Top 20 Restaurants in Cape Town 2017.

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

Here are the top 20 restaurants in Cape Town 2017:

#1 The Foodbarn

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

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

Contact: (021) 789 1390

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

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

#2 Raya Kitchen

Photo credit: Raya Kitchen via Facebook

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

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

Contact: (021) 422 2266

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

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

#3 La Parada Del Mar

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

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

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

Contact: (021) 286 2106

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

Address: 35 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town

#4 The Stack

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

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

Contact: (021) 286 0187

Website: http://thestack.co.za

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

5# Azure Restaurant

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

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

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

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

Contact: (021) 437 9029

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

Address: Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town

#6 Obi

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

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

Contact: (021) 418 4040

Website: http://obirestaurant.co.za

Address: 14 Long Street, Cape Town

#7 The Woodlands Eatery

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

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

Contact: (021) 801 5799

Website: http://thewoodlandseatery.withtank.com

Address: 2 Deer Park, Vredehoek, Cape Town

#8 Charango

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

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

Contact: (021) 422 0757

Website: http://charango.co.za

Address: 114 Bree Street, Cape Town

 #9 Kyoto Garden Sushi

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

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

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

Contact: (021) 422 2001

Website: https://kyotogardensushict.com

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

#10 Hudsons – The Burger Joint

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

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

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

Contact: (021) 426 5974

Website: http://theburgerjoint.co.za

Address: 69A Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town

#11 Cheyne’s

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

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

Contact: (021) 790 3462

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

Address: Hout Bay, Cape Town

#12 Manna Epicure

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

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

Contact: (021) 426 2413

Website: http://mannaepicure.com

Address: 151 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town

#13 Royale Eatery

Photo credit: Royale Eatery via www.royaleeatery.com

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

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

Contact: (021) 422 4536

Website: http://www.royaleeatery.com

Address: 273 Long Street, Cape Town

 #14 Gold Restaurant

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

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

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

Contact: (021) 421 4653

Website: www.goldrestaurant.co.za

Address: 15 Bennett Street, Green Point, Cape Town

#15 Active Sushi

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

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

Contact: (021) 418 2604

Website: http://www.activesushi.com

Address: Mirage Building, 32 Hudson Street, Cape Town

#16 The Brasserie

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

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

Contact: (021) 712 1363

Website: http://brasseriect.co.za

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

 #17 San Julian

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

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

Contact: (021) 419 42 33

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

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

 #18 NV-80 Grill & Bar

Photo credit: NV-80 via Facebook

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

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

Contact: (021) 439 7112/4

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

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

#19 Hemelhuijs

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

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

Contact: (021) 418 2042

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

Address: 71 Waterkant Street, Cape Town

#20 House of H

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

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

Contact: (076) 699 6146

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

Address: 112 Loop Street, Cape Town

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

Top 20 Restaurants in Franschhoek 2017.

Fair Franschhoek is a region popular for many things: majestic mountains, top wine estates and of course, its French-inspired roots – but it’s also home to a selection of great restaurants.

Here are the top 20 restaurants in Franschhoek 2017:

#1 Haute Cabrière Restaurant & Terrace

Photo credit: Everett-John Mariano via Instagram

This iconic restaurant* is famed for its unique setting and breath-taking views, offered by its location against the Franschhoek Mountain. Its soaring arches and primarily summer terrace offer cathedral-like views of Pinot Noir Barrel Maturation Cellar and the valley below.

The seasonal menu features classically prepared dishes with a modern twist, and its cellar master and chefs work to marry good food and wine.

* (From 21 May to 31 August 2017, the restaurant and tasting room will be undergoing renovations.)

Contact: (021) 876 3688

Website: https://www.cabriere.co.za/restaurant

Address: Haute Cabrière, Lambrechts Road, Franschhoek, Cape Town

#2 Le Bon Vivant

At Le Bon Vivant, food is an experience. Chef-patron Pierre Hendriks and his staff invite you to journey with them and savour bold flavours and unique combinations, presented impeccably for your enjoyment.

Inspired by his training in classic French kitchens, Pierre’s recipes – which offer modern interpretations of classic lunch and dinner dishes – aim to surprise, whilst maintaining an exacting standard expected from a restaurant such as Le Bon Vivant.

Contact: (021) 876 2717

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

Address: 22 Dirkie Uys Street, Franschhoek

#3 Orangerie at Le Lude MCC

Photo credit: Le Lude

Chef Nicolene Barrow has, aside from formal training in Europe, worked at world-famous restaurants like London’s Gavroche Restaurant before her arrival at Le Lude. Now, at Orangerie restaurant, she prepares classical French cuisine, with a contemporary twist.

What’s more, Orangerie’s seasonal menu uses only the Cape’s finest and freshest ingredients, and meals are perfectly paired with Le Lude wonderful Method Cap Classique.

Contact: (021) 100 3464

Website: http://lelude.co.za/the-orangerie-restaurant

Address: Le Lude, Bowling Green Avenue (Lambrechts Road), Franschhoek

#4 Foliage

At Foliage, guests can expect anything from vegetarian dishes to nose-to-tail cooking. This farm and forest to plate-style restaurant is a wonderful experience in every way and comes highly rated by those in the food know.

(On 29 and 30 April, as well as 1 May and 20 August to 6 September 2017, Foliage will be closed.)

Contact: (021) 876 2328

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

Address: 11 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek

#5 Pierneef a La Motte

Named for the famous South African artist, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, this restaurant, through its traditional cuisine, creatively reflects the beauty of South Africa, even as it offers a modern take on things.

Its unique food styles and diverse flavours have drawn inspiration from centuries of cooking – and with the talented chef Michelle Theron at the helm, you can be certain of delicious, quality meals in a fresh, natural-looking restaurant.

Contact: (021) 876 8800

Website: http://www.la-motte.com/experience/pierneef/

Address: R45 Main Road, Franschhoek

#6 Greenhouse Restaurant

Hidden away between oak trees, the appropriately named Greenhouse welcomes guests to rest as they enjoy delicious home-baked treats like cake, coffee, tea and fresh garden juices.

Greenhouse at Babylonstoren also offers proper meals, with artisanal breads, handcrafted cheeses and dressed meats, served with a selection of homemade goodies, including herb oils and garden salads.

Note: There is a R10 entry fee for weekdays and R20 (adults) and R10 (children under 12) entry fee for weekends and public holidays at Babylonstoren, which goes towards their local child education trust.

Contact: (021) 863 3852

Website: https://www.babylonstoren.com/experience/restaurants/greenhouse

Address: R45, Simondium, 7670

 #7 Ryan’s Kitchen

With an impressive career spent in Michelin schools around the globe, chef Ryan Smith was adamant that his own restaurant in Ryan’s Kitchen would only offer modern South Africa cuisine, driven by local and indigenous ingredients.

This unique space – which has a Chef’s Table’s kind of feel to it – offers an interactive kitchen and table concept. With limited seating inside (and out, if the weather’s good), attentive service is a guarantee.

Aside from their signature ‘Taste of Africa’ menu, Ryan’s Kitchen offers a smaller tasting menu. Note: Booking is advised.

Contact: (021) 876 4598

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

Address: 1, Place Vendome, Huguenot Road, Franschhoek

#8 Monnaeux Restaurant

Photo credit: Monnaeux Restaurant

Offering fine wine and contemporary cuisine, this acclaimed restaurant – located at the original site of Franschhoek’s first perfumery, which dates back to 1890 – is a classically Cape culinary affair.

Enjoy lunch out on the fountain terrace, or dine in style inside the elegant, yet soothing Manor House dining room. They also have a comfy bar lounge and great award-winning wines to make your visit truly memorable.

Contact: (021) 876 3386

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

Address: Huguenot (Main) Road, Franschhoek

#9 Restaurant at Le Petite Ferme

The restaurant at La Petite Ferme offers a unique culinary experience, brought to you by Neethling du Toit and Tanya Rousseau.

Only the freshest and best local ingredients are used, as the restaurant prides itself on serving high quality, delicious meals, aimed at satisfying every kind of customer.

The bistro, known as ‘The Delicatess’, also offers a lovely selections of globally inspired tapas.

Contact: (021) 876 3016

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

Address: La Petite Ferme, Franschhoek Pass Road, Franschhoek

#10 The Werf Restaurant at Boschendal

Photo credit: Boschendal Wine Estate

Boschendal’s restaurants offer an array of authentic food experiences, with a focus on flavourful, nourishing farm-to-table food.

Under the careful guidance of executive chef, Christiaan Campbell, the Boschendal staff whip up mouth-watering meals… and this much is especially true of their flagship restaurant:  The Werf.

Located in the original, revamped Manor House cellar, The Werf offers contemporary dining and the freshest, finest farm-to-table cuisine, like fermented breads, brisket and lovely desserts. Note: Bookings are essential.

Contact: (021) 870 4206

Website: http://www.boschendal.com

Address: Pineal Road, Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek

 #11 Allora

Allora Ristorante Classico is shaped around the idea of a traditional Italian village, with the restaurant’s focal points being the centrally based fountain and distinctive wood-fired ovens.

The menu offers artistically arranged meals, including seafood, poultry, meat, home-made pasta and thin-based Neapolitan pizza, as well as vegetarian options.

This casual, yet classy restaurant offers fine dining and a refined atmosphere, without feeling pretentious.

Contact: (021) 876 4375/6

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

Address: 32 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek Square, Franschhoek

 #12 ROCA Restaurant

Photo credit: Dieu Donne Vineyards

ROCA Restaurant, found on Dieu Donne Vineyards, serves delicious and exciting Mediterranean meals.

Their emphasis is on fresh, high quality local ingredients and respectful, yet unfussy food treatment and preparation.

It is also a great venue for functions, including events and weddings.

Contact: (021) 876 3384

Website: Uitkyk Street, Franschhoek

Address: www.rocarestaurant.co.za

#13 Cafe des Arts

Known as the spot where Franschhoek locals meet, this restaurant offers neither haute cuisine, nor fine dining. Instead, Café des Arts is a simple and rustic restaurant, with a relaxed atmosphere, where good food takes precedence over all else.

Their daily chalkboard menu – which changes according to availability, season and the chef’s mood – consists of ten or more items, with a meat, poultry, vegetable and fish dish always available on any given day.

Contact: (021) 876 2952

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

Address: 7 Reservoir Street West (behind FNB), Franschhoek

#14 Tuk Tuk Microbrewery

In early 2016, Leeu Collection and Cape Brewing Company (or CBC) – which is owned by Fairview’s Charles Back, Andy Kung and Swedish brewer Hendrik Dunge – joined forces to bring Franschhoek its first microbrewery.

This bespoke restaurant and microbrewery offers tasting menus paired with their great brews. Their food is primarily Mexican, with the likes of nachos and tapas on offer.

Contact: (021) 492 2207

Website: http://tuktukbrew.com

Address: 14 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek

 #15 The French Connection Bistro

This charming bistro-style restaurant is both welcoming and unpretentious in nature. Here, chef-patron, Matthew Gordon, offers a simple, yet delicious menu for all palates to enjoy.

With a concentration on fresh ingredients, you can enjoy a range of salads for lunch –including smoked chicken breast, with roasted beetroot, hummus and garlic yoghurt dressing – or pitas, and more substantial meals, like veal schnitzel. For dinner, tuck into crispy roast duck or fresh mussels.

Contact: (021) 876 4056

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

Address: 48 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek

 #16 Good Food & co

Good Food and co is a deli, which specialises in choicely cut meats, hand-crafted cheeses, artisanal charcuterie and grab-and-go meals too, owned by the go-getting Gauteng duo, Joey Stiglingh and Emmarentia Klassen.

The deli offers gluten-free bakes, whilst the premises itself offers banting-friendly products, A-grade meats, hand-made cheeses and free range meats from sources like Ryan Boon and others.

They also make platters for function and offer a restaurant menu, which includes salads, breakfast, burgers and fish, as well as a takeaway menu and ‘Doorstep Menu’, which allows you to order food for the week and have the meals delivered to your home.

There’s a great kids’ play area, making Good Food and co very child-friendly too.

Contact: (021) 876 3556

Website: https://www.goodfoodfranschhoek.com

Address: 13 Main road, Place Vendome Lifestyle Centre, Franschhoek

#17 Reuben’s Restaurant and Bar

Owned by famous South African chef, Reuben Riffel, Reuben’s Restaurant and Bar believes that food doesn’t need to be fancy to be delicious. Here, passion for creating uncomplicated cuisine and providing guests with a laid-back restaurant space prevails.

The menu offers firm favourites – as well as daily specials, which take advantage of the market’s freshest ingredients – with a great wine list to match.

Contact: (021) 876 3772

Website: www.reubens.co.za

Address: Uitkyk St, Chamonix Wine estate, Franschhoek

#18 Village Grill & Butcher

Photo credit: Village Grill & Butcher

This is the place for outstanding steaks, fresh take-home meats and great family-friendly dining.

Enjoy a cosy dinner indoors, a relaxed garden lunch or a sundowner on the veranda and don’t forget to visit the butcher’s counter.

They are also available for private functions and offer regular Winemaker’s Dinners and Wine Painting Workshops.

Contact: (021) 876 2344

Website: http://villagegrill.co.za

Address: Main Road, Franschhoek

#19 Lust Bistro & Bakery

Lust Bistro & Bakery – found on Vrede en Lust Wine Estate – will entice and tantalise you with its wonderful freshly baked artisan breads and other great food, offered up by patron chef and baker, Jean Pierre Smith.

Serving breakfast and late lunches, Lust Bistro & Bakery offers something for everyone to enjoy devouring, be it cakes fresh from the oven or mouth-watering chicken and beef dishes. Everything is fresh and tasty, without being pretentious.

On Sundays, you can also enjoy slow-cooked roasts, but for these Sunday Buffet lunches, booking is essential.

Contact: (021) 874 1456

Website: http://www.lustbistro.com/

Address: Vrede en Lust Wine Estate, Intersection of the Klapmuts Road and the R45, Franschhoek

 #20 Cafe BonBon at La Petite Dauphine

At Café BonBon, guests can presently expect light, healthy summer salads and some new additions to the existing menu.

Now, the menu more strongly embraces seasonal ingredients and means to showcase the region’s great produce.

The setting of this popular Franschhoek eatery is the delightful La Petite Dauphine, so you’re promised both good food and a pretty place to eat it at.

Contact: (021) 876 3936

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

Address: La Petite Dauphine, Excelsior Road, Franschhoek

 These and many other wonderful restaurants belong entirely to the Franschhoek Valley and make it even more of a special place to visit… and when you do, tuck in and be sure to enjoy every bite!

Top 20 activities in Knysna 2017.

The beautiful Garden Route town of Knysna is by far one of South Africa’s most scenic and wonderful towns to explore, with so much on offer.

Here are some fun and different activities to enjoy in Knysna:

#1 Visit the Knysna Elephant Park

Experience an unforgettable up-close and personal experience with these famous gentle, giants, on their terms at the wonderful Knysna Elephant Park, which was first established in 1994, as SA’s first facility to house and look after orphaned African elephants.

Visitors can enjoy viewing the creatures in their natural habitat, free from inhibiting fencing, with well-trained staff on-hand to ensure safety for all.

Contact: (044) 532 7732

Website: http://knysnaelephantpark.co.za

Address: Off the N2 between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay

Photo credit: Fernanda Machado via Instagram

#2 Enjoy Brenton Beach

At Brenton-on-Sea, lying near the Knysna Western Head, you can visit the pristine, beautiful Brenton Beach. It is surrounded by indigenous forests and of course, edged by the stunning, warm Indian Ocean.

Enjoy long walks along the breath-taking shoreline, gathering sea shells and exploring little pools and rocks.

Contact: (044) 382 5510

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

Address: Brenton Beach, Brenton-on-Sea, Knysna

#3 Picnic and hike at Jubilee Creek

Enjoy a beautiful forest picnic alongside a cool, forest stream. There are lots of picnic sites (with facilities).

You can also do the Jubilee Creek walk to a waterfall and swimming hole. Cost is R17 per adult and R9 per child, for kids under 13.

Contact: (044) 302 5600

Website: http://www.gardenrouteadventureguide.com

Address: Jubilee Creek Nature Reserve, Knysna

#4 Take a ferry trip across the Lagoon

Enjoy a ferry ride across the Lagoon with Knysna Charters to the iconic Knysna Heads. Cruises depart daily from Whet Restaurant, Thesen Island.

Trips last approximately 75 minutes. R310 (adults) and R100 (children), with prices valid till end April 2017.

Contact: (082) 892 0469

Website: http://www.knysnacharters.com

Address: Whet Restaurant, Thesen Island, Knysna

#5 Visit the Wild Oats Community Farmers’ Market

For some 15 years, this diverse and internationally famous farmers’ market, situated on the outskirts of nearby coastal town Sedgefield, has been attracting locals and travellers alike.

Experience the award-winning market first-hand every Saturday, come rain or shine, throughout the year to buy fresh, locally produced foods, bottled goods and so much more.

Times (summer) 7:30am – 12pm and 8:00 am – 12pm (winter).

Contact: (082) 376 5020

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

Address: N2, Sedgefield

Photo credit: Ingrid Botha via Instagram

#6 Head to Buffalo Bay Beach

Lying some 25 minutes from Forest Edge is one of the cleanest, safest and loveliest of the Garden Route’s beaches. Famous for whale watching and surfing, it’s popular among families and outdoor adventurers both.

There’s a restaurant/shop and life guards during the busy season.

Contact: (044) 383 0038

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

Address: Buffalo Bay Beach, Knysna

#7 Experience Featherbed Nature Reserve

This South African Natural Heritage Site is home to two of the Garden Route’s biggest icons, the Knsyna Loerie and Blue Duiker, one of the smallest antelope species in Africa, and other wildlife!

Join the daily 3.5-4-hour excursion to Featherbed Nature Reserve – a 150 hectare private nature reserve – which encompasses the whole Western Knysna Head. It includes a ferry ride, 4×4 drive up Western Knysna Head, optional guided 2.2 km trail walk and buffet lunch at a world-renowned forest restaurant.

Contact: (044) 382 1693

Website: http://www.knysnafeatherbed.com

Address: Featherbed Nature Reserve, Knysna Quays, Knysna

#8 Swim in the Drupkelders Rock Pools

Drupkelders – meaning Dripping Cellars – are wonderful rock pools within Knysna forest; do the 3.5km forest walk and visit these amazing rock pools.

Pack in a picnic and swimming clothes and don comfortable, good walking shoes. Only 12 people are allowed in per day, with a SANPARKS permit a must.

Contact: (044) 389 0126 or (044) 302 5606

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

Address: N2, between Knysna and Sedgefield

Photo credit: Jake Aikman via Instagram

#9 Explore the Knysna Heads

Go scuba diving and explore the depths of Knysna Heads. One of the most popular shore dives is to the wreck of Paquita, a German vessel, which sank in 1903.

However, the site experiences strong currents so may only be dived to on the turn of the tide. Here, you will also encounter a variety of underwater life in this vibrant lagoon.

Contact: none

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

Address: 25 George Rex, The Heads, Knysna

#10 Pop by Millwood Museum

Visit the intriguing Materolli Museum, which depicts the Millwood Goldfield Gold Rush of 1876, and Tea Garden, and learn about the birth of the former Millwood Mining Village.

Contact: (044) 302 6320

Website: http://www.gardenrouteadventureguide.com

Address: Queen Street, Knysna

#11 Winetasting and cheese platters at Packwood Wine Estate

Visit this award-winning vineyard-and-country estate, found between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna. It is surrounded by indigenous forest and offers amazing nature and views alike.

Enjoy wines and homemade cheese platters, produced from the estate’s gardens and dairy.

Contact: (044) 532 7614

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

Address: Off N2, between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, Garden Route

#12 Beer tasting at Mitchell’s Brewery

Started in 1983 by Lex Mitchell, the beer produced in Knsyna, is as unique as the beautiful town.

For R75 per person, you can experience the first microbrewery in South Africa and enjoy an extensive tour of it to see how handmade beer is produced to perfection.

Contact: (044) 382 5530

Website: http://www.mitchellsbrewing.com

Address: 10 New Street, Knsyna

#13 Do the Blombos Trail

Undertake the longest of six trails found within Goukamma Nature Reserve: Blombos Trail. It’s aimed primarily at bird spotters and has three different route option to choose from at 6.5, 13 and 15km respectively.

Contact: none

Website: http://www. gardenrouteadventureguide.com

Address: Goukamma National Reserve, Knsyna

#14 Cycle Harkeville MTB Trails

The Harkeville Trail offer a variety of mountain biking routes to suit all fitness levels and riders. They’re colour coded and include: Yellow (14km), Blue (12km), Green Route (15km) and Red Route (24km).

Contact: (044) 532 7793

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

Address: Harkeville, Garden Route

#15 Experience deep sea fishing

Operating out of the famous Knysna Heads, with Eco Afrika Tours you can experience the thrill of hooking, fighting and eventually holding your own fish proudly.

Their vessel is a registered charter with a fully qualified skipper on board. The trip includes a fully equipped 7-hour fishing adventure.

Cost is R900 per person, kids under 14 are not permitted and groups must include a minimum of 4, a maximum of 11 passengers.

Contact: (082) 558 6570

Website: http://www.eco-afrika-tours.co.za

Address: Eco Afrika Tours, Knysna, Garden Route

Photo credit: Mary Santore via Instagram

#16 Magical moonlight meander

Join Garden Route Trails for powerful and engaging trails through stunning environments. They educate on biodiversity and around new and full moon, offer the highly recommended Moonlight Meander and Starlight Stroll.

Judy Dixon will speak to hikers about the magic the rich intertidal area conceals; cost is R150 per person.

Contact: (083) 262 2307

Website: http://www.gardenroutetrail.travel

Address: Garden Route

#17 Enjoy the Garden of Eden Forest Walk

Located nearby in Plettenberg Bay, this amazing forest walk site, first opened in 1926, is set along boardwalks, is designed to be wheel-chair friendly (along the 800m trail) and is intended to give you the feeling of total seclusion.

Pack along a picnic lunch and enjoy this wonderful forest experience.

Contact: (012) 428 9111

Website: http://www.sanparks.org

Address: Harkeville, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#18 Visit Grootdraai Picnic Site

Located outside Gouna Forest and near the Terblans Trail (though you will need a permit if you wish to hike this) is Grootdraai Picnic Site, equipped with braai and ablution facilities, a lawn picnic area, picnic benches and fresh water.

Consider doing the Terblans Trail first or simply head there straight away and settle down for a relaxed, tasty picnic at Grootdraai.

Contact: none

Website: http://www.gardenrouteguide.com

Address: Gouna Forest Station, Knysna

#19 Horse rides in Knysna Forest

Experience the forests and mountains in Knysna on horseback with the Dirty Boots horseriding tour operators.

Contact: esna@dirtyboots.co.za

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

Address: Knysna, Garden Route

#20 Kayak with Knysna Kayak tours

Enjoy kayaking in lovely Knysna with Knysna Kayak Hire. They are affordable and allow you to explore to Lagoon in your own time, meaning you can even stop over at the beach if you like too.

Contact: (082) 892 0469

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

Address: Thesen Island, Knysna

Although there is always so much more in the lush, beautiful Garden Route to explore, these are certainly some of the top activities and experiences to enjoy in lovely Knysna.

Top 20 Coffee Spots in Johannesburg 2017

Johannesburg is famous for many things and it’s definitely one of SA’s most important cities in so many respects… but it’s also quite the coffee hub, serving up many great places to find your morning kick-start, midday cuppa or last coffee fix of the day…

Here are the Top 20 Coffee Spots in Johannesburg 2017:

#1 Bean There Coffee Company

Bean There Company is South Africa’s first Certified Fairtrade coffee roaster. They have branches in Johannesburg, and one in Cape Town too.

They make quality coffee and aid fair trade and job creation in Africa, thereby improving people’s lives and producing great coffee.

Contact: 087 310 3100

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

Address: Craighall, Johannesburg and 44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark

#2 Doubleshot Coffee & Tea

Photo credit: Doubleshot via Instagram

Doubleshot Coffee & Tea are small batch coffee roasters and artisanal tea blenders, who strive to handcraft products that their clients will love, as they express their artisanal approach to things.

They pride themselves in authenticity and hand-pick the best seasonal beans and ingredients to produce exceptional coffee for your enjoyment.

Contact: 011 100 5241

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

Address: Corner of Melle and Juta Street, Braamfontein

#3 Motherland Coffee

With branches in Hyde Park Lane and Rosebank – as well as Dunkeld and Cape Town – Motherland Coffee sees itself as a pioneer for African coffee heritage and believes firmly in the Fair Trade practice.

They specialise in Ethiopian/Rwandan coffee blends and also serve light lunches and snacks.

Contact: 011 447 8125

Website: http://www.motherlandcoffee.com

Address: The Zone Shopping Centre, Rosebank and Hyde Park Lane Office Park, Hyde Park

#4 Olivias Coffee Bake

Open since 2006, Olivias is the place to head for coffee and a tasty bite to eat. With Frappes and a bracing Greek Iced Coffee, you’re almost assured of your coffee fix the moment you pass over their threshold.

This cottage-looking, Italian style shop also offers pastries, tarts, freshly baked breads, cakes and more.

Contact: 011 888 8395

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

Address: 175 Beyers Naude Drive, Northcliff

#5 Cramer’s Coffee

This chain coffee shop offers espresso-based coffee drinks, croissants, muffins and sandwiches for its guests to enjoy.

Their espresso-based offerings are produced using beans from certified fair trade roasteries and are prepared by passionate baristas for new and existing loyal customers to appreciate.

Contact: 011 833 2699

Website: http://www.cramerscoffee.com

Address: 17 Harrison Street, Marshalltown and 1 Eloff Street

#6 Father Coffee

With branches in Braamfontein and Rosebank, Father Coffee is here to serve the best coffee in Jozi, and to supply the best beans to homes, offices and cafes in the city.

They believe in drinking, making and serving better coffee… something they certainly do!

Contact: 082 513 4258

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

Address: 73 Juta Street, Braamfontein and The Zone, 177 Oxford Street, Rosebank

Photo credit: Father Coffee via Instagram

#7 Park Café

This lovely, little Parkwood café is a popular spot for ladies-who-lunch, gallerists and journalists. They are well-known for their coffee, tasty breakfasts, light lunches and their spectacular Belle Epoque coffee machine.

Enjoy a cup of coffee, paired with something savoury or sweet, like their carrot cake or red velvet cupcakes.

Contact: 011 447 0250

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

Address: The Parks Centre, Corner Wells and Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood

#8 Cnr Café Bistro & Deli

This tranquil, quaint bistro, Cnr Café, is chilled and comfy and is a wonderful spot to go for a good cup of coffee and a freshly baked slice of cake.

They also offer breakfasts, signature dishes, sandwiches, salads, desserts, cakes and other beverages.

Contact: 087 550 4873

Website: none

Address: Corner of Buckingham & Rothesay Avenue, Craighall

#9 Salvation Café

Founded back in 2006, Salvation Café is all about celebrating the soul of good food and drink, made fresh and served with love.

They are the place locals like to drink and eat at it, and also offer breakfasts, light lunches, nice, strong coffee and more.

Contact: 011 482 7795

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

Address: 44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark

#10 The Whippet Coffee

This trendy Randburg café-bar serves simple homemade dishes, speciality coffees and teas, as well as craft beers.

They hail as a coffee destination “inspired by the people of Linden and Joburg.”

Contact: 011 782 7310

Website: http://www.thewhippetcoffee.com

Address: 347th Street, Linden, Randburg

#11 Jozi Blue

Photo credit: Jozi Blue via Instagram

Jozi Blue is a speciality coffee shop, which aims to enhance your coffee experience and make it superb.

They buy their beans from speciality roasters, and then make the perfect cup of coffee.

Contact: 011 440 3798

Website: http:joziblue.wordpress.com

Address: 9 Northfield Avenue, Glenhazel, Johannesburg

#12 The Local Kitchen co

The Local Kitchen co allows for eating in, take outs and deliveries.

Aside from coffee and other beverages (including wine, beers and spirits), this local eatery serves tasty burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, homemade pies and salads for either breakfast or lunch.

Contact: 011 463 0721/25

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

Address: Shop 11, The Posthouse Link, Corner of Posthouse and Main Road, Bryanston

#13 Bread & Roses Café & Bistro

This Melville café is a café that takes Americanos seriously. On the side, they offer breakfast and lunch, taking their menu far beyond mere coffee.

Careful thought goes into everything from their coffee bean selections to their desserts, as well as the café’s vibe.

Contact: 011 482 1858

Website: http://www.facebook.com/BreadandRosesCafeandBistro

Address: 80 4th Avenue and 7th Street, Mellville Johannesburg

#14 Nice on 4th

Located on Parkhurst’s popular 4th Avenue, Nice consists of a restaurant and bookstore.

They are famous for their menu, with its freshly squeezed juices, cake selection and of course, their coffee too. They also cater for private events and high teas.

Contact: 011 447 7287

Website: http://www.niceon4th.co.za

Address: 37th Avenue, Corner of 14th Street, Parkhurst

#15 Urban Grind Roasters

Self-titling themselves as a shop of coffees rather than a coffee shop, their business is to bring people into the world of coffee.

They even offer a barista training course, believing strongly in the importance of educating people on coffee.

Contact: 010 900 4256

Website: http://www.urbangrindroasters.com

Address: 666th Street, Parkhurst

Photo credit: Cito via Instagram

#16 Craft Coffee

Claiming to have a selection of SA’s finest available coffees, Craft Coffee take their coffee seriously.

With some 50 years combined experience, they really know their stuff and represent quality in premium, roasted coffee and its preparation.

Contact: 011 492 0501

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

Address: 50 Gwigwi Mrwebi Street, Newton

#17 Vovo Telo

Serving good coffee (and other beverages), pastries, artisanal breads, sandwiches, light breakfasts and lunches, Vovo Telo has several branches across SA (and JHB), as widespread as Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront and Richmond Hill, P-E.

They believe in good service and quality goods and manage to successfully bring you both.

Contact: 011 784 0938

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

Address: Grayston Shopping Centre, Grayston Drive, Sandton

#18 Bottega Café

This local Italian pizzeria offers a wine bar, whiskey club and of course, coffee and other beverages.

They are a casual eatery, bakery and apparently traditional barbershop too.

Contact: 011 447 4448

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

Address: 22nd, 4th Avenue, Parkhurst

#19 Café de La Crème

This relaxed coffee shop and bakery serves coffee, breads, cakes and pastries, as well as light lunches and wraps.

Contact: 011 726 7716

Website: http://cafedelacreme.co.za

Address: Corner of 4th Avenue and 7th Street, Melville

Photo credit: Ilne Weyers via Instagram

#20 Krispy Kreme

With branches spread across Johannesburg, this American doughnut chain landed first in JHB, South Africa.

With a long history in the States, they have thus far been well-received in SA and serve a good selection of doughnuts, coffee and chillers too.

Contact: 011 268 5830

Website: http://www.krispykreme.com

Address: The Zone, Rosebank

So while Johannesburg may have other wonders and offerings to enjoy, don’t ignore its coffee shops and cafes. Some of them are real gems, which offer coffee done right!

Top 20 Restaurants in Knysna 2017.

Whether you’re there on a peaceful break or passing through on a cross-country road trip, this beautiful Garden Route town’s eateries will make a memorable impression.

Here are 20 top restaurants to enjoy in Knysna in 2017:

#1 Pembreys Bistro

Run by Cordon Bleu chef Peter and manager Viv Vadas, Pembreys offers guests an adventurous, well-balanced menu.

It offers tasty meals, inspired by travels to Italy, like authentic pasta dishes and Mediterranean-style salads. The restaurant-bistro possesses warm, country charm.

Contact: (044) 386 0005
Website: http://www.pembreys.co.za
Address: Pembreys Bistro, Brenton Road, Belvidere, Knysna

#2 East Head Café

Photo credit: Bernat Orsolya via Instagram

So much more than a café or coffee shop, East Head Café is something of a landmark. Situated on the famous Eastern Head’s rock, it offers wonderful views of the Knysna estuary and Indian Ocean.

Responsibly, the restaurant supports local suppliers and offers guests lovely seafood cuisine, including fish and chips and Cape Malay seafood curry.

Contact: (044) 384 0933
Website: http://www.eastheadcafe.co.za
Address: 25 George Rex Drive, Knysna

#3 Ile de Pain

In 2015, this popular local institution fell victim to a terrible fire. However, it re-opened recently, after chef-owner Liezie Mulder and master baker and chocolatier, Markus Farbinger transformed into a beautiful, light space.

The renewed restaurant/bakery is back with everything it was loved for previously: tasty meals, fresh artisanal breads and amazing pastries.

Contact: (044) 302 5705
Website: http://iledepain.co.za
Address: The Boatshed, Unit 10, Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna

#4 Die Gieter Restaurant

This lovely, casual French country-style restaurant is found on a private reserve, which overlooks the Knysna River.

Cathy and Remy’s Die Gieter offers generous portions of pita and dips, baked camembert, duck confit and duck fact potatoes, as well as delectable desserts (like poached pears and cheesecake) equally generously portioned.

Contact: (044) 386 0201
Website: http://m.facebook.com/Die-Gieter-Restaurant-Cathy-Rémy
Address: Phantom Pass Road, 5, Knysna

#5 The Veg Table Private Dining Room

This restaurant, housed in a lovely farm cottage, is a celebration of authentic ‘slow food’ and vegetables, all prepared in a Defy Jewel woodstove.

Brett Garvie’s experience as a botanist helps tremendously, as he forages for mushrooms, picks pecans and sources harvests from local gardens and harvests for his ever-changing menu. It’s advisable to book a table in advance.

Contact: (074) 833 9516
Website: http://www.vegtable.co.za
Address: Mermaids Rest, Rheenendal Road, Rheenendal, Knysna

#6 The Olive Tree

This Italian restaurant, led by Ellen Owens, has been producing lovely, tasty dishes in the very heart of Knysna for several years now.

It transforms from a relaxed eatery during the day to an elegant, romantic space in the evenings. With delicious mains like bobotie, home salads and Cape chicken and prawn curry, it’s sure to wow your taste buds.

Contact: (044) 382 5867
Website: http://www.facebook.com/pg/Olive-Tree-Restaurant
Address: 21 Main Road, (N2), Knysna

#7 Freshline Fisheries

Photo credit: Olga G. via Instagram

This unique, seafood restaurant offers a wide variety of lovely seafood dishes on the beach. It’s a perfect spot for a casual meal with those you love.

Enjoy favourites like fish and chips and Kingklip or the Wes Kus braai for delicious seafood fare in this outdoor beach restaurant. You can also buy fresh fish and frozen seafood to take home.

Contact: (044) 382 3131
Website: http://www.freshlinefisheries.co.za
Address: Railway Siding Dockyard, Corner of Long & Waterfront Drive, Knysna

#8 Anchorage Restaurant

The Anchorage is a traditional seafood restaurant in the epicentre of Knysna. It has been around for some 20 years now, and is considered one of Knysna’s oldest restaurants.

Over the years, owner Brian has offered his guests an unforgettable dining experience, with excellent seafood – like fresh fish, Knysna Oysters, seafood platters – mature Angus beef, vegetarian and chicken too, at this well-rounded eatery.

Contact: (044) 382 2230, (083) 310 2135
Website: http://www.anchoragerestaurant.co.za
Address: 11 Gray Street, Knysna

#9 Caffé Mario

Located at the Knysna Waterfront Quays, Caffe Mario offers lovely Italian in a beautiful, scenic setting. It’s a popular local eatery, for locals and visitors alike.

One of its most fun meals is the Super Mario full breakfast. They also offer tasty sandwiches, pastas, seafood, thin-crusted pizzas and wine.

Contact: (044) 382 7250
Website: http://www.knysnawaterfront.com/waterfront/restaurants.html
Address: Shop 9, Knysna Waterfront, Knysna

#10 Kilzer’s Kitchen

Photo credit: Kilzer’s Kitchen via Instagram

This is not your average restaurant, it’s a cookery school, which opens to the public once a week for six months of the year (from beginning November to end April).

Here, Albin and Jenny Kilzer combine two passions, cooking and teaching others, and offer cooking courses, as well as cook ‘n look evenings – but they also offer tasty meals at this restaurant if you’re around when it’s open for public eating.

Contact: (044) 382 0135
Website: http://www.kilzerskitchen.co.za
Address: No 3 & 5 Roos Bolton Crescent, Knysna Heights, Knysna

#11 Chatters Restaurant

This small, owner-run restaurant is vibey and is famous for its made-to-order, thin, crispy pizzas, which are made in their traditional, wood-fired oven.

They also offer homemade burgers, pastas, potato bakes, filled paninis, great desserts and takeaways, complemented by beers, wines and spirits.

Contact: (044) 382 0203
Website: http://www.chattersbistro.co.za
Address: 9a Gray Street, Knysna

#12 JJ’s Restaurant

With a mind to bring you the most delicious and lovely looking meals, as they extend a warm welcome, JJ’s is another Knysna Quays-based restaurant.

With ingredients sourced from the finest, local produce and freshly pricked herbs from Hoekwil, near Wilderness, you can expect tasty meals, which combine an array of good flavours.

Contact: (044) 382 3359
Website: http://www.jjsrestaurant.co.za
Address: Knysna Waterfront, Knysna

#13 34 South

This restaurant/food store, bakery, gift shop, fish monger, clothing emporium and bakery, with a fine wine shop on the side, offers a little something of everything at the appealing Knysna Quays.

Here, visitors will find fresh oysters, bread, wine, deli goods and even some sushi too. It’s a good spot for groups and for kids and they also offer take-aways.

Contact: (044) 382 7331
Website: http://www.34south.biz
Address: Shop 10, Knysna Waterfront, Knysna

#14 African Bean

Photo credit: @ stefsterontheroad via Instagram

A favourite among locals, this vibey café was open for twenty-four years before it closed briefly. However, it re-opened in 2014 and is back serving lovely café fare, breakfasts, snacks, lunches and burgers – like the Buffalo burger.

It has a tasteful, cosy interior and is a wonderful meeting spot for friends, loved ones and travellers too.

Contact: (079) 522 6664
Website: none
Address: 29 Main Street, Knysna

#15 Sirocco

This sister restaurant to 34 South and Tapas and Oysters is positioned on the water’s edge at Thesen Harbour Town.

Named for the warm Mediterranean wind, Sirocco is a great, vibey lunch and dinner venue, which serves good food in a sophisticated space and is open seven days a week. Aside from their main food menu, they also offer cocktails and beer, sushi and a wine list to enjoy.

Contact: (044) 382 4874
Website: http:// www.sirocco.co.za
Address: TH 28, Thesen Harbour Town, Knsyna

#16 Totties Farm Kitchen

Found along Rheenendal Ramble, Totties Farm Kitchen offers you a warm welcome and a selection of dishes carefully and freshly made.

Totties serves sandwiches, light meals, lunches, milkshakes and delicious desserts too, though it is their Sunday Buffet (R150 per person), which is particularly popular. They also host large functions and weddings.

Contact: (044) 389 0092
Website: http://www.tottiesfarmkitchen.co.za
Address: Main Road, Rheenendal, Knysna

#17 Tapas and Oysters

Photo credit: Nicky Sterley via Instagram

This vibrant restaurant is found on Thesen Island and enjoys perfect views over the Knysna Lagoon and famous Knysna Heads. Known for their friendly, vibey atmosphere, this waterside restaurant offers varied Spanish, Mediterranean and South African tapas.

They also offer fresh oysters, seafood, homemade dips and olives, salads, desserts and more, including: sushi, Mitchell’s beer and freshly baked, rocket salt baguettes.

Contact: (044) 382 7196
Website: http://www.tapasknysna.co.za
Address: TH 29, Thesen Island, Knysna

#18 O Pescador Restaurant

This Knysna Waterfront restaurant has been around for twenty-eight years now. Manny and his staff serve Mediterranean-Portuguese food in a warm, friendly space.

Included on the menu is fresh fish, steaks, chicken and seafood. O Pescador also has a Rhodesian Teak bar, with an open-plan kitchen.

Contact: (044) 382 3476
Website: http://www.knysnawaterfront.com/waterfront/restaurants.html
Address: Shop U4, Knysna Waterfront, Knysna

#19 Rib & Rump

This popular, local steakhouse offers AAA Grade steaks and pork ribs, flame grilled just right, as well as surf & turf, grilled chicken/eisbein, starters, salads and desserts too.

They also serve fresh fish from their sister restaurant, Freshline Fisheries. With relaxed indoor and outdoor seating, Rib & Rump is great for meals with friends and family, and bring the kids along too.

Contact: (044) 382 0722
Website: http://www.ribandrump.co.za
Address: Corner Waterfront Drive & Long Street, Railway Siding Dockyard, Knysna

#20 The Bell Tavern

Housed on-site of the original Belvidere farmhouse, Knysna’s smallest pub offers a wine cellar viewed through a window in the floor. With its yellowwood ceiling and ironwood block floor, The Bell Tavern is a favourite among Belvidere locals.

Enjoy pub meals outside during summer or next to a cosy, warm wood-fired stove in winter. They also offer a selection of locally brewed beers, including Mitchells, as well as Cape wines and spirits.

Contact: (044) 387 1055
Website: none
Address: Lower Duthie Drive, Belvidere Estate, Knysna

So whether it’s some of the famous Knysna oysters you’re after, a little bistro fare or even some sweet pastries, these top restaurants will be able to suit every palate’s needs in 2017.

 

Top 20 Coffee Shops in Durban 2017

Unlike Cape Town, Durban may not have the wine – but they sure know how to do their coffee right. Recent years have seen royal roasters popping up faster than you can say ‘mocha’ and the sunny city is definitely fully equipped to supply you with that perfect brew.

Here’s a list of some of the top 20 coffee picks in (and around) Durban:

#1 Lineage Coffee SA

Photo credit: Lineage Coffee SA via Instagram

Established in 2012 by former SA Barista Champion, Craig Charity, and lying a little inland in Hillcrest, Lineage Coffee is hugely popular among locals.

With Craig overseeing operations, you know your java will be on another level. He has also partnered with Stretta Café so there’s good Italian cuisine to be had with your coffee.

Contact: (031)7658862   (Stretta Café), info@lineagecoffee.com
Website: http://www.lineagecoffee.com
Address: Shop 2, Builders Way Centre, 3&5 Builders Way Road, Hillcrest

#2 Colombo Coffee & Tea

Founded in 1923 by Norman Richardson, who was just seventeen at the time, Colombo Tea Agency started in the old basement of Barnes & McFie Arcade. Although much has changed since then, their commitment to producing the finest coffee (and tea) for your enjoyment, remains the same today as it was then.

Colombo source their coffee from the best producers in Africa, South and Central America and Indonesia.

Contact: (031) 205 3283

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

Address: Shop 1, 59 Adelaide Tambo Drive, Durban North

#3 Iwantmycoffee

Opened in March 2013, by Just Jinjer singer Ard Matthews and partner, award-winning photographer and author, Deborah Good Umhlanga-based iwantmycoffee came to life after the couple experienced Espresso Lab at Cape Town’s famous Old Biscuit Mill, and it left a strong impression on them.

With hand-picked world class baristas and the world’s only naturally occurring de-caf coffee, the pair made iwantmycoffee into something lovely.

They’ve now passed the mantle onto Marliyn Garreau, who’s ensured the brand remains true, serving great coffees, freezos and light breakfasts and lunches.

Contact: (031) 566 5584
Website: http://www.iwantmycoffee.co.za
Address: Shop 001, Ground Floor, Mayfair on The Lake, Corner Park Lane and Park Drive, Umhlanga

#4 The Bean Green Coffee Company

Photo credit: Trevor van Zijl via Instagram

Owner Peter Winter began by importing beans and now, he has his own Durban roaster, which he runs with his daughter, Mel. Together with their small but great team, they bring you no-nonsense coffee… the good stuff, as one might say, like their famous Bluff Bru blend.

Contact: (031) 201 8122

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

Address: 147 Helen Joseph Road, Durban

#5 Republik Coffee

Opened in 2014, RepubliK proudly offers coffee, craft beer, breakfast and gourmet burgers… what more could you want? Well, how about sustainable, free range produce for the people? And they  also specialise in high quality and great tasting products!

Contact: (031) 573 1429
Website: http://republik.co.za
Address: Unit 8 Broadway, Durban North

#6 Jacksonville Coffee

Hidden away inside Prime Human Performance Institute and Hertex Fabrics (Florida Road, Durban), this could be Durban’s coffee secret and Moses Mabhida Stadium’s best treasure.

There’s also more on offer than just good coffee… try their light meals (sit down or to-go) to get the oomph you need to kick-start your day.

Contact: (031) 940 5556
Website: http://www.facebook.com/pg/JacksonvilleCoffee
Address: Moses Mabhida Stadium, Shop 2 & 3, 44 Isaiah Ntshangase Road, Durban

#7 The Coffee Tree Co.

With branches in Glenwood and Umhlali and owned by the efficient Judd Campbell and her great teams of staff, The Coffee Tree Co. has indeed made a name for themselves and aside from good coffee, they offer a fun, eat out experience complemented by tasty breakfasts, brunches or sandwiches.

Contact: (083) 794 5875 (Glenwood)
Website: http://thecoffeetree.co
Address: Corner Daventry Place & Cato Road, Durban

#8 Counter Culture Café

Open only a few months and already this café has already been making waves, having won the Café Society Award for best café on the whole North Coast after its first month of operation.

Located in Ballitoville, they offer specialty coffee, as well as a fresh, basic menu, artisanal alcohol, unique wines and a whole lot more.

Contact: (032) 586 0926
Website: http://counterculturesa.co.za
Address: 22 Sandra Road, Ballitoville, KZN

#9 Bellevue Café (Kloof)

 

Photo credit: Bellevue Café via Instagram

This artsy, comfy bistro and café, with chef-patron Chris Black and Guy Cluver at its helm, has got casual comfort and good service just right.

It’s a popular place in Kloof, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a long list of coffee variations to enjoy.

Contact: (031) 717 2780
Website: http://www.bellevuecafe.co.za
Address: 5 Bellevue Road, Kloof

#10 The Bike & Bean

Enjoy a seaside coffee and bike experience at this Durban café. Located on Country Club Beach, its views are to die for.

After you’ve enjoyed your cuppa of single African origin coffee and a tasty meal, rent a bike or body board for the beach.

Contact: 082 773 6870
Website: http://www.bikebeandurban.com
Address: 290 Snell Parade, Durban

#11 Savior Coffee Co.

 Savior Coffee Company are truly inspirational, as they endeavour to support local entrepreneurs. When they discovered that the Carlson family, also from Durban, were doing amazing work in Burundi and making sinfully good coffee, Long Miles Coffee, they brought some of that coffee to Savior for your enjoyment.

Contact:  (082) 447 9690
Website: http://www.saviorbrandco.co.za
Address: 51 Station Drive, Morningside, Durban

#12 Corner Café

This is an eco-friendly and relaxed café in Glendwood. It offers Mediterranean fare and lovely photo wall murals to keep your mind at ease. While you’re there, enjoy a good meal with your mocha.

Contact: (031) 201 0219
Website: none
Address: 197 Brand Road, Glenwood, Durban

#13 Jooma Coffee Café

 

Photo credit: Maritza van As via Instagram

Jooma Coffee in Kloof provides one with great coffee in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. With their speciality The Inner Sense Coffee, they will ensure your cup of coffee is everything it should be … and more.

Contact: (031) 764 5828
Website: https://www.facebook.com/Jooma-Coffee
Address: 2 Village Road, Kloof

#14 Lola’s Bistro

This coffee shop and bistro began as a lifelong dream between a father and his daughter. Inspired by their passion for great coffee and people, they wanted to build a growing food and coffee community in Durban.

Lola’s is more than just a coffee shop though, for it offers guests a full dining experience too.

Contact: (031) 828 7011
Website: https://www.facebook.com/pg/LolasBistroDbn
Address: 101 Florida Road, Quarters hotel, Durban

#15 Arts Café

Arts Café, formally KwaZulu Natal Society of Arts and now under Monique Kurvers’s management, is Glenwood’s favourite café courtyard.

They serve delicious food and of course, excellent coffee. Attached to the café is a gallery, which holds regular exhibitions.

Contact: (031) 277 1702
Website: http://www.kznsagallery.co.za
Address: 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban

#16 Parc Café

Parc desires to give Durban the best possible café experience, offering thoughtful, smart and affordable food in a homely atmosphere.

Nestled in the heart of Glenwood, their service is friendly and theirs is a social, yet relaxed Durban experience. The menu is seasonally focussed and they source the best ingredients possible. Oh, and they also do coffee pretty well too!

Contact: (031) 205 7285
Website: http://www.parc-cafe.co.za
Address: Shop 2A, Oslo Buildings, 394 Esther Road, Glenwood, Durban

#17 Old Town Italy

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Evoking a sense of history and more romantic values, which favour a slower, simpler and better quality of life, Old Town Italy does things as they should be done.

They have an extensive menu, and their coffee, the La Dolce Vita Caffe blend, is sourced from some of the best coffee producers globally before it’s sent to Noceto,  South Milan to a legendary roaster , with some 50 years’ experience, and then it’s brought back here for you to savour.

Contact: (031) 566 5008
Website: http://oldtown.co.za
Address: 39 Meridian Drive, Meridian Park, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban

#18 Antique Café, Churchill House

At Churchill House, hospitality and Bohemian vintage vibes meet, and at their in-house, Antique Café, the coffee is brewed to be most amazing.

While you’re there, browse through the stores, which include: Cadman & Bailey, Flower Power, Vintagequirkyness and Vintage & Collectibles.

Contact: (031) 303 5959

Website: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Churchill-House

Address: 93 Churchill Road, Durban

#19 Fortunes Coffee Shop

Offering breakfast and coffee in Durban, Fortunes Coffee Shop, a café and bakery, is found in Morningside, Durban.

They serve egg breakfasts, sandwiches, croissants, pancakes, salads, burgers, coffee and even a dedicated kiddies menu.

Contact: (031) 312 0773

Website: none

Address: L22 Windermere Ctr, 163 Lilian Ngoyi Road, Morningside, Durban

#20 Salisbury Café

This tranquil café serves great coffee and select breakfasts, lunches, cakes and treats in the heart of Westville. They are also fully licenced so you can enjoy a drink too while you’re there, if you fancy to.

Contact: 031 267 2425

Website:  http://www.s-cafe.co.za

Address: 22 Salisbury Avenue, Westville, Durban

So sure, let’s concede that Cape Town may have the wine… but Durban sure does their coffee just fine, and there are some really top spots for you to enjoy the perfect flat white or dark espresso at.

Top 20 Coffee Shops in Cape Town 2017.

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

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

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#1 Been There

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

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

 Address: 58 Wale Street.

#2 Yours Truly

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

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

Address: 63 Loop Street and others.

#3 Truth Coffee Roasting

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

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

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

Address: 36 Buitenkant Street.

#4 Haas Coffee

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

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

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

Address: 19 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town.

#5 Deluxe Coffee Works

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

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

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

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

#6 Origin Coffee Roasting

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

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

 Address: 28 Hudson Street, De Waterkant.

#7 Espresso Lab Microroasters

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

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

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

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

#8 Tribe Coffee Roasting

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

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

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

#9 Shift Expresso

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

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

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

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

#10 Jason Bakery

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

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

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

Address: 185 Bree Street.

#11 House of Machines

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

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

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

Address: 84 Shortmarket Street.

#12 Molten Toffee

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

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

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

Address: 45B Aloof Street.

#13 Cafe Nood

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

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

#14 Bread,Milk & Honey

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

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

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

Address: 10 Spin Street, CBD.

#15 Tribakery Cavendish

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

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

Address: Shop F56, Cavendish Square, Claremont.

#16 Four & Twenty Cafe

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

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

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

Address: 23 Wolfe Street, Chelsea Village, Wynberg.

#17 Black Insomnia Coffee Company

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

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

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

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

#18 Folk Coffee Anthropology by Espresso Concepts

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

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

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

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

#19 mischu: The Coffee Showroom

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

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

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

Address: 85A Regent Road, Sea Point.

#20 Bootlegger Coffee Company

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

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

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

Address: 39 Regent Road, Sea Point and others.

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

 

 

 

 

 

7 Best Camping Spots in South Africa

With its diverse landscapes, wherein rolling hills bleed into magnificent mountains and lush, green grass turns to fynbos-covered terrain, South Africa makes for wonderful, varied camping opportunities.

Better still, SA has great camping spots spread across its many provinces, so whether you wish to be tucked away in the mountains, sleeping next to the whoosh of the ocean or lighting a campfire alongside the river, here are some of the most well-known and/or not-to-be-missed camping spots to try:

1. Storms River Mouth Rest Camp (Western Cape)

Found within arguably one of South Africa’s most beautiful and verdant regions, the Garden Route, Storms River Mouth Rest Camp – which spans some 5km towards the Tsitsikamma National Park’s eastern shore – allows guests access to 80km of undisturbed, rugged coastline, and comes with every necessary camping comfort.

Facilities include: a communal ablution block and kitchen, restaurant and store, as well as the added bonus of a Laundromat.

Experience rich birdlife in the forest and if you’re lucky, you might see otters and other native animals too, as you camp inside of the special Tsitsikamma National Park.

Tsitsikamma

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2. Cape Vidal (KZN)

Experience camping in the exceptionally lovely Isimangaliso Wetland Park. Cape Vidal is a small campsite with only eight sites. This pristine coastal campsite offers wonderful beaches, hikes, and it comes with ablution facilities and electricity plug points.

Outdoor activities to partake in include: snorkelling, fishing, swimming, bird watching, sunbathing, beach walks and even whale watching.

You may also catch sight of hippos, crocodiles, elephants, buffalo, loggerhead and leatherback turtles, frolicking dolphins and perhaps even some whales too.

3. Gariep Dam (Orange River)

Gariep Dam Campsite, which lies midway between Cape Town and Johannesburg, can be found some 200km outside of Bloemfontein. Enjoy camping near South Africa’s largest dam, which fortuitously borders a vast nature reserve, with many roaming zebra and buck species, by the same name.

The campsite, which offers 122 sites in total, includes sixteen accompanying ablution blocks, as well as braai areas and an on-site restaurant. Outdoor activities to experience include: a host of watersports, fishing, and game watching and/or sunset cruises by boat.

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4. Stoney Ridge (KZN)

Located in the Natal Midlands, among some 6000 acres of natural beauty on a private game farm, you will find the Stoney Ridge Campsite. It lies near the Bloukrans River and, aside from the obvious bird and game watching one can enjoy, there are also great 4×4 trails to try too. The campsite offers ablution facilities, and there is a restaurant on the premises as well.

5. Mazhou Campsite (Limpopo)

Found within the Mapungubwe National Park – a World Heritage Site – this campsite is small and exclusive, offering just ten peaceful campsites for camping enjoyment. Head for a sunset/night drive or explore the park via a guided heritage walks, which will even take you to a graveyard up on the Mapungubwe Hill.

Campsite facilities include: ablutions, power points (at each of the ten sites) and a communal kitchen.

6. Sterland Caravan Park and Campsite (Northern Cape)

Found in the star gazing capital of South Africa (and indeed, possibly in the southern hemisphere in general…), Sutherland, this campsite really will allow you to camp under a sky full of stars, after a long evening around a roaring campfire. Located just out of town, the campsite has seven stands tucked into tidy, 2m Muisbos enclosures.

Facilities include an ablution block (with a washing area and warm showers), with electricity at each individual stand. Enjoy relaxing, braaing and watching the stars, and don’t forget to visit the SALT Observatory up on the hill during the day or perhaps even for some pre-arranged, nightly stargazing.

Karoo

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7. Yellowwood Forest Campsite (Eastern Cape)

Found alongside the Inchara River’s banks, a mere 1km away from the beautiful Morgan Bay beach, this campsite is one for the bird lovers and nature fanatics out there. Enjoy relaxing near or swimming in the river, identifying birds, heading to the beach, relaxing in the tea garden, where children can experience the fun, on-site play area, or snack on light meals and wood-fired pizzas.

Facilities include: ablution blocks (with toilets, showers and hot running water), as well as campsite electricity points.

Each campsite offers a unique experience, be it relaxing alongside a river, pitching your tent within a national park and/or World Heritage Site or lying beneath the brightest stars visible in South Africa, so make sure you check these off your camping to-do list in the future.

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Top 4 reasons to visit South Africa during summer

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

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

1. Beach Beauties

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

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

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

 

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

2.Game on… in the South African bushveld

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

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

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

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

3. Food, glorious food (and wine)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4.Natural beauty like no other

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Check out the latest travel stats for 2016

We are proud to bring you The AccommoDirect Travel Stats 2016.

We analysed our travel bookings data over the last 12 months to bring you some interesting travel info and inspiration.

To find the most expensive and luxurious destinations, we took the price per listing per night of the top 20 most expensive listings in each area based on their advertised rates. The clear hot-spots are the Atlantic Seaboard in the Western Cape and luxury game reserves in Mpumalanga. No surprises here, the Camps Bay/Clifton beaches are South Africa’s answer to the French Riviera and our game parks are well-managed and well-stocked with a variety of game.

Next, we looked at the most economical area’s price per listing per night for the budget traveller by reviewing the 20 most affordable accommodation in each area. The spread is pretty even, showing there are great affordable options (mostly self-catering, campsites or backpacker) in most destinations across South Africa. What is most evident is that the list shows a mix of bookings in both big city suburbs and small towns in remote places.

We then reviewed the ratings from travellers by each area they stayed.  Constantia in the Western Cape was the clear winner of city and town suburbs, followed closely by St Lucia in KZN and Camps Bay at number 4, while Limpopo attained the top spot in the province ratings, beating out the Western Cape.

The Top 10 Regions list is somewhat of a surprise with the Kruger National Park coming in at number 10, normally in the top 3 and an indication that South Africa is regarded nowadays as far more than just a wildlife destination.

The high occupancy rate across all accommodation types has been attributed to the poor performance of the Rand over the last 2 years, strengthening other currencies and making South Africa an attractive and affordable destination. International visitors get good bang for their buck and enjoy unique experiences throughout every region in the country.

The stats show high approval ratings by travellers in all categories of accommodation and across all areas, and if the Rand continues to under-perform, the tourism industry can look forward to a bumper year ahead!

Travel StatsSA Travel Stats 2016

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