Best Things to Do in Kimberley

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

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

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

#1 Explore The Big Hole

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Website: thebighole.co.za

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

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The Big Hole via Facebook

#2 Visit Sol Plaatje House Museum and Library

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (053) 833 2526

Website: www.kimberley.co.za

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

#3 See Kamfers Dam from Afar

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

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

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

Contact: info@savetheflamingo.co.za

Website: www.experiencenortherncape.com

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

#4 Head to Mokala National Park

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www.sanparks.org

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

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

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

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

Website: www.sanparks.org/parks/mokala

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

#5 Visit Wildebeest Kuil Rock Centre

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

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

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

Note: Booking is advisable.

Contact: +27 (053) 833 7069

Website: www.wildebeestkuil.itgo.com

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

#6 Head to Kimberley Mine Museum

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (053) 839 4600

Website: www.thebighole.co.za

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

#7 Take to the Greens at Kimberley Golf Course

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kimberleygolfclub.co.za

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

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

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

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

Website: kimberleygolfclub.co.za

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

#8 Visit Magersfontein Battlefield Museum

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

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (053) 833 7115

Website: www.thesolomon.co.za

Address: Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa.

#9 Visit the William Humphreys Art Gallery

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www.whag.co.za

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

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

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

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

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

Website: www.whag.co.za/contact.htm

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

#10 Head to McGregor Museum

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (053) 839 2700

Website: www.museumsnc.co.za

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

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

Four Fun Things to Do Near Phalaborwa

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

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

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

#1 Drive in the Kruger

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

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

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (013) 735 4000

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

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

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www.sanparks.org

#2 Visit the Foskor Mine Museum

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

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

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

Website: www.foskor.co.za

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

#3 Explore Masorini Archaeological Site

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

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (013) 735 4000

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

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

#4 Tour the Qualito Craft Distillery

Qualito Craft Distillery via Instagram
Qualito Craft Distillery via Instagram

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

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

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

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

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

Website: qualito.co.za

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

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

Best Things to Do Near Pinetown

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

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

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

#1 Explore Pinetown Museum

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

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

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

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

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

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

#2 Visit Mariannhill Monastery

Mariannhill Monastery via Facebook
Mariannhill Monastery via Facebook

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (031) 700 4288

Website: mariannhillmonastery.org.za

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

#3 Wander about New Germany Nature Reserve

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

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

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

Note: Entry to this reserve is free.

Contact: +27 (031) 262 8239

Website: www.durban.gov.za

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

#4 Cycle at Giba Gorge MTB Park

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

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

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

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

Website: www.gibagorge.co.za

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

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Giba Gorge MTB Park via Facebook

#5 Head to Bellevue Market

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

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

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

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

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

Contact: sadaisybox@gmail.com

Website: www.facebook.com/pg/BellevueMarket

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

Bellevue Market via Facebook
Bellevue Market via Facebook

#6 Climb at Southern Rock Climbing Centre

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

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

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

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

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

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

Website: srockgym.co.za

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

#7 Picnic at Paradise Valley Nature Reserve

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Places to Eat in Secunda

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

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

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

#1 Bosveld Lapa Restaurant

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

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

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

Website: www.bosveldlapa.co.za

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

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Bosveld Lapa Restaurant via Facebook

#2 Symphony’s Cafe

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

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

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

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

Website: www.symphonyscafe.co.za

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

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Symphony’s Cafe via Facebook

#3 Blue Bayou

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (017) 620 1060

Website: www.graceland.co.za

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

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

#4 Cappuccino’s Cafe and Pizzeria Secunda

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

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

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

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

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

Website: www.cappuccinos.co.za

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

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Cappuccino’s via Facebook

#5 Augusta Club Lounge

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

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

Contact: +27 (017) 620 1065

Website: www.graceland.co.za

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

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

Best Things to Do in Secunda

The small town of Secunda in Mpumalanga Province is best known for being the second Sasol extraction refinery after Sasolburg… But there’s more to this charming, little town than all that!

In fact, this town offers some really lovely restaurants and plenty of great indoor and outdoor attractions to boot.

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

#1 Visit Eende Dam

Secunda’s Eende Dam – or Duck Pond,  to some – is one of the town’s most well-loved attractions.

Not only is it a green oasis for the town, where young families, joggers and cyclists can go for some fresh air and exercise – but is also offers some stellar braai and picnic areas too, allowing you to cook up a storm while enjoying the day out with your loved ones.

Additional drawcards have to be the numerous kiddies’ play areas and jungle gyms, namesake pond in the park’s centre, catch-and-release fishing – and above all else, the miniature train! This adorable train loops around the dam, affording little ones the chance to enjoy a train ride or two.

If you are looking for a delightful place to enjoy in Secunda, look no further than Eende Dam!

Contact: N/A

Website: www.mpumalanga.com

Address: Eende Dam, Secunda, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

#2 Spend the Day at Lake Umuzi Waterfront

Lake Umuzi Waterfront is one of the most enjoyable places in Secunda – and it really does offer something for everyone.

Whether you want to grab a meal at a restaurant, enjoy the setting or any of the excellent entertainment options (which include Aquazone, Carnival Square and the Action Sport House) or even head for a row about Lake Umuzi Waterfront… the options are endless!

You can also have fun at the bowling alley or play some pool – whatever tickles your fancy, they have it.

Plus, there are also a host of monthly and annual events held here – so definitely keep an ear to the ground for those!

If you wish to spend a great day out in Secunda, make sure Lake Umuzi Waterfront is top of your ideas’ list.

Contact: +27 (017) 631 3452, welcome@lakeumuzi.co.za

Website: lakeumuzi.co.za

Address: Lake Umuzi Waterfront, 1 Kiewiet Street, Secunda, Mpumalanga Secunda, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

#3 Have Fun at the Action Sports Secunda

Action Sports Secunda via Facebook
Action Sports Secunda via Facebook

At Action Sports Secunda, sports lovers can enjoy playing either action cricket, netball, hockey or soccer.

Thanks to its trio of courts, this quality indoor facility can accommodate three games simultaneously. In addition to this, visitors can also make use of the fully licensed bar, restaurant and tuck shop.

You can play here during the week or on Saturdays, with varying prices depending on your game of choice.

Note: This facility can also be rented out for great parties.

Contact: +27 (082) 851 1797, mariska@actionsport.co.za

Website: lakeumuzi.co.za

Address: Action Sports Secunda, Lake Umuzi Waterfront, 1 Kiewiet Street, Secunda, Mpumalanga Secunda, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

#4 Take the Kiddies to Carnival Square

Another attraction just for kiddies at Lake Umuzi Waterfront is Carnival Square.

Here, children can play till their heart’s content in a safe, pleasant area. This indoor space is ideal for toddlers and pre-primary school children, as it has plenty of play areas, toys, climbing structures and so much more.

So, while your little ones play – you can enjoy all the other fun activities in store for visitors at Lake Umuzi.

Contact: +27 (017) 631 5449

Website: lakeumuzi.co.za

Address: Carnival Square, Lake Umuzi Waterfront, 1 Kiewiet Street, Secunda, Mpumalanga Secunda, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

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lakeumuzi.co.za

#5 Shop up a Storm at Secunda Mall

Secunda Mal – the first and only regional shopping mall for Secunda and the surrounding towns – offers visitors a wonderful, leisurely shopping experience.

With over 90 stores, movie cinemas (two of which can showcase 3D movies), fun local events and lovely eateries to boot, Secunda Mall is a well-rounded shopping centre, ideal for the whole family.

Go on then, what are you waiting for? It’s time to shop!

Contact: +27 (010) 001 0254, info@shopsecundamall.co.za

Website: shopsecundamall.co.za

Address: Secunda Mall, PDP Kruger St and Oliver Tambo Drive, Secunda, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

#6 Make a Splash at AquaZone Waterpark

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lakeumuzi.co.za

This engaging waterpark guarantees fun for the whole family! All you have to do is pack in a towel, swimming clothes and, if you wish, a picnic basket and spending cash (there is a tuck shop on-site).

Here, visitors will find five slides, which run as follows: an Indoor- (enclosed and suitable for all weather conditions), Fast River Tube-, the brand new Blue Mamba-, Lazy River- and the Baby-Slide.

Additionally, you can also enjoy the tempting, 25-metre indoor heated swimming pool, which is especially ideal for cooler weather.

This thrilling waterpark is open on Saturdays and Sundays (weather-permitting) from 10:00 am – 17:00 pm.

It’s time to rally the troops… and prepare to make a big splash!

Note: AquaZone is closed during wintertime.

Contact: +27 (087) 233 5086, (082) 441 1445

Website: lakeumuzi.co.za

Address: AquaZone Waterpark, Lake Umuzi Waterfront, 1 Kiewiet Street, Secunda, Mpumalanga Secunda, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

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lakeumuzi.co.za

#7 Explore Graceland Hotel Casino and Country Club

Another major attraction in Secunda is the picturesque Graceland Casino and Country Club. Home to a hotel, casino, an array of restaurants, Rootz Boutique Spa, family entertainment (like the Thunder Valley Go-Kart Track) and a golf course – Graceland is arguably one of Secunda’s most dynamic local offerings.

On-site there is also an excellent Kids Zone, which offers a wide selection of games and fun for children.

So whether you need to relax, take to the greens, let off some steam on the track or simply bond with your friends and loved ones… Graceland is always a good choice!

Contact: +27 (017) 620 1000, info@graceland.co.za

Website: www.graceland.co.za

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

#8 Grab a Meal at Bosveld Lapa Restaurant

One of Secunda’s most popular eateries is Bosveld Lapa Restaurant. Situated on the banks of the pretty Lake Umuzi Waterfront, this restaurant – which incorporates a distinct bushveld feel – offers a relaxing, welcome foodie escape for locals and visitors alike.

And, thanks to its close proximity to recreational spaces, like the AquaZone Waterpark and Panda Sportsbar Centre, it is nice and centrally located too.

This cosy, laid-back restaurant offers a memorable dining experience, where food, service and the setting are all top notch… So let Bosveld Lapa leave its characteristic ‘food prints’ in your heart.

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

Website: www.bosveldlapa.co.za

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

These are just some of the great attractions and local activities you can enjoy in small town Secunda… Which is top of your list?

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.

Photo by Mae Mu on Unsplash
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.

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?

Best Places to Eat in Pietermaritzburg

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.

Contact: +27 (063) 483 1950, bookings@sagewoodcafe.co.za

Website: www.sagewoodcafe.co.za

Address: Sagewood Cafe, Shop 3, Blackwood’s Home of Gardening, 97 Chatterton Road, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa.

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www.sagewoodcafe.co.za

#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, info@lavitae.co.za

Website: www.lavitae.co.za

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.

Note: Every Sunday, kids eat free.

Contact: +27 (033) 347 1131, pmb@oliveandoil.co.za

Website: oliveandoil.co.za

Address: Olive and Oil, Cascades Shopping Centre, 23 Mc Carthy Drive, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa.

Olive and Oil PMB via Facebook
Olive and Oil PMB via Facebook

#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

Website: www.facebook.com/pages/Tandoor-Kitchen

Address: Tandoor Kitchen, 319 Bulwer Street, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa.

#5 Rosehurst

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

Website: N/A

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, info@jayzgrill.co.za

Website: jayzgrill.co.za

Address: Jayz Grill, Invesco Centre, Chatterton Road, Athlone, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa.

#8 Coffeeberry Cafe

Coffeeberry Cafe via Facebook
Coffeeberry Cafe via Facebook

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.

Contact: +27 (033) 347 0708, con@coffeeberry.co.za

Website: www.coffeeberry.co.za

Address: Coffeeberry on the Piazza, Cascades Lifestyle Centre, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa.

Tea on 23 via Facebook
Tea on 23 via Facebook

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.

Contact: +27 (033) 386 4670, teaon23@hotmail.co.za

Website: www.facebook.com/teaon23

Address: Tea on 23, 23 Carbis Road, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa.

#10 Keg and Hedgehog

This pub and restaurant is known for its vibey atmosphere and consistently good pub grub food. What’s more, at Keg and Hedgehog, the staff are friendly and service is good.

KEG is particularly popular on sports days, with many regulars frequenting it on match day.

Either way, this is definitely the spot to go with friends or to catch the sport over a good beer.

Contact: +27 (033) 3470001

Website: www.kegandhedgehog.co.za

Address: Keg and Hedgehog, 585 Town Bush Road, Montrose, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa.

So which eatery will you feast at first in the City of Flowers?

Best Places to Eat in George

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.

Contact: +27 (044) 804 0535, henrywhites@fancourt.co.za

Website: www.fancourt.co.za/eat/henry-whites

Address: Henry White’s, Montagu Street, Blanco, George, Western Cape, South Africa.

www.fancourt.co.za
www.fancourt.co.za

#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.

Note: Required dress code is smart casual.

Contact: +27 (044) 804 0539, monets@fancourt.co.za

Website: www.fancourt.co.za/eat/monets

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

Website: N/A

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.

Contact: +27 (044) 874 03430, reservations@101meade.co.za

Website: www.101meade.co.za

Address: 101 Meade Street Restaurant, 101 Meade Street, George, Western Cape, South Africa.

101 Meade Street via Instagram
101 Meade Street via Instagram

#5 La Capannina

This Mediterranean-style restaurant provides guests with a welcoming atmosphere. This is further complemented by its tasteful, yet vibrant decor and interiors and of course, classy food.

While the menu draws primarily from Mediterranean roots for inspiration, you will also find some South African delicacies in the mix… Indeed, this is wholesome, excellent food at its best.

Another thing La Capannina takes seriously is their wine, offering an extensive list of both new and long-standing varietals to please even the staunchest wine connoisseur!

Contact: +27 (044) 874 5313, info@lacapanninageorge.co.za

Website: www.lacapanninageorge.co.za

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

Website: N/A

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

Website: www.facebook.com/pg/shansushibar

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, info@meenachee.com

Website: meenachees.com

Address: Meenachee’s North & South Indian Cuisine, 1 Market Mall, Market Street, George, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 La Cantina

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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.

Contact: +27 (044) 804 0538, lacantina@fancourt.co.za

Website: www.fancourt.co.za/eat/la-cantina

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

#10 The Hussar Grill George

The Hussar Grill franchise is one of the most consistently good, popular restaurant chains you will find in South Africa.

When you encounter a Hussar Grill restaurant, chances are you can expect the following: excellent food, quality service and a comfortable, posh dining experience.

The Hussar Grill George is no exception to the rule… It provides its customers with memorable meals, friendly service – and above all, incredible steaks and other glorious dishes.

Join them for a quality meal, where your food needs and dining pleasure are always the top priority.

Contact: +27 (044) 873 5731

Website: www.hussargrill.co.za/find-us/western-cape/george/

Address: The Hussar Grill George, Caledon Square, Corner of York and, Davidson Street, George, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the quality eateries you can find in gorgeous George… Which are you eager to visit first?