Top 12 Activities in Cairo 2017.

Egypt’s capital, Cairo, is a sprawling, beautiful city on the edge of the Nile. It is filled with history, ancient mummies and so much more. What’s more, it offers a host of great activities and places to explore.

These are some of the top activities to enjoy in Cairo during 2017:

#1 Experience the wonder of Pyramids of Giza

Set aside a good amount of time and explore the hidden wonders of the Pyramids of Giza. If you’re afraid of narrow walkways, stick to soaking up the outside views. But be advised that it’s worth splurging a bit to experience the Great Pyramid from within…

Either way, it’s a life-changing experience for anyone to see the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World in person.

Contact: info@egypt.travel

Website: www.egypt.travel

Address: Pyramids of Giza, Al Haram, Nazlet El-Semman, Al Haram, Giza Governorate, Egypt

#2 Visit the amazing Al-Azhar Mosque

 

While Cairo offers a wealth of historic mosques to visit, Al-Azhar Mosque is in a league of its own. It’s also one of the most important in the history of Islam.

Along with its namesake, Al-Azhar University, it allows students from across the globe to immerse themselves in the history of Islam and the Koran’s different schools of thought. (Note: Visitors must respect proper dress codes.)

It’s one of the world’s most beautiful mosques, serving as something of an architectural marvel too – so be sure to pay it a visit.

Contact: (202) 357 160 50

Website: www.memphistours.com

Address: Al-Azhar Mosque, El-Darb El-Ahmar, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

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www.mephistours.com

#3 Navigate the streets of Old Cairo (Coptic Cairo)

 

If you’re fascinated by Egypt’s ancient history, then you’ve got to explore Old Cairo! Here, you will find many shops, restaurants and historic buildings, which supply some amazing architecture. (Note: Visitors must respect proper dress codes.) The Coptic culture itself also makes for an intriguing cultural history lesson.

Contact: 1-888-834-1448

Website: www.tripadvisor.com

Address: Old Cairo, Cairo, Egypt

#4 Pay a visit to Cairo Citadel

 

Found at the top of the city, The Citadel is a massive stone fortress built in the 12th century by Salah ad-Din. Some 700 years later, the Mosque of Mohammed was added to it.

The Citadel offers an invaluable glance into Cairo (and Egypt’s history) and once again, is an impressive architectural wonder. Visit both the Egyptian Military Museum and the beautifully designed Muhammad Ali Mosque, while enjoying stunning city views. (Note: Visitors must respect proper dress codes.)

Contact: (202) 2512 1735

Website: www.sca-egypt.org

Address: Cairo Citadel, Al Abageyah, Qesm Al Khalifah، Cairo Governorate,
Egypt

#5 Dine in Zamalek

 

For keen foodies, the small island of Zamalek is the place to go to experience a wonderful range of dynamic cuisines. Especially as it is home to some of Egypt’s best restaurants, with new restaurant openings every year.
You will find everything from pizza to Belgian chocolate on this food-centric island.

Contact: n/a

Website: www.cairoscene.com

Address: Zamalek, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

#6 Pass some time at Al-Azhar Park

 

When in Cairo, this public park is a wonderful place to enjoy some fresh air and relaxation.
It provides exotic settings, lovely cafés and restaurants, as well as glorious outdoor spaces. It’s also perfect for private functions, which, by arrangement, can be hosted here.

Contact: (202) 2510 3868

Website: www.azharpark.com

Address: Al-Azhar Park, Salah Salem St, El-Darb El-Ahmar, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

#7 Visit the historic Nilometer on Rhoda Island

 

This historic site is one that’s sadly often overlooked by visitors. Yet, it is one of the oldest structures in Cairo. Once, the Nilometer was uniquely used to measure the flood levels of the Nile River, giving it special importance.

While it’s no longer functional today, this interesting structure, found on the lower end of Rhoda Island, is certainly worth a visit – as is its beautiful pointed dome.

Contact: info@egypt.travel

Website: www.egypt.travel

Address: Rhoda Island, Egypt

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www.egypttailormade.net

#8 Explore the Giza Solar Boat Museum

 

In the time of ancient Egypt, Egyptians used to bury a solar barge near the tomb of their ruler, believing that their Pharaoh needed transportation into the afterlife.

In 1954, remnants of a cedar-wood barge were discovered in the five pits, near the Great Pyramid of Khufu. The barge was carefully restored and its 1200 wooden pieces set out on display in the glass Solar Boat Museum. Today, it’s a fun and fascinating place to visit.

Contact: n/a

Website: www.egypt.travel

Address: The Solar Boat Museum, Giza, Egypt

#9 Enjoy a camel ride in Cairo

 

Children and adults alike will delight in the camel (or horse) rides around Giza pyramids. Enjoy a two-hour outing on your choice of ride, with bottled drinking water and glorious sights included in the deal!

Contact: (202) 357 160 50

Website: www.memphistours.com

Address: Giza, Egypt

#10 Experience a felucca boat ride on the Nile

 

If you wish to experience the Nile River up close and personal, in an authentic sailboat, then a trip out on a felucca is just the thing for you!

Perfect for catching a cool breeze or soaking up a sunset, felucca rides are romantic and fun affairs for everyone, even tiny tots.

Contact: www.facebook.com/pages/Egyptnilecruise/151143821716835

Website: www.egypt-nile-cruise.com

Address: Cairo, Egypt

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www.tripadvisor.com

#11 Head to Dream park

 

As Egypt’s biggest amusement park, Dream park offers good fun for the whole family.

With a selection of great rides, a simulator theatre, fast food outlets, restaurants and souvenir shops, it’s the ideal place to bond with your friends or loved ones when holidaying in Cairo.

Contact: n/a

Website: www.etltravel.com

Address: Dream park, Giza Governorate, Egypt

#12 Shop at Citystars Mall

 

This shopping mall offers a wealth of departmental stores, cinemas, clothing stores (for men and women), food and drink options, health and beauty shops and much more.

For those shopaholics who wish to take home some wares or clothing items, it’s the perfect place to go for a serious shopping session.

Contact: (202) 4800706

Website: www.citystars-heliopolis.com.eg

Address: Citystars Mall, Omar Ibn El Khattab Street, off El Nasr Road, Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt

These are just some of the awesome activities you can enjoy in the fascinating, historic Cairo!

Top 12 Restaurants in Dar es Salaam 2017.

Formerly a small Zaramo fishing village, found along Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coastline, Dar es Salaam has grown into a major port city – and today, this thriving East African city is home to some great restaurants.

Here are some of the top restaurants to try in Dar es Salaam during 2017:

#1 Addis in Dar

As Tanzania’s longest-standing and most famed Ethiopian restaurant, Addis in Dar needs little introduction. With a traditional, soothing restaurant atmosphere, it provides guests with an exotic array of top culinary treasures.

Tuck into authentic cuisine (including vegetarian and vegan options), as you dine beneath the stars, sharing plates with loved ones at your traditional, woven Mesob table.

Contact: +255 (0713) 266 299

Website: www.addisindar.com

Address: Addis in Dar, 35 Ursino Street, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#2 Mamboz Corner BBQ

Serving a variety of mouth-watering dishes – like Khalifa Chicken Rottiserie or Zanzibari pizza – this restaurant is big on all things barbeque. Here, guests can enjoy delicious fare and street food-style delicacies cooked to (slow) perfection.

Meals get cooked out in on the street, where you can sit on simple plastic tables and chairs, enjoying a front-row view of the lively street corner, as you watch your food cooking… It provides an all-round great food experience!

Contact: +255 (0784) 243 735

Website: www.facebook.com/MambozCornerBbq

Address: Mamboz Corner BBQ, Corner of Morogoro Road and Libya Street, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#3 305 Karafuu

Tucked away in the Swahili suburb of Kinodoni, this cozy, rustic bistro-style restaurant offers a mix of culinary dishes to satisfy every palate – with everything from grilled tuna, salad nicoise and lobster thermidor being served here.

There’s also great music on offer, with everything from jazz and classics getting played. This creates a unique dining atmosphere. Space is limited and it’s highly rated, so please call ahead to book.

Contact: +255 (0754) 277 188

Website: 305karafuu.co.tz

Address: Plot 305, Karafuu Street, Kinondoni, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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305karafuu.co.tz

#4 Chef’s Pride

With a long history, this popular breakfast-and-brunch restaurant offers some of the best food you’ll find in Dar es Salaam.

It provides affordable options, giving you a true taste of Tanzania. Enjoy delicacies like chicken breyani or coconut-crusted fish, as you eat in a simple but good space.

Contact: +255 (0754) 657 364

Website: none

Address: Chef’s Pride, Chagga Street, Mchafukoge, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#5 Épi d’Or Cake Bakery and Restaurant

This long-standing, colourful café bakery and restaurant offers great service in conjunction with magical-looking sweet treats, fresh food (including Lebanese and continental) and a peaceful atmosphere. The focus here is on high quality goods and delicious meals – and it shows!

With both indoor and outdoor seating, Épi d’ Or provides diners with lovely seating options too. Bring the family along to this child-friendly restaurant, which has a beautiful garden space and wonderful outdoor jungle gym for kids to enjoy.

Contact: +255 (0786) 669 889

Website: www.facebook.com/epidortz

Address: Epi d’ Or, 520 Haile Selasie Road, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#6 The Waterfront Sunset Restaurant and Beach Bar

Offering a beautiful beachside location, The Waterfront Sunset Restaurant and Beach Bar is stunning in a rustic kind of way. The seafood and fish-orientated food is excellent and so are the views.

Enjoy a gorgeous sunset, as you sip a cold drink, at this family-friendly eatery.

Contact: +255 (0762) 883 321

Website: www.facebook.com/WaterfrontSunsetRestaurant

Address: The Waterfront Sunset Restaurant, Slipway Road, Msasani Peninsula, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#7 Chapan Bhog

If you’re looking for tasty Indian-style food and crunchy snacks, Chapan Bhog will become your go-to spot in Dar es Salaam. They serve full Desi food (and takeaway snacks) in a cheerful and bright space, which looks beautiful at night, lit up with fairy lights.

Using the freshest and best ingredients – sourced all the way from India – Chapan Bhog provides visitors with a great choice of food. Enjoy a mix of traditional and new-age Desi food as you savour the taste of India in Tanzania!

Contact: +255 (0685) 401 417

Website: www.facebook.com/56Bhog

Address: Chapan Bhog, Kisutu Street, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#8 Ristorante Bella Napoli

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www.bellanapolitz.com

Self-proclaimed as the best Italian restaurant in Dar es Salaam, Ristorante Bella Napoli offers oh-so-good Italian cuisine and marvellous pastries and cakes in a tranquil setting. They are also wonderfully child-friendly, with play areas, a gorgeous garden and facilities for hosting children’s parties too.

When the hunger pangs strike, head to this delightful Dar es Salaam restaurant for authentic Italian fare.

Contact: +255 (0222) 600 326

Website: www.bellanapolitz.com

Address: Ristorante Bella Napoli, 530 Haile Selassie Road, Masaki, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#9 Terrace Restaurant

This ultra-chic restaurant and bar has established itself as a food force to be reckoned with – in a very short stretch of time, too! It ensures fine dining perfection and outstanding views. Here, visitors can enjoy creative contemporary cuisine, including delicious seafood.

And if you’ve a special occasion to celebrate, The Terrace at Slipway is available for private function hire.

Contact: +255 (0755) 706 838

Website: www.hotelslipway.com

Address: Terrace Restaurant, Slipway, Msasani Peninsula, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#10 Akemi

As Tanzania’s only revolving restaurant, Akemi offers a truly unique experience in plush, modern surroundings. With breath-taking views out across the city, it provides guests with all they could want – especially since the menu offers a variety of dishes.

On Sundays, you can enjoy the popular brunch with friends and family. Tuck into great food from the grand buffet, with vibey live music as your backdrop. There’s also unlimited sparkling wine, bloody marys and mimosas available from the bar.

Contact: +255 (0687) 360 360

Website: akemidining.com

Address: Akemi, 21st Floor, Golden Jubilee Towers, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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www.josephatlukaza.com (Akemi)

#11 Zuane Restaurant

This awesome trattoria and pizzeria is an authentic Italian restaurant, found in the Dar es Salaam peninsula. Set in a beautiful villa (with a balcony) and surrounded by beautiful gardens (equipped with a playground), this restaurant offers a great family option.

The menu supplies home-style, genuine food, pizza and even a selection of Italian wines and drinks too. At this trendy spot, service is good and the atmosphere is a warm one.

Contact: +255 (0766) 679 600

Website: www.zuanetrattoriapizzeria.com

Address: Zuane Restaurant, Mzingaway Road, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#12 Patel Brotherhood

Also known as Patel Samaj, this evening food spot is especially popular among Indian families. It offers excellent, value-for-money Indian cuisine. There is both veg- and non-vegetarian available, meaning everyone’s catered for.

Service can take longer during the peak time, but it’s a great way to soak up the relaxed, buzzing atmosphere of this open-air restaurant.  It’s the perfect place for a catch-up with friends and family.

Contact: +255 (0222) 212 7440

Website: none

Address: Patel Brotherhood, opposite Holiday Inn, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

These are just some of the most popular eateries you can enjoy in Dar es Salaam in 2017!

Top 20 Pretoria Activities 2017.

Pretoria, or Tshwane as it’s called by some, is South Africa’s beautiful Jacaranda City. Aside from being our administrative capital in South Africa, it’s a city of great fun and adventure, blended together with a healthy dose of history and timeless grandeur.

These are some of the best activities to enjoy in and around Pretoria in 2017:

#1 Experience a cool Market @ the Sheds

If you’re after great food, art and design and above all, people, then this inner city market is just for you. Head to the market to experience Pretoria’s true colours.

Taking place (usually) on the last Saturday of every month – except when it changes to accommodate holidays and long weekends – the Market at the Sheds offers awesome socialness, quirky shopping, live music and a wide assortment of gourmet street food and drinks, including craft beer, cocktails and fine wines. On the music front, you can enjoy everything from blues to Afro-soul.

Contact: none

Website: www.marketatthesheds.co.za

Address: Market @ the Sheds, 381 Helen Joseph Street, Pretoria, Gauteng

#2 Visit Wonderboom Nature Reserve

Situated in the northern part of the city, straddling the Magaliesberg Mountains, Wonderboom Nature Reserve is a wonderful, 200-hectare reserve, famous for its giant wild fig, known as ‘Wonderboom’. The tree is over a thousand years old and legend has it, that it grows over the final resting place of an indigenous tribe’s chieftain.

Although the tree has reduced somewhat in size over the years, it has provided new growth, ensuring a circle of surrounding trees. The reserve is also home to some adorable rock hyraxes (or dassies), which sadly feed the nearby black eagles who circle the reserve.

Explore the mini forest with the interpretation trail and lovely boardwalk and then enjoy a picnic at the reserve’s good facilities.

Contact: none

Website: www.tshwane.gov.za

Address: Wonderboom Nature Reserve, Wonderboom, Pretoria, Gauteng

#3 Awaken your senses at Duncan Yard

Immerse yourself in a world of individual treasures at Duncan Yard. It’s a place that allows you to be yourself as you enjoy an art-meets-culture experience.

Duncan Yard offers a host of shops and facilities, like Beautiful Beginnings Salon, Cherryamber, Hidden Jewel, Papas – Real Food and many more. It allows shoppers to enjoy both creative shopping and delicious eats in a unique environment.

Contact: (083) 688 6025

Website: www.duncanyard.co.za

Address: Duncan Yard, Duncan Street, Hatfield, Pretoria, Gauteng

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#4 Catch a match at Loftus Versfeld

Although it is the home ground for the Blue Bulls rugby franchise, this stadium has hosted many important matches, including the one between England and South Africa on 4 June 1994. It has also successfully hosted games during 1995 Rugby World Cup and again, for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, carefully joining the world of South African rugby and soccer.

Loftus is named after Robert Owen Loftus Versfeld, local founder of organised sport in the Pretoria area. Although it started out as a humble ground, today, it can easily seat about 50,000 people.

So head to the heart of local rugby and enjoy a wonderful local or international match at this historic ground.

Contact: (012) 420 0700

Website: showme.co.za

Address: Loftus Versfeld, 440 Kirkness Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, Gauteng

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www.citiliner.co.za

#5 Brave the walls at the Climbing Barn

This indoor rock climbing gym and training facility in Pretoria East is ideal for you, whether you’re a beginner or an expert climber. Here, there is personalised training on offer, and it’s also a great venue for hosting birthdays and corporate team building exercises.

As well as providing some excellent 450m and 100m walks, there is also gear available for hire and purchase at the Climbing Barn.

Learn to climb or test your skills in a relaxed environment, with professional, qualified staff on-hand to assist where and when necessary.

Contact: (082) 335 3220

Website: www.climbingbarn.co.za

Address: Climbing Wall, Plot 210, Korhaan Road, Mooiplaats, Pretoria, Gauteng

#6 Delve into Groenkloof Nature Reserve

With a long history, this reserve has seen many changes over the years but, in 1994, it became the Department of Nature Conservation’s baby and they slowly but surely began to release game, like kudu, blue wildebeest, ostrich and even giraffe back into the reserve.

Outside of the amazing game and rich bird life, Groenkloof offers a host of wonderful nature activities. These include: hiking and horse trails, mountain biking, picnicking and more. There are also overnight facilities (which you can book via email) and a Bamber Youth Camp.

Lose yourself in a world of beauty and untouched fauna and flora at Groenkloof Nature Reserve.

Contact: (012) 358 1757/1720

Website: www.tshwane.gov.za

Address: Groenkloof Nature Reserve, Pretoria, Gauteng

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www.xtremespots.com

#7 Tuck in at Hazel Food Market

This foodie market takes place every Saturday, from 8am – 2pm, in Menlo Park. It’s well-loved for its delicious food and drinks, as well as for its harmonious atmosphere, which allows both parents and children to relax and enjoy themselves on a fun, family day out.

Here, you will find some of Pretoria’s finest fresh products, sold straight from the producers, at this authentic food market in the heart of Pretoria’s Old East. There are benches scattered around and an awesome jungle gym and jumping castle to make use of, too.

Contact: (078) 593 7716

Website: www.hazelfoodmarket.co.za

Address: Hazel Food Market, Thomas Edison Street, Menlo Park, Pretoria, Gauteng

#8 Experience riveting Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Found outside of the city centre, this 3800-hectare reserve surrounds the beautiful Rietvlei Dam, which provides some 15% of Pretoria’s population with water.

The reserve is home to endangered Bankenveld grassland and some 2000-odd animals, which include: cheetah, buffalo, white rhino and a host of buck species to name just a few. There is also great bird life here, which can be enjoyed at the two reserve’s two dams in particular.

Visitors can enjoy freshwater fishing, non-motorised water sports, as well as two-day hiking trips, horse trails and guided game drives (although visitors must provide their own vehicles and advance booking is essential).

You can also camp overnight in the park at the Rietvlei campsite (advance bookings are a must though).

Contact: (012) 358 1812

Website: www.gauteng.net

Address: Rietvlei Nature Reserve, 14 Game Reserve Ave, Pretoria

#9 Explore Pretoria Botanical Gardens

Only one of nine South African National Botanical Gardens, Pretoria Botanical Gardens are a 76-hectare oasis of beauty and natural flora.

The Garden is divided into two sections by a 35-metre high quartzite outcrop, although a paved nature trail provides easy access to both varied sections.

You will find many plants exclusive to South Africa, as well as an amazing wealth of flowering plant and tree species respectively. It makes for an engaging day out, particularly for nature lovers.

Contact: (012) 843 5071

Website: www.sanbi.org

Address: Pretoria Botanical Gardens, 2 Cussonia Avenue, Brummeria, Pretoria, Gauteng

#10 Visit Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve

Amid the foothills of the Moreleta Kloof, one finds an exquisite natural gem in Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve.

This 100-hectare reserve is home to various game, including springbok, zebra, blesnok, duiker and ostrich, as well as an abundance of birdlife. Walking routes have been clearly marked out. Routes vary in length from 1.5 to 3.6km.

The reserve is open daily and entry is free of charge but dogs and bikes are not allowed.

Contact: (012) 358 1510

Website: moreletakloof.co.za

Address: Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve, Helios Street, Moreleta Park, Pretoria, Gauteng

#11 Take to the trees with Acrobranch

This awesome adventure centre in Pretoria North allows visitors to slide, balance, crawl and dash, as they experience the thrill of tackling obstacles, found high up in the treetops.

Acrobranch is also a wonderful venue to enjoy birthdays, school trips and even team building exercises, as it provides you with epic aerial adventure.

It offers safe adventure for all ages, with internationally-imported equipment and harnesses to keep participants safe and sound during their fun fest.

Contact: (086) 999 0369

Website: acrobranch.co.za

Address: Acrobranch, 18 Honingnestkrans Street, Soutpan Road, Pretoria, Gauteng

#12 Explore the grounds of the Union Buildings

One of South Africa’s most important and recognisable heritage landmarks, the Union Buildings were designed by Sir Herbert Baker in 1910 to commemorate the Union of South Africa.

The 285-metre-long sandstone building offers amazing gardens and panoramic gardens and has consistently served as the background to many pivotal occasions in South Africa.

Although visitors cannot enter the buildings themselves, they are free to explore the terraced gardens, which offer wonderful views out over the city. They’re the perfect place for a picnic or wedding photo shoot and also offer a venue for local concerts and festivals.

Contact: (012) 300 5200

Website: none

Address: Union Buildings, Government Avenue, Elandspoort, Pretoria, Gauteng

#13 Visit Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre

Established in 1971, this wonderful conservation project performs a vital role in both the conservation and protection of cheetahs. To date, it has bred over 800 cubs, and that tally is still climbing.

Visitors can enjoy educational tours around the centre. These include three-hour guided or private tours, as well as the popular feeding tour. This involves an informational and educational round trip, as the team feed the resident cheetahs, wild dogs and other animals.

Contact: (012) 5049906/7

Website: dewildt.co.za

Address: Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre, Pretoria, Gauteng

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www.groupon.co.za

#14 National Zoological Gardens

This 85-hectare zoo is not only the largest in our country but it’s also the only one with national status.

It is home to some 3117 specimens, made up of mammals, birds, fish, reptile and others. Over 600,000 people visit this zoo annually and the length of its excellent walkways is 6km in distance.

The zoo is also home to an aquarium, which is the largest inland marine aquarium in SA, and a reptile park.

Contact: (012) 339 2700

Website: www.nzg.ac.za

Address: National Zoological Gardens, 232 Boom Street, Daspoort, Pretoria, Gauteng

#15 Celebrate history and heritage at Freedom Park

Celebrating South Africa’s heritage, Freedom Park is a centre of knowledge, which strives to tell South Africa’s story as accurately and well as possible.

This national and international site celebrates liberty, diversity and human rights, serving as a cultural institution. It houses a museum and memorial and provides wonderful insight into our country.

If you would like to book a tour, you can email or fill out the online booking form.

Contact: (012) 336 4000

Website: www.freedompark.co.za

Address: Freedom Park, Koch Street & 7th Avenue, Salvokop, Pretoria, Gauteng

#16 Pay a visit to Sammy Marks House

So-called Randlords Sammy Marks built up his wealth through great business enterprises over the years. This resulted in Zwartkoppies Hall, which, in his will, his declared should be preserved and turned into a museum.

Today visitors can pay to enjoy seeing the wealth and splendour of the mansion’s 48 rooms. Highlights include the billiards room, huge kitchen, well-stocked library and much more. The vast gardens are also a delight, with guided tours available of the house and surrounding estate.

Contact: (012) 755 9541

Website: www.gauteng.net

Address: Sammy Marks House, Bronkhorstspruit Road, Savannah Country Estate, Pretoria, Gauteng

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www.ruralexploration.co.za

#17 Experience Colin’s Horseback Africa and Walking with Lions

This family lodge offers both horse riding safaris in the African bush, as well as amazing lion tours and other holiday fun!

Visitors can choose to go on a horse ride safari or else, join in on a morning or afternoon lion tour. Observe lions in their natural habitat or saddle up and navigate your way through the bush with this dedicated, capable horse riding family.

Contact: (012) 735 9909

Website: www.horseridinginafrica.com

Address: Colin’s Horseback Africa and Walking with Lions, De Tweedespruit gavel, Tourist route 4, Sand Road, Pretoria, Gauteng

#18 Make feathered friends at Bester Birds and Animals

This small zoo in the heart of Pretoria East suburbia is a family-run zoo, which focusses on the community and its families.

Currently they are renovating the zoo to improve the cages so while, you can still visit, some cages will be empty… the good news is, kids can explore these and see life through the bird’s eye view.

Contact: (012) 807 4192

Website: www.besterbirdsanimals.co.za

Address: Bester Birds and Animals, Simon Vermooten Road, Pretoria, Gauteng

#19 Head on over to The Big Red Barn

Offering all kinds of delights, this antique hay barn looks out over expansive fields, grasslands and the Kaal River. There is a lot of fun to be had here, with the Cycle Park, Acrobranch and Olifants Café just some of the main highlights to be enjoyed.

Olifants Café serves delicious countryside eats, perfect for curing post-exercise hunger pangs. Enjoy a fun day out for the whole family that this cool spot.

Contact: (072) 617 7667

Website: www.thebigredbarn.co.za

Address: The Big Red Barn, 7 Nelson Road, Olifantsfontein, Pretoria, Gauteng

#20 Pay a visit to Rosemary Hill

Situated in a beautiful farmland, this charming, family-run coffee shop works closely with The Waldorf School to both educate and grow the minds of children and maintain organic farming practices too.

They offer delicious breakfasts, scones, cakes, light meals and even morning, afternoon or evening high teas. They are able to host beautiful functions, like birthday parties and farm weddings.

Contact: (012) 802 0052

Website: rosemaryhill.co.za

Address: Rosemary Hill, 257 R964, Pretoria, Gauteng

These are just a few of so many wonderful reasons to visit Pretoria and enjoy all it has to offer!

 

Top 20 Port Elizabeth activities 2017.

Whether you know and love it for its beautiful beaches, friendly people or game, P-E is a worthy travel destination – particularly with the host of wonderful adventures, which lie in store in the Windy City!

Here are some of the top activities to enjoy in P-E during 2017:

#1 Stroll along Sardinia Bay Beach

This popular beach lies between Schoenmakerskop and Seaview. It offers unspoilt coastline, making it perfect for beach strolls and great picnics.

Fishing is not allowed, as the coast has been declared a marine reserve, but scuba-diving and snorkelling are extremely popular here so gear up!

Contact: (041) 582 2575

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: Sardinia Bay Beach, Sardinia Bay, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#2 See the ellies at Addo Elephant National Park

Forming part of SANParks, Addo is home to the Big 7, in particular African elephants, which make the park so famous.

It has become a conservation spot for a range of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora. It’s one of South Africa’s most wonderful game parks, so it’s definitely worth setting ample time aside for!

Contact: (012) 428 9111

Website: www.sanparks.org

Address: Addo Elephant National Park, R355, Paterson Road, Addo, Eastern Cape

Richard Marsh via sanparks.org
Richard Marsh via sanparks.org

#3 Shamwari Game Reserve: where the wild things are

This special place is the pride of the Eastern Cape, and is also one of South Africa’s most successful private conservation initiatives.

There are wonderful animals, including lions, elephants, leopards and more to see here, as you make memories sure to last for a lifetime…

Contact: (042) 203 1111

Website: www.shamwari.com

Address: Shamwari Game Reserve, R342, Paterson, Eastern Cape

#4 Get in touch with nature at Kragga Kamma Game farm

Kragga Kamma is home to wonderful herds of African game – among them, White Rhino, Buffalo, Nyala, Bontebok and Cheetah – making it a great, animal-friendly park for guests to explore.

You can do self-driven trip or opt for a 2-hour-long guided tour, which will provide interesting insight and information.

Contact: (041) 379 4195

Website: www.kraggakamma.co.za

Address: Kragga Kamma Road, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#5 Zip through the sky with Adrenaline Addo Adventure Centre

Offering a host of fun outdoor activities for the adrenaline junkies among us, this centre is a great place to head if you wish to feel the rush!

With the highest and fastest double zip line in SA; a giant swing; and awesome canoeing along Sundays River, it’s sure to get your blood racing.

Contact: (078) 911 1619

Website: adrenalineaddo.co.za

Address: Adrenaline Addo, Happy Lands Farm, 1 Prospect Avenue, Summerville, Eastern Cape

#6 Enjoy family fun at Holmeleigh Farmyard

If you’re after a fun day for the kiddies, then Holmeleigh Farmyard is the place to go! This little farm has a big heart, and offers wonderful kids’ activities, delicious eats and awesome farm animals.

Let your little ones play with the bunnies or have a round on the jumping castle, while you enjoy some tea or coffee and farm-fresh bakes…

Contact: (041) 379 2901

Website: holmeleighfarmyard.co.za

Address: Holmeleigh Farmyard, Grey Dawn Road, Kragga Kamma, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#7 Discover Cape Recife Nature Reserve

This 366-hectare area is undoubtedly one of Port Elizabeth’s most beautiful natural attractions.

It offers a wealth of exciting outdoor activities, amazing beauty, accommodation options and even its own charming lighthouse too – so be sure to explore!

Contact: (041) 582 2575

Website: www.caperecife.co.za

Address: Cape Recife Nature Reserve, Schoenmakerskop, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#8 Rev up your engine at AutoPavilion

AutoPavilion is a place of cars and legends… Here, visitors can come to see past and present day technology, as AutoPavilion proudly showcases the evolution of South Africa’s Volkswagen Group. This is definitely one for the petrol heads!

Contact: (041) 994 5941

Website: www.autopavilion.co.za

Address: AutoPavilion, 103 Algoa Road, Uitenhage, Eastern Cape

#9 Stay over in super Summerstrand

If you wish to stay a while, then you might want to head to Summerstrand. It’s a stylish, upmarket suburb, which lies a stone’s throw away from the beachfront.

Not only does it provide access to golden beaches, the historic side of P-E and alluringly warm waters too, but it’s also full of wonderful attractions, like the Boardwalk Casino or Summerstrand Village Shopping Centre.

Contact: n/a

Website: www.sa-venues.com

Address: Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#10 Navigate through the Island Nature Reserve

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Located some 25km outside P-E, Island Nature Reserve comprises 480 hectares of indigenous Alexandria coastal forest. It is a safe haven for many diverse tree species, including the Outeniqua yellowwood and white milkwood.

The reserve also offers a plethora of fauna (including duiker, vervet monkeys and bushpigs), rich birdlife and numerous walking trails… It’s sure to delight nature enthusiasts from far and wide.

Contact: (041) 582 2575

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: Island Nature Reserve, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#11 Head over to The Valley Market

This artisan food market comes to life with local exhibitions and stalls. It’s made possible by the P-E community and SPAR, as they bring the greatest creativity and quality to mind.

The market happens on the first Saturday of every month, but there’s also the Good Night Market, which takes place during the week on the third Thursday evening of the month (usually). It’s a great way to experience P-E as you shop for tasty goodies!

Contact: thevalleymarketpe@gmail.com

Website: www.facebook.com/pg/thevalleymarketpe

Address: Old Tramways Building, Valley Road, Port Elizabeth, Baakens Valley, Eastern Cape

#12 Circle the Coastal Fynbos Trail

This amazing, 7km circular trail, which starts at Sappershoek. It offers hikers a great opportunity to explore some unique landscape and take in wild life as they go.

While the sea hosts whales during August to October and then again between April and early December, you can also keep an eye out for Cape Grysbok and mongooses, as well as the Thysbe’s Copper butterfly.

Contact: (041) 582 2575

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#13 Pop by Grass Roof Farm Stall & Restaurant

Since its opening in 2013, this restaurant on Olive Tree Farm has become a local landmark of sorts. The pitched roof is covered in grass and wild flowers.

It promotes a healthy, organic way of eating, promising heart country fare for its visitors to enjoy.

Contact: (041) 366 2379

Website: www.grassroof.co.za

Address: Corner New Seaview and Heron Road, Sardinia Bay, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

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#14 Hike the Sacremento Trail

This popular 8km round coastal walk takes hikers through Schoenmakerskop-Sardinia Bay Nature Reserve.

It provides a wealth of beautiful landscapes, sea scenery and seasonal wild flowers and vegetation.

It runs past the Sacramento monument towards the far end of Cannon Bay and then onto the Sacramento Tea Room. So take a few hours and explore this epic trail!

Contact: (041) 582 2575

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#15 Visit the historic Fort Frederick

This historic stone fort, which is over two hundred years old, was built by the British forces to defend the Baakens River mouth.

It stands guard over Algoa Bay and contains real pieces of history for visitors to see with their own eyes. It is open daily from sunrise to sunset and public admission is free.

Contact: (041) 582 2575

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: Fort Frederick, Port Elizabeth Central, Eastern Cape

#16 Unlock aviation history at South African Air Force Museum

Spread across three provinces, this aviation museum houses, restores and exhibits material related to the SA air force history.

For history buffs and aviation fans, this is an excellent place to visit, particularly as entry is free!

Contact: (041) 505 1295

Website: saafmuseum.org.za

Address: South African Air Force Museum, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#17 Educate yourself at SANCCOB Port Elizabeth

This excellent marine bird rehabilitation centre lies within the Cape Recife Nature Reserve. Not only do they rehabilitate their rescued birds but they also inform and educate the public through a range of different educational programmes.

Tour the marine rehab and education centre, or experience the hospital and witness the dedicated volunteers doing their best to help save and preserve our natural environment. It makes for an inspirational trip.

Contact: (041) 583 1830

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: Schoenmakerskop, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#18 Catch a match at St George’s Park Cricket Stadium

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Needing little introduction, this wonderful cricket ground has been hosting international matches since 1889. It’s a historic venue, known and loved across the country and world for its superb atmosphere.

It always ensures an exciting competition (rarely any dull draws here!), either for local or international matches, and provides a true sense of the Friendly City’s vibe.

Catch a match when international squads tour or support one of the local franchises. Ticket prices vary according to the match in question.

Contact: (041) 585 1646

Website: www.southafrica.net

Address: St George’s Park Cricket Stadium, Park Drive, Port Elizabeth Central, Eastern Cape

#19 Smell the flowers at Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve

Managed by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality (NMMM), this reserve consists of about 600 hectares of low-lying land, found between the Van Stadens mountain and the coastline.

There are various walking trails to enjoy and visitors can also head to the ‘Flower House’. Here, they can test their knowledge of flower species and names. It makes for a fun day out and it’s a great way to treat an avid gardener or passionate green finger.

Contact: friendsofvanstadens@gmail.com

Website: www.vanstadens.co.za

Address: Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#20 Face lions at Seaview Predator Park

This 120-hectare reserve is a privately owned animal park, overlooking the sea in aptly named Seaview.

You can self-drive through the park and enjoy seeing the animals roaming about or watch a public viewing of the lions daily at 12:00pm. Become part of the pride and face up to lions, tigers and other majestic beasts.

Contact: info@seaviewpredatorpark.co.za

Website: www.seaviewpredatorpark.com

Address: Seaview Predator Park, lower Seaview Road, Seaview, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

These are just some of the wonderful experiences and awesome activities you can enjoy in South Africa’s Friendly City!

Top 20 Mossel Bay Restaurants 2017.

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

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

#1 Carola Anne’s

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

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

Contact: 044 690 3477

Website: www.carolaann.com

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

#2 Café Gannet

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

Bookings are advisable due to its popularity.

Contact: (044) 6913738

Website: oldposttree.co.za/cafe-gannet

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

#3 Kaai 4

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

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

Contact: (044) 691 0056

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

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

#4 The Blue Shed Coffee Roastery

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

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

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

Contact: (044) 691 0037

Website: www.blueshedroasters.co.za

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

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#5 Route57 Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (082) 457 7550

Website: www.route57.co.za

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

#6 Baruch’s Roastery and Coffee Shop

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

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

Contact: (044) 695 2078

Website: www.baruchscoffee.co.za

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

#7 Punjabi Kitchen

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

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

Contact: (044) 690 5020

Website: www.punjabikitchen.net

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

#8 Coffee@Work

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

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

Contact: (071) 692 1641

Website: www.coffeeatwork.co.za

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

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#9 Delfino’s Restaurant

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

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

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

Contact: (044) 690 5247

Website: www.delfinos.co.za

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

#10 Stars Restaurant and Sports Bar

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

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

Contact: (044) 690 3045

Website: www.starsmb.co.za

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

#11 Sea Gypsy Café

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

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

Contact: (044) 690 5496

Website: www.seagypsy.co.za

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

#12 Kingfisher Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (044) 690 6390

Websitewww.thekingfisher.co.za

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

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#13 Admiral’s Buffet Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (044) 693 3900

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

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

#14 De Vette Mossel Groot Brak

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

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

Contact: (079) 339 0170

Website: devettemosselgrootbrak.co.za

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

#15 Fork and Train Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (083) 900 7797

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

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

#16 Café Havana

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

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

Contact: (044) 690 4640

Website: www.cafehavana.co.za

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

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#17 Transkaroo Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (044) 620 4163

Website: none

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

#18 The London Bus Fish & Chip Company

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

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

Contact: (082) 817 2382

Website: www.londonbus.co.za

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

#19 Santos Express Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (044) 691 1995

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

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

#20 The Lighthouse Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (044) 691 3512

Website: www.visitmosselbay.co.za

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

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

Top 20 Pretoria Restaurants 2017.

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

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

#1 Restaurant Mosaic

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

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

Contact: (012) 371 2902/3

Website: www.restaurantmosaic.com

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

#2 Pachas Restaurant and Cherry Room

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

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

Contact: (012) 460 5063

Website: www.pachas.co.za

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

#3 Kream

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

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

Contact: (012) 346 462/4

Website: kream.co.za

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

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#4 La Pentola

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

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

Contact: (012) 329 4028/9123

Website: pretoria.lapentola.co.za

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

#5 Hemingway’s Restaurant & Wine Cellar

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

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

Contact: (012) 660 3810/3300

Website: none

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

#6 Geet Indian Restaurant

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

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

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

Contact: (012) 460 3199/3164

Website: www.geetindianrestaurant.com

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

#7 Mo-Zam-Bik

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

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

Contact: (012) 817 2014

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

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

#8 Crawdaddy’s

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

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

Contact: (012) 460 0889

Website: crawdaddys.co.za

Address: Crawdaddy’s, Brooklyn, Pretoria, Gauteng

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#9 Hillside Tavern

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

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

Contact: (012) 348 1402/5505

Website: www.hillsidetavern.co.za

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

#10 De Kloof

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

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

Contact: (012) 771 8655

Website: dekloofrestaurant.co.za

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

#11 Zest Bistro

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

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

Contact: (012) 460 0275

Website: zestbistro.co.za

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

#12 Fumo

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

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

Contact: (012) 3460916

Website: www.fumo.co.za

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

#13 Burger Bistro

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

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

Contact: (012) 346 6147

Website: www.burgerbistro.co.za

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

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#14 Capital Craft Beer Academy

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

Contact: (012) 424 8601

Website: www.capitalcraft.co.za

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

#15 Tin Roof Café

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

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

Contact: (072) 367 5698

Website: www.tinroofcafe.co.za

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

#16 The Black Bamboo Restaurant

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

Contact: 084 508 9752

Website: www.theblackbamboo.co.za

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

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#17 Blu Saffron Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (012) 346 0223

Website: www.pretoria.co.za

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

#18 Harissa Bistro

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

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

Contact: (012) 452 5519

Website: www.harissa.co.za

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

#19 Toni’s Fully Furnished Pizza

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

Contact: (012) 329 9000

Website: tonipizza.co.za

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

#20 La Madeleine

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

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

Contact: (012) 361 3667

Website: www.lamadeleine.co.za

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Regards,
Rupert Bryant – CEO

Top 20 Stellenbosch Restaurant 2017.

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

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

#1 Delaire Graff Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (021) 885 8160

Website: www.delaire.co.za

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

#2 Restaurant Jardine 

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

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

Contact: (021) 886 5020

Website: restaurantjardine.co.za

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

#3 Terroir

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

Contact: (021) 880 8167

Website: www.kleinzalze.co.za

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

#4 Overture

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

Contact: (021) 880 2721

Website: bertusbasson.com

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

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#5 Rust en Vrede Restaurant

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

Contact: (021) 881 3757

Website: rustenvrede.com

Address: Rust en Vrede, Annandale Road, Stellenbosch

#6 Jordan Restaurant

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

Contact: 021 881 3612

Website: www.jordanwines.com

Address: Stellenbosch Kloof Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#7 Spek & Bone

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

Contact: (082) 569 8958

Website: bertusbasson.com

Address: 84 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

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#8 The Restaurant at Clos Malverne

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

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

Contact: (021) 865 2022

Website: closmalverne.co.za

Address: Devon Valley Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#9 Cucina di Giovanni

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

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

Contact: (021) 855 5033

Website: www.giovannicapetown.co.za

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

#10 Postcard Café

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

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

Contact: (021) 861 7703

Website: www.postcardcafe.co.za

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

#11 Makaron Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (021) 880 1549

Website: www.majekahouse.co.za

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

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#12 Cuvee

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

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

Contact: (021) 888 4932

Website: www.simonsig.co.za

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

#13 The Big Easy

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

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

Contact: (021) 887 3462

Website: thebigeasyrestaurant.co.za

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

#14 Oppie Dorp

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

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

Contact: (021) 883 3889

Website: www.oppiedorp.co.za

Address: 137 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#15 The FatButcher

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

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

Contact: (021) 882 8705

Website: fatbutcher.co.za

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

#16 Genki

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

Contact: (021) 887 5699

Website: genkisushi.weebly.com

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

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#17 Gino’s Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (021) 887 9786

Website: www.ginos.co.za

Address: 63 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#18 Pane e Vino

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

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

Contact: (021) 883 8312

Website: www.dallacia.com

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

#19 The Vine Bistro

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

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

Contact: (021) 809 6444

Website: glenellyestate.com

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

#20 Bukhara

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

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

Contact: (021) 882 9133

Website: bukhara.com

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

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

Top 20 Umhlanga Activities 2017.

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

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

#1 See the Light with Umhlanga Lighthouse

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

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

Contact: n/a

Website: n/a

Address: East Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

#2 Catch a tan at Umhlanga Main Beach

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

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

Contact: (031) 561 4257

Website: www.umhlangatourism.co.za

Address: Umhlanga Main Beach, Umhlanga, KZN

#3 Get your shopping fix at Gateway

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

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

Contact: (031) 514 0500

Website: www.gatewayworld.co.za

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

#4 Enjoy a beach day at La Lucia Beach

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

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

Contact: n/a

Website: www.sa-venues.com

Address: La Lucia, Umhlanga Coast, KZN

#5 Lace up for Umhlanga Lagoon Hiking Trail

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

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

Contact: (031) 561 4257

Website: n/a

Address: Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve, Umhlanga, KZN

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#6 Catch a movie at IMAX Theatre Gateway

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

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

Contact: (031) 566 4415

Website: movies.sterkinekor.co.za

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

#7 Visit KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board

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

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

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

Contact: (031) 566 0400

Website: www.shark.co.za

Address: 1a Herrwood Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

#8 Hit the 4×4 track at Gateway

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

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

Contact: (031) 566 3140

Website: n/a

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

#9 Take to the greens at Umhlanga Bowling Club

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

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

Contact: (074) 639 4028

Website: n/a

Address: 75 Twilight Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, KZN

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Bowls1Sport4Life via Facebook

#10 Shop till you drop at Pearls Mall

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

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

Contact: (031) 940 6840

Website: thepearls.co.za

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

#11 Sip some good java at African Roots Coffee

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

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

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

Contact: (087) 941 4591

Website: www.africanrootscoffee.co.za

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

#12 Grab a bite to eat at Village Table

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

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

Contact: (087) 288 4235

Website: www.facebook.com/villagetableumhlanga

Address: 6 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

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Village Table via Facebook

#13 Keep the kiddes At Play

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

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

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

Contact: (010) 900 2191

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

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

#14 Have some fun at Wavehouse

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

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

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

Website: www.wavehouse.co.za

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

#15 Enjoy the ultimate retreat with SurfSup Yoga

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

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

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

Contact: info@surfsupyoga.co.za

Website: surfsupyoga.co.za

Address: SurfSup Yoga, Durban, KZN

#16 Explore Hawaan Forest

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

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

Contact: n/a

Website: n/a

Address: Hawaan Forest, Umhlanga, KZN

#17 Grab some good coffee Power Plant

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

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

Contact: (031) 561 9191

Website: n/a

Address: 65 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, KZN

#18 Enjoy great food at Olive & Oil

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

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

Contact: (031) 561 2618

Website: oliveandoil.co.za

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

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#19 Discover new things at KZN Science Centre

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

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

Contact: (031) 408 1012

Website: kznsc.org

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

#20 Walk along Umhlanga Promenade

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

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

Contact: n/a

Website: n/a

Address: Umhlanga, KZN

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

 

Top 10 Umhlanga Restaurants 2017.

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

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

#1 Village Table

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

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

Contact: (087) 288 4235

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

Address: 6-8 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

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#2 Lord Prawn Fish & Grill

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

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

Contact: (031) 561 1133

Website: www.lordprawnumhlanga.co.za

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

#3 Doppio Zero

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

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

Contact: (010) 900 3173

Website: www.doppio.co.za

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

#4 Café La Plage

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

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

Contact: (031) 561 9999

Website: www.cafelapage.co.za

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

#5 Mo-Zam-Bik

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

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

Contact: (031) 836 1574

Website: www.mozambik.co.za

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

#6 Olive & Oil

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

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

Contact: (031) 561 2618

Website: oliveandoil.co.za

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

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#7 Lucky Shaker

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

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

Contact: (078) 450 6751

Website: www.lukcyshaker.com

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

#8 Casa Bella

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

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

Contact: (031) 007 0136

Website: casabelladining.co.za

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

#9 De’Ma

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

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

Contact: (031) 566 2450

Website: www.dema.co.za

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

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#10 The Incredible India

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

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

Contact: (031) 837 3731

Website: theincredibleindia.co.za

Address: 6 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

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