Top 20 Umhlanga Activities 2017.

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

Umhlanga, located in KwaZulu-Natal province, is a place of beauty, shopping joys and fun activities for the whole family.

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

#1 See the Light with Umhlanga Lighthouse

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

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

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Address: East Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

#2 Catch a tan at Umhlanga Main Beach

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

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

Contact: (031) 561 4257


Address: Umhlanga Main Beach, Umhlanga, KZN

#3 Get your shopping fix at Gateway

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

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

Contact: (031) 514 0500


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

#4 Enjoy a beach day at La Lucia Beach

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

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

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Address: La Lucia, Umhlanga Coast, KZN

#5 Lace up for Umhlanga Lagoon Hiking Trail

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

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

Contact: (031) 561 4257

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Address: Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve, Umhlanga, KZN

#6 Catch a movie at IMAX Theatre Gateway

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

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

Contact: (031) 566 4415


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

#7 Visit KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board

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

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

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

Contact: (031) 566 0400


Address: 1a Herrwood Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

#8 Hit the 4×4 track at Gateway

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

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

Contact: (031) 566 3140

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

#9 Take to the greens at Umhlanga Bowling Club

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

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

Contact: (074) 639 4028

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Address: 75 Twilight Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, KZN

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Bowls1Sport4Life via Facebook

#10 Shop till you drop at Pearls Mall

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

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

Contact: (031) 940 6840


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

#11 Sip some good java at African Roots Coffee

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

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

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

Contact: (087) 941 4591


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

#12 Grab a bite to eat at Village Table

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

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

Contact: (087) 288 4235


Address: 6 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

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Village Table via Facebook

#13 Keep the kiddes At Play

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

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

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

Contact: (010) 900 2191


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

#14 Have some fun at Wavehouse

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

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

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


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

#15 Enjoy the ultimate retreat with SurfSup Yoga

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

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

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



Address: SurfSup Yoga, Durban, KZN

#16 Explore Hawaan Forest

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

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

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Address: Hawaan Forest, Umhlanga, KZN

#17 Grab some good coffee Power Plant

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

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

Contact: (031) 561 9191

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Address: 65 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, KZN

#18 Enjoy great food at Olive & Oil

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

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

Contact: (031) 561 2618


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


#19 Discover new things at KZN Science Centre

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

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

Contact: (031) 408 1012


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

#20 Walk along Umhlanga Promenade

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

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

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Address: Umhlanga, KZN

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

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Top 10 Umhlanga Restaurants 2017.

The trendy resort town of Umhlanga, found just north of Durban, is known for its coastal-hugging location, high-end shopping and natural beauty – but it also has some nice food offerings lined up for visitors to enjoy.

Here are the top 10 restaurants to visit in Umhlanga during 2017:

#1 Village Table

Located in the Pearls of Umhlanga Mall, this eatery offers “life experiences from the pantry to your plate,” as it serves breakfast, lunch and supper.

It overlooks the enviable, warm Indian Ocean and is both trendy and cool, with a relaxed, yet elegant interior. The fresh food is a blend of Mediterranean meets Portuguese.

Contact: (087) 288 4235


Address: 6-8 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga, KZN


#2 Lord Prawn Fish & Grill

Initially established in 1975 on the Durban beachfront, Lord Prawn relocated in 1989 to Umhlanga, where – operating under the same staff and owners – it soon became a local favourite.
To this day, it remains a consistently good institution, serving wonderful meals off its set menu.

Options include: shellfish, pasta, chicken dishes, curries and even steaks – but it’s naturally the prawns that are lord over all at this restaurant.

Contact: (031) 561 1133


Address: 9 Umhlanga Plaza, 2 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

#3 Doppio Zero

With branches found across other parts of SA, Doppio Zero Umhlanga is the first branch to hit KZN. Located at The Pearls Boutique Mall, it offers an artisanal, on-site bakery, packaged retail items and a relaxed, open-style eatery, made for home-away-from-home dining and good food enjoyment.

Doppio Zero is best known for its good coffee, light lunches and lovely dinners. It’s also enjoys a prime setting, lying only a stone’s throw away from the beach.

Contact: (010) 900 3173


Address: Shop A21, Pearls of Umhlanga, Corner Lagoon Drive and McCausland Cresent, Umhlanga, KZN

#4 Café La Plage

More than a restaurant, Café La Plage is really a lifestyle. After a long search, the team finally found the right spot to pour all their passion and efforts into.

Now, they offer a memorable dining experience and a gorgeous view, which complement the fine French, cosmopolitan food, cocktails and great entertainment that guests can enjoy.

Contact: (031) 561 9999


Address: Shop D1, Pearl Walk, Pearls of Umhlanga, Umhlanga, KZN

#5 Mo-Zam-Bik

With a number of popular branches across SA, this Portuguese restaurant chain does a great job no matter where it’s situated.

This is no-frills, colourful dining, which offers visitors tasty Portuguese-African food, which will make your mouth water in pleasure.

Contact: (031) 836 1574


Address: F183, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 1 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga Ridge, Umhlanga, KZN

#6 Olive & Oil

It is not often that restaurants live up to their self-promoting taglines – but Olive & Oil definitely personifies theirs: “comfortable food made exceptionally well”.

The owners of this family-run eatery treat guests like an extension of their own family, as they use fresh, seasonal ingredients to create dishes inspired by Mediterranean to exotic Morocco cuisines. The menu will suit meat-eaters, pasta lovers and vegetarians all.

Contact: (031) 561 2618


Address: 15 Chartwell Drive, Shop 19, Chartwell Centre, Umhlanga, KZN


#7 Lucky Shaker

Lucky Shaker is an oasis for those who wish to escape and unwind for a while. Here, the small but passionate team of staff do their best to ensure a good and memorable experience.

With both top drinks, tasty burgers and other yummy offerings, Lucky Shaker is the perfect spot to sit back and relax with friends, family or your significant other.

Contact: (078) 450 6751


Address: 9B Mayfair On The Lake, 5 Park Lane, Parkside, Umhlanga, KZN

#8 Casa Bella

Specialising in Italian cuisine, like wood-fired pizzas, pasta and grills, Casa Bella believes in simple, wholesome ingredients, original meals and time-honoured recipes.

They have branches across SA, including in the Western Cape and at the Mall of Africa.

Contact: (031) 007 0136


Address: Shop A17, Pearl Walk Umhlanga Shopping Centre, 6-8 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

#9 De’Ma

This restaurant, located within the Gateway of Theatre of Shopping, specialises in authentic, quality Indian food, beverages, sweetmeats and desserts. The food is a mixture of Durban-style and North Indian cooking.

Aside from catering to its walk-in, sit-down clientele, De’Ma also offers a full catering company, which caters to weddings, conferences, parties, takeaways and deliveries.

Contact: (031) 566 2450


Address: F179, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 1 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga Ridge, Umhlanga, KZN

#10 The Incredible India

This unique dining experience offers dishes that are prepared and served fresh. The restaurant is a 120-seater, with group tables dotted all about to add a sense of a togetherness, mixed with relative intimacy for your table.

The Incredible India also accommodates for events and conferences in its facilities and can cater for up to 150 people.

Contact: (031) 837 3731


Address: 6 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

These are just some of the eateries you can enjoy in glamourous Umhlanga and nearby surrounds when visiting this coastline-hugging resort town in KZN.

Top 20 Hermanus Activities 2017.

The seaside town of Hermanus not only considers itself to be the (land-based) whale capital of the world but, all whales aside, this popular travel destination also offers visitors a range of top class restaurants, fun experiences and awesome indoor/outdoor adventures to enjoy.

Here are some of the best experiences to partake in during 2017:

#1 Have a whale of a time

Every year, from June to December, this coastal village becomes a haven for the whales, who migrate back to these shores annually to calve and mate. Because of this, Hermanus is now known as the land-based whale capital of the year.

Not only do they have their own Whale Festival – but there are plenty of ways to watch the whales – whether it’s from shore or out at sea, like with Southern Right Charters’ whale-watching tours.

Contact: (082) 353 0550


Address: Southern Right Charters, Hermanus, Western Cape

#2 Head to Grotto Beach

This blue flag beach is one of Hermanus’s most popular attractions and is simply a must when visiting, especially since it offers a massive, sandy stretch of shoreline, with glorious views of mountain and sea alike.

The beach is also dog-friendly… provided you keep your pooches leashed and clean up after them at all times!

Contact: (028) 312 3180


Address: Grotto Street, Hermanus, Western Cape

#3 Get active in Fernkloof Nature Reserve

This beautiful reserve offers a glorious escape into nature… Covering some 18 square km, the reserve provides visitors with a chance to experience some amazing hiking, cycling and walking trails, all while taking in unique Cape fauna and flora in the process.

Contact: (028) 313 0819


Address: Fernkloof Nature Reserve, Hermanus, Western Cape

#4 Explore the Hermanus Country Market

Every Saturday, visitors can enjoy this fun country market, which offers organic produce, fresh herbs, food and wine stalls, home-grown goods, trinkets, jams, deli eats and more.

Be sure to pop on by and experience a market, Hermanus-style.

Contact: (072) 883 3894


Address: Fairways Avenue & Jose Burman Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape

#5 Visit Lembu Gallery & Studio

Lembu Gallery is a wondrous place – located within a hundred-year-old fisherman’s cottage – for art lovers and aspiring artists to explore.

With works from across the globe (though there’s a firm focus on African works), Lembu offers a creative escape and makes for a unique addition to Hermanus.

Contact: (028) 312 1187


Address: 10 Harbour Road, Hermanus, Western Cape

#6 Enjoy top class wine tasting at Creation Wines

A wine lovers’ paradise: Creation Wines offers both sustainable, award-winning wines and immaculate facilities. They also enjoy a stunning setting in the highly sought-after Walker Bay wine region.

At the estate, visitors will also encounter the delightful Creation Wines Restaurant, which is the perfect place to eat after some quality wine tasting at the Tasting Room.

Contact: (028) 212 1107


Address: Hemel en Aarde Road, Hermanus, Western Cape

#7 Visit The Whale House Museum

Learn more about this migrating mammals (and other sea creatures) at The Whale House Museum.

Educate yourself with some cool audio-visual shows, photographic exhibitions, a life-sized whale display and informative installations too.

Contact: (028) 313 0418


Address: The Whale House Museum, Hermanus, Western Cape

#8 Savour Bouchard Finlayson’s world-class wines

This internationally renowned boutique winery is definitely the place to go if you’re after some interesting wine experiences and/or tastings.

They offer a selection of different wine tastings (some of which may leave your purse much lighter than before…)… Yet, with such a stellar reputation across the local and international wine industry, you know you’re in for a quality offering no matter which you opt in for.

Contact: (028) 312 3515


Address: R320, Hermanus, Western Cape

#9 Relax at Voelklip Beach

This small, sandy beach is a popular spot for surfing but it also features grassy lawns, ideal for outdoor picnics when the weather’s fair.

There are also some rocky coves close at hand; these help to add a sense of secluded beach lounging. The beach has basic ablution facilities, but parking is quite limited.

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Address: Voelklip Beach, Hermanus, Western Cape

#10 Tuck in at Betty Blue Bistro

Undoubtedly one of Hermanus’s most well-loved and highly rated eateries, Betty Blue Bistro is a dash of colour and food passion in the Main Road – and as such, it is an experience in and of itself.

They specialise in delicious light meals, like healthy breakfasts, mouth-watering pancake varieties, soups, burgers and chips and of course, decadent sweet stuff too!

Contact: (028) 125 0037


Address: 126 Main Road, Hermanus, Western Cape





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Betty Blue Bistro via Twitter

#11 Stay a while at Sumaridge Wine Estate

This estate lies between two mountain ranges and enjoys commanding sea views, so not only is it blessed with a spectacular setting – but it also offers visitors award-winning wines.

If you wish to spend some time in literal heaven-on-earth, then book a seven-day plus accommodation getaway at Sumaridge’s The Lodge: a secluded, five-room house, which is both child- and wheelchair-friendly.

Contact: (028) 312 1097


Address: Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Hermanus, Western Cape

#13 Bend a bowstring with Hermanus Field Archery Club

Try your hand at the ancient technique of archery – a learned skill dating back to 10,000 BC – with the Hermanus Field Archery Club (HFAC).

The club offers a professional range of targets between 10 – 80 yards, and a circular course with 28 different stations. The picturesque course is nestled among fynbos and pines.

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Address: R43, between Kleinmond and Bot River turn-offs, Hermanus, Western Cape

#14 Indulge your inner bookworm at Hemingway’s Bookshop

Not only has this little bookshop been featured in the New York Times but its fame has reached many other corners of the globe – and as such, it is internationally recognised as a book lover’s essential port of call.

If you’re after seeing rare, unobtainable or simply out-of-print books, this wondrous place is a must when in Hermanus.

Contact: (028) 312 2739


Address: Warrington Place, 4 Harbour Road, Hermanus, Western Cape

#15 Tackle Hermanus MTB Trails

Starting at the Hemel-en-Aarde Village, these four different MTB trails will plunge riders deep into the heart of Hemel-en-Aarde’s raw, natural beauty.

Choose between the blue, green, red and black trails; each track comes with its own level of difficulty, so riders of all classes and styles will be well catered for.

Contact: (082) 828 6567


Address: Hemel-en-Aarde Village, Hermanus, Western Cape

#16 Stop by Benguela Cove Estate

If it is memorable wine tasting that you’re after, then Benguela Cove Estate is the place for you. But what’s more, this stunning estate also offers a very elegant restaurant for visitors to enjoy a meal at.

What’s more, wine tasting out on the lagoon aboard a serene cruise on a 12-seater pontoon called Lady Bonnie is pretty epic too!

Contact: 083 645 6198

Address: Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate, R43, Bot River Lagoon, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.


#17 Revisit the past at De Wet’s Huis

In 1983, museum staff dismantled the old Dutch Reform Sunday School house and transported its numbered stones and timber off to a new location and then, in 1987, the cottage was rebuilt in Fishermen’s Village. Today, it houses an amazing photo museum with a photographic exhibition of old Hermanus, dating back to the last century.

There are also trophies, furniture and a herb garden to be seen at this history-holding little cottage.

Contact: (028) 312 1475/2629


Address: Hermanus, Western Cape

#18 Visit Hamilton Russel Vineyards

Located close to the sea, Hamilton Russell Vineyards is one of the most southerly wine estates in Africa. It falls under the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley: a place just behind Hermanus, that is famed for its rural, natural beauty.

The estate specialises in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, so if you visit, be sure to get a bottle to enjoy at home or sample a glass while at the estate.

Contact: (028) 312 3595


Address: R320 Hemel-En-Aarde Valley, Hermanus, Western Cape

#19 Take in the views at Kwaaiwater

Like its name implies, during high tide, this amazing viewing spot is surrounded by angry waters that froth and foam…

The rest of the time, however, this little rocky beach of sorts (reached via the delightful Cliff Walk) is a great place to take in some fauna, flora and of course, those irritated waters too…

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Address: Hermanus, Western Cape

#20 Discover Hoy’s Koppie for yourself

Known as the ‘Jewel of Hermanus’, Hoy’s Koppie provides visitors with a glimpse into both the area’s history and nature.

Part of the Fernkloof Reserve, Hoy’s Koppie – now named for the pioneering Scot, Sir William Hoy, who loved hiking up it (though it used to be called Klip Kop in olden times) – provides eager explorers with an easy walk up its isolate location, 75-metres above sea level.

Contact: (028) 313 8111


Address: Hermanus, Western Cape

These are just a few of the many reasons to explore this captivating Western Cape coastal town… it’s no wonder the whales love Hermanus so much!

Top 20 Hartbeespoort Activities 2017.

The resort town of Hartbeespoort – otherwise fondly known as Harties – is a place where fun adventure and epic outdoor exploration awaits, making Hartbeespoort a vibrant and engaging holiday destination for locals and tourists.

Hartbeespoort, situated in the North West province, is the ultimate holiday destination, filled with incredible outdoor experiences, attractions and beauty.

Here are the top 20 activities to enjoy in Harties during 2017:

#1 Soar with Harties Aerial Cableway

The aerial Hartbeespoort cableway is arguably one of Harties’ main, most popular attractions. With beautiful facilities – such as restaurants, express food stalls and stunning seating areas and bomas – this is the ultimate family excursion. Kids will delight in the Dassie Loop walkway or KidZone, allowing parents a momentary respite.

There are top and base stations, and the former offers amazing views of Magaliesberg, Hartbeespoort Dam and surrounds.
Contact: (012) 253 9910
Address: Plot 3, Melodie, Agricultural Holdings, Hartbeespoort, North West

#2 Monkey around at Bushbabies Monkey Sanctuary

This sanctuary covers some seven hectares and is situated alongside the elephant sanctuary, which it has recently merged with. It’s one of only eight free-release primate sanctuaries found globally. Here, primates – such as squirrel-, spider- and capuchin-monkeys – find a new lease on life.

Sanctuary tours are highly informative and guests will leave with a better understanding of why monkeys are best suited to natural, free environments rather than lives as household pets.
Contact: (012) 258 9904
Address: R104, Hartbeespoort, North West

#3 Visit Jasmyn Farm Stall

Set alongside the famous Windfall Restaurant, Jasmyn Farm Stall is yet another iconic Hartbeespoort venue. Opened in 2004, this humble, thatched farm stall draws its inspiration and design from the honeybee; its shape is reflective of a honeycomb and the open-plan interiors allow for easy navigation and browsing.

Offering a selection of organic goods, farm produce, cheeses (from Jasmyn’s own factory), fresh breads, dairy products, baked goods, meats, imported treats, as well as flowers, curios and gifts too – Jasmyn is a right treasure trove of goods. When you visit, why not enjoy a cup of coffee or a sweet treat to really enhance your experience?

Contact: 012 259 1183


Address: Die Windmeul Kompleks, corner of R511 and Jan Smuts Avenue, Meerhof, Hartbeespoort, North West

#4 Interact with elephants at The Elephant Sanctuary

The Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeespoort Dam offers an interactive African elephant experience, which includes hands-on, educational interactions; elephant back riding; and even overnight accommodation.

Dedicated staff ensure a relaxed, safe interaction between the elephants and visiting guests – even as they carefully reinforce positive training methods for the gentle giants.

Contact: (012) 258 9904


Address: R104, Hartbeespoort, North West

#5 Enjoy Hartbeespoort Dam fully

Built in 1925, Hartbeespoort Dam has become a favourite destination among water sports enthusiasts and those after a city escape, in what is a very beautiful natural attraction.

Enclosed by the majestic Magaliesberg mountains, the dam is primed for parasailing, windsurfing and jet skiing. The more adventurous can also enjoy paragliding, hot air ballooning and hang-gliding.

Contact: n/a


Address: Hartbeespoort Dam, Hartbeespoort, North West

#6 Explore Hartbeespoort Dam Snake and Animal Park

Nestled against the Magaliesberg, the park lies enclosed by massive walls and contained within, guests will find an exotic land, filled with all manner of creatures.

Visitors can see a range of species including: lions, tigers and other big cats, chimpanzees, hyenas, wild dogs, otters, birds and one of SA’s finest reptile collections. Look out for the Snake and Seal Show, which is held on public holidays, weekends and during school breaks.

Contact: (012) 253 1162


Address: 1 Scott Street, Schoemansville, Hartbeespoort, North West

#7 Head to the Harties Market

Open every Saturday, this beautiful, rustic market – situated at the foot of the Magaliesberg Mountain – is the perfect place to spend a relaxed day with friends and family.

Hand-picked vendors offer creative art and crafts, as well as delicious food and drink. While visiting (the market is open from 9:00 am to 3:00pm), be sure to utilise the outdoor space and enjoy the green lawns and shady trees too.

Contact: (082) 886 5583


Address: Old Ennis Nursery, 260 R511, Hartbeespoort, North West

#8 Hop on a horse with Horse and Trails Unlimited

Even if you have no horse riding experience, Horse and Trails Unlimited has your back. Experience stunning horse riding with their scenic mountain trails, romantic trails and picnics (perfect for dates) and even the more unique engagement/picnic package… after all, what better way to pop the question?

Whatever package deal you opt for, the well-trained horses and guides will provide you with an unforgettable experience.

Contact: (082) 926 4911


Address: Farm Deo Duce, Hartbeespoort, North West

#9 Test your mettle with Hennops MTB Trails

Starting at the Hadeda Camp – found alongside the Hennops River – the Hennops MTB Trails offer some stunning routes, suited to all levels of fitness and expertise.

The trails are colour-coded and run as follows: main circular 13km route (green), 5km River loop (ideal for beginners) – or else, take your pick of the blue loop in Skeleton Hill, Kayalami, Pelindaba and Watergat, with the option of covering up to 26km of distance available to you.

Routes are of an average difficulty and take 1-2 hours to complete.

Contact: (082) 825 9205


Address: R511, Hartbeespoort, North West

#10 Take to the skies with Life Ballooning

With the fully-licenced and capable Life Ballooning, you can literally take to the skies and enjoy breath-taking hot air ballooning in this 3-4 hour experience.

Departing at sunrise (though trips are firmly weather dependent) guests will enjoy: pre-flight treats (like hot chocolate and marshmallows, tea or coffee); passenger participation (assisting with balloon inflation); a safety briefing from the pilot prior to departure; an hour-long flight; sparkling wine upon landing and finally, transfer back to the site for a full country-style breakfast. (Included in the package deal is a first-flight certificate and in-flight photo.)

Contact: (076) 778 7676


Address: Oberon Street, Hartebeespoort Dam, North West

#11 Indulge in underwater wonder at Hartbeespoort Dam Aquarium

Discover an exciting variety of tropical and freshwater fish, crocodiles (nile, slender-snout and dwarf; all indigenous to Africa), pelicans, penguins, seals and other aquatic creatures at the Hartbeespoort Dam Aquarium.

On weekends and public holidays, visitors can see live pelican, seal, crocodile and penguin shows. The aquarium also has a nearby pet shop and charming tea garden available to guests.

Contact: (012) 259 0080


Address: Plot 97, Melodi, R511, Hartbeespoort, North West

#12 Put your best foot forward on Hennops Hiking Trail

With Hennops Hiking Trail, nature lovers and hikers can experience unspoiled nature at its finest. Consisting of three trails (all of which set out from Hadeda Camp), the trail offers glorious views, unique river crossings, an underground cave, traces of old settlements and dolomite mines and even amazing bird- and animal-wildlife too.

It will appeal to every kind of hiker, even ones who rarely get out into the woods – just be sure to pack in water and comfy, sturdy hiking shoes!

Contact: (082) 825 9205


Address: R511, Hartbeespoort, North West

#13 Head out on the water with H2O Cruise

Book a 90-minute, fun-filled boat cruise at Harties on a luxury, liquid lounge pontoon boat. The trip includes interesting given facts about the area (courtesy of the skipper), amazing views and of course, great water fun!

Price is R215 (per person for the trip) but this excludes separate per person and car rates for entrance to the dam itself.

Contact: (012) 259 0303


Address: 110 Schubert Road, Hartbeespoort, North West

#14 Tear up turf with Segwati Quad Bike Safari Trails

Experience an unforgettable quad biking experience with Segwati Quad Bike Safari Trails on a 650-hectare farm, found on the northern boundary of the Cradle of Humankind, near Hartbeespoort Dam.

This quad biking adventure offers awesome outdoor fun, unforgettable scenery and unique game viewing too.

Contact: (082) 412 9823


Address: Hartbeeshoek Road (D400), Hartbeespoort, North West

#15 Take a leap of faith with Mountain Adventures

Choose your very own mountain adventure from a variety of fun activities in Hartbeespoort and beyond. You can enjoy abseiling, rock climbing or even kloofing!

Check availability and book your desired adrenaline-pumping adventure online with Mountain Adventures.

Contact: (082) 652 1490


Address: Hartbeespoort, North West

#16 Get cheesy with Van Gaalen Kaasmakerij

Situated at Skeerpoort, Van Gaalen is open six days a week and, aside from their in-house restaurant, they also host functions like weddings, family outings, corporate events and other festive occasions. At their farm shop, Van Gaalen offers a wide range of quality cheeses, as well as wine, preserves, souvenirs, Dutch favourites, sweets and other goodies.

You can also enjoy a relaxing picnic on the river banks. (Though these must be booked a day in advance.) They also have overnight accommodation thanks to their Milk Cottages.

Contact: (012) 207 1289


Address: R560, Skeerpoort, North West

#17 Art appreciation at Dietmar Wiening Gallery

Take in works from SA’s leading bronze marine life and bird sculptor. Figurative art, paintings and stunning waters are all permanent features at Dietmar Wiening’s gallery.

Also, some art pieces are purchasable so art lovers and collectors really will have a field day.

Contact: (012) 205 1193


Address: R512 Lanseria Road, Hartebeespoort Dam, Broederstroom, North West

#18 Visit Pretville Film Set, retro-style

Visit the set of the Afrikaans flick, Pretville, and experience 1950s cars, a retro-style diner (serving milkshakes and burgers) and good, clean fun. Snap some pictures in the photo booth or as you stroll about in the quaint surroundings, exploring the set.

You can also watch the movie while you’re there. R60 gains you entrance to Pretville.

Contact: (083) 266 8567


Address: R511, Hartbeespoort, North West

#19 Experience river rafting with Mobile Adventures

Offering activity packed, half-day white water rafting adventures on the Highveld Crocodile River, Mobile Adventures is the answer for adrenaline junkies and water babies.

The 5km river trip, which enables water enthusiasts to ride the rapids, takes +/- two hours to finish.

Contact: (083) 969 9083


Address: Broederstroom, Hartbeespoort Dam, North West

#20 Hit a hole-in-one at Magalies Park golf course

Situated on the tranquil edge of the Hartbeespoort Dam, Magalies Park golf course offers endless emerald fairways, which seemingly melt into the surrounding hills and waters. There are three tee options to suit a host of golfing abilities, and players will find the surroundings and course equally delightful.

Contact: (012) 207 9000


Address: Magalies Park, Hartbeespoort, North West

These are just some of the main attractions and most popular activities to be enjoyed in Harties during 2017.

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Top 20 Langebaan Activities 2017.

Everyone knows that Langebaan is the Jewel of the West Coast towns… and with its pristine beaches, numerous fun outdoor activities and stunning scenery, it’s no wonder this lovely seaside town is a hugely popular destination among both locals and tourists.

Located in the Western CapeLangebaan is one of the peaceful, delightful West Coast towns, filled with local attractions, outdoor activities and beautiful scenery to soak up.

Here are the top 20 activities to enjoy in lovely Langebaan during 2017:

#1 Laze about at the Langebaan Lagoon

This large salt water lagoon (considered by many to be a wetland of international significance) lies protected within the beautiful West Coast National Park. Its turquoise waters – completely open to the sea – attract beachgoers, numerous birdlife and other marine life too.

Divided into three sections – A, B and C – Langebaan Lagoon offers a range of activities and sights, depending on which section you find yourself in.

Contact: (022) 772 2144


Address: West Coast National Park, Langebaan, Western Cape

#2 Chase the breeze with Kitesurfing Langebaan & Cape Town

At Kitesurfing Langebaan & Cape Town, the qualified instructors are extremely passionate about kitesurfing and want to ensure that you’ll have an amazing time on the water – whether you’re a nervy beginner or self-professed pro.

Offering a selection of quality, full-day courses – ranging from 5 hours to 14-day intensive courses – the patient, dedicated and, above all, professional team of instructors will help you become a safe and independent kite surfer.

Contact: (073) 639 9204


Address: 114 Main Street, Langebaan, Western Cape

#3 Relax at Kraalbaai Beach and Lagoon

Located within the West Coast Nature Reserve, this is yet another gloriously special lagoon and beach in Langebaan to visit.

With houseboats, romantic beach strolls, boat trips, swimming, careful sun tanning, picnic opportunities and of course, picture-perfect scenery straight out of the Greek Isles, Kraalbaai beach and lagoon makes for the perfect, family day (or overnight) trip.

Contact: (022) 772 2144


Address: Western Coast Nature Reserve, Langebaan, Western Cape

#4 Test your aim with Thali Thali Game Lodge’s Archery

Test your aim and learn fun new skills with Thali Thali’s archery lessons. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned bowman, you can book exciting archery (under accredited coaches) or visit their bow shop. Shoot at 23 different, life-sized 3D rubber animal targets and choose whether to bring your own bow or rent one out.

Lessons are by appointment only and cost R150 per lesson. (The additional R150 for bow hire and 3D archery are not included in this per person cost).

Contact: (083) 275 282


Address: Thali Thali Game Lodge, ZoutekuilenFarm, R27, Langebaan

#5 Sip good brews at Black Eagle Brewing Company

This is a must for all beer drinkers, particularly because this relatively new, little brewery could just be one of the best in SA.

Founded in 2014 by home-brewing couple, Hugo and Elmien, Black Eagle Brewing Company is housed within an old fishing factory, which dates back to the early 1900s. They brew a variety of classic beers, with personal twists. Enjoy fine brews, snacks and games when you visit.

Contact: (022) 772 0594


Address: 4 Suffren Street, Shop 7, Queens Cottage, Langebaan, Western Cape

#6 Visit the West Coast National Park

A short drive from Cape Town lies the popular, yet wonderfully preserved West Coast National Park, a place of immense beauty, filled with natural flora and fauna, and a range of fun outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy.

Explore the Langebaan Lagoon or green wetlands; navigate hiking trails; stop to smell and see the flowers (if the season is right) – or simply, enjoy a moment’s quiet as you soak up paradise.

(Outside flower season) Entry is R50 for SA adults (with valid SA IDs), R75 for SADC adults (and R37 per child) and R25 for SA children.

(During flower season: August and September only) Entry is R70 for SA adults (with valid SA IDs), R100 for SADC adults (R50 per child) and R35 for SA children.

Contact: (022) 772 2144


Address: West Coast National Park, West Coast DC, Western Cape

#7 Experience a West Coast Game Drive at Thali Thali

Thali Thali also offers a wonderful game drive, with a choice between three open, game-viewing vehicles, each equipped with different capabilities to suit the guests’ needs.

Trained guides will take you on an informative, 90-minute game drive where you may chance to see a range of exciting game life in their natural/fynbos habitats.

Cost is R250 per adult, and R150 for children ages 5-12. (Free to children under 5).

Contact: (082) 372 8637


Address: Thali Thali Game Lodge, ZoutekuilenFarm, R27, Langebaan

#8 Dig up the past at West Coast Fossil Park

Visit the West Coast Fossil Park and unlock fossils of the past. Aside from guided tours of the Dig Site, visitors can enjoy a range of physical and gastronomic activities, including walking/mountain bike trails, a tasty meal at their café or a garden picnic.

Contact: (022) 766 1606


Address: West Coast Fossil Park, Langebaanweg, R45, Vredenburg, Western Cape

#9 Step out into the wild with Thali Thali’s Walking safaris

Calling all nature lovers: Thali Thali’s unguided nature walks afford guests the chance to experience the wild, up-close-and-personal. You can expect to see a range of smaller wildlife, such as birds, insects and smaller wild animals, as well as natural fynbos, grasses and flowers.

Walkers must report to the front desk before setting off and are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes and take water along. Walks are strictly at your own risk.

Contact: (082) 372 8637


Address: Thali Thali Game Lodge, ZoutekuilenFarm, R27, Langebaan

#10 Enjoy a Sunday Buffet at Thali Thali

At Thali Thali’s restaurant, visitors can enjoy their awesome, weekly Sunday lunch buffet. Dine out and experience true West Coast hospitality at their restaurant and bar, which is located near the lapa and splash pool.

Food buffet offerings and costs vary but bookings are essential.

Contact: (082) 372 8637


Address: Thali Thali Game Lodge, ZoutekuilenFarm, R27, Langebaan

#11 Take 5 at Club Mykonos

This luxurious holiday resort is your very own little piece of Greece in the West Coast. Enjoy accommodation, entertainment options, facilities and even some good eateries too.

So slip away to this ever-popular, family-friendly holiday resort in Langebaan for some quality rest and relaxation.

Contact: (022) 707 7000


Address: Club Mykonos, Mykonos Access Road, Langebaan, Western Cape

#12 Master kite surfing with the KiteLab

KiteLab is a dedicated kitesurfing school located a stone’s throw away from the main kitesurfing beach in Langebaan.

With world-class instructors, constant winds and flat waters, this is a prime location for quality kitesurfing. The Kite Lab also offers a fully stocked kite shop for you to browse.

Contact: (022) 772 0026


Address: KiteLab, 8 Bree Street, Langebaan, Western Cape

#13 Sail around with Brian’s Boat Tours

This 8-seater boat takes visitors on personally tailored, eco trips around the Langebaan Lagoon and parts of Saldanha Bay too.

Boat trips cover fascinating historical, birding and cultural topics; tours run daily and Brian Hodgson is a registered tour guide.

Contact: (022) 772 2093
Address: 14 Lagoon Crescent, Langebaan, Western Cape

#14 Dine at Die Strandloper Restaurant

Eat at one of the West Coast’s most popular, open air restaurants: Die Strandloper. Enjoy a lunch or dinner out on the beach at this casual, seaside restaurant, which offers everything from fish curry and snoek to waterblooetjie bredie and strong coffee.

Contact: (083) 227 7195
Address: Die Strandloper Restaurant, Langebaan, Western Cape

#15 Experience Langebaan with Masada Guest House

If you wish to linger longer in Langebaan, why not experience Masada Guest House, one of Langebaan’s finest local offerings?

This wedding and conference venue offers delightful, four-star accommodation, a jungle gym for kids, a petting farm, heated indoor spa swimming pool, a licensed bar, full English breakfasts and great braai facilities.
Contact: (079) 525 5051
Address: 18 Loop Street, Longacres, Langebaan, Western Cape

#16 Shop till you drop at Laguna Mall

This lovely shopping complex offers retail delights to suit all sorts of shoppers. Opened in 2007, the intimate family mall also plays host to numerous events and activities throughout the year.

Contact: (022) 772 0528
Address: Languna Street, Skiathos, Langebaan, Western Cape

#17 Hop on a horse at Oliphantskop

The Oliphantskop horse trails, based around Langebaan and Saldanha, are the most relaxing and leisurely way to soak up the West Coast surroundings.

There are several different trails to choose from, all with varying difficulty levels, but all offer: excellent views, plant species and bird spotting along the way. In Langebaan, you can also view Eve’s Footprint – the oldest known to man.

Contact: (022) 772 2326


Address: Olifantskop Road, Langebaan, Western Cape

#18 Enjoy a West Coast overnight hike

Whether you opt for the two-day Strandveld Trail (covering 28km through Strandveld, then onto the 16 Mile Beach in Yzerfontein before returning to Geelbek), the 2.5 day guided, slack-packing Eve’s Trail – or the 2-day, 27km Postberg Hike (only available during August and September when the Flower Season comes back around), there are a great selections of overnight hikes in and around Langebaan and the West Coast to enjoy.

Contact: (022) 707 9902/3


Address: West Coast, Western Cape

#19 Flock to see the birds at the Geelbek bird hide

If you wish to experience some quality birding, then Geelbek bird hide is the place for you.

During low tide to just before the tide comes in, bird watchers can visit this hide and see a host of different birds, with everything from Curlew Sandpipers and Whimbels to White Pelicans on offer.

Contact: (022) 772 2144
Address: West Coast National Park, West Coast DC, Western Cape

#20 Fly a kite on Langebaan Beach with Cape Sports Center

Use the wind to your advantage and, with your eyes to the sky, learn to fly a kite with Cape Sports Center. It makes for great family fun, so pack in a picnic and head down to the beach…

Contact: (022) 772 1114


Address: 98 Main Road, Langebaan, Western Cape

These are just some of the amazing activities to enjoy in and around the lovely Langebaan, the favourite child among the West Coast owns, during 2017.

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Top 20 Hartbeespoort Restaurants 2017.

Resort town, Hartbeespoort – situated north of Joburg – may be best known for the likes of Hartbeespoort Dam and Crocodile River’s white water rapids, but it is also (perhaps surprisingly to some) a place of good food and interesting restaurants, cafés and bistros.

Hartbeespoort, situated in the North West province, is the ultimate holiday destination, filled with incredible outdoor experiences, attractions and beauty.

Here are the top 20 eateries you should visit in 2017:

#1 La Terrazza Restaurant

Specialising in Mediterranean cuisine, this Italian restaurant offers either breakfast or lunch options, complete with sizeable portions. Available meals include: calamari, seafood, vegetarian and meat, as well as lighter meals such as: salads, Prego rolls, cheese boards and wraps.

Guests will also enjoy the relaxed and pleasant dining atmosphere.

Contact: (012) 244 0667

Website: none

Address: Mountain Lake Centre, Pecanwood, Hartbeespoort, North West

#2 Skye Bistro

Located above an equestrian estate, amid towers, the romantic and elegant Skye Bistro offers breakfast, lunch or five-course, sit-down dinner options.

For breakfast, enjoy English-style offerings, yoghurt and fresh pastries, while for lunch you can tuck into lighter meals, like salads and seafood/meat dishes. Finally, to round it all off, dinner is a glitzy, full affair – so be sure to dress up to the nines!

Contact: (072) 905 4919

Website: none

Address: R511, Hartebeespoort, North West

#3 Silver Orange Bistro

Offering contemporary SA cuisine – with an emphasis on clean flavours and local produce – this farm bistro consists of both award-winning wines (from the likes of Ernie Els) and delicious fare. Here, each dish is artfully prepared with flavours, which perfectly complement each other.

Then, nearby, among the citrus orchards, you will find a new, additional dining experience (no children under 16 allowed) called Almost Orange. Here, you can share a light meal while sipping on premium liquors, gins, craft beer and hand-selected wines.

Contact: (082) 378 2948


Address: Altyd Mooi Farm, R513, Hartbeespoort, North West

#4 The Windmill Restaurant

This charming restaurant – located within an authentic Dutch windmill – offers a variety of true Dutch meals, as well as traditional restaurant favourites, to satisfy your hunger and is something of a local eatery icon.

Enjoy either indoor or outdoor dining, with spectacular views wherever you sit.

Contact: (012) 259 0955

Website: none

Address: 1 Jan Smuts Drive, Meerhof, Hartbeespoort, North West

#5 Laurentina Restaurant

This Portuguese-Mozambican-style restaurant in Chameleon Village offers a great vibe, in addition to lovely décor, tasty food and music performances.

Here, you will find authentic Portuguese-type dishes to fill up on.

Contact: (012) 253 5052


Address: Chameleon Village, Hartbeespoort, North West

#6 Leopard Lodge Restaurant

Situated at the beautiful Leopard Lodge, when at this restaurant, diners can enjoy open plan dining, culinary art and traditional cuisine in a lovely setting.

Expect the likes of gnocchi, zuercher geschnetzeltes, Italian pizza, sushi (the African Swiss way) and wiener schnitzel.

Contact: (012) 207 1130


Address: Leopard Lodge, Skeerpoort, R560, Hartbeespoort, North West

#7 The Coffee Shop

Located at The Snake and Reptile Park in Chameleon Village, this family-friendly, outdoor café boasts a menu consisting of breakfasts, light meals, sandwiches, coffee, dessert and burgers.

Contact: (076) 141 3364


Address: Chameleon Village, Hartbeespoort, North West

#8 De Vette Mossel

This seafood restaurant – first opened in 2004 in Mossel Bay on an isolated beach at Groot Brak Rivier – now has a second branch in Hartbeespoort Dam, as well as in Parys, Klerksdorp and Nelspruit too.

Here, diners will find perfectly prepared seafood and an array of tasty dishes in what is an unusual and informal restaurant setting in Harties.

Contact: (082) 346 3731


Address: R511, Hartbeespoort, North West

#9 Café La Bonheur

Offering an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday city life, this French café – with a name that translates into “tranquillity” or “place of happiness” – is run by owner-chef Angelique, who has a strong passion for food.

They also cater for functions, special lunches, buffets, year-end functions, meetings and birthday parties.

Contact: (071) 402 0695


Address: Plot 246, Saartjies Nek, Hartbeespoort, North West

#10 AfricanSwiss Restaurant

Serving divine food – like soft veal in white wine sauce or Gorgonzola gnocchi – AfricanSwiss additionally offers an amazing and relaxed dining atmosphere.

The specialties here are definitely Swiss and Bavarian dishes, ensuring a break from local cuisines.

Contact: (083) 476 0507


Address: Plot 119, Broederstroom, Hartbeespoort, North West

#11 BisiBean Coffee Roasting Co.

Here, coffee is their passion and as such, BisiBean do real coffee. If you want to enjoy the best espresso and cappuccino at one of Hartebeespoort’s best coffee shops, then this is the place for you.

You can also sample a mouth-watering selection of cakes, like chocolate cake, caramel velvet cake or lemon cheesecake, as well as enjoying filled croissants and other yummy foods.

Contact: (079) 143 8511


Address: R27, Tielmann Street, Hartbeespoort, North West

#12 Pica Pau Continental Cuisine

For delicious, hearty meals visit the onsite Pica Pau Restaurant.

Located in Magalies Park Rort, Pica Pau is owned and run by George and Franci, who take immense pride in their restaurant. It is well-known for its excellent pizzas, made with delicious toppings; visitors will find something to suit every palate with Pica Pau’s great, wood-fired offerings.

They also offer western European dishes, event/function catering and stunning views of the Magaliesberg Mountains.

Contact: (012) 207 9127


Address: Magalies Park Country Club, Skeerpoort, Hartbeespoort, North West

#13 Upperdeck Restaurant

This rustic, laid-back grill restaurant offers a lovely garden terrace, live music and, of course, tasty food and great drinks. It’s the perfect place to relax, catch up with friends or family or simply enjoy a chilled meal out.

Contact: (012) 253 2586


Address: Old Rustenburg Road, Damdoryn, Hartbeespoort, North West

#14 Black Fox Eatery

This gin bar and eatery is an intimate and quirky space, which offers unbelievable views of the surrounding Magalies Mountains and famed Hartbeespoort Dam.

Their kitchen offers scrumptious nibbles, enchanting mains and sweet delights. Speciality dishes are offered on a daily basis and depend on the new, seasonal harvests available.

Contact: (012) 253 1847/8


Address: Hartbeespoort, North West

#15 Harties Café

This Belgian and European contemporary delicatessen offers a great variety of treats, like waffles, pancakes and much more, while the friendly service only adds to this Harties experience.

Contact: (079) 331 2771

Website: none

Address: Tielman Road, Village Road, Schoemansville, Hartbeespoort, North West

#16 Caravela Restaurante

This Portuguese restaurant offers superb seafood and European fare, as well as cold beers and yummy milkshakes to wash it down. As aforementioned, they are perhaps especially well-known for their seafood.

Enjoy a friendly and relaxing atmosphere, with professional staff at your service.

Contact: (012) 253 2642

Website: none

Address: Straduvarius Road, Hartbeespoort, North West

#17 French Toast Koffie Kafee

Paying homage to Paris, this quaint café serves, in particular, killer croissants, other good food and lovely coffee.

Visitors will love the mini Eiffel Tower and lovers lock, which add a sense of Parisian romance to this little, country café.

Contact: (078) 592 6953


Address: R27, R511, Hartbeespoort, North West

#18 Café Deli-Licious

This upmarket spot – equipped with beautiful décor – serves modern, fresh food and great coffees. Absorb the smells of fresh coffee and baking bread, as you wait for your order(s) to arrive. What’s more, expect quality service with it.

Contact: (082) 484 7440

Website: none

Address: Chameleon Village, Hartbeespoort, North West

#19 Pick-a-Pancake

This is a nice concept and it adds a fun and different element to Hartbeespoort. Expect creatively named pancakes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Whether you prefer savoury or sweet, you’ll be well catered for here.

Contact: (012) 253 0485

Website: none

Address: Old Rustenberg Road, Hartbeespoort, North West

#20 Hero’s Grill House & Pizzeria

Specialising in pizzas and grills, this is the perfect place to enjoy a bite to eat before or after experiencing the Aerial Cableway. The menu is large enough without being too vast.

It’s quite spacious inside, the views are good and service comes with a smile.

Contact: (012) 253 9910

Website: none

Address: Plot 3 Melodie, Aerial Cableway, Hartbeespoort, North West

These are just some of the top cafés, bistros and restaurants visitors can enjoy when exploring the small resort town, Harties.

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Top 20 Langebaan Restaurants 2017.

Western Cape town, Langebaan, may be the West Coast’s seaside darling, drawing holiday goers (no matter the season or weather forecast) with its pristine beaches, hidden spots and fun activities – but it’s also a great place to enjoy a meal by the sea…

Located in the Western Cape, Langebaan is one of the peaceful, delightful West Coast towns, filled with local attractions, outdoor activities and beautiful scenery to soak up.

With that in mind, here are the top 20 Langebaan restaurants to enjoy in 2017:

#1 Die Strandloper Restaurant

This popular, open air seafood restaurant – situated right on the beach – offers casual, fun dining and great South African delicacies, like braaied snoek, lamb bredie, moerkoffie or roosterkoek to enjoy.

It’s also a fun spot to dine because impromptu musical performances from guests and laidback beachwear are all part of the vibe.

Please note that bookings are advised.

Contact: (022) 772 2490


Address: Die Strandloper Restaurant, Langebaan, Western Cape

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#2 Pearly’s Restaurant

Founded in 1993 by Jan Wamerdam, Pearly’s has the honour of being Langebaan’s “longest established top restaurant”, born out of a small beach café.

This Langebaan landmark lies right on the beach, overlooking the much loved Langebaan lagoon. Specialising in seafood, grills, pasta, stir fry, cocktails and pizza, Pearly’s also provides some stunning sunsets for its diners to savour too…

Contact: (022) 772 2734


Address: Pearly’s Restaurant, on the beach, Bree Street, Langebaan, Western Cape

#3 Breeze Restaurant and Lounge Bar

This hotel-restaurant and wine bar, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offers dishes carefully considered and crafted by chef James Preyser.

With its trendy, yet friendly restaurant atmosphere, diners will immediately feel at ease as they tuck into the likes of curries, steak and fish.

Contact: (022) 772 1078


Address: 9 Bree, Langebaan, Western Cape

#4 Boesmanland Plaaskombuis

This farm kitchen serves informal African food, fresh seafood and yes, of course, proper boerekos, out on the beach. Food is prepared over open fires using big, black pots and at Boesmanland Plaaskombuis, it’s about tradition mixed with good, wholesome food.

The restaurant also doubles as a wedding venue but either way, bookings are essential.

Contact: (022) 772 1564


Address: Boesmanland Plaaskombuis, Langebaan, Western Cape

#5 Kokomo Beach Bar & Restaurant

If you’re looking for fine food on the beach, then, when it comes to Langebaan, Kokomo Beach Bar & Restaurant is your answer.

This family-friendly restaurant offers a great menu, with mouth-watering fresh seafood dishes, like tempura yellow tail or mussels in garlic and white wine, as well as deliciously sinful dessert options (like warm chocolate pudding with honeycomb nuts and toasted marshmallow), and so much more.

Contact: (022) 772 1600


Address: Kokomo Beach & Bar Restaurant, 121 Hoof Street, Langebaan, Western Cape

#6 Flags

Offering food, drinks and live music all, Flags is something of a second home to many in Langebaan…

Choose from delicious breakfasts, meze and starters, salads, main meals (including steak and espetada), burgers, poultry, seafood, pasta or even pizza. Whatever you order, you’re unlikely to be disappointed when the food tastes as good as it looks.

Contact: (022) 772 1278


Address: Flags, 1 Bree Street, Langebaan, Western Cape

#7 Ginja Beanz Coffee Café

So much more than just a coffee shop, this is a local where friends love to gather daily.

Ginja Beanz micro-roast their own coffee and many consider theirs to be the best coffee in Langebaan. (They also supply coffee from the likes of Truth Coffee, Stoppelbaard Koffie and the world’s strongest brew, Black Insomnia Coffee.)

It’s about so much more than just the beans and the brews though… because the food and atmosphere here are also tops. Try Ronni’s Liver, Venison Burger or spicy mayo, Chicken and Avo Wrap with your java.

Contact: (022) 772 2221


Address: Ginja Beanz Coffee Shop, 17 Waterfront Square, Suffren Street, Langebaan, Western Cape

#8 The Pancake Place

This fully licenced coffee shop invites you to try something sweet… or savoury because let’s face it, pancakes are great whether you have them with chocolate chip or with chicken mayonnaise and tomato, with chips on the side.

If pancakes aren’t part of your pick, you can enjoy light lunches, waffles, kroketten, burgers and more savoury snacks, with sit-down or takeaway equally welcome.

Contact: (022) 772 2365


Address: The Pancake Place, Oostewal Road, Langebaan, Western Cape

#9 The Curry Bar

Serving the best Durban curries in the West Coast, this little spot has big taste and big heart aplenty. Here, one can enjoy sit-down or takeaway meals of the spicy variety.

Try appetisers like samosas, falafels or spring rolls, progress to roti wraps, curries (and rice), breyani, grills or even legendary bunny chows. They also have tasty on-the-go snacks like vetkoek and chicken livers/mince and chili bites.

Contact: (022) 772 0595


Address: The Curry Bar, 120 Oostewal Road, Langebaan, Western Cape

#10 Die Watergat

This one-stop pub that has it all – whether you’re after a bite to eat, a night out on the town or just some chilled drinks with your mates, Die Watergat really is in every way the main pub stop along the West Coast.

This cosy, yet bustling pub gets pretty busy on weekends and public holidays – but don’t let that stop you visiting. If great pizza, steak or calamari and chips sound good to you, then swing on by.

Contact: (022) 772 2966


Address: Die Watergat, Free Port, Oostewal Street, Langebaan, Western Cape

#11 Thali Thali Game Lodge Restaurant

Not only can you enjoy amazing game drives and luxury safari accommodation at Thali Thali but their restaurant also offers a great West Coast experience.

Enjoy sunsets and stars from their deck, sit in the restaurant and bar (located next to the lapa and splash-pool) or have a lazy lunch in the garden, while the kids play on the nearby jungle gyms.

They offer tradition SA cooking, with generous portions and beautiful plating, in addition to their Sunday potjiekos buffets and legendary platters.

Contact: (082) 372 8637


Address: Thali Thali Game Lodge, Zoutekuilen Farm, R27, Langebaan, Western Cape

#12 Geelbek Restaurant

Voted Best restaurant in the West Coast by the West Coast Tourism and Best restaurant in Langebaan (2005) by Langebaan Tourism, this award-winning restaurant will offer an all-round sensory experience, as it serves up SA cuisine.

Located near the lagoon inside the famous West Coast National Park, the restaurant lies within a National Monument Cape Dutch Building and has a reputation for offering fine, yet traditional West Coast dining in a beautiful setting, from where you can see birds, sunshine and even flamingos while you dine.

Contact: (072) 698 6343


Address: Geelbek Restaurant, West Coast National Park, Langebaan, Western Cape

#13 Friday Island Beachfront Restaurant

If you require a beachfront view for any meal, then Friday Island Beachfront Restaurant has you sorted.

This restaurant offers a laid-back West Coast vibe, with fine fare cooked by resident chef Mark. Enjoy delicious food like Blue Cheese Snails, Creamy Garlic Mussels, Cordon Bleu and so much more in this relaxed restaurant.

Contact: (022) 772 2634


Address: Friday Island, 92 Hoof Street, Langebaan, Western Cape

#14 Marc’s Beach Bar

This cocktail bar, located within the popular Club Mykonos premises, serves great light meals and pizzas. With its beachfront location, this eatery will provide you with quality meals and a memorable dining experience both.

Contact: (081) 410 7989


Address: Marc’s Beach Bar, Club Mykonos Resort, Mykonos Access Road, Langebaan, Western Cape

#15 Baxters Langebaan Restaurant

With a warm and friendly atmosphere and assorted fresh, good food, Baxter’s is always something of a winner. Offering great specials too, here, the motto really is “Arrive as a Guest, Leave as a Friend.”

Contact: (082) 430 4505


Address: Baxters Langebaan Restaurant, 4 Suffren Street, Langebaan, Western Cape

#16 The Farmhouse Hotel Restaurant

Located at The Farmhouse Hotel – which offers gorgeous accommodation and views overlooking the lagoon – this restaurant, with a terrace, offers fine dining and premium wines, even as it encourages good food, memories and laughter in Langebaan.

Contact: (022) 772 2062


Address: The Farmhouse Hotel, 5 Egret Street, Myburgh Park, Langebaan, Western Cape

#17 Kalmer Karma

Serving an array of pub bites & munchies, home-style burgers, homemade keg pies, off-the-grill specials and pub classics, off what is a pretty extensive menu, Kamler Karma offers pub grub and all-round tasty food without the foodie fuss.

With a good vibe to match, they also have a deck, which is great for enjoying sunsets overlooking the lagoon.

Contact: (022) 707 9116

Website: none

Address: Kalmer Karma, 98 Hoof Street, Langebaan, Western Cape

#18 Bouzouki Restaurant

This Greek-themed restaurant, located at the Club Mykonos, offers breath-taking views of the Langebaan Lagoon and marina, and supplies visitors with an a la carte menu, consisting of an array of dishes like: pasta, pizza, seafood, burgers and tender meat.

On Thursdays, they also have authentic, Greek-themed nights with plate breaking, live entertainment and Greek food.

Contact: (022) 707 7796


Address: Bouzouki Restaurant, Club Mykonos, Langebaan, Western Cape

#19 The Sandbar Pub & Kitchen

This vibey, little spot offers good food (like unique pizzas, burgers and some pretty awesome milkshakes too), enjoyed either in a peaceful courtyard section or lively interior, with drinks and live music. It’s a popular spot and always seems to generate good reviews.

Contact: (022) 772 2846

Website: none

Address: The Sandbar Pub & Kitchen, Suffren Road, Marra Square, Langebaan, Western Cape

#20 Potjie Restaurant

Celebrating local cuisine and Cape hospitality, Potjie Restaurant offers delectable, inexpensive food – ranging from boerewors to relaxed pub grub, pizza, steak and much more – and really good service.

Contact: (022) 772 1323

Website: none

Address: Potjie Restaurant, 1 Bree St, Langebaan, Western Cape

These are just some of the great restaurants (with views to die for) in lovely Langebaan. Be sure to enjoy as many of them as possible when you visit the West Coast.

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Top 20 Stellenbosch Activities 2017.

Ever a popular destination among both tourists and locals, Stellenbosch is well-loved for its Cape history, student culture and great wine – but there’s far more to this historic university town than just posh restaurants and top-class wine estates.

Let’s take a look at some of the top activities to enjoy in and around Stellenbosch during 2017:

#1 Journey back in time with Stellenbosch Village Museum

This museum isn’t your usual stuffy roomed offering because it takes you on a tour of four houses (and gardens), each possessive of unique historical interest.

The four houses – in Schreuderhuis, Blettermanhuis, Grosvenor House and Om Berghuis – represent a different time period, reflective of Stellenbosch’s gradual architectural development. Everything from their gardens to the décor has been beautifully restored to reflect the tastes and styles of the time.

Contact: (021) 887 2948


Address: 18 Ryneveldstreet, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#2 Explore the great outdoors at Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

This beautiful reserve – home to the majestic Jonkershoek Mountains, some of Jonkershoek valley, and the smaller Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve, too – allows visitors to enjoy lovely outdoor exploration, with a host of amazing wildlife and plant life on offer within the combined reserves, which lie some 9km outside of Stellenbosch.

Visitors can explore one or both of the reserves at one time.

Contact: (021) 866 1560


Address: Jonkershoek Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#3 Spend a family day out at Spier Wine Farm

Spier is a wonderful, family-friendly wine farm to visit when you’re in or around Stellies. Not only do they offer some great wine tasting, seasonal picnics and two eateries, as a great deli – but Spier also has a delightful spa and hotel, if you wish to linger a little longer in Stellenbosch…

Contact: (021) 809 1100


Address: R310 Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#4 Meet the Raptors at Eagle Encounters

Situated at the historic Spier Wine Farm, this wildlife rehabilitation-, conservation- and eco-tourism centre provides visitors with exciting, educational encounters with these noble birds.

See the winged stars in training during falconry practices, participate in the interactive falconry display (with owls, kites, hawks, buzzards and falcons flying around and/or to you) or watch as the talented birds show off their natural talents and speed.

Contact: (084) 037 5523


Address: Spier Estate, R310 Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#5 Visit Root 44 Market

This popular Saturday market offers good food, great drinks, lively tunes and a perfect, all-weather setting, with cosy Downings marquees surrounded by gorgeous vineyards and trees.

Browse the stalls, buy some take-home goodies or enjoy a pre-market 5km parkrun, at 8am sharp!

Contact: (021) 881 3052


Address: Audacia Wines, Corner of R44 & Annandale Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#6 Experience Villiera’s wine farm game drive

In 2009, in conjunction with its neighbours – Cape Garden Centre and Wild Clover Farm – Villiera set aside 220 hectares of land for a wildlife sanctuary.

Aside from twelve dams (with marshy areas, teeming with bird life), it offers numerous indigenous trees, donated by the Cape Garden Centre, and a wonderful, two-hour-long game drive. On the drive, visitors can see springbok, kudu, giraffe, bontebok, Eland, gemsbok, black wildebeest, bush pigs and more.

Contact: (021) 865 2002


Address: Corner R101 & R304, Koelenhof, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#7 Indulge in Spier’s Vineyard Segway Tour

Spier Wine Farm offers the uniquely fun Segway tours. Segways – two-wheeled, self-balancing battery powered transporters – are a great way to glide through the vineyards, breeze by the river garden or hitch your own ride to enjoy some wine tasting.

Contact: (021) 809 1157


Address: Spier Estate, R310 Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#8 Go where the wild things are: Vredenheim Wine Farm

This family-owned estate offers great fun for everyone with its wine tastings, duo of popular restaurants, Hudson’s and Barrique Restaurant, and of course, its Big Cats Park, which is home to lions, tigers, leopards, caracals and cheetahs.

Experience a variety of game and wildlife, as well as their own award-winning Angus Cattle Stud.

Contact: (021) 881 3878


Address: Vredenheim Wine Farm, R310 Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#9 Horse around at Equine Sport Centre

This dedicated equine-related centre – which offers excellent horse education, care and other fun activities (like sunset trail rides or riding lessons) – allows both experienced and amateur riders to hop up into the saddle and experience quality horse-riding.

The riding school is open every Tuesday to Friday, while the assorted trail rides take place from Tuesday to Sunday.

Trail rides can run for half an hour to two hours, and some tours include a cheese platter (and bottler of wine) for two at the Wild Clover Brewery where you can also enjoy burgers and beer.

Contact: (071) 597 2546


Address: Equine Sport Centre, Wild Clover Farm, Stellenbosch, Western Cape


#10 Stroll about the Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden

Located in Stellenbosch’s historical centre, this is South Africa’s oldest botanical garden, home to a wide range of diverse plants, which are both indigenous and exotic to SA.

Entry is free to the public and, aside from the garden, visitors can enjoy great Boland hospitality at Katjiepiering Restaurant (nestled in the shade of an age-old flowering gum tree) or browsing the shop.

Here, you will discover a range of organic, unique African cosmetics, medicinal products, books, seed, handmade products, organic wine, pens (made from indigenous wood), and even indigenous liqueurs.

Contact: (021) 808 3054


Address: Neethling Street & Van Riebeeck Street, Stellenbosch Central, Western Cape

#11 Visit the delightful Jordan Wine Estate

Jordan Wine Estate is undoubtedly one of SA’s finest wine farm offerings and provides visitors with a chance to taste and buy some impeccable wines – but it’s also a really lovely, chic estate to spend a day exploring.

Your food needs will be well taken care of at Jordan Restaurant and The Bakery eateries, but you can also opt for an overnight stay at one of their gorgeous suites.

Contact: (021) 881 3441


Address: Stellenbosch Kloof Road, Vlottenberg, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#12 Do the Vineyard Trail at Delvera Farm

Explore the picturesque Delvera estate in a unique way when you cover the 9.75km Vineyard Trail, which takes you through the conservancy. Along this 2.5-hour-long trail, you will enjoy beautiful views of Table Mountain and the Cape Winelands.

Contact: (021) 884 4752


Address: Delvera Farm, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#13 Take the kids to Blaauwklippen

This is one of Stellenbosch’s most beloved estates and with good wine, tasty food and beautiful views, it’s not hard to see why… but add to that a family-friendly estate with lots of fun activities in store – and it’s impossible to go wrong!

Kids can enjoy petting friendly goats and alpacas, fun pony rides on request or simply scampering about and tackling the cool jungle gym, while parents get to indulge in picnics, wine tastings or simply some downtime under the trees.

Contact: (021) 880 0133

Address: Blaauwklippen, Strand Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#14 Head to Blaauwklippen’s Family Market

This Sunday market, held weekly from 10:00 am – 15:00pm, is not only child-friendly but it’s also dog-friendly too, so bring the whole family along and take time to browse stalls overflowing with mouth-watering food and cool crafts. There is also great entertainment to be enjoyed, while the kids get to run about and play.

Contact: (021) 880 0133


Address: Blaauwklippen, Strand Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#15 Get active with Bottelary Hills MTB Trail

Several MTB routes – running across some 20 farms – make up Bottelary Hills Renosterveld Conservancy, which, aside from the all-important task of preserving this endangered, indigenous renosterveld, provides great activities, like its MTB trails, for visitors to enjoy.

Here, rolling hills offer up vineyards, farms, conservation areas and trails, suitable to riders of varying fitness levels.



Address: Bottelary Hills Renosterveld Conservancy, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#16 Experience a Full Moon Hike with Dirtopia

Footwear specialists Falke SA have teamed up with outdoor adventure experts, Dirtopia to bring you the popular full moon hikes at Delvera Farm.

Experience the outdoor wonder of the Cape Peninsula, as you do a leisurely 9.75km hike along a marked, circular route through the vineyards all the way to the top of Klapmutskop, where you can soak up the sunset and wait for the full moon to rise…

Space is limited so it’s advisable to book ahead. You can also book a picnic to enjoy too!

Contact: (021) 884 4752


Address: Dirtopia Trail Centre, Delvera Agri-Tourism Complex, R44, Near Stellenbosch

#17 Treat yourself at The Bird Cage Tea Bar

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This popular and cosy café in central Stellenbosch has a real knack for producing mind-blowingly beautiful cakes and delicious sweet treats, which you can order privately or enjoy in the café itself. Some have even gone so far as to call it Stellenbosch’s best-kept secret…

Contact: (021) 882 9790


Address: 5 Plein Street, Aan de Gragt builing, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#18 Pick sweet strawberries at Polkadraai

At Polkadraai Farm – which re-opens for the season in September – there’s a lot more than just ultra-fun strawberry-picking to be had… although that’s undoubtedly the main attraction!

Still, there is also a lovely food and wine store, tractor and pony rides, mini golf, face painting and a great play area for kids, as well as a food court, to ensure an all-round pleasant family day in the countryside.

Contact: (021) 881 3854


Address: Polkadraai Farm, M12 Stellenbosch Arterial Road, Stellenbosch

#19 Browse Die Dorpstraat Gallery

Situated in the historic Dorp Street – once referred to as “the wagon road to the Cape” – is Die Dorpstraat Galery. It specialises in solo and group exhibitions by contemporary SA artists, with all kinds of art mediums featured inside.

The gallery provides both a fascinating and educational experience for visitors.

Contact: (021) 887 2256


Address: Die Dorpstraat Gallery, 144 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands

#20 Enjoy some historical Stellies sightseeing

Given this town’s deep-seated history, it’s worth doing a small historical tour to soak up some of the beautiful history and stunning Cape Dutch architecture.

Some recommended spots to admire include: Dorp Street, Dutch Reformed Church Stellenbosch, The Rhenish Mission Church and the Stellenbosch Town Hall.

Contact: (021) 808 8111


Address: Stellenbosch, Western Cape

These are just some of the fun and unique indoor and outdoor activities one can enjoy in the historical, Cape Winelands town of Stellenbosch.



Top 20 Durban restaurants 2017.

Durban is loved for its tropical climate, beautiful beaches and fun activities for the whole family to enjoy – but this balmy, coastal-lying KZN city also offers some top notch eateries too.

Here are some of the best to try in 2017:

#1 Mali’s Indian Restaurant

This delicious Indian restaurant offers a broad menu, which incorporates both North and South Indian dishes.

Enjoy the likes of dosas, seafood, lamb, vegetable or chicken curries – or order a thali, with soup, succulent lamb curry, butter chicken, naan bread and so much more to enjoy… either way, your mouth will water from the spicy goodness that is Mali’s!

Contact: (031) 312 8535

Website: none

Address: 77 Smiso Nkwanyana Road, Morningside, Durban, KZN

#2 Butcher Boys

Butcher Boys is, as its name implies, a haven for meat-eaters. With a focus on succulent rumps, sirloins, rib-eye steaks, fillets and espetada to name but a few delicacies – this restaurant pays great attention to good-quality meat.

In fact, the beef is all wet- or dry-aged, over a period of 25–35 days, before being carefully basted and then expertly grilled over an open flame, according to your order preferences.

Contact: (031) 312 8248


Address: 170 Florida Road, Morningside, Durban, KZN

#3 Little India Restaurant

Serving Indian classics, this first-floor, open plan eatery – which offers both a delightful balcony and modern décor – strives to provide diners with an ultra-satisfying, yet modern dining experience.

Here, one can enjoy diverse dishes from all major corners of India.

Contact:  (031) 201 1121


Address: 155 Musgrave Road, Berea, Durban, KZN

#4 9th Avenue Bistro

Widely travelled owners, Graham and Gina Neilson, offer a sleek, award-winning bistro, with artfully crafted dishes, that are inspired by seasonal goodness, quality and creative flare.

Also, at the esteemed EatOut Awards, 9th Avenue was voted the Best Bistro in 2012.

Contact: (031) 312 9134


Address: 2, Avonmore Centre, 9th Ave, Morningside, Durban

#5 Quo Restaurant

This award-winning restaurant may be unpretentious, yet its food offerings are decidedly flavourful and pleasing. Dishes are basic continental, or with an Asian influence.

Contact: (082) 320 7906


Address: Gillitts Shopping Centre, 2 Clifton Road, Gillitts, Durban, KZN

#6 The Wok Box

Take a culinary trip to Thailand with The Wok Box’s fresh and delicious dishes.

Think steaming soup or roasted duck with pancakes and honey, ginger and sesame sauce, served with steamed rice.

Contact: (031) 564 2939

Website: none

Address: 10-D, 8-12 Mackeurtan Avenue, Durban North, KZN

#7 Jack Salmon Fish House

This restaurant prides itself on offering a range of fresh seafood offerings. It has a lovely Mediterranean feel, which adds to the overall ambience.

Prawns, calamari, kingklip, oysters, mussels and more are available for your seafood/fishy enjoyment.

Contact: (031) 572 3664


Address: Shop 15, Glenore Centre, 1 Aubrey Drive, Glen Ashley, Durban, KZN

#8 Spiga D’oro

Spiga is known for consistently providing wholesome food – suitable to vegetarians and vegans, as well as meat-eaters.

The food is good – but so is the atmosphere, with visitors comparing it to a corner café in Italy.

Contact: (031) 303 9511


Address: 200 Florida Road, Morningside, Durban, KZN

#9 Café 1999

Using only the finest local and international imported goods for its menu, Café 1999 offers a dining experience that will delight all your senses.

Chef-patron Marcelle Roberts’ award-winning contemporary Mediterranean cuisine is ideal for sharing, and their wine list is full of gems to complement her fine food.

Contact: (031) 202 3406


Address: Shop 2, Silvervause Centre, 117 Vause Road, Berea, Durban, KZN

#10 The Grill Jichana

This steakhouse provides diners with quality, flame-grilled premium cuts, sourced from the best local producers before they are seasoned, infused and flavoured with exotic African East Coast spices.

Jichana means ‘eating good’ in Swahili slang and at The Grill Jichana, you’ll be doing just that!

Contact: (031) 362 1300


Address: Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, 63 Snell Parade, Durban, KZN

#11 The Chefs Table

Executive Chef Kayla-Ann Osborn and her 12-chef brigade have crafted their menu to revolve around fresh, local and seasonal ingredients, with dishes inspired by readily available ingredients.

The menu changes a bit every day, so there’s always something fresh to be had, and diners can enjoy watching the chefs work their magic thanks to the open plan kitchen.

Contact: (031) 001 0200


Address: 23-24, Protea Mall, Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban, KZN

#12 Mooki Noodle Bar

Created by Anzai Yoshitoki – affectionately known as ‘Mooki’– Mooki Noodle Bar provides diners with Pan-Asian salads and delicious noodle dishes, served in a small and colourful café, that’s been decorated with fun and quirky cartoon artworks.

Contact: (031) 811 9199


Address: 190 Brand Road, Glenwood, Durban, KZN

#13 Lupa Osteria

With a quartet of stellar branches spread across Hillcrest, Westville, Durban North and also, Fourways – this Osteria is a neighbourhood spot where locals can enjoy a casual and above all, reasonably priced, meal with their loved ones.

The pasta is homemade, while the wood-fired pizza is made using only the finest imported Italian flour, free-range chickens and best veal going. Enjoy the likes of pizza, pasta, shellfish, veal, with a range of drinks to wash it all down with.

Contact: (031) 941 1181


Address: 6-12 Swapo Road, Durban North, KZN

#14 Four15

This popular Mexican restaurant is a passionately South African Burrito Bar, which provides wholesome and fresh Mexican cuisine, in a unique and unfussy setting.

They work hard to perfect the blend of flavours and textures inside each tortillas, but also encourage integration of ‘mixed ingredients’ within local society.

Contact: (031) 564 0415


Address: 41 Mackeurtan Avenue, Durban North,

Durban, KZN

#15 Joop’s Place

Situated in trendy Morningside, this bistro-styled steak restaurant, established in 1993 by former Capetonians, Joop and Wendy Mol, offers a warm and welcoming ambience.

Chef-patron Joop – formerly a butcher – cooks all the meat, with special dishes like Joop’s Special or Joop’s Chicken Cacciatora.

Other highlights include: chicken/veal schnitzel, oxtail casserole, lamb-, chicken- or prawn-curry – and of course, the ‘steaks with a difference’!

Contact: (031) 312 9135


Address: Shop 14, Avonmore Centre, 9th Avenue, Durban, KZN

#16 Mo-Zam-Bik

With several equally highly rated branches spread between KZN and Gauteng, this restaurant serves mouth-watering Mozambique-Portuguese food. At Mo-Zam-Bik, guests can njoy rich meat and seafood dishes alike.

Highlights are chicken livers, trinchado beef and grilled calamari.

Contact: (031) 303 2135


Address: 198C Florida Road, Windermere, Berea, KZN

#17 Vasco’s Restaurant

Offering a wide selection of foods, Vasco’s Restaurant lies within the upmarket Hilton Durban, well-known for its classy accommodation and entertainment. In keeping with this trend, Vasco’s is a new restaurant with a look, feel and menu, unique to Durban.

They are a buffet restaurant, with an a la carte menu. You will feel at home, particularly when seated in the comfortable embrace of this African-influenced space.

Contact: (031) 336 8100


Address: Hilton Durban, 12 – 14 Walnut Road, Durban, KZN

#18 El Toro

This lively tapas and tequila eatery offers classic Mexican food with an inventive twist.

There are great tapas, burritos, tacos, nachos, paella and more to be enjoyed from its spicy menu, but there is also plainer food for those who can’t take the bite.

Contact: (031) 564 3015


Address: 5 Mackeurtan Avenue, Durban North, KZN

#19 Big Easy Durban by Ernie Els

At Big Easy Winebar and Grill Durban, it’s all about great events, warm hospitality, a fun, relaxed environment and, of course, great food to boot.

Named after world-class golfer, Ernie Els – who is fondly known as ‘Big Easy’ – the restaurant is inspired by all the things Ernie Els looks for in a restaurant, particularly after his extensive global travels.

Contact: (031) 336 8166


Address: 12-14 Walnut Road, Durban Central, Durban, KZN

#20 Capsicum

This popular Durban eatery is situated within the rather historic Britannia Hotel, and is famed for its authentic Durban curries and bunny chows.

Contact: (031) 303 2417

Website: none

Address: Britannia Hotel, 1299 Umgeni Road, Durban Central, KZN

These are just a small, but good selection of some of Durban’s best eat-out spots.

Top 20 Durban activities 2017.

Durban is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s most popular cities. With its vibrancy, balmy, tropical climate, glorious beaches and warm Indian Ocean waters perfect for swimming in,it’s hard not to be drawn to this coastal-lying city.

Here are some great activities to enjoy when visiting Durban in 2017:

#1 Browse Shongweni Farmers & Craft Market

Every Saturday morning (from 6:00 am till 11:30 am), you can enjoy exploring this exciting, yet relaxed market, just a short drive outside Durban. Browse a wide variety food, jewellery, drinks, keepsakes and more.

You are even allowed to bring your pooch (provided you bring a bag and leash!) and with a child-friendly play area, it is perfect for a fun morning out at the market.

Contact: (031) 777 4686


Address: Lot 457, MR551, Shongweni, Hillcrest, KZN

#2 Feel ten feet tall at MiniTown

Mini Town, at Fizsimmons Snake Park, is a place where everyone can feel like a giant… at least for a day.

Established some 30 years ago, this mini city offers miniature replicas of some of Durban’s most notable landmarks, including the airport and Durban Harbour, in 1:24 scale.

Contact: (031) 337 7892


Address: 114 Snell Parade, North Beach, Durban, KZN

#3 Have a good time at Fun World Amusement Park

This beachfront amusement park offers family-friendly fun and entertainment, with offerings such as: a scenic cable car, awesome rides for young and old to enjoy, carnival lights, music and of course, great entertainment to keep everyone well-occupied.

Contact: (031) 332 9776


Address: 73 O R Tambo Parade, South Beach, Durban, KZN

#4 Enjoy a romantic gondola ride with Zulumoon Gondolas

Be transported to Venice and experience a unique gondola ride around Durban Point Waterfront Canal.

Options include: day or night rides, as well as mysterious Venetian-masked rides and even oh-so-romantic picnic rides too!

Contact: (084) 730 8784


Address: Zulumoon Gondolas, 39 Timeball Boulevard, Point, Durban, KZN

#5 Take to the sky at Moses Mabhida Stadium

Enjoy an unrivalled, 360 degree tour of Durban when you hitch a two-minute ride in Moses Mabhida Stadium’s Sky Car. Through this, you will get to experience the stadium’s famous arch up-close-and-personal.

Visitors are also able to enjoy a stadium tour and/or quickly step out onto the pitch as well.

Contact: (031) 582 8242


Address: 44 Isaiah Ntshangase Road (Walter Gilbert), Durban, KZN

#6 Dive into uShaka Marine World

uShaka is definitely one of Durban’s biggest holiday attractions. This marine theme park offers a treasure trove of activities and attractions, day or night.

These include everything from: Sea World, Wet ‘n Wild, Dangerous Creatures, Kids World and uShaka Beach, right down to the night-time festivities of Village Walk.

Contact: (031) 328 8000


Address: 1 King Shaka Avenue, Point, Durban, KZN

#7 Get active at Southern Rock

Southern Rock is Durban’s sole climbing venue. It’s a world-class facility for amateur and advanced climbers to hone their climbing skills.

Here, young and old can get the best advice and quality climbing gear, and enjoy some quality climbing within this fine indoor space.

Contact: (031) 705 3842


Address: 5 Valley View Road, Falcon Industrial Park, New Germany, KZN

#8 Devour a Bunny Chow like a Durbanite

No visit to Durban is official without trying one of the delicious bunny chows (basically half a loaf of hollowed out bread with rich curry sauce inside)… and one of the absolute best places to sample one is at the award-winning Bunny Hugging.

They serve some 30,000 people a month, and are open 24 hours a day. Try their signature medium or hot mutton bunny chow.

Contact: (031) 537 3997


Address: 4 Sipho Sethy Rd, Mt Edgecombe, Durban

#9 Surfs up at Wavehouse

Wavehouse is the coolest place for the family to enjoy some fun together. Try the skate park designed by 10-time world skating champ, Tony Hawk; tackle the double-point break standing wave, the D-Rex – or head to the two-beach break Flow Riders, suitable for everyone.

There are is also a restaurant and bars on-site for visitors to enjoy.

Contact: (031) 584 9400


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

#10 Monkey around at Mitchell Park Zoo

Durban’s solitary zoo, Mitchell Park Zoo, offers a host of animals, reptiles and birds for visitors to see. These include: crocodiles, buck, raccoons, cranes, wallabies, monkeys and more – as well as a walk-through aviary, filled with all kinds of beautiful birds.

There’s also a sand-filled playground for small kids, with jungle gyms, swings, slides and other play equipment. Also, enjoy a meal or tea at the Blue Zoo tea garden, located amid the trees and flowers.

Contact: (031) 303 2275


Address: 10 Ferndale Rd, Morningside, Durban

Christine Marot

#11 Visit Durban’s KZNSA Gallery

Located on a street corner, the KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts (or KZNSA) offers a range of installations and performance arts events, which emerge from its gallery space.

However, the fun doesn’t stop there, for you can enjoy browsing a shop filled with unique, hand-made goods, clothing, toys and more, as well as dining outside in the sunshine at the outdoor café.

Contact: (031) 202 3686


Address: 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban, KZN

#12 Walk along Wilson’s Wharf

Situated on Durban’s Victoria embankment, Wilson’s Wharf is a combination of fun, food, shows and crafts, which revolve around the boating marina and working slipways, found between Yacht Mole and Sugar Terminal.

Here, visitors can enjoy the great outdoors, the marine lifestyle and the trendy vibe the wharf offers, as well as experiencing performances and festivals, which occur throughout the year.

Contact: (031) 907 8792


Address: 14 – 18 Boatmans Rd, Albert Park, Durban

#13 Take in the gorgeous Golden Mile

Runs from South Beach to the Suncoast Casino in the north, the Golden Mile is a gorgeous stretch of sea and sunshiny beachfront.

Although it’s longer than a mile, it’s the ideal place for a beach jog, rollerblading session or even a cycle alongside the coastline.

Contact: none


Address: Durban, KZN

#14 Explore Umgeni River Bird Park

This bird zoo is a safe haven for our feathered friends and contains some 700 birds, with almost 200 different species from across the globe. One of the Park’s main highlights is the free-flight bird show.

The Bird Park also offers The Cockatoo Café, a lovely tea garden situated within the Bird Park, which happily overlooks an awesome, 20metre-high waterfall.

Contact: (031) 579 4600


Address: 490 Riverside Road, Durban North, KZN

#15 Visit the Southern Hemisphere’s oldest mosque

Juma Masjid Mosque, aka the ‘Mosque of the Congregation’, is not only Durban’s first mosque, but it is also the largest and oldest mosque in the entire Southern Hemisphere! It can fit some 6,000 worshippers inside at any given time.

Aside from its history and pure geometric beauty, it is a sacred place. As such, out of respect, visitors are expected to dress decently when visiting and to remove their shoes before entering the mosque.

Contact: (031) 304 1518


Address: Corner of Denis Hurley (old Grey) Street and Dr. Yusuf Dadoo (old Queen) Street, Durban, KZN

#16 Tour Durban Natural Science Museum

The Durban Natural Science Museum, found within Durban City Hall, is a fascinating place, with spectacular wildlife displays, realistic illustrations of habitat groups (or dioramas).

It includes some pretty unique museum exhibitions, including the mummy of Peten-Amena, an Egptian who lived some 2300-odd years ago, an almost complete Dodo skeleton and even a life-sized T-Rex.

Contact: (031) 311 2256


Address: City Hall, 234 Anton Lembede Street, Durban Central, KZN

#17 Delve into the Durban Botanical Gardens

Founded in 1851, the botanical gardens are Durban’s oldest institution, as well as Africa’s oldest surviving botanical gardens.

Aside from a wide variety of rare cycads, palms and many other indigenous plants, the gardens also include the popular Orchid House. They also play host to a range of local events.

Contact: (031) 322 4000


Address: 70 St Thomas Road, Musgrave, Durban, KZN

#18 Head into the jungle at Beachwood Mangrove Nature Reserve

Containing three rare mangrove species – red, black and white – Durban’s amazing Beachwood Mangroves are also a National Monument.

Stroll about the Reserve’s sturdy wooden walkways, exploring these glorious mangroves – and if you’re lucky, you may even catch glimpses of the wonderful animal life, like mudskippers, fiddler crabs and rare kingfishers to name only a few.

Contact: (082) 559 2839


Address: Riverside Road, Durban, KZN

#19 Utilise the epic Durban Beachfront Skate Park

Haul out your roller blades, MBX bikes and skateboards and head to Durban’s epic skate park.

The arena is located in the Military Museum and it’s the ultimate place for wheel enthusiasts.There is also a cool skate shop nearby.

Contact: (031) 3327433

Website: none

Address: Durban Beachfront, Durban, KZN

#20 Stroll about the iconic Umhlanga Pier

Finally, saving perhaps the best for last, you have to make a stop at the iconic Umhlanga Pier. Popular among Instagrammers and photographers, this beautiful pier is most striking, particularly at sunset.

With its whalebone skeleton structure, it provides immense aesthetic appeal, in addition to performing the important function of helping disperse excess storm water into the sea, as an extension of an underground culvert.

Contact: none

Website: none

Address: Whlae Bone Pier, Umhlanga, KZN

These are just some of the great activities you can enjoy in and around the glorious South African city of Durban in 2017.