road, Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa. via Facebook via Facebook

#4 Restaurant at Glen Carlou

This restaurant, which offers incredible views and a stylish, modern setting, is sure to thrill. The seasonally inspired food – expertly prepared by chef Johan Stander – is delicious and well-presented, the wines on offer are great and the service is top class.

All of these elements combine to bring you an excellent restaurant experience. While you are there, you might want to book a wine tasting or pop into the art gallery.

Note: The restaurant is open for lunch on Monday to Sunday, from 12:00 pm -16:00 pm.

Contact: +27 (021) 875 5528


Address: Restaurant at Glen Carlou, Simondium Road, Klapmuts, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Blacksmith’s Kitchen

Found at the delightful Pearl Mountain Estate, Blacksmith’s Kitchen is a relaxed and cosy bistro-style restaurant, situated in the old blacksmith’s cottages.

Chef Douglas Adams ensures that the food is beautiful and delicious, while the pretty, airy setting makes the restaurant feel like a breath of fresh air.

When in Paarl, be sure to pay Blacksmith’s Kitchen a visit.

Contact: +27 (021) 870 1550


Address: Blacksmith’s Kitchen, Pearl Mountain Estate, Northern Paarl, access via Bo Lang Street from Paarl Main Road, Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Bertus Basson at Spice Route

Celebrating the best of South African cuisine, served up by one of the country’s finest chefs, Bertus Basson – this self-named restaurant at Spice Route is a winner every time.

Whether you sit out on the porch or under the oak trees, you are sure to be wowed by your surroundings, as much as by the incredible food on offer.

Note: Before/after your meal, be sure to explore all the fun, which Spice Route offers visitors!

Contact: +27 (021) 863 5222,


Address: Bertus Basson at Spice Route Destination, Suid Agter Paarl Road,
Suider Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

Spice Route Paarl via Instagram
Spice Route Paarl via Instagram

#7 Bosman’s Restaurant

The award-winning Bosman’s at Grande Roche Hotel makes for a unique dining experience.

Here, pleasing settings combine with good service and memorable foods, creating a sensory experience of note.

This is fine dining, wherein charming intimacy, old-school elegance and style come together nicely.

Note: The Private Dining Room can be hired for more intimate functions, board meetings and of course, romantic, candle-lit dinners too.

Contact: +27 (021) 863 5100,


Address: Bosman’s Restaurant, Grande Roche Hotel, 1 Plantasie Street,
Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Goatshed Restaurant at Fairview

Fairview isn’t just renowned for its cheeses, wine and cute goats alone – for its eateries are well loved too, you see.

And in Goatshed Restaurant, one encounters a delightfully charming, country-style eatery, equipped with a pleasant atmosphere, setting and menu to boot.

With their selection of farm-style dishes, artisanal, award-winning cheeses and delicious wines, it is hard to beat a meal at this lovely restaurant.

Note: Be sure to say hi to the friendly estate goats when you visit!

Contact: +27 (021) 863 3609,


Address: Goatshed Restaurant, Fairview Wine Estate, Suid-Agter-Paarl Road, Suider Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the most fabulous places you can eat out at in Paarl… which will you visit first?

Three Thrilling Activities in Morningside

Morningside is a famously chic and lovely suburb in Johannesburg, offering a host of great eateries and a few fun things to do too!

Here (in no particular order) are three of the best attractions to enjoy when in Morningside, Johannesburg – and best of all, they are all jam-packed with great activities, eateries and more.

#1 Shop till you drop at The Wedge

Nestled in the heart of Morningside, The Wedge Shopping Centre is the place to go for every possible shopping need you can think.

With over 35 stores, safe, secure parking, restaurants, boutiques and a great setting, this shopping centre is ideal for anyone visiting or staying in Morningside, Sandton and surrounds.

Enjoy the perfect blend of shopping fun meets stylish, everyday sophistication when you visit The Wedge!

Contact: +27 (011) 073 6800,


Address: The Wedge Shopping Centre, Rivonia Road, Morningside, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#2 Fun in the sun at Morningside Country Club

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Pieter Dempsey via

Founded in 1957, Morningside Country Club, or MCC, as it is fondly referred to as, is a popular venue for functions, eating out and indulging in some sports. For many, it is a home away from home, particularly on weekends.

You can enjoy a relaxing day out at the club, as you while away the hours, eating, celebrating and making use of the sports facilities. These are well equipped for the likes of tennis, bowls and hockey to name only a few.

Either way, service, facilities and the food are sure to impress – and have you coming back time and time again!

Contact: +27 (011) 803 1805,


Address: Morningside Country Club, 1 De la Rey Road, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#3 Enjoy retail therapy at Morningside Shopping Centre

This award-winning shopping centre is one of the best in South Africa. With some 62 shops and a wide variety of coffee shops and restaurants, Morningside Shopping Centre is definitely an unmissable local attraction.

And thanks to its easy parking and disabled- and child-friendly facilities, it is a wonderful experience suitable for the whole family to enjoy.

If you are craving some high-end shopping, classy eateries and hours worth of fun, be sure to stop by Morningside Shopping Centre – you won’t regret it!

Contact: +27 (087) 944 6244,


Address: Morningside Shopping Centre, Rivonia Road, Morningside, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

These are just three of the fun activities to enjoy in Morningside – although, in truth, they each offer so many things to do!  Which are you keen to visit first?