Top Things to do in Zanzibar

#1 Create your own Cocktails and Join the Jam Sessions at Red Monkey Lodge

Between 5-8pm create your own cocktails from 30 fresh local ingredients and on Mondays between 9pm- 12:30am join the crazy monday jam sessions with live guests from Zanzibar and abroad, Jambiani

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#2 Do a Swahili Cooking Class

Join Chef Okala from Zanzibar Gourmet for a Swahili cooking class where you can try your hand at traditional techniques and locally sourced ingredients.

Passing down generations of cooking techniques learnt from his grandmother, Okala has much to teach about cuisine as well as marine conservation projects on the island.

At the end of the class, you will visit his local restaurant, said to be one of the best on the island to enjoy a meal.

Enquire at Red Monkey Lodge about this cooking class.and visit Zanzibar Gourmet for news on upcoming dining events.

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#3 Stone Town Culinary Tour

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Explore the culinary corners of Stone Town and discover where the best food is sold, how locals cook it and where the best spots are. Enjoy local delights and have lunch while learning about life in Zanzibar. Explore the market, taste fresh fruit and top it all off with coffee at Jaw’s corner.

Time for food! Ramadan has ended and the lunch places are buzzing again. Where is the food sold, how do the locals cook it, what are the best spots in Stone Town? Join us and find out.

www.colorsofzanzibar.com/cultural-tours/culinary-stone-town

#4 Chumbe Day Tour- Colors of Zanzibar

Visit the spectacular Chumbe Island Coral Park, a hub for sustainable tourism.Home to rare and endangered animals, Chumbe is an award-winning private nature reserve and one of very few pristine coral island around.

A visit to this island is an eco experience all by itself and houses a visitor and education center, nature trails, historical ruins, a full protected coral reef sanctuary and forest reserve where you can snorkel with a marine biologist in amazing reef home to over 400 species of fish and more than 200 species of coral, turtles, friendly sharks and more, learn about marine life with guides and relax in your private bungalow ( even as a day visitor).

Relax in the eco-bungalow for the rest of the day and shower before a delicious buffet is served.

Day trips to the island are dependent on availability at the eco-lodge. Bookings need to be made in advance especially overnight stays.

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#5 Sundowner Dhow Trip

Drive to Michamvi and embark on a sailing trip aboard the Zanzibar dhow, Free spirit Michamvi, (also available for private charters and snorkeling trips) skirting the coastline of the island to the mangrove channels. Sip sundowners as the sun sinks into the horizon.

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This excursion starts at the beach in front of the lodge. You will be introduced to the history and traditions of the village: you will see the real Zanzibari life.

After visiting fishermen, women groups, NGOs and a herbalist that will show you the tools of their trade, you will have a traditional Swahili lunch.

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#7 Visit Prison Island

Visit the tortoise sanctuary, home to 150-year-old tortoises and snorkel around the coral that hugs the island.

The prison, originally built in 1893, housing violent prisoners and the sick, is now owned by a hotel.

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#8 Jozani Forest walking tour

Home to swamp forest, mangroves, 6 000 red colobus monkeys ( one in danger of extinction), sun antelopes, elephant shrews and bush pigs, the Jozani forest formed part of the Jozani Chwaka Bay conservation project to protect the last bit of indigenous ground-water forest once covering the island.

Your entrance contributes partly to development projects as well as compensating farmers whose crops are damaged by the endemic monkeys.

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#9 Specialty Coffee Workshop at Jambiani Social Club

Jambiani Social Club is an open living room for all creative people with a collaborative approach.

It is a meeting point, co-working space, cultural space and open container for cultural and environmental projects and the Brazilian baristas from Puzzle Coffee Shop in Stone Town will be hosting a speciality coffee workshop on coffees from Mbeya and Moshi regions

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#10 Full Day Boat Cruise

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Our favorite of all excursions: An entire day out spent dolphin watching, dhow sailing, snorkeling and tasting the best Zanzibar’s fruits and seafood.

This excursion includes snacks and drinks at a sandbank and a sumptuous seafood lunch with rock lobster and unlimited drinks on a desert island.

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*Are you travelling to Zanzibar? Please note that plastic bags are banned now in the whole of Tanzania – even the ones you might bring in your luggage… So be mindful when packing!

Top 20 Restaurants in Cape Town 2017.

These days, Cape Town is well-known for being a foodie mecca – but there are always going to be new or even lasting restaurant winners, which consistently bring good service, great food and a pleasant eat-out experience to the table.

Here are the top 20 restaurants in Cape Town 2017:

#1 The Foodbarn

Over the space of a few years, Top chef Franck Dangereux has worked wonders over at The Foodbarn. Serving French-inspired dishes, the restaurant offers excellent fine dining and superb food in a restored old barn.

At night, the deli turns into a tapas bar but either way, expect excellent food. Also, on Wednesday evenings, The Foodbarn offers a Pop Up Kitchen at the Community Market in Farm Village.

Contact: (021) 789 1390

Website: http://www.thefoodbarn.co.za

Address: Noordhoek Farm Village, Corner Village Lane and Noordhoek Main Road, Noordhoek, Cape Town

#2 Raya Kitchen

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Opened less than a year ago, Raya Kitchen already has been garnering rave reviews, as it serves its fine Asian cuisine. Food favourites include: prawn har gau, traditional Thai curries and phad Thai.

Raya Kitchen also has good cocktails and wine to enjoy, and often runs value-for-money specials.

Contact: (021) 422 2266

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Raya-Kitchen-1113401052005845

Address: Mandela Rhodes Building, 24 Wale Street, Cape Town

#3 La Parada Del Mar

This popular modern Spanish tapas restaurant and bar already had two existing branches, in both Bree Street (the original) and Constantia Nek respectively.

Recently, however, they opened a third on the glamourous Camps Bay Strip and it’s already ultra-popular.

La Parada Del Mar offers stunning views, of both Camps Bay and the Atlantic Ocean – and now, all three restaurants are open for breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner.

Contact: (021) 286 2106

Website: http://laparada.co.za/camps-bay

Address: 35 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town

#4 The Stack

A few days after its initial opening at Leinster Hall – a 106-year-old building – in 2015, The Stack fell victim to a terrible blaze, which gutted the place and devastated its owners. Now though… The Stack is back!

This trendy restaurant and club provides a bistro menu, with wonderful delicacies, like luxurious French onion soup or crème brulee.

Contact: (021) 286 0187

Website: http://thestack.co.za

Address: Leinster Hall, 7 Weltevreden Street, Gardens, Cape Town

5# Azure Restaurant

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Complete with fine dining and amazing views across the Atlantic, Azure’s setting never fails to make a great impression upon its visitors, yet it is the seafood, which takes the centre stage here.

Enjoy the best local and international cuisines, made by executive chef Christo Pretorius, as you dine in style. Favourites include: classic prawn cocktail or fresh line fish, though you will also find grills, poultry/game and even a Cape Malay curry on Azure’s menu.

Dress code is semi-formal, and booking is advised.

Contact: (021) 437 9029

Website: https://www.12apostleshotel.com

Address: Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town

#6 Obi

Since Takumi’s closing, sushi legend Papa San has teamed up with chef Ben Bettendorf to bring Capetonians this urban Asian eatery, which specialises in sushi, tempura and ramen.

At Obi restaurant, guests can enjoy delicacies like shoyu ramen, an extensive sushi range and even great tempura options too.

Contact: (021) 418 4040

Website: http://obirestaurant.co.za

Address: 14 Long Street, Cape Town

#7 The Woodlands Eatery

With a lovely, considerate menu – which caters to the tastes and diets of all – The Woodlands Eatery is a rare find.

They are famed for their pizzas, which come with a choice of interesting toppings and even include the option of a cauliflower base. There is also seafood and other top meals to enjoy here.

Contact: (021) 801 5799

Website: http://thewoodlandseatery.withtank.com

Address: 2 Deer Park, Vredehoek, Cape Town

#8 Charango

This popular Peruvian-Japanese (or ‘Nikkei cuisine’) restaurant offers a fusion of cultures, as well as great contemporary street food.

Tuck into ceviche or hot, kebab-style-cooked meats, cooked over coals… just know that whatever your pick, you’re in for a treat at this Bree Street eatery.

Contact: (021) 422 0757

Website: http://charango.co.za

Address: 114 Bree Street, Cape Town

 #9 Kyoto Garden Sushi

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At Kyoto, expect delicacy, subtleness and enduring Japanese cuisines and flavours, brought to you by owner Scott Wood’s stellar Kyoto team. This Japanese food shrine offers sushi, sashimi, seafood and more.

There’s a wonderful sushi bar to enjoy as is only fitting – but leave space for dessert to enjoy something naughty but nice, like cherry blossom ice cream or perhaps a tempting cocktail too.

Contact: (021) 422 2001

Website: https://kyotogardensushict.com

Address: Kyoto Garden Sushi, 11 Lower Kloofnek Road, Cape Town

#10 Hudsons – The Burger Joint

A regular feature on ‘Best burger’ lists in Cape Town, the American-inspired diner (with a contemporary twist) that is Hudsons gives guests well-made burgers, finished off with inventive toppings.

Each burger tells its own story, and everything from the names to the ingredients have been carefully chosen by owners, Ross and David.

Now, with branches in Green Point and Claremont – as well as the original Kloof Street establishment – Hudsons is more far-reaching than ever before.

Contact: (021) 426 5974

Website: http://theburgerjoint.co.za

Address: 69A Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town

#11 Cheyne’s

Chef-owner Cheyne Morrisby offers creative combos, artful plating and delicious, strongly South Pacific cuisine, prepared using firmly Asian cooking methods.

Thanks to his culinary talents, Cheyne’s has become a real Hout Bay institution, though he hasn’t stopped there, for now Lucky Bao and the new Shio are also under his capable guidance.

Contact: (021) 790 3462

Website: https://www.facebook.com/cheyneshoutbay

Address: Hout Bay, Cape Town

#12 Manna Epicure

Reflecting French and South African cuisines both, with a delightful Argentinian twist too, Manna Epicure is the epitome of fine dining in Cape Town.

With an emphasis on hospitality, styling and, of course, excellent food, Manna is like a tender Heavenly mercy sent down to food lovers.

Contact: (021) 426 2413

Website: http://mannaepicure.com

Address: 151 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town

#13 Royale Eatery

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Royale Eatery really does make burgers fit for royalty… With over 50 burgers (and counting…) to choose from, this is a go-to burger spot in Mother City and is also one of its top eateries.

They offer vegetarian and vegan options, if you’re not a meat-eater, whereas as a side with your gourmet burger, enjoy a choice between fries, sweet potato chips or salad!

Contact: (021) 422 4536

Website: http://www.royaleeatery.com

Address: 273 Long Street, Cape Town

 #14 Gold Restaurant

At Gold – an African restaurant in the heart of the Mother City – expect an extensive menu, which offers tastes and styles from northern Africa to the Cape.

Whether you like your food hot and spicy or soft and gentle (like Tanzanian mango-and-lime chicken), Gold has something for everyone.

What’s more, your unique culinary experience is complemented by live, interactive traditional entertainment.

Contact: (021) 421 4653

Website: www.goldrestaurant.co.za

Address: 15 Bennett Street, Green Point, Cape Town

#15 Active Sushi

In 2008, Active Sushi was born for the owner’s sushi addiction. Now, the focus is on providing customers with top notch sushi at reasonable prices.

 Active Sushi is so much more than a dining experience though… it’s a sushi extravaganza, and their vision is to make sushi more enjoyable for and easily accessible to all.

Contact: (021) 418 2604

Website: http://www.activesushi.com

Address: Mirage Building, 32 Hudson Street, Cape Town

#16 The Brasserie

This neighbourhood local and lovely bistro is something of a home away from home for locals and foreigners alike.

 Dine here with family and friends and enjoy creating lasting memories over good food.

Contact: (021) 712 1363

Website: http://brasseriect.co.za

Address: Shop 1, Forest Glade House, Tokai Road, Constantia, Cape Town

 #17 San Julian

Started up in time for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, San Julian is now a popular spot, which serves unpretentious, authentic Mexican food.

This Mexican restaurant also claims to be the only Mexican restaurant in SA actually run by a Mexican family… and they know their stuff!

Contact: (021) 419 42 33

Website: http://www.sanjulian.co.za

Address: 3 Rose Street, Shop 3 & 4 State House building, Cape Town

 #18 NV-80 Grill & Bar

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Situated in the heart of Sea Point, this popular bistro offers great variety, which includes meals like: charred queen prawns or caramelised pear and gorgonzola salad.

 With comfy seating for up to 120 guests, here at NV-80 Grill & Bar, you really can have a ball, as you sip on sundowners or tuck into a great meal with those you love.

Contact: (021) 439 7112/4

Website: http://nv-80.co.za

Address: The Point, Shop 8, First Floor, 76 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town

#19 Hemelhuijs

At hemelhuijs, quality is of the utmost importance, as far as chef-owner Jacques Erasmus is concerned. This ever-changing space, in the heart of the Mother City, is something of an oasis for visitors.

Enjoy freshly squeezed juices, delicious cocktails or blended coffees from their small but seasonal menu or a lovely, light meal in between work or play.

Contact: (021) 418 2042

Website: http://www.hemelhuijs.co.za/restaurant.htm

Address: 71 Waterkant Street, Cape Town

#20 House of H

This restaurant, tattoo parlour/barber and bar in one is a truly unique experience. Opened in 2016, it’s relatively new to the city’s food scene but already it’s been making (inked) food waves.

Dig into hearty portions, like 16-hour-roasted brisket sandwich, a steak roll or even fish and chips, from a menu that is all about good, seasonal local produce and focussed entirely on good food.

Contact: (076) 699 6146

Website: http://www.houseofh.co.za

Address: 112 Loop Street, Cape Town

These are just some of the many restaurants in Cape Town consistently churning out good reviews, service and above all, food. During 2017, make sure you eat your way through them, for some fun variety and food satisfaction in the Mother City.