Top 10 Restaurants on the Water in Knysna

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

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

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

#1 Butterfly Blu

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

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

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

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

Website: butterflyblu.co.za

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

Butterfly Blu via Facebook
Butterfly Blu via Facebook

#2 Sirocco Restaurant

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

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

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

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

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

Website: www.sirocco.co.za

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

#3 JJ’s Restaurant

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jjsrestaurant.co.za

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

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

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

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

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

Website: jjsrestaurant.co.za

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

#4 Dry Dock Restaurant and Terrace

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

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

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

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

Website: www.drydock.co.za

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

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

#5 East Head Cafe

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

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

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

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

Website: www.eastheadcafe.co.za

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

#6 O Pescador Restaurant

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (044) 382 3476

Website: www.knysnawaterfront.com

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

#7 Cruise Cafe

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

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

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

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

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

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

#8 34 South

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

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

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

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

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

Website: www.34south.biz

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

#9 Freshline Fisheries

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

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

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

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

Website: freshlinefisheries.co.za

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

Freshline Fisheries via Facebook
Freshline Fisheries via Facebook

#10 Benguela Brasserie & Restaurant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top 10 Vegan Restaurants in Cape Town

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

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

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

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

#1 Lekker Vegan

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

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

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

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

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

Website: lekkervegan.co.za

Address:

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

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

#2 Raw and Roxy

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

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

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

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

Note: Raw and Roxy also offers online ordering.

Contact: +27 (079) 599 6277

Website: rawrawandroxy.wixsite.com

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

 

Beatrice Holst via Instagram
Beatrice Holst via Instagram

#3 Scheckter’s RAW

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

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

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

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

Website: schecktersraw.com

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

#4 Plant

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

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

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

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

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

Website: www.plantcafe.co.za

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

www.plantcafe.co.za
www.plantcafe.co.za

#5 The Kind Kitchen

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (061) 526 1358

Website: thekindkitchen.co.za

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

#6 Jessy’s Waffles

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

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

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

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

Website: jessyswaffles.co.za

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

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

#7 Pure Elixir Cafe

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

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

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

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

Website: N/A

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

#8 The Sunshine Food Co

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

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

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

Website: sunshinefoodct.co.za

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

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

#9 Spirit Cafe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Website: www.spiritcafe.co.za

Address:

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

#10 O’Ways Teacafe

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

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

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

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

Website: www.oways.co.za

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

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

Top 10 Family Friendly Restaurants Cape Town

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

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

#1 Dunes Beach Restaurant

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

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (021) 790 1876

Website: www.dunesrestaurant.co.za

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

Dunes Beach Restaurant via Facebook
Dunes Beach Restaurant via Facebook

#2 Clay Cafe

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

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

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

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

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

Website: claycafe.co.za

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

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claycafe.co.za

#3 cafe Roux

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

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

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

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

Website: www.caferoux.co.za

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

#4 The Gardener’s Cottage Restaurant

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Gardener's Cottage
The Gardener’s Cottage

#5 Bon Amis at Bloemendal

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

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

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

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

Website: www.bonamis.co.za

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

#6 Damhuis Restaurant

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (021) 553 0093

Website: www.diedamhuis.co.za

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

#7 The Stone Kitchen at Dunstone

Dunstone Country Estate via Instagram
Dunstone Country Estate via Instagram

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

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

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

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

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

Website: www.dunstone.co.za/bistro

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

#8 Tables at Nitida

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

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

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

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

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

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

#9 Joostenberg Bistro

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

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

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

Website: joostenberg.co.za/the-bistro

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

#10 Peppa Jack’s

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

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

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

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

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

Website: www.peppajacks.co.za

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

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

Best Things to Do in Kimberley

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

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

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

#1 Explore The Big Hole

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Website: thebighole.co.za

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

The Big Hole via Facebook
The Big Hole via Facebook

#2 Visit Sol Plaatje House Museum and Library

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (053) 833 2526

Website: www.kimberley.co.za

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

#3 See Kamfers Dam from Afar

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

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

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

Contact: info@savetheflamingo.co.za

Website: www.experiencenortherncape.com

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

#4 Head to Mokala National Park

www.sanparks.org
www.sanparks.org

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

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

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

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

Website: www.sanparks.org/parks/mokala

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

#5 Visit Wildebeest Kuil Rock Centre

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

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

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

Note: Booking is advisable.

Contact: +27 (053) 833 7069

Website: www.wildebeestkuil.itgo.com

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

#6 Head to Kimberley Mine Museum

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (053) 839 4600

Website: www.thebighole.co.za

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

#7 Take to the Greens at Kimberley Golf Course

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kimberleygolfclub.co.za

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

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

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

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

Website: kimberleygolfclub.co.za

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

#8 Visit Magersfontein Battlefield Museum

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

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (053) 833 7115

Website: www.thesolomon.co.za

Address: Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa.

#9 Visit the William Humphreys Art Gallery

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www.whag.co.za

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

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

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

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

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

Website: www.whag.co.za/contact.htm

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

#10 Head to McGregor Museum

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (053) 839 2700

Website: www.museumsnc.co.za

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

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

Four Fun Things to Do Near Phalaborwa

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

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

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

#1 Drive in the Kruger

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

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

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (013) 735 4000

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

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

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www.sanparks.org

#2 Visit the Foskor Mine Museum

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

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

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

Website: www.foskor.co.za

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

#3 Explore Masorini Archaeological Site

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

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (013) 735 4000

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

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

#4 Tour the Qualito Craft Distillery

Qualito Craft Distillery via Instagram
Qualito Craft Distillery via Instagram

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

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

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

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

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

Website: qualito.co.za

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

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

Best Places to Eat Near Pinetown

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

Website: the-curry-os.business.site

Address: The Curry O’s,875 Main Road, Moseley, Pinetown, KZN, South Africa.

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the-curry-os.business.site

#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

Website: N/A

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

Website: elcazzbarfoods.co.za

Address: El’Cazzbar Fast Food, 127 Old Main Road (Josiah Gumede), Pinetown, KZN, South Africa.

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Photo by Mae Mu on Unsplash

#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.

Contact: +27 (031) 708 1595, (074) 130 4588

Website: www.swaadishtfoods.co.za

Address: Swaadisht Foods Sarnia, Paradise Junction – Engen, 176 Underwood Road, Sarnia, KZN, South Africa.

#5 Black Forest Tavern

This German-style pub is known for its pub grub. Some of their delicacies include the chicken peri-peri pie and Eisbein.

This eatery will not be everyone’s cup of tea, sure but service is decent and the food is good. So, if you’re keen for a pub experience in Pinetown, visit Black Forest Tavern.

Contact: +27 (031) 702 2908

Website: N/A

Address: Black Forest Tavern, 55 Glenugie Road, Pinetown, Durban, KZN, South Africa.

These are some of the best rated eateries in Pinetown – and though the list is short and sweet, each of these places offers something unique for you to enjoy.

Top 10 Things to Do in Zambia

Safari in Kafue National Park

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.

Contact:  +27 21 712 5296 (Sun Safaris)

Website: www.zambiatourism.com/destinations/national-parks/kafue-national-park/

Address: Kafue National Park, Zambia.

Fish and Boat Cruise on Lake Kariba

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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.

Contact: N/A

Website: www.victoriafalls-guide.net/zambezi-cruise-safaris.html

Address: Lake Kariba, Zambia.

Lower Zambezi National Park

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

Website: www.lowerzambezi.com

Address: Sud di Lusaka, Lusaka, 10100, Zambia.

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Zambiatourism.com via Facebook

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.

Contact:+27 10 600 0520 (Pure Africa), +27 11 469 9300 (Bushtracks Africa)

Website: www.zambiatourism.com/destinations/national-parks/mosi-oa-tunya/

Address: Mosi-oa-tunya National Park, Zambia.

Livingstone Museum

The museum was formerly known as the David Livingstone Memorial Museum and Rhodes-Livingstone Museum.

It is the largest and the oldest museum in Zambia, located in Livingstone near Victoria Falls and well worth a visit if you didn’t have guide taking you to the falls.

Contact: +260 213 324 429

Website: www.victoriafalls-guide.net/david-livingstone-museum.html

Address: Livingstone Museum,  Plot 567, Mosi-Oa-Tunya Road, Livingstone, Zambia.

Shop at Pakati Sunday Market

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

Website: N/A

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

Website: www.modziarts.com

Address: Modzi Arts, 2499/M Ibex Hill Road, Lusaka, 10101, Zambia

Victoria Falls

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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.

Contact: N/A

Website: www.victoriafalls-guide.net

Address: Victoria Falls, Mosi-o-tunya Road, Livingstone, Zambia.

Zambezi Sunset Cruises

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www.wildhorizons.co.za

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.

Contact: +263 (83) – 2844571, 2844426, 2842313, 2842029 (Wild Horizons)

Website: www.wildhorizons.co.za

Address: Zambezi River, Zambia

Visit a Local Village

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.

Contact: N/A

Website: https://pickyourday.com/activity/2483

Address: Various, Zambia

Best Things to Do in George

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.

Contact: +27 (044) 801 8239, +27 (082) 490 5627, opv@mweb.co.za

Website: www.georgetourism.org.za

Address: Outeniqua Power Van, Mission Street, Eastern Extension, George, Western Cape, South Africa.

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www.georgeherald.com

#2 Explore Herold Wines

For the wine lovers among us, Herold Wines provides a delightful wine experience in the Garden Route.

This beautiful estate, found up high, offers wonderful day trips and weekend getaway for its guests – thanks to its cellar tours and lovely accommodation offerings.

When visiting, especially if you linger longer, why not head for some bird-watching, swim in the dam or even enjoy a delicious picnic or winetasting on the estate?

Its beauty will mesmerise you and the wines will woo you… of this you can be sure!

Contact: +27 (072) 833 8223,  info@heroldwines.co.za

Website: heroldwines.co.za

Address: Herold Wines, Montague Pass, Afguns river, Herold, George, Western Cape, South Africa.

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heroldwines.co.za

#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.

Contact: +27 (044) 874 1558,  info@botanicalgarden.org.za

Website: www.botanicalgarden.org.za

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!

Contact: +27 (044) 870 7123, info@redberryfarm.co.za

Website: www.redberryfarm.co.za

Address: Redberry Farm, Geelhoutboom Road (off the R404), Blanco, George, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Take the kids to Timberlake Organic Village

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timberlakeorganic.co.za

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!

Contact: info@timberlakeorganic.co.za

Website: timberlakeorganic.co.za

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.

Go on, it’s time to say: giddy up, horsey!

Contact: +27 (082) 494 5642, blackhorsetrails@yahoo.com

Website: www.blackhorsetrails.co.za

Address: Black Horse Trails, Old Seven Passes Road, Hoekwil, Wilderness/George, George, Western Cape, South Africa.

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Black Horse Trails via Facebook

#7 Experience the Thrills of Fancourt

Fancourt is a luxurious establishment, which offers fine accommodation, excellent restaurants and eateries, three top golf courses, a spa and leisure centre and much more.

The golf academy and courses are each highly rated, ranking among South Africa’s top 15.

The accommodation, eateries and all other offerings are also quality. This means that if dad (or mom) wishes to take to the greens, the rest of the family will be equally happy to be at Fancourt.

This is an experience for everyone to enjoy – regardless of age and interests.

Contact: +27 (044) 804 0000

Website: www.fancourt.co.za

Address: Fancourt, Montagu Street, Blanco, George, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Explore Outeniqua Transport Museum

Take a trip down memory lane at this incredible museum, which honours and houses a variety of old steam trains.

Included in the mix are 13 steam locomotives, a model train room, road motor vehicles and even a private vintage car collection.

Whether you have a love of cars, engines or simply just history, be sure to make a stop by the Outeniqua Transport Museum… It promises a fun and fascinating experience for everyone!

Contact: +27 (044) 801 8289, Kobus.Volschenk@transnet.net

Website: www.outeniquachootjoe.co.za/museum.htm

Address: Outeniqua Transport Museum, 2 Mission Road, George, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Visit the Outeniqua Farmers Market

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outeniquafarmersmarket.co.za

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, ofmsonja@gmail.com

Website: outeniquafarmersmarket.co.za

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.

Contact: N/A

Website: mountainpassessouthafrica.co.za

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?

Top Things to Do in Pietermaritzburg

Pietermaritzburg is KZN’s second largest city and this City of Flowers, offers plenty of interesting things for locals and visitors to see and do, as they explore it.

It incorporates plenty of history and charm into its foundations – but it also knows how to celebrate modern-day fun and adventure.

These are the top things to do in Pietermaritzburg:

#1 Explore Albert Falls Reserve

This beautiful, recreational dam is a delight for birders, water babies and game enthusiasts. Here, you can enjoy fishing, boating, game watching or picnicking in nature.

In addition to a host of brilliant outdoor activities, there is also rustic, yet lovely accommodation here in case you wish to stay a while.

At Albert Falls, there are no fences between the game park and the visitors’ area, so prepare for some close game encounters of a very special nature.

Contact: +27 (033) 569 1202, albert.falls@msinsi.co.za

Website: msinsi.co.za/albert-falls/

Address: Albert Falls Nature Reserve, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa.

#2 Visit The African Bird of Prey Sanctuary

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africanraptor.co.za

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!

Contact: +27  (031) 785 4382, onair@africanraptor.co.za

Website: africanraptor.co.za

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

Website: www.tatham.org.za

Address: Tatham Art Gallery, Chief Albert Luthuli St (Opp. City Hall), Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa.

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www.tatham.org.za

#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

Website: www.butterflies.co.za

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.

Contact: +27 (033) 897 8650

Website: www.zulu.org.za

Address: Comrades Marathon House, 18 Connaught Road, Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa.

#6 Visit KwaZulu-Natal Museum

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, info@nmsa.org.za

Website: www.nmsa.org.za

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)

Website: www.pmes.co.za

Address: Pietermaritzburg Model Engineering Society, 78 Rudling Road Bisley, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa.

Pietermaritzburg Model Engineering Society via Facebook
Pietermaritzburg Model Engineering Society via Facebook

#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

Website: www.sanbi.org

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

Website: www.sensespmb.co.za

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, info@tala.co.za

Website: www.tala.co.za

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?

Top Places to Eat in Tofo, Mozambique

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:

Happi Restaurant

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!

Contact: (+258) 84 82 76 026, info@liquiddiveadventures.com

Website: www.liquiddiveadventures.com/food

Address: Happi Restaurant, Praia do Tofo, Imhambane, Mozambique.

www.liquiddiveadventures.com/food
www.liquiddiveadventures.com

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

Website: www.tofoinfo.com/johns-place

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, barone22@hotmail.com

Website: www.facebook.com/pg/whatuwant22

Address: What U Want, Tofo Beach, Tofo, Mozambique.

What U Want via Facebook
What U Want via Facebook

Branko’s

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

Website: N/A

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.

Contact:  (+258) 847 561 896, csadecomertofobeach@gmail.com

Website: www.tofoinfo.com/casa-de-comer

Address: Casa de Comer, Tofo Beach, Tofo, Imhambane, Mozambique.

Beach Baraca via Facebook
Beach Baraca via Facebook

Beach Baraca

If you are craving a heath spot, look no further than the small, yet lovely Beach Baraca. They are famed for their smoothies, fresh pancakes, health breakfasts, sandwiches and wraps.

Staff are welcoming and warm, food is good and service is rather prompt so it’s a win on all fronts.

Note: At Beach Baraca, you can enjoy either sit-down or takeaway meals.

Contact: (+258) 84 244 8919

Website: www.facebook.com/pg/beachbaraca

Address: Beach Baraca, Long Street, Tofo, Inhambane, Mozambique.

Beach Baraca via Facebook
Beach Baraca via Facebook

These are just some of the best spots to eat out at in Tofo… Which will you visit first?