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:
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!
Address: Happi Restaurant, Praia do Tofo, Imhambane, Mozambique.
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
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, email@example.com
Address: What U Want, Tofo Beach, Tofo, Mozambique.
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
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.
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
Address: Beachfront Praia do Tofo
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
Address: Beachfront Tofo
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
Address: Tofo Beach – Josina Machel (next to Hotel Tofo Mar) Inhambane – Mozambique
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.
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?
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
Address: Spice Route Destination, Suid-Agter Paarl Road, Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.
#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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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
Address: Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve, Jan Phillips Bergpad, Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.
#5 Soak up the views at Taal Monument
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.
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
Address: Ridgeback Wines, R44, Windmeul, Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa.
#7 Winetasting at Nederburg Wines
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
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.
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.
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.
#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.
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
Address: Cairo Citadel, Al Abageyah, Qesm Al Khalifah، Cairo Governorate,
#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.
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
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.
Address: Rhoda Island, Egypt
#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.
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
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.
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
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
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
Address: Plot 305, Karafuu Street, Kinondoni, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
#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
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
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.
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
Address: Chapan Bhog, Kisutu Street, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
#8 Ristorante Bella Napoli
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
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
Address: Terrace Restaurant, Slipway, Msasani Peninsula, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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
Address: Akemi, 21st Floor, Golden Jubilee Towers, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
#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
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
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!
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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!
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.