Mwanza is a pretty port city on the southern shores of Lake Victoria. Encircled by green hills and famed for its unique rock formations, this Tanzanian city is filled with colonial buildings, bustling shops and a host of great restaurants too!
#1 DomoDomo, Hotel Tilapia
This terrace restaurant is the main one out of three eateries at Hotel Tilapia. It serves a selection of delicious continental dishes, from Indian, Thai and African cuisines.
Enjoy a meal out on the terrace, overlooking the beautiful Mwanza harbour, or order room service up until 11:00pm.
Contact: (255) 28 2500617
Address: DomoDomo, Hotel Tilapia, Capri Point Road, Mwanza, Tanzania
#2 Ryan’s Bay Hotel Restaurant
Found in the heart of the city, this airy, yet elegant restaurant is a relatively new addition to Mwanza. It offers a spacious eating area, with superb views of the lake.
In particular, hotel guests and visitors can enjoy hearty breakfasts, although the restaurant is happily also open till late so you can enjoy delicious meals any time of day (or night…).
Contact: (255) 28 254 2347
Address: Ryan’s Bay Hotel, Station Road, Mwanza, Tanzania
#3 Kuleana Pizzeria
If you’re looking for a relaxed eatery, with snack-style food and tasty pizzas, then head to Kuleana Pizzeria. It’s a cosy, basically decorated outdoor spot, frequented by locals and tourists, with a good feel of the city.
Contact: (255) 765 002 025
Address: Kuleana Pizzeria, Post Street, Mwanza, Tanzania
#4 Malaika Beach Resort Restaurant
This hotel restaurant lies on the edge of Lake Victoria. It’s blessed with absolutely stunning views and offers a host of different meal options for guests to choose from, like samosas, chicken and lentil dishes and more.
It’s recommendable for lunch or dinner, for couples, friends or business travellers.
Contact: (255) 28 256 1111
Address: Malaika Beach Resort, Mwanza, Tanzania
#5 The Cask Bar & Grill
This is a good spot for food and fun. The Cask Bar & Grill is quite a new addition to Mwanza’s foodie scene but it’s already a popular local restaurant, with some hailing it as the best place in town for a good time.
Here you can enjoy good food, drinks and music, along with pleasant company and service.
This oriental restaurant, found on the water’s edge and overlooking Bismarck Rock, is a great place to enjoy a relaxed, yet flavoursome meal.
It can get pretty busy indoors, so opt for an outside table if possible. Especially as it’s a prime location for watching the sun set.
Address: Yun Long Chinese Restaurant, Nasser Road, Mwanza, Tanzania
#7 Tunza Lodge Restaurant
With a varied menu and well-stocked bar, Tunza Lodge Restaurant is a patch of paradise alongside Lake Victoria. It’s a particularly good place to head for a drink and a meal after a long day.
Contact: (255) 689 305 051
Address: Tunza Lodge Restaurant, Tunza Lodge, Mwanza, Tanzania
#8 Salma Cone
This barbeque restaurant offers a few delights, like ice-cream and juices, but it’s the slow-cooked meals that will have you coming back for more. It’s a value-for-money eatery without any of the fuss.
So while it’s not a fancy restaurant by any means, it offers a cool vibe, incorporating the spirit of Mwanza.
Address: Salma Cone, Bantu Street, Mwanza, Tanzania
#9 Wag Hill Restaurant & Cafeteria
Found atop a building in the city centre, this restaurant provides guests with cool views, good food and a pleasant dining ambiance too.
Enjoy the likes of fish and chips or chicken biriyani, as you soak up the city views in this peaceful setting.
Contact: (255) 768 110 052
Address: Wag Hill Restaurant & Cafeteria, Nyanguge Road, Mwanza, Tanzania
#10 New Mwanza Hotel Restaurant
With a 24-hour coffee shop and a multi-cuisine restaurant, New Mwanza Hotel is well-equipped to cater to all your food needs. The restaurant serves everything from continental to Swahili and Indian or Chinese dishes, so you’re not lacking when it comes to options.
The focus is on quality presentation, taste and healthiness and the food is complemented by a well-stocked bar.
Contact: (255) 282 521 070
Address: New Mwanza Hotel, Mwanza, Tanzania
This restaurant is the Mwanza Yacht Club’s restaurant. It serves a nice selection of BBQ and seafood cuisine, with sit-down or takeaway options available.
If you’re a non-member, you might need to pay a guest entrance fee but you’re most welcome to use the restaurant area’s facilities once you’ve done so.
Contact: (255) 787 497 109
Address: Mwanza Yacht Club, Mwanza, Tanzania
#12 Hally’s Food
Serving as the first online bakery and restaurant in Tanzania, Hally’s Food is certainly a pioneering restaurant venture. It’s a multi-cuisine restaurant, which sources its goods from local, fresh organic suppliers at the Tanzanian Market.
They also deliver a range of fresh bites, including white and brown bread, buns, cakes and more.
Contact: (255) 785 389 393
Address: Mwanza, Tanzania
These are just some good restaurants you can enjoy in Mwanza during 2017.
Egypt’s capital, Cairo, is a sprawling, beautiful city on the edge of the Nile. It is filled with history, ancient mummies and so much more. What’s more, it offers a host of great activities and places to explore.
These are some of the top activities to enjoy in Cairo during 2017:
#1 Experience the wonder of Pyramids of Giza
Set aside a good amount of time and explore the hidden wonders of the Pyramids of Giza. If you’re afraid of narrow walkways, stick to soaking up the outside views. But be advised that it’s worth splurging a bit to experience the Great Pyramid from within…
Either way, it’s a life-changing experience for anyone to see the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World in person.
Address: Pyramids of Giza, Al Haram, Nazlet El-Semman, Al Haram, Giza Governorate, Egypt
#2 Visit the amazing Al-Azhar Mosque
While Cairo offers a wealth of historic mosques to visit, Al-Azhar Mosque is in a league of its own. It’s also one of the most important in the history of Islam.
Along with its namesake, Al-Azhar University, it allows students from across the globe to immerse themselves in the history of Islam and the Koran’s different schools of thought. (Note: Visitors must respect proper dress codes.)
It’s one of the world’s most beautiful mosques, serving as something of an architectural marvel too – so be sure to pay it a visit.
#3 Navigate the streets of Old Cairo (Coptic Cairo)
If you’re fascinated by Egypt’s ancient history, then you’ve got to explore Old Cairo! Here, you will find many shops, restaurants and historic buildings, which supply some amazing architecture. (Note: Visitors must respect proper dress codes.) The Coptic culture itself also makes for an intriguing cultural history lesson.
Address: Old Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
#4 Pay a visit to Cairo Citadel
Found at the top of the city, The Citadel is a massive stone fortress built in the 12th century by Salah ad-Din. Some 700 years later, the Mosque of Mohammed was added to it.
The Citadel offers an invaluable glance into Cairo (and Egypt’s history) and once again, is an impressive architectural wonder. Visit both the Egyptian Military Museum and the beautifully designed Muhammad Ali Mosque, while enjoying stunning city views. (Note: Visitors must respect proper dress codes.)
Contact: (202) 2512 1735
Address: Cairo Citadel, Al Abageyah, Qesm Al Khalifah، Cairo Governorate,
#5 Dine in Zamalek
For keen foodies, the small island of Zamalek is the place to go to experience a wonderful range of dynamic cuisines. Especially as it is home to some of Egypt’s best restaurants, with new restaurant openings every year.
You will find everything from pizza to Belgian chocolate on this food-centric island.
Address: Zamalek, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
#6 Pass some time at Al-Azhar Park
When in Cairo, this public park is a wonderful place to enjoy some fresh air and relaxation.
It provides exotic settings, lovely cafés and restaurants, as well as glorious outdoor spaces. It’s also perfect for private functions, which, by arrangement, can be hosted here.
Contact: (202) 2510 3868
Address: Al-Azhar Park, Salah Salem St, El-Darb El-Ahmar, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
#7 Visit the historic Nilometer on Rhoda Island
This historic site is one that’s sadly often overlooked by visitors. Yet, it is one of the oldest structures in Cairo. Once, the Nilometer was uniquely used to measure the flood levels of the Nile River, giving it special importance.
While it’s no longer functional today, this interesting structure, found on the lower end of Rhoda Island, is certainly worth a visit – as is its beautiful pointed dome.
Address: Rhoda Island, Egypt
#8 Explore the Giza Solar Boat Museum
In the time of ancient Egypt, Egyptians used to bury a solar barge near the tomb of their ruler, believing that their Pharaoh needed transportation into the afterlife.
In 1954, remnants of a cedar-wood barge were discovered in the five pits, near the Great Pyramid of Khufu. The barge was carefully restored and its 1200 wooden pieces set out on display in the glass Solar Boat Museum. Today, it’s a fun and fascinating place to visit.
Address: The Solar Boat Museum, Giza, Egypt
#9 Enjoy a camel ride in Cairo
Children and adults alike will delight in the camel (or horse) rides around Giza pyramids. Enjoy a two-hour outing on your choice of ride, with bottled drinking water and glorious sights included in the deal!
Contact: (202) 357 160 50
Address: Giza, Egypt
#10 Experience a felucca boat ride on the Nile
If you wish to experience the Nile River up close and personal, in an authentic sailboat, then a trip out on a felucca is just the thing for you!
Perfect for catching a cool breeze or soaking up a sunset, felucca rides are romantic and fun affairs for everyone, even tiny tots.
Formerly a small Zaramo fishing village, found along Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coastline, Dar es Salaam has grown into a major port city – and today, this thriving East African city is home to some great restaurants.
Here are some of the top restaurants to try in Dar es Salaam during 2017:
#1 Addis in Dar
As Tanzania’s longest-standing and most famed Ethiopian restaurant, Addis in Dar needs little introduction. With a traditional, soothing restaurant atmosphere, it provides guests with an exotic array of top culinary treasures.
Tuck into authentic cuisine (including vegetarian and vegan options), as you dine beneath the stars, sharing plates with loved ones at your traditional, woven Mesob table.
Contact: +255 (0713) 266 299
Address: Addis in Dar, 35 Ursino Street, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
#2 Mamboz Corner BBQ
Serving a variety of mouth-watering dishes – like Khalifa Chicken Rottiserie or Zanzibari pizza – this restaurant is big on all things barbeque. Here, guests can enjoy delicious fare and street food-style delicacies cooked to (slow) perfection.
Meals get cooked out in on the street, where you can sit on simple plastic tables and chairs, enjoying a front-row view of the lively street corner, as you watch your food cooking… It provides an all-round great food experience!
Contact: +255 (0784) 243 735
Address: Mamboz Corner BBQ, Corner of Morogoro Road and Libya Street, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
#3 305 Karafuu
Tucked away in the Swahili suburb of Kinodoni, this cozy, rustic bistro-style restaurant offers a mix of culinary dishes to satisfy every palate – with everything from grilled tuna, salad nicoise and lobster thermidor being served here.
There’s also great music on offer, with everything from jazz and classics getting played. This creates a unique dining atmosphere. Space is limited and it’s highly rated, so please call ahead to book.
Contact: +255 (0754) 277 188
Address: Plot 305, Karafuu Street, Kinondoni, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
#4 Chef’s Pride
With a long history, this popular breakfast-and-brunch restaurant offers some of the best food you’ll find in Dar es Salaam.
It provides affordable options, giving you a true taste of Tanzania. Enjoy delicacies like chicken breyani or coconut-crusted fish, as you eat in a simple but good space.
Contact: +255 (0754) 657 364
Address: Chef’s Pride, Chagga Street, Mchafukoge, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
#5 Épi d’Or Cake Bakery and Restaurant
This long-standing, colourful café bakery and restaurant offers great service in conjunction with magical-looking sweet treats, fresh food (including Lebanese and continental) and a peaceful atmosphere. The focus here is on high quality goods and delicious meals – and it shows!
With both indoor and outdoor seating, Épi d’ Or provides diners with lovely seating options too. Bring the family along to this child-friendly restaurant, which has a beautiful garden space and wonderful outdoor jungle gym for kids to enjoy.
Contact: +255 (0786) 669 889
Address: Epi d’ Or, 520 Haile Selasie Road, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
#6 The Waterfront Sunset Restaurant and Beach Bar
Offering a beautiful beachside location, The Waterfront Sunset Restaurant and Beach Bar is stunning in a rustic kind of way. The seafood and fish-orientated food is excellent and so are the views.
Enjoy a gorgeous sunset, as you sip a cold drink, at this family-friendly eatery.
Address: The Waterfront Sunset Restaurant, Slipway Road, Msasani Peninsula, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
#7 Chapan Bhog
If you’re looking for tasty Indian-style food and crunchy snacks, Chapan Bhog will become your go-to spot in Dar es Salaam. They serve full Desi food (and takeaway snacks) in a cheerful and bright space, which looks beautiful at night, lit up with fairy lights.
Using the freshest and best ingredients – sourced all the way from India – Chapan Bhog provides visitors with a great choice of food. Enjoy a mix of traditional and new-age Desi food as you savour the taste of India in Tanzania!
Contact: +255 (0685) 401 417
Address: Chapan Bhog, Kisutu Street, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
#8 Ristorante Bella Napoli
Self-proclaimed as the best Italian restaurant in Dar es Salaam, Ristorante Bella Napoli offers oh-so-good Italian cuisine and marvellous pastries and cakes in a tranquil setting. They are also wonderfully child-friendly, with play areas, a gorgeous garden and facilities for hosting children’s parties too.
When the hunger pangs strike, head to this delightful Dar es Salaam restaurant for authentic Italian fare.
Contact: +255 (0222) 600 326
Address: Ristorante Bella Napoli, 530 Haile Selassie Road, Masaki, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
#9 Terrace Restaurant
This ultra-chic restaurant and bar has established itself as a food force to be reckoned with – in a very short stretch of time, too! It ensures fine dining perfection and outstanding views. Here, visitors can enjoy creative contemporary cuisine, including delicious seafood.
And if you’ve a special occasion to celebrate, The Terrace at Slipway is available for private function hire.
Contact: +255 (0755) 706 838
Address: Terrace Restaurant, Slipway, Msasani Peninsula, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
As Tanzania’s only revolving restaurant, Akemi offers a truly unique experience in plush, modern surroundings. With breath-taking views out across the city, it provides guests with all they could want – especially since the menu offers a variety of dishes.
On Sundays, you can enjoy the popular brunch with friends and family. Tuck into great food from the grand buffet, with vibey live music as your backdrop. There’s also unlimited sparkling wine, bloody marys and mimosas available from the bar.
Contact: +255 (0687) 360 360
Address: Akemi, 21st Floor, Golden Jubilee Towers, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
#11 Zuane Restaurant
This awesome trattoria and pizzeria is an authentic Italian restaurant, found in the Dar es Salaam peninsula. Set in a beautiful villa (with a balcony) and surrounded by beautiful gardens (equipped with a playground), this restaurant offers a great family option.
The menu supplies home-style, genuine food, pizza and even a selection of Italian wines and drinks too. At this trendy spot, service is good and the atmosphere is a warm one.
Contact: +255 (0766) 679 600
Address: Zuane Restaurant, Mzingaway Road, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
#12 Patel Brotherhood
Also known as Patel Samaj, this evening food spot is especially popular among Indian families. It offers excellent, value-for-money Indian cuisine. There is both veg- and non-vegetarian available, meaning everyone’s catered for.
Service can take longer during the peak time, but it’s a great way to soak up the relaxed, buzzing atmosphere of this open-air restaurant. It’s the perfect place for a catch-up with friends and family.
Contact: +255 (0222) 212 7440
Address: Patel Brotherhood, opposite Holiday Inn, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
These are just some of the most popular eateries you can enjoy in Dar es Salaam in 2017!
Pretoria, or Tshwane as it’s called by some, is South Africa’s beautiful Jacaranda City. Aside from being our administrative capital in South Africa, it’s a city of great fun and adventure, blended together with a healthy dose of history and timeless grandeur.
These are some of the best activities to enjoy in and around Pretoria in 2017:
#1 Experience a cool Market @ the Sheds
If you’re after great food, art and design and above all, people, then this inner city market is just for you. Head to the market to experience Pretoria’s true colours.
Taking place (usually) on the last Saturday of every month – except when it changes to accommodate holidays and long weekends – the Market at the Sheds offers awesome socialness, quirky shopping, live music and a wide assortment of gourmet street food and drinks, including craft beer, cocktails and fine wines. On the music front, you can enjoy everything from blues to Afro-soul.
Address: Market @ the Sheds, 381 Helen Joseph Street, Pretoria, Gauteng
#2 Visit Wonderboom Nature Reserve
Situated in the northern part of the city, straddling the Magaliesberg Mountains, Wonderboom Nature Reserve is a wonderful, 200-hectare reserve, famous for its giant wild fig, known as ‘Wonderboom’. The tree is over a thousand years old and legend has it, that it grows over the final resting place of an indigenous tribe’s chieftain.
Although the tree has reduced somewhat in size over the years, it has provided new growth, ensuring a circle of surrounding trees. The reserve is also home to some adorable rock hyraxes (or dassies), which sadly feed the nearby black eagles who circle the reserve.
Explore the mini forest with the interpretation trail and lovely boardwalk and then enjoy a picnic at the reserve’s good facilities.
Immerse yourself in a world of individual treasures at Duncan Yard. It’s a place that allows you to be yourself as you enjoy an art-meets-culture experience.
Duncan Yard offers a host of shops and facilities, like Beautiful Beginnings Salon, Cherryamber, Hidden Jewel, Papas – Real Food and many more. It allows shoppers to enjoy both creative shopping and delicious eats in a unique environment.
Although it is the home ground for the Blue Bulls rugby franchise, this stadium has hosted many important matches, including the one between England and South Africa on 4 June 1994. It has also successfully hosted games during 1995 Rugby World Cup and again, for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, carefully joining the world of South African rugby and soccer.
Loftus is named after Robert Owen Loftus Versfeld, local founder of organised sport in the Pretoria area. Although it started out as a humble ground, today, it can easily seat about 50,000 people.
So head to the heart of local rugby and enjoy a wonderful local or international match at this historic ground.
This indoor rock climbing gym and training facility in Pretoria East is ideal for you, whether you’re a beginner or an expert climber. Here, there is personalised training on offer, and it’s also a great venue for hosting birthdays and corporate team building exercises.
As well as providing some excellent 450m and 100m walks, there is also gear available for hire and purchase at the Climbing Barn.
Learn to climb or test your skills in a relaxed environment, with professional, qualified staff on-hand to assist where and when necessary.
With a long history, this reserve has seen many changes over the years but, in 1994, it became the Department of Nature Conservation’s baby and they slowly but surely began to release game, like kudu, blue wildebeest, ostrich and even giraffe back into the reserve.
Outside of the amazing game and rich bird life, Groenkloof offers a host of wonderful nature activities. These include: hiking and horse trails, mountain biking, picnicking and more. There are also overnight facilities (which you can book via email) and a Bamber Youth Camp.
Lose yourself in a world of beauty and untouched fauna and flora at Groenkloof Nature Reserve.
This foodie market takes place every Saturday, from 8am – 2pm, in Menlo Park. It’s well-loved for its delicious food and drinks, as well as for its harmonious atmosphere, which allows both parents and children to relax and enjoy themselves on a fun, family day out.
Here, you will find some of Pretoria’s finest fresh products, sold straight from the producers, at this authentic food market in the heart of Pretoria’s Old East. There are benches scattered around and an awesome jungle gym and jumping castle to make use of, too.
Contact: (078) 593 7716
Address: Hazel Food Market, Thomas Edison Street, Menlo Park, Pretoria, Gauteng
#8 Experience riveting Rietvlei Nature Reserve
Found outside of the city centre, this 3800-hectare reserve surrounds the beautiful Rietvlei Dam, which provides some 15% of Pretoria’s population with water.
The reserve is home to endangered Bankenveld grassland and some 2000-odd animals, which include: cheetah, buffalo, white rhino and a host of buck species to name just a few. There is also great bird life here, which can be enjoyed at the two reserve’s two dams in particular.
Visitors can enjoy freshwater fishing, non-motorised water sports, as well as two-day hiking trips, horse trails and guided game drives (although visitors must provide their own vehicles and advance booking is essential).
You can also camp overnight in the park at the Rietvlei campsite (advance bookings are a must though).
Contact: (012) 358 1812
Address: Rietvlei Nature Reserve, 14 Game Reserve Ave, Pretoria
#9 Explore Pretoria Botanical Gardens
Only one of nine South African National Botanical Gardens, Pretoria Botanical Gardens are a 76-hectare oasis of beauty and natural flora.
The Garden is divided into two sections by a 35-metre high quartzite outcrop, although a paved nature trail provides easy access to both varied sections.
You will find many plants exclusive to South Africa, as well as an amazing wealth of flowering plant and tree species respectively. It makes for an engaging day out, particularly for nature lovers.
Amid the foothills of the Moreleta Kloof, one finds an exquisite natural gem in Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve.
This 100-hectare reserve is home to various game, including springbok, zebra, blesnok, duiker and ostrich, as well as an abundance of birdlife. Walking routes have been clearly marked out. Routes vary in length from 1.5 to 3.6km.
The reserve is open daily and entry is free of charge but dogs and bikes are not allowed.
One of South Africa’s most important and recognisable heritage landmarks, the Union Buildings were designed by Sir Herbert Baker in 1910 to commemorate the Union of South Africa.
The 285-metre-long sandstone building offers amazing gardens and panoramic gardens and has consistently served as the background to many pivotal occasions in South Africa.
Although visitors cannot enter the buildings themselves, they are free to explore the terraced gardens, which offer wonderful views out over the city. They’re the perfect place for a picnic or wedding photo shoot and also offer a venue for local concerts and festivals.
Contact: (012) 300 5200
Address: Union Buildings, Government Avenue, Elandspoort, Pretoria, Gauteng
#13 Visit Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre
Established in 1971, this wonderful conservation project performs a vital role in both the conservation and protection of cheetahs. To date, it has bred over 800 cubs, and that tally is still climbing.
Visitors can enjoy educational tours around the centre. These include three-hour guided or private tours, as well as the popular feeding tour. This involves an informational and educational round trip, as the team feed the resident cheetahs, wild dogs and other animals.
Contact: (012) 5049906/7
Address: Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre, Pretoria, Gauteng
#14 National Zoological Gardens
This 85-hectare zoo is not only the largest in our country but it’s also the only one with national status.
It is home to some 3117 specimens, made up of mammals, birds, fish, reptile and others. Over 600,000 people visit this zoo annually and the length of its excellent walkways is 6km in distance.
The zoo is also home to an aquarium, which is the largest inland marine aquarium in SA, and a reptile park.
Contact: (012) 339 2700
Address: National Zoological Gardens, 232 Boom Street, Daspoort, Pretoria, Gauteng
#15 Celebrate history and heritage at Freedom Park
Celebrating South Africa’s heritage, Freedom Park is a centre of knowledge, which strives to tell South Africa’s story as accurately and well as possible.
This national and international site celebrates liberty, diversity and human rights, serving as a cultural institution. It houses a museum and memorial and provides wonderful insight into our country.
If you would like to book a tour, you can email or fill out the online booking form.
Contact: (012) 336 4000
Address: Freedom Park, Koch Street & 7th Avenue, Salvokop, Pretoria, Gauteng
#16 Pay a visit to Sammy Marks House
So-called Randlords Sammy Marks built up his wealth through great business enterprises over the years. This resulted in Zwartkoppies Hall, which, in his will, his declared should be preserved and turned into a museum.
Today visitors can pay to enjoy seeing the wealth and splendour of the mansion’s 48 rooms. Highlights include the billiards room, huge kitchen, well-stocked library and much more. The vast gardens are also a delight, with guided tours available of the house and surrounding estate.
Contact: (012) 755 9541
Address: Sammy Marks House, Bronkhorstspruit Road, Savannah Country Estate, Pretoria, Gauteng
#17 Experience Colin’s Horseback Africa and Walking with Lions
This family lodge offers both horse riding safaris in the African bush, as well as amazing lion tours and other holiday fun!
Visitors can choose to go on a horse ride safari or else, join in on a morning or afternoon lion tour. Observe lions in their natural habitat or saddle up and navigate your way through the bush with this dedicated, capable horse riding family.
Contact: (012) 735 9909
Address: Colin’s Horseback Africa and Walking with Lions, De Tweedespruit gavel, Tourist route 4, Sand Road, Pretoria, Gauteng
#18 Make feathered friends at Bester Birds and Animals
This small zoo in the heart of Pretoria East suburbia is a family-run zoo, which focusses on the community and its families.
Currently they are renovating the zoo to improve the cages so while, you can still visit, some cages will be empty… the good news is, kids can explore these and see life through the bird’s eye view.
Contact: (012) 807 4192
Address: Bester Birds and Animals, Simon Vermooten Road, Pretoria, Gauteng
#19 Head on over to The Big Red Barn
Offering all kinds of delights, this antique hay barn looks out over expansive fields, grasslands and the Kaal River. There is a lot of fun to be had here, with the Cycle Park, Acrobranch and Olifants Café just some of the main highlights to be enjoyed.
Olifants Café serves delicious countryside eats, perfect for curing post-exercise hunger pangs. Enjoy a fun day out for the whole family that this cool spot.
Contact: (072) 617 7667
Address: The Big Red Barn, 7 Nelson Road, Olifantsfontein, Pretoria, Gauteng
#20 Pay a visit to Rosemary Hill
Situated in a beautiful farmland, this charming, family-run coffee shop works closely with The Waldorf School to both educate and grow the minds of children and maintain organic farming practices too.
They offer delicious breakfasts, scones, cakes, light meals and even morning, afternoon or evening high teas. They are able to host beautiful functions, like birthday parties and farm weddings.
Contact: (012) 802 0052
Address: Rosemary Hill, 257 R964, Pretoria, Gauteng
These are just a few of so many wonderful reasons to visit Pretoria and enjoy all it has to offer!
Whether you know and love it for its beautiful beaches, friendly people or game, P-E is a worthy travel destination – particularly with the host of wonderful adventures, which lie in store in the Windy City!
Here are some of the top activities to enjoy in P-E during 2017:
#1 Stroll along Sardinia Bay Beach
This popular beach lies between Schoenmakerskop and Seaview. It offers unspoilt coastline, making it perfect for beach strolls and great picnics.
Fishing is not allowed, as the coast has been declared a marine reserve, but scuba-diving and snorkelling are extremely popular here so gear up!
Contact: (041) 582 2575
Address: Sardinia Bay Beach, Sardinia Bay, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
#2 See the ellies at Addo Elephant National Park
Forming part of SANParks, Addo is home to the Big 7, in particular African elephants, which make the park so famous.
It has become a conservation spot for a range of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora. It’s one of South Africa’s most wonderful game parks, so it’s definitely worth setting ample time aside for!
Contact: (012) 428 9111
Address: Addo Elephant National Park, R355, Paterson Road, Addo, Eastern Cape
#3 Shamwari Game Reserve: where the wild things are
This special place is the pride of the Eastern Cape, and is also one of South Africa’s most successful private conservation initiatives.
There are wonderful animals, including lions, elephants, leopards and more to see here, as you make memories sure to last for a lifetime…
Contact: (042) 203 1111
Address: Shamwari Game Reserve, R342, Paterson, Eastern Cape
#4 Get in touch with nature at Kragga Kamma Game farm
Kragga Kamma is home to wonderful herds of African game – among them, White Rhino, Buffalo, Nyala, Bontebok and Cheetah – making it a great, animal-friendly park for guests to explore.
You can do self-driven trip or opt for a 2-hour-long guided tour, which will provide interesting insight and information.
Contact: (041) 379 4195
Address: Kragga Kamma Road, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
#5 Zip through the sky with Adrenaline Addo Adventure Centre
Offering a host of fun outdoor activities for the adrenaline junkies among us, this centre is a great place to head if you wish to feel the rush!
With the highest and fastest double zip line in SA; a giant swing; and awesome canoeing along Sundays River, it’s sure to get your blood racing.
If you’re after a fun day for the kiddies, then Holmeleigh Farmyard is the place to go! This little farm has a big heart, and offers wonderful kids’ activities, delicious eats and awesome farm animals.
Let your little ones play with the bunnies or have a round on the jumping castle, while you enjoy some tea or coffee and farm-fresh bakes…
Contact: (041) 379 2901
Address: Holmeleigh Farmyard, Grey Dawn Road, Kragga Kamma, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
#7 Discover Cape Recife Nature Reserve
This 366-hectare area is undoubtedly one of Port Elizabeth’s most beautiful natural attractions.
It offers a wealth of exciting outdoor activities, amazing beauty, accommodation options and even its own charming lighthouse too – so be sure to explore!
Contact: (041) 582 2575
Address: Cape Recife Nature Reserve, Schoenmakerskop, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
#8 Rev up your engine at AutoPavilion
AutoPavilion is a place of cars and legends… Here, visitors can come to see past and present day technology, as AutoPavilion proudly showcases the evolution of South Africa’s Volkswagen Group. This is definitely one for the petrol heads!
If you wish to stay a while, then you might want to head to Summerstrand. It’s a stylish, upmarket suburb, which lies a stone’s throw away from the beachfront.
Not only does it provide access to golden beaches, the historic side of P-E and alluringly warm waters too, but it’s also full of wonderful attractions, like the Boardwalk Casino or Summerstrand Village Shopping Centre.
Address: Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
#10 Navigate through the Island Nature Reserve
Located some 25km outside P-E, Island Nature Reserve comprises 480 hectares of indigenous Alexandria coastal forest. It is a safe haven for many diverse tree species, including the Outeniqua yellowwood and white milkwood.
The reserve also offers a plethora of fauna (including duiker, vervet monkeys and bushpigs), rich birdlife and numerous walking trails… It’s sure to delight nature enthusiasts from far and wide.
Contact: (041) 582 2575
Address: Island Nature Reserve, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
#11 Head over to The Valley Market
This artisan food market comes to life with local exhibitions and stalls. It’s made possible by the P-E community and SPAR, as they bring the greatest creativity and quality to mind.
The market happens on the first Saturday of every month, but there’s also the Good Night Market, which takes place during the week on the third Thursday evening of the month (usually). It’s a great way to experience P-E as you shop for tasty goodies!
Address: Old Tramways Building, Valley Road, Port Elizabeth, Baakens Valley, Eastern Cape
#12 Circle the Coastal Fynbos Trail
This amazing, 7km circular trail, which starts at Sappershoek. It offers hikers a great opportunity to explore some unique landscape and take in wild life as they go.
While the sea hosts whales during August to October and then again between April and early December, you can also keep an eye out for Cape Grysbok and mongooses, as well as the Thysbe’s Copper butterfly.
Contact: (041) 582 2575
Address: Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
#13 Pop by Grass Roof Farm Stall & Restaurant
Since its opening in 2013, this restaurant on Olive Tree Farm has become a local landmark of sorts. The pitched roof is covered in grass and wild flowers.
It promotes a healthy, organic way of eating, promising heart country fare for its visitors to enjoy.
Contact: (041) 366 2379
Address: Corner New Seaview and Heron Road, Sardinia Bay, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
#14 Hike the Sacremento Trail
This popular 8km round coastal walk takes hikers through Schoenmakerskop-Sardinia Bay Nature Reserve.
It provides a wealth of beautiful landscapes, sea scenery and seasonal wild flowers and vegetation.
It runs past the Sacramento monument towards the far end of Cannon Bay and then onto the Sacramento Tea Room. So take a few hours and explore this epic trail!
Contact: (041) 582 2575
Address: Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
#15 Visit the historic Fort Frederick
This historic stone fort, which is over two hundred years old, was built by the British forces to defend the Baakens River mouth.
It stands guard over Algoa Bay and contains real pieces of history for visitors to see with their own eyes. It is open daily from sunrise to sunset and public admission is free.
Contact: (041) 582 2575
Address: Fort Frederick, Port Elizabeth Central, Eastern Cape
#16 Unlock aviation history at South African Air Force Museum
Spread across three provinces, this aviation museum houses, restores and exhibits material related to the SA air force history.
For history buffs and aviation fans, this is an excellent place to visit, particularly as entry is free!
Contact: (041) 505 1295
Address: South African Air Force Museum, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
#17 Educate yourself at SANCCOB Port Elizabeth
This excellent marine bird rehabilitation centre lies within the Cape Recife Nature Reserve. Not only do they rehabilitate their rescued birds but they also inform and educate the public through a range of different educational programmes.
Tour the marine rehab and education centre, or experience the hospital and witness the dedicated volunteers doing their best to help save and preserve our natural environment. It makes for an inspirational trip.
Contact: (041) 583 1830
Address: Schoenmakerskop, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
#18 Catch a match at St George’s Park Cricket Stadium
Needing little introduction, this wonderful cricket ground has been hosting international matches since 1889. It’s a historic venue, known and loved across the country and world for its superb atmosphere.
It always ensures an exciting competition (rarely any dull draws here!), either for local or international matches, and provides a true sense of the Friendly City’s vibe.
Catch a match when international squads tour or support one of the local franchises. Ticket prices vary according to the match in question.
Contact: (041) 585 1646
Address: St George’s Park Cricket Stadium, Park Drive, Port Elizabeth Central, Eastern Cape
#19 Smell the flowers at Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve
Managed by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality (NMMM), this reserve consists of about 600 hectares of low-lying land, found between the Van Stadens mountain and the coastline.
There are various walking trails to enjoy and visitors can also head to the ‘Flower House’. Here, they can test their knowledge of flower species and names. It makes for a fun day out and it’s a great way to treat an avid gardener or passionate green finger.
Address: Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
#20 Face lions at Seaview Predator Park
This 120-hectare reserve is a privately owned animal park, overlooking the sea in aptly named Seaview.
You can self-drive through the park and enjoy seeing the animals roaming about or watch a public viewing of the lions daily at 12:00pm. Become part of the pride and face up to lions, tigers and other majestic beasts.
Address: Seaview Predator Park, lower Seaview Road, Seaview, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
These are just some of the wonderful experiences and awesome activities you can enjoy in South Africa’s Friendly City!
Mossel Bay may be a harbour town of note, especially with its Garden Route location. And while there are great activities and places to see here, it’s also something of a foodie haven.
Here are the top 20 Mossel Bay eateries to enjoy in 2017:
#1 Carola Anne’s
Trading under a nickname (Carola Anne) she received in Chef School when people struggled to pronounce her name, Corelie holds a business degree, making her an unlikely chef.
At Carola Anne’s, she does food for life, and is big on combining both raw and cooked food. She makes great food, which is as healthy as it is beautiful to look at. The coffee is equally good. Happily, Corelie also offers catering services too.
Contact: 044 690 3477
Address: Carola Anne’s, 12 Church Street, Mossel Bay, Western Cape
#2 Café Gannet
Known as Mossel Bay’s seafood house, Café Gannet Restaurant is acclaimed for its local seafood delicacies. With sweeping views of the Indian Ocean, it offers great meals in a trendy space. Tuck into coastal oysters, Mossel Bay sole, pizza, salads and even light lunches and meat dishes too.
Bookings are advisable due to its popularity.
Contact: (044) 6913738
Address: Café Gannet, Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex, corner of Church and Market Streeet, Mossel Bay, Western Cape
#3 Kaai 4
If you’re craving a casual, braai-orientated restaurant, then Kaai 4 is for you. Enjoy popular SA meat-dishes, like spitbraais, potjiekos options, whole fish off-the-grid and freshly baked bread.
With its harbour-fronting location, expect an informal slice of paradise at this rustic, family-friendly eatery. Kaai 4 also caters to weddings, birthdays and other special functions.
Contact: (044) 691 0056
Address: Kaai 4, Quay 4, Mossel Bay Harbour, Mossel Bay, Western Cape
#4 The Blue Shed Coffee Roastery
Considered by some to serve the best coffee in SA, The Blue Shed Coffee Roastery is a coffee lover’s haven. It’s also a local supplier to other eateries, including Kaai 4 and Sea Gypsy.
Its mission is ‘simple’: produce the perfect cup of coffee every time. It’s a wonderfully relaxing spot, where guests can unwind or book for special functions.
Those with a sweet tooth should have their coffee with the chocolate brownies, although they also offer savoury eats here.
Contact: (044) 691 0037
Address: The Blue Shed Coffee Roastery, 33 Bland Street, Mossel Bay, Western Cape
#5 Route57 Restaurant
Part of professional golfer, Louis Oosthuizen’s 57 brand, Route57 is headed up by chef-patron Anzelle and her team. They invite you to enjoy tasty South African dishes and true local hospitality with them.
This stylish restaurant provides a large, varied menu for guests to order off. Dishes are made from only the freshest ingredients, ensuring optimal quality.
Contact: (082) 457 7550
Address: Route57 Restaurant, 12 Marsh Street, Mossel Bay, Western Cape
#6 Baruch’s Roastery and Coffee Shop
This roastery and coffee shop offers, not only delicious coffee blends (made from globally sourced beans), but also mouth-watering Israeli dishes and gorgeous cakes.
The coffee is also available for order, and can be posted or couriered to anywhere in South Africa.
Contact: (044) 695 2078
Address: Baruch’s Roastery KKT Building No 4, Gericke Street, Voorbaai, Mossel Bay, Western Cape
#7 Punjabi Kitchen
This family-owned Indian restaurant in Eden Plaza is something of a hidden gem. It offers friendly staff and delicious cuisine. The eatery is overseen by hands-on owner Mr Gill, ensuring good service.
If you love Indian food, then theirs is apparently possibly some of the tastiest you’ll discover in SA. They offer meat and vegetarian dishes, so everyone’s tastes are catered for.
Contact: (044) 690 5020
Address: Punjabi Kitchen, 8 Grave Street, Eden Plaza, Mossel Bay, Western Cape
This trendy coffee shop is found in the heart of Mossel Bay CBD and is a well-loved among locals. Since it was voted as South Magazine’s winner for favourite coffee in the Garden Route 2016, you’ll find quality java here.
They also offer a selection of tasty little eats to enjoy with your coffee. While visiting, stock up on the purchasable coffee blends.
Contact: (071) 692 1641
Address: Coffee@Work, 65 Marsh Street, Mossel Bay, Western Cape
#9 Delfino’s Restaurant
With a passion for food and made-to-order, delicious eats, Delfino’s offers an array of good food, which even includes banting-friendly options.
Sink your teeth into light meals, fish dishes, grills, burgers and gourmet pizzas, as you sip on one of their great drink options.
With light, cheerful décor and seating indoors and outdoors, this seaside-facing restaurant has it all.
Contact: (044) 690 5247
Address: Delfino’s Restaurant, Point Road, The Point , Mossel Bay, Western Cape
#10 Stars Restaurant and Sports Bar
Blessed with breath-taking views of the bay and beautiful Outeniqua, Stars Restaurant and Sports Bar is well-known in town for serving good food at affordable prices.
It’s also a trendy and vibey restaurant, where guests can enjoy music, sports and more. If you’re looking for a laid-back spot, this should be your go-to choice in Mossel Bay.
Contact: (044) 690 3045
Address: Stars Restaurant and Sports Bar, Mossel Bay Bayview Centre, corner of Louis Fourie and Marsh Street, Mossel Bay, Western Cape
#11 Sea Gypsy Café
If you’re after incredible seafood and other good eats, then Sea Gypsy Café is the place for you.
Found at Quay 4, Mossel Bay Harbour, this welcoming eatery offers fresh, tasty food and delightful views. Here, friendly service makes for a great added bonus.
Contact: (044) 690 5496
Address: Sea Gypsy Café, Quay 4, Mossel Bay Harbour, Mossel Bay, Western Cape
#12 Kingfisher Restaurant
Offering both mouth-watering sushi and seafood, as well as superb sea- and beach-views, Kingfisher Restaurant is perfect for tasty food in a chilled setting.
Enjoy line fish, prawns, calamari, ribs, ostrich, T-bone and sushi bar favourites at this seaside eatery.
Contact: (044) 690 6390
Address: Kingfisher Restaurant, Point Road, The Point, Mossel Bay, Western Cape
#13 Admiral’s Buffet Restaurant
Found just outside Mossel Bay, near Pinnacle Point Golf Resort, Admiral’s Buffet Restaurant is hailed as one of the Garden Route’s most beautiful restaurants. Particularly since its 2009 revamp.
Enjoy delicious buffet-style food in a cutting-edge, 210-seater restaurant. Anything from traditional Bobotie to succulent beef roast and even mouth-watering desserts, like peppermint tart, can be found here.
Enjoy a laid-back meal at De Vette Mossel, where top-class, value-for-money seafood is the order of every day. Seafood is prepared fresh – and served immediately thereafter.
As a stunning welcoming gesture, guests receive a complimentary glass of Cape wine on arrival. They also have a cash bar and host of cocktail options.
Contact: (079) 339 0170
Address: De Vette Mossel, Souwesia, between Klein- and Groot Brak River, Mossel Bay, Western Cape
#15 Fork and Train Restaurant
Providing superb views over the bay and of the mountains, Fork and Train Restaurant lies next to Santos Express Train Lodge.
This pretty, family-friendly restaurant offers guests a well-balanced, traditionally South African-style menu, with fresh seafood and continental dishes available for your enjoyment.
Contact: (083) 900 7797
Address: Fork and Train Restaurant, Munro Road, Santos Beach, Mossel Bay, Western Cape
#16 Café Havana
This restaurant and cigar lounge remains true to the Cuban spirit, serving traditional Cuban fare. Enjoy great specials on chicken wraps, Cuban Burger night and much more.
You can also have cocktails and tapas out on the deck, or choose from a selection of Cuban cigars to puff on.
Contact: (044) 690 4640
Address: Café Havana, 38 Marsh Street, Mossel Bay, Western Cape
#17 Transkaroo Restaurant
Located at Groot Brak River’s old railway station, the charming Transkaroo Restaurant offers a unique location. It serves contemporary South Africa cuisine. This is enhanced by a few creative twists of its own.
Service is also tops, making for a great, all-round experience.
Contact: (044) 620 4163
Address: 1 Morrison Road, Great Brak River, near Mossel Bay, Western Cape
#18 The London Bus Fish & Chip Company
This quirky restaurant – housed in an actual bus-themed setting – offers fresh seafood options, including popular fish and chips, and calamari.
You will enjoy amazing views – but it can get a bit nippy in cold weather, so bring a spare jersey or jacket along when visiting!
Contact: (082) 817 2382
Address: The London Bus Fish and Chip Company, Quay 4, Mossel Bay Harbour, near Mossel Bay, Western Cape
#19 Santos Express Restaurant
This restaurant and pub provides prime views over the bay and of the distant mountains. It serves both seafood and traditional meals. These include: burgers, steaks, ribs, breakfasts and pub-lunches.
It’s a venue for both young and old to enjoy, and also caters to functions.
Contact: (044) 691 1995
Address: Santos Express Restaurant, 1 George Road, Mossel Bay, Western Cape
#20 The Lighthouse Restaurant
With stunning views over the sea and nearby rocks, The Lighthouse Restaurant possesses one of the Garden Route’s most dramatic restaurant settings.
Enjoy the likes of Mossel Bay oysters, fresh line fish and buffet breakfasts. While you’re there, sample one of their sundowners.
Contact: (044) 691 3512
Address: The Point Hotel, Point Road, Mossel Bay, Western Cape
These are just some of the delightful eateries you can enjoy when visiting this special Garden Route town.
Pretoria may be known for its historical and national significance (it is SA’s administrative capital, after all), colourful Jacaranda trees and warm hospitality, but the Jacaranda City is also one of South Africa’s best foodie destinations…
Here are some of top Pretoria restaurants to visit during 2017:
#1 Restaurant Mosaic
Fronted up by SA’s chef-of-the-year, the award-winning Chantel Dartnall, Restaurant Mosaic needs little introduction. Even before chef Dartnell raked in the accolades, this restaurant at the Orient was known for its modern, chic fine dining, creative dishes and Belle Epoque-style interiors.
Dishes here are inspired by fresh, seasonal produce and European roots, ensuring a culinary adventure worthy of all the shining reviews and ratings Restaurant Mosaic receives.
Pachas incorporates local and international flavours and dishes, providing its guests with a global food experience. Offering a menu with favourites like Duck Fuji or Gemsbok Schnitzel – at Pachas, the chefs work daily to create new and exciting specialities, which’ll leave you drooling!
Pachas has proven it’s a Pretoria restaurant institution, as customers consistently return for more. It also offers private venue options for special occasions, but you’ll definitely need to book ahead for those!
Contact: (012) 460 5063
Address: Pachas Restaurant, The Club Centre, 22 Dely Road, Hazelwood, Pretoria, Gauteng
This stylish, trendy and above all, upmarket restaurant in Brooklyn strives to provide not only great food, but excellent service as well. To complement its glam, suave interiors, Kream offers everything from fresh sushi to grill specialities. It also possesses an enviable drinks list, which includes: top wines, cognac and rare whisky and brandy too.
As an added bonus, Kream also has a sister restaurant in the Mall of Africa, Midrand.
This international fusion cuisine eatery offers global cuisine, enhanced by local South African flavours. Established in 1995, La Pentola draws its culinary inspiration from rich Mediterranean, French and Italian flavours, and uses the best, locally available produce.
All dishes are freshly prepared off a menu designed by internationally renowned chef-patron, Shane Sauvage. La Pentola has everything from soups, salads, poultry and seafood within its food repertoire.
Contact: (012) 329 4028/9123
Address: La Pentola, 5 Well Street, Riviera, Pretoria, Gauteng
#5 Hemingway’s Restaurant & Wine Cellar
Found near to the four- and five-star-rated, award-winning Leriba Hotel, this French-inspired restaurant is reminiscent of a European café, with hints of Provencal style to make it even more aesthetically appealing.
Though based in Centurion, it falls onto all the best Pretoria restaurant lists.
Along with its old-world charm, it serves up mouth-watering dishes with a menu, which revolves firmly around the seasons and simple, yet exciting flavours sure to awaken your taste buds.
Contact: (012) 660 3810/3300
Address: Leriba Hotel and Spa, 245 End Avenue, Clubview, Centurion, Gauteng
#6 Geet Indian Restaurant
This family-run restaurant is not only good – but it’s also inspirational, particularly given how Gita Jivan found herself in Brooklyn, Pretoria with little more than a small suitcase and a big love of food. In time, however, Geet – which means “melodious poem” – was born.
The menu is uniquely based on the Indian tradition of using natural, seasonal flavours, in addition to classic techniques and the freshest ingredients possible.
Geet is a zesty, exciting culinary offering, sure to tantalise your palate, as you tuck into top Indian dishes. Dining dress code is smart casual.
Contact: (012) 460 3199/3164
Address: Geet Indian Restaurant, 541 Fehrsen Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria, Gauteng
With several restaurants spread across Gauteng and KZN – all of which are equally popular, with sound reputations – Mo-Zam-Bik has built itself up into something of a South African restaurant icon.
This relaxed, Silver Lakes-based family eatery provides guests with a choice of tasty, Afro-Porto dishes, such as quarter chicken with a Moz-dry peri-peri, steak prego, vegetable curry, awesome desserts and kiddies’ options to name but a few.
With several branches dotted about Gauteng, Crawdaddy’s is a good food and pub company, which specialises in great seafood, steaks and even Asian fusion food. It provides an exciting menu for its patrons.
This popular eatery offers nice, yet unfussy interiors, which are quirky and fun, and makes for a relaxed and casually delightful, after-work restaurant or catch-up with those you love.
Contact: (012) 460 0889
Address: Crawdaddy’s, Brooklyn, Pretoria, Gauteng
#9 Hillside Tavern
Driven by the desire to make its guests feel like welcome friends, Hillside Tavern has enjoyed deserved customer popularity and dining success over the years.
This restaurant and pub, established in 1989, has a long-standing reputation and trusted menu, which includes a range of juicy steaks and other meat-based dishes, as well as some nice wines. It’s rustic, yet elegant too, ensuring guests have a pleasant dining atmosphere to enjoy with their food.
Contact: (012) 348 1402/5505
Address: Hillside Tavern, 320 The Hillside Street, Lynnwood, Pretoria, Gauteng
#10 De Kloof
Unapologetically committed to fine food, De Kloof focusses on classic European dishes with local influences. This casual, yet lovely restaurant strives to bring diners a memorable eat-out experience, using its atmospheric setting and inspirational dishes.
They also take their wines very seriously here so you might want to try a glass or two when you visit.
Contact: (012) 771 8655
Address: De Kloof, Waterkloof Golf Estate, Johan Rissik Drive, Eclipse Road, Pretoria, Gauteng
#11 Zest Bistro
Created by husband-wife team, Sidney and Anchen Cousins, Zest Bistro offers straightforward food that focuses on fresh produce. Featured eats include: delicious cakes, breakfasts, salads, chicken breast, grilled fillet of beef and more.
The menu changes every five weeks, ensuring that the ingredients and selected dishes are equally fresh! Zest boasts a short, yet solid wine list, sourced from the owners’ favourite estates, as it believes firmly in good wine and good friends…
Contact: (012) 460 0275
Address: Zest Bistro, Shop 18, Greenlyn Village Centre, Menlopark, Pretoria, Gauteng
This authentic Italian restaurant supplies contemporary Italian fare, artfully whipped up since 2012 by executive chef, Claudio Uccello. Think seafood soup, spaghetti with mussels, pizza and other hearty dishes!
There are daily specials available on offer, and Fumo is available to diners for both lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Fumo also has its own exciting, new wine cellar!
This bistro is big on burgers – in fact, it offers some of the biggest, quirkiest and tastiest burgers you’ll find anywhere. Created by two guys – Corne Read and Jan-Hendrik van Staden – who simply just love burgers, Burger Bistro uses fresh ingredients, homemade patties, killer milkshakes, hand-cut chips and good music to provide the necessary accompaniments to your monster burgers.
With several SA branches, Burger Bistros are suitable for sit-down or takeaway meals. Try the fun High-5 Burger, which comes with: a 200g pure beef patty, cheddar, mozzarella, balsamic caramelised onions, chips, Coke/Coke Zero and a High-5 too!
This restaurant specialises in quality food, served in conjunction with some of SA’s best craft beers. Dishing up generously sized meals, including burgers, meaty dishes and more, Capital Craft Beer Academy will provide diners with good food, even better craft beer and a friendly restaurant environment wrapped together in one neat package!
Contact: (012) 424 8601
Address: Shop 20, Greenlyn Village Centre, Menlo Park, Pretoria, Gauteng
#15 Tin Roof Café
This country restaurant offers hearty, country fare, served up in a soothing atmosphere designed to remove you from your busy, daily life and allow you to appreciate a slower, gentler pace.
With fun, light-hearted décor, like pitch forks, a verandah and cosy, fireside dining options, Tin Roof Café provides its guests with a casual ambience and delicious food.
Contact: (072) 367 5698
Address: Tin Roof Café, R223, Mooiplaats, Pretoria, Gauteng
#16 The Black Bamboo Restaurant
The Black Bamboo provides South Africans and tourists with a unique, world-class dining experience. Here, good food, wine and art are celebrated as a sensory whole.
With hands-on head chef Pellie Grobler’s ever-changing, a la carte menu – inspired by global delicacies, yet bearing a local twist – and a carefully coordinated wine list, this hotel-based restaurant is worthy of all praise.
Contact: 084 508 9752
Address: The Black Bamboo Restaurant, Menlyn Boutique Hotel, Ashlea Gardens, Pretoria, Gauteng
#17 Blu Saffron Restaurant
Catering to the public – as well as to the Pretoria Country Club – this elegantly casual, yet trendy restaurant boasts two lounges, a bar, outside patio/dining area and of course, a main dining area inside too, leaving visitors spoilt for choice on where to sit and eat.
It serves a variety of foods, ranging from international to contemporary, game, seafood and even grill-styled dishes, served up in a relaxed, casual setting, no matter where you choose to dine.
Offering a sophisticated bistro feel, Harissa Bistro provides a unique culinary experience.
Serving a modern (mainly African-inspired) menu, Harissa Bistro, with its easy food and stylish décor, makes for a quiet, pleasant eating experience at The Club Centre. Service seems attentive, with even the manager frequently checking up on patrons.
Contact: (012) 452 5519
Address: Harrisa Bistro, The Club Centre, Hazelwood, Pretoria, Gauteng
#19 Toni’s Fully Furnished Pizza
Toni’s Pizza takes food and customers seriously, and endeavours to supply glorious pizzas made from the love of good food and a passion for good service.
Toni’s Pizza uses only the best, freshest ingredients, ensuring top quality, delicious wood-fired pizzas for your ultimate enjoyment.
Opened three decades ago now, La Madeleine has changed location only, for the restaurant’s dedication to wonderful, classic French and Belgian dishes remains the same.
The eatery – which is named after the shell-shaped Madeleine biscuit – invades the senses with the same pleasure, as its tasty little namesake, and offers good food at affordable prices, with a lovely dining atmosphere to boot.
Contact: (012) 361 3667
Address: La Madeleine, 122 Priory Road, Lynnwood Ridge, Pretoria, Gauteng
These are just a few of the best eateries to enjoy in (and around) prettiest Pretoria in 2017.
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This is just the start of many more exciting upcoming developments, and we hope you are as excited about the future as much as we are.
Stellenbosch is loved for its wine, history and laid-back town vibes but many also flock to its streets for the amazing eateries, both in town and on nearby wine estates, that it possesses.
Here are some of the top 20 Stellenbosch Restaurants to visit in 2017:
#1 Delaire Graff Restaurant
Located at the top of Helshoogte Pass in what can only be described as a dramatic setting, Delaire Graff Restaurant offers the best of everything.
Fronted by head chef Michael Deg, the restaurant offers up local, seasonal dishes, which use ingredients that have been freshly sourced from its own garden facilities.
Contact: (021) 885 8160
Address: Delaire Graff Restaurant, Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
#2 Restaurant Jardine
Leading chef, George Jardine, is the brains behind this relatively new addition to Stellenbosch. Now, what was formerly an old house serves as this inviting restaurant’s delightful setting.
Here, chef Jardine prepares a variety of exciting dishes, which reflect his flavourful signature style.
Contact: (021) 886 5020
Address: Restaurant Jardine, 1 Andringa Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
Chef Michael Broughton leads the way at this multi-award-winning eatery, situated on the tranquil Klein Zalze estate. Tuck away beneath old oaks with views across Stellenbosch, Terroir is a place where unfussy, yet entirely excellent, dishes come to life.
Contact: (021) 880 8167
Address: Kleine Zalze Wine Estate, Strand Road, De Zalze Golf Estate, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
With views for days, this restaurant, found on Hidden Valley Wine Farm, is another of Bertus Basson’s genius creations. It has steadily become a destination and one which impresses not just with its amazing food, but with its stunning location too.
Contact: (021) 880 2721
Address: Hidden Valley Wines, T4 Route, off Annandale Road, R44, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
#5 Rust en Vrede Restaurant
Rust en Vrede Restaurant is every bit the ultimate, elegant wine farm restaurant experience. Not only does it offer quality service and French-inspired meals to match, but it has raked in a number of exciting international ratings and nods of recognition from some of the best in the food industry – and quite deservedly so.
Contact: (021) 881 3757
Address: Rust en Vrede, Annandale Road, Stellenbosch
#6 Jordan Restaurant
Located on the beautiful Jordan Wine Estate, this restaurant offers wonderfully detailed dishes and professional service. Meals here are made by chefs George Jardine and Kyle Burn, who team up to ensure one fine eatery.
Contact: 021 881 3612
Address: Stellenbosch Kloof Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
#7 Spek & Bone
With a sweet back story (it was named after the Bassons’ pets in pig, Spek and boxer, Bone), this delightful restaurant is magically hidden away off Dorp Street and offers honest food, complemented by a fine wine list to satisfy even the most discerning wine lover. You can dine inside the cosy interior or out in the courtyard.
Contact: (082) 569 8958
Address: 84 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
#8 The Restaurant at Clos Malverne
Yet another wine estate offering, The Restaurant at Clos Malverne is blessed with gorgeous views and a picturesque estate setting.
There is an a la carte menu as well as a four-course food-and-wine experience on offer here… both options are sure to be positively delicious so either way, it’s hard to lose.
Contact: (021) 865 2022
Address: Devon Valley Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
#9 Cucina di Giovanni
After the success of their popular Somerset West institution, the owners were inspired to open another branch at Eikendal Wine Estate.
At Cucina di Giovanni, a relaxed, family-friendly eatery, delicious Italian fare, award-winning wines and the quintessential wine farm setting are all on offer.
Contact: (021) 855 5033
Address: Eikendal Wine Estate, R44, Eikendal Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
#10 Postcard Café
Located on Stark-Conde Wine Farm, in arguably one of the most magical Jonkershoek Valley settings, this casual restaurant offers both good food and fine wines.
You might also enjoy a quick ramble about the farm, which simply begs for quiet walks and life’s peaceful contemplation.
Contact: (021) 861 7703
Address: Stark-Condé Wine Estate, Jonkershoek Valley, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
#11 Makaron Restaurant
With chef Lucas Carstens at the helm, this chic, award-winning restaurant, found at the alluring Majeka House, will have guests coming back for more time and time again.
Most recently, they’ve introduced an exciting small plates menu, perfect for sharing with those you love.
Found at the easy-going, yet endlessly charming, Simonsig Wine Esate, Cuvee is the answer for those seeking old-school charm blended with Cape country hospitality.
At Cuvee, head chef Stephanie de Wet has created a changing menu, full of seasonal, local ingredients that, in turn, make for wonderfully fresh, flavourful dishes.
Contact: (021) 888 4932
Address: Simong Wine Estate, Kromme Rhee Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
#13 The Big Easy
Found within a building that dates back to 1798, and which is an eclectic mix of Dutch, Victorian and Georgian styles, The Big Easy is, of course, named for owner and pro golfer, Ernie Els and naturally pay homage to a nickname he received during his professional, international golf career.
The food and setting will delight your senses and, before or after your meal, you can even enjoy perusing some golf memorabilia, all of which honours the Big Easy himself.
Contact: (021) 887 3462
Address: La Gratitude, 95 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
#14 Oppie Dorp
Found in the bustling heart of central Stellenbosch, Oppie Dorp is definitely well-named. Its décor may be relatively simple but the good service and delicious dishes will nevertheless have you charmed and eager for more.
The menu is relatively concise but it offers some lovely flavourful dishes all the same.
Contact: (021) 883 3889
Address: 137 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
#15 The FatButcher
Yet another new addition to the Stellenbosch food scene, The FatButcher has already imprinted itself as a food destination of note in this winelands town. This laid-back restaurant offers pasture-reared, quality meaty dishes.
You can almost dine in area of choice because they have not only vibey indoor seating, but a lovely courtyard space and street-side porch too.
Contact: (021) 882 8705
Address: Number 1, van RiebeekStreet, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
Serving some of the best sushi around, this unobtrusive little eatery is one of Stellenbosch’s greatest finds. It is a great sushi bar and Japanese tapas restaurant, where the food is fresh, delicious and above all, sustainable.
Contact: (021) 887 5699
Address: Shop 2, De Wet Centre Courtyard, Church Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
#17 Gino’s Restaurant
This inspiring family set-up has ensured a truly Italian restaurant offering in the heart of Stellenbosch, in the beautiful, historic De Kelder building.
The ethos here is firmly on serving up consistently good food at affordable prices for young and old to enjoy.
Contact: (021) 887 9786
Address: 63 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
#18 Pane e Vino
The philosophy behind this establishment is already apparent in its name, which means “bread and wine.” The menu at this popular Italian establishment includes classic Italian dishes, although it changes daily.
The restaurant atmosphere is laid-back one, with characteristically Italian charm.
Contact: (021) 883 8312
Address: 7 Distillery Road, Bosman’s Crossing, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
#19 The Vine Bistro
Situated on the lovely Glenelly Estate, this modern eatery is headed up by chef Christophe Dehosse and offers a nice, French-inspired menu, which changes regularly.
There is indoor and outdoor seating both but either way, you’re sure to enjoy views out on the vineyards and nearby hills.
Contact: (021) 809 6444
Address: Glenelly Estate, Ida’s Valley, Lelie Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
This slightly smaller restaurant from the popular Bukhara restaurant chain is nevertheless a popular haunt for locals, students and of course, tourists.
Lying comfortably on the corner of Dorp and Bird Streets, this restaurant is every bit the authentic Indian restaurant experience and offers exciting, richly flavourful food to match.
Contact: (021) 882 9133
Address: Corner of Dorp and Bird Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
If these top eateries aren’t enough to tempt you to visit Stellenbosch during 2017, then nothing will be able to!
Umhlanga, which means “place of reeds” in Zulu, is known for its coastal-lying beauty, classy shopping malls and, perhaps above all else, as Durban’s popular resort town, so it’s only natural to find some epic adventures lying in store here.
Here are some of the best activities to enjoy in Umhlanga (and nearby areas) during 2017:
#1 See the Light with Umhlanga Lighthouse
This rather iconic, 21-metre high lighthouse is white with a topside red stripe and offers a light range of 24 sea miles. It not only doubles as a tourist attraction and popular local landmark, but it also, naturally, safely guides ships to shore.
And although this isn’t a lighthouse you can explore from within, it’s definitely one you need to snap a picture of or pass by when visiting Umhlanga.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Address: 75 Twilight Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, KZN
#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.
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
#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.
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.
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
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.
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.