Top 15 Car Rental Services in Cape Town.

Whether you’re planning to road trip across the Route 62 or curl the Cape Peninsula, a car rental service is the easiest, most enjoyable way to travel in and around the Mother City for both tourists and South Africans heading to Cape Town.

These are the best car rental services in Cape Town:

#1 Drive South Africa

Drive South Africa is a wonderful online vehicle resource, with a wide range of car and campervan rentals, 4×4 hires, chauffeurs and transfer services across Southern Africa. They operate across South Africa, Botswana and Namibia.

With over two decades’ worth of travel experience in Cape Town and Southern Africa, they’re well-equipped to assist with all your car rental needs, offering sound travel advice, driving tools, tips and info and of course, great vehicles too.

Note: There is limited availability from 13 December 2017 onwards, due to the high-demand of the Festive Season.

Contact: +27 (087) 806 7330

Website: www.drivesouthafrica.co.za

Address: Drive South Africa, Tygervalley Chambers One, 27 Willie van Schoor Avenue, Bellville, Cape Town, Western Cape

#2 Fun Car Hire

Fun Car Hire, a family-run business, has been successfully going for the past twelve years and continues to grow organically. To date, they possess a fleet of over 50 cars, providing wonderful variety for travellers.

Offering a personal touch, Fun Car Hire has everything from cheapies, like Mazda Stings and Kia Picantos to automatic cars, like Jeep Cherokees and Mercs. All their cars are of the highest standard, and, just in case anything goes wrong on your journey, they also offer 24/7 roadside assistance. This adds a sense of safety and security to customer travels.

And with many happy, return customers, you can be sure to enjoy the highest quality service with this reliable, family car rental service.

Contact: +27 (073) 442 4273

Website: www.funcar.co.za

Address: Fun Car Hire, 194 Upper Buitenkant Street, Cape Town, Western Cape

#3 Rentacheapie Car Hire

As one of the most preferred affordable car hire options in the Western Cape, Rentacheapie Car Hire is an excellent choice.

They offer over 350 vehicles, ranging from budget cars to 4×4 Toyota Landcruisers. They ensure great rates, 24/7 road assistance, vehicle cover – and passion for what they do.

Contact: +27 (021) 510 2808

Website: www.rentacheapie.co.za

Address: Rentacheapie Car Hire, 30 Marine Drive, Paarden Eiland, Cape Town, Western Cape

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www.rentacheapie.co.za

#4 Drive Africa

Whether you need short- or long-term car rentals in and around the Mother City, Drive Africa has you sorted. They are renowned for their hands-on, call-away service, and offer a wide fleet of cars, with everything from standard to luxury drives available.

They also cater to young drivers; long-term rental specials; as well as border-hopping to destinations such as: Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Victoria Falls and Lesotho.

Contact: +27 (021) 447 1144

Website: www.driveafrica.co.za

Address: Drive Africa, 370 Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town, Western Cape

#5 First Car Rental

First Car Rental is an affordable and reliable car hire in Cape Town, Stellenbosch and other areas of the Western Cape.

So, whether you’re travelling for holiday or business, they have the right cars to provide for all your travel needs.

Contact: +27 (021) 934 7499

Website: www.firstcarrental.co.za

Address: First Car Rental, Cape Town, Western Cape

#6 ULF Car Rentals

Spread between Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Johannesburg, ULF Car Rentals is an affordable, quality and long-term car rental company, which primarily operates from the very central Kloof Street, Cape Town.

And, as an added bonus to the wine lovers and explorers among us, they also offer cars to customers in both the Stellenbosch and Paarl winelands, while in Johannesburg they cater to corporate customers.

ULC cars are available for rental, two weeks or longer (with special rates included) and are suitable for interns, consultants, students, long-term tourists and expats too. Cars include quality Hyundai Atos Prime, i10 and classic (manual) VW Citi Golfs too.

Contact: +27 (072) 199 2925

Website: www.ulf.co.za

Address: ULF Car Rentals, 116-118 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape

#7 Thrifty Car Rental (Green Point)

With car rental branches nationwide, Thrifty Car Rental is one of the most well-priced, easily accessible car rental services in SA.

Thrifty Car Rental includes four different mileage options – whether you need to travel 100 kilometres per day or an unlimited distance – and even comes with optional trailer rentals too.

With outlets in Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Cape Town International Airport, they are easy to find – and great to use!

Contact: +27 (086) 100 2111

Website: www.thrifty.co.za

Address: Thrifty Car Rental, Cape Town, Western Cape

#8 Star Car Rental

With some twenty years of superior service to their name, Star Car Rental is one of SA’s leading car rental options. Star Car Rental is based in all major parts of South Africa – including Cape Town, of course.

If you’re looking for quality service and a long-standing reputation, then turn to Star Car Rental for all your car rental needs.

Contact: +27 (021) 782 6665

Website: www.capetowncarhire.co.za

Address: Star Car Rental, 35A 1st Crescent, Fish Hoek, Cape Town, Western Cape

#9 AVIS Rent a Car

For those seeking premium car rentals, look no further than AVIS Rent a Car. Operating from the Cape Town International Airport, a number of Cape Town branches and the widespread Western Cape – they allow you to explore the beauty of the Cape in comfort and convenience.

Choose your top pick from a range of car options and specials!

Contact: +27 (021) 424 1177

Website: www.avis.co.za

Address: AVIS Rent a Car, 123 Strand Street, Chiappini Street, Cape Town, Western Cape

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www.avis.co.za

#10 Tempest Car Hire

Committed to low car rental rates, and catering to business or pleasure travel needs, Tempest has been offering some of “the best deals on rental wheels” since 1986.

With a fleet of over 3000 vehicles – with everything from economy vehicles to people carriers – Tempest is perfect for daily/weekend rentals, one-way hires and of course, long-term car rentals too.

They also offer great deals on GPS units to assist with easy navigation, as well as airport transport options.

Contact: +27 (021) 935 8650

Website: www.tempestcarhire.co.za

Address: Tempest Car Hire, Cape Town, Western Cape

#11 Carisma Car & Bakkie Hire

This independently owned, family-run business has been offering good service and deals in the Mother City for over 15 years.

They have a diverse car and bakkie fleet, and are able to accommodate to all your car or bakkie hire needs.

For added convenience, interested customers can get a free quotation online.

Contact: +27 (021) 797 0066

Website: carisma.co.za

Address: Carisma Car & Bakkie Hire, 48 Main Road, Plumstead, Cape Town, Western Cape

#12 Xtreme Car Rental

Providing simple, straightforward car hires and rentals, Xtreme Car Rental is a great option, with branches in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Pretoria.

They have fun, luxury and even budget ranges to choose from… Whatever type of car service you want, they can supply it!

Contact: +27 (021) 820 5500

Website: www.xtremecarrental.co.za

Address: Xtreme Car Rental, 98 Bofors Cir, Epping, Cape Town, Western Cape

www.capitalcar.co.za
www.capitalcar.co.za

#13 Capital Car Hire

Leading car hire company, Capital Car Hire, offers cheap rentals in Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Pietermaritzburg, as well as major SA airports.

They have great deals across the board, providing affordable car hire and luxurious vehicles both.

Contact: +27 (021) 935 0240

Website: www.capitalcar.co.za

Address: Capital Car Hire, Cape Town, Western Cape

#14 Europcar

Established as one of SA’s top, global car rental companies, Europcar is always a good option to explore. They pride themselves on supplying word-class service in conjunction with reliable, comfortable and efficient car rental services.

Start your scenic journey in Cape Town (and the Western Cape) with Europcar and enjoy some great adventures or work trips – whatever you personally require…

Contact: +27 (021) 418 0670

Website: www.europcar.co.za

Address: Europcar, 1 Lower Buitengracht, Foreshore, Cape Town, South Africa

#15 Hertz Rent A Car

With airport and normal car rental hire, Hertz Rent A Car is another well-known car rental provider. They can be found in all major SA cities, and have several branches in the Mother City.

Enjoy affordable and handy car rental services, when you choose your perfect package with Hertz.

Contact: +27 (021) 935 4800

Website: www.hertz.co.za

Address: Hertz Rent A Car, Cape Town, Western Cape

These are the top car rental services in the Mother City – drive with them for memorable journeys and easy travels!

 

Top Must-do Activities in Cape Town 2017.

Cape Town is a city that offers both indoor and outdoor activities to suit all tastes, senses of adventure and travel budgets… but some are just too iconic or unusual to miss out on!

So, here are our top 20 Mother City picks for 2017:

#1 Catch the Cable Car (and abseil down) Table Mountain

Table Mountain is one of the city’s crowning glories, and as such, it’s a must-visit for tourists and locals alike. If you’re not up for a hike up the Table, why not catch the cable car up and then abseil back down?

Abseil Africa is one of the best companies around. You’ll have to follow a rope 112 metres or so down, in what is a safe, guided abseil, which is, coincidentally, the world’s highest commercial abseil offering. It costs R995 per person (excluding Cable Car ticket).

Contact (Abseil Africa): (021) 424 4760

Website: http://abseilafrica.co.za

Address: 297 Long Street, Cape Town

Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Abseil-Africa via Facebook

#2 Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium

No visit to Cape Town is complete without experiencing the world-renowned Two Oceans Aquarium. Adults and children alike will delight in the wonders of the sea. Find Nemo, see the penguins or go for a dive… either way, you’re in for a fun and educational underwater experience!

Tickets are R135 (adults), R100 (children 14-17 years, pensioners and students) and R65 (children 4-13 years).

Contact: (021) 418 3823

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

Location: Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

#3 Walk the Museum Mile

Located within and near to the city’s well-loved, historic Company’s Gardens, you will find the South African National Gallery, Houses of Parliament, Iziko South African Museum, Planetarium and Slave Lodge.

All are worth a visit and on certain days, such as Heritage Day (24 September), you can enjoy these wonderfully historic and engaging places for free.

Contact (Iziko Museums): (021) 481 3800

Website: http://www.iziko.org.za

#4 Experience Cape Town’s art scene

Woodstock is fast becoming the Mother City’s go-to art hub, as buildings are being restored, warehouses transformed and artists descend on the area like never before.

Here, why not visit the likes of the international-influenced Stevenson Gallery, among others, for some sophisticated and unique art appreciation?

Contact: (021) 462 1500

Website: http://www.stevenson.info

Address: Buchanan Building, 160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

Photo credit: www.stevenson.info

#5 Helicopter flights with NAC Helicopters

Experience the Mother City from the air as you choose from several amazing flight options, including: Hopper, Atlantico, Two Oceans, Robben Island, Three Bays and Cape Point Tours.

Costs range from R3, 240–R25, 800.

Contact: (021) 425 3868

Website: http://www.nachelicopterscapetown.com

Address: East Pier Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

#6 Learn to surf in Muizenberg

Surfing (be it traditional surfing, or kite/wind surfing) is very much a popular Cape Town activity and surfers’ haven, Muizenberg, is considered the best spots to learn to surf in South Africa.

Although you will no doubt find a number of local surfing schools, Learn 2 Surf is a good bet, as they are ideally based at Muizenberg Beach. They offer small group or private lessons, weekly, and are open every day of the year, weather permitting.

All equipment is included in the fee. To enquire after Learn 2 Surf’s prices, please fill out the ‘Prices & Info’ form on their site and buy/book your lessons confidentially online.

Contact: (083) 414 0567

Website: http://www.learn2surf.co.za

Address: 165 Main Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town

#7 Kayak with seals and dolphins

Cape Town-based Kaskazi Kayaks offers wonderful kayaking experiences and close encounters with sea birds, seals, dolphins and during whale season (July to December usually), you can even see the whales too!

Their shop is based in Three Anchor Bay and from there, they embark on a 3-5 km journey towards either Clifton Beach or Granger Bay. Trips are approximately two hours long. If you have prior kayaking experience, you can arrange a half-day trip too.

Booking is essential and all trips are weather-reliant. To find out the cost per trip, please contact Kaskazi Kayaks directly.

Contact: (083) 346 1146

Website: http://kayak.co.za

Address: 179 Beach Road, Three Anchor Bay, Cape Town

#8 Enjoy whale watching in False Bay

Of course, the whale capital is Hermanus – but that’s not the only place in the Western Cape to see the wonderful whales.

Areas along the False Bay coastline are also prime whale watching spots and the best part is, you can view the whales from land or shore for free!

Recommended spots along the False Bay coastline include: Muizenberg, Kalk Bay, St James, Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town, as well as Cape Point.

#9 Ride a bicycle along the Promenade

This activity has certainly grown in popularity and is great for both children and adults alike.

Up Cycles is your recommended service provider; they charge R60 (per person) for one hour and R90 for two etc. You can cycle as far as the Waterfront, if desired – and helmets and locks are included.

Ride along the Sea Point Promenade at a leisurely pace and maybe even catch the sunset.

Contact: (076) 135 2223

Website: http://upcycles.co.za

Address: The Pavilion, Sea Point Promenade, Sea Point, Cape Town

Photo credit: Basil Parker, upcycles.co.za 

#10 Snorkel with the seals

Experience the fun and beauty of snorkelling with Cape Fur seals on the city’s Atlantic side, at Duiker Island, Hout Bay.

Join Animal Ocean (particularly during summer) for 1-5m depth snorkel. No experience is needed but participants must be competent swimmers. (Afterwards, you’ll even be treated to hot chocolate and biscuits!)

Cost is R550 (per person) to view and R800 (per person) to snorkel.

Contact: (072) 296 9132

Website: http://animalocean.co.za

Address: Hout Bay Harbour, outside NSRI Station 8 Building, Hout Bay, Cape Town

#11 Hop on, hop off the CitySightseeing Bus

CitySightseeing bus tours have grown in popularity and numbers in recent years and now offer an excellent array of tours.

These include (to name a few): Harbour Cruise Tour, Purple Wine Tour, Sunset Bus Tour and even a Cape Point Explorer Tour!

Cost varies depending on tour but can be anything between R40–R550 per person (adults).

Contact: (021) 511 6000

Website: http://www.citysightseeing.co.zaa

Address: 81 Long Street and The V&A Waterfront, near the Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Town.

#12 Ride a Harley along Chappies

Photo credit: www.capebiketravel.com

Drive the world-famous Chapman’s Peak Drive on one of the world’s most iconic motorbikes: the Harley Davidson when you opt in for the Cape of Good Hope Tour. It covers approximately 180km, stretching from Hout Bay to Simon’s Town, and is weather dependent.

With Cape Bike Travel, you can rent and drive a Harley yourself, or enjoy a chauffeured ride. Cost for self-driven trip is R2500 per rider, while chauffeured rides cost either R1, 600 (half-day) or R2, 100 (full day).

Contact: (021) 424 5013

Website: http://www.capebiketravel.com

Address: 125 Buitengracht, City Centre, Cape Town

#13 Experience high tea in the city

The Mother City has a number of hotels, which offer “high tea” (more commonly referred to as afternoon tea these days). They are hugely popular and are great fun for adults (and teens).

Costs vary but you can generally expect to pay R200-300 per person as you feast on savouries, an assortment of tea (or coffee), macaroons, cakes and so much more in a luxury setting.

The Belmond Mount Nelson, The Taj Hotel, One&Only Cape Town, Cape Grace Hotel and 12 Apostles Hotel all offer excellent high/afternoon teas.

For more information, contact the above-mentioned hotels directly or visit their websites.

Cost: R95–295 (generally)

#14 Horse ride along Noordhoek Beach

Situated at the charming, historic Imhoff Farm, near Kommetjie, is the Imhoff Equestrian Centre, where you can enjoy beach horse rides.

These two-hour-long rides take you along the pristine Noordhoek Beach. They cater for those who have never ridden, as much as experienced riders. (Maximum age is 12 years and maximum weight is 100 kg.)

Booking is essential. To enquire after the cost per person, please contact them directly.

Contact: (082) 774 1191

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

Address: Imhoff Farm, M65, Kommetjie, Cape Town

Photo credit: www.imhofffarm.co.za 

#15 Visit the Boulders penguins

Simon’s Town is home to the beautiful Boulders Beach. Here, a colony of African penguins have taken up permanent residence.

Boulders is one of the few places in the world where you can walk among and swim with these tuxedoed dudes.

Boulders Beach is a protected SANParks beach so there’s an entry fee. Current costs (valid until 31 October 2017) are R70 (per adult) and R35 (per child).

Contact: (021) 428 9111

Website: http://www.sanparks.org

Address: Kleintuin Road, Simon’s Town, Cape Town

#16 Head to Cape Point

Lying at the southern section of the vast Table Mountain National Park (or TMNP), Cape Point is a truly life-changing destination. Visit the historic, old lighthouse, see the Chacma baboons, dine at the scenic Two Oceans Restaurant or explore the Cape of Good Hope.

Whatever you choose to do, you’re sure to enjoy a day of true Cape adventuring in one of the most beautiful spots on the globe.

Cost is R135 (per adult) and R70 (per child, ages 2-11).

Contact: (021) 780 9010

Website: www.capepoint.co.za

Address: Cape of Good Nature Reserve, near Simon’s Town, Cape Town

#17 Explore Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

The amazing Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is one of the city’s proudest and most well-loved public spaces. It’s a wonderful, vast place to explore with friends and loved ones alike.

Enjoy a picnic, Summer Concert or strolling among the plants in this 528-hectare reserve.

Entry fees are: R60 (adults), R30 (SA students) and R15 (children 5-17 years).  Free to pensioners (with ID), except on public holidays.

Contact: (021) 799 8783

Website: http://www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch

Address: Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town

#18 Hike up Lion’s Head

The (free) hike up Lion’s Head is one of the city’s most popular activities now.

Perfect any time of day (though it’s best at sunrise and sunset), even during full moon, this 1-2-hour-long hike is a must. Reach the summit or see if you can discover one of the mountain’s cave, particularly the well-loved Wally’s Cave.

There are two routes as you near the summit… so opt for the one without the staples and ladders if you’re afraid of heights.

Address: Lion’s Head, Cape Town

#19 Visit Robben Island

The former prison, where late, former president Nelson Mandela and so many others were held captive during the Apartheid Era, is one of the Mother City’s chief tourist destinations.

Boats leave daily from the Waterfront. The guides will provide you with an insightful tour, especially as so many of them are former prisoners themselves. Cost is R300 per person.

Contact: (021) 413 4200

Website: http://www.robben-island.org.za

Address: Robben Island, Cape Town

#20 Be part of First Thursdays

Photo credit: Laura September via Instagram

On the first Thursday evening of every month, the city’s art galleries in Bree and the CBD come alive, opening to the public, permitting free entry and fun exploration.

This highly popular event now sees many restaurants and cafes joining in on the fun, so you can enjoy a tasty meal with the art.

Each month brings exciting changes, new participating venues and fresh exhibitions – so save the date!

Galleries are open from 5pm – 9pm (if not later) and remember: entry is free!

Website: http://www.first-thursdays.co.za/cape-town

These are just some of the amazing activities you can enjoy in the Mother City, whether you’re a culture vulture, adrenalin junkie or nature lover… there’s something for everyone to enjoy experiencing, both indoors and out, in 2017.

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

Photo credit: Raya Kitchen via Facebook

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

Photo credit: 12 Apostles Hotel via www.12apostleshotel.com

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

Photo credit: Claire Gunn Photography, Kyoto Garden Sushi via kyotogardensushict.com

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

Photo credit: Royale Eatery via www.royaleeatery.com

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

Photo credit: NV-80 via Facebook

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.

Top 20 Coffee Shops in Cape Town 2017.

Cape Town is a city that in no way lacks good coffee shops, especially with new ones popping up all the time and stalwart favourites standing the test of time.

Here’s a list of the Top 20 coffee shops in Cape Town in 2017 to order your sit-down morning brew or a cuppa joe to-go from:

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#1 Been There

A caring coffee shop, formed by Bean There Coffee Company, who source their coffee beans ethically, travel to farming communities to personally select their single origin beans and then roasting the beans on-site – something only a handful of SA coffee shops do.

Contact: (087) 943 2228. Website: www.beanthere.co.za

 Address: 58 Wale Street.

#2 Yours Truly

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This vibey Loop street café is well-known for its gourmet sandwiches, great homemade pizza, and lovely beverages in what is definitely one of Cape Town’s most buzzing and popular inner city haunts.

Contact: (081) 521 3348. Website: www.yourstrulycafe.co.za

Address: 63 Loop Street and others.

#3 Truth Coffee Roasting

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Located in the pulsating CBD, this steampunk coffee shop offers speciality coffee like the ‘Resurrection Blend Flat White’, quirky décor and a mean coffee roasting machine to boot.

Truth has also previously been voted both The World’s Best and Coolest Coffee Shop.

Contact: (021) 200 0440. Website: www.truthcoffee.com

Address: 36 Buitenkant Street.

#4 Haas Coffee

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This coffee shop offers a blend of good coffee, antiques and great location in busy Buitenkant Street. Haas sources only the finest coffee blends, from places such as: Brazil and Indonesia.

They even stock the world’s priciest coffee: Kopi Luwak, which is made from beans previously eaten by Asian Palm Chivets – a small, forest-dwelling mammal – that result in milder, less bitter coffee.

Contact: (021) 461 1812 Website:  www.haascollective.com

Address: 19 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town.

#5 Deluxe Coffee Works

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This trendy coffee shop serves Brazilian, Guatemalan and Ethiopian hand-picked coffees, which are blended and roasted on-site daily.

Stay and enjoy a delicious cup with them, or take a bag home to prepare your own.

Contact: (072) 569 9579. Website: www.deluxecoffeeworks.co.za

Address:  25 Church Street, CBD and 6 Roodehek Street, Gardens.

#6 Origin Coffee Roasting

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These self-titled “artisan roasters of Africa” take great pride in their hands-on coffee-making methods. Origin offers a wide variety of beans (roasted and ground on-site) for customers to have in the coffee shop or as a bought, take-home bag. They also have wonderful tea selections.

Contact: (021) 421 1000. Website: www.originroasting.co.za

 Address: 28 Hudson Street, De Waterkant.

#7 Espresso Lab Microroasters

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Found in the popular Old Biscuit Mill, Espresso Lab lives up to its name, allowing customers a taste of fresh, new flavours and global coffee trends.

With their international coffee bean producers being equally widespread, they aspire after clean, complex and transparent coffee, which speaks for itself.

Contact: (021) 447 0845. Website: www.espressolabmicroroasters.co.za

Address: The Old Biscuit Mill, 373-375 Albert Road, Woodstock.

#8 Tribe Coffee Roasting

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Tribe Coffee Roasting endeavours to provide its customers with a coffee experience second to none. After an exceptional cup of coffee, guests are invited to take a tour through the roaster and/or search for the perfect coffee beans to take home.

Contact: (021) 448 3362. Website: www.tribecoffee.co.za

 Address: The Woodstock Foundry, 160 Albert Road, Woodstock.

#9 Shift Expresso

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Relatively new to the Mother City’s coffee scene, the indie, hipster Shift offers speciality coffee inspired by global travels. Coffee is their primary focus, but they also offer an array of glorious treats, rumoured to include indulgent ingredients like: condensed milk, hazelnuts and Oreo biscuits.

There are also special charging points to ensure you can work (or play), as you savour your coffee.

Contact: (021) 433 2450. www.facebook.com/Shiftespresso 

Address: Cape Royal, 47 Main Road, Green Point.

#10 Jason Bakery

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This highly popular Cape Town institution offers good coffee, delicious breads, pastries and more! Their coffee is organic, single-estate coffee imported from Nicaragua.

And, if this chances to strike your fancy, why not pair your coffee with their famous bacon croissant?

Contact: (021) 424 5644. Website: www.jasonbakery.com

Address: 185 Bree Street.

#11 House of Machines

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This local coffee shop serves a signature, killer bled known as the Evil Twin, a special, shade-grown Honduran Arabica.

Come night-time, the House of Machines transforms into a cocktail bar; it also doubles as a motorbike workshop and men’s clothing store, making for a very interesting coffee shop.

Contact: (021) 426 1400. Website: www.thehouseofmachines.com

Address: 84 Shortmarket Street.

#12 Molten Toffee

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Coffee and close-knit community are equally important at Molten Toffee, a café that serves Deluxe Coffee Works brews.

They also offer yummy deli goods and crafted wares. Next door, you will find Unframed Ice-Cream, a new ice cream parlour, meaning there’s plenty to enjoy in this section of leafy Kloof Street.

Contact: (021) 422 2885. www.facebook.com/moltentoffee 

Address: 45B Aloof Street.

#13 Cafe Nood

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This European-style café-and-gallery, based in Claremont, offers a wide selection of hot beverages, freshly squeezed Nood juices and lovely artwork too, all situated within a relaxed environment.

Contact: (021) 671 4475. Website: www.cafenood.co.za
Address: 3 Quadrant Square, Wilderness Road, Claremont.

#14 Bread,Milk & Honey

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This popular café – set a stone’s throw from the Company’s Gardens – offers delicious coffee, speciality teas, baked goodies and generous fare.

Their afternoon buffets are especially good, with options like beef stroganoff and chilli con carne.

Contact: (021) 461 8425. Website: www.breadmilkhoney.co.za

Address: 10 Spin Street, CBD.

#15 Tribakery Cavendish

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Lying in Claremont’s Cavendish Square, the stylish Tribakery is the honorary home of the Chocolate Cookie Latte. Aside from this, they serve excellent fare, indulgent drinks and cakes fit for a baker’s dreams.

Contact: (021) 671 6020. Website: www.tribakerygroup.com

Address: Shop F56, Cavendish Square, Claremont.

#16 Four & Twenty Cafe

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Yet another European-inspired café, found in the quaint Chelsea Village, Four & Twenty is also a charming eatery, which serves up the freshest seasonal offerings.

Pair your coffee with a Vanilla Bean scone or try a Raspberry and Thyme cordial after your java fix.

Contact: (021) 762 0975. Website: www.fourandtwentycafe.co.za

Address: 23 Wolfe Street, Chelsea Village, Wynberg.

#17 Black Insomnia Coffee Company

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Officially rated the world’s strongest coffee, according to the Caffeine Informer – an international caffeine site – Black Insomnia is roasted locally by Gerald Charles, the world’s 6th best coffee roaster, and is made from a unique blend of Ugandan, Brazilian and Guatemalan beans.

You can find it in several Cape Town outlets: Shift Espresso, Haas, Hard Pressed Café and Ginja Beanz.

Contact: (083) 665 8616. Website: www.blackinsomnia.coffee

Address: (office) Workshop 17, 17 Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront

#18 Folk Coffee Anthropology by Espresso Concepts

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Open about a year now, Folk Coffee Anthropology offers something for everyone, whether you’re a coffee enthusiast or foodie. There is a small menu to accompany their coffee-inspired beverages, like coffee cocktails.

Folk Coffee Anthropology is also a retail store for Espresso Concepts, as well as for other coffee goods, like Spanish Iberital espresso machines.

Contact: (021) 276 1795. Website: www.folkcoffee.co.za

Address: Shop 4, Touchstone House, 7 Bree Street.

#19 mischu: The Coffee Showroom

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Named after owner Mikhael Bou Rjiely (or Mischu, to close friends and family), this coffee shop, a Sea Point locals’ favourite, offers quality, espresso-based beverages at affordable prices.

In 2012, mischu won the Best Espresso and Best Cappuccino trophies at the Cape Town Barista Awards and Best Cappuccino in SA, and they even offer their own Coffee Academy, with java-related workshops and courses.

Contact: (072) 563 8090. Website: www.mischu.co.za

Address: 85A Regent Road, Sea Point.

#20 Bootlegger Coffee Company

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Freshly roasted beans, imported from Guatemala and Costa Rica, combined with what they refer to as ‘honest food’ – that is, made from fresh local and free range produce – Bootleggers now have several outlets dotted around the city.

They also serve a special ‘Red-eye’ coffee (just R14) from 6.30-8.30am for early risers.

Contact: (021) 433 2599. Website: www.bootlegger.co.za

Address: 39 Regent Road, Sea Point and others.

So whether you’re in need of a caffeine fix, some good ol’ fashioned java or just a coffee break with a friend, the Mother City has your kind of coffee…

 

 

 

 

 

Top 4 reasons to visit South Africa during summer

South Africa, ever a tourist destination of note, provides one with a true African experience, with its melting pot of dynamic and diverse cultures and traditions to discover, uniquely individual cities and a landscape, wildlife and biosphere second to none.

And although it makes for pleasant and exciting travelling all year round, there’s no question that a South African summer is a glorious thing… Here are some of the top reasons this beautiful country during summertime:

1. Beach Beauties

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South Africa has some of the best beaches in the world and although Cape Town and Durban in particular are famed for their beaches, the Eastern Cape and Garden Route regions have some glorious offerings too.

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If you want to soak up the sun, try Durban’s South and North Beaches; Cape Town’s delightful Camps Bay, Clifton, Boulders and Llandudno beaches and Elandsbay in the West Coast; Port Elizabeth’s Hobie Beach; Jeffreys Bay’s Dolphin and Paradise Beaches; East London’s Gonubie Beach or the Garden Route’s Victoria Bay, Buffels Bay and Mossel Bay.

And of course, whether you find yourself encountering the Atlantic or Indian Ocean, sunny SA, with its oceans of contrast, is known for its surf and, although surfers brave the waters – even of the icy Atlantic, year-round – summer is the best time to catch a wave.

 

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Surf at Durban’s Dairy beach, New Pier or Cave Rock at the Bluff; Cape Town’s Muizenberg, Kommetjie (Long Beach or the Kom) or if you’re brave enough, the Dungeons of Hout Bay (these produce some of the biggest waves on the African coastline) – or perhaps Jeffreys Bay (or J-Bay, as it’s fondly called) for some super tubing.

2.Game on… in the South African bushveld

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Like many African countries, South Africa offers some of the world’s best game watching, with its wealth of long-standing and wonderfully well-loved game reserves, national parks and protected areas, dedicated to wildlife conservation, protection and appreciation.

Of course, everyone will tell you to head to the Kruger National Park – but please don’t forget about some of SA’s other wonderful game reserves.

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KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern and Western Capes also have several top game reserves and national parks to visit.

South African National Parks (or SanParks) especially offers a wonderful selection of protected, yet public natural spaces, containing a vast number of wild animals, birds and flora to both educate and enchant you, as you discover more about South Africa.

3. Food, glorious food (and wine)

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If you are looking for a food experience of note, then South Africa is your place. With so many different cultures and heritage roots, this country is blessed with the best in terms of local cuisine.

Try Durban for its Indian curries and famous bunny chows; Cape Town for its plethora of restaurants and eateries, serving international and local cuisines alike and for its lovely Cape Malay cooking – and of course, wherever you are in SA, you must enjoy a braai (like a barbeque, only better) with locals or tuck into some juicy shisa nyama (meat freshly prepared on an open street fire, often in township areas).

Other local delicacies include boerewors, samosas, rotis, Smileys and Walkie Talkies… see which best tantalises your taste buds and sets your stomach rumbling.

Of course, a trip to South Africa would not be complete without a visit to the Cape Winelands.

Well-known for its fine wine and beautiful wine estates, the Cape is blessed with the best. Wine-producing regions near or in Cape Town famed for their wine estates include: the Constantia Wine Valley, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl and even Somerset West.

Further abroad, some two to three hours from Cape Town, small towns, found along South Africa’s iconic Route 62, like Ashton and Robertson are well-known for their wine, while if you head to Montagu, you can enjoy some special Muscadel (or Muscat), which is a red and white grape variety and is usually consumed as a sweet dessert wine.

While you’re visiting these wonderful estates, why not buy some take-home wine, explore a manor house and simply spend a day soaking up the stunning surroundings?

4.Natural beauty like no other

South Africa is a country blessed with some wonderful natural beauty and amazing attractions.

In the Cape, make a point of visiting the famous Table Mountain (a ride up in the cable car is a must but you can also hike up!), Oudtshoorn’s Cango Caves (a labyrinth of beautiful underground caves) and Cape Point, which is one of the most fiercely beautiful places you will encounter anywhere in the world.

SA Beauty
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In KZN, there’s no doubt that the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park and the Midlands (reminiscent of England’s green countryside) are everyone’s top picks. But Oribi Gorge (a spectacular gorge home to more than 300 bird species and one of the world’s biggest bungee swings), Zululand and the Valley of a Thousand Hills are all worth exploring too.

Then, finally, Mpumalanga province is perhaps one of the most beautiful local regions, and is especially blessed with some awe-inspiring natural attractions.

These include: Blyde River Canyon (the world’s largest green canyon), the Lake District (a grouping of majestic lakes, home to some 20,000 flamingos) and last but not least there’s God’s Window, where one is afforded a truly amazing, panoramic view out across the Lowveld, nearby mountains, rivers and the area’s many waterfalls too.

These are just some of the worthy reasons to visit South Africa during summertime although the favourable exchange rate and glorious, hot weather are always major draw cards too. May your travels to South Africa be safe, wonderful and memorable!

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Family Favourite Easter Destinations!


The Easter Weekend is right around the corner, and if you’re like us, you’ve probably left your plans to the very last minute! So to help you get those getaway plans underway, we’ve put together a list of some of South Africa’s favorite family holiday destinations. We handpicked some of the most suitable places for Easter and an all round family trip. Expect beautiful small town settings to enchanting outdoor environments. South Africa caters to not only the bold and adventurous but those looking for something more inviting to the whole family. Remember you can find all your accommodation needs on AccommoDirect.com!

Clarens

Nicknamed the “Jewel of the Free State” you can find a mild climate and beautiful scenery all round. With a plethora of accommodation types to suit your family and activities, it’s hard NOT to pick Clarens as your Easter Weekend destination. You can go horse riding, white water rafting, hiking and more! There are even children’s themed guesthouses to enjoy. Clarens is a perfect choice for an all round relaxing Easter getaway. Known as an artists hotspot, you can also inspire creativity in your children as well as find your own inspiration.

Coffee Bay

Coffee Bay is a gorgeous area speckled with beach cliffs and stunning views. First thing that comes to mind is “The Hole in the Wall”, which is sure to get the kids imagination running wild along with the fable behind it. The village is charms with it’s lodges, bars and cafes. Apart from the activities such as horse riding, hiking trails and the Hluleka Nature Reserve the real star of the show is the kilometer long beach which is all safe to swim, being an ideal location for a family outing. Coffee Bay will make a relaxed Easter getaway.

Knysna

If you’re looking for somewhere that is rife with things to do, look no further than Knysna! Perfect for a family Easter getaway, it is abundant in family activities and sights to see. Known for it’s craft stores, flea markets and boutique stores – there is much to explore, not to mention the nature and surrounds such as the Tsitsikamma forest. You can find activities such as tree canopy tours, paragliding, golf, paddle-boats, put-put, elephant walks and more!

Ballito

It’s not uncommon to spot Bottlenose Dolphins swimming nearby the shoreline of the beaches in Ballito – just one of the spectacles to bear witness to in the coastal town. With multiple beaches to choose from, including Willard beach which has international blue flag status – there is no shortage of sunny fun here. Sporting the warm waters of the Indian ocean as well as a tidal pool, they are welcome additions to any family getaway.

 

Pilgrim’s Rest

Travel back in time and take the family to Pilgrim’s Rest! The feeling of wonderment is definitely not in short supply as you explore the many artifacts dotted around the small town. You are also practically a stones throw away from the famous God’s Window, which is a memory for your family to keep. With hiking trails, museums, restaurants and mountain biking trails – You are sure to be well occupied during your scenic stay in Pilgrim’s Rest.

Top Places To Visit In South Africa

Twelve Apostles

South Africa is an ecologically, cultural and historically rich, vibrant country that is filled with hundreds of amazing places to see and visit. We here at AccommoDirect know how difficult it can be to choose not just your next destination, but also the places to go and see while you’re on holiday, which is why we have put together 27 of our favourite South African places to visit on your next getaway! Comment below and tell us your favourite ‘must-see’ South African locations.

Western Cape

Table  Mountain
Table Mountain

 

Table Mountain
If you are visiting Cape Town, it’s hard not to miss the iconic mountain which in November 2011 was named one of the seven wonders of the world.

Cango Caves
Taking a trip to the Oudtshoorn or the Swartberg region? Then the Cango Caves are not to be missed! The caves are a geological wonder and the extensive tour offered is designed to show it off at all it’s best angles!

The Big Tree at Tsitsikamma forest
The tree is estimated to be between 600 and 800 years old. The tours and walks offer an enchanting and relaxing trip to remember.

Eastern Cape

The Iconic Hole in the Wall
The Iconic Hole in the Wall

 

Addo Elephant National Park
Founded in 1931, the Addo Elephant National Park houses more than 600 elephants as well as other wildlife. Being the third largest park in our country, it would be hard not to give it a miss!

Hole in the Wall
Another great natural occurrence, a pilgrimage to this fantastic site is often on to scratch off a nature lovers bucket list. With a fantastic beach to soak in the sun and get wet!

Baviaans Kloof
As of 2004 it was declared a World Heritage site, it’s no wonder due to the vast areas unspoiled by man sporting marvelous land forms, a diverse array of plants and many kinds of wildlife.

Northern Cape

The Big Hole Kimberley
The Big Hole Kimberley


The Big Hole
Between 1871 and 1914, up to 50 000 miners dug up the hole in a rush for diamonds. Today it is a geological marvel and a great tourist site in Kimberley. There’s more than just history to enjoy here!

Augrabies Falls
Derived from the Khoi word “Aukoerebis” which means “great noise”, the sheer size, volume and sound experienced by the falls is a marvel in it’s own.

Namaqualand Flower Route
With almost 4000 different species of plants, every year offers a different configuration in flowers along the route. Come between August and September to witness this bombardment of color and spectacle for yourself!

Gauteng

Cradle of Human Kind
Cradle of Human Kind

 

Lion Park
First opened in 1966 it has since expanded from being a lions-only attraction. Being able to come into contact with the king of the jungle himself and his cubs, there are great memories to take home here!

Gold Reef City
If you are going to Jozi, one thing you can’t miss is this supreme amusement park. Themed around the gold rush that started in the 1880’s, it offers atmosphere amongst fun and relaxation.

Cradle of Humankind
Housing one of the largest collections of human fossils dating as far back as 3.5million years ago, you will be nothing short of fascinated by our existence on this planet and how far we’ve come.

North West Province

Sun City
Sun City

 

The Lesedi Cultural Village
For a spectacle of traditional African culture, you can visit the Lesedi Cultural Village over night with one of the traditional families that reside there. Giving you a great window into the lives of others.

Sun City
Sun City has won many awards and houses incredible accommodation as well as a plethora of activities to choose from. You can escape ordinary life and feel like you’re living in your own lost city!

Hartbeespoort Damn Snake & Animal Park
For a relaxed day amongst beautiful surroundings, you can also see some of South Africa’s greatest snakes as well as animal handling in action. A must visit for someone going to the North West.

Mpumalanga

Gods Window
God's Window

 

God’s Window
Definitely one of the most incredible views in the whole of South Africa, the name is very fitting. On a clear day you can even see as far to the Lebombo mountains on the border of Mozambique.

Kruger National Park
Probably the most popular game reserve in South Africa. You can be sure to witness the big five here as well as South Africa’s most beautiful wildlife. You can’t say you’ve seen Africa’s real side once you’ve come here!

Lowveld National Botanical Garden
Remaining green through out the year due to heavy rainfall, you are sure to witness lush plants and over 2000 different species of flora. This is one sure way to reconnect with nature!

Kwazulu Natal

Howick Falls
Howick Falls

 

Drakensberg
It only makes sense to visit the tallest mountain in South Africa while you’re in Kwazulu-Natal. With a plethora of activities to choose from, your visit will be anything but dull.

KZN Battlefields
Don’t be fooled by the picturesque landscape as the history involves the bitter conflict between Britain and South Africa. You can dive back into our past and enjoy some of the history that has built our country today.

Howick Falls
A principal tourist attraction of Kwazulu-Natal, it is a must see, not only for the luscious scenery and majestic waterfall, but the history that surrounds.

Limpopo

Sunland Baobab
Sunland Baobab

 

Warm Baths Bela Bela
Bela Bela was built around the natural hot springs in the area, giving rise to the resorts and natural baths you can enjoy.

Alpha Omega Cave
What makes this cave different, is that it’s man made and basically an entire art piece. Inspired by the holy spirit there is much to enjoy and be observed by the tours that run here.

Sunland Baobab
This popular tourist attraction is well deserved as a unique and magnificent artifact of nature. Due to hollowing in the tree dating as far back as 1650AD, there has been a pub and wine cellar established in the tree for your enjoyment.

Free State

Tiger Canyons
Tiger Canyons

 

Oliewenhuis Art Museum
With a large array of historical and contemporary art pieces, you can enjoy a casual visit to soak in the artworks and relax. A must visit for those in the Free State!

Tiger Canyons
As an attempt to introduce a self sustaining tiger population out of Asia. This offers a unique outlook on nature outside our beautiful country, as well as personal walks with the Tigers which is sure to be something magical!

Anglo Boer War Museums
Believed to be the only one of it’s kind, it offers a peek into a unique part of South Africa’s history with very knowledgeable staff who are sure to tell you all you want to know about the Angle Boer War as well as where to find the battlefields.

5 Most Romantic Places In South Africa

With Valentine’s Day practically upon us, we couldn’t help but think of the most romantic destinations in our gorgeous country. We came up with 5 places that are not only offer gorgeous scenery and views, but are also best enjoyed when you’re with someone special!

                                                Kruger National Park

Get away from the Hollywood cliches for one of the most authentic African experiences. At Kruger National Park you and your partner could find a myriad of activities from safari drives, to elephant riding, helicopter flights and simple walking trails. Apart from witnessing the legendary beasts our country has to offer, there is literally nothing stopping you from keeping the love wild!

                                     Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

For those admirers of the sheer beauty and looking for incredible scenery, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve is the place to be. By making it the setting of your romantic adventure, whatever it is you choose to do will be accompanied by the magic of nature. Apart from the various activities like hiking trails and helicopter flights you could visit the renowned God’s Window for the most sought after views in South Africa. By all means the perfect time to snap that photo or sneak that kiss!

                                                     Hartbeespoort Dam

Get closer to water for a more relaxed and quiet getaway with your partner. Sit back and bask in the moment with a relaxed boat ride, or surrender to beautiful views in the cable car. With a large variety of options from guest houses, hotels and spas – You can find exactly what you looking for. With a little something for everyone, it’s no wonder Hartbeespoort Dam is one of the most popular holiday destinations in South Africa!

Paternoster

What could be more romantic than an old fishing village on the West Coast? Take an atmospheric trip to Paternoster with that someone special and make the most of the coastal surrounds and activities. Apart from it’s obvious charm, it is also known for it’s warm locals who will make sure the vibe on your trip is never spoiled. Take a walk on the beach and enjoy a sunset together or go kayaking, there’s even a Nature Reserve close by if you seeking a stroll through nature. Paternoster is surely something not to miss!

 

                                                               Cape Town

How could we not include Cape Town on our list? With a plethora of variety in anything you can imagine, the Mother City has it all. From stunning beaches to the iconic mountains and buzzing city life, you won’t be disappointed. Have a picnic in the Kirstenbosch Gardens, then perhaps a drink or two on Rohdes Memorial as you watch the moon come up and top it off with a romantic dinner in the city. Cape Town is ready for you to explore!

Top 5 South African Travel Tips


The first month of 2015 has nearly come and gone, and we have decided it is about time we shared our top 5 travel tips for travelling around South Africa in 2015! So here’s our list, tailored to our beautiful country, to make your getaway a smooth and enjoyable one!

1. Vehicle Safety

Crime can happen to anyone, and when you’re on holiday it’s the one thing you don’t want happening to you, especially if you’re unprepared. If you’re travelling by car, any items you decide to leave inside should be stashed away to avoid smash and grabs. Never leave any important items such as your ID or passport in the car as it’s the one thing you don’t want to lose on your special trip!

2. Tight on Budget? Get out to Nature!

If you’re saving for that new car or piece of furniture you’ve always wanted, yet you still want to spoil yourself to a well deserved holiday? You live in South Africa! There are plenty of affordable lodges, guest houses, B&Bs,  and camping sites to choose from. It’s affordable and probably the best way to experience the beautiful country you live in!

3. Respect and attitude

South Africa comes with many different languages, cultures and religions. Whether it’s a guide, the hotel concierge, or simply someone you meet at a bar; it always pays to be mindful. You don’t want your holiday turning sour because of simple sensitivity and respect to others. Besides you never know what gem’s your taxi driver would want to show their new friend!

 

5. Plan and Enquire

It always pays to be prepared and to do your homework! That’s why you’re here reading this right? Always do some research on the area you’re visiting and the best possible spots to plan your trip around. Double checking accommodation by phoning and making sure you have everything you need to get the most out of your holiday.

 

5. Enjoy and relax!

Probably the most important thing to know for your trip. Relax, breathe and enjoy your adventure! Whether you’re on your own, with that special someone or family, this is what life is about. Be in the moment, be present and enjoy it! This life is yours and own it, leave work and your troubles behind. It will all be there as you left it when you get back, so no need wasting precious time enjoying life over it.

Top 5 NYE Parties Around South Africa

With this year coming to a close, a lot of us are still scrambling to make plans on what to do this New Years. With so many options and beautiful locations to choose from, we cut through the noise to find you the best places to smash into 2015 from all over South Africa…and they won’t disappoint!

Cape Town

If you’re spending your holiday in Cape Town this festive season, and looking for something slightly closer to nature (and not so littered with people), we suggest the New Years Eve Concert at Kirstenbosch. Picnic under the stars while famed SA artists Arno Carstens and Mango Groove are playing you into the New Year.

 

If you’re looking for more of a grand urban party, Nu World Eve: Time Travellers’ ball is for you! Hosted by Vaudeville Cape Town, it offers an atmospheric Bohemian feeling as well as various artists and DJ’s to keep your feet stomping well into the night.

 

St Francis Bay

If you find yourself in St Francis Bay on New Years, you have to check out The Ruins 5fm New Years Eve Concert. Now in it’s 13th year, and with some of our great current local acts such as Zebra & Giraffe, Niskerone, Haezer and The Kiffness playing, it’s set to be an awesome party.

 

Karoo

Experience the Karoo in a little town called Nieu Bethesda and find yourself at the New Years Festival of Lights. Hosted at the Bethesda Art Center, you’ll be able to craft your own lanterns and parade around with other locals and visitors for a truly atmospheric and special intimate New Years.

 

Johannesburg

If you decide to spend your New Years in Joburg, be sure to check out the New Years Eve masked ball happening at Cantare in Montecasino. You will be treated to a vintage cabaret show and fine dining with competitions running through out the night. Ypi’ll also be able to stroll through the rest of the Montecasino and partake in the other glorious New Years Festivities taking place throughout the night.

 

Drakensberg Mountains

Want to go somewhere a little different this New Years? How about surrounding yourself with the majestic beauty of the Drakensberg mountains? If that’s where you heading, be sure to check out the Smoking Dragon New Years Festival! With a wide host of great artists performing over 3 days, a market and other festivities and the backdrop of one of South Africa’s most incredible views, what more could you want? Oh and did we mention kids under 12 get in free…

 

As always you can find the perfect accommodation for these above places HERE!