Mozambique’s largest city, Maputo, is a treasure trove for all kinds of great things, including colonial architecture, amazing experiences – and of course, some pretty cool eateries too!
Dive into Maputo and explore these top 12 restaurants with your tastebuds:
#1 Dhow Cafe
Dhow Cafe offers a wonderful blend of good Greek food, a relaxed environment and good service… what more could you want? Well, how about some French chocolate cake, paired with gorgeous ocean views?
It’s one of the city’s prime sundowner spots, with enviable views, delicious drinks and beautiful decor to enhance the overall experience. Also, when you stop by this popular cafe, be sure to check out the corresponding shop, which offers lovely homeware and gifts.
Contact: +258 21 4924491
Address: Dhow Cafe, Rua de Marracuene No.4, Maputo, Mozambique
At Zambi, good food, strict hygiene and excellent service take precedence. This chic restaurant offers a range of gastronomic delights – and possibly the city’s best fine dining too.
Zambi is perfect for special occasions, especially when you sit inside the newly renovated dining room – but it still offers a relaxed edge, with balmy palms and impressive views from the shaded terrace.
Head here for fresh seafood and you’re unlikely to leave with anything less than a highly contented tummy.
Contact: +258 84 3392624
Address: Zambi, Avenida 10 de Novembro, 8, Maputo, Mozambique
#3 Restaurante Txhapo Txhapo
Txhapo Txhapo is a vegetarian-friendly eatery where one can grab awesome eats, like assorted burgers (including veggie ones), which they are famed for.
The food style is homemade and wholesome, while the atmosphere and interiors are cosy, cheerful and bright in true cafe style. If you’re after healthier bites, Txhapo Txhapo is definitely the spot for you.
Address: Bel Piatto, Avenida Julius Nyerere, Maputo, Mozambique
#5 Campo di Mare
Yet another Italian eatery, Campo di Mare offers excellent, value-for-money Italian cuisine and a beautiful, shore-hugging setting.
Relax with your friends and family, as you enjoy a wholesome meal at this top-star restaurant. Although all the food is sublime, the pasta is meant to be the stuff of food legend – so don’t miss trying some when you’re there!
Address: Campo di Mare, Avenida de Marginal, Maputo 5714, Mozambique
#6 Piri Piri
Piri Piri provides its diners with delicious food, good service and affordability, all of which ensure a memorable dining experience.
Like its name suggests, this well-priced Portuguese restaurant is famed across the board in Maputo for its sinfully good piri piri chicken.
It’s also the perfect spot for locals and tourists to mingle as they enjoy good food together. For a touch of Maputo’s charm, sit outside and soak up some of the vibrant street life.
Contact: +258 21 492 379
Address: Piri Piri, Av. 24 de Julho 14, Maputo, Mozambique
#7 Sagres Shellfish Restaurant
Specialising in seafood, Sagres boasts some of the best seafood in Maputo – and that’s saying a lot!
Sagres is a real gem of a place, with flavourful seafood, lovely ocean views and a prime location. The food is value-for-money and so, so good, with highlights like sea kebab or glorious prawns.
If you wish to experience the seafood side of Maputo, then Sagres should be first on your restaurant list.
Contact: +258 21 495 201
Address: Sagres, Av. Marginal 4272, Maputo, Mozambique
#8 A Nossa Tasca
This elegant European restaurant is a delight in every sense of the word. Not only does it offer excellent food and good service, but it’s a really popular eatery in the city, with many guests coming back for more.
Its meat and side/starter dishes are definite highlights.
Not only is Alexandria home to many historical wonders from the Ancient World and equipped with many exciting activities too, but it also offers some lovely restaurants for locals and visitors to enjoy.
These are the top 12 Alexandria restaurants to visit in 2017:
#1 Santorini Greek Restaurant
Found at the Hilton Alexandria Corniche Hotel, this creative Greek taverna offers an authentic taste of Greece, set in the heart of Alexandria.
With its white-and-blue interiors, traditional food (which even includes a dessert menu) and tempting homemade selection, Santorini Greek Restaurant is equipped for all tastes and palates. It also offers dreamy views out over the Mediterranean Sea.
#2 Fresca, Four Seasons Alexandria at San Stefano Restaurant
While not strictly a restaurant, this cafe is a worthy stop in Alexandria. With its cheerful, yet slick interiors, delicious coffees, and nice menu, it’s a great spot to go for a quick lunch, coffee enjoyed in the outdoor seating or evening drinks.
Contact: +20 3 5818000
Address: 399 El Geish Road, Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria at San Stefano, Alexandria, Egypt
#3 Abou El Sid
If you’re desirous of a truly authentic Alexandrian eatery, head to Abou El Sid. It feels as if it’s been locked away in space and time, as Egypt’s history and hospitality live on at this restaurant.
It offers a true Egyptian dining experience, delicious traditional cuisine and good service… what more could you want?
Contact: +20 3 3929609
Address: Abou El Sid, 39 El Horreya Road, Alexandria, Egypt
#4 White and Blue Restaurant
This restaurant is not only beautiful, it also offers great sea views and a good, solid menu.
Its seafood is particularly good, and, at sunset, it’s one of the most scenic places to eat in all the city.
Contact: +20 3 4802690
Address: Qaitbay Street, Third Floor, Alexandria, Egypt
#5 Fish Market
Fish Market is another spot, which offers awesome views and great, fresh seafood. Enjoy drinking in the sight of the calm Mediterranean, as you tuck into delicious food in this serene restaurant space.
Contact: +20 3 4805114
Address: Fish Market, El Corniche Road, Alexandria, Egypt
#6 Chez Gaby au Ritrovo
Opened in 1979, this famous pizzeria not only has a long-standing reputation of good food, but it also provides a wonderful, family-friendly atmosphere.
The menu offers a wide range of pizzas, pastas and other true Italian specialties, making it perfect for those craving a little Italian food in this Egyptian city.
Contact: +20 3 4874404
Address: Chez Gaby, 22 El Horreya Road, Alexandria, Egypt
#7 Sea Gull Restaurant
Sea Gull Restaurant offers good food, spectacular service and lovely sea views. Its seafood is delicious, and the interiors are beautiful and lush.
It’s also family-friendly, with a nice play area for kids. It’s one of Alexandria’s more pricey eateries, but you do pay for all-round quality.
Contact: +20 3 2204214
Address: Sea Gull Restaurant, Alexandria, Egypt
#8 Byblos Restaurant
This restaurant is one of Alexandria’s gems… With affordable prices, high-end Middle Eastern cuisine and a warm, classy environment, it’s a fine place for dinner!
Set within the Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria at San Stefano, it boasts a wonderful location. It also offers gorgeous sea views, and a lovely, crackling fireplace, perfect for colder weather.
Contact: +20 3 5818000
Address: Byblos Restaurant, 399 El Gueish Road, Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria at San Stefano, Alexandria, Egypt
#9 Stefano’s Restaurant
This stylish eatery is another fine offering in Alexandria. It serves up southern Italian food, which includes everything from lovely seafood to simple, hearty dishes.
Inside, you’ll find an open kitchen, warm Italian hospitality and chic decor to complement your delicious meal(s).
Cairo – Egypt’s beautiful capital – not only offer great activities, rich ancient history and wonderful tourist attractions but it’s also home to some excellent, intercontinental restaurants too.
Here are some of the top restaurants to try in Cairo during 2017:
This Turkish restaurant is a delightful a la carte-style offering, situated at Keminski Nile Hotel.
With its plush, elegant interiors and lovely menu, guests can sit back and enjoy a tasty meal in refined luxury, complete with Ottoman fine dining.
Contact: +202 2798 0000
Address: Osmanly, Kempinski Nile Hotel, Garden City, Cairo, Egpyt
Zooba is a celebration of the warm, vivid tastes of modern Egyptian street culture. It brings together a “street inspired contemporary atmosphere”, enhanced by its bright exterior, good attention-to-detail and mouth-watering food.
Here, cheap eats are given a new lease of life, and they’re sure to add flavour and colour to your dining experience.
Contact: +20 127 480 0551
Address: 26th of July Corridor, Al Gabalayah, Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt
#3 Andrea El Mariouteya
Andrea El Mariouteya has possibly the best grilled chicken in Cairo. It’s made with their own secret herbs and ingredients and cooked to perfection.
At this lovely eatery, aside from the chicken, you can enjoy tasty mezze, salads and fresh bread… As an added bonus, it also offers pleasant views.
Contact: +20 100 353 2000
Address: Andrea El Mariouteya, New Giza Road, New Giza, Cairo, Egypt
#4 O’s Pasta
If you’re looking for Little Italy in Egpyt, then O’s Pasta is the answer. This charming, old-fashioned restaurant offers fresh, fabulous Italian cuisine in a homely setting.
Head to O’s Pasta for authentic Italian food – with a dash of Egyptian vibrancy – and comfortable, relaxed surroundings.
Contact: +20 100 415 5756
Address: O’s Pasta, 159 of 26th July Street, Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt
Sabaya offers authentic Lebanese food in a wonderful, relaxed setting, which promises comfort and elegant interiors.
The menu is extensive, offering a wide range of Lebanese dishes. What’s more, diners can enjoy plush, lovely seating, ensuring a comfortable meal.
Contact: +20 2 27957171
Address: Sabaya, Corniche El Nil، Qasr Ad Dobarah, Qasr an Nile, Cairo, Egypt
#6 Tabla Luna
Tabla Luna brings Latin America to Egypt. It offers a range of traditional dishes from Peru, Bolivia, Mexico and Argentina to name a few.
Dine among bright colours and Aztec and Mayan motif tiled floors, as you enjoy eating food made with a ‘fiesta of flavours’.
Aside from the main central Cairo branch, you can now also find another Tabla Luna in Zamalek.
Contact: +20 2 25198403
Address: Tabla Luna, 41 Road 218, right on the corner of 231, Maadi, Street 218, Al Maadi, Cairo, Egypt
#7 Khan Al Khalili
While Khan Al Khalili is more a bazaar than an eatery per se, it’s safe to say it’s one of Cairo’s biggest destinations, and is hailed by many as an unmissable attraction for those visiting or staying in the city.
Shop for jewelry or souvenirs, browse stalls and haggle for goods, as you soak up the heady smells, sights and sounds of this busy bazaar. While you’re there, why not enjoy a Arabian coffee or light meal, at places like El Fishawy cafe?
Contact: +20 2 25897443
Address: Khan Al Khalili, El-Gamaleya, Qism El-Gamaleya, Cairo, Egypt
Just as Cairo has restaurants offering food from South America, Lebanon and even Italy, it also offers this (relatively new) Indian restaurant.
Manipuri – which can found within the 5-star-rated Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah hotel – offers a lavish menu, sure to transport you to India and back!
Manipuri is also a visual feast for the eyes, with its impressive decor and beautifully plated food.
Address: 3 El Thawra Council St Zamalek Downtown, Giza, Cairo, Egypt
For those craving Asian cuisine, Cairo doesn’t disappoint… In fact, Birdcage is considered by some to be the best Thai restaurant in all of Egypt.
With its sophisticated interiors, exotic, tasty dishes and cool open kitchen, it’s perfect for a celebratory meal, special occasion or date night in the city.
Contact: +20 2 2795 7171
Address: Birdcage, InterContinental Hotel, Corniche El Nil, Cairo, Egypt
#10 Koshary Goha
This restaurant is popular with Egyptians and most nights, you will find its outdoor tables packed with contented diners.
It’s the ideal place to go for a laid-back meal, where you can sit among friends and locals, as you enjoy tucking into authentic Egyptian cuisine.
Address: Koshary Goha, 4 Emad El Din Street, Cairo, Egypt
#11 Fasahet Somaya
For those looking for a simple, homely eatery where you can experience yummy, home-cooked Egyptian food, Fasahet Somaya promises all that and more…
This cosy hole-in-the-wall is run by the warm Somaya, who always greets guests with a friendly smile, as she serves up food made with the most important ingredient of all… love.
Address: Fasahet Somaya, Corner of Mohammed Mahmoud and Youssef El-Gendy, Cairo, Egypt
These days, sushi can be found in all the corners of the world – including Egpyt’s capital city, Cairo… thanks in part to Sushiramis!
At Sushiramis, foodies can tuck into great, fresh sushi, in a lovely restaurant setting, found within the InterContinental Cairo Semiramis hotel.
Contact: +20 2 27988000
Address: Sushiramis, 8 Dr Mohamed Fawzy, Qasr an Nile, Cairo, Egypt
These are just some of the best eateries you can enjoy in Cairo during 2017!
Nestled near the picturesque southern shores of Lake Victoria, Mwanza is well-placed in Tanzania – and Africa at large – to offer a host of wonderful activities, with everything from cultural fun to top entertainment found in (and around) this pretty city.
Here are some of the top activities to enjoy in Mwanza during 2017:
#1 Tour the rock city
Sometimes, you really needn’t overthink travel excursions. So, why not simply spend a day (or even just an hour or two) exploring the wonderful ‘Rock City’ of Mwanza, which is well over a hundred years old?
Contact a local tour operator or navigate the city on your own, and take in all its rich history, cultural roots and modern-day vibe of this Tanzanian city.
Address: Mwanza, Tanzania
#2 Enjoy a sunset cruise on Lake Victoria
If you visit one place near Mwanza, let it be the beautiful Lake Victoria – a place blessed with great natural beauty.
And while you’re there, you can enjoy either a sunrise or sunset boat cruise on this special lake. This activity is not only romantic but it’s also good fun!
Contact: +254 721 242 711
Address: Mwanza, Tanzania
#3 Explore Sukuma Museum
Tanzania’s largest ethnic group is compiled by the Sukuma. Learn more about these indigenous people by visiting Bujora Cultural Centre’s Sukuma Museum.
At the museum, you will discover all kinds of intrigue. Enjoy seeing everything from ancient drums to daring sukuma snake dancing too!
Contact: +255 765 667 661
Address: Sukuma Museum, Bujora Cultural Centre, Mwanza, Tanzania
#4 Pay a visit to Rubondo Island National Park
While it’s not strictly in Mwanza, this national park is close enough to warrant not only a mention – but a proper visit too! It’s a wonderfully wild, beautiful place and allows you to really soak up the endless natural beauty of tantalising Tanzania.
The park is one of two national parks found on in island in Lake Victoria and attracts all kinds of visitors, from campers to bird lovers.
Address: Rubondo Island National Park, Tanzania
#5 Honour Mwalimu Julius Nyerere by visiting his home
Considered by many to have been a great fighter against social injustice, as well as the father of the Tanzanian nation, the late Mwalimu Julius Nyerere was also Tanzania’s first-ever president.
Visit his home, mausoleum and museum in Butiama village and discover more about the famous, much loved man.
Address: Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere Memorial Museum, Butiama village, Tanzania
#6 Stand tall at Balili Hill Range
Located outside Bunda town (which is a two-hour or so drive from Mwanza), you will find the impressive Balili Hill Range.
These hills will allow you to soak up the expansive, scenic views across the town and surrounding region. Depending on what you’re in the mood to do, you can either walk or drive up.
Contact: 255 714 445 566
Address: Balili Hill Range, Bunda, Tanzania
#7 Discover the freeing Serengeti National Park
Head out and explore your (and Tanzania’s) wild side by visiting the Serengeti National Park. It’s guaranteed to give you an all-round nature fix and superb game-viewing experience.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a truly amazing place – one where your travel heart can soar freely, as you take in game of all shapes and sizes.
Address: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
#8 Head to Mwaloni Fish Market
No visit to Mwanza is complete without experiencing some of its dynamic city life from the ground. Given this, Mwaloni Market is a place well-worth stopping by.
At this buzzing local market, you will find everything fresh, including fish, fruit and vegetables.
Address: Mwaloni Fish Market, Mwanza, Tanzania
#9 Find the Dancing Rocks
The Dancing Rocks – more properly known as Jiwe Kuu – are one of the Rock City’s more interesting rock formations. These granite rocks can be found atop a rocky outcrop, and offer gorgeous views of both Mwanza and Lake Victoria.
There is also a fun story surrounding the rocks… be sure to find out for yourself just what it is!
Address: Jiwe Kuu, Mwanza, Tanzania
#10 Find Nobel prize winner Robert Koch’s House
When you visit Mwanza, see if you can find the German Nobel prize winner, Robert Koch’s old home. It’s slightly forlorn to look at these days but it still captures an essence of olden days’ beauty and Germanic castle elements too.
The old mansion is also something of a landmark and again, offers awesome city views!
Note: Don’t head there after dark though, as people live there and usually expect money from visitors, even during daytime.
Address: Robert Koch Hill, Mwanza, Tanzania
#11 Visit the famous Bismarck Rock
Another must-see is the famed Bismarck Rock. Found in the waters of Lake Victoria, this pile of rocks hold something of an iconic status in Mwanza – especially the one perched right on top! And rightly so, given how cool they are to look at.
The rocks are also wonderfully close to the Kamanga ferry station, meaning they hold an all-round great location.
Contact: +255 716 161 910
Address: Mwanza, Tanzania
#12 Explore Saanane Island National Park
The Saanane island is a good place to go if you’re keen on nature walks, bird watching, cruises and picnics to name but a few of the outdoor activities you can enjoy on the lovely island.
Make your way around Saanane Island National Park and ensure you leave Tanzania, having secured a natural (outdoorsy) high!
Contact: +255 28 254 0713
Address: Saanane National Park, Mwanza, Tanzania
These are some of the best experiences and activities to enjoy in Mwanza during 2017!
Found along Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coastline, this former fishing town-turned-major port city is a thriving East African city with plenty of fun, adventure and places of interest to discover.
Here are some of the top activities to try in Dar es Salaam during 2017:
#1 Head to Kariakoo Market
This bustling market is one of the most popular in Dar es Salaam. It’s a great place for chasing down bargains and soaking up a wonderful market atmosphere.
Note: just keep an eye on your possessions and don’t carry unnecessary valuables on your person in Kariakoo.
Address: Kariakoo Market, Swahili Street, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
#2 Pay a visit to St Joseph’s Cathedral
With the Dar es Salaam archbishop serving from within, this gothic-style Roman Catholic church is famed for its beautiful architecture and singing.
Head to church on a Sunday morning to experience the choir and to take in the exquisite sights within – and without – at this church.
Contact: +255 717 059 911
Address: St Joseph’s Cathedral, Sokoin Drive, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
#3 Get hooked by Kivukoni Fish Market
If you’re craving a true Dar es Salaam experience, then this popular fish market is where you’ll find it. Not only does it provide visitors with a healthy dose of city life, but it also brings together a mix of cultures, businesses and of course, great, fresh fish.
And although the market has a fishy smell (naturally), it’s one worth visiting for photo opportunities and a good shop for supper.
Address: Kivukoni Fish Market, Ocean Road, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
#4 Visit Askari Monument
Unveiled in 1927, this cast-bronze monument is meant to be located in the precise centre of Dar. It shows a soldier, with his bayonet pointed towards the harbour and serves a memory of the British Carrier Corps soldiers, who fought in WWI.
It’s a sobering reminder of the Great War and it’s a war memorial worth seeing, not only for its geographical location – but also because, on its side, it touchingly bears poet Rudyard Kipling’s dedication – written in both English and Swahili.
Contact: +255 765 793 755
Address: Askari Monument, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
#5 Explore Mwenge Woodcarvers’ Market
This is the place to come for Tanzanian souvenirs, wood carvings and sculptures, with quality and unique craftsmanship aplenty.
Explore the open-air stalls well before you settle on your purchase – and do try your hand at haggling.
Contact: +255 22 212 6826
Address: Mwenge Woodcarvers’ Market, Mwenge, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
#6 Soak up the fun at Coco Beach
This beach – otherwise known as Oyster Beach – lies on the Msasani Peninsula and usually overflows with both tourists and locals.
Not only can you enjoy a great beach vibe (with beautiful scenery) and street food, but there are sometimes music concerts and beach parties held here too.
Address: Coco Beach, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
#7 Unlock history at the National Museum of Tanzania
The National Museum provides good insight into the history and culture of Tanzania. You can also see some interesting fossils discovered in the country, as well as cool car exhibits.
It’s a good place to explore to discover some rich history, especially if you have time to spare.
Address: National Museum, Kivukoni, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
#8 Visit Village Museum
This interactive museum – established in 1996 – offers more than a dozen different types of traditional Tanzanian huts. What makes it really fun is that you are allowed to not only enter, but also to actively explore the huts inside.
For an extra price, visitors can enjoy dance and music performances on show. It’s also a great place to learn more about rural Tanzania’s traditions and customs, ensuring history buffs and culture vultures will be well-satisfied.
Contact: +255 22 270 0437
Address: Village Museum, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
#9 Get active in Udzungwa Mountains National Park
If you’re willing to travel a bit, you can explore the wondrous depths of Udzungwa Mountains National Park. It offers friendly guides, beautiful hikes and some pretty outstanding views too!
So plan a day to immerse yourself in its beauty.
Contact: +255 757 374 716
Address: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
#10 Experience Tinga Tinga Arts Co-operative Society
It might not look like much from the road, but enter and you’ll discover a whole host of local artisans offering artworks, all of which work around the popular TingaTinga art movement.
It’s quite affordable, so, before you have to head home, you might be able to pick up a unique piece or two…
Contact: +225 654 57 48 08
Address: Tinga Tinga Arts Co-operative Society, Morogoro Stores, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
#11 Head to Bongoyo Island
For those craving a dip in the warmer Indian Ocean waters, this beautiful little island off the coast of Dar is the balmy answer.
It offers lazy beach days, fun activities like snorkelling and swimming, and the chance to dine on delicious, fresh fish and chips at leisure.
Address: Bongoyo Island, Tanzania
#12 Travel to Bagamoyo town
Found north of Dar es Salaam, this town is an ancient East African trading port. Here, you can visit old churches, mosques and ruins, and even tour one of Tanzania’s only college of arts, called Chuo Cha Sanaa.
Address: Bagamoyo, Tanzania
These are some of the best activities to enjoy in Dar es Salaam during 2017!
Founded by Alexander the Great and ruled over by Queen Cleopatra, the Mediterranean port city of Egypt, Alexandria, is home to many historical wonders and exciting places for visitors to see and explore. Here you will find, among other things, an amazing library, a delightful palace and some historical marvels to boot.
These are the top 12 Alexandria activities to enjoy in 2017:
#1 Immerse yourself in Bibliotheca Alexandrina
This library is one of the most special places you can explore in the city, and is a dedication to the original Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Not only is it found within a truly beautiful building but it’s also home to a vast store of history, arts, philosophy and much more, contained inside its museums and books.
Aside from being able to hold up to 2000 bookworms at a time, it offers an educational experience for all visitors to Alexandria – regardless of their age or interests.
Contact: (20) 03 4839999
Address: Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Corniche Alexandria, Egypt
#2 Be dazzled by Montazah Palace
Built high up on a hill, overlooking Alexandria’s most beautiful beach, this palace is a visual feast. Not only is it an architectural masterpiece but its lovely gardens are really something to behold.
Walk amid tall palms and fragrant flowers, as you soak up a little of Alexandria’s more glamourous history.
Address: Montazah Palace, Al Mandarah Bahri, Qism El-Montaza, Alexandria Governorate, Egypt
#3 Explore Alexandria National Museum (ANM)
The ANM spans across three floors and provides wonderful insight into former times. It covers everything from the Pharaonic era to the Byzantine and Islamic periods.
Within you will find excellent displays, maps, drawings and more, all of which will help you to re-imagine days long gone. It’s also a great place for the whole family to explore.
Contact: (20) 3 4835519
Address: Alexandria National Museum, Tariq al-Horreya Street, Alexandria, Egypt
#4 Step back in time at Citadel of Qaitbay
This 15th century fortress is not only iconic thanks to its own history but perhaps more especially for its unique location: on the foundation of what was once the legendary Pharos Lighthouse – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
It’s worth exploring the fortress from within, allowing your mind’s eye to recreate the vast structure, which once stood here. Afterwards, indulge in the peninsula’s shops, restaurants and views.
Address: Citadel of Qaitbay, As Sayalah Sharq, Qesm Al Gomrok, Alexandria Governorate, Egypt
#5 Unearth the wonders of Kom el-Dikka
Not many discoveries come as a result of housing apartments being planned but such was the case with Kom el-Dikka. Translated as “Mound of Rubble”, this amazing area revealed a number of ruins, including a small Roman theatre. Today, after some excavation, this park area offers a Ptolemaic temple and the mosaic flooring from a wealthy Roman villa…
Kom el-Dikka is definitely one for the culture vultures and history buffs among us.
Address: Kom el-Dikka, Yousri Street, Alexandria, Egypt
#6 Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa
The Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa are believed to date back to the 2nd century and were probably used for the dead over 200 years. Disappear underground and experience a blend of Egyptian and Greco-Roman styles, as you explore burial chambers, particularly the Sepulchral Chapel.
It’s a different experience, there’s no doubting it – but it’s a truly authentic Egyptian one nonetheless!
Contact: (20) 3 3936825
Address: Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, Qesm Al Gomrok, Alexandria
#7 Pompey’s Pillar
This Roman column is the largest in Egypt and was erected in honour of Roman Emperor, Diocletian. It marks the site of what used to be a huge, polished marble temple, once decorated with precious metals.
Visitors can explore a few of the surrounding tunnels and see some of the recovered artefacts on display.
Address: Pompey’s Pillar, Alexandria, Egypt
#8 Dive down to Cleopatra’s Palace
For the ocean lovers and history fans, you’re going to relish the chance to dive down to Queen Cleopatra’s palace.
Sunken as a result of a great earthquake, this palace is a real-life historical treasure… It’s sure to provide a superb adventure too!
Address: Cleopatra’s Palace, Alexandria, Egypt
#9 Visit the lovely Ras El Tin Palace
This spectacular palace – which still serves as an official residence for Egypt’s president – was once a summer retreat for Egypt’s sultans when Cairo’s sultry heat became too much for them to bear.
It’s also now used by the Egyptian navy, so, while visitors cannot explore its sumptuous interiors – the pure white facade is certainly worth admiring, especially from the harbour.
Address: Ras el-Tin Palace, Alexandria, Egypt
#10 Head within the beautiful Abu Abbas al-Mursi Mosque
This beautiful mosque is one of Alexandria’s key landmarks. Built in 1796, it lies above the tomb of 13th-century Sufi holy man, Abu Abbas al-Mursi. It’s also a major pilgrimage site, but, for the non-religious visitors, it’s a delight to see the swirly Islamic calligraphy designs and motifs.
Note: If they wish to go inside, visitors must dress modestly and leave their shoes at the entrance.
Contact: (20) 3 4801251
Address: Abu Abbas al-Mursi Mosque, Qesm Al Gomrok, Alexandria, Egypt
#11 Draw inspiration from Cavafy Museum
Created in memory of Alexandrian-Greek poet Constantine Cavafy – a poet who spent his final twenty-five years on earth in a flat above a brothel – this museum will reveal copies of his manuscripts, correspondence and notebooks, as well as a collection of paintings and portraits in the final room. It’s certainly a place of interest worth paying a small visit to.
Contact: (20) 3 4821598
Address: Cavafy Museum, Alexandria, Egypt
#12 Shop the town at Main Souq
Head to Alexandria’s main market and immerse yourself in the city’s culture and of course, all kinds of sale goods. You will find everything from silver trinkets to fresh food produce here.
It’s a wonderful way to experience Alexandria’s atmosphere and city life, and allows you to find some good treasures in the process.
Address: Alexandria, Egypt
These are just some wonderful activities you can experience for yourself in fairest Alexandria during 2017.
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!