Top 10 Activities in Sandton.

Sandton, the affluent and popular part of Johannesburg, is loved for its trendiness, glitz and glamour and of course, the food – but what can one do in and around Sandton?

The answer is plenty! Here is a list of the top ten activities to enjoy in Sandton:

#1 Live the good life at Montecasino


Offering good restaurants, awesome local and international talent, top accommodation, responsible gambling and the latest movies, Montecasino is not short on things for couples or families to enjoy together.

The award-winning casino even has its own awesome bird park, which is especially great for entertaining the little ones or for ensuring educational, animal-themed outings!

So, if you’re looking for a jam-packed day of fun and entertainment in Sandton, look no further than Montecasino.

Contact: +27 11 510 7000
Website: www.tsogosun.com/montecasino

Address: Montecasino, Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#2 Enjoy an event at Sandton Convention Centre

Arguably one of South Africa’s leading event venues, Sandton Convention Centre (SCC), is a prestigious multi-event space situated in northern Johannesburg’s buzzing business district.

Surrounded by top shopping malls, hotels and other entertainment hubs, the SCC is known for hosting great events, exhibitions and conferences. With its advanced tech and contemporary African décor, SCC may not be your standard entertainment offer … Instead, it is where the entertainment comes to life!

Whether you are exploring Sandton or planning to hold a function, be sure to speak to the SCC and see what they have to offer.

Contact: +27 11 779 0000

Website: www.tsogosun.com

Address: Sandton Convention Centre, 161 Maude Street, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#3 Shop and dine out at Nelson Mandela Square

With Nelson Mandela’s statue protectively watching over it, Nelson Mandela Square is certainly a draw for locals and tourists alike.

The Square, one of the country’s largest public spaces, rubs shoulders with the famous Sandton City complex and offers a European-styled piazza, while still honouring Africa’s warm sense of hospitality.

Here, visitors can enjoy fine dining, awesome shopping and even some great exhibitions… Oh, and while you are visiting, be sure to snap a photo with Madiba’s statue.

Contact:  +27 (011) 217 6000

Website: nelsonmandelasquare.co.za

Address: Nelson Mandela Square, Atrium on 5th, Sandton City, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#4 Get some fresh air at Field Market

For those craving some fresh air, this popular monthly market (held on the second Saturday of March through to December this year) is the place to go.

It is free to enjoy (though there is a small parking fee) and offers an experience of Braamfontein life, a large kiddies’ play area, entertainment for all and of course, some awesome stalls too!

There is food and beverages, local goods, live music and a laidback vibe for young and old to enjoy while they browse.

Contact: N/A

Website:  www.fieldmarket.co.za

Address: Field Market, Field & Study Park, Corner of 14th Street & Louise Avenue, Parkmore, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#5 Tuck in at Piza E Vino

For the foodies among us (though aren’t we all a foodie in some way or form?), Piza E Vino offers great, fresh food to rival any Italian-styled eatery in SA.

Using traditional methods and an immense passion for food, they serve up plenty of atmosphere and food alike!

Head to Piza E Vino and njoy a delicious meal with your loved ones at this fine Johannesburg restaurant.

Contact: +27 (011) 486 4119

Website: www.pizaevino.co.za

Address: Piza E Vino, 62 Tana Road, Emmarentia, Randburg, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#6 Catch a show at Theatre on the Square

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theatreonthesquare.co.za

Located on the northeastern corner of Nelson Mandela Square, Theatre on the Square is great for catching some entertaining and fun shows.

If you would like to buy tickets, the box office is open an hour before each show. Show times may differ, so please call ahead to confirm the correct time.

Catch a show at the Theatre on the Square on a Tuesday or Saturday – and enjoy a memorable time out!

Contact: (011) 883 8606 or 0861 915 8000

Website: www.theatreonthesquare.co.za

Address: Theatre on the Square, West Street and 5th Street, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#7 Have a blast at Montecasino Bird Park

Waleed Alzuhair via www.gauteng.net
Waleed Alzuhair via www.gauteng.net

As the only bird park of its kind in Africa, this unique and fun place offers visitors the chance to enjoy seeing plenty of birds, snakes, colourful frogs and other small animals too.

For plant lovers, there is even a great private collection of cycads, which happens to be the largest in South Africa.

The Flamingo Café offers some food and drink refreshments, and it is a wonderful spot to wind down a day spent at the bird park.

Contact: 011 511 1864

Website: www.tsogosun.com

Address: Montecasino Bird Park, 1 Montecasino Boulevard, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#8 Enjoy a blockbuster at Cine Prestige Sandton


If you’re looking for an exceptional movie experience, then Cine Prestige Sandton will make your day. Situated within the Sandton City Mall, this cinema is where the hottest movies meet ultimate luxury.

When you book your ticket, choose from an array of delicious drinks and eats, including gourmet snack platters, delectable desserts and great coffee too!

Be sure to catch the latest and greatest blockbusters in style at Cine Prestige Sandton.

Contact: 086 166 8437

Website: movies.sterkinekor.co.za

Address: Sandton City Mall, Rivonia Rd & Sandton Drive, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#9 Head to Sandton Central Park

For those looking to immerse themselves in nature, Sandton Central Park is a small but popular park in Sandton.

Aside from its ample greenery, it offers an amphitheatre, indigenous trees, benches and even sculptured garden beds for visitors to enjoy.

Get some fresh air, while you experience a good day out at Sandton Central Park.

Contact: N/A

Website: www.jhblive.com

Address: Sandton Central Park, 145 Sandton Drive, Sandhurst, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

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#10 Explore Hyundai Sky Mushroom Farm Park

This lovely green oasis in the middle of Sandton business district might be small, but it possesses plenty of heart.

Its green beauty makes it a good place in the city to head for some exercise, a weekend picnic or just some family fun.

Dog walkers are welcome (provided those pooches are kept on a leash…) and the neat walkways are ideal for joggers, walkers and baby strollers too.

Entrance is free and the park is equipped with an interactive children’s play area, giant balloon riding facility, outdoor gym, duck pond and an earth garden.

Contact: 011 784 6881

Website: www.sa-venues.com

Address: Hyundai Sky Mushroom Farm Park, Daisy Street, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

These are just a few of the best activities and experiences to enjoy in and around stylish Sandton!

Top 10 Restaurants in Sandton.

Johannesburg’s Sandton has it all: gorgeous properties, buzzing day and night life and of course, some pretty stellar eateries…

Given this, it’s one of the best places to visit in South Africa – and whether you’re a traveller, foodie or business person, you will certainly enjoy these mouthwatering restaurants listed below!

#1 Trumps Grillhouse and Butchery

Established in 1994, the newest version of Trumps Grillhouse and Butchery – brought to you by the Martin brothers – is the perfect place to enjoy an unforgettable, and uniquely special, meal.

Trumps Grillhouse and Butchery prides itself in offering a memorable dining experience, complemented by its quality meat products and bespoke butchery.

Stay a while and enjoy a mouthwatering steak in sublime settings overlooking Sandton – or take home some butchery goodies to cook for your loved ones…

The choice is yours – but either way, quality and happy tummies are a guarantee.

Contact: +27 (011) 784 2366

Website: www.trumpsgrill.co.za

Address: Shop 11, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

#2 Pigalle Sandton

With branches in Cape Town, Melrose Arch, Bedfordview and of course, Sandton, the popular restaurant chain, Pigalle, needs little introduction.

These restaurants are known and loved for their warm ambiance, good service… and even better food! This is, in every sense, urban-chic dining at its best, with an international menu (specialising in poultry, fish and meat dishes) to match!

If you’re looking for an elegant, delightful dining experience in oh-so-suave Sandton, then head to Pigalle!

Contact: +27 (011) 884 8899

Website: pigallerestaurants.co.za

Address: Shop UO9, 4th Floor, Michelangelo Towers, Maude Street, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

#3 The Grillhouse Sandton

A favourite among business folk and families alike, The Grillhouse Sandton effectively offers diners the best of both worlds.

Whether you want a professional place to hold a work function, or somewhere to go to let your hair down with loved ones – The Grillhouse has you covered.

They are especially famous for their ribs and steak, but happily cater to all kinds of eaters, as salads, poultry, seafood and vegetarian dishes are also on offer!

Join The Grillhouse Sandton for a lovely, arty (and faintly New York-style)  grillhouse meal!

Contact:  +27 (011) 783 6132

Website: www.thegrillhouse.co.za

Address: Building 1, 11 Alice Lane, Sandhurst, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

#4 The Big Mouth

Alexi Portokallis via The Big Mouth
Alexi Portokallis via The Big Mouth

This contemporary take on a diner, located in Nelson Mandela Square, offers a truly global dining experience… In fact, it feels more like a place one might find in New York, London or even LA and yet, it still has an unmistakably South African feel.

The Big Mouth is uniquely decked out, with bold blue seating, brass accents and more to ensure, ensuring it has plenty of (decor) charm too!

Their menu offers something of everything good – including the freshest seafood, delicious sushi and gourmet burgers around!

Contact: +27 (011) 783 4097

Website: www.thebigmouth.co.za

Address: Shop No. 13 & 14, Nelson Mandela Square, Corner of Maude & 5th Streets, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

#5 Qunu

With an innovative menu – that incorporates bold flavours, which burst to life in your mouth – and an honest approach to its cuisine, Qunu is certainly among the best restaurants in SA.

Qunu is, in more than one way, elegant, Johannesburg-based eating at its finest… Its warm surroundings, hands-on sommeliers and gorgeous Fig Terrace all help to ensure guests enjoy beautiful meals, in equally lovely surroundings.

And given how it is named after the famous country home of late former President Nelson Mandela, you know it has strong South African roots too!

Contact: +27 (011) 292 6000

Website: www.saxon.co.za

Address: Saxon Hotel, 36 Saxon Road, Sandhurst, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

#6 Piccolo Mondo at the Michelangelo

Piccolo Mondo, situated at the Michelangelo Hotel, is arguably one of the best restaurants in Johannesburg… and beyond.

Here, guests rave about the all-round amazing experience it provides, which is enhanced by its sumptuous restaurant interiors, gourmet food and professional, efficient staff. One thing is for sure: there is no compromise on quality or service.

Culinary quality, flair and adventure all come to life at Piccolo Mondo and while the restaurant draws inspiration from a distinctly Italian theme, it still offers a few memorable, uniquely creative culinary surprises… What’s not to love about a restaurant like that?

Contact: +27 (011) 282 7000

Website: www.legacyhotels.co.za

Address: 135 West Street, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

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Piccolo Mondo at the Michelangelo via Facebook

#7 The Butchershop & Grill

Found in the heart of Sandton, in Nelson Mandela Square, The Butchershop & Grill is a true dining institution in South Africa.

For well over twenty years, this unrivalled steakhouse has been satisfying new and returning customers alike with its top class food and service.

The Butchershop & Grill is a family business, which has been handed down to three generations. Over the years, they have also expanded to Cape Town and the Middle East.

Its Sandton branch can seat up to 600 guests, meaning there is no shortage of space – or memorable, delicious food to be found at The Butchershop & Grill.

Contact: +27 (011) 784 8677

Website: www.thebutchershop.co.za

Address: Shop 30, Nelson Mandela Square,Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

#8 Winehouse

Winehouse is synonymous with taste excellence and elegance… This glass-fronted wine cellar – which overlooks the lush Ten Bompas Hotel gardens and a lap pool – is where executive chef, Johannes de Bruijn and his capable team serve up culinary magic!

It lies in the business heart of Johannesburg, so it’s easily one of the more perfect spots in Joburg to enjoy top dining and engaging, over-the-table business talks.

Winehouse offers French-inspired food, filled with South African charm, and a beautiful, chic restaurant setting.

Contact: +27 (011) 325 2442

Website: tenbompas-restaurant.co.za

Address: Ten Bompas Hotel, 10 Bompas Road, Dunkeld West, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

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Winehouse, Ten Bompas Hotel via Facebook

#9 Chaplin’s Grill

While the original Chaplin’s may have been located in Melville from 1980 onwards – Rainold Petersen moved the newly dubbed Chaplin’s Grill to Sandton in 2012.

Chaplin’s Grill pays homage to the former, equally great eatery, Chaplin’s, while still showcasing Rainold’s love for superior food, wine and beer.

The menu at Chaplin’s Grill is simple, yet creative. Specialties include the likes of calamari salad, brinjal Mille-feuille and vension, roast duck and prawn curry – though vegetarians are certainly not overlooked!

Contact: +27 (076) 564 5979

Website: chaplinsgrill.co.za

Address: 61 Woodlands Avenue off Republic Road, Corner of William Nicol Drive, Hurlingham, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

#10 Parc Ferme

Parc Ferme offers diners a chic and traditional experience, complemented by its fine cuisine, served up by Mauritian executive chef, Atmaram Mahadea.

With its contrasting decor (black and white tones), mixed fabrics and succulent food, guests will enjoy a luxurious experience eating out in Sandton. It’s also a great place to host special occasions, like bookings and birthday celebrations.

Contact: +27 (011) 245 4846

Website: www.parcferme.co.za

Address: 8 Maude Street, Sandton Central, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

These are the best, most stylish and popular restaurants you can enjoy in Sandton… Don’t miss them – because they are all winners!

Top Airlines in South Africa.

With nine provinces, each as different as the next, South Africa is a rich and diverse country, and it’s perfect for both travellers and jet-setters to enjoy.

Whether you are travelling for business, pleasure or holiday leisure – these top South African airlines can be the wind beneath your wings, as they safely bring you to your destination:

#1 South African Airways

Consistently rated as South Africa’s best airline, this long-standing flight king needs no introduction. “Flying to South Africa and beyond”, SAA is a multi-award-winning airline, first established 1 February 1934.

Along with Mango, they hold the number one and two spots as South Africa’s most on-time airlines, guaranteeing you will arrive on time without the schlep of extended flight delays or airport waits.

Their consistency, dedication and quality service has always given them an edge and, with a range of local and international flights on offer (and some impressive airline partners too), there’s no question that SAA can get you there!

Contact: +27 11 978 1111 (SA), +55 11 3065 5115 (international)

Website: www.flysaa.com

Where they fly: South Africa, Africa and internationally.

#2 Kulula.com (or Kulula)

This unmistakable green dragon has got your every flight need covered. With highly affordable rates, committed staff, and flights to many of SA’s top cities, Kulula is undoubtedly one of SA’s favourite airlines.

Enjoy flights from Cape Town to King Shaka International Airport (Durban) to Lanseria International Airport and more!

Contact: 0861 58 58 52 (SA) or +27 11 921 0500  (outside SA)

Website: http://kulula.com

Where they fly: Across SA – and with British Airways, to Mauritius, Nairobi, Windhoek, Harare, Victoria Falls and Livingstone.

#3 SA Express

If you are looking to book flights in South Africa and southern Africa alike, then SA Express is one of the best airlines around to fly you there. They combine convenience, time savings and cheap flights with quality service.

Travel with them to destinations like: Richard’s Bay, Cape Town, Walvis Bay, Lusaka and more.

Contact: +27 11 978 9900

Website: www.flyexpress.aero

Where we fly: across SA and to Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and the DRC.

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#4 Mango Airlines

Mango has been consistently and reliably providing travellers with affordable domestic flights, on-board Wi-Fi and so much more since they first took to the skies, way back in late 2006.

This orange, jet-setting airline operates between SA’s major airports, as well as providing twice weekly flights between Johannesburg and Zanzibar.

For memorable and hassle-free domestic flights across South Africa, look no further than Mango!

Contact: 086 100 1234 (SA); (international) +27 (11) 086 6100

Website: www.flymango.com

Where we fly: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, George and (twice weekly) between JHB to Zanzibar.

#5 SA Airlink

Connecting you with amazing destinations across Southern Africa, SA Airlink can take you where you need to be.

This awesome airline can connect travellers with up to 37 destinations, including nine African countries and St Helena. Spread your wings and enjoy the “freedom of the African sky” with Airlink.

Contact: +27 11 451 7300/0105903170

Website: flyairlink.com

Where we fly: across South Africa and Botwsana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Namibia, St Helena, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

#6 FlySafair

FlySaAir may have launched in late 2014 – but behind this fresh-faced airline is Safair – and they have been in operation for some fifty years.

Thus, because they bring both innovation and experience to South Africa’s skies, FlySaAir can take you to the ones you love at reasonable rates – and in good time too.

Contact: 087 135 1351

Website: www.flysafair.co.za

Where they fly: across South Africa

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FlySafair

#7 British Airways

While British Airways is certainly not a domestic airline from a South African perspective, there can be no mistaking that this is one of the world’s leading international airlines.

However, despite this, they do fly from Johannesburg to Durban and Port Elizabeth, as well as to Cape Town.

Contact: 0844 493 0763

Website: www.britishairways.com

Where they fly: internationally and to Johannesburg, Durban, P-E and Cape Town.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your seat and prepare to take to the skies with these top airlines in South Africa!

Top 10 Car Rental Services in Knysna.

The Garden Route is arguably one of South Africa’s most beautiful areas to explore – so it’s no surprise that travellers (and locals) love travelling around this gorgeous region by car.

To make the most of your visit to Knysna and the Garden Route overall, call up one of these car rental providers:

#1 Tortoise Car Hire

Based in Sedgefield (ideally close to Knysna), Tortoise Car Hire has been going strong since 2005. They offer a wide, well-established range of new vehicles, perfect for your rental needs.

With discounted cars and delivery across the Garden Route (from Knysna to Plett), this stellar car rental service is the one to call!

Contact: +27 (044) 343 2991

Website: www.tortoisecarhire.co.za

Address: Tortoise Car Hire, Sedgefield, Western Cape

#2 Rental Cars

With some of the best budget car hire in SA and one of the world’s biggest online car rental services, Rental Cars allows customers to save on luxury, economy and family car hire.

Take your pick from everything from practical cars to rangy SUVs… the choice is yours!

Contact: n/a

Website: www.rentalcars.com

Address: n/a

#3 Europcar

Offering both car and van rentals, Europcar is one of the more diverse local providers around. Handily, it’s also one of the most widespread, meaning its available in the Garden Route too!

With its impressive, long-standing reputation, it needs little to no introduction and is almost a household name, even among those who’ve never used a car rental service before.

Contact: +27 044 382 2733

Website: www.europcar.com

Address: Europcar, Knysna, Western Cape

#4 Tempest Car Hire

Tempest Car Hire is a top, nationwide provider, found everywhere from Gauteng to the Western Cape.

They offer cheap car hire and great rental rates across SA, including Knysna.

Contact: +27 (011) 5788300

Website: www.tempestcarhire.co.za

Address: Tempest Car Hire, Knysna, Western Cape

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#5 AVIS Rent a Car

With AVIS, car rentals are made oh-so-easy… Especially since this leading nationwide provider is a reliable and cost-friendly car rental option.

Rent a quality car from them and enjoy a journey of pure pleasure while in Knysna!

Contact: +27 (044) 382 2222

Website: www.avis.co.za

Address: AVIS Rent a Car, Knysna, Western Cape

#6 Comfort Car Hire

Ever since its establishment in 2000, Comfort Car Hire has been going from strength-to-strength. To date, it’s one of the biggest independent car rental companies in SA.

Situated across the country – from Upington to Stellenbosch – Comfort Car Hire offers a range of comfortable, popular car hire vehicles, categorised according to cost effectiveness and fuel-friendliness.

Contact: n/a

Website: www.comfortcarhire.co.za

Address: Comfort Car Hire, Knysna, Western Cape

#7 Crazy Car Hire

With Crazy Car Hire, customers are assured crazy car rental deals and specials.

But that’s not all because this car rental provider also has a good vehicle range (which includes larger vehicles too) – and some pretty cool add-ons for you to enjoy!

Contact: n/a

Website: crazycarhire.co.za

Address: Crazy Car Hire, Western Cape, South Africa

#8 Garden Route Car Rental

With the affordable, trouble-free Garden Route Car Rental, customers are guaranteed operations and delivery across this special region.

In addition to this, you can also expect great daily deals, booking transparency and quality vehicles to boot, ensuring a pleasant travel experience throughout!

Contact: +27 (083) 772 9254

Website: www.gardenroutecarrental.com

Address: Garden Route Car Rental, Knysna, Western Cape

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www.gardenroutemeander.co.za

#9 Economy Car Rentals 

If you’re after the best deal around, then, when you book and plan out your Knysna trip, be sure to earmark Economy Car Rentals!

Promising quality and expertise, as well as the best brands at low prices, Economy Car Rentals is certainly a fine car rental choice.

Contact: +27 (021) 813 5832

Website: www.economycarrentals.com

Address: Economy Car Rentals, Knysna, Western Cape

#10 AutoHireSA

AutoHireSA is a car rental provider that believes in safe, professional and quality service. This comes first and foremost with their cars… and not simply as an afterthought!

With deliveries, collections and effortlessly easy bookings, you can expect a wonderfully simple and good car rental experience all round.

Contact: +27 (079) 552 9234

Website: www.autohiresa.co.za

Address: AutoHireSA, George, Western Cape

These are the best car rental services in lovely Knysna – experience them first-hand today!

Top 20 Pretoria Activities 2017.

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

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

#1 Experience a cool Market @ the Sheds

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

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

Contact: none

Website: www.marketatthesheds.co.za

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

#2 Visit Wonderboom Nature Reserve

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

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

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

Contact: none

Website: www.tshwane.gov.za

Address: Wonderboom Nature Reserve, Wonderboom, Pretoria, Gauteng

#3 Awaken your senses at Duncan Yard

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

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

Contact: (083) 688 6025

Website: www.duncanyard.co.za

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

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#4 Catch a match at Loftus Versfeld

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

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

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

Contact: (012) 420 0700

Website: showme.co.za

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

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www.citiliner.co.za

#5 Brave the walls at the Climbing Barn

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

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

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

Contact: (082) 335 3220

Website: www.climbingbarn.co.za

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

#6 Delve into Groenkloof Nature Reserve

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

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

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

Contact: (012) 358 1757/1720

Website: www.tshwane.gov.za

Address: Groenkloof Nature Reserve, Pretoria, Gauteng

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www.xtremespots.com

#7 Tuck in at Hazel Food Market

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

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

Contact: (078) 593 7716

Website: www.hazelfoodmarket.co.za

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

#8 Experience riveting Rietvlei Nature Reserve

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

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

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

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

Contact: (012) 358 1812

Website: www.gauteng.net

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

#9 Explore Pretoria Botanical Gardens

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

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

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

Contact: (012) 843 5071

Website: www.sanbi.org

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

#10 Visit Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve

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

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

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

Contact: (012) 358 1510

Website: moreletakloof.co.za

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

#11 Take to the trees with Acrobranch

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

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

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

Contact: (086) 999 0369

Website: acrobranch.co.za

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

#12 Explore the grounds of the Union Buildings

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

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

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

Contact: (012) 300 5200

Website: none

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

#13 Visit Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre

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

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

Contact: (012) 5049906/7

Website: dewildt.co.za

Address: Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre, Pretoria, Gauteng

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#14 National Zoological Gardens

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

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

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

Contact: (012) 339 2700

Website: www.nzg.ac.za

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

#15 Celebrate history and heritage at Freedom Park

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

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

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

Contact: (012) 336 4000

Website: www.freedompark.co.za

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

#16 Pay a visit to Sammy Marks House

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

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

Contact: (012) 755 9541

Website: www.gauteng.net

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

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

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

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

Contact: (012) 735 9909

Website: www.horseridinginafrica.com

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

#18 Make feathered friends at Bester Birds and Animals

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

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

Contact: (012) 807 4192

Website: www.besterbirdsanimals.co.za

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

#19 Head on over to The Big Red Barn

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

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

Contact: (072) 617 7667

Website: www.thebigredbarn.co.za

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

#20 Pay a visit to Rosemary Hill

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

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

Contact: (012) 802 0052

Website: rosemaryhill.co.za

Address: Rosemary Hill, 257 R964, Pretoria, Gauteng

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

 

Top 20 Port Elizabeth activities 2017.

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

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

#1 Stroll along Sardinia Bay Beach

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

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

Contact: (041) 582 2575

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

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

#2 See the ellies at Addo Elephant National Park

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

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

Contact: (012) 428 9111

Website: www.sanparks.org

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

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Richard Marsh via sanparks.org

#3 Shamwari Game Reserve: where the wild things are

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

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

Contact: (042) 203 1111

Website: www.shamwari.com

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

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

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

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

Contact: (041) 379 4195

Website: www.kraggakamma.co.za

Address: Kragga Kamma Road, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#5 Zip through the sky with Adrenaline Addo Adventure Centre

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

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

Contact: (078) 911 1619

Website: adrenalineaddo.co.za

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

#6 Enjoy family fun at Holmeleigh Farmyard

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

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

Contact: (041) 379 2901

Website: holmeleighfarmyard.co.za

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

#7 Discover Cape Recife Nature Reserve

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

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

Contact: (041) 582 2575

Website: www.caperecife.co.za

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

#8 Rev up your engine at AutoPavilion

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

Contact: (041) 994 5941

Website: www.autopavilion.co.za

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

#9 Stay over in super Summerstrand

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

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

Contact: n/a

Website: www.sa-venues.com

Address: Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#10 Navigate through the Island Nature Reserve

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

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

Contact: (041) 582 2575

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: Island Nature Reserve, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#11 Head over to The Valley Market

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

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

Contact: thevalleymarketpe@gmail.com

Website: www.facebook.com/pg/thevalleymarketpe

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

#12 Circle the Coastal Fynbos Trail

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

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

Contact: (041) 582 2575

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#13 Pop by Grass Roof Farm Stall & Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (041) 366 2379

Website: www.grassroof.co.za

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

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#14 Hike the Sacremento Trail

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

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

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

Contact: (041) 582 2575

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#15 Visit the historic Fort Frederick

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

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

Contact: (041) 582 2575

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: Fort Frederick, Port Elizabeth Central, Eastern Cape

#16 Unlock aviation history at South African Air Force Museum

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

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

Contact: (041) 505 1295

Website: saafmuseum.org.za

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

#17 Educate yourself at SANCCOB Port Elizabeth

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

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

Contact: (041) 583 1830

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: Schoenmakerskop, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

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

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

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

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

Contact: (041) 585 1646

Website: www.southafrica.net

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

#19 Smell the flowers at Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve

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

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

Contact: friendsofvanstadens@gmail.com

Website: www.vanstadens.co.za

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

#20 Face lions at Seaview Predator Park

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

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

Contact: info@seaviewpredatorpark.co.za

Website: www.seaviewpredatorpark.com

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

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

Top 20 Mossel Bay Restaurants 2017.

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

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

#1 Carola Anne’s

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

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

Contact: 044 690 3477

Website: www.carolaann.com

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

#2 Café Gannet

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

Bookings are advisable due to its popularity.

Contact: (044) 6913738

Website: oldposttree.co.za/cafe-gannet

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

#3 Kaai 4

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

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

Contact: (044) 691 0056

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

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

#4 The Blue Shed Coffee Roastery

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

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

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

Contact: (044) 691 0037

Website: www.blueshedroasters.co.za

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

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#5 Route57 Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (082) 457 7550

Website: www.route57.co.za

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

#6 Baruch’s Roastery and Coffee Shop

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

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

Contact: (044) 695 2078

Website: www.baruchscoffee.co.za

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

#7 Punjabi Kitchen

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

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

Contact: (044) 690 5020

Website: www.punjabikitchen.net

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

#8 Coffee@Work

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

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

Contact: (071) 692 1641

Website: www.coffeeatwork.co.za

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

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#9 Delfino’s Restaurant

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

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

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

Contact: (044) 690 5247

Website: www.delfinos.co.za

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

#10 Stars Restaurant and Sports Bar

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

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

Contact: (044) 690 3045

Website: www.starsmb.co.za

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

#11 Sea Gypsy Café

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

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

Contact: (044) 690 5496

Website: www.seagypsy.co.za

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

#12 Kingfisher Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (044) 690 6390

Websitewww.thekingfisher.co.za

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

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#13 Admiral’s Buffet Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (044) 693 3900

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

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

#14 De Vette Mossel Groot Brak

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

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

Contact: (079) 339 0170

Website: devettemosselgrootbrak.co.za

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

#15 Fork and Train Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (083) 900 7797

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

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

#16 Café Havana

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

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

Contact: (044) 690 4640

Website: www.cafehavana.co.za

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

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#17 Transkaroo Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (044) 620 4163

Website: none

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

#18 The London Bus Fish & Chip Company

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

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

Contact: (082) 817 2382

Website: www.londonbus.co.za

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

#19 Santos Express Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (044) 691 1995

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

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

#20 The Lighthouse Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (044) 691 3512

Website: www.visitmosselbay.co.za

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

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

Top 20 Pretoria Restaurants 2017.

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

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

#1 Restaurant Mosaic

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

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

Contact: (012) 371 2902/3

Website: www.restaurantmosaic.com

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

#2 Pachas Restaurant and Cherry Room

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

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

Contact: (012) 460 5063

Website: www.pachas.co.za

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

#3 Kream

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

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

Contact: (012) 346 462/4

Website: kream.co.za

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

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#4 La Pentola

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

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

Contact: (012) 329 4028/9123

Website: pretoria.lapentola.co.za

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

#5 Hemingway’s Restaurant & Wine Cellar

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

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

Contact: (012) 660 3810/3300

Website: none

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

#6 Geet Indian Restaurant

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

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

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

Contact: (012) 460 3199/3164

Website: www.geetindianrestaurant.com

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

#7 Mo-Zam-Bik

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

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

Contact: (012) 817 2014

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

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

#8 Crawdaddy’s

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

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

Contact: (012) 460 0889

Website: crawdaddys.co.za

Address: Crawdaddy’s, Brooklyn, Pretoria, Gauteng

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#9 Hillside Tavern

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

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

Contact: (012) 348 1402/5505

Website: www.hillsidetavern.co.za

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

#10 De Kloof

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

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

Contact: (012) 771 8655

Website: dekloofrestaurant.co.za

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

#11 Zest Bistro

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

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

Contact: (012) 460 0275

Website: zestbistro.co.za

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

#12 Fumo

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

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

Contact: (012) 3460916

Website: www.fumo.co.za

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

#13 Burger Bistro

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

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

Contact: (012) 346 6147

Website: www.burgerbistro.co.za

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

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#14 Capital Craft Beer Academy

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

Contact: (012) 424 8601

Website: www.capitalcraft.co.za

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

#15 Tin Roof Café

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

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

Contact: (072) 367 5698

Website: www.tinroofcafe.co.za

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

#16 The Black Bamboo Restaurant

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

Contact: 084 508 9752

Website: www.theblackbamboo.co.za

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

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www.theblackbamboo.co.za

#17 Blu Saffron Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (012) 346 0223

Website: www.pretoria.co.za

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

#18 Harissa Bistro

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

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

Contact: (012) 452 5519

Website: www.harissa.co.za

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

#19 Toni’s Fully Furnished Pizza

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

Contact: (012) 329 9000

Website: tonipizza.co.za

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

#20 La Madeleine

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

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

Contact: (012) 361 3667

Website: www.lamadeleine.co.za

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

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

Top 20 Stellenbosch Restaurant 2017.

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

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

#1 Delaire Graff Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (021) 885 8160

Website: www.delaire.co.za

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

#2 Restaurant Jardine 

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

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

Contact: (021) 886 5020

Website: restaurantjardine.co.za

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

#3 Terroir

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

Contact: (021) 880 8167

Website: www.kleinzalze.co.za

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

#4 Overture

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

Contact: (021) 880 2721

Website: bertusbasson.com

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

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#5 Rust en Vrede Restaurant

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

Contact: (021) 881 3757

Website: rustenvrede.com

Address: Rust en Vrede, Annandale Road, Stellenbosch

#6 Jordan Restaurant

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

Contact: 021 881 3612

Website: www.jordanwines.com

Address: Stellenbosch Kloof Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#7 Spek & Bone

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

Contact: (082) 569 8958

Website: bertusbasson.com

Address: 84 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

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#8 The Restaurant at Clos Malverne

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

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

Contact: (021) 865 2022

Website: closmalverne.co.za

Address: Devon Valley Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#9 Cucina di Giovanni

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

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

Contact: (021) 855 5033

Website: www.giovannicapetown.co.za

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

#10 Postcard Café

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

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

Contact: (021) 861 7703

Website: www.postcardcafe.co.za

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

#11 Makaron Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (021) 880 1549

Website: www.majekahouse.co.za

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

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www.majekahouse.co.za

#12 Cuvee

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

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

Contact: (021) 888 4932

Website: www.simonsig.co.za

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

#13 The Big Easy

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

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

Contact: (021) 887 3462

Website: thebigeasyrestaurant.co.za

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

#14 Oppie Dorp

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

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

Contact: (021) 883 3889

Website: www.oppiedorp.co.za

Address: 137 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#15 The FatButcher

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

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

Contact: (021) 882 8705

Website: fatbutcher.co.za

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

#16 Genki

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

Contact: (021) 887 5699

Website: genkisushi.weebly.com

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

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www.ginos.co.za

#17 Gino’s Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (021) 887 9786

Website: www.ginos.co.za

Address: 63 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#18 Pane e Vino

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

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

Contact: (021) 883 8312

Website: www.dallacia.com

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

#19 The Vine Bistro

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

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

Contact: (021) 809 6444

Website: glenellyestate.com

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

#20 Bukhara

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

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

Contact: (021) 882 9133

Website: bukhara.com

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

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

Top 20 Umhlanga Activities 2017.

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

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

#1 See the Light with Umhlanga Lighthouse

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

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

Contact: n/a

Website: n/a

Address: East Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

#2 Catch a tan at Umhlanga Main Beach

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

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

Contact: (031) 561 4257

Website: www.umhlangatourism.co.za

Address: Umhlanga Main Beach, Umhlanga, KZN

#3 Get your shopping fix at Gateway

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

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

Contact: (031) 514 0500

Website: www.gatewayworld.co.za

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

#4 Enjoy a beach day at La Lucia Beach

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

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

Contact: n/a

Website: www.sa-venues.com

Address: La Lucia, Umhlanga Coast, KZN

#5 Lace up for Umhlanga Lagoon Hiking Trail

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

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

Contact: (031) 561 4257

Website: n/a

Address: Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve, Umhlanga, KZN

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www.expedia.com

#6 Catch a movie at IMAX Theatre Gateway

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

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

Contact: (031) 566 4415

Website: movies.sterkinekor.co.za

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

#7 Visit KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board

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

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

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

Contact: (031) 566 0400

Website: www.shark.co.za

Address: 1a Herrwood Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

#8 Hit the 4×4 track at Gateway

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

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

Contact: (031) 566 3140

Website: n/a

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

#9 Take to the greens at Umhlanga Bowling Club

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

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

Contact: (074) 639 4028

Website: n/a

Address: 75 Twilight Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, KZN

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Bowls1Sport4Life via Facebook

#10 Shop till you drop at Pearls Mall

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

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

Contact: (031) 940 6840

Website: thepearls.co.za

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

#11 Sip some good java at African Roots Coffee

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

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

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

Contact: (087) 941 4591

Website: www.africanrootscoffee.co.za

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

#12 Grab a bite to eat at Village Table

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

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

Contact: (087) 288 4235

Website: www.facebook.com/villagetableumhlanga

Address: 6 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

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Village Table via Facebook

#13 Keep the kiddes At Play

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

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

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

Contact: (010) 900 2191

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

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

#14 Have some fun at Wavehouse

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

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

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

Website: www.wavehouse.co.za

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

#15 Enjoy the ultimate retreat with SurfSup Yoga

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

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

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

Contact: info@surfsupyoga.co.za

Website: surfsupyoga.co.za

Address: SurfSup Yoga, Durban, KZN

#16 Explore Hawaan Forest

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

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

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Address: Hawaan Forest, Umhlanga, KZN

#17 Grab some good coffee Power Plant

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

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

Contact: (031) 561 9191

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Address: 65 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, KZN

#18 Enjoy great food at Olive & Oil

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

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

Contact: (031) 561 2618

Website: oliveandoil.co.za

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

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#19 Discover new things at KZN Science Centre

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

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

Contact: (031) 408 1012

Website: kznsc.org

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

#20 Walk along Umhlanga Promenade

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

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

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Address: Umhlanga, KZN

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