The Garden Route is arguably one of South Africa’s most beautiful areas to explore – so it’s no surprise that travellers (and locals) love travelling around this gorgeous region by car.
To make the most of your visit to Knysna and the Garden Route overall, call up one of these car rental providers:
#1 Tortoise Car Hire
Based in Sedgefield (ideally close to Knysna), Tortoise Car Hire has been going strong since 2005. They offer a wide, well-established range of new vehicles, perfect for your rental needs.
With discounted cars and delivery across the Garden Route (from Knysna to Plett), this stellar car rental service is the one to call!
Contact: +27 (044) 343 2991
Address: Tortoise Car Hire, Sedgefield, Western Cape
#2 Rental Cars
With some of the best budget car hire in SA and one of the world’s biggest online car rental services, Rental Cars allows customers to save on luxury, economy and family car hire.
Take your pick from everything from practical cars to rangy SUVs… the choice is yours!
Offering both car and van rentals, Europcar is one of the more diverse local providers around. Handily, it’s also one of the most widespread, meaning its available in the Garden Route too!
With its impressive, long-standing reputation, it needs little to no introduction and is almost a household name, even among those who’ve never used a car rental service before.
Contact: +27 044 382 2733
Address: Europcar, Knysna, Western Cape
#4 Tempest Car Hire
Tempest Car Hire is a top, nationwide provider, found everywhere from Gauteng to the Western Cape.
They offer cheap car hire and great rental rates across SA, including Knysna.
Contact: +27 (011) 5788300
Address: Tempest Car Hire, Knysna, Western Cape
#5 AVIS Rent a Car
With AVIS, car rentals are made oh-so-easy… Especially since this leading nationwide provider is a reliable and cost-friendly car rental option.
Rent a quality car from them and enjoy a journey of pure pleasure while in Knysna!
Contact: +27 (044) 382 2222
Address: AVIS Rent a Car, Knysna, Western Cape
#6 Comfort Car Hire
Ever since its establishment in 2000, Comfort Car Hire has been going from strength-to-strength. To date, it’s one of the biggest independent car rental companies in SA.
Situated across the country – from Upington to Stellenbosch – Comfort Car Hire offers a range of comfortable, popular car hire vehicles, categorised according to cost effectiveness and fuel-friendliness.
Address: Comfort Car Hire, Knysna, Western Cape
#7 Crazy Car Hire
With Crazy Car Hire, customers are assured crazy car rental deals and specials.
But that’s not all because this car rental provider also has a good vehicle range (which includes larger vehicles too) – and some pretty cool add-ons for you to enjoy!
Address: Crazy Car Hire, Western Cape, South Africa
#8 Garden Route Car Rental
With the affordable, trouble-free Garden Route Car Rental, customers are guaranteed operations and delivery across this special region.
In addition to this, you can also expect great daily deals, booking transparency and quality vehicles to boot, ensuring a pleasant travel experience throughout!
Contact: +27 (083) 772 9254
Address: Garden Route Car Rental, Knysna, Western Cape
#9 Economy Car Rentals
If you’re after the best deal around, then, when you book and plan out your Knysna trip, be sure to earmark Economy Car Rentals!
Promising quality and expertise, as well as the best brands at low prices, Economy Car Rentals is certainly a fine car rental choice.
Contact: +27 (021) 813 5832
Address: Economy Car Rentals, Knysna, Western Cape
AutoHireSA is a car rental provider that believes in safe, professional and quality service. This comes first and foremost with their cars… and not simply as an afterthought!
With deliveries, collections and effortlessly easy bookings, you can expect a wonderfully simple and good car rental experience all round.
Contact: +27 (079) 552 9234
Address: AutoHireSA, George, Western Cape
These are the best car rental services in lovely Knysna – experience them first-hand today!
Whether you’re planning to road trip across the Route 62 or curl the Cape Peninsula, a car rental service is the easiest, most enjoyable way to travel in and around the Mother City for both tourists and South Africans heading to Cape Town.
These are the best car rental services in Cape Town:
#1 Drive South Africa
Drive South Africa is a wonderful online vehicle resource, with a wide range of car and campervan rentals, 4×4 hires, chauffeurs and transfer services across Southern Africa. They operate across South Africa, Botswana and Namibia.
With over two decades’ worth of travel experience in Cape Town and Southern Africa, they’re well-equipped to assist with all your car rental needs, offering sound travel advice, driving tools, tips and info and of course, great vehicles too.
Note: There is limited availability from 13 December 2017 onwards, due to the high-demand of the Festive Season.
Contact: +27 (087) 806 7330
Address: Drive South Africa, Tygervalley Chambers One, 27 Willie van Schoor Avenue, Bellville, Cape Town, Western Cape
#2 Fun Car Hire
Fun Car Hire, a family-run business, has been successfully going for the past twelve years and continues to grow organically. To date, they possess a fleet of over 50 cars, providing wonderful variety for travellers.
Offering a personal touch, Fun Car Hire has everything from cheapies, like Mazda Stings and Kia Picantos to automatic cars, like Jeep Cherokees and Mercs. All their cars are of the highest standard, and, just in case anything goes wrong on your journey, they also offer 24/7 roadside assistance. This adds a sense of safety and security to customer travels.
And with many happy, return customers, you can be sure to enjoy the highest quality service with this reliable, family car rental service.
Contact: +27 (073) 442 4273
Address: Fun Car Hire, 194 Upper Buitenkant Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
#3 Rentacheapie Car Hire
As one of the most preferred affordable car hire options in the Western Cape, Rentacheapie Car Hire is an excellent choice.
They offer over 350 vehicles, ranging from budget cars to 4×4 Toyota Landcruisers. They ensure great rates, 24/7 road assistance, vehicle cover – and passion for what they do.
Contact: +27 (021) 510 2808
Address: Rentacheapie Car Hire, 30 Marine Drive, Paarden Eiland, Cape Town, Western Cape
#4 Drive Africa
Whether you need short- or long-term car rentals in and around the Mother City, Drive Africa has you sorted. They are renowned for their hands-on, call-away service, and offer a wide fleet of cars, with everything from standard to luxury drives available.
They also cater to young drivers; long-term rental specials; as well as border-hopping to destinations such as: Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Victoria Falls and Lesotho.
Contact: +27 (021) 447 1144
Address: Drive Africa, 370 Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town, Western Cape
#5 First Car Rental
First Car Rental is an affordable and reliable car hire in Cape Town, Stellenbosch and other areas of the Western Cape.
So, whether you’re travelling for holiday or business, they have the right cars to provide for all your travel needs.
Contact: +27 (021) 934 7499
Address: First Car Rental, Cape Town, Western Cape
#6 ULF Car Rentals
Spread between Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Johannesburg, ULF Car Rentals is an affordable, quality and long-term car rental company, which primarily operates from the very central Kloof Street, Cape Town.
And, as an added bonus to the wine lovers and explorers among us, they also offer cars to customers in both the Stellenbosch and Paarl winelands, while in Johannesburg they cater to corporate customers.
ULC cars are available for rental, two weeks or longer (with special rates included) and are suitable for interns, consultants, students, long-term tourists and expats too. Cars include quality Hyundai Atos Prime, i10 and classic (manual) VW Citi Golfs too.
Contact: +27 (072) 199 2925
Address: ULF Car Rentals, 116-118 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape
#7 Thrifty Car Rental (Green Point)
With car rental branches nationwide, Thrifty Car Rental is one of the most well-priced, easily accessible car rental services in SA.
Thrifty Car Rental includes four different mileage options – whether you need to travel 100 kilometres per day or an unlimited distance – and even comes with optional trailer rentals too.
With outlets in Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Cape Town International Airport, they are easy to find – and great to use!
Contact: +27 (086) 100 2111
Address: Thrifty Car Rental, Cape Town, Western Cape
#8 Star Car Rental
With some twenty years of superior service to their name, Star Car Rental is one of SA’s leading car rental options. Star Car Rental is based in all major parts of South Africa – including Cape Town, of course.
If you’re looking for quality service and a long-standing reputation, then turn to Star Car Rental for all your car rental needs.
Contact: +27 (021) 782 6665
Address: Star Car Rental, 35A 1st Crescent, Fish Hoek, Cape Town, Western Cape
#9 AVIS Rent a Car
For those seeking premium car rentals, look no further than AVIS Rent a Car. Operating from the Cape Town International Airport, a number of Cape Town branches and the widespread Western Cape – they allow you to explore the beauty of the Cape in comfort and convenience.
Choose your top pick from a range of car options and specials!
Contact: +27 (021) 424 1177
Address: AVIS Rent a Car, 123 Strand Street, Chiappini Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
#10 Tempest Car Hire
Committed to low car rental rates, and catering to business or pleasure travel needs, Tempest has been offering some of “the best deals on rental wheels” since 1986.
With a fleet of over 3000 vehicles – with everything from economy vehicles to people carriers – Tempest is perfect for daily/weekend rentals, one-way hires and of course, long-term car rentals too.
They also offer great deals on GPS units to assist with easy navigation, as well as airport transport options.
Contact: +27 (021) 935 8650
Address: Tempest Car Hire, Cape Town, Western Cape
#11 Carisma Car & Bakkie Hire
This independently owned, family-run business has been offering good service and deals in the Mother City for over 15 years.
They have a diverse car and bakkie fleet, and are able to accommodate to all your car or bakkie hire needs.
For added convenience, interested customers can get a free quotation online.
Contact: +27 (021) 797 0066
Address: Carisma Car & Bakkie Hire, 48 Main Road, Plumstead, Cape Town, Western Cape
#12 Xtreme Car Rental
Providing simple, straightforward car hires and rentals, Xtreme Car Rental is a great option, with branches in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Pretoria.
They have fun, luxury and even budget ranges to choose from… Whatever type of car service you want, they can supply it!
Contact: +27 (021) 820 5500
Address: Xtreme Car Rental, 98 Bofors Cir, Epping, Cape Town, Western Cape
#13 Capital Car Hire
Leading car hire company, Capital Car Hire, offers cheap rentals in Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Pietermaritzburg, as well as major SA airports.
They have great deals across the board, providing affordable car hire and luxurious vehicles both.
Contact: +27 (021) 935 0240
Address: Capital Car Hire, Cape Town, Western Cape
Established as one of SA’s top, global car rental companies, Europcar is always a good option to explore. They pride themselves on supplying word-class service in conjunction with reliable, comfortable and efficient car rental services.
Start your scenic journey in Cape Town (and the Western Cape) with Europcar and enjoy some great adventures or work trips – whatever you personally require…
Contact: +27 (021) 418 0670
Address: Europcar, 1 Lower Buitengracht, Foreshore, Cape Town, South Africa
#15 Hertz Rent A Car
With airport and normal car rental hire, Hertz Rent A Car is another well-known car rental provider. They can be found in all major SA cities, and have several branches in the Mother City.
Enjoy affordable and handy car rental services, when you choose your perfect package with Hertz.
Contact: +27 (021) 935 4800
Address: Hertz Rent A Car, Cape Town, Western Cape
These are the top car rental services in the Mother City – drive with them for memorable journeys and easy travels!
Pretoria, or Tshwane as it’s called by some, is South Africa’s beautiful Jacaranda City. Aside from being our administrative capital in South Africa, it’s a city of great fun and adventure, blended together with a healthy dose of history and timeless grandeur.
These are some of the best activities to enjoy in and around Pretoria in 2017:
#1 Experience a cool Market @ the Sheds
If you’re after great food, art and design and above all, people, then this inner city market is just for you. Head to the market to experience Pretoria’s true colours.
Taking place (usually) on the last Saturday of every month – except when it changes to accommodate holidays and long weekends – the Market at the Sheds offers awesome socialness, quirky shopping, live music and a wide assortment of gourmet street food and drinks, including craft beer, cocktails and fine wines. On the music front, you can enjoy everything from blues to Afro-soul.
Address: Market @ the Sheds, 381 Helen Joseph Street, Pretoria, Gauteng
#2 Visit Wonderboom Nature Reserve
Situated in the northern part of the city, straddling the Magaliesberg Mountains, Wonderboom Nature Reserve is a wonderful, 200-hectare reserve, famous for its giant wild fig, known as ‘Wonderboom’. The tree is over a thousand years old and legend has it, that it grows over the final resting place of an indigenous tribe’s chieftain.
Although the tree has reduced somewhat in size over the years, it has provided new growth, ensuring a circle of surrounding trees. The reserve is also home to some adorable rock hyraxes (or dassies), which sadly feed the nearby black eagles who circle the reserve.
Explore the mini forest with the interpretation trail and lovely boardwalk and then enjoy a picnic at the reserve’s good facilities.
Immerse yourself in a world of individual treasures at Duncan Yard. It’s a place that allows you to be yourself as you enjoy an art-meets-culture experience.
Duncan Yard offers a host of shops and facilities, like Beautiful Beginnings Salon, Cherryamber, Hidden Jewel, Papas – Real Food and many more. It allows shoppers to enjoy both creative shopping and delicious eats in a unique environment.
Although it is the home ground for the Blue Bulls rugby franchise, this stadium has hosted many important matches, including the one between England and South Africa on 4 June 1994. It has also successfully hosted games during 1995 Rugby World Cup and again, for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, carefully joining the world of South African rugby and soccer.
Loftus is named after Robert Owen Loftus Versfeld, local founder of organised sport in the Pretoria area. Although it started out as a humble ground, today, it can easily seat about 50,000 people.
So head to the heart of local rugby and enjoy a wonderful local or international match at this historic ground.
This indoor rock climbing gym and training facility in Pretoria East is ideal for you, whether you’re a beginner or an expert climber. Here, there is personalised training on offer, and it’s also a great venue for hosting birthdays and corporate team building exercises.
As well as providing some excellent 450m and 100m walks, there is also gear available for hire and purchase at the Climbing Barn.
Learn to climb or test your skills in a relaxed environment, with professional, qualified staff on-hand to assist where and when necessary.
With a long history, this reserve has seen many changes over the years but, in 1994, it became the Department of Nature Conservation’s baby and they slowly but surely began to release game, like kudu, blue wildebeest, ostrich and even giraffe back into the reserve.
Outside of the amazing game and rich bird life, Groenkloof offers a host of wonderful nature activities. These include: hiking and horse trails, mountain biking, picnicking and more. There are also overnight facilities (which you can book via email) and a Bamber Youth Camp.
Lose yourself in a world of beauty and untouched fauna and flora at Groenkloof Nature Reserve.
This foodie market takes place every Saturday, from 8am – 2pm, in Menlo Park. It’s well-loved for its delicious food and drinks, as well as for its harmonious atmosphere, which allows both parents and children to relax and enjoy themselves on a fun, family day out.
Here, you will find some of Pretoria’s finest fresh products, sold straight from the producers, at this authentic food market in the heart of Pretoria’s Old East. There are benches scattered around and an awesome jungle gym and jumping castle to make use of, too.
Contact: (078) 593 7716
Address: Hazel Food Market, Thomas Edison Street, Menlo Park, Pretoria, Gauteng
#8 Experience riveting Rietvlei Nature Reserve
Found outside of the city centre, this 3800-hectare reserve surrounds the beautiful Rietvlei Dam, which provides some 15% of Pretoria’s population with water.
The reserve is home to endangered Bankenveld grassland and some 2000-odd animals, which include: cheetah, buffalo, white rhino and a host of buck species to name just a few. There is also great bird life here, which can be enjoyed at the two reserve’s two dams in particular.
Visitors can enjoy freshwater fishing, non-motorised water sports, as well as two-day hiking trips, horse trails and guided game drives (although visitors must provide their own vehicles and advance booking is essential).
You can also camp overnight in the park at the Rietvlei campsite (advance bookings are a must though).
Contact: (012) 358 1812
Address: Rietvlei Nature Reserve, 14 Game Reserve Ave, Pretoria
#9 Explore Pretoria Botanical Gardens
Only one of nine South African National Botanical Gardens, Pretoria Botanical Gardens are a 76-hectare oasis of beauty and natural flora.
The Garden is divided into two sections by a 35-metre high quartzite outcrop, although a paved nature trail provides easy access to both varied sections.
You will find many plants exclusive to South Africa, as well as an amazing wealth of flowering plant and tree species respectively. It makes for an engaging day out, particularly for nature lovers.
Amid the foothills of the Moreleta Kloof, one finds an exquisite natural gem in Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve.
This 100-hectare reserve is home to various game, including springbok, zebra, blesnok, duiker and ostrich, as well as an abundance of birdlife. Walking routes have been clearly marked out. Routes vary in length from 1.5 to 3.6km.
The reserve is open daily and entry is free of charge but dogs and bikes are not allowed.
One of South Africa’s most important and recognisable heritage landmarks, the Union Buildings were designed by Sir Herbert Baker in 1910 to commemorate the Union of South Africa.
The 285-metre-long sandstone building offers amazing gardens and panoramic gardens and has consistently served as the background to many pivotal occasions in South Africa.
Although visitors cannot enter the buildings themselves, they are free to explore the terraced gardens, which offer wonderful views out over the city. They’re the perfect place for a picnic or wedding photo shoot and also offer a venue for local concerts and festivals.
Contact: (012) 300 5200
Address: Union Buildings, Government Avenue, Elandspoort, Pretoria, Gauteng
#13 Visit Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre
Established in 1971, this wonderful conservation project performs a vital role in both the conservation and protection of cheetahs. To date, it has bred over 800 cubs, and that tally is still climbing.
Visitors can enjoy educational tours around the centre. These include three-hour guided or private tours, as well as the popular feeding tour. This involves an informational and educational round trip, as the team feed the resident cheetahs, wild dogs and other animals.
Contact: (012) 5049906/7
Address: Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre, Pretoria, Gauteng
#14 National Zoological Gardens
This 85-hectare zoo is not only the largest in our country but it’s also the only one with national status.
It is home to some 3117 specimens, made up of mammals, birds, fish, reptile and others. Over 600,000 people visit this zoo annually and the length of its excellent walkways is 6km in distance.
The zoo is also home to an aquarium, which is the largest inland marine aquarium in SA, and a reptile park.
Contact: (012) 339 2700
Address: National Zoological Gardens, 232 Boom Street, Daspoort, Pretoria, Gauteng
#15 Celebrate history and heritage at Freedom Park
Celebrating South Africa’s heritage, Freedom Park is a centre of knowledge, which strives to tell South Africa’s story as accurately and well as possible.
This national and international site celebrates liberty, diversity and human rights, serving as a cultural institution. It houses a museum and memorial and provides wonderful insight into our country.
If you would like to book a tour, you can email or fill out the online booking form.
Contact: (012) 336 4000
Address: Freedom Park, Koch Street & 7th Avenue, Salvokop, Pretoria, Gauteng
#16 Pay a visit to Sammy Marks House
So-called Randlords Sammy Marks built up his wealth through great business enterprises over the years. This resulted in Zwartkoppies Hall, which, in his will, his declared should be preserved and turned into a museum.
Today visitors can pay to enjoy seeing the wealth and splendour of the mansion’s 48 rooms. Highlights include the billiards room, huge kitchen, well-stocked library and much more. The vast gardens are also a delight, with guided tours available of the house and surrounding estate.
Contact: (012) 755 9541
Address: Sammy Marks House, Bronkhorstspruit Road, Savannah Country Estate, Pretoria, Gauteng
#17 Experience Colin’s Horseback Africa and Walking with Lions
This family lodge offers both horse riding safaris in the African bush, as well as amazing lion tours and other holiday fun!
Visitors can choose to go on a horse ride safari or else, join in on a morning or afternoon lion tour. Observe lions in their natural habitat or saddle up and navigate your way through the bush with this dedicated, capable horse riding family.
Contact: (012) 735 9909
Address: Colin’s Horseback Africa and Walking with Lions, De Tweedespruit gavel, Tourist route 4, Sand Road, Pretoria, Gauteng
#18 Make feathered friends at Bester Birds and Animals
This small zoo in the heart of Pretoria East suburbia is a family-run zoo, which focusses on the community and its families.
Currently they are renovating the zoo to improve the cages so while, you can still visit, some cages will be empty… the good news is, kids can explore these and see life through the bird’s eye view.
Contact: (012) 807 4192
Address: Bester Birds and Animals, Simon Vermooten Road, Pretoria, Gauteng
#19 Head on over to The Big Red Barn
Offering all kinds of delights, this antique hay barn looks out over expansive fields, grasslands and the Kaal River. There is a lot of fun to be had here, with the Cycle Park, Acrobranch and Olifants Café just some of the main highlights to be enjoyed.
Olifants Café serves delicious countryside eats, perfect for curing post-exercise hunger pangs. Enjoy a fun day out for the whole family that this cool spot.
Contact: (072) 617 7667
Address: The Big Red Barn, 7 Nelson Road, Olifantsfontein, Pretoria, Gauteng
#20 Pay a visit to Rosemary Hill
Situated in a beautiful farmland, this charming, family-run coffee shop works closely with The Waldorf School to both educate and grow the minds of children and maintain organic farming practices too.
They offer delicious breakfasts, scones, cakes, light meals and even morning, afternoon or evening high teas. They are able to host beautiful functions, like birthday parties and farm weddings.
Contact: (012) 802 0052
Address: Rosemary Hill, 257 R964, Pretoria, Gauteng
These are just a few of so many wonderful reasons to visit Pretoria and enjoy all it has to offer!
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
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
Address: Addo Elephant National Park, R355, Paterson Road, Addo, Eastern Cape
#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
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
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.
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
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
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!
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.
Address: Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
#10 Navigate through the Island Nature Reserve
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
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!
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
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
Address: Corner New Seaview and Heron Road, Sardinia Bay, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
#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
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
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
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
Address: Schoenmakerskop, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
#18 Catch a match at St George’s Park Cricket Stadium
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
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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
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
Address: The Blue Shed Coffee Roastery, 33 Bland Street, Mossel Bay, Western Cape
#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
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
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
Address: Punjabi Kitchen, 8 Grave Street, Eden Plaza, Mossel Bay, Western Cape
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
Address: Coffee@Work, 65 Marsh Street, Mossel Bay, Western Cape
#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
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
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
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
Address: Kingfisher Restaurant, Point Road, The Point, Mossel Bay, Western Cape
#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.
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
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
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
Address: Café Havana, 38 Marsh Street, Mossel Bay, Western Cape
#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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Address: Hemel en Aarde Road, Hermanus, Western Cape
#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
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
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.
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
Address: 126 Main Road, Hermanus, Western Cape
#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
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.
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
Address: Warrington Place, 4 Harbour Road, Hermanus, Western Cape
#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
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.
#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
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
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…
Address: Hermanus, Western Cape
#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
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!
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
Address: Die Strandloper Restaurant, Langebaan, Western Cape
#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
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
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
Address: Boesmanland Plaaskombuis, Langebaan, Western Cape
#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
Address: Kokomo Beach & Bar Restaurant, 121 Hoof Street, Langebaan, Western Cape
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
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.
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
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
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
Address: Die Watergat, Free Port, Oostewal Street, Langebaan, Western Cape
#11 Thali Thali Game Lodge Restaurant
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
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.
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.
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
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
Address: Baxters Langebaan Restaurant, 4 Suffren Street, Langebaan, Western Cape
#16 The Farmhouse Hotel Restaurant
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Address: 18 Ryneveldstreet, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
#2 Explore the great outdoors at Jonkershoek Nature Reserve
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
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
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
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
Address: Audacia Wines, Corner of R44 & Annandale Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
#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
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
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.
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
Address: Equine Sport Centre, Wild Clover Farm, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
#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
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
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
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.
Address: Blaauwklippen, Strand Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
#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
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.
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
Address: Dirtopia Trail Centre, Delvera Agri-Tourism Complex, R44, Near Stellenbosch
#17 Treat yourself at The Bird Cage Tea Bar
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
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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
Address: 6-12 Swapo Road, Durban North, KZN
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
Address: 41 Mackeurtan Avenue, Durban North,
#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’!
Address: Shop 14, Avonmore Centre, 9th Avenue, Durban, KZN
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.
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.
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
Address: 5 Mackeurtan Avenue, Durban North, KZN
#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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Address: 1 King Shaka Avenue, Point, Durban, KZN
#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
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
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
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
Address: 10 Ferndale Rd, Morningside, Durban
#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
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
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.
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
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
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
Address: City Hall, 234 Anton Lembede Street, Durban Central, KZN
#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
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
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
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.
Address: Whlae Bone Pier, Umhlanga, KZN
These are just some of the great activities you can enjoy in and around the glorious South African city of Durban in 2017.