Top 20 Langebaan Activities 2017.

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

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

#1 Laze about at the Langebaan Lagoon

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

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

Contact: (022) 772 2144

Website: www.sa-venues.com

Address: West Coast National Park, Langebaan, Western Cape

#2 Chase the breeze with Kitesurfing Langebaan & Cape Town

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

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

Contact: (073) 639 9204

Website: kitesurfinglangebaan.com

Address: 114 Main Street, Langebaan, Western Cape

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#3 Relax at Kraalbaai Beach and Lagoon

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

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

Contact: (022) 772 2144

Website: sanparks.org

Address: Western Coast Nature Reserve, Langebaan, Western Cape

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

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

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

Contact: (083) 275 282

Website: www.thalithali.co.za

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

#5 Sip good brews at Black Eagle Brewing Company

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

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

Contact: (022) 772 0594

Website: www.bebc.co.za

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

#6 Visit the West Coast National Park

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

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

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

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

Contact: (022) 772 2144

Website: www.sawestcoast.com/park.html

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

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#7 Experience a West Coast Game Drive at Thali Thali

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

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

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

Contact: (082) 372 8637

Website: www.thalithali.com

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

#8 Dig up the past at West Coast Fossil Park

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

Contact: (022) 766 1606

Website: www.fossilpark.org.za

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

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

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

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

Contact: (082) 372 8637

Website: www.thalithali.com

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

#10 Enjoy a Sunday Buffet at Thali Thali

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

Food buffet offerings and costs vary but bookings are essential.

Contact: (082) 372 8637

Website: www.thalithali.com

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

#11 Take 5 at Club Mykonos

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

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

Contact: (022) 707 7000

Website: www.clubmykonos.co.za

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

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#12 Master kite surfing with the KiteLab

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

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

Contact: (022) 772 0026

Website: www.kitelab.co.za

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

#13 Sail around with Brian’s Boat Tours

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

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

Contact: (022) 772 2093
Website: www.brianstours.co.za
Address: 14 Lagoon Crescent, Langebaan, Western Cape

#14 Dine at Die Strandloper Restaurant

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

Contact: (083) 227 7195
Website: www.strandloper.com
Address: Die Strandloper Restaurant, Langebaan, Western Cape

#15 Experience Langebaan with Masada Guest House

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

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

#16 Shop till you drop at Laguna Mall

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

Contact: (022) 772 0528
Website: www.lagunamall.co.za
Address: Languna Street, Skiathos, Langebaan, Western Cape

#17 Hop on a horse at Oliphantskop

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

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

Contact: (022) 772 2326

Website: www.westcoastway.co.za

Address: Olifantskop Road, Langebaan, Western Cape

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#18 Enjoy a West Coast overnight hike

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

Contact: (022) 707 9902/3

Website: www.roxannereid.co.za

Address: West Coast, Western Cape

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

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

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

Contact: (022) 772 2144
Website: www.sanparks.org
Address: West Coast National Park, West Coast DC, Western Cape

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

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

Contact: (022) 772 1114

Website: capesport.co.za

Address: 98 Main Road, Langebaan, Western Cape

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

Top 20 Hartbeespoort Restaurants 2017.

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

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

#1 La Terrazza Restaurant

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

Guests will also enjoy the relaxed and pleasant dining atmosphere.

Contact: (012) 244 0667

Website: none

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

#2 Skye Bistro

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

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

Contact: (072) 905 4919

Website: none

Address: R511, Hartebeespoort, North West

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#3 Silver Orange Bistro

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

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

Contact: (082) 378 2948

Website: www.silverorangebistro.co.za

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

#4 The Windmill Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (012) 259 0955

Website: none

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

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#5 Laurentina Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (012) 253 5052

Website: www.facebook.com/LaurentinaHarties

Address: Chameleon Village, Hartbeespoort, North West

#6 Leopard Lodge Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (012) 207 1130

Website: www.leopardlodge.co.za

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

#7 The Coffee Shop

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

Contact: (076) 141 3364

Website: www.food24.com

Address: Chameleon Village, Hartbeespoort, North West

#8 De Vette Mossel

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

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

Contact: (082) 346 3731

Website: www.devettemosselharties.co.za

Address: R511, Hartbeespoort, North West

#9 Café La Bonheur

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

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

Contact: (071) 402 0695

Website: cafebonheur.co.za

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

#10 AfricanSwiss Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (083) 476 0507

Website: www.africanswiss.com

Address: Plot 119, Broederstroom, Hartbeespoort, North West

#11 BisiBean Coffee Roasting Co.

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

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

Contact: (079) 143 8511

Website: www.bisibean.co.za

Address: R27, Tielmann Street, Hartbeespoort, North West

#12 Pica Pau Continental Cuisine

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

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

Contact: (012) 207 9127

Website: www.picapau.co.za

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

#13 Upperdeck Restaurant

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

Contact: (012) 253 2586

Website: www.upperdeck.co.za

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

#14 Black Fox Eatery

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

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

Contact: (012) 253 1847/8

Website: www.villaparadiso.co.za

Address: Hartbeespoort, North West

#15 Harties Café

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

Contact: (079) 331 2771

Website: none

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

#16 Caravela Restaurante

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

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

Contact: (012) 253 2642

Website: none

Address: Straduvarius Road, Hartbeespoort, North West

#17 French Toast Koffie Kafee

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

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

Contact: (078) 592 6953

Website: frenchtoastharties.co.za

Address: R27, R511, Hartbeespoort, North West

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#18 Café Deli-Licious

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

Contact: (082) 484 7440

Website: none

Address: Chameleon Village, Hartbeespoort, North West

#19 Pick-a-Pancake

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

Contact: (012) 253 0485

Website: none

Address: Old Rustenberg Road, Hartbeespoort, North West

#20 Hero’s Grill House & Pizzeria

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

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

Contact: (012) 253 9910

Website: none

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

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

Top 20 Langebaan Restaurants 2017.

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

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

#1 Die Strandloper Restaurant

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

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

Please note that bookings are advised.

Contact: (022) 772 2490

Website: www.strandloper.com

Address: Die Strandloper Restaurant, Langebaan, Western Cape

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#2 Pearly’s Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (022) 772 2734

Website: pearlys.co.za

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

#3 Breeze Restaurant and Lounge Bar

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

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

Contact: (022) 772 1078

Website: www.breeze-restaurant.com

Address: 9 Bree, Langebaan, Western Cape

#4 Boesmanland Plaaskombuis

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

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

Contact: (022) 772 1564

Website: boesmanlandfarmkitchen.com

Address: Boesmanland Plaaskombuis, Langebaan, Western Cape

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#5 Kokomo Beach Bar & Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (022) 772 1600

Website: www.facebook.com/kokomolangebaan/

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

#6 Flags

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

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

Contact: (022) 772 1278

Website: flagssa.co.za

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

#7 Ginja Beanz Coffee Café

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

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

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

Contact: (022) 772 2221

Website: www.ginjabeanz.co.za

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

#8 The Pancake Place

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

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

Contact: (022) 772 2365

Website: wikivillage.co.za/the-pancake-place

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

#9 The Curry Bar

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

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

Contact: (022) 772 0595

Website: www.thecurrybar.com

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

#10 Die Watergat

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

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

Contact: (022) 772 2966

Website: www.touchlangebaan.co.za

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

#11 Thali Thali Game Lodge Restaurant

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

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

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

Contact: (082) 372 8637

Website: www.thalithali.co.za

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

#12 Geelbek Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (072) 698 6343

Website: www.sanparks.org/parks/west_coast/tourism/restaurant.php

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

#13 Friday Island Beachfront Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (022) 772 2634

Website: www.fridayisland.co.za/fridayisland_restaurant.html

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

#14 Marc’s Beach Bar

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

Contact: (081) 410 7989

Website:  www.marcsbeachbar.com

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

#15 Baxters Langebaan Restaurant

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

Contact: (082) 430 4505

Website: www.facebook.com/baxterslangebaan

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

#16 The Farmhouse Hotel Restaurant

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

Contact: (022) 772 2062

Website: www.thefarmhousehotel.com

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

#17 Kalmer Karma

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

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

Contact: (022) 707 9116

Website: none

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

#18 Bouzouki Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (022) 707 7796

Website: www.clubmykonos.co.za

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

#19 The Sandbar Pub & Kitchen

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

Contact: (022) 772 2846

Website: none

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

#20 Potjie Restaurant

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

Contact: (022) 772 1323

Website: none

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

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

Top 20 Stellenbosch Activities 2017.

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

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

#1 Journey back in time with Stellenbosch Village Museum

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

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

Contact: (021) 887 2948

Website: www.stelmus.co.za/village_museum.htm

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

#2 Explore the great outdoors at Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

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

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

Contact: (021) 866 1560

Website: www.capenature.co.za

Address: Jonkershoek Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#3 Spend a family day out at Spier Wine Farm

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

Contact: (021) 809 1100

Website: www.spier.co.za

Address: R310 Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#4 Meet the Raptors at Eagle Encounters

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

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

Contact: (084) 037 5523

Website: www.eagle-encounters.co.za

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

#5 Visit Root 44 Market

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

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

Contact: (021) 881 3052

Website: www.root44.co.za

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

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#6 Experience Villiera’s wine farm game drive

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

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

Contact: (021) 865 2002

Website: www.villiera.com

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

#7 Indulge in Spier’s Vineyard Segway Tour

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

Contact: (021) 809 1157

Website: segwaytours.co.za

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

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

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

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

Contact: (021) 881 3878

Website: vredenheim.co.za

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

#9 Horse around at Equine Sport Centre

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

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

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

Contact: (071) 597 2546

Website: equinesportcentre.co.za

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

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#10 Stroll about the Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden

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

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

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

Contact: (021) 808 3054

Website: www.sun.ac.za

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

#11 Visit the delightful Jordan Wine Estate

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

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

Contact: (021) 881 3441

Website: www.jordanwines.com

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

#12 Do the Vineyard Trail at Delvera Farm

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

Contact: (021) 884 4752

Website: www.safarinow.com

Address: Delvera Farm, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#13 Take the kids to Blaauwklippen

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

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

Contact: (021) 880 0133
Website: www.blaauwklippen.com

Address: Blaauwklippen, Strand Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

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#14 Head to Blaauwklippen’s Family Market

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

Contact: (021) 880 0133

Website: www.blaauwklippenfamilymarket.co.za

Address: Blaauwklippen, Strand Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#15 Get active with Bottelary Hills MTB Trail

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

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

Contact: info@bottelaryconservancy.co.za

Website: bottelaryconservancy.co.za

Address: Bottelary Hills Renosterveld Conservancy, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

#16 Experience a Full Moon Hike with Dirtopia

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

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

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

Contact: (021) 884 4752

Website: www.dirtopia.co.za

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

#17 Treat yourself at The Bird Cage Tea Bar

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

Contact: (021) 882 9790

Website: birdcageteabar.com

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

#18 Pick sweet strawberries at Polkadraai

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

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

Contact: (021) 881 3854

Website: polkadraaifarm.co.za

Address: Polkadraai Farm, M12 Stellenbosch Arterial Road, Stellenbosch

#19 Browse Die Dorpstraat Gallery

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

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

Contact: (021) 887 2256

Website: dsg.withtank.com

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

#20 Enjoy some historical Stellies sightseeing

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

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

Contact: (021) 808 8111

Website: www.stellenbosch.gov.za

Address: Stellenbosch, Western Cape

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

 

 

Top 20 Durban restaurants 2017.

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

Here are some of the best to try in 2017:

#1 Mali’s Indian Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (031) 312 8535

Website: none

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

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#2 Butcher Boys

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

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

Contact: (031) 312 8248

Website: butcherboysgrill.co.za

Address: 170 Florida Road, Morningside, Durban, KZN

#3 Little India Restaurant

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

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

Contact:  (031) 201 1121

Website: littleindianrestaurant.co.za

Address: 155 Musgrave Road, Berea, Durban, KZN

#4 9th Avenue Bistro

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

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

Contact: (031) 312 9134

Website: www.9thavenuebistro.co.za

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

#5 Quo Restaurant

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

Contact: (082) 320 7906

Website:  www.facebook.com/quorestaurant

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

#6 The Wok Box

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

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

Contact: (031) 564 2939

Website: none

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

#7 Jack Salmon Fish House

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

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

Contact: (031) 572 3664

Website: www.jacksalmon.co.za

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

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#8 Spiga D’oro

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

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

Contact: (031) 303 9511

Website: www.facebook.com/SpigaDurban

Address: 200 Florida Road, Morningside, Durban, KZN

#9 Café 1999

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

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

Contact: (031) 202 3406

Website: www.cafe1999.co.za

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

#10 The Grill Jichana

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

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

Contact: (031) 362 1300

Website: www.tsogosun.com/grill-jichana

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

#11 The Chefs Table

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

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

Contact: (031) 001 0200

Website: www.thechefstable.co.za

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

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#12 Mooki Noodle Bar

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

Contact: (031) 811 9199

Website: mookinoodles.wordpress.com

Address: 190 Brand Road, Glenwood, Durban, KZN

#13 Lupa Osteria

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

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

Contact: (031) 941 1181

Website: www.lupa.co.za

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

#14 Four15

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

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

Contact: (031) 564 0415

Website: four15.co.za

Address: 41 Mackeurtan Avenue, Durban North,

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#15 Joop’s Place

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

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

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

Contact: (031) 312 9135

Website: www.facebook.com/Joops-Place-225680304118860

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

#16 Mo-Zam-Bik

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

Highlights are chicken livers, trinchado beef and grilled calamari.

Contact: (031) 303 2135

Website: www.mozambik.co.za

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

#17 Vasco’s Restaurant

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

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

Contact: (031) 336 8100

Website: www.facebook.com/VascosRestaurant

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

#18 El Toro

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

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

Contact: (031) 564 3015

Website: www.eltoro.mobi

Address: 5 Mackeurtan Avenue, Durban North, KZN

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#19 Big Easy Durban by Ernie Els

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

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

Contact: (031) 336 8166

Website: bigeasydurban.co.za

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

#20 Capsicum

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

Contact: (031) 303 2417

Website: none

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

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

Top 20 Durban activities 2017.

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

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

#1 Browse Shongweni Farmers & Craft Market

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

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

Contact: (031) 777 4686

Website: www.shongwenimarket.co.za

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

#2 Feel ten feet tall at MiniTown

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

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

Contact: (031) 337 7892

Website: www.durban-tourism.com

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

#3 Have a good time at Fun World Amusement Park

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

Contact: (031) 332 9776

Website: www.funpark.co.za

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

#4 Enjoy a romantic gondola ride with Zulumoon Gondolas

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

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

Contact: (084) 730 8784

Website: gondolas.co.za

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

#5 Take to the sky at Moses Mabhida Stadium

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

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

Contact: (031) 582 8242

Website: www.mmstadium.com

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

#6 Dive into uShaka Marine World

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

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

Contact: (031) 328 8000

Website: www.ushakamarineworld.co.za

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

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#7 Get active at Southern Rock

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

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

Contact: (031) 705 3842

Website: srockgym.co.za

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

#8 Devour a Bunny Chow like a Durbanite

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

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

Contact: (031) 537 3997

Website: www.zulu.org.za

Address: 4 Sipho Sethy Rd, Mt Edgecombe, Durban

#9 Surfs up at Wavehouse

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

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

Contact: (031) 584 9400

Website: www.wavehouse.co.za

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

#10 Monkey around at Mitchell Park Zoo

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

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

Contact: (031) 303 2275

Website: www.durban.gov.za

Address: 10 Ferndale Rd, Morningside, Durban

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#11 Visit Durban’s KZNSA Gallery

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

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

Contact: (031) 202 3686

Website: www.durbanlive.com

Address: 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban, KZN

#12 Walk along Wilson’s Wharf

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

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

Contact: (031) 907 8792

Website: www.wilsonswharf.co.za

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

#13 Take in the gorgeous Golden Mile

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

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

Contact: none

Website: www.southafrica.net

Address: Durban, KZN

#14 Explore Umgeni River Bird Park

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

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

Contact: (031) 579 4600

Website: www.umgeniriverbirdpark.co.za

Address: 490 Riverside Road, Durban North, KZN

#15 Visit the Southern Hemisphere’s oldest mosque

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

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

Contact: (031) 304 1518

Website: www.sa-venues.com

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

#16 Tour Durban Natural Science Museum

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

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

Contact: (031) 311 2256

Website: www.durban.gov.za

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

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#17 Delve into the Durban Botanical Gardens

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

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

Contact: (031) 322 4000

Website: www.durbanbotanicgardens.org.za

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

#18 Head into the jungle at Beachwood Mangrove Nature Reserve

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

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

Contact: (082) 559 2839

Website: www.southafrica.net

Address: Riverside Road, Durban, KZN

#19 Utilise the epic Durban Beachfront Skate Park

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

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

Contact: (031) 3327433

Website: none

Address: Durban Beachfront, Durban, KZN

#20 Stroll about the iconic Umhlanga Pier

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

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

Contact: none

Website: none

Address: Whlae Bone Pier, Umhlanga, KZN

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

 

 

Top 20 Restaurants in Hermanus 2017.

The Overberg town of Hermanus is about so much more than its famous whales because, while it is our Whale Capital, it is also a surprisingly good foodie destination, with a host of upper level and casual eateries alike to satisfy your hunger.
Here are some of the best to try when visiting Hermanus:

#1 Betty Blue Bistro

This fresh and vibrant bistro (with a light, fun interior), located in Main Road Hermanus, focusses on serving quality meals – like sweet and savoury pancakes, adventurous salads, good burgers, tacos and even some Banting-friendly dishes too – all made with love and care.
This bistro is an inviting splash of colour and refreshment in more ways than one and is well worth a visit!
Contact: (028) 125 0037
Website: bettybluebistrohermanus.com
Address: 126 Main Road, Hermanus, Western Cape

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#2 Creation Wines

Located on the picturesque Creation Wines estate – high up on the stunning Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge – food and wine tastings can be enjoyed at this leading winery’s bistro, which, importantly, is also a child-friendly venue.

Aside from a choice of cheese, chocolate, charcuterie and tea-and-breakfast themed wine-pairing menus, guests can enjoy a range of tapas, as well as a three-course pairing menu made up of salads, soups, poultry and meat.
Contact: (028) 212 1107
Website: www.creationwines.com
Address: Creation Wines, Hemel & Aarde Road, Hermanus, Western Cape

#3 Pear Tree Bistro

Petri and his team provide visitors with a warm welcome at this bistro where great, “craveable” food and a relaxed vibe reign supreme.

At Pear Tree, you can enjoy everything from tasty breakfasts, light lunches, delicious mains and even decadent desserts, as well as winter warming hot beverages, wines and beers to wash it all down!
Contact: (028) 313 1224
Website: peartree-hermanus.co.za
Address: Village Square, 81 Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape

#4 Fishermans Cottage

If you’re looking for a unique dining experience with an air of history to it in Hermanus, then Fishermans Cottage is the place for you. Providing an intimate and atmospheric restaurant vibe, this eatery is housed in a building originally built in the late 1800s before it was turned into the restaurant we know today in 1991.

The food reflects the coastline’s rich seafood, though there are also meat and vegetarian options on offer here, with plenty of chef-owner Anton’s specialities available on the daily blackboard menu.
Contact: (028) 312 3642
Website: www.fishermanscottage.co.za
Address: Fishermans Village, Corner Main and Harbour Road, Hermanus, Western Cape

#5 Source

As the name suggests, at Source, it’s all about getting back to basics and focussing on the fresh produce and ingredients that combine and make up a dish.

Chef Warwick Taylor and his team take great pride in their establishment and all it has to offer. Here, it’s all about quality food, supporting local suppliers and providing sincere service for their guests’ pleasure.
Contact: (028) 125 0025
Website: www.restaurants.co.za
Address: 12 Village Lane, Hemel-en-Aarde Village, Hermanus, Western Cape

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#6 The Cuckoo Tree

Country vibes and bistro fare are at the heart of family-run, The Cuckoo Tree. There’s a casual, family-friendly atmosphere to be enjoyed here and good food, including its popular, hearty breakfasts.
Contact: (028) 312 3430
Website: none
Address: Rothnick Craft Building, 155 Dirkie Uys Street, Hermanus, Western Cape

#7 Fusion Restaurant

This family-owned business is all big on different styles and tastes, as its name implies, and, although there’s no specific style to their food – exceptional taste, quality and presentation are ever-present.

The restaurant caters to both indoor and al fresco dining and both dining experiences provide excellent ocean views, perfect for whale watching (if the season is right).
Contact: (028) 312 4277
Website: www.fushioncafe-hermanus.co.za
Address: 5 Village Square, Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape

#8 La Pentola Hermanus

This seafront restaurant – which offers panoramic views across Walker Bay and specialises in international cuisine, with South African flavours – has been on SA’s culinary forefront since 1995.

Now in Hermanus, the kitchen offers fresh seafood, mature beef cuts, exotic game dishes and awesome vegetarian offerings, with a range of light meals, salads and desserts too.
Contact: (028) 313 1685
Website: hermanus.lapentola.co.za
Address: Ocean View, 87 Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape

#9 Burgundy Restaurant

This restaurant offers delicious food, fine wine, spectacular ocean views and great company, in a place where warm hospitality is a prerequisite.

At Burgundy, enjoy the likes of fillet steaks, artisanal breads, fresh, crisp vegetables and so much more in this seaside restaurant, located near Hermanus’s historic, old harbour.
Contact: (028) 312 2800
Website: www.burgundyrestaurant.co.za
Address: Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape

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#10 Moggs Country Cookhouse

Here, at this family-run restaurant in the beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, one can enjoy good, honest country fare, with splendid dishes (which use seasonal favourites) like lamb shank, fishcakes or even a Mediterranean salad available on the seasonal menu.

There’s a delightful, shady terrace to enjoy in summer, while the restaurant also has lovely interiors.
Contact: (076) 314 0671
Website: moggscookhouse.com
Address: Nuwe-Pos Farm, Nuwe-Pos Road, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Hermanus, Western Cape

#11 Just Pure Bistro

Just Pure is the perfect place to go for breakfast, lunch or brunch in Hermanus. This eatery offers simple, yet delicious homemade meals, made from fresh, natural and locally sourced ingredients.

The food portions are generous, the atmosphere is relaxing and the daily changing menu offers seasonally-inspired dishes and old Just Pure favourites alike.
Contact: (028) 313 0060
Website: www.justpure.co.za
Address: Marine Drive and Park Lane, Hermanus, Western Cape

#12 Harbour Rock

With splendid sea views out across Hermanus and Walker Bay, The Rock, as it is locally known, enjoys an excellent cliff positioning.

This premium restaurant, overlooking the bustling New Harbour, offers delicious desserts, fresh seafood meals, tasty pork belly and sirloin and much more, brought to you by owner Francois Barnard, general manager Vaughan van Blerk and their dedicated team.
Contact: (028) 312 2920
Website: www.harbourrock.co.za
Address: New Harbour, Hermanus, Western Cape

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#13 The Barefoot Cook

This is homely, snug restaurant – with an adjoining book store – offers a few select dishes prepared daily by chef-owner Marieclaire Day. For winter, there’s a roaring fireplace to cosy up to, while, in fair weather, guests can enjoy their meals out in the lovely, shaded courtyard.
Contact: (028) 312 4681
Website: none
Address: 12 Aberdeen Street, Hermanus, Western Cape

#14 Dutchies

This beach restaurant offers a selection of breakfasts, light beginnings, sandwiches, mains and, of course, sweets and desserts, with coffee, teas, beverages, wine, beer and cocktails to enjoy too.

All their dishes are freshly prepared and their location at Grotto Beach makes them a winner when it comes to a casual, yet fun eat-out experience.
Contact: (028) 314 1392
Website: dutchies.co.za
Address: Grotto Street, Grotto Beach, Hermanus, Western Cape

#15 Lemon Butta Seafood Bistro on the Bay

Lemon Butta Seafood Bistro – or LB Seafood Bistro as it’s more commonly referred to – specialises in fresh seafood, ranging from tuna, filleted salmon, tender calamari and marvellous mussels too.

To complement their food, they also have a great selection of carefully hand-picked wines.
Contact: (028) 312 3611
Website: www.lemonbutta.co.za
Address: 6 Market Square Street, Hermanus, Western Cape

#16 Bietang’s Cave

This is not your average seafood restaurant, for, as its name suggests, this restaurant is set in a cave, with the terrace on the rocks overlooking the ocean.

Enjoy dining on a full a la carte menu in Bietang’s Cave Restaurant and Wine Bar, with whales for company.
Contact: (028) 312 3026
Website: www.bietangscave.com
Address: In a cave, below Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape

#17 Fabio’s Ristorante Italiano

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Offering authentic Italian comfort food and rich, generous portions at a fair price, Fabio’s is a cosy and welcoming restaurant, which makes for a more relaxed, yet endlessly enjoyable, dining experience.

Try their wood-fired pizzas or excellent pastas (like the Spaghetti al Dente), with some wine from the award-winning wine list.
Contact: (028) 313 0532
Website: www.fabios.co.za
Address: 60 St Peters Lane, Hermanus, Western Cape

#18 Piccolo’s Pizzeria

Serving the best pizza in Hermanus, this pizzeria offers good service, a warm, friendly Italian atmosphere, and of course: great food too, such as: pastas, salads, and great, yet inexpensive pizzas (complete with thin bases and great toppings).

It is an ideal family-friendly eatery overlooking the Hermanus CBD.
Contact: (028) 312 1950
Website: none
Address: Ocean View, 87 Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape

#19 Lizette’s Kitchen

This family-friendly eatery is situated within a beautifully restored, old Heritage farmhouse. Today, old meets new in what is an exciting restaurant and bar space, complete with several dining areas, as well as porch and garden/play area.

Chef Lizette uses her experience and family roots to offer food that’s carefully created from excellent flavours and the freshest ingredients.
Contact: (028) 314 0308
Website: www.lizetteskitchen.com
Address: 20 on 8th Street, Hermanus, Western Cape

#20 Eat

Owner Petri (who also co-owns Fushion) has created a restaurant space where the focus is on the local market in Hermanus.

His menu caters nicely towards lunch, light snacks and dinner in what is a truly elegant restaurant space, simply made for delightful dining.
Contact: (028) 316 2348
Website: www.eatrestaurant.co.za
Address: Hemel-en-Aarde Village, Sandbaai, Hermanus, Western Cape

These are just some of the top restaurants one can enjoy dining at in the seaside, Overberg town of Hermanus but there are many other great options besides.

 

Top 20 Plettenberg Restaurants.

Pretty Plettenberg Bay has something for everyone to enjoy when it comes to restaurants and eateries.

With a wide range of diverse cafes, fine dining establishments, bistros and more, visitors will find an array of flavours and foods to sink their teeth into in this Garden Route-based city.

Here are some of the best Plett restaurants to enjoy in 2017:

#1 Zinzi

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Meaning ‘abundance’ in Swahili, this vibrant restaurant, located on Hunter’s Estate, is a marvel of architecture, interior design and great dining in the Garden Route.

It has an incredible forest setting and offers an exciting, tasty menu, prepared by a passionate team of chefs, who use only the freshest ingredients to make Zinzi’s honest, yet innovative dishes.

Contact: (044) 532 8226

Website: www.zinzi.hunterhotels.com

Location: Hunter’s Estate, N2, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#2 Bramon Restaurant

Located on the Bramon Wine Estate, Bramon Restaurant explores new horizons, as the restaurant combines interesting recipes with award-winning wines.

This popular wine estate restaurant is set overlooking the Tsitsikamma Mountains and elephants – and offers freshly-prepared, tapas-inspired dishes for the whole family to enjoy. Booking is advised.

Contact: (073) 833 8183

Website: www.bramonwines.co.za

Location: Bramon Wine Estate, N2, The Crags, Plettenberg, Garden Route

#3 The Fat Fish Restaurant

Well-positioned on Plettenberg’s Central Beach – with startling views of the Indian Ocean, Piesang Valley River and Tsitsikamma Mountains – this restaurant offers a casual, yet upbeat vibe.

The kitchen is headed up by head chef, Kirsty Sinclair, who helps prepare tasty dishes to ensure a quality menu and meal for guests.

Tuck into fresh, SASSI-complaint seafood or tantalising tapas – paired with some cocktails or fine, locally produced wines – made from only the freshest ingredients.

Contact: (044) 533 4740

Website: www.thefatfish.co.za

Location: Mlikwood Centre, Hopwood Street, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#4 Nguni Restaurant

Located in one of Plett’s most historical buildings (a 100+ year-old dairy), it’s only fitting that this restaurant offers nostalgic African flair.

The African menu is a reflection of South African favourites like: Boboie, Karoo lamb, ostrich, game, biltong and springbok.

With eclectic African interiors, complete with an original wood-fire stove, and a sunny veranda outside, visitors are provided with a true taste of SA – and in particular, the Cape.

Contact: (044) 533 6710

Website: www.nguni-restaurant.co.za

Location: 6 Crescent Street, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#5 Ristorante Enrico

With a terrace overlooking the ocean and a friendly atmosphere inside and out, it’s hard not to love this homely, relaxed Italian restaurant – particularly with hands-on owner, Enrico, always around to make his guests feel welcome.

Using fresh ingredients and raw, natural products, Enrico prepares tasteful, delicious dishes, inspired by his Roman roots.

His signature dish is the Fish Enrico – but the starters and desserts are equally tempting, as are the daily specials!

Contact: (044) 535 9818

Website: www.enricorestaurant.co.za

Location: 296 Main Street, Keurboomstrand, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#6 SeaFood at The Plettenberg

Drawing inspiration from the region’s rich marine life, the cuisine at SeaFood includes superb signature dishes, served all day.

There is also a unique tapas menu, served around the pool or from the terrace, which overlooks the ocean. High tea is also available here. Booking is advised.

Since it is part of The Collection by Liz McGrath, class and quality are a prerequisite at this seaside, hotel-based restaurant.

Contact: (044) 533 2030

Website: www.collectionmcgrath.com

Location: 40 Church Street, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

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#7 Emily’s Restaurant

Found at Emily Moon River Lodge, this restaurant exudes the essence of Africa, with a touch of her spirit and mystery too. This is present in everything from the beautiful collectors’ items to the kelims, carved mermaids and Nguni skins inside.

There’s a touch of old-school elegance and mystique here, and chef Jana produces an eclectic menu, particularly primed for candlelit dinners.

The large deck, overlooking the Bitou River, is great or sundowners, while the carved Ethiopian day bed, set in front of a log fire, is great for cosy, post-meal drinks too.

The menu changes like the weather, so there’s always something new and fresh to enjoy.

Contact: (044) 501 2500

Website: www.emilymoon.co.za

Location: Emily Moon River Lodge, 1 Rietvlei Road, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#8 Kurland Restaurant

This restaurant has won numerous awards over the years, and no matter where you sit, elegant settings made for intimate meals and group celebrations abound.

Headed by executive chef Leon Coetzee, who prepares quality dishes, while treating guests to new recipes – and in so doing, taking them on an exciting culinary journey – dining at this hotel restaurant is an excellent experience all round.

Contact: (044) 534 8082

Website: www.kurland.co.za

Location: Kurland Hotel, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#9 Peppermill Café

This café offers global tastes, as it embraces fresh dishes from around the world.

Guests can enjoy Good Morning breakfasts, Cajun chicken, healthy hummus, salad bowls, and other great light meals, in a laid-back café, which enjoys a delightfully tranquil setting that is ideal for family outings to The Crags.

Contact: (071) 324 4454

Website: www.plett-tourism.co.za

Location: The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#10 The Table Restaurant and Bar

Specialising in “simple food with serious taste”, The Table is a down-to-earth eatery, which focusses on bringing people together to enjoy good company – and even better food.

Every dish is lovingly made using the freshest ingredients – irrespective of whether you order a wood-fire pizza, handmade pasta dish or decadent dessert.

Signature dishes include the ostrich, with chilli-chocolate sauce, and seafood in a pizza basket.

Contact: (044) 533 3024

Website: thetable.co.za

Location: 9 Main Street, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#11 Equinox Flame & Flavour

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This seaside restaurant right on Lookout Beach offers holiday makers and locals a classy, yet casual eat out experience.

Bringing flame and flavour to the Plett restaurant scene, Equinox (named after the Spring Tide of 2008, which transformed Lookout Beach) is a chic restaurant and bar, which offers everything from open-flame grilled tender cuts to super fresh seafood perfection, at the ocean’s edge…

Contact: (044) 533 0637

Website: www.lookout.co.za

Location: Lookout Beach, Hill Street, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#12 The Lookout Deck

This local Plett restaurant institution is a special place to enjoy special times. Nestled between The Lookout Rocks and Nature Reserve, it enjoys one of the best locations around and is very well-known and loved by visitors and locals alike.

It’s a must-visit eatery that provides guests with a selection of breakfasts, lunches, light snacks and dinners, as well as a choice of wine, exotic cocktails and other bar drinks to wash it all down.

Contact: (044) 533 1379

Website: www.lookout.co.za

Location: Lookout Beach, Hill Street, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#13 Lemon Grass Seaside Restaurant

Situated on the water’s edge, this terraced restaurant is open, warm and is a sensory treat in all respects, including the gorgeous surrounding views.

The menu offers a variety of freshly prepared dishes, from fish and seafood to meats and game, all of which draw either local or international inspiration.

If you’re looking for a restaurant with great food and an idyllic setting, Lemon Grass is the one for you.

Contact: (044) 533 5520

Website: www.lemongrassplett.co.za

Location: Salmack Road, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#14 The Burnt Orange

This is the new restaurant of chef Gareth Gardiner, former head chef of La Granada Divino (which appeared on Gordon Ramsay’s TV programme).

The Burnt Orange serves a variety of local and international dishes, drawing inspiration from Spain, Italy and other European culinary giants, and combining it with fresh, locally sourced ingredients for your ultimate food satisfaction.

There’s also a lovely outdoor space where diners can enjoy cocktails and sundowners as the sun sets.

Contact: (072) 704 1501

Website: www.plett-tourism.co.za

Location: Piesang Valley Road, Brackenridge Private Residential Estate, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#15 Off the Hook

This vibrant and trendy restaurant, complete with a homely touch, is perfect for families to enjoy relaxing and dining together.

The menu offers local seafood specialties, served with a choice of varied, delicious side orders.

To further complement this dining experience, add one of the top quality wines or if you prefer, a cup of good coffee with a slice from one of their delicious cakes.

Contact: (044) 533 0796

Website: offthehookplett.co.za

Location: Beacon Island Centre, Beacon Island Drive, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#16 Clare’s Cakes & Deli

At Clare’s, you can get cakes for all occasions and enjoy wowing your friends and loved ones with one of these masterful, iced creations – or simply, satisfying those sweet tooth cravings…

Products are made using only the finest ingredients and everything is made with the utmost care and love.

Clare’s Cakes & Deli also supplies cakes to local hotels and coffee shops, and their Chocolate Mousse Cake the stuff of baked legend in these parts.

Contact: (044) 533 0000

Website: www.clarescakes.co.za

Location: Main Street, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

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#17 LM in PLett

This restaurant offers guests a taste of Mozambique in Plett and with its good service and mouth-watering fare, it makes for a memorable dining experience.

The menu combines Indian, Portuguese and African food and guests can enjoy sharing traditional meals in this unique local restaurant.

Contact: (044) 533 1420

Website: lmplett.co.za

Location: 6 Yellowwood Corner, Main Street, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#18 The View Tapas Café and Bar

Boasting spectacular views, an affordable menu and sound service, this is the perfect place for a chilled night out with friends or family.

The View serves yummy tapas made and designed from locally sourced ingredients, and offers awesome al fresco dining in fair weather, though there’s also ample bar seating inside too.

Contact: (044) 533 0165

Website: www.plett-tourism.co.za

Location: Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#19 Courtyard Café

Nestled in the heart of Plett, this wonderful courtyard coffee shop is a great place to head for a coffee and a delicious meal.

Serving everything from breakfasts, toasted sandwiches, burgers and light meals to speciality Greek food – which includes the likes of Greek shortbread cookies, spinach pies and falafels – Courtyard Café is the place to come for good Greek hospitality and simple, yet tasty food.

Contact: (044) 533 3331

Website: www.plett-tourism.co.za

Location: Shop 9A Melville’s Corner, Main Street, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#20 Down to Earth Restaurant

This is relatively new, natural/organic restaurant is located at Plett River Lodge. The focus at the aptly named Down to Earth is strongly on health and locally sourced ingredients, as well as ethically prepared meals.

This waterfront venue is perfect for hosting special occasions; intimate dinners – or even simply enjoying a cup of tea on a lazy afternoon.

Contact: (044) 533 5843

Website: www.plettriverlodge.com

Location: Plett River Lodge, N2, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

These are just some of the awesome restaurants you can enjoy in Plettenberg Bay if you live in or visit this phenomenal Garden Route city during 2017.

Top 20 activities in Plettenberg Bay 2017.

Situated along the gorgeous Garden Route, Plettenberg Bay is a trove of beautiful beaches, secret adventures, caring animal sanctuaries, surf spots and so much more; it’s a tourist destination of note, among local South African travellers and foreign tourists alike.

Here are some of the best activities to enjoy in Plettenberg Bay:

#1 Enjoy family fun at Adventure Land

Offering good, clean fun for the whole family, Adventure Land is a place of water rides, playgrounds, super tubes and more. There are also awesome braai and picnic facilities, as well as a take-away kiosk, if required.

Highlights include the 75-metre super tube; 2-lane racer; kamikaze slide (with a 12-metre drop!) and even some kiddies’ slides and splash pools for the tots.

Contact: (044) 532 7869

Website: www.adventurelandplett.co.za

Address:  Adventure Land, Plettenberg Bay, Thohoyandou-F, Thohoyandou, Garden Route

#2 Cycle the 14-km Buffalo Hills MTB Trail

For avid cyclists, the 14-kilometre, circular route at Buffalo Hills Reserve is an awesome outdoor experience.

Here, you can enjoy riding a relatively easy route (though there are, nevertheless, some challenges in store), which should take you between 1.5 to 2 hours to finish.

Ride through grassy plains, forest and then onto a single-track. What’s more, there’s a great ascent up a jeep track, where you can stop and admire the surrounding reserve’s spectacular scenery. Do a self-guided tour (minimum of three riders must participate) or opt for a guided one and learn about the forest and flora as you ride.

Contact: (044) 535 9739, (082) 783 8392

Website: www.sa-venues.com

Address: Buffalo Hills Reserve (off R340 towards Wittedrif), Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#3 Experience game drives at Plett Game Reserve

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Located some 20 minutes outside Plett, the Plettenberg Game Reserve is a wonderful place to experience African wildlife/terrain and to enjoy seeing the Big 5 in their natural habitat.

Two great activities to choose from when visiting are the game drive or horse safari, which both run for two hours. Or, if you want to experience something even more exotic, try the new 1.5-hour-long Elephant Safari.

The game drive and horse safari both allow you to experience game on a real wildlife safari – either from horseback or from inside a vehicle.

Contact: (044) 535 0000/1

Website: www.plettgamereserve.com

Address: Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve, R340 Road, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#4 Enjoy educational entertainment at Plett Puzzle Park

Found in the heart of the Garden Route, this unique attraction offers interactive family-fun. Activities are designed with all ages and sizes in mind and are intended to provide educational entertainment in an affordable way.

Plett Puzzle Park’s main attractions are the life-sized 3D Maze (a first of its kind in SA) and the exciting Forest Puzzle Walk.

There’s also an on-site childrens’ play area and coffee/puzzle gift shop set in a tranquil garden, with oversized garden games to keep visitors occupied.

Contact: (044) 534 8853

Website: www.plettpuzzlepark.co.za

Address: Plett Puzzle Park, Greater Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

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#5 Be amazed at Birds of Eden

Birds of Eden – the world’s largest free-flight aviary – is a unique, two-hectare dome, spanning across beautiful indigenous forest.

It aims to provide a sanctuary for birds, as well as miniature monkeys. Donations and bird releases once a protocol and criteria have been met, are welcome.

With a mysterious ruin, walk-behind waterfall, 200-seater amphitheatre and some 3,500 birds, it’s an experience like no other.

Contact: (044) 534 8906

Website: www.birdsofeden.co.za

Address: The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#6 Have your eyes opened at Junkani Wildlife Sanctuary

Home to an assortment of big cats (like lion, cheetah, Siberian and Benegal tigers, leopard, jaguars, pumas and more), zorilla, hyena and honey badgers, Junkani Wildlife Sanctuary is an eye-opening, once-in-a-lifetime experience for one and all.

The only sanctuary of its kind in the Garden Route, it is a conservation wildlife park, which gives animals the freedom to run, play and explore.

There are daily tours (from 9:00 am – 4:00pm), which are conducted in all weather conditions and which provide great insight into all Junkani’s animals.

Contact: (044) 534 8409

Website: www.jukani.co.za

Address: Junkani Wildlife Sanctuary, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#7 Monkey around at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

The world’s first free-roaming, multi-species primate sanctuary of Monkeyland offers tours, and comprises of more than 550 primates.

This primate sanctuary presently houses some 18 different species, 11 of which roam freely around the 12-hectare forest that makes up Monkeyland. The other seven are housed in large cages within the main forest or else, call the nearby Birds of Eden home.

There is also an excellent, 128-metre suspended canopy walk, restaurant, souvenir store and viewing deck, with multi-lingual guides on-hand to provide insight into these amazing monkeys.

Contact: (044) 534 8906

Website: www.monkeyland.co.za

Address: Monkeyland, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#8 Hit the beach – any beach

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Plettenberg Bay is all about the beach, with surfing, bodyboarding, sun tanning, swimming and more on offer in this sun-loving, seaside city. The three most popular and beautiful beaches in Plett are Central Beach, Robberg Beach and Lookout Beach.

Each of this beach trio offers something different: Central Beach is great for families and sunbathers, with lifeguards on duty for the swimmers; Lookout is popular among SUP paddlers and surfers – and finally, Robberg is wonderful for long walks, beach runs and even paddle skiing.

Contact: (083) 655 3618

Website: www.plettenberg-bay.co.za

Address: Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#9 Birding and bird-watching at Fynbos Ridge

This private nature reserve, some 7km outside of Plett, is the ideal place for birding. Owners Brian and Liz Philips have ensured a delightful fynbos home for all kinds of birds, providing a rustic, yet natural environment for these feathered residents.

Birds are partially habituated so photographers will have the chance to take numerous shots, as birds visit feeding trays and birdbaths dotted about the grounds.

With a list of roughly 90 species, every inch of the property is overflowing with birdlife, fynbos and proteas.

Tick everything from Pin-tailed Whydas to Forest Canaries, Sunbirds, Sugarbirds and even Fish Eagles off your list. Fynbos Ridge is also one of only three bird-friendly establishments in Plett, as approved by BirdLife South Africa.

Contact: (044) 533 0106

Website: www.fynbosridge.co.za

Adddress: Fynbos Ridge Nature Reserve, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#10 Saddle up with Hog Hollow Horse Trails

Experience the amazing Tsitsikamma Forest on horseback with Hog Hollow Horse Trails.

Choose between either a one-hour-long farm trail, with views out across the mountains and forest, or enjoy a two-hour-long forest trail, a three-hour-long private nature reserve trail or even a half/full day Cruise The Crags Trail, which will see you riding to various nearby attractions on horseback.

Booking is essential and comfortable clothing, sunblock and closed-in shoes are highly advised.

Contact: (082) 771 3745

Website: www.cruisethecrags.co.za or www.horseridinggardenroute.com

Address: Hog Hollow Horse Trails, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#11 Close encounters with the Whale kind

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If you’re looking to enjoy some close encounters with these gentle underwater mammals, particularly during Whale Season, by chartered boat – then Ocean Blue Adventures is your answer.

Enjoy awesome, permitted whale watching, as well as possible dolphin and other sea animal sightings, and get a brief history of the area too.

Trips last between 1.5 and 2 hours and no guaranteed sightings are given; booking is advised.

Contact: (044) 533 5083

Website: oceanadventures.co.za

Address: Ocean Blue Adventures, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#12 Go fishing in Robberg Nature Reserve

The national monument and nature reserve of the Robberg Peninsula: Robberg Nature Reserve offers limited rock and surf angling, with permits from the Marine and Coastal Management available from Cape Nature.

So while you can enjoy some fun recreational fishing, please be advised that bait-collecting, fishing from boats and spearfishing are entirely prohibited.

Contact: (044) 533 2125

Website: www.safarinow.com

Address: Robberg Nature Reserve, Airport Road, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#13 Explore the Elephant Sanctuary

Offering African elephants and an interactive experience (which can include elephant back riding), the Elephant Sanctuary at The Crags, is dedicated to elephant conservation and allowing guests to enjoy intimate experiences with these huge mammals.

Guides are committed, well-trained and insightful and will help you to interact with, ride and even touch the elephants.

Contact: (044) 534 8145

Website: www.elephantsanctuary.co.za

Address: Elephant Sanctuary, Animal Alley, The Crags (off the N2 near Natures Valley), Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#14 Go wild with Radical Raptors

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Opened in 2008, Radical Raptors is a rehabilitation centre, which aims to create community awareness on the rescue, rehabilitation and release of noble birds of prey.

Operating directly under the rules and regulations laid down by Cape Nature Conservation, Radical Raptors is a caring, yet exciting experience. Visitors are invited to enjoy a flying display, which sees a variety of trained, non-releasable birds of prey flying around freely, allowing guests the chance to admire, photograph and watch these magnificent birds – weather permitting.

Contact: (044) 532 7537

Website: www.radicalraptors.co.za

Address: Radical Raptors, The Heath, N2, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#15 Visit the Harkerville Saturday Village Market

Every Saturday, this rural and rustic, but also ultra-vibey, market takes places in the heart of the Garden Route. It’s a mix of flea-, craft- and farmers’-market combined and offers an all-round South African market experience.

There is a wealth of stalls, with the likes of organic food, jewellery, woodwork, clothing, flowers, music, books and more on offer.

Contact: (084) 510 9939

Website: www.harkervillemarket.co.za

Address: Harkerville Saturday Village Market, Harkerville, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#16 ‘Run’ with wolves at Garden Route Wolf Sanctuary

Situated between Knysna and Plett, this exciting sanctuary offers interactive tours that take visitors through wolf enclosures, offering a truly unique and intimate experience.

Aside from the wolf packs, there are also friendly wild dogs and huskies awaiting to greet guests.

You can enjoy a guided tour, which runs for +/- 40 minutes, with no prior booking required.

There is also a touch farm, with farmyard animals, and a restaurant, offering breakfasts and light meals.

Contact: (074) 303 0657

Website: wolfsanctuary.co.za

Address: Garden Route Wolf Sanctuary, N2, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

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#17 Shop at Porcupine Ceramics

Selling hand-made ceramics crafted by fire, Porcupine Ceramics makes ‘raku’-fired ceramic art pieces, inspired by African art and animals. Items include sculptures, plates, pots and other goods, all of which reflect the colours and traditions of our wonderful continent.

Products are produced by a group of local artisans, who have been trained and mentored by Porcupine since 1994.

Visit The Mill, a factory shop and studio, at The Crags and enjoy a tour of the working studio daily, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Contact: (044) 534 8910

Website: porcupineceramics.com

Address:  Porcupine Ceramics, The Mohair Mill, Kirbywood, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#18 Try something new with Learn to Surf Plett

As mentioned earlier, Plett is a surfers’ paradise and, with so many great beaches, it’s only natural for those keen on surfing to flock here.

Even if you can’t yet surf, there is hope with Learn to Surf Plett. This locally owned and operated surf school offers lessons for surfing and stand-up paddle boarding, taught by passionate people, with a love for surfing and the ocean.

Learn to Surf Plett is suitable for those of all ages, though booking is required.

Contact: (082) 436 6410

Website: learntosurfplett.co.za

Address: Learn to Surf Plett, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#19 Get up high with AfriCanyon Adventures

Experience unique canyoning, kloofing and gorge-walking with AfriCanyon. Discover the fun of canyoning/kloofing in the amazing Crags, try optional jumps, navigate deep gorges and even takr a cool, rock-pool zip line.

All professional equipment is provided but bookings for those 10 years and older is essential.

Contact: (044) 534 8055

Website: www.africanyon.com

Address: AfriCanyon Adventures, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#20 Take in the beauty of Robberg Nature Reserve

Situated some 8km outside of Plett, you will find the beautiful Robberg Nature Reserve. This national monument and World Heritage Site is one special place and no visit to Plettenberg Bay is complete without having successfully explored some of Robberg Nature Reserve.

There is an assortment of hikes, walks and wildlife to be seen and enjoyed when visiting this reserve and for those who wish to linger longer, there is even an overnight hut to stay in.

Contact: (044) 533 2125/85

Website: www.capenature.co.za/reserves/robberg-nature-reserve
Address: Robberg Nature Reserve, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

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These are just some of the top activities you can enjoy when you visit the paradise-like Plettenberg Bay in the Cape’s most gorgeous Garden Route.

 

Top 20 Restaurants in Ballito Restaurants 2017.

Beautiful beach town of Ballito – found in KZN’s Dolphin Coast – is about so much more than the stunning beaches and holiday atmosphere it provides, for it’s also a place rich in food culture and top restaurants, to suit every palate and dietary style.

Here are the top 20 restaurants to enjoy in 2017:

#1 Fiamma Grill (Coco De Mer Boutique Hotel)

This Italian grill house focusses on cuts of grain-fed, matured meat, spectacular seafood and seasonal specials, which keep its guests coming back for more.

Situated in the lovely Coco De Mer Boutique Hotel, Fiamma also offers a great wine and cocktail list to help wash down all the tasty food.

The family-owned and operated restaurant dedicates special attention to quality, detail and freshness, even sourcing much of its produce from local markets.

Contact: (032) 946 1029
Website: www.fiammagrill.co.za
Location: Coco De Mer Boutique Hotel, 63 Compensation Beach Road, Ballito, KZN

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#2 Mo-Zam Bik

What started out as a dream between two friends – Ryan Stewart and Brett Michielin – has grown into a chain of several family restaurants, spread across both KZN and Gauteng.

The restaurants offer traditional Portuguese cuisine, all based on the authentic Mozambique ‘Barraca’ (which means hut in English). They are rustic beachside eateries, with a menu that caters to all tastes.

These restaurants all share their passion for food and cooking with you, allowing you to encounter Mozambique from SA.

Contact: (032) 946 0979
Website: www.mozambik.co.za
Location: 4 Boulevard Centre, Compensation Beach Road, Ballito, KZN

 #3 Eat Local Grill

Eat Local Grill is a passionate local restaurant, which specialises in grilled food. They have a branch in both Ballito and Salt Rock.

This restaurant provides great food, company and service, as they offer the likes of gourmet burgers and combos, salads, wood-fire pizzas, premium cuts, seafood and even pasta.

Contact: (032) 586 1609
Website: www.eatlocalgrill.co.za
Location: 12 Library Lane, Belvista Centre, Ballito, KZN

#4 Beira Alta

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Situated in the heart of Ballito’s popular Lifestyle Shopping Centre, Beira Alta is a Portuguese restaurant, with an African influence.

Named for a historic region in Portugal where royalty reigned, this restaurant serves a great selection of starters, soups, salads, meats, seafood vegetarian and of course, dessert.

At this family-owned and run restaurant, they believe in a hands-on approach, and prepare their food using only the freshest ingredients, spices and herbs as they have a firm commitment to quality.

Contact: (032) 946 2388
Website: www.beiraalta.co.za
Location: Lifestyle Shopping Centre, Shop 6, Main Road, Ballito

#5 Impulse By The Sea

The temptingly named Impulse By The Sea Curry Restaurant is an authentic and family-friendly Indian restaurant, which has been a family-run, long-standing institution for some 28 years.

It offers magnificent sea views, a relaxed restaurant atmosphere and of course, traditional, flavourful Durban curries. Other offerings include Butter Chicken, masala-grilled fish or even prawn curry. Service is warm and welcoming, particularly from the dedicated owner.

Contact: (032) 554 4626
Website: www.facebook.com/Impulse-By-The-Sea-Curry-Restaurant-389370891075061
Location: 167 Seaview Drive, Tinley Manor Beach, Ballito, KZN

#6 Al Pescatore

This Italian and seafood restaurant offers a unique food experience, with owner-designed specials every day for visitors to enjoy.

It also offers breath-taking views of the warm Indian Ocean, fine food and delightful service.

Contact: (032) 946 3574
Website: www.alpescatore.co.za
Location: 14 Edward Place, Ballito, KZN

#7 Mamma G’s

This buzzing Italian café and restaurant is well-known for its warm hospitality and delicious gourmet pizzas.

Using only the freshest ingredients, Mamma G’s prides themselves on offering visitors a true Italian experience.

The diverse menu caters to everyone, including kids, and includes a selection of pizza, salad or sandwiches, grill, poultry, veal or seafood offerings and more.

Contact: (032) 946 2214
Website: www.mammags.co.za
Location: Shop 5, Ballito Junction, Ballito, KZN

#8 Giannis (Beachfront) Ristorante

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This Italian beachfront restaurant, complete with a balcony, offers awesome Mediterranean food, wood-fire oven pizza, pasta, South African cuisine and even seafood.

It is a continental eatery suitable for the whole family, and offers diners one of the best locations and sea views on the coastline.

Contact: (032) 946 3217
Website: giannis.co.za
Location: 17 Compensation Beach Road, Ballito, KZN

#9 Ayoba! (Fairmount Zimbali Resort)

Set in Fairmont Zimbali Resort, Ayoba! Restaurant offers Central American flair and South African hospitality.

The restaurant specialises in “a fiesta of Mexican flavours” and allows diners to choose from a selection of Mexican fare.

Please bear in mind that reservations are recommended at Ayoba!

Contact: (032) 538 5000
Website: www.fairmont.com
Location: The Beach Club, Fairmont Zimbali Resort, KZN

#10 La Piazza

This restaurant is big on family and invites everyone to come together and enjoy a delicious meal.

Serving hearty Italian, including pastas and pizzas, it’s definitely a great spot for big eaters or simply those with a penchant for Italian cuisine… and who doesn’t love Italian food?

Contact: (032) 586 3565
Website: www.facebook.com/lapiazzacontinentalcafe
Location: The Well, Albertina Way, Dolphin Coast, KZN

#11 The Beach Hut

Situated right next to the beach, this restaurant serves fresh, good food in a relaxed environment. They are open from Mondays to Saturdays to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

With great options like breakfasts, light lunches, seafood, local delights (including oxtail), beverages and even toasted paninis – there’s something for everyone to tuck into at The Beach Hut!

Contact: (071) 869 0031
Website: www.beachhutrestaurant.com
Location: Library Lane, Ballito, KZN

#12 Thava Indian Restaurant

Thava Indian Restaurant is owned by Matthew Abraham, who hails from Kerala, a place of great food and rich mixed cultures and religions.

Thava specialises in Indian cuisine, priding itself on aromatic dishes, made using the freshest ingredients, and a unique Indian tapas offering.

Meal options include an array of vegetarian, lamb, chicken and seafood, as well as curries, biryanis, stews, Tandoori and Masala too, all served with traditional breads, rice dishes and sides.

Contact: (078) 802 7427
Website: www.thava.co.za
Location: 33 Compensation Beach Road, Salmon Way, KZN

#13 East Oasis

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With a long-standing background in the hotel industry, Sean Touskin, a classically trained chef, is no stranger to good food and since East Oasis’s opening, he has ensured a quality eatery.

East Oasis is well-known for its American-style food, including smash burgers, ribs, pizzas, chicken wings, salads and seafood.

The focus here is on keeping things quality, and offering flavourful, good food to delight palates of all kinds and tastes.

Contact: (032) 586 1034
Website: www.eastoasis-grill.co.za
Location: 16 Compensation Beach Road, Ballito, KZN

#14 Captain Fine’s Fish Factory

This laid-back seafood restaurant offers delicious ocean fare.

They specialise in different types of fish and chips, scampi (queen prawns), calamari and more, offering food that is tasty, yet very affordable.

Service is good and efficient, and the food definitely won’t let you down in a restaurant space that is in no way pretentious.

Contact: (032) 946 3933
Website: www.facebook.com/Captain-Fines-Fish-Factory-Ballito-126402910769883/
Location: Douglas Crowe Ave, Ballito Business Park, Ballito

#15 Sawagat

Meaning “Welcome” in Punjabi, this North Indian restaurant is fast becoming known for its unusual, yet delicious flavours.

It offers diners a true sense of India, and at Sawagat, they do things the traditional way, even using family recipes.

With Naan bread, Indian cream cheese, paneer and more, there is fresh and flavourful food to be had here.

Contact: (032) 586 1384
Website: www.sawagat.co.za
Location: 27 Sandra Road, Ballito, KZN

 #16 Osa (Fairmont Zimbali Resort)

Serving fragrant, flavourful fare from India, made from generational recipes, Osa is a wonderful Indian restaurant at the Fairmont Zimbali Resort.

Recommended dishes include their signature Butter Chicken, traditional Thali and signature grills, which will have you drooling from the deliciousness.

Please bear in mind that reservations at Osa are essential.

Contact: (032) 538 5000
Website: www.fairmont.com
Location: Level 1, West Wing, Fairmont Zimbali Resort, KZN

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 #17 Zaras Café

Located in Ballito Lifestyle Centre, this trendy hot spot offers a fantastic, well-thought-out menu, true commitment to their guests’ enjoyment and an invitingly crisp, clean décor, which complements the beautiful beach town.

With continental cuisines like Greek, Italian and South African, there are breakfasts, salads, speciality meals, pastries, breads and even aromatic coffees to be savoured at Zaras Café.

Contact: (032) 586 3204
Website: www.zarascafe.co.za
Location: Shop 90, Ballito Lifestyle Centre, Main Road, Ballito, KZN

#18 Loaf Café

This family-owned eatery – run by the experienced, culinary mother-and-daughter duo in Theresa and Gina Rattray – is located in the bustling Ballito Lifestyle Centre.

It’s your go-to restaurant for fresh coffee, all-day Flapjack stacks, wonderful lunch specials and even sweet treats too.

It’s a place for friends to gather, with friendly service and a warm, cosy atmosphere to complement the wholesome, uncomplicated, yet excellent fare.

Contact: (032) 946 1985
Website: www.facebook.com/cafeloaf
Location: Shop 56, Ballito Lifestyle Centre, Ballito Drive, Ballito

#19 SeaBelle Restaurant

Founded some 40-odd years ago in 1971 by the loving Govender couple, SeaBelle Restaurant has consistently served locals and foreigners alike for many years, offering the same excellent food and service that has always made it such a find.

Although it has undergone some renovation and is now run by the couple’s son, Tony, SeaBelle remains as popular as ever.

Here, an Al Carte menu provides diners with a choice between the likes of: starters, seafood grills, curries (including their famous prawn curry), grills, combos, breyani, kiddies’ meals, platters, pizza, pasta and deserts, with all food made to order.

Contact: (032) 941 5551
Website: seabelle.co.za
Location: 62 South Beach Road, Desainagar, Tongaat, KZN

#20 Xing Ye

This Chinese restaurant is best known for its sushi, which can be enjoyed as either sit-down or takeaway.

It is a small, no frills family-owned gem, which offers decent food at affordable prices. Service is slightly limited, so many visitors prefer takeaway.

Contact: (032) 946 0432
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Location: The Well, Albertina Way, KZN

These are just some of the top 20 restaurants, which you can feast at in beautiful Ballito and surrounds, if you visit (or are fortunate enough to reside in) this wonderful coastal region of KwaZulu-Natal during 2017.