Top Places to Eat in Tofo, Mozambique

Tofo offers plenty of excellent food options…  The restaurants here allow visitors to indulge in pizza, seafood, Italian and Indian cuisine and even burgers. (Though seafood is naturally one of your best options locally.)

With this in mind, here are the top places to eat in Tofo:

Happi Restaurant

This charming cafe, located at Liquid Dive Adventures, offers oh-so-good breakfasts, salads, smoothies, sandwiches and more.

Their service and food is amazing (keep an eye out for the vegan burger) and they especially cater to both vegans and vegetarians.

Best of all, they run lots of great specials so you can both feast and save… This restaurant is also close to the beach so the views are great too!

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

Website: www.liquiddiveadventures.com/food

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

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www.liquiddiveadventures.com

A Street Bar named Desire

Found in the town’s market area, this unusual eatery serves up an array of pub food, burgers and delicious salads. Dishes are named after music/musicians from the 1960s-1970s… This is something which certainly adds fun to the whole dining experience!

It is something of a hidden gem, too – with great food at affordable prices and a stellar atmosphere, allowing you to chill with the locals in style, over a cocktail or beer.

Contact: (+258) 842625289

Website: www.tofoinfo.com/johns-place

Address: A Street Bar Named Desire, Tofo, Imhambane, Mozambique.

What U Want

What U Want specialises in both delicious Italian and Mozambican cuisine… Here, you can sink your teeth into delicacies like octopus carpaccio, lobster pasta or wood-fired pizzas – the choices are endless and are all delicious picks!

Simply put: this is really good food at equally good prices, with a great atmosphere and friendly staff to boot.

Contact: (+258) 84 929 6936, barone22@hotmail.com

Website: www.facebook.com/pg/whatuwant22

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

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What U Want via Facebook

Branko’s

This cosy spot offers top notch beef and seafood dishes and pizzas. Food can be cooked right at your table, on interesting ‘hot stones’.

Branko’s is well-known for its excellent vibe and memorable food experiences so it’s definitely one a must when in Tofo.

They are creative and inviting with both their dishes and their serving… After all, it’s a lot of fun to eat your (sea)food off a hot stone!

Note: One important thing to keep in mind before visiting is that it is very popular so it can get full – but it’s still so worth it!

Contact: (+258) 84 066 6470

Website: N/A

Address: Branko’s, Tofo Beach, Tofo, Imhambane, Mozambique.

Casa de Comer

At Casa de Comer, Mozambican cuisine and fresh seafood are the orders of the day… In fact, it is rated as one of the best spots to go for fresh, local food.

They offer an array of food options – and a calming atmosphere, with good music and friendly staff, are all part of the place.

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

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

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

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Beach Baraca via Facebook

Beach Baraca

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

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

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

Contact: (+258) 84 244 8919

Website: www.facebook.com/pg/beachbaraca

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

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Beach Baraca via Facebook

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

Top Things to do in Tofo

Surf or learn how to on Tofo’s beachfront

If you’re already an able surfer, pop into the Surf Shack on Tofo’s beachfront for advice on the best surf breaks. If you’re keen to learn, this is the best place. They offer private and group lessons mostly at low tide.

Warm water, rash vests, board rental and an instructor are all included in your surf lesson fee and what a spot to learn. Nothing like the stoke of first standing up on your board!

Contact: +258 843649517

Website: www.thesurfshacktofo.com

Address: Beachfront Praia do Tofo

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Scuba Diving

Warm water, a myriad of explosive marine life and countless dive sites ranging from shallow to very deep for all levels means that Tofo beckons to qualified divers from across the globe.

This also makes it an ideal spot to get your open water certification. A dive to ‘Fingers’ reef is suitable for dives 3 and 4 of your open water and is said to spoil newbie divers for life with marco life such as Banded boxer shrimp, leaf fish, nudibranchs and frog fish and in the more protected fingers are sandy areas, ideal for torpedo rays, kuhl’s and the occasional Jenkins ray.

Then, for the experienced divers who can descend quickly, there are drift dives (due to reef shape and current), such as ‘Amazon’, which is said to be wild and seldom visited and one of the few places where leopard sharks are seen, as well as other shark species, such as Whitetips, Grey reef, Black tip reef shark and scalloped Hammerhead. Mantas and spotted eagle rays are also sometimes seen on this site.

Book your spot with Tofo Scuba right on the beach.

Contact: (+258) 84 3733074

Website: https://www.tofoscuba.com/

Address: Beachfront Tofo

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Quad Biking

A guided tour on the back of a quad bike between Barra and Tofo beach is one of the most exhilarating things you can do in Tofo. Pass palm trees, local villages and flat open sand of Barra. Feel the wind in your hair and explore quiet enclaves and beach inaccessible directly from the beach itself.

Visit the Light House, Flamingo Bay Water Lodge for a swim and a beer and some local markets for shopping. Helmets are provided but make sure you wear comfortable shoes and book a day in advance.

Contact: +258 -844409303

Website: http://tofoactivitycentre.com/

Address: Tofo Beach – Josina Machel (next to Hotel Tofo Mar) Inhambane – Mozambique

Ocean Safari

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This is the most popular activity to undertake while in Tofo. It consists of a 2-hour boat ride zigzagging up and down the coastline in search of the famous whale shark with Manta rays, dolphins and Humpback whales also on the agenda.  

This excursion involves snorkelling so be prepared to jump in and be in awe while watching a whale shark glide underneath you with its unrivalled beauty and power.

Contact: +258 82550 5661

Website: https://www.peri-peridivers.com/

Address: Tofo Beach Josina Machel, next to albatroz lodge, Tofo 1300, Mozambique

Movie Night at Mozambeat Motel 

Mozambeat Motel hosts a weekly Wednesday movie night with free popcorn. Watch the movie of the evening whilst chilling in hammocks, couches or on over-sized pillows.

It’s a great place to have drinks, mingle with fellow travellers and have some much-needed chill time amidst your busy time of adventure in Tofo.

Contact: +258 84 5000 383

Website: http://www.mozambeatmotel.com/

Address: Barrio Josina Machel | Praia de Tofo / Tofinho, Tofo, Mozambique

Pansy Island Dhow Tour

Does the idea of a dhow cruise, crystal clear waters and an abundance of pansy shells on a beach sound good? Add a local Mozambican lunch on the island and you’ve got a day out in paradise, including snorkelling and a trip on a local dhow cruise.

This is highly recommended for those in need of taking a time out, relaxing and chilling on the open ocean and of course, an island. Dare I say that may be all of us?

Contact: (+258) 84 9682169.

Website: https://www.diversityscuba.com/

Address: Tofo Beach, Tofo, Mozambique

Walk to Tofinho Beach

The area of Tofinho is situated on a hilly outcrop just to the right of Tofo. It is also the home of Tofinho Point, which is a haven for surfers when the tide is right.

Watch the surfers from the hill and, if you’re lucky in season, catch the chance to see Humpback whales breach and school of dolphins swim by.

Party at Dathonga

Dathonga is an art gallery/restaurant/bar which hosts live music and a DJ every Sunday evening.

Indulging in cold beverages while joining moving bodies on dance floor is a must to end of a great week or start it off depending on which way you look at it. Calling all party animals, this one is for you.

Contact: +258 84 244 8919

Website: https://www.facebook.com/dathonga

Address:  01 Long Street, Inhamane, Mozambique

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Top Places to Eat in Vilanculos

Being a seaside town, Vilanculos is abounding in fresh seafood options and often with a view too. It’s a small town so every restaurant and cafe is only a short tuk tuk ride away. Here’s a few of the best places to eat…

Casbah Restaurant

When it comes to locations, you really can’t get closer to the sea than this. Dine inside during the evening and enjoy everything from cocktails, crayfish and prawn curry to calamari and steaks. It’s right next to the Kite surfing centre so pop in for lunch, with your toes in the sand and watch the dhow boats, kitesurfer and fishermen go by.

Visit Casbah Restaurant to find their location.

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Frutos Do Mar

Another spot with higher seaview, this bar and cafe is a great option for a light lunch as well as drinks in the evening. Play pool, take a dip in their splash pool, relax on outside loungers and enjoy the chic island vibe here.

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Kilimanjaro Cafe

Open until 5pm in the centre of town, this cafe provides a tranquil retreat from the heat and you have the option of sipping your cappuccino from a table beneath the trees or under cover. Those looking to relax with a book or get some work done on their laptops may enjoy this particular spot. Find everything from seafood, burgers and chips to sweeter options to go with your coffee.

Casa Rex

This well-known a la carte restaurant is a beautiful option for dinner and offers magnificent options of seafood as well as local and imported wines. Enjoy a swim in their pool, take a walk down the winding stairs all the way to the beach or have a sundowners while the sun seeps below the horizon.

Book your table at Casa Rex

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Bahia Mar

This hotel’s restaurant is open to the public and offers a huge variety of dining options form samosas, soups, toasties, seafood, pastas and crepes to curries, vegetarian options and desserts.

Choose a table beneath an umbrella with the turquoise ocean as your backdrop or better yet, swim in the infinity pool to reach the bar for a smoothie or cocktail.

Visit Bahia Mar Restaurant to see their menu.

 

 

Top Things to do in Vilanculos

There is truly nothing better than seaside village getaway because more often than not islands, snorkling, sunning and boating await. For the small town of Vilanculos in Mozambique, it’s no different and there’s a wealth of water and land activities to enjoy while visiting. Some of my favorites include:

Standup paddle boarding

If you know how, rent a board from Mark’s Kite Surfing centre and savor a tranquil paddle out on flat turquoise ocean. If you’re a newbie, their instructors will show you how it’s done and advise on the best time of day when it’s less windy ( which will differ with each season). Once you’ve engaged your core and got the hang of standing up; you’ll be addicted!

Visit kitesurfingcentre.com  to book your SUPPing lesson.

Learn how to Kitesurf

So on those windy days when SUPPing is not the best option, kitesurfing is. This is definitely a trickier water sport to master but I recommend everyone try it at least once. And if you’re going to try it, it may as well be in the paradise of Vilanculos. Mark and his team have been doing this and teaching for year so you’re in the best possible hands.

Book your lesson with kitesurfingcentre.com

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Yoga

Once you arrive in Vilanculos, you’ll realize that there is no better place to slow down and focus on your body, mind and soul and give them all a break (and a stretch). While there, I signed up for group yoga classes at Bahia Mar hotel. Aside from their aerobics, anti-gravitational training and yoga, they also boast a world-class spa and offer fitness retreats over a few days. Wellness begins here…

Visit Bahia Mar Club  for more info.

Diving

When you’re ready, it’s time to explore beneath the aqua-marine ocean surface. If you have your underwater certificate you’re all set to go, else you can get certified here…with warm temperatures and great visibility ( depending on the day and season), there’s no better place to learn and spot devil rays, garden eels and maybe even a dugong.

Visit Odysseadive.com  to get certified while in Vilanculos.

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Snorkeling

Not as keen to go to great depths, but want to discover the magnificent marine life here? Rent snorkels, goggles and fins with Odyssea Dive and head out by boat to the two mile reef where turtles, fish and all manner of marine life awaits.

Get snorkeling odysseadive.com

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Dhow cruises

You really can’t visit Mozambique, especially this part of it and and not experience the iconic Dhow- a boat used throughout the arabic african trade routes and as a main fishing vessel for locals. Sailaway Safaris offers camping safaris and sunset safaris ( including drinks and snacks), so don’t miss out on exploring the islands and ocean in this way.

Visit sailaway.co.za  for more info.

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Best Things to Do in Paarl

Paarl is one of the most beautiful and fun parts of the Cape Winelands to visit. And, as it is blessed with rich history, world-famous wine estates and a host of family-friendly experiences, it should be on everyone’s must-visit list…

So, here is a list of the best things to do in Paarl:

#1 Enjoy a day out at Spice Route

Spice Route is an excellent destination for the whole family to enjoy and is particularly great for groups of friends or weekend outings.

With chocolate and ice-cream tastings, beers, wine, restaurants and a host of artisan offerings, it’s the perfect place to head for a day out in Paarl. It’s also extremely picturesque and relaxed, making it especially ideal for weekend wanderings.

Contact: +27 (021) 863 5200, info@spiceroute.co.za

Website: www.spiceroute.co.za

Address: Spice Route Destination, Suid-Agter Paarl Road, Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

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Spice Route Paarl via Facebook

#2 Visit The Alpaca Loom Coffee Shop and Weaving Studio

If you would like to visit with adorable alpacas, then this is the place for you. Enjoy delicious coffee and cakes, before browsing luxurious, hand-crafted goods and petting the alpacas, who happily call it home.

It’s an interesting and engaging place to visit and is sure to delight shoppers and animal lovers alike.

Contact: +27 (084) 793 3666, info@alpacas.co.za

Website: www.alpacas.co.za

Address: The Alpaca Loom Coffee Shop and Weaving Studio, Suid-Agter Paarl Road, Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 See the goats at Fairview Wine and Cheese

Fairview is not only one of the best wine estates in the country but it is also famed for its quality cheeses and cute goats.

In fact, the estate has really gone to great lengths to keep their four-legged friends happy, even creating a fairytale-like goat tower and overreaching bridge for them to enjoy.

So, pop by for lunch at Goatshed and enjoy explore the soothing wine estate grounds, while patting the goats and allowing your little ones the freedom to savour the gardens and lawns.

Contact: +27 (021) 863 2450, info@fairview.co.za

Website: fairview.co.za

Address: Fairview Wine and Cheese, Suid-Agter-Paarl Road, Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Explore Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve

Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve is a beautiful and tranquil spot in Paarl and is perfect for enjoying with the whole family.

Walk through the garden, pack a picnic or even set out to enjoy some excellent birding or hiking nearby. What’s more, there are plenty of amazing flowers – including the majestic Proteas – to see too.

The nature reserve offers incredible views across Paarl and is truly an outdoor haven… Just keep in mind that it can get busy on weekends and there is an entry fee for cars.

Contact: +27 (021) 807 6231

Website: www.paarlonline.com

Address: Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve, Jan Phillips Bergpad, Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Soak up the views at Taal Monument

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Afrikaanse Taal Monument via Facebook

Perked atop Paarl Mountain, this iconic structure pays homage to the past, while especially honouring Africa’s youngest language: Afrikaans.

Not only can you enjoy exploring the Taal Monument itself – an awe-inspiring structure thought up by architect Jan van Wijk – but you can also pop by the restaurant and museum.

What’s more, Taal Monument often hosts some exciting events – including picnics under the stars and amphitheatre concerts – so be sure to keep an eye and ear out for those!

Note: For more information on entry fees and events, please see taalmuseum.co.za.

Contact: +27 (021) 863 0543, admin@taalmuseum.co.za

Website: www.taalmuseum.co.za

Address: Taal Monument, Gabbema Doordrift Street, Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Lunch at Ridgeback Wines

One of the main attractions at Ridgeback Wines is definitely The Deck Restaurant. Overlooking the gardens and dam, this tranquil eatery is found within the wine tasting centre and offers an excellent array of fresh, home-style cooking.

Also, because this lovely Paarl wine estate produces some world-class wines, a winetasting of either their first label or premium label wines is a must!

Join them for lunch and enjoy a great wine tasting while you’re at it!

Contact:  +27 (021) 869 8988

Website: ridgebackwines.co.za

Address: Ridgeback Wines, R44, Windmeul, Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Winetasting at Nederburg Wines

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Nederburg

As one of South Africa’s most esteemed estates, Nederburg is one that almost everyone has heard of – and for good reason.

This quality estate, which is as beautiful as it is famous, offers a lovely restaurant, excellent wine tastings and so much more to thrill visitors.

Join them for a memorable wine tasting and tour or simply pop by for lunch… you won’t regret it.

Contact: +27 (021) 862 3104

Website: nederburg.com

Address: Nederburg Wines, Sonstraal Road, Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Take the Paarl Historical Walk

Hybre van Niekerk offers some insightful historical Paarl walks and tours. Options include: Historic Paarl, From Slavery to Freedom and In the footsteps of Arnoldus Pannevis.

The main one, the Historical Walking Tour starts at South Africa’s fourth oldest church, Het Gesticht Museum. From there, you enjoy a guided one kilometre walk along Paarl’s delightful Main Street.

Note: For pricing, please see the website. This historic tour takes roughly two to two and a half hours. Also, visitors are advised to don comfortable shoes and during summertime, a hat too.

Contact: +27 (065) 905 8197, paarlhistoricaltours.co.za

Website: www.paarlhistoricaltours.co.za

Address: Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Quad biking and horseback riding at Rhebokskloof

Rhebokskloof is one of the most family-friendly estates you will find anywhere. It’s a welcoming, beautiful and entertaining estate to visit and there’s always plenty to enjoy here.

But two of the coolest attractions on offer are undoubtedly the quad biking and horseback riding.

The first is led by an experienced guide and allows guests to enjoy stunning views, while navigating several different routes and even the obstacle course, too.

The horse riding, meanwhile, is offered by Wine Valley Horse Trails… Join them for a one-, two- or three-hour trail, led by experienced guides and enjoy exploring the estate in a unique way.

Note: Wine Valley Horse Trails also offer moonlit tours and tours with winetasting(s) included.

Contact: 083 226 8735 / 083 657 5135, gavmic@worldonline.co.za

Website: www.rhebokskloof.co.za/horsetrails-sa.co.za

Address: Rhebokskloof, Noord Agter Paarl Road, Windmeul, Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Dine at Pearl Rock Terrace, Laborie Estate

Nestled beneath Paarl Mountain on the beautiful Laborie Estate, one finds the charming Pearl Rock Terrace.

This cosy, scenic eatery is perfect for enjoying a meal with family and friends. It offers seasonal tapas, divine pizzas and delicious desserts, suitably enhanced by the stunning views.

Be sure to give them a visit; it’s well worth your while!

Contact: +27 (021) 807 3467, info@pearlrockterrace.co.za

Website: www.pearlrockterrace.co.za

Address: Pearl Rock Terrace, Laborie Estate, Taillefer and Main Road, Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the top things to do in Paarl – and there are more where these came from!

Top 12 Activities in Cairo 2017.

Egypt’s capital, Cairo, is a sprawling, beautiful city on the edge of the Nile. It is filled with history, ancient mummies and so much more. What’s more, it offers a host of great activities and places to explore.

These are some of the top activities to enjoy in Cairo during 2017:

#1 Experience the wonder of Pyramids of Giza

Set aside a good amount of time and explore the hidden wonders of the Pyramids of Giza. If you’re afraid of narrow walkways, stick to soaking up the outside views. But be advised that it’s worth splurging a bit to experience the Great Pyramid from within…

Either way, it’s a life-changing experience for anyone to see the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World in person.

Contact: info@egypt.travel

Website: www.egypt.travel

Address: Pyramids of Giza, Al Haram, Nazlet El-Semman, Al Haram, Giza Governorate, Egypt

#2 Visit the amazing Al-Azhar Mosque

 

While Cairo offers a wealth of historic mosques to visit, Al-Azhar Mosque is in a league of its own. It’s also one of the most important in the history of Islam.

Along with its namesake, Al-Azhar University, it allows students from across the globe to immerse themselves in the history of Islam and the Koran’s different schools of thought. (Note: Visitors must respect proper dress codes.)

It’s one of the world’s most beautiful mosques, serving as something of an architectural marvel too – so be sure to pay it a visit.

Contact: (202) 357 160 50

Website: www.memphistours.com

Address: Al-Azhar Mosque, El-Darb El-Ahmar, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

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#3 Navigate the streets of Old Cairo (Coptic Cairo)

 

If you’re fascinated by Egypt’s ancient history, then you’ve got to explore Old Cairo! Here, you will find many shops, restaurants and historic buildings, which supply some amazing architecture. (Note: Visitors must respect proper dress codes.) The Coptic culture itself also makes for an intriguing cultural history lesson.

Contact: 1-888-834-1448

Website: www.tripadvisor.com

Address: Old Cairo, Cairo, Egypt

#4 Pay a visit to Cairo Citadel

 

Found at the top of the city, The Citadel is a massive stone fortress built in the 12th century by Salah ad-Din. Some 700 years later, the Mosque of Mohammed was added to it.

The Citadel offers an invaluable glance into Cairo (and Egypt’s history) and once again, is an impressive architectural wonder. Visit both the Egyptian Military Museum and the beautifully designed Muhammad Ali Mosque, while enjoying stunning city views. (Note: Visitors must respect proper dress codes.)

Contact: (202) 2512 1735

Website: www.sca-egypt.org

Address: Cairo Citadel, Al Abageyah, Qesm Al Khalifah، Cairo Governorate,
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#5 Dine in Zamalek

 

For keen foodies, the small island of Zamalek is the place to go to experience a wonderful range of dynamic cuisines. Especially as it is home to some of Egypt’s best restaurants, with new restaurant openings every year.
You will find everything from pizza to Belgian chocolate on this food-centric island.

Contact: n/a

Website: www.cairoscene.com

Address: Zamalek, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

#6 Pass some time at Al-Azhar Park

 

When in Cairo, this public park is a wonderful place to enjoy some fresh air and relaxation.
It provides exotic settings, lovely cafés and restaurants, as well as glorious outdoor spaces. It’s also perfect for private functions, which, by arrangement, can be hosted here.

Contact: (202) 2510 3868

Website: www.azharpark.com

Address: Al-Azhar Park, Salah Salem St, El-Darb El-Ahmar, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

#7 Visit the historic Nilometer on Rhoda Island

 

This historic site is one that’s sadly often overlooked by visitors. Yet, it is one of the oldest structures in Cairo. Once, the Nilometer was uniquely used to measure the flood levels of the Nile River, giving it special importance.

While it’s no longer functional today, this interesting structure, found on the lower end of Rhoda Island, is certainly worth a visit – as is its beautiful pointed dome.

Contact: info@egypt.travel

Website: www.egypt.travel

Address: Rhoda Island, Egypt

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#8 Explore the Giza Solar Boat Museum

 

In the time of ancient Egypt, Egyptians used to bury a solar barge near the tomb of their ruler, believing that their Pharaoh needed transportation into the afterlife.

In 1954, remnants of a cedar-wood barge were discovered in the five pits, near the Great Pyramid of Khufu. The barge was carefully restored and its 1200 wooden pieces set out on display in the glass Solar Boat Museum. Today, it’s a fun and fascinating place to visit.

Contact: n/a

Website: www.egypt.travel

Address: The Solar Boat Museum, Giza, Egypt

#9 Enjoy a camel ride in Cairo

 

Children and adults alike will delight in the camel (or horse) rides around Giza pyramids. Enjoy a two-hour outing on your choice of ride, with bottled drinking water and glorious sights included in the deal!

Contact: (202) 357 160 50

Website: www.memphistours.com

Address: Giza, Egypt

#10 Experience a felucca boat ride on the Nile

 

If you wish to experience the Nile River up close and personal, in an authentic sailboat, then a trip out on a felucca is just the thing for you!

Perfect for catching a cool breeze or soaking up a sunset, felucca rides are romantic and fun affairs for everyone, even tiny tots.

Contact: www.facebook.com/pages/Egyptnilecruise/151143821716835

Website: www.egypt-nile-cruise.com

Address: Cairo, Egypt

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#11 Head to Dream park

 

As Egypt’s biggest amusement park, Dream park offers good fun for the whole family.

With a selection of great rides, a simulator theatre, fast food outlets, restaurants and souvenir shops, it’s the ideal place to bond with your friends or loved ones when holidaying in Cairo.

Contact: n/a

Website: www.etltravel.com

Address: Dream park, Giza Governorate, Egypt

#12 Shop at Citystars Mall

 

This shopping mall offers a wealth of departmental stores, cinemas, clothing stores (for men and women), food and drink options, health and beauty shops and much more.

For those shopaholics who wish to take home some wares or clothing items, it’s the perfect place to go for a serious shopping session.

Contact: (202) 4800706

Website: www.citystars-heliopolis.com.eg

Address: Citystars Mall, Omar Ibn El Khattab Street, off El Nasr Road, Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt

These are just some of the awesome activities you can enjoy in the fascinating, historic Cairo!

Top 12 Restaurants in Dar es Salaam 2017.

Formerly a small Zaramo fishing village, found along Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coastline, Dar es Salaam has grown into a major port city – and today, this thriving East African city is home to some great restaurants.

Here are some of the top restaurants to try in Dar es Salaam during 2017:

#1 Addis in Dar

As Tanzania’s longest-standing and most famed Ethiopian restaurant, Addis in Dar needs little introduction. With a traditional, soothing restaurant atmosphere, it provides guests with an exotic array of top culinary treasures.

Tuck into authentic cuisine (including vegetarian and vegan options), as you dine beneath the stars, sharing plates with loved ones at your traditional, woven Mesob table.

Contact: +255 (0713) 266 299

Website: www.addisindar.com

Address: Addis in Dar, 35 Ursino Street, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#2 Mamboz Corner BBQ

Serving a variety of mouth-watering dishes – like Khalifa Chicken Rottiserie or Zanzibari pizza – this restaurant is big on all things barbeque. Here, guests can enjoy delicious fare and street food-style delicacies cooked to (slow) perfection.

Meals get cooked out in on the street, where you can sit on simple plastic tables and chairs, enjoying a front-row view of the lively street corner, as you watch your food cooking… It provides an all-round great food experience!

Contact: +255 (0784) 243 735

Website: www.facebook.com/MambozCornerBbq

Address: Mamboz Corner BBQ, Corner of Morogoro Road and Libya Street, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#3 305 Karafuu

Tucked away in the Swahili suburb of Kinodoni, this cozy, rustic bistro-style restaurant offers a mix of culinary dishes to satisfy every palate – with everything from grilled tuna, salad nicoise and lobster thermidor being served here.

There’s also great music on offer, with everything from jazz and classics getting played. This creates a unique dining atmosphere. Space is limited and it’s highly rated, so please call ahead to book.

Contact: +255 (0754) 277 188

Website: 305karafuu.co.tz

Address: Plot 305, Karafuu Street, Kinondoni, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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305karafuu.co.tz

#4 Chef’s Pride

With a long history, this popular breakfast-and-brunch restaurant offers some of the best food you’ll find in Dar es Salaam.

It provides affordable options, giving you a true taste of Tanzania. Enjoy delicacies like chicken breyani or coconut-crusted fish, as you eat in a simple but good space.

Contact: +255 (0754) 657 364

Website: none

Address: Chef’s Pride, Chagga Street, Mchafukoge, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#5 Épi d’Or Cake Bakery and Restaurant

This long-standing, colourful café bakery and restaurant offers great service in conjunction with magical-looking sweet treats, fresh food (including Lebanese and continental) and a peaceful atmosphere. The focus here is on high quality goods and delicious meals – and it shows!

With both indoor and outdoor seating, Épi d’ Or provides diners with lovely seating options too. Bring the family along to this child-friendly restaurant, which has a beautiful garden space and wonderful outdoor jungle gym for kids to enjoy.

Contact: +255 (0786) 669 889

Website: www.facebook.com/epidortz

Address: Epi d’ Or, 520 Haile Selasie Road, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#6 The Waterfront Sunset Restaurant and Beach Bar

Offering a beautiful beachside location, The Waterfront Sunset Restaurant and Beach Bar is stunning in a rustic kind of way. The seafood and fish-orientated food is excellent and so are the views.

Enjoy a gorgeous sunset, as you sip a cold drink, at this family-friendly eatery.

Contact: +255 (0762) 883 321

Website: www.facebook.com/WaterfrontSunsetRestaurant

Address: The Waterfront Sunset Restaurant, Slipway Road, Msasani Peninsula, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#7 Chapan Bhog

If you’re looking for tasty Indian-style food and crunchy snacks, Chapan Bhog will become your go-to spot in Dar es Salaam. They serve full Desi food (and takeaway snacks) in a cheerful and bright space, which looks beautiful at night, lit up with fairy lights.

Using the freshest and best ingredients – sourced all the way from India – Chapan Bhog provides visitors with a great choice of food. Enjoy a mix of traditional and new-age Desi food as you savour the taste of India in Tanzania!

Contact: +255 (0685) 401 417

Website: www.facebook.com/56Bhog

Address: Chapan Bhog, Kisutu Street, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#8 Ristorante Bella Napoli

www.bellanapolitz.com
www.bellanapolitz.com

Self-proclaimed as the best Italian restaurant in Dar es Salaam, Ristorante Bella Napoli offers oh-so-good Italian cuisine and marvellous pastries and cakes in a tranquil setting. They are also wonderfully child-friendly, with play areas, a gorgeous garden and facilities for hosting children’s parties too.

When the hunger pangs strike, head to this delightful Dar es Salaam restaurant for authentic Italian fare.

Contact: +255 (0222) 600 326

Website: www.bellanapolitz.com

Address: Ristorante Bella Napoli, 530 Haile Selassie Road, Masaki, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#9 Terrace Restaurant

This ultra-chic restaurant and bar has established itself as a food force to be reckoned with – in a very short stretch of time, too! It ensures fine dining perfection and outstanding views. Here, visitors can enjoy creative contemporary cuisine, including delicious seafood.

And if you’ve a special occasion to celebrate, The Terrace at Slipway is available for private function hire.

Contact: +255 (0755) 706 838

Website: www.hotelslipway.com

Address: Terrace Restaurant, Slipway, Msasani Peninsula, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#10 Akemi

As Tanzania’s only revolving restaurant, Akemi offers a truly unique experience in plush, modern surroundings. With breath-taking views out across the city, it provides guests with all they could want – especially since the menu offers a variety of dishes.

On Sundays, you can enjoy the popular brunch with friends and family. Tuck into great food from the grand buffet, with vibey live music as your backdrop. There’s also unlimited sparkling wine, bloody marys and mimosas available from the bar.

Contact: +255 (0687) 360 360

Website: akemidining.com

Address: Akemi, 21st Floor, Golden Jubilee Towers, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

www.josephatlukaza.com (Akemi)
www.josephatlukaza.com (Akemi)

#11 Zuane Restaurant

This awesome trattoria and pizzeria is an authentic Italian restaurant, found in the Dar es Salaam peninsula. Set in a beautiful villa (with a balcony) and surrounded by beautiful gardens (equipped with a playground), this restaurant offers a great family option.

The menu supplies home-style, genuine food, pizza and even a selection of Italian wines and drinks too. At this trendy spot, service is good and the atmosphere is a warm one.

Contact: +255 (0766) 679 600

Website: www.zuanetrattoriapizzeria.com

Address: Zuane Restaurant, Mzingaway Road, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#12 Patel Brotherhood

Also known as Patel Samaj, this evening food spot is especially popular among Indian families. It offers excellent, value-for-money Indian cuisine. There is both veg- and non-vegetarian available, meaning everyone’s catered for.

Service can take longer during the peak time, but it’s a great way to soak up the relaxed, buzzing atmosphere of this open-air restaurant.  It’s the perfect place for a catch-up with friends and family.

Contact: +255 (0222) 212 7440

Website: none

Address: Patel Brotherhood, opposite Holiday Inn, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

These are just some of the most popular eateries you can enjoy in Dar es Salaam in 2017!

AccommoDirect.com has changed its name to Afristay.com!

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Why the change?
We’ve come a long way since we launched back in 2006. Thanks to the support from our wonderful establishments and customers we’ve built Accommodation Direct’s name up to be one of the most recognisable online travel brands in South Africa.

Nonetheless, we felt it was time for a new fresh look, and a brand that better reflected our identity: simple, easy online bookings combined with friendly customer service.

The switch over from AccommoDirect.com to Afristay.com should be completely seamless, and no change is needed from your side. All of your bookings and info will be moved over automatically, and your login details remain the same to https://www.afristay.com/accounts/.

This is just the start of many more exciting upcoming developments, and we hope you are as excited about the future as much as we are.

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Family Favourite Easter Destinations!


The Easter Weekend is right around the corner, and if you’re like us, you’ve probably left your plans to the very last minute! So to help you get those getaway plans underway, we’ve put together a list of some of South Africa’s favorite family holiday destinations. We handpicked some of the most suitable places for Easter and an all round family trip. Expect beautiful small town settings to enchanting outdoor environments. South Africa caters to not only the bold and adventurous but those looking for something more inviting to the whole family. Remember you can find all your accommodation needs on AccommoDirect.com!

Clarens

Nicknamed the “Jewel of the Free State” you can find a mild climate and beautiful scenery all round. With a plethora of accommodation types to suit your family and activities, it’s hard NOT to pick Clarens as your Easter Weekend destination. You can go horse riding, white water rafting, hiking and more! There are even children’s themed guesthouses to enjoy. Clarens is a perfect choice for an all round relaxing Easter getaway. Known as an artists hotspot, you can also inspire creativity in your children as well as find your own inspiration.

Coffee Bay

Coffee Bay is a gorgeous area speckled with beach cliffs and stunning views. First thing that comes to mind is “The Hole in the Wall”, which is sure to get the kids imagination running wild along with the fable behind it. The village is charms with it’s lodges, bars and cafes. Apart from the activities such as horse riding, hiking trails and the Hluleka Nature Reserve the real star of the show is the kilometer long beach which is all safe to swim, being an ideal location for a family outing. Coffee Bay will make a relaxed Easter getaway.

Knysna

If you’re looking for somewhere that is rife with things to do, look no further than Knysna! Perfect for a family Easter getaway, it is abundant in family activities and sights to see. Known for it’s craft stores, flea markets and boutique stores – there is much to explore, not to mention the nature and surrounds such as the Tsitsikamma forest. You can find activities such as tree canopy tours, paragliding, golf, paddle-boats, put-put, elephant walks and more!

Ballito

It’s not uncommon to spot Bottlenose Dolphins swimming nearby the shoreline of the beaches in Ballito – just one of the spectacles to bear witness to in the coastal town. With multiple beaches to choose from, including Willard beach which has international blue flag status – there is no shortage of sunny fun here. Sporting the warm waters of the Indian ocean as well as a tidal pool, they are welcome additions to any family getaway.

 

Pilgrim’s Rest

Travel back in time and take the family to Pilgrim’s Rest! The feeling of wonderment is definitely not in short supply as you explore the many artifacts dotted around the small town. You are also practically a stones throw away from the famous God’s Window, which is a memory for your family to keep. With hiking trails, museums, restaurants and mountain biking trails – You are sure to be well occupied during your scenic stay in Pilgrim’s Rest.

Top Places To Visit In South Africa

Twelve Apostles

South Africa is an ecologically, cultural and historically rich, vibrant country that is filled with hundreds of amazing places to see and visit. We here at AccommoDirect know how difficult it can be to choose not just your next destination, but also the places to go and see while you’re on holiday, which is why we have put together 27 of our favourite South African places to visit on your next getaway! Comment below and tell us your favourite ‘must-see’ South African locations.

Western Cape

Table  Mountain
Table Mountain

 

Table Mountain
If you are visiting Cape Town, it’s hard not to miss the iconic mountain which in November 2011 was named one of the seven wonders of the world.

Cango Caves
Taking a trip to the Oudtshoorn or the Swartberg region? Then the Cango Caves are not to be missed! The caves are a geological wonder and the extensive tour offered is designed to show it off at all it’s best angles!

The Big Tree at Tsitsikamma forest
The tree is estimated to be between 600 and 800 years old. The tours and walks offer an enchanting and relaxing trip to remember.

Eastern Cape

The Iconic Hole in the Wall
The Iconic Hole in the Wall

 

Addo Elephant National Park
Founded in 1931, the Addo Elephant National Park houses more than 600 elephants as well as other wildlife. Being the third largest park in our country, it would be hard not to give it a miss!

Hole in the Wall
Another great natural occurrence, a pilgrimage to this fantastic site is often on to scratch off a nature lovers bucket list. With a fantastic beach to soak in the sun and get wet!

Baviaans Kloof
As of 2004 it was declared a World Heritage site, it’s no wonder due to the vast areas unspoiled by man sporting marvelous land forms, a diverse array of plants and many kinds of wildlife.

Northern Cape

The Big Hole Kimberley
The Big Hole Kimberley


The Big Hole
Between 1871 and 1914, up to 50 000 miners dug up the hole in a rush for diamonds. Today it is a geological marvel and a great tourist site in Kimberley. There’s more than just history to enjoy here!

Augrabies Falls
Derived from the Khoi word “Aukoerebis” which means “great noise”, the sheer size, volume and sound experienced by the falls is a marvel in it’s own.

Namaqualand Flower Route
With almost 4000 different species of plants, every year offers a different configuration in flowers along the route. Come between August and September to witness this bombardment of color and spectacle for yourself!

Gauteng

Cradle of Human Kind
Cradle of Human Kind

 

Lion Park
First opened in 1966 it has since expanded from being a lions-only attraction. Being able to come into contact with the king of the jungle himself and his cubs, there are great memories to take home here!

Gold Reef City
If you are going to Jozi, one thing you can’t miss is this supreme amusement park. Themed around the gold rush that started in the 1880’s, it offers atmosphere amongst fun and relaxation.

Cradle of Humankind
Housing one of the largest collections of human fossils dating as far back as 3.5million years ago, you will be nothing short of fascinated by our existence on this planet and how far we’ve come.

North West Province

Sun City
Sun City

 

The Lesedi Cultural Village
For a spectacle of traditional African culture, you can visit the Lesedi Cultural Village over night with one of the traditional families that reside there. Giving you a great window into the lives of others.

Sun City
Sun City has won many awards and houses incredible accommodation as well as a plethora of activities to choose from. You can escape ordinary life and feel like you’re living in your own lost city!

Hartbeespoort Damn Snake & Animal Park
For a relaxed day amongst beautiful surroundings, you can also see some of South Africa’s greatest snakes as well as animal handling in action. A must visit for someone going to the North West.

Mpumalanga

Gods Window
God's Window

 

God’s Window
Definitely one of the most incredible views in the whole of South Africa, the name is very fitting. On a clear day you can even see as far to the Lebombo mountains on the border of Mozambique.

Kruger National Park
Probably the most popular game reserve in South Africa. You can be sure to witness the big five here as well as South Africa’s most beautiful wildlife. You can’t say you’ve seen Africa’s real side once you’ve come here!

Lowveld National Botanical Garden
Remaining green through out the year due to heavy rainfall, you are sure to witness lush plants and over 2000 different species of flora. This is one sure way to reconnect with nature!

Kwazulu Natal

Howick Falls
Howick Falls

 

Drakensberg
It only makes sense to visit the tallest mountain in South Africa while you’re in Kwazulu-Natal. With a plethora of activities to choose from, your visit will be anything but dull.

KZN Battlefields
Don’t be fooled by the picturesque landscape as the history involves the bitter conflict between Britain and South Africa. You can dive back into our past and enjoy some of the history that has built our country today.

Howick Falls
A principal tourist attraction of Kwazulu-Natal, it is a must see, not only for the luscious scenery and majestic waterfall, but the history that surrounds.

Limpopo

Sunland Baobab
Sunland Baobab

 

Warm Baths Bela Bela
Bela Bela was built around the natural hot springs in the area, giving rise to the resorts and natural baths you can enjoy.

Alpha Omega Cave
What makes this cave different, is that it’s man made and basically an entire art piece. Inspired by the holy spirit there is much to enjoy and be observed by the tours that run here.

Sunland Baobab
This popular tourist attraction is well deserved as a unique and magnificent artifact of nature. Due to hollowing in the tree dating as far back as 1650AD, there has been a pub and wine cellar established in the tree for your enjoyment.

Free State

Tiger Canyons
Tiger Canyons

 

Oliewenhuis Art Museum
With a large array of historical and contemporary art pieces, you can enjoy a casual visit to soak in the artworks and relax. A must visit for those in the Free State!

Tiger Canyons
As an attempt to introduce a self sustaining tiger population out of Asia. This offers a unique outlook on nature outside our beautiful country, as well as personal walks with the Tigers which is sure to be something magical!

Anglo Boer War Museums
Believed to be the only one of it’s kind, it offers a peek into a unique part of South Africa’s history with very knowledgeable staff who are sure to tell you all you want to know about the Angle Boer War as well as where to find the battlefields.