Top 20 Pretoria Activities 2017.

Pretoria, or Tshwane as it’s called by some, is South Africa’s beautiful Jacaranda City. Aside from being our administrative capital in South Africa, it’s a city of great fun and adventure, blended together with a healthy dose of history and timeless grandeur.

These are some of the best activities to enjoy in and around Pretoria in 2017:

#1 Experience a cool Market @ the Sheds

If you’re after great food, art and design and above all, people, then this inner city market is just for you. Head to the market to experience Pretoria’s true colours.

Taking place (usually) on the last Saturday of every month – except when it changes to accommodate holidays and long weekends – the Market at the Sheds offers awesome socialness, quirky shopping, live music and a wide assortment of gourmet street food and drinks, including craft beer, cocktails and fine wines. On the music front, you can enjoy everything from blues to Afro-soul.

Contact: none

Website: www.marketatthesheds.co.za

Address: Market @ the Sheds, 381 Helen Joseph Street, Pretoria, Gauteng

#2 Visit Wonderboom Nature Reserve

Situated in the northern part of the city, straddling the Magaliesberg Mountains, Wonderboom Nature Reserve is a wonderful, 200-hectare reserve, famous for its giant wild fig, known as ‘Wonderboom’. The tree is over a thousand years old and legend has it, that it grows over the final resting place of an indigenous tribe’s chieftain.

Although the tree has reduced somewhat in size over the years, it has provided new growth, ensuring a circle of surrounding trees. The reserve is also home to some adorable rock hyraxes (or dassies), which sadly feed the nearby black eagles who circle the reserve.

Explore the mini forest with the interpretation trail and lovely boardwalk and then enjoy a picnic at the reserve’s good facilities.

Contact: none

Website: www.tshwane.gov.za

Address: Wonderboom Nature Reserve, Wonderboom, Pretoria, Gauteng

#3 Awaken your senses at Duncan Yard

Immerse yourself in a world of individual treasures at Duncan Yard. It’s a place that allows you to be yourself as you enjoy an art-meets-culture experience.

Duncan Yard offers a host of shops and facilities, like Beautiful Beginnings Salon, Cherryamber, Hidden Jewel, Papas – Real Food and many more. It allows shoppers to enjoy both creative shopping and delicious eats in a unique environment.

Contact: (083) 688 6025

Website: www.duncanyard.co.za

Address: Duncan Yard, Duncan Street, Hatfield, Pretoria, Gauteng

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#4 Catch a match at Loftus Versfeld

Although it is the home ground for the Blue Bulls rugby franchise, this stadium has hosted many important matches, including the one between England and South Africa on 4 June 1994. It has also successfully hosted games during 1995 Rugby World Cup and again, for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, carefully joining the world of South African rugby and soccer.

Loftus is named after Robert Owen Loftus Versfeld, local founder of organised sport in the Pretoria area. Although it started out as a humble ground, today, it can easily seat about 50,000 people.

So head to the heart of local rugby and enjoy a wonderful local or international match at this historic ground.

Contact: (012) 420 0700

Website: showme.co.za

Address: Loftus Versfeld, 440 Kirkness Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, Gauteng

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#5 Brave the walls at the Climbing Barn

This indoor rock climbing gym and training facility in Pretoria East is ideal for you, whether you’re a beginner or an expert climber. Here, there is personalised training on offer, and it’s also a great venue for hosting birthdays and corporate team building exercises.

As well as providing some excellent 450m and 100m walks, there is also gear available for hire and purchase at the Climbing Barn.

Learn to climb or test your skills in a relaxed environment, with professional, qualified staff on-hand to assist where and when necessary.

Contact: (082) 335 3220

Website: www.climbingbarn.co.za

Address: Climbing Wall, Plot 210, Korhaan Road, Mooiplaats, Pretoria, Gauteng

#6 Delve into Groenkloof Nature Reserve

With a long history, this reserve has seen many changes over the years but, in 1994, it became the Department of Nature Conservation’s baby and they slowly but surely began to release game, like kudu, blue wildebeest, ostrich and even giraffe back into the reserve.

Outside of the amazing game and rich bird life, Groenkloof offers a host of wonderful nature activities. These include: hiking and horse trails, mountain biking, picnicking and more. There are also overnight facilities (which you can book via email) and a Bamber Youth Camp.

Lose yourself in a world of beauty and untouched fauna and flora at Groenkloof Nature Reserve.

Contact: (012) 358 1757/1720

Website: www.tshwane.gov.za

Address: Groenkloof Nature Reserve, Pretoria, Gauteng

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#7 Tuck in at Hazel Food Market

This foodie market takes place every Saturday, from 8am – 2pm, in Menlo Park. It’s well-loved for its delicious food and drinks, as well as for its harmonious atmosphere, which allows both parents and children to relax and enjoy themselves on a fun, family day out.

Here, you will find some of Pretoria’s finest fresh products, sold straight from the producers, at this authentic food market in the heart of Pretoria’s Old East. There are benches scattered around and an awesome jungle gym and jumping castle to make use of, too.

Contact: (078) 593 7716

Website: www.hazelfoodmarket.co.za

Address: Hazel Food Market, Thomas Edison Street, Menlo Park, Pretoria, Gauteng

#8 Experience riveting Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Found outside of the city centre, this 3800-hectare reserve surrounds the beautiful Rietvlei Dam, which provides some 15% of Pretoria’s population with water.

The reserve is home to endangered Bankenveld grassland and some 2000-odd animals, which include: cheetah, buffalo, white rhino and a host of buck species to name just a few. There is also great bird life here, which can be enjoyed at the two reserve’s two dams in particular.

Visitors can enjoy freshwater fishing, non-motorised water sports, as well as two-day hiking trips, horse trails and guided game drives (although visitors must provide their own vehicles and advance booking is essential).

You can also camp overnight in the park at the Rietvlei campsite (advance bookings are a must though).

Contact: (012) 358 1812

Website: www.gauteng.net

Address: Rietvlei Nature Reserve, 14 Game Reserve Ave, Pretoria

#9 Explore Pretoria Botanical Gardens

Only one of nine South African National Botanical Gardens, Pretoria Botanical Gardens are a 76-hectare oasis of beauty and natural flora.

The Garden is divided into two sections by a 35-metre high quartzite outcrop, although a paved nature trail provides easy access to both varied sections.

You will find many plants exclusive to South Africa, as well as an amazing wealth of flowering plant and tree species respectively. It makes for an engaging day out, particularly for nature lovers.

Contact: (012) 843 5071

Website: www.sanbi.org

Address: Pretoria Botanical Gardens, 2 Cussonia Avenue, Brummeria, Pretoria, Gauteng

#10 Visit Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve

Amid the foothills of the Moreleta Kloof, one finds an exquisite natural gem in Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve.

This 100-hectare reserve is home to various game, including springbok, zebra, blesnok, duiker and ostrich, as well as an abundance of birdlife. Walking routes have been clearly marked out. Routes vary in length from 1.5 to 3.6km.

The reserve is open daily and entry is free of charge but dogs and bikes are not allowed.

Contact: (012) 358 1510

Website: moreletakloof.co.za

Address: Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve, Helios Street, Moreleta Park, Pretoria, Gauteng

#11 Take to the trees with Acrobranch

This awesome adventure centre in Pretoria North allows visitors to slide, balance, crawl and dash, as they experience the thrill of tackling obstacles, found high up in the treetops.

Acrobranch is also a wonderful venue to enjoy birthdays, school trips and even team building exercises, as it provides you with epic aerial adventure.

It offers safe adventure for all ages, with internationally-imported equipment and harnesses to keep participants safe and sound during their fun fest.

Contact: (086) 999 0369

Website: acrobranch.co.za

Address: Acrobranch, 18 Honingnestkrans Street, Soutpan Road, Pretoria, Gauteng

#12 Explore the grounds of the Union Buildings

One of South Africa’s most important and recognisable heritage landmarks, the Union Buildings were designed by Sir Herbert Baker in 1910 to commemorate the Union of South Africa.

The 285-metre-long sandstone building offers amazing gardens and panoramic gardens and has consistently served as the background to many pivotal occasions in South Africa.

Although visitors cannot enter the buildings themselves, they are free to explore the terraced gardens, which offer wonderful views out over the city. They’re the perfect place for a picnic or wedding photo shoot and also offer a venue for local concerts and festivals.

Contact: (012) 300 5200

Website: none

Address: Union Buildings, Government Avenue, Elandspoort, Pretoria, Gauteng

#13 Visit Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre

Established in 1971, this wonderful conservation project performs a vital role in both the conservation and protection of cheetahs. To date, it has bred over 800 cubs, and that tally is still climbing.

Visitors can enjoy educational tours around the centre. These include three-hour guided or private tours, as well as the popular feeding tour. This involves an informational and educational round trip, as the team feed the resident cheetahs, wild dogs and other animals.

Contact: (012) 5049906/7

Website: dewildt.co.za

Address: Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre, Pretoria, Gauteng

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#14 National Zoological Gardens

This 85-hectare zoo is not only the largest in our country but it’s also the only one with national status.

It is home to some 3117 specimens, made up of mammals, birds, fish, reptile and others. Over 600,000 people visit this zoo annually and the length of its excellent walkways is 6km in distance.

The zoo is also home to an aquarium, which is the largest inland marine aquarium in SA, and a reptile park.

Contact: (012) 339 2700

Website: www.nzg.ac.za

Address: National Zoological Gardens, 232 Boom Street, Daspoort, Pretoria, Gauteng

#15 Celebrate history and heritage at Freedom Park

Celebrating South Africa’s heritage, Freedom Park is a centre of knowledge, which strives to tell South Africa’s story as accurately and well as possible.

This national and international site celebrates liberty, diversity and human rights, serving as a cultural institution. It houses a museum and memorial and provides wonderful insight into our country.

If you would like to book a tour, you can email or fill out the online booking form.

Contact: (012) 336 4000

Website: www.freedompark.co.za

Address: Freedom Park, Koch Street & 7th Avenue, Salvokop, Pretoria, Gauteng

#16 Pay a visit to Sammy Marks House

So-called Randlords Sammy Marks built up his wealth through great business enterprises over the years. This resulted in Zwartkoppies Hall, which, in his will, his declared should be preserved and turned into a museum.

Today visitors can pay to enjoy seeing the wealth and splendour of the mansion’s 48 rooms. Highlights include the billiards room, huge kitchen, well-stocked library and much more. The vast gardens are also a delight, with guided tours available of the house and surrounding estate.

Contact: (012) 755 9541

Website: www.gauteng.net

Address: Sammy Marks House, Bronkhorstspruit Road, Savannah Country Estate, Pretoria, Gauteng

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#17 Experience Colin’s Horseback Africa and Walking with Lions

This family lodge offers both horse riding safaris in the African bush, as well as amazing lion tours and other holiday fun!

Visitors can choose to go on a horse ride safari or else, join in on a morning or afternoon lion tour. Observe lions in their natural habitat or saddle up and navigate your way through the bush with this dedicated, capable horse riding family.

Contact: (012) 735 9909

Website: www.horseridinginafrica.com

Address: Colin’s Horseback Africa and Walking with Lions, De Tweedespruit gavel, Tourist route 4, Sand Road, Pretoria, Gauteng

#18 Make feathered friends at Bester Birds and Animals

This small zoo in the heart of Pretoria East suburbia is a family-run zoo, which focusses on the community and its families.

Currently they are renovating the zoo to improve the cages so while, you can still visit, some cages will be empty… the good news is, kids can explore these and see life through the bird’s eye view.

Contact: (012) 807 4192

Website: www.besterbirdsanimals.co.za

Address: Bester Birds and Animals, Simon Vermooten Road, Pretoria, Gauteng

#19 Head on over to The Big Red Barn

Offering all kinds of delights, this antique hay barn looks out over expansive fields, grasslands and the Kaal River. There is a lot of fun to be had here, with the Cycle Park, Acrobranch and Olifants Café just some of the main highlights to be enjoyed.

Olifants Café serves delicious countryside eats, perfect for curing post-exercise hunger pangs. Enjoy a fun day out for the whole family that this cool spot.

Contact: (072) 617 7667

Website: www.thebigredbarn.co.za

Address: The Big Red Barn, 7 Nelson Road, Olifantsfontein, Pretoria, Gauteng

#20 Pay a visit to Rosemary Hill

Situated in a beautiful farmland, this charming, family-run coffee shop works closely with The Waldorf School to both educate and grow the minds of children and maintain organic farming practices too.

They offer delicious breakfasts, scones, cakes, light meals and even morning, afternoon or evening high teas. They are able to host beautiful functions, like birthday parties and farm weddings.

Contact: (012) 802 0052

Website: rosemaryhill.co.za

Address: Rosemary Hill, 257 R964, Pretoria, Gauteng

These are just a few of so many wonderful reasons to visit Pretoria and enjoy all it has to offer!

 

Top 20 Port Elizabeth activities 2017.

Whether you know and love it for its beautiful beaches, friendly people or game, P-E is a worthy travel destination – particularly with the host of wonderful adventures, which lie in store in the Windy City!

Here are some of the top activities to enjoy in P-E during 2017:

#1 Stroll along Sardinia Bay Beach

This popular beach lies between Schoenmakerskop and Seaview. It offers unspoilt coastline, making it perfect for beach strolls and great picnics.

Fishing is not allowed, as the coast has been declared a marine reserve, but scuba-diving and snorkelling are extremely popular here so gear up!

Contact: (041) 582 2575

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: Sardinia Bay Beach, Sardinia Bay, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#2 See the ellies at Addo Elephant National Park

Forming part of SANParks, Addo is home to the Big 7, in particular African elephants, which make the park so famous.

It has become a conservation spot for a range of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora. It’s one of South Africa’s most wonderful game parks, so it’s definitely worth setting ample time aside for!

Contact: (012) 428 9111

Website: www.sanparks.org

Address: Addo Elephant National Park, R355, Paterson Road, Addo, Eastern Cape

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Richard Marsh via sanparks.org

#3 Shamwari Game Reserve: where the wild things are

This special place is the pride of the Eastern Cape, and is also one of South Africa’s most successful private conservation initiatives.

There are wonderful animals, including lions, elephants, leopards and more to see here, as you make memories sure to last for a lifetime…

Contact: (042) 203 1111

Website: www.shamwari.com

Address: Shamwari Game Reserve, R342, Paterson, Eastern Cape

#4 Get in touch with nature at Kragga Kamma Game farm

Kragga Kamma is home to wonderful herds of African game – among them, White Rhino, Buffalo, Nyala, Bontebok and Cheetah – making it a great, animal-friendly park for guests to explore.

You can do self-driven trip or opt for a 2-hour-long guided tour, which will provide interesting insight and information.

Contact: (041) 379 4195

Website: www.kraggakamma.co.za

Address: Kragga Kamma Road, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#5 Zip through the sky with Adrenaline Addo Adventure Centre

Offering a host of fun outdoor activities for the adrenaline junkies among us, this centre is a great place to head if you wish to feel the rush!

With the highest and fastest double zip line in SA; a giant swing; and awesome canoeing along Sundays River, it’s sure to get your blood racing.

Contact: (078) 911 1619

Website: adrenalineaddo.co.za

Address: Adrenaline Addo, Happy Lands Farm, 1 Prospect Avenue, Summerville, Eastern Cape

#6 Enjoy family fun at Holmeleigh Farmyard

If you’re after a fun day for the kiddies, then Holmeleigh Farmyard is the place to go! This little farm has a big heart, and offers wonderful kids’ activities, delicious eats and awesome farm animals.

Let your little ones play with the bunnies or have a round on the jumping castle, while you enjoy some tea or coffee and farm-fresh bakes…

Contact: (041) 379 2901

Website: holmeleighfarmyard.co.za

Address: Holmeleigh Farmyard, Grey Dawn Road, Kragga Kamma, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#7 Discover Cape Recife Nature Reserve

This 366-hectare area is undoubtedly one of Port Elizabeth’s most beautiful natural attractions.

It offers a wealth of exciting outdoor activities, amazing beauty, accommodation options and even its own charming lighthouse too – so be sure to explore!

Contact: (041) 582 2575

Website: www.caperecife.co.za

Address: Cape Recife Nature Reserve, Schoenmakerskop, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#8 Rev up your engine at AutoPavilion

AutoPavilion is a place of cars and legends… Here, visitors can come to see past and present day technology, as AutoPavilion proudly showcases the evolution of South Africa’s Volkswagen Group. This is definitely one for the petrol heads!

Contact: (041) 994 5941

Website: www.autopavilion.co.za

Address: AutoPavilion, 103 Algoa Road, Uitenhage, Eastern Cape

#9 Stay over in super Summerstrand

If you wish to stay a while, then you might want to head to Summerstrand. It’s a stylish, upmarket suburb, which lies a stone’s throw away from the beachfront.

Not only does it provide access to golden beaches, the historic side of P-E and alluringly warm waters too, but it’s also full of wonderful attractions, like the Boardwalk Casino or Summerstrand Village Shopping Centre.

Contact: n/a

Website: www.sa-venues.com

Address: Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#10 Navigate through the Island Nature Reserve

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Located some 25km outside P-E, Island Nature Reserve comprises 480 hectares of indigenous Alexandria coastal forest. It is a safe haven for many diverse tree species, including the Outeniqua yellowwood and white milkwood.

The reserve also offers a plethora of fauna (including duiker, vervet monkeys and bushpigs), rich birdlife and numerous walking trails… It’s sure to delight nature enthusiasts from far and wide.

Contact: (041) 582 2575

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: Island Nature Reserve, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#11 Head over to The Valley Market

This artisan food market comes to life with local exhibitions and stalls. It’s made possible by the P-E community and SPAR, as they bring the greatest creativity and quality to mind.

The market happens on the first Saturday of every month, but there’s also the Good Night Market, which takes place during the week on the third Thursday evening of the month (usually). It’s a great way to experience P-E as you shop for tasty goodies!

Contact: thevalleymarketpe@gmail.com

Website: www.facebook.com/pg/thevalleymarketpe

Address: Old Tramways Building, Valley Road, Port Elizabeth, Baakens Valley, Eastern Cape

#12 Circle the Coastal Fynbos Trail

This amazing, 7km circular trail, which starts at Sappershoek. It offers hikers a great opportunity to explore some unique landscape and take in wild life as they go.

While the sea hosts whales during August to October and then again between April and early December, you can also keep an eye out for Cape Grysbok and mongooses, as well as the Thysbe’s Copper butterfly.

Contact: (041) 582 2575

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#13 Pop by Grass Roof Farm Stall & Restaurant

Since its opening in 2013, this restaurant on Olive Tree Farm has become a local landmark of sorts. The pitched roof is covered in grass and wild flowers.

It promotes a healthy, organic way of eating, promising heart country fare for its visitors to enjoy.

Contact: (041) 366 2379

Website: www.grassroof.co.za

Address: Corner New Seaview and Heron Road, Sardinia Bay, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

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#14 Hike the Sacremento Trail

This popular 8km round coastal walk takes hikers through Schoenmakerskop-Sardinia Bay Nature Reserve.

It provides a wealth of beautiful landscapes, sea scenery and seasonal wild flowers and vegetation.

It runs past the Sacramento monument towards the far end of Cannon Bay and then onto the Sacramento Tea Room. So take a few hours and explore this epic trail!

Contact: (041) 582 2575

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#15 Visit the historic Fort Frederick

This historic stone fort, which is over two hundred years old, was built by the British forces to defend the Baakens River mouth.

It stands guard over Algoa Bay and contains real pieces of history for visitors to see with their own eyes. It is open daily from sunrise to sunset and public admission is free.

Contact: (041) 582 2575

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: Fort Frederick, Port Elizabeth Central, Eastern Cape

#16 Unlock aviation history at South African Air Force Museum

Spread across three provinces, this aviation museum houses, restores and exhibits material related to the SA air force history.

For history buffs and aviation fans, this is an excellent place to visit, particularly as entry is free!

Contact: (041) 505 1295

Website: saafmuseum.org.za

Address: South African Air Force Museum, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#17 Educate yourself at SANCCOB Port Elizabeth

This excellent marine bird rehabilitation centre lies within the Cape Recife Nature Reserve. Not only do they rehabilitate their rescued birds but they also inform and educate the public through a range of different educational programmes.

Tour the marine rehab and education centre, or experience the hospital and witness the dedicated volunteers doing their best to help save and preserve our natural environment. It makes for an inspirational trip.

Contact: (041) 583 1830

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: Schoenmakerskop, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#18 Catch a match at St George’s Park Cricket Stadium

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Needing little introduction, this wonderful cricket ground has been hosting international matches since 1889. It’s a historic venue, known and loved across the country and world for its superb atmosphere.

It always ensures an exciting competition (rarely any dull draws here!), either for local or international matches, and provides a true sense of the Friendly City’s vibe.

Catch a match when international squads tour or support one of the local franchises. Ticket prices vary according to the match in question.

Contact: (041) 585 1646

Website: www.southafrica.net

Address: St George’s Park Cricket Stadium, Park Drive, Port Elizabeth Central, Eastern Cape

#19 Smell the flowers at Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve

Managed by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality (NMMM), this reserve consists of about 600 hectares of low-lying land, found between the Van Stadens mountain and the coastline.

There are various walking trails to enjoy and visitors can also head to the ‘Flower House’. Here, they can test their knowledge of flower species and names. It makes for a fun day out and it’s a great way to treat an avid gardener or passionate green finger.

Contact: friendsofvanstadens@gmail.com

Website: www.vanstadens.co.za

Address: Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#20 Face lions at Seaview Predator Park

This 120-hectare reserve is a privately owned animal park, overlooking the sea in aptly named Seaview.

You can self-drive through the park and enjoy seeing the animals roaming about or watch a public viewing of the lions daily at 12:00pm. Become part of the pride and face up to lions, tigers and other majestic beasts.

Contact: info@seaviewpredatorpark.co.za

Website: www.seaviewpredatorpark.com

Address: Seaview Predator Park, lower Seaview Road, Seaview, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

These are just some of the wonderful experiences and awesome activities you can enjoy in South Africa’s Friendly City!

Top 20 Mossel Bay Restaurants 2017.

Mossel Bay may be a harbour town of note, especially with its Garden Route location. And while there are great activities and places to see here, it’s also something of a foodie haven.

Here are the top 20 Mossel Bay eateries to enjoy in 2017:

#1 Carola Anne’s

Trading under a nickname (Carola Anne) she received in Chef School when people struggled to pronounce her name, Corelie holds a business degree, making her an unlikely chef.

At Carola Anne’s, she does food for life, and is big on combining both raw and cooked food. She makes great food, which is as healthy as it is beautiful to look at. The coffee is equally good. Happily, Corelie also offers catering services too.

Contact: 044 690 3477

Website: www.carolaann.com

Address: Carola Anne’s, 12 Church Street, Mossel Bay, Western Cape

#2 Café Gannet

Known as Mossel Bay’s seafood house, Café Gannet Restaurant is acclaimed for its local seafood delicacies. With sweeping views of the Indian Ocean, it offers great meals in a trendy space. Tuck into coastal oysters, Mossel Bay sole, pizza, salads and even light lunches and meat dishes too.

Bookings are advisable due to its popularity.

Contact: (044) 6913738

Website: oldposttree.co.za/cafe-gannet

Address: Café Gannet, Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex, corner of Church and Market Streeet, Mossel Bay, Western Cape

#3 Kaai 4

If you’re craving a casual, braai-orientated restaurant, then Kaai 4 is for you. Enjoy popular SA meat-dishes, like spitbraais, potjiekos options, whole fish off-the-grid and freshly baked bread.

With its harbour-fronting location, expect an informal slice of paradise at this rustic, family-friendly eatery. Kaai 4 also caters to weddings, birthdays and other special functions.

Contact: (044) 691 0056

Website: www.kaai4.co.za/contact-us.html

Address: Kaai 4, Quay 4, Mossel Bay Harbour, Mossel Bay, Western Cape

#4 The Blue Shed Coffee Roastery

Considered by some to serve the best coffee in SA, The Blue Shed Coffee Roastery is a coffee lover’s haven. It’s also a local supplier to other eateries, including Kaai 4 and Sea Gypsy.

Its mission is ‘simple’: produce the perfect cup of coffee every time. It’s a wonderfully relaxing spot, where guests can unwind or book for special functions.

Those with a sweet tooth should have their coffee with the chocolate brownies, although they also offer savoury eats here.

Contact: (044) 691 0037

Website: www.blueshedroasters.co.za

Address: The Blue Shed Coffee Roastery, 33 Bland Street, Mossel Bay, Western Cape

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#5 Route57 Restaurant

Part of professional golfer, Louis Oosthuizen’s 57 brand, Route57 is headed up by chef-patron Anzelle and her team. They invite you to enjoy tasty South African dishes and true local hospitality with them.

This stylish restaurant provides a large, varied menu for guests to order off. Dishes are made from only the freshest ingredients, ensuring optimal quality.

Contact: (082) 457 7550

Website: www.route57.co.za

Address: Route57 Restaurant, 12 Marsh Street, Mossel Bay, Western Cape

#6 Baruch’s Roastery and Coffee Shop

This roastery and coffee shop offers, not only delicious coffee blends (made from globally sourced beans), but also mouth-watering Israeli dishes and gorgeous cakes.

The coffee is also available for order, and can be posted or couriered to anywhere in South Africa.

Contact: (044) 695 2078

Website: www.baruchscoffee.co.za

Address: Baruch’s Roastery KKT Building No 4, Gericke Street, Voorbaai, Mossel Bay, Western Cape

#7 Punjabi Kitchen

This family-owned Indian restaurant in Eden Plaza is something of a hidden gem. It offers friendly staff and delicious cuisine. The eatery is overseen by hands-on owner Mr Gill, ensuring good service.

If you love Indian food, then theirs is apparently possibly some of the tastiest you’ll discover in SA. They offer meat and vegetarian dishes, so everyone’s tastes are catered for.

Contact: (044) 690 5020

Website: www.punjabikitchen.net

Address: Punjabi Kitchen, 8 Grave Street, Eden Plaza, Mossel Bay, Western Cape

#8 Coffee@Work

This trendy coffee shop is found in the heart of Mossel Bay CBD and is a well-loved among locals. Since it was voted as South Magazine’s winner for favourite coffee in the Garden Route 2016, you’ll find quality java here.

They also offer a selection of tasty little eats to enjoy with your coffee. While visiting, stock up on the purchasable coffee blends.

Contact: (071) 692 1641

Website: www.coffeeatwork.co.za

Address: Coffee@Work, 65 Marsh Street, Mossel Bay, Western Cape

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#9 Delfino’s Restaurant

With a passion for food and made-to-order, delicious eats, Delfino’s offers an array of good food, which even includes banting-friendly options.

Sink your teeth into light meals, fish dishes, grills, burgers and gourmet pizzas, as you sip on one of their great drink options.

With light, cheerful décor and seating indoors and outdoors, this seaside-facing restaurant has it all.

Contact: (044) 690 5247

Website: www.delfinos.co.za

Address: Delfino’s Restaurant, Point Road, The Point , Mossel Bay, Western Cape

#10 Stars Restaurant and Sports Bar

Blessed with breath-taking views of the bay and beautiful Outeniqua, Stars Restaurant and Sports Bar is well-known in town for serving good food at affordable prices.

It’s also a trendy and vibey restaurant, where guests can enjoy music, sports and more. If you’re looking for a laid-back spot, this should be your go-to choice in Mossel Bay.

Contact: (044) 690 3045

Website: www.starsmb.co.za

Address: Stars Restaurant and Sports Bar, Mossel Bay Bayview Centre, corner of Louis Fourie and Marsh Street, Mossel Bay, Western Cape

#11 Sea Gypsy Café

If you’re after incredible seafood and other good eats, then Sea Gypsy Café is the place for you.

Found at Quay 4, Mossel Bay Harbour, this welcoming eatery offers fresh, tasty food and delightful views. Here, friendly service makes for a great added bonus.

Contact: (044) 690 5496

Website: www.seagypsy.co.za

Address: Sea Gypsy Café, Quay 4, Mossel Bay Harbour, Mossel Bay, Western Cape

#12 Kingfisher Restaurant

Offering both mouth-watering sushi and seafood, as well as superb sea- and beach-views, Kingfisher Restaurant is perfect for tasty food in a chilled setting.

Enjoy line fish, prawns, calamari, ribs, ostrich, T-bone and sushi bar favourites at this seaside eatery.

Contact: (044) 690 6390

Websitewww.thekingfisher.co.za

Address: Kingfisher Restaurant, Point Road, The Point, Mossel Bay, Western Cape

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#13 Admiral’s Buffet Restaurant

Found just outside Mossel Bay, near Pinnacle Point Golf Resort, Admiral’s Buffet Restaurant is hailed as one of the Garden Route’s most beautiful restaurants. Particularly since its 2009 revamp.

Enjoy delicious buffet-style food in a cutting-edge, 210-seater restaurant. Anything from traditional Bobotie to succulent beef roast and even mouth-watering desserts, like peppermint tart, can be found here.

Contact: (044) 693 3900

Website: www.dining-out.co.za/md/Admirals-Buffet-Restaurant-Mossel-Bay/3188

Address: Admiral’s Buffet Restaurant, Spekboom Road, Garden Route Casino, Western Cape

#14 De Vette Mossel Groot Brak

Enjoy a laid-back meal at De Vette Mossel, where top-class, value-for-money seafood is the order of every day. Seafood is prepared fresh – and served immediately thereafter.

As a stunning welcoming gesture, guests receive a complimentary glass of Cape wine on arrival. They also have a cash bar and host of cocktail options.

Contact: (079) 339 0170

Website: devettemosselgrootbrak.co.za

Address: De Vette Mossel, Souwesia, between Klein- and Groot Brak River, Mossel Bay, Western Cape

#15 Fork and Train Restaurant

Providing superb views over the bay and of the mountains, Fork and Train Restaurant lies next to Santos Express Train Lodge.

This pretty, family-friendly restaurant offers guests a well-balanced, traditionally South African-style menu, with fresh seafood and continental dishes available for your enjoyment.

Contact: (083) 900 7797

Website: santosexpress.co.za/inner.php?ref=3

Address: Fork and Train Restaurant, Munro Road, Santos Beach, Mossel Bay, Western Cape

#16 Café Havana

This restaurant and cigar lounge remains true to the Cuban spirit, serving traditional Cuban fare. Enjoy great specials on chicken wraps, Cuban Burger night and much more.

You can also have cocktails and tapas out on the deck, or choose from a selection of Cuban cigars to puff on.

Contact: (044) 690 4640

Website: www.cafehavana.co.za

Address: Café Havana, 38 Marsh Street, Mossel Bay, Western Cape

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#17 Transkaroo Restaurant

Located at Groot Brak River’s old railway station, the charming Transkaroo Restaurant offers a unique location. It serves contemporary South Africa cuisine. This is enhanced by a few creative twists of its own.

Service is also tops, making for a great, all-round experience.

Contact: (044) 620 4163

Website: none

Address: 1 Morrison Road, Great Brak River, near Mossel Bay, Western Cape

#18 The London Bus Fish & Chip Company

This quirky restaurant – housed in an actual bus-themed setting – offers fresh seafood options, including popular fish and chips, and calamari.

You will enjoy amazing views – but it can get a bit nippy in cold weather, so bring a spare jersey or jacket along when visiting!

Contact: (082) 817 2382

Website: www.londonbus.co.za

Address: The London Bus Fish and Chip Company, Quay 4, Mossel Bay Harbour, near Mossel Bay, Western Cape

#19 Santos Express Restaurant

This restaurant and pub provides prime views over the bay and of the distant mountains. It serves both seafood and traditional meals. These include: burgers, steaks, ribs, breakfasts and pub-lunches.

It’s a venue for both young and old to enjoy, and also caters to functions.

Contact: (044) 691 1995

Website: www.santosexpress.co.za/restaurant.htm

Address: Santos Express Restaurant, 1 George Road, Mossel Bay, Western Cape

#20 The Lighthouse Restaurant

With stunning views over the sea and nearby rocks, The Lighthouse Restaurant possesses one of the Garden Route’s most dramatic restaurant settings.

Enjoy the likes of Mossel Bay oysters, fresh line fish and buffet breakfasts. While you’re there, sample one of their sundowners.

Contact: (044) 691 3512

Website: www.visitmosselbay.co.za

Address: The Point Hotel, Point Road, Mossel Bay, Western Cape

These are just some of the delightful eateries you can enjoy when visiting this special Garden Route town.

Top 20 Hermanus Activities 2017.

The seaside town of Hermanus not only considers itself to be the (land-based) whale capital of the world but, all whales aside, this popular travel destination also offers visitors a range of top class restaurants, fun experiences and awesome indoor/outdoor adventures to enjoy.

Here are some of the best experiences to partake in during 2017:

#1 Have a whale of a time

Every year, from June to December, this coastal village becomes a haven for the whales, who migrate back to these shores annually to calve and mate. Because of this, Hermanus is now known as the land-based whale capital of the year.

Not only do they have their own Whale Festival – but there are plenty of ways to watch the whales – whether it’s from shore or out at sea, like with Southern Right Charters’ whale-watching tours.

Contact: (082) 353 0550

Website: southernrightcharters.co.za

Address: Southern Right Charters, Hermanus, Western Cape

#2 Head to Grotto Beach

This blue flag beach is one of Hermanus’s most popular attractions and is simply a must when visiting, especially since it offers a massive, sandy stretch of shoreline, with glorious views of mountain and sea alike.

The beach is also dog-friendly… provided you keep your pooches leashed and clean up after them at all times!

Contact: (028) 312 3180

Website: www.hermanus.co.za

Address: Grotto Street, Hermanus, Western Cape

#3 Get active in Fernkloof Nature Reserve

This beautiful reserve offers a glorious escape into nature… Covering some 18 square km, the reserve provides visitors with a chance to experience some amazing hiking, cycling and walking trails, all while taking in unique Cape fauna and flora in the process.

Contact: (028) 313 0819

Website: www.fernkloof.org.za

Address: Fernkloof Nature Reserve, Hermanus, Western Cape

#4 Explore the Hermanus Country Market

Every Saturday, visitors can enjoy this fun country market, which offers organic produce, fresh herbs, food and wine stalls, home-grown goods, trinkets, jams, deli eats and more.

Be sure to pop on by and experience a market, Hermanus-style.

Contact: (072) 883 3894

Website: hermanuscountrymarket.co.za

Address: Fairways Avenue & Jose Burman Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape

#5 Visit Lembu Gallery & Studio

Lembu Gallery is a wondrous place – located within a hundred-year-old fisherman’s cottage – for art lovers and aspiring artists to explore.

With works from across the globe (though there’s a firm focus on African works), Lembu offers a creative escape and makes for a unique addition to Hermanus.

Contact: (028) 312 1187

Website: www.lembu.co.za

Address: 10 Harbour Road, Hermanus, Western Cape

#6 Enjoy top class wine tasting at Creation Wines

A wine lovers’ paradise: Creation Wines offers both sustainable, award-winning wines and immaculate facilities. They also enjoy a stunning setting in the highly sought-after Walker Bay wine region.

At the estate, visitors will also encounter the delightful Creation Wines Restaurant, which is the perfect place to eat after some quality wine tasting at the Tasting Room.

Contact: (028) 212 1107

Website: www.creationwines.com

Address: Hemel en Aarde Road, Hermanus, Western Cape

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#7 Visit The Whale House Museum

Learn more about this migrating mammals (and other sea creatures) at The Whale House Museum.

Educate yourself with some cool audio-visual shows, photographic exhibitions, a life-sized whale display and informative installations too.

Contact: (028) 313 0418

Website: www.southafrica.net

Address: The Whale House Museum, Hermanus, Western Cape

#8 Savour Bouchard Finlayson’s world-class wines

This internationally renowned boutique winery is definitely the place to go if you’re after some interesting wine experiences and/or tastings.

They offer a selection of different wine tastings (some of which may leave your purse much lighter than before…)… Yet, with such a stellar reputation across the local and international wine industry, you know you’re in for a quality offering no matter which you opt in for.

Contact: (028) 312 3515

Website: www.bouchardfinlayson.co.za

Address: R320, Hermanus, Western Cape

#9 Relax at Voelklip Beach

This small, sandy beach is a popular spot for surfing but it also features grassy lawns, ideal for outdoor picnics when the weather’s fair.

There are also some rocky coves close at hand; these help to add a sense of secluded beach lounging. The beach has basic ablution facilities, but parking is quite limited.

Contact: n/a

Website: hermanus.co.za

Address: Voelklip Beach, Hermanus, Western Cape

#10 Tuck in at Betty Blue Bistro

Undoubtedly one of Hermanus’s most well-loved and highly rated eateries, Betty Blue Bistro is a dash of colour and food passion in the Main Road – and as such, it is an experience in and of itself.

They specialise in delicious light meals, like healthy breakfasts, mouth-watering pancake varieties, soups, burgers and chips and of course, decadent sweet stuff too!

Contact: (028) 125 0037

Website: bettbluebistrohermanus.com

Address: 126 Main Road, Hermanus, Western Cape

 

 

 

 

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#11 Stay a while at Sumaridge Wine Estate

This estate lies between two mountain ranges and enjoys commanding sea views, so not only is it blessed with a spectacular setting – but it also offers visitors award-winning wines.

If you wish to spend some time in literal heaven-on-earth, then book a seven-day plus accommodation getaway at Sumaridge’s The Lodge: a secluded, five-room house, which is both child- and wheelchair-friendly.

Contact: (028) 312 1097

Website: www.sumaridge.co.za

Address: Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Hermanus, Western Cape

#13 Bend a bowstring with Hermanus Field Archery Club

Try your hand at the ancient technique of archery – a learned skill dating back to 10,000 BC – with the Hermanus Field Archery Club (HFAC).

The club offers a professional range of targets between 10 – 80 yards, and a circular course with 28 different stations. The picturesque course is nestled among fynbos and pines.

Contact: n/a

Website: www.wparchery.org

Address: R43, between Kleinmond and Bot River turn-offs, Hermanus, Western Cape

#14 Indulge your inner bookworm at Hemingway’s Bookshop

Not only has this little bookshop been featured in the New York Times but its fame has reached many other corners of the globe – and as such, it is internationally recognised as a book lover’s essential port of call.

If you’re after seeing rare, unobtainable or simply out-of-print books, this wondrous place is a must when in Hermanus.

Contact: (028) 312 2739

Website: www.hermanus.co.za

Address: Warrington Place, 4 Harbour Road, Hermanus, Western Cape

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#15 Tackle Hermanus MTB Trails

Starting at the Hemel-en-Aarde Village, these four different MTB trails will plunge riders deep into the heart of Hemel-en-Aarde’s raw, natural beauty.

Choose between the blue, green, red and black trails; each track comes with its own level of difficulty, so riders of all classes and styles will be well catered for.

Contact: (082) 828 6567

Website: www.hermanusadventures.co.za

Address: Hemel-en-Aarde Village, Hermanus, Western Cape

#16 Stop by Benguela Cove Estate

If it is memorable wine tasting that you’re after, then Benguela Cove Estate is the place for you. But what’s more, this stunning estate also offers a very elegant restaurant for visitors to enjoy a meal at.

What’s more, wine tasting out on the lagoon aboard a serene cruise on a 12-seater pontoon called Lady Bonnie is pretty epic too!

Contact: 083 645 6198

Address: Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate, R43, Bot River Lagoon, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.

Website: www.benguelacove.co.za

#17 Revisit the past at De Wet’s Huis

In 1983, museum staff dismantled the old Dutch Reform Sunday School house and transported its numbered stones and timber off to a new location and then, in 1987, the cottage was rebuilt in Fishermen’s Village. Today, it houses an amazing photo museum with a photographic exhibition of old Hermanus, dating back to the last century.

There are also trophies, furniture and a herb garden to be seen at this history-holding little cottage.

Contact: (028) 312 1475/2629

Website: www.old-harbour-museum.co.za

Address: Hermanus, Western Cape

#18 Visit Hamilton Russel Vineyards

Located close to the sea, Hamilton Russell Vineyards is one of the most southerly wine estates in Africa. It falls under the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley: a place just behind Hermanus, that is famed for its rural, natural beauty.

The estate specialises in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, so if you visit, be sure to get a bottle to enjoy at home or sample a glass while at the estate.

Contact: (028) 312 3595

Website: www.hamiltonrussellvineyards.com

Address: R320 Hemel-En-Aarde Valley, Hermanus, Western Cape

#19 Take in the views at Kwaaiwater

Like its name implies, during high tide, this amazing viewing spot is surrounded by angry waters that froth and foam…

The rest of the time, however, this little rocky beach of sorts (reached via the delightful Cliff Walk) is a great place to take in some fauna, flora and of course, those irritated waters too…

Contact: n/a

Website: n/a

Address: Hermanus, Western Cape

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#20 Discover Hoy’s Koppie for yourself

Known as the ‘Jewel of Hermanus’, Hoy’s Koppie provides visitors with a glimpse into both the area’s history and nature.

Part of the Fernkloof Reserve, Hoy’s Koppie – now named for the pioneering Scot, Sir William Hoy, who loved hiking up it (though it used to be called Klip Kop in olden times) – provides eager explorers with an easy walk up its isolate location, 75-metres above sea level.

Contact: (028) 313 8111

Website: www.capetownetc.com

Address: Hermanus, Western Cape

These are just a few of the many reasons to explore this captivating Western Cape coastal town… it’s no wonder the whales love Hermanus so much!

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 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.