The small, mining town of Phalaborwa is famed for its proximity to the Kruger National Park – but there are a few other places, eateries and adventures to marvel at in this little town.
Situated in the very heart of Limpopo, the town makes for a fascinating place to visit. Not only for its climate, terrain and closeness to the Kruger – but also for the host of adventures you can enjoy in the area.
Let’s take a look at four fun things one can to do near Phalaborwa:
#1 Drive in the Kruger
It would be impossible to compile a list on Phalaborwa without including an adventure in the glorious, world-famous Kruger National Park.
So, while you are a stone’s throw away, make it your goal to take a guided game tour of the Kruger or embark on a self-drive safari experience.
You can enjoy seeing the wonders of the African bush… and if you’re blessed with good luck, you may also catch some great glimpses of some (if not all) of the Big Five!
Tip: If you wish to see a wider variety of game, head further in than the northern Kruger Park, where the Phalaborwa Gate is located.
But if you do head through the northern part of the Park, entering through Phalaborwa Gate, you can expect to see some interesting vegetation, including Mopane trees and acacia, and elephants (who especially love the Mopaneveld), giraffe, zebra, wild dogs and more.
Contact: +27 (013) 735 4000
Address: Kruger National Park, Phalaborwa, Limpopo, South Africa.
#2 Visit the Foskor Mine Museum
In a region that is famous for mining, it is great fun to visit a museum dedicated to mining history, artefacts and memorabilia like the Foskor Mine Museum.
This museum is especially exciting for children and while it is small, it provides interesting insights into Phalaborwa’s mining history, Kimberley’s Big Hole and much more.
Contact: +27 (015) 789 2000/+27 11 347 0600
Address: Foskor Mining Museum, Phalaborwa, Limpopo, South Africa.
#3 Explore Masorini Archaeological Site
While you are in Phalaborwa, try organise a tour of the Masorini Archaeological Site and museum.
This ancient Stone Age village was brought to life by early settlers who made a life smelting iron ore here…
The site takes visitors back in time, as one can see dome-shaped, clay furnaces, clay pipes and much more equipment from the olden days… It’s a fascinating place to wander about!
Nowadays, there is a small museum of sorts, renovated huts built here – and guests can even enjoy picnicking at the foot of Masorini Hill.
Address: Masorini, Kruger National Park, near Phalaborwa, Limpopo, South Africa.
#4 Tour the Qualito Craft Distillery
For those who prefer a more curated indoor experience, the Qualito Craft Distillery, established in 2005, is the ideal tasting (and shopping) experience.
At this excellent local distillery, you can enjoy tasting or buying quality non-alcoholic gin, craft gins, craft whisky and vodka infusions, as well as heading on a unique tasting tour.
The informative, fun tasting tour is an hour-long experience, which allows guests to sample 10 craft spirit tastings per person. And, because a maximum of ten people per tour is allowed, this is a nice one to enjoy with friends or family!
Note: Tours run from Monday – Saturday. For pricing and times, please see their website.
Pinetown – a small but characterful town, situated between Kloof and Westville – is close enough to Durban to drive to or from in a few minutes – but far enough away to lose the busy city feel.
It is home to many local indoor and outdoor attractions – and a handful of nice, little restaurants too!
Here are some of the best places to eat in Pinetown:
#1 The Curry O’s
The Curry O’s is a popular, family-run restaurant in Pinetown, known and loved for their tasty specialties. These particularly include their mouthwatering bunny chows (a delicacy in Durban and its surrounds) and their famous prawn and chicken breyani.
This Indian restaurant is known for its excellent service, delicious food and perhaps above all, its warm, welcoming owners.
If you are looking for a quality Pinetown restaurant, with authentic, homemade Indian cuisine, look no further than this local gem.
Contact: +27 (083) 250 5040
Address: The Curry O’s,875 Main Road, Moseley, Pinetown, KZN, South Africa.
#2 Takami Sushi Bar
A must for all sushi lovers (and new sushi converts), Takami is a wonderful find. Many diners agree, the sushi here is truly special and tasty.
Food and service are both good and meals are priced reasonably, especially as sushi goes! Meals are prepared as you order, so you can rest assured that anything you buy here will be fresh too!
So, if you are looking for amazing sushi at great prices, head to Takami.
Contact: +27 (078) 900 8694
Address: Takami Sushi Bar, Gillitts Shopping Centre, 15 Old Main Rd, Gillitts, KZN, South Africa.
#3 El’Cazzbar Fast Foods
If you are in a hurry, El’Cazzbar Fast Foods is always a good option. Specialising in burgers and sandwiches above all else, El’Cazzbar has a pretty varied menu overall. This includes designer sandwiches, burgers, shwarmas and more.
They offer large portions and food is freshly prepared in a timely manner. People generally agree they serve up good, value-for-money offerings – and some even hail them as makers of the ‘best sandwiches in Pinetown’.
Contact: +27 (031) 701 0204
Address: El’Cazzbar Fast Food, 127 Old Main Road (Josiah Gumede), Pinetown, KZN, South Africa.
#4 Swaadisht Foods Sarnia
Specialising in North Indian cuisine, the Swaadisht restaurants and takeaway branches – spread across Durban and surrounds – are known for their authentic Indian cuisine and generous portions.
This particular branch is known for nice food, good service and value-for-money eats… In fact, their bunny chow is especially famous!
Pay them a visit and see for yourself what their delicious food is really like.
Kafue National Park covers a massive area in western Zambia. It’s known for its abundant wildlife and the Kafue River, running north to south through the park.
In the north, the fertile Busanga Plains are home to lions, zebras, abundant birdlife and the sycamore fig trees of Busanga Swamps. In the more remote south, elephants and antelopes roam the Nanzhila Plains, and hippos swim in the waters of Lake Itezhi-Tezhi.
Go fishing, cruising or overnight on a houseboat on Lake Kariba. Sunsets are all kinds of splendid and no matter how hot it gets, don’t be tempted to give into the cool lake. Hippos and crocodiles call it home.
A private game reserve until 1983, the park was declared national property to curb poaching and currently covers 4,200 sq km (1,622 sq mi).
Go on a game drive within this park and find elephants and hippos at Lower Zambezi National Park, a protected wildlife viewing area along the northwestern bank of the Zambezi River.This park is home to the big cats including lions, leopards, cheetahs as well as buffalos, zebras, baboons, and bushbucks.
Contact: +260 97 4424013
Address: Sud di Lusaka, Lusaka, 10100, Zambia.
Game drives in Mosi-oa-tunya National Park
Most lodges will offer game drives within this world heritage site park and even though there are no big cats in this Zambian national park, you’ll will find elephants, rhinos, hippos, wildebeest, zebras, giraffe and more here. Head out on a game drive at sunrise or around sunset when the animals are most active and when temperatures are milder.
At Pakati Sunday Market, shop to your heart’s content and choose from Zambian masks, paintings, traditionally colored fabrics, wooden cutlery, bowls and carvings, malachite and copper jewelry, and knitted garments. Feel free to bargain get the best price.
Contact: +260 21 1256729
Address: Arcades Shopping Centre, Lusaka 10100, Zambia.
Modzi Arts Gallery
Visit the Modzi Arts Gallery where various artists will have their works on exhibition.
Modzi Arts aims to support the growth of contemporary art and cultural scene and make it more visible within and outside the Zambian society, by creating a space that is easy to access, offering education, gallery space, events and promotional for artists.
Contact: +260 95 5783992
Address: Modzi Arts, 2499/M Ibex Hill Road, Lusaka, 10101, Zambia
Driving towards the falls it will appear as though you’re making your way towards a bush fire. With all the ‘smoke’ and mist rising up from the powerful waterfall, you can certainly understand why it appears this way. Try get to the park as early as possible. Before 7am, hardly any tourists have already arrived and you’ll have a combination of the best light and space to take great photographs.
April and May when the falls are at the strongest, the Zambia side is a wonderful place for viewing. While many viewing spots are dry, be sure to take a rain coat ( and waterproof poncho if possible) as you will get drenched.
Make sure your valuables, phones and cameras are safe in waterproof cases too) But more than anything soak in the beauty and spray of this awe-inspiring beauty. For the adrenalin junkies you can go river rafting, on a helicopter ride/microlight flight over the falls or bungee from the bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Address: Victoria Falls, Mosi-o-tunya Road, Livingstone, Zambia.
Zambezi Sunset Cruises
To fully take in the splendor and bird life on Africa’s fourth largest river, jump aboard a river cruise at sunset. Head up and down the river on the calmer parts of the river with a guide who will point out hippos, crocodiles and the burgeoning bird life.
Plus there’s almost always promise of sundowners aboard the boat. For those wanting to get more active, opt for a kayaking trip down the river with a guide.
Many lodges and operators will have this activity during your stay. Do your research before and select an operator who values sustainable interactions with locals and who contributes to the upskilling, education and entrepreneurial advancement of the locals in the village.
Educate yourself on the structures of villages in Zambia; the way they are built, run and what they do to earn a living. If there are ways for you to donate or contribute in a meaningful way then do so through your lodge or tour operator.
Found along South Africa’s favourite coastal stretch, the Garden Route – George is a popular city for holidaying, adventures and seaside escapes.
It lies in a fertile valley, surrounded by the beautiful Outeniqua Mountains, forests, dams and rivers and of course, the sea.
Not only does this make it a stunning city from a visual perspective – but these facts also cement it as something of an adventure capital too!
With this in mind, here are the top things to do in gorgeous George:
#1 Ride in the Outeniqua Power Van
For a unique rail experience, hop abroad the famous Outeniqua Power Van. Operating since 1999, this popular van takes you high up into the mountains, showcasing the region’s incredible natural beauty to the max.
It is the ideal activity for young and old travellers alike to enjoy and promises to enchant the whole family!
On your trip, aside from soaking up the wonderful sights and sounds, you will also learn some fascinating things about this beautiful part of SA.
Address: Herold Wines, Montague Pass, Afguns river, Herold, George, Western Cape, South Africa.
#3 Explore the Garden Route Botanical Garden
Nature lovers, this one is especially ideal for you, as this gorgeous botanical garden is one of the main outdoor attractions in the Garden Route… and rightly so!
Here, you can get in touch with nature again and soak up the beauty of the Garden Route from the ground up (literally).
This spectacular botanical garden offers guided tours, hikes and walks (of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty), MTB/cycling opportunities, a weekly Saturday park run – and even a delightful garden cafe in Getafix Garden Café.
Visit this wondrous garden for all kinds of sights and experiences.
Address: Garden Route Botanical Garden, 49 Caledon Street, George, Western Cape, South Africa.
#4 Visit Redberry Farm
Immerse yourself in the countryside when you visit this phenomenal berry farm… Not only does it offer a plethora of food options and fun activities, but it ensures one of the most magical outdoor experiences for people of all ages to enjoy.
Pick your own strawberries (during the berry season), snack on some local delicacies, stroll about the farm or simply lose yourself in the Hedge Maze.
Great activities – especially geared at the kiddies and even teens – include: the Redberry Express, playground, pony rides, bumper boats, bubble ball and much more.
If you’re after a bite to eat, you will feel spoilt for choice, with several options, including the Redberry Farm Stall, Tea Garden and The Noshery.
So be sure to fit this farm into your must-visit places in George – you won’t regret it!
Address: Redberry Farm, Geelhoutboom Road (off the R404), Blanco, George, Western Cape, South Africa.
#5 Take the kids to Timberlake Organic Village
It might lie between Sedgefield and Wilderness, but Timberlake is a village of independent businesses and incredible activities, making it an attraction for young and old. So whether you wish to shop, eat or let the little ones have some fun, this is the place to go.
With activities like Acrobranch, a beautiful Fairy Garden and the immersive Wildwoods Adventure Land, the kids will be content till the cows come home. Meanwhile, adults can enjoy browsing an array of wonderful stores and eateries, including Zucchini Restaurant, Josephine’s Clothing, Wildflower Leather and many more.
Best of all, this scenic venue also plays host to a variety of events – including special weddings and corporate functions.
This is one of the best local attractions in the area – and it is well worth a visit!
Address: Timberlake Organic Village, N2 halfway btw Wilderness and Sedgefield, Wilderness, Western Cape, South Africa.
#6 Ride out with Black Horse Trails
If you’re keen to head on an outride in the beautiful Garden Route, then Black Horse Trails should be top of your list.
Run by passionate Andrea and her son, Black Horse Trails is home to a collection of lovely, capable horses, many of whom are rescues.
Rides take you into the indigenous forests, creating a once-in-a-lifetime type of experience.
They offer horses for every level of riding experience. So no matter whether you’re a beginner or a pro – you will be easily catered for.
Address: Outeniqua Transport Museum, 2 Mission Road, George, Western Cape, South Africa.
#9 Visit the Outeniqua Farmers Market
Open every Saturday (from 8am – 2pm), this popular local market provides pleasure for the whole family. Best of all, with plenty of cover and seating on offer, you can enjoy this market no matter the weather.
A festive feeling prevails throughout the market and visitors can enjoy browsing all types of stalls, tucking into delicious food and experiencing a unique country-type market.
What’s more, they offer plenty of kiddies’ activities and are pet-friendly, meaning everyone really can join in on the fun.
Contact: +27 (076) 781 3621, firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Outeniqua Farmers Market, opposite Garden Route Mall, George, Western Cape, South Africa.
#10 Drive Along Montagu Pass
As far as mountain passes in South Africa go – Montagu Pass (not to be confused with the town of Montagu’s own Cogmanskloof Pass) is a most famous one.
Montagu Pass is believed to be one of the oldest, unaltered passes in South Africa and offers some 17,1 kilometres of narrow, breathtaking scenery. It was originally the first road between George and Oudtshoorn – but even today, it plays an important role in traffic navigation.
With some 126 bends and curves, it provides many thrilling, heart-in-mouth moments… This is definitely a must for all roadtrippers and passionate travellers!
Note: This mountain road is suitable for all vehicles in decent weather conditions – but please drive slowly and carefully and give way to your fellow drivers, where possible/needed.
Address: Montagu Pass, George, Western Cape, South Africa.
These are just some of the incredible indoor and outdoor activities one can enjoy in George… Which will you tackle first?
Address: Albert Falls Nature Reserve, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa.
#2 Visit The African Bird of Prey Sanctuary
Situated in a bushveld valley, The African Bird of Prey Sanctuary is a highlight for those visiting either Durban or Pietermaritzburg, as it is easily accessible from either city.
This wonderful bird haven is home to the widest selection of indigenous raptors across southern Africa.
Raptor Rescue is a special rehabilitation unit, which treats sick, injured or orphaned birds of prey. While the Bearded Vulture Breeding Programme strives to conserve and protect endangered birds by taking their second eggs and hatching them in cavity, before eventually releasing them into the wild to assist the dwindling population.
So visit this fascinating bird park and experience these amazing birds for yourself!
Address: The African Bird of Prey Sanctuary, Lion Park Road, Umlaas Road, KZN, South Africa.
#3 Discover Tatham Art Gallery
As one of South Africa’s finest art museums, Tatham Art Gallery needs little introduction.
First established in 1903, it serves the Msunduzi region through its impressive visual arts. And while its primary function is to display art – it also hosts many different art exhibitions too.
In addition to the museum, visitors can browse the Tatham Shop for a host of gifts, crafts, artworks and more. There is also the delightful Cafe Tatham, which is great for a slice of cake and a good cappuccino.
Contact: +27 (033) 392 2801
Address: Tatham Art Gallery, Chief Albert Luthuli St (Opp. City Hall), Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa.
#4 Be Enchanted at Butterflies For Africa
This tropical butterfly centre provides a unique experience for young and old.
In the Butterfly House, you will be mesmerised by so many beautiful butterflies, as you wander through this lush environment. You will also find other creatures here, including some monkeys.
Once you are done exploring, head to the art gallery or cafe for a bite to eat.
Overall, Butterflies For Africa is an interesting place to visit and will definitely thrill anyone who loves these stunning insects!
Contact: +27 (033) 3871356
Address: Butterflies For Africa, 37 Willowton Road, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa.
#5 Head to Comrades Marathon House
Honouring this hugely famous race, this museum paints a colourful picture of the race, its previous runners and most of all, the courage it takes to tackle something like this ‘ultimate human race’.
There are stories and photos to inspire new and existing runners – and it is a must for history lovers too.
This museum is one of the most popular tourist and educational places around. It is dedicated to “to increasing understanding of the history of mankind in south-eastern Africa and of the natural world, through the collection, study and display of real objects.”
First opened in November 1904, the museum is home to some of South Africa’s most significant heritage collections.
Make a point of exploring this fascinating museum when you’re in KZN – it’s well worth it.
Contact: +27 (033) 345 1404, email@example.com
Address: KwaZulu-Natal, 237 Jabu Ndlovu Street, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa.
#7 Head to Pietermaritzburg Model Engineering Society
Let the Pietermaritzburg Model Engineering Society (PMES) take you for a ride…
PMES’s goal is to foster in interest in the field of engineering by constructing miniature replicas of locomotives, machine tools, engines and other engineering-related projects.
Every first Sunday of the month, they invite the public to buy tickets and enjoy a ride around the miniature railway, in steam trains and ‘diesel’ locomotives.
You can also use the park for picnics with your friends and family, allowing you to make a full day of it.
Note: They also can host children’s birthday parties every Saturday and sometimes even during the week too.
Contact: +27 (033) 3864857 (President – Harry Chambers)
Address: Pietermaritzburg Model Engineering Society, 78 Rudling Road Bisley, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa.
#8 Immerse Yourself in KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden
Calling all nature lovers, this one is a must… This tranquil garden, found in Pietermaritzburg, is a beautiful, relaxing and above all, educational space.
It offers a host of hiking trails, picnic and braai facilities and plenty of natural wonders to see, including many birds, fascinating, old trees and much more.
This garden is a place of immense charm, gracefulness and beauty. It ensures a special outing for the whole family.
Note: Every Saturday, you can also enjoy the weekly Farmers’ Market here.
Contact: +27 (033) 344 3585
Address: KZN National Botanical Garden, 2 Zwartkop Road, Prestbury, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa.
#9 Enjoy Spa Day at Senses Salon & Spa
Because we all need a little pampering in life sometimes, this highly rated spa is the perfect place to go for it.
Choose from a range of special spa packages. They offer several different options, with prices and offerings to suit every need and budget.
This is one of the finest hair and beauty salons and spas anywhere in the Natal Midlands… so what are you waiting for? It’s time to relax and unwind, while you are treated like pampered royalty.
Contact: +27 (033) 345 0511
Address: Senses Salon & Spa, 8 Old Howick Road, Wembley, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa.
#10 Explore Tala Private Game Reserve
Hidden away in the hills, among a peaceful farming community, this private game reserve is a special find indeed.
They offer a host of incredible activities – think: game drives, MTB, fresh water fishing, paintball/target shooting and even archery -, accommodation (in Aloe Lodge), a lovely restaurant and plenty of year-round calendar events too.
Tala Game Reserve can also host memorable weddings (and corporate functions)… so you really can have that luxury game lodge wedding you’ve always dreamed of!
Immerse yourself in nature, see the wildlife up close and enjoy ultimate luxury – it’s all part of the package at Tala Game Reserve.
Contact: +27 (031) 781 8000, firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Tala Game Reserve,R603 Umbumbulu Road
Camperdown, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa.
These are just some of the fun things you can do in and around Pietermaritzburg! Have you tried any yet?
Tofo offers plenty of excellent food options… The restaurants here allow visitors to indulge in pizza, seafood, Italian and Indian cuisine and even burgers. (Though seafood is naturally one of your best options locally.)
With this in mind, here are the top places to eat in Tofo:
This charming cafe, located at Liquid Dive Adventures, offers oh-so-good breakfasts, salads, smoothies, sandwiches and more.
Their service and food is amazing (keep an eye out for the vegan burger) and they especially cater to both vegans and vegetarians.
Best of all, they run lots of great specials so you can both feast and save… This restaurant is also close to the beach so the views are great too!
Address: Happi Restaurant, Praia do Tofo, Imhambane, Mozambique.
A Street Bar named Desire
Found in the town’s market area, this unusual eatery serves up an array of pub food, burgers and delicious salads. Dishes are named after music/musicians from the 1960s-1970s… This is something which certainly adds fun to the whole dining experience!
It is something of a hidden gem, too – with great food at affordable prices and a stellar atmosphere, allowing you to chill with the locals in style, over a cocktail or beer.
Contact: (+258) 842625289
Address: A Street Bar Named Desire, Tofo, Imhambane, Mozambique.
What U Want
What U Want specialises in both delicious Italian and Mozambican cuisine… Here, you can sink your teeth into delicacies like octopus carpaccio, lobster pasta or wood-fired pizzas – the choices are endless and are all delicious picks!
Simply put: this is really good food at equally good prices, with a great atmosphere and friendly staff to boot.
Contact: (+258) 84 929 6936, email@example.com
Address: What U Want, Tofo Beach, Tofo, Mozambique.
This cosy spot offers top notch beef and seafood dishes and pizzas. Food can be cooked right at your table, on interesting ‘hot stones’.
Branko’s is well-known for its excellent vibe and memorable food experiences so it’s definitely one a must when in Tofo.
They are creative and inviting with both their dishes and their serving… After all, it’s a lot of fun to eat your (sea)food off a hot stone!
Note: One important thing to keep in mind before visiting is that it is very popular so it can get full – but it’s still so worth it!
Contact: (+258) 84 066 6470
Address: Branko’s, Tofo Beach, Tofo, Imhambane, Mozambique.
Casa de Comer
At Casa de Comer, Mozambican cuisine and fresh seafood are the orders of the day… In fact, it is rated as one of the best spots to go for fresh, local food.
They offer an array of food options – and a calming atmosphere, with good music and friendly staff, are all part of the place.
If you’re already an able surfer, pop into the Surf Shack on Tofo’s beachfront for advice on the best surf breaks. If you’re keen to learn, this is the best place. They offer private and group lessons mostly at low tide.
Warm water, rash vests, board rental and an instructor are all included in your surf lesson fee and what a spot to learn. Nothing like the stoke of first standing up on your board!
Contact: +258 843649517
Address: Beachfront Praia do Tofo
Warm water, a myriad of explosive marine life and countless dive sites ranging from shallow to very deep for all levels means that Tofo beckons to qualified divers from across the globe.
This also makes it an ideal spot to get your open water certification. A dive to ‘Fingers’ reef is suitable for dives 3 and 4 of your open water and is said to spoil newbie divers for life with marco life such as Banded boxer shrimp, leaf fish, nudibranchs and frog fish and in the more protected fingers are sandy areas, ideal for torpedo rays, kuhl’s and the occasional Jenkins ray.
Then, for the experienced divers who can descend quickly, there are drift dives (due to reef shape and current), such as ‘Amazon’, which is said to be wild and seldom visited and one of the few places where leopard sharks are seen, as well as other shark species, such as Whitetips, Grey reef, Black tip reef shark and scalloped Hammerhead. Mantas and spotted eagle rays are also sometimes seen on this site.
Book your spot with Tofo Scuba right on the beach.
Contact: (+258) 84 3733074
Address: Beachfront Tofo
A guided tour on the back of a quad bike between Barra and Tofo beach is one of the most exhilarating things you can do in Tofo. Pass palm trees, local villages and flat open sand of Barra. Feel the wind in your hair and explore quiet enclaves and beach inaccessible directly from the beach itself.
Visit the Light House, Flamingo Bay Water Lodge for a swim and a beer and some local markets for shopping. Helmets are provided but make sure you wear comfortable shoes and book a day in advance.
Contact: +258 -844409303
Address: Tofo Beach – Josina Machel (next to Hotel Tofo Mar) Inhambane – Mozambique
This is the most popular activity to undertake while in Tofo. It consists of a 2-hour boat ride zigzagging up and down the coastline in search of the famous whale shark with Manta rays, dolphins and Humpback whales also on the agenda.
This excursion involves snorkelling so be prepared to jump in and be in awe while watching a whale shark glide underneath you with its unrivalled beauty and power.
Does the idea of a dhow cruise, crystal clear waters and an abundance of pansy shells on a beach sound good? Add a local Mozambican lunch on the island and you’ve got a day out in paradise, including snorkelling and a trip on a local dhow cruise.
This is highly recommended for those in need of taking a time out, relaxing and chilling on the open ocean and of course, an island. Dare I say that may be all of us?
The area of Tofinho is situated on a hilly outcrop just to the right of Tofo. It is also the home of Tofinho Point, which is a haven for surfers when the tide is right.
Watch the surfers from the hill and, if you’re lucky in season, catch the chance to see Humpback whales breach and school of dolphins swim by.
Party at Dathonga
Dathonga is an art gallery/restaurant/bar which hosts live music and a DJ every Sunday evening.
Indulging in cold beverages while joining moving bodies on dance floor is a must to end of a great week or start it off depending on which way you look at it. Calling all party animals, this one is for you.
As KwaZulu-Natal’s second largest city, Pietermaritzburg is an interesting place to visit. There is plenty to see and do in this city, which it is known as the ‘City of Flowers’ thanks to its plethora of beautiful roses and azleas.
But beyond that, it also offers some quality food establishments worth visiting… Here is the pick of the best places to eat in Pietermaritzburg:
#1 Sagewood Cafe
This award-winning, artisan cafe is a place where amazing harmony, passion for excellent food and quality service come together.
They offer an incredible range of food, whipped up with style and finesse by Chef Gregg Oosthuizen. Their aim is to create food, which uses primarily local, seasonal ingredients – and that is fresh and tasty to boot.
Here, good eating can be enjoyed in a beautiful space – and friendly service and quality offerings are always a guarantee.
Address: Sagewood Cafe, Shop 3, Blackwood’s Home of Gardening, 97 Chatterton Road, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa.
#2 Lavitae Restaurant
Specialising in Italian cuisine, this restaurant offers everything from mouthwatering traditional dishes to modern recipes and delicious comfort food. And, best of all, they also offer some excellent wines so you really can dine in style.
Lavitae’s central location makes it easily accessible, further ensuring it is the perfect place to head for a memorable meal with those you love.
Contact: +27 (033) 342 1027, firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Lavitae Restaurant, Ground Floor, Invesco Centre, 16 Chatterton Road, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa.
#3 Olive and Oil
Established by owners Jacqui and Nickos Itopoulos, the Mediterranean has strongly influenced the menu and warmth of these eateries. Olive and Oil specialises in delicious Mediterranean food, which is both simple and comforting.
With branches across KZN, this charming eatery is one of four delightful restaurants in the ‘Olive Belt’. But this is certainly one of the most beautiful, particularly as it offers a wonderful outdoor deck-meets-garden area, with comfy lounge seating.
Olive and Oil strive to provide a welcoming, family-like dining experience for their guests, so the experience, at any of their branches, is certainly a pleasurable one.
Address: Olive and Oil, Cascades Shopping Centre, 23 Mc Carthy Drive, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa.
#4 Tandoor Kitchen
For those seeking authentic Indian food, Tandoor Kitchen should be your first port of call. This eatery offers a wonderful dining experience, with top class, flavourful food and comfortable surroundings.
They offer both sit-down and takeaway, so you can choose whether you will linger longer or order and go.
This is rated as one of the best restaurants in PMB, especially if you want generous portions and fresh, authentically flavoured food – don’t miss out!
Contact: +27 (033) 342 8853
Address: Tandoor Kitchen, 319 Bulwer Street, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa.
Whether you visit Rosehurst for a charming tea experience with loved ones or just to eat and stroll around the beautiful, English garden – no visit to PMB is complete without making a stop at this delightful eatery.
In addition to its pleasant setting and good food and drinks, this coffee shop also has lovely antiques on sale, so you can browse before or after you’ve eaten.
Service is attentive, the vibe is tranquil and interesting and they offer good, honest food – what more could you need?
Contact: +27 (033) 394 3833
Address: Rosehurst, 239 Boom Street, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa.
#7 Jayz Grill
This family-run restaurant is the place ‘where family and friends meet’. They offer a quality, varied menu, which can suitably cater to all tastes.
Jayz Grill is ideal for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Plus, in addition to their full menu, this cosy and cheerful eatery also has some great daily specials, a children’s menu and an award-winning wine list to boot.
Be sure to pop by for a meal with your loved in this especially child-friendly restaurant.
Note: Jayz Grill can also host kids’ parties.
Contact: +27 (033) 342 1185, email@example.com
Address: Jayz Grill, Invesco Centre, Chatterton Road, Athlone, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa.
#8 Coffeeberry Cafe
This classy, yet edgy cafe is the place to go in Pietermaritzburg. It is hugely popular for breakfast, lunch or dinner – as you choose – and is famed for its great coffee and food alike.
Established in 2005 and impressively revamped in 2016, Coffeeberry Cafe is the friendly, industrial-chic locale, which offers a wonderful menu, wine list – and of course, sumptuous interiors, with strong wooden and brick overtones.
If you are looking for a relaxed eatery, then head to Coffeeberry Cafe.
Address: Coffeeberry on the Piazza, Cascades Lifestyle Centre, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa.
Set within an oasis of natural garden beauty, Tea on 23, which opened in 2011, is one of the prettiest eateries you will find in South Africa – never mind in Pietermaritzburg! Adding to the rustic, yet delightful experience is the resident peacock, beloved by guests.
This eatery is ideal for breakfast or brunch, light lunches and even buffet-style eating. They can also assist with functions, like baby showers or kitchen teas.
Tea on 23 offers delicious, healthy food, which is fresh and consistently good. To top it off, service is always good and the atmosphere – particularly the charming garden setting – is pure bliss.
So, for a relaxing, beautiful eatery with both good food and service, turn to Tea on 23.
Found along the beloved Garden Route, George is a popular city for travellers and holidaymakers, especially over Easter and the Festive Season.
It ensures a scenic, coastal-lying escape, while – as the Western Cape’s second largest city – also allowing you to still enjoy the ease and convenience of an organised, large city and all it has to offer.
Aside from offering plenty to see and do, beautiful scenery and its own unique history, George is also well-stocked with some top eateries.
Here are the best places to eat in George:
#1 Henry White’s Restaurant
Henry White’s may be a posh fine dining restaurant but, at its culinary heart, it offers a warm atmosphere. This is complete with rich, classic foods inspired by the local food heritage.
Henry White’s is done out oh-so-tastefully and oozes elegance and class. This means that this restaurant is the place to go for any special occasion (it is especially romantic!) – or even just if you want to spoil yourself a little.
Henry White’s executive chef, Desmond Morgan, is known for keenly incorporating local produce. This is something he uses with flair and creativity, helping him to place stunning meals before eager diners.
It is quality right through, particularly as the ambiance and service here is as wonderful as the food.
Note: The required dress code is smart casual – and reservations are essential.
Address: Henry White’s, Montagu Street, Blanco, George, Western Cape, South Africa.
#2 Monet’s Restaurant
This lovely, airy space is perfectly positioned, overlooking the immaculate Outeniqua golf course, with the majestic mountains behind.
It’s the ideal spot for a coffee over breakfast (or lunch), light-hearted brunch, a classy dinner… or even just a meaningful catch-up with those you love. Best of all, it is serene and calming inside and out.
What’s more, Monet’s offers a well-balanced menu… With everything from light meals to sushi platters available.
Address: Monet’s, Montagu Street, Blanco, George, Western Cape, South Africa.
#3 Old Townhouse Restaurant
For those seeking a lovely restaurant, with delicious food and a welcoming vibe, look no further than Old Townhouse Restaurant.
This restaurant offers plenty of old-fashioned charm, friendly service and good food. The desserts, which include homemade ice-cream and cheese cake, are especially highly rated…
Above all, by popular vote, it is also considered a value-for-money restaurant. So you can enjoy a quality dining experience in George without breaking the bank.
Contact: +27 (044) 874 3663
Address: Old Townhouse Restaurant, 94 York Street, George, Western Cape, South Africa.
#4 101 Meade Street Restaurant
Whether you are looking for a good breakfast, lunch or dinner, 101 Meade Street Restaurant is the place of choice for all these and more.
This contemporary-style restaurant and bar is stylish, beautifully decorated – and above all, it offers incredible food.
With a strong emphasis on using local produce and seasonal, simple ingredients, this restaurant is known and loved for its locally roasted coffee, classic breakfasts, pastries, artisan baked breads and other mouth-watering treats.
Their lunch and dinner menus offer predominantly seasonal, contemporary dishes, but, if you’re after something a little different, they also offer an interesting tapas menu and some quality wines.
Address: La Capannina, 122 York Street, George, Western Cape, South Africa.
#6 Kafe Serefe
Serving up delicious Turkish cuisine, Kafe Serefe is an interesting eatery to visit. Creatively decorated to capture its unique culture and cuisine, it is certainly a charming food stop in George.
Portions are generous, the dishes are delicious and flavourful – and best of all, its setting is delightfully lovely, with good service and decent pricing to boot.
If you are looking for something different from the more typical Cape restaurants – be sure to visit Kafe Serefe for a truly memorable food experience!
Contact: +27 (044) 884 1012
Address: Kafe Serefe, 60 Courtenay Street, Bodorp, George, Western Cape, South Africa.
#7 Shan Sushi
Sushi addicts, this one is definitely for you! Shan Sushi is a popular sushi joint in George, loved for its fresh, tasty sushi, excellent service and good prices.
Locals (and travellers alike) adore this quality sushi restaurant. Many visitors hail it as one of the best sushi places (and sushi) anywhere, with extremely friendly owners to boot.
So, if you are craving some mouthwatering sushi… head to Shan Sushi!
Contact: +27 (044) 873 2595
Address: Shan Sushi, 107 York Street, George, Western Cape, South Africa.
#8 Meenachee’s North & South Indian Cuisine
Meenachee’s North & South Indian Cuisine is a George restaurant, which is loved for its delicious Indian food.
For over a decade now, locals have enjoyed tucking into authentic, flavourful dishes, prepared by chef-owner Meenachee Reddy.
In addition to the fact that it is well-known for its thoroughly pleasing cuisine, this eatery is also the oldest (and arguably one of the most popular) Indian restaurants in the Garden Route.
For a taste of India, visit this exciting eatery, where tempting dishes – like Karoo Lamb Curry or the quintessential South African bunny chow – are sure to satisfy your hunger.
Contact: +27 (044) 873 4226, firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Meenachee’s North & South Indian Cuisine, 1 Market Mall, Market Street, George, Western Cape, South Africa.
#9 La Cantina
La Cantina is the perfect place to go for some good food and quality time with the whole family. This gorgeous restaurant, which offers incredible indoor and outdoor seating, is a beautiful haven within George – and a foodie gem, too!
Its traditional Italian menu serves up everything from authentic Mediterranean dishes to prime steaks and marvellous homemade pasta or thin-based, wood-fired pizzas.
So join La Cantina for a special dining experience – especially as all ages are most welcome here.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.