Where to eat in Livingstone, Zambia

A few places to find good food, lovely drinks and to meet locals and tourists alike. Some of these even include great views…

Cafe Zambezi

A laid-back bar and restaurant offering a relaxed meeting space and local food with a western twist. Locals and tourist alike seem to love this spot and come in search of their hearty wood-fired pizzas, spicy barbecues (braais), and other African and Caribbean dishes.

Here you won’t go hungry as portion sizes are quite considerable.

Address: Shop 214 of 217 Area off Mosi-Oa-Tunya Road, Livingstone, Zambia

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CafeZambezi/

Cafe Zambezi via Facebook
Cafe Zambezi via Facebook

Da Canton Restaurant

Gelato in Zambia? Yes, it’s true! Da Canton not only offer authentic Italian cuisine but over 18 flavors of delicious gelato.

Lovers of Italian cuisine can rejoice in the homemade pasta,  mozzarella and tomato sauce and of course scrumptious pizza.

Book a table on a Saturday night for a cultural performance.

Da Canton Restaurant Address: Mosi-Oa-Tunya Road, Livingstone 20100, Zambia

Golden Leaf Restaurant

Great Indian cuisine and a relaxed dining atmosphere is what you can expect at the Golden Leaf restaurant.

Linked to Ngolide lodge across the road, this restaurant can up the spice level according to your tastebuds.

Snack-style dishes as well as vegetarian and succulent meat options are available for lunch and dinner meals.

Golden Leaf Indian Restaurant Address: 1174 Mosi-Oa-Tunya Road, Livingstone 20100, Zam

Zam Mex Restaurant

All proceeds from this restaurant go towards community projects, so come eat, grab a drink and support this restaurant set up by a Spanish NGO.

Perfectly suited to backpackers on a shoestring budget, this is a no frills spot serving up local specialities along with a few Mexican dishes.  It’s another great place to meet locals and foreigners alike.

Zam Mex Restaurant Address: Kunawa Road | Plot No. Liv/4557 Flat 03, Livingstone 20100, Zambia

Clock Bar & Restaurant

This is the place to party in Livingstone as their Friday and Saturday parties are known as a great place to mingle. Also known as FezBar, they also serve up some decent meals such as steak, pizza, burgers and more.

The Clock Bar & Restaurant – FezBar Address: 123 Mosi-Oa-Tunya Road, Livingstone 10101, Zambia

The Clock Bar & Restaurant via Facebook
The Clock Bar & Restaurant via Facebook

The Elephant Cafe

A unique award-winning restaurant offering gourmet meals and the chance to meet rescued elephants who call the sanctuary home.

Hear the stories of their lives and how some of the older elephants were rescued from regions of severe drought and culling exercises.  

First enjoy a Zambezi cruise before sitting on the wooden deck overlooking the Zambezi river with a champagne cocktail before enjoying fine dining at its best.

The Elephant Cafe Address: Nakatindi Road | Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, Livingstone 20100, Zambia

The Three Monkeys

Another lunchtime hub which has cemented itself as the one of the town’s most popular spots for food and drinks for locals and tourists alike.

The Three Monkeys opened in late 2016, by Chef & General Manager Greg Paymans with the intention of serving good, honest food at great prices.

Their sister takeaway is also situated at the heart of Victoria falls town and offers Fresh, flavourful and healthy food at affordable prices including delicious sushi, health juices and classic wraps and burgers.

Perfect for the health-conscious crowd on the go looking for good clean eating and takeaways.

Address: Corner Adam Stander & Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Hours: 7 days a week from 12 pm until late

Phone: +263 83 2847326

The Victoria Falls Hotel via Facebook
The Victoria Falls Hotel via Facebook

The Livingstone Room, Victoria Falls hotel

Voted the seventh finest Restaurant in the World by The Daily Meal in 2013, the classically-elegant Edwardian-style Livingstone Room seats 120 and opens only for dinner, featuring a la carte and table d’hôte menus.

Savour fine dining at is best with a seven-course degustation menu. Thereafter dance the night away to a live band.

The Livingstone Room reflects the century-old hotel’s style of opulence, the dress code which was previously tie and jacket has been relaxed to smart casual, sleeved collared shirt and closed shoes for men for the convenience of guests in this more relaxed modern era. (Strictly no safari wear, shorts, sandals or sneakers.)

Dinner: 19h00 – 21h30 – Monday  to Saturday

Closed on Sundays

The Victoria Falls Hotel

1, Mallet Drive, Victoria Falls

PO Box 10, Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe

Tel:+263 83 284 4751 / 9

MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant

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Fancy starting your day at an award-winning restaurant positioned at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge overlooking a busy waterhole.

Watch the elephants go by through the three sides of the restaurant which are open.

Breakfast consists of an extensive continental buffet and an a la carte selection of cooked dishes, such as the ‘Livukile’ breakfast of soft poached eggs on toasted brown bread, with honey glazed ham and grilled tomato topped with hollandaise sauce.

MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant is open for breakfast from 6.30am to 10am, lunch from 12.30pm to 2pm and dinner from 7pm to 10pm.

Address: 471d Squire Cummings Rd, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Website: https://www.africaalbidatourism.com/things-to-do/bar-dining/makuwa-kuwa-restaurant/

Phone: +263 213 284 3201

Shearwater Cafe

Book your lunch spot at the Shearwater Cafe where cool, chic meets wholesome homemade food and exceptional Zimbabwean hospitality.

Come expecting international flavors with a local twist such as Fresh Zambezi Bream, Zimbabwean aged Fillet Steak, Crocodile Wasabi Wrap as well as the prime location in Victoria Falls.  

The atmosphere is vibrant as travellers converge to plan their adventure activities or return from them. Savour light bites or freshly made pizza while watching elephants hang around the waterholes.

Address: Shop 1 Centre, corner of Livingstone Way and Parkway Drive, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Hours:  Closes 10PM

Phone: +263 13 46789

 

 

Best Places to Eat in Victoria Falls, Zambia

While you will definitely be feasting on the views of the mighty Victoria Falls and the Zambezi river, you will need to eat at some point too. Here’s a few top places to eat while visiting the Victoria Falls region.

Breakfast

MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant

Fancy starting your day at an award-winning restaurant positioned at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, overlooking a busy waterhole. Watch the elephants go by through the three sides of the restaurant which are open.

Breakfast consists of an extensive continental buffet and an a la carte selection of cooked dishes, such as the ‘Livukile’ breakfast of soft poached eggs on toasted brown bread, with honey glazed ham and grilled tomato topped with hollandaise sauce.

MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant is open for breakfast from 6.30am to 10am, lunch from 12.30pm to 2pm and dinner from 7pm to 10pm.

Address: 471d Squire Cummings Rd, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Website: https://www.africaalbidatourism.com/things-to-do/bar-dining/makuwa-kuwa-restaurant/

Phone: +263 213 284 3201

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Lunch

Shearwater Cafe

Book your lunch spot at the Shearwater Cafe where cool, chic meets wholesome homemade food and exceptional Zimbabwean hospitality.

Come expecting international flavors with a local twist such as Fresh Zambezi Bream, Zimbabwean aged Fillet Steak, Crocodile Wasabi Wrap as well as the prime location in Victoria Falls.  

The atmosphere is vibrant as travellers converge to plan their adventure activities or return from them. Savour light bites or freshly made pizza while watching elephants hang around the waterholes.

Address: Shop 1 Centre, corner of Livingstone Way and Parkway Drive, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Hours:  Closes 10PM

Phone: +263 13 46789

The Three Monkeys

Another lunchtime hub which has cemented itself as the one of the town’s most popular spots for food and drinks for locals and tourists alike.

The Three Monkeys opened in late 2016, by Chef and General Manager, Greg Paymans with the intention of serving good, honest food at great prices.

Their sister takeaway is also situated at the heart of Victoria falls town and offers Fresh, flavourful and healthy food at affordable prices including delicious sushi, health juices and classic wraps and burgers.

Perfect for the health-conscious crowd on the go looking for good clean eating and takeaways.

Address: Corner Adam Stander & Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Hours: 7 days a week from 12 pm until late

Phone: +263 83 2847326

High Tea

Stanley’s Terrace

The Victoria Falls Hotel via Facebook
The Victoria Falls Hotel via Facebook

High Tea at Stanley’s Terrace, Victoria Falls Hotel is renowned experience offering a classic high tea coupled with views of the Victoria Falls Bridge and the spray from the falls right below.

High Tea and light meals are served daily.

Address: The Victoria Falls Hotel, 1 Mallet Drive, Victoria Falls, PO Box 10, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Tel:+263 83 284 4751 / 9

Dinner

Lookout Cafe

Aside from regular dinners, the Lookout Cafe offers a unique Full Moon Dinner experience.

On the night of each full moon, you can enjoy magnificent meals along with wine and full moon.

Perched on the edge of a steep gorge, with breathtaking views, this is a dinner reservation you want to make especially if traveling with your loved one.

Find a fresh, vibrant menu with new flavors such as local game meats and crocodile as well as a superb location (especially for activities such as the gorge swing).

Dinner: 18h30 – 22h00 (last food orders at 21h00)

Phone: +263 78 274 5112

Transfers: Free Shuttle transfers, please call +263 283 2842013 to arrange

The Lookout Cafe
The Lookout Cafe

Fine-Dining

The Livingstone Room, Victoria Falls hotel

Voted the seventh finest Restaurant in the World by The Daily Meal in 2013, the classically-elegant Edwardian-style Livingstone Room seats 120 and opens only for dinner, featuring a la carte and table d’hôte menus.

Savour fine dining at is best with a seven-course degustation menu. Thereafter dance the night away to a live band.

The Livingstone Room reflects the century-old hotel’s style of opulence, the dress code which was previously tie and jacket has been relaxed to smart casual, sleeved collared shirt and closed shoes for men for the convenience of guests in this more relaxed modern era. (Strictly no safari wear, shorts, sandals or sneakers.)

Dinner: 19h00 – 21h30 – Monday  to Saturday

Closed on Sundays

The Victoria Falls Hotel, 1 Mallet Drive, Victoria Falls, PO Box 10, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Tel:+263 83 284 4751 / 9

Sunset and Dinner Cruise

Step aboard the Zambezi Reflections and Ma Robert vessels at 5pm and begin the evening with sundowners and snacks on deck.

Next comes a gourmet Mediterranean style four-course dinner.

The Ma Robert has a lower and upper deck with a maximum capacity of 50 guests, while the Zambezi Reflections is a single deck pontoon with a maximum occupancy of 34 people and is known as the floating restaurant.

A great mix of sundowners, magical sunset floating on the Zambezi and dinner, the sunset and dinner trip is the best combination of both a Sunset cruise and a Dinner cruise.

The main course includes seasonal vegetables and roast potatoes with a selection of the following: Fillet of beef with red wine jus; Bream fillet with lemon butter sauce; or Stuffed chicken breast.

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Top 10 Things to Do near Victoria Falls Area

 

A World Heritage Site and one of the world’s most majestic wonders, The Victoria Falls and the area surrounding it is rich in natural beauty offering a wealth of  activities for all adventure levels.

Experience the falls from the sky, on foot or from the Zambezi plus take adventure of safari adventures right within the Most Ao Tunya National Park. Here’s a few activities to choose from when visiting the Victoria Falls area…

Lock eyes on the ‘Smoke that Thunders’

Driving towards the falls it will appear as though you’re making your way towards a bush fire. With all the ‘smoke’ and mist rising up from the powerful waterfall, you can certainly understand why it appears this way.

Try get to the park as early as possible. Before 7am, hardly any tourists have already arrived and you’ll have a combination of the best light and space to take great photographs.

April and May when the falls are at the strongest, the zambia side is a wonderful place for viewing. While many viewing spots are dry, be sure to take a rain coat ( and waterproof poncho if possible) as you will get drenched.

Make sure your valuables, phones and cameras are safe in waterproof cases too) But more than anything soak in the beauty and spray of this awe-inspiring beauty.

Contact: N/A

Website: www.victoriafalls-guide.net

Address: Victoria Falls, Mosi-o-tunya Road, Livingstone, Zambia.

River Rafting

Various operators will offer river rafting trips and start from the gorge and go from the ‘boiling pot’ through various rapids of the Zambezi and close to the falls. This is certainly an activity to get your adrenalin pumping and is heaps of fun plus it’s a unique angle at which to view the falls.

Contact: + 263 (0) 8328 44471 (Shearwater Victoria Falls)

Website: http://www.shearwatervictoriafalls.com/victoria-falls-activities/zambezi-rafting/

Address: Zambezi, Zambia.

 

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www.shearwatervictoriafalls.com

Bungee Jumping from the Zambia-Zimbabwe Bridge

If you’re keen to kick up your adrenaline-junkie status and not scared to scream, fly or fall a little; then don’t miss out on bungee jumping here.

Very few people get to say that they bungee jumped on the bridge between Zambia and Zimbabwe in view of the falls. Make sure you are one of them.

Contact: +263 (0)13 44471 (Shearwater Bungee)

Website: http://shearwaterbungee.com/

Address: Victoria Falls Bridge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe/Zambia.

Vic Falls from a Helicopter

Get the bird’s eye view of Victoria Falls from above. Fall over both the Zimbabwe and Zambia sides and take in this spectacle from the skies. This is most certainly a life changing experience and one you won’t soon forget.

Contact: +263 (83) – 2844571, 2844426, 2842313, 2842029 (Wild Horizons)

Website: http://www.wildhorizons.co.za/see-and-do/victoria-falls/helicopter-flights/

Address: Victoria Falls, Mosi-o-tunya Road, Livingstone, Zambia.

Microlighting

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Turn up the adventure levels a notch and you’ll find yourself somewhere in between paragliding and a tiny plane. Microlighting is a thrilling experience in itself with you seated behind the pilot who guides the micro lighting in various directions with the use of a single engine and light wings.

With nothing separating you from the air, water and elements and the wind in your face,  this is one of the most thrilling things you can do. And being above the world’s largest falling sheet of water, this is a must-do.

Contact: +263 83 284 6213 (Victoia Falls Guide)

Website: https://www.victoriafalls-guide.net/victoria-falls-microlight.html

Address: Victoria Falls, Mosi-o-tunya Road, Livingstone, Zambia.

Game Drives in Mosi-oa-tunya National Park

Most lodges will offer game drives within the park and even though there are no big cats in this Zambian national park, you’ll will find elephants, rhinos, hippos, wildebeest, zebras, giraffe and more here.

Head out on a game drive at sunrise or around sunset when the animals are most active and when temperatures are milder.

Contact:+27 10 600 0520 (Pure Africa), +27 11 469 9300 (Bushtracks Africa)

Website: www.zambiatourism.com/destinations/national-parks/mosi-oa-tunya/

Address: Mosi-oa-tunya National Park, Zambia.

Zambezi Sunset Cruises

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www.wildhorizons.co.za

To fully take in the splendor and bird life on Africa’s fourth largest river, jump aboard a river cruise at sunset.

Head up and down the river on the calmer parts of the river with a guide who will point out hippos, crocodiles and the burgeoning bird life. Plus there’s almost always promise of sundowners aboard the boat.

Contact: +263 (83) – 2844571, 2844426, 2842313, 2842029 (Wild Horizons)

Website: www.wildhorizons.co.za

Address: Zambezi River, Zambia.

ZQ SL-17Canoe Down the River

This is only permitted with a knowledge guide as the Zambezi is home to crocodiles and hippos who are both very dangerous creatures.  

Choose a day trip or a canoeing expedition over a few days where you can canoe, stopping off on the riverside with guides for lunch and camping.

Contact: + 263 (0) 8328 44471 (Shearwater Victoria Falls)

Website: www.shearwatervictoriafalls.com/activities/canoe-zambezi/

Address: Zambezi River, Zambia.

Visit a Local Village

Many lodges and operators will have this activity during your stay. Do your research before and select an operator who values sustainable interactions with locals and who contributes to the upskilling, education and entrepreneurial advancement of the locals in the village.

Educate yourself on the structures of villages in Zambia; the way they are built, run and what they do to earn a living.  If there are ways for you to donate or contribute in a meaningful way then do so through your lodge or tour operator.

Contact: N/A

Website: https://pickyourday.com/activity/2483

Address: Various, Zambia

Shop a Local Market

Get your bargaining hats on and bring cash. There are wonderful markets right near the falls or in town where you can buy jewelry, bowls, bags, toys and decor.

Locally made and designed you will be assisting locals in earning a living and also take a momento from Zambia home with you.

Contact: N/A

Website: www.discoverafrica.com/safaris/zambia/shopping-and-markets-in-zambia/

Address: Various, Zambia

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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Photo Credit: Casbah Restaurant

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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Photo Credit: Casa Rex

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!