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.

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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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www.fancourt.co.za

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?

Best Things to Do in East London

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

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

#1 Explore gorgeous Nahoon Beach

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

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

Contact: N/A

Website: N/A

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

#2 Hop on a Buffalo River Cruise

Southern Cross Cruises
Southern Cross Cruises

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

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

Contact: +27 (082) 938 6275, +27(043) 735 1918, info@southerncrosseastlondon.co.za

Website: www.southerncrosscruises.co.za

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

#3 Head to Lavender Blue Market

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (043) 732 1172, lavenderbluemarket@telkomsa.net

Website: www.facebook.com/pg/Lavender-Blue-Market-446394015407549

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

Lavender Blue Market via Facebook
Lavender Blue Market via Facebook

#4 Visit East London Museum

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

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (043) 743 0686, derekh@elmuseum.za.org

Website: www.elmuseum.za.org

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

#5 Explore Ann Bryant Art Gallery

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (043) 722 4044, annbryant@intekom.co.za

Website: www.annbryant.co.za

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

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Ann Bryant Art Gallery via Facebook

#6 Immerse Yourself in Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve

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

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

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

Contact: N/A

Website: N/A

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

#7 Treat Yourself at Friesland Milk Bar

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

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

Contact: +27 (043) 722 3260, sameer.cassiram@gmail.com

Website: www.facebook.com/pg/FrieslandMilkBar

Address: East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#8 Eat Out at Pinecreek Restaurant and Farmstall

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (043) 732 1101, bookings@pinecreek.co.za

Website: pinecreek.co.za

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

Pinecreek Restaurant and Farmstall
Pinecreek Restaurant and Farmstall

#9 Head to East London Aquarium

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

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

Contact: +27 (043) 705 2637

Website: www.eastlondon.org.za

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

#10 Visit Mpongo Park Game Private Reserve

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (043) 705 5000

Website: N/A

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

Best Places to Eat in East London

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

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

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

#1 Sanook Cafe

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

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

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (043) 721 3215, eat@sanook.co.za

Website: www.sanook.co.za/sanook-cafe

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

Sanook Cafe via Facebook
Sanook Cafe via Facebook

#2 Grazia – Fine Wine and Food

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (043) 7222 009 or (087) 350 4066, grazia@graziafinefood.co.za

Website: www.graziafinefood.co.za

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

Grazia Fine Wine and Food
Grazia Fine Wine and Food

#3 Irana Indian Cuisine

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

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

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

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

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

Website: N/A

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

#4 Cantina & Craft

Cantina & Craft via Facebook
Cantina & Craft via Facebook

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

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (043) 748 2636

Website: www.cantinaandcraft.co.za

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

#5 Windmill Roadhouse

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (043) 722 9208

Website: www.windmillroadhouse.co.za

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

#6 The Cricketer

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (083) 659 8899, alison@2swans.co.za

Website: www.facebook.com/SmashingSteaks

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

The Cricketer via Facebook
The Cricketer via Facebook

#7 Cafe Neo

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (043) 722 4531

Website: N/A

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

#8 Buccaneers

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (043) 743 5171, buccaneers@telkomsa.net

Website: www.facebook.com/pg/BuccaneersEL

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

#9 The Beach Break Cafe

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (078) 171 2579, beachbreak@mweb.co.za

Website: www.facebook.com/nahoonbreak

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

#10 The Cow Shed

The Cow Shed via Facebook
The Cow Shed via Facebook

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

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

Contact: +27 (043) 735 1513, thecowandmilkshed@gmail.com

Website: www.facebook.com/thecowandmilkshed

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

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

Best Places to Eat in Port Elizabeth

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

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

#1 De Kelder Restaurant

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (041) 583 2750

Website: n/a

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

#2 Old Austria Restaurant

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (041) 373 0299, 

Website: www.oldaustria.com

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

Old Austria Restaurant
Old Austria Restaurant

#3 Shanna’s Portuguese Restaurant

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

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

Contact: +27 (041) 367 4560

Website: www.facebook.com/Shannas-Portuguese-Restaurant-1563427680354209/

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

#4 Cubata Sydenham Port Elizabeth

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (041) 487 3737

Website: n/a

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

#5 Mellas Dim-Sum & Noodles Bar

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (041) 582 2736

Website: www.facebook.com/pg/Mellas-Dim-Sum-Noodle-Bar-980015495343877/

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

#6 Sticky Fingers Wood-fire Steakhouse

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

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

Contact: +27 (079) 316 7541

Website: www.facebook.com/pg/Sticky-Fingers-Wood-fire-Steakhouse-460169714111026

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

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

#7 Natti’s Thai Kitchen

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

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

Contact: +27 (041) 373 2763, nattisthaikitchen@gmail.com

Website: www.facebook.com/pg/nattisthaikitchen

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

#8 Remo’s Italian

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (060) 998 0789, michelle@remos.co.za

Website: remos.co.za

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

#9 Coachman on the Bay

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

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

Contact: +27 (041) 584 0087

Website: n/a

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

#10 Backstreet Grill

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

Contact: +27 (041) 582 3015

Website: www.facebook.com/pg/backstreetgrillportelizabeth

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

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

Best Things to Do in Port Elizabeth

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

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

#1 Enjoy Shamwari Private Game Reserve

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

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

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

Contact: +27 42 203 1111, reservations@shamwari.com

Website: www.shamwari.com

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

#2 Explore Kragga Kamma Game Park

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (041) 379 4195, info@kraggakamma.co.za

Website: www.kraggakamma.co.za

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

#3 Take the family to Happy Valley

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (041) 582 2575

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

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

#4 Adventure in the Donkin Reserve

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

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

Contact: +27 (041) 585 8884

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

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

#5 Explore Cape Recife Nature Reserve

Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism
Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism

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

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

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

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

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

Contact:+27 (041) 582 2575

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

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

#6 Head to The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World

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

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

Contact: +27 (041) 507 7777, boardwalk.reservations@suninternational.com

Website: www.suninternational.com/boardwalk/

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

#7 Be entranced at Bayworld Oceanarium

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (041) 584 0650, pr@bayworld.co.za

Website: www.bayworld.co.za

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

#8 Get wet at Splash WaterWorld

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

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (041) 582 2575

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

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

#9 Check out Route 67

Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism
Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism

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

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

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

Contact: n/a

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

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

#10 Enjoy St George’s Park

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

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (041) 506 2775

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

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

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

Top Seven Durban Central Restaurants

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

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

#1 Roma Revolving Restaurant

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (031) 337 6707

Website: www.roma.co.za

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

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#2 Little Gujarat

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

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (031) 3062272

Website: littlegujarat.co.za

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

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#3  Ku D’Ta

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (031) 301 1650, info@kudta.co.za

Website: www.kudta.co.za

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

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www.kudta.co.za

#4 Patels Vegetarian Refreshment Room

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (031) 306 1774

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

#5 Oriental Restaurant

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (031) 304 5110

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

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#6 Nino’s

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (031) 301 7330

Website: www.ninos.co.za

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

#7 Glenaire Gourmet Grill

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (031) 301 2791, gourmetgrill@glenaire.co.za

Website: www.glenaire.co.za

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

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

Best Places to Eat in Paarl

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

Here are the best places to eat in Paarl:

#1 FABER at Avondale

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

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (021 202 1219: faber@avondalewine.co.za

Website: avondalewine.co.za/faber

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

#2 Terra Mare

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (021) 863 4805

Website: terra-mare.co.za

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

#3 Noop

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

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

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

Contact: 021 863 3925, info@noop.co.za

Website: www.noop.co.za

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

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#4 Restaurant at Glen Carlou

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (021) 875 5528

Website: glencarlou.co.za

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

#5 Blacksmith’s Kitchen

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (021) 870 1550

Website: www.pearlmountain.co.za

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

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www.pearlmountain.co.za

#6 Bertus Basson at Spice Route

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (021) 863 5222, reservations@bertusbasson.com

Website: www.spiceroute.co.za/artisans/bertus-basson

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

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#7 Bosman’s Restaurant

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

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (021) 863 5100, reserve@granderoche.co.za

Website: granderoche.com

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

#8 Goatshed Restaurant at Fairview

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

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

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

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

Contact: +27 (021) 863 3609, goatshed@fairview.co.za

Website: www.fairview.co.za/goatshed

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

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