Weddings & Wine

Everybody loves weddings. When else do you get to get all dressed up, attend a spiffy event and bring along a toaster as a gift? Never.
Guests always look forward to a delicious meal at the wedding reception after a long day of telling the bride how beautiful she looks. Guests also like wine. Good wine.
So, we thought we’d show you a few amazing places to get married where you can enjoy the Nectar of the Gods.

L’Avenir Estate

The name, L’Avenir means ‘the future’ – pronounced ‘love-in-here’ – and the estate produces various award-winning wines including an icon Pinotage and Chenin Blanc under the Grand Vin label. L’Avenir nestles in the valley below the Simonsberg Mountains, offering some of the best of Stellenbosch Winelands. This boutique estate boasts extraordinary views and is located just outside the quaint town of Stellenbosch.

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Badensfontein

Baden is a beautiful farm amidst peaceful and tranquil surroundings in the Baden Valley. Situated only 5km outside Montagu, Badensfontein is the ideal place to relax and enjoy nature. Guests are encouraged to wander around the farm and can enjoy long relaxing walks through vineyards and amongst Klein Karoo Fynbos. The farm is close to the therapeutic hot pools of Montagu Springs.

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20 Places to Stay in Cape Town if You Love the Beach

 

Does the smell of salty air and the feel of sand between your toes make you giddy? Well, we’ve found these incredible spots that will make you want to pack your beach towel and head for a holiday!

 

Misty Mornings

Situated in the idyllic fishing village of Kommetjie where the air is fresh, the sea clean, the mountains bold and the crayfish tasty.

Exquisite position and design, Misty Mornings offers a pure holiday experience in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Immerse yourself in the awesome beauty that surrounds you from the comfort of this magnificent, very well equipped beach house nestled in a private estate that forms part of the greater Table Mountain Nature Reserve.

Wake up to the sound of whales. Walk on kilometres of unspoilt beaches.

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Buoy Blue

Situated in a private estate on an almost private beach in the seaside village of Kommetjie, this gorgeous double storey beach house is the perfect place to unwind and relax.

Buoy Blue is light and breezy, and decorated in whites and blues. This house has 3 generous bedrooms, a large open plan living area and opens out onto a spacious patio with outdoor furniture. With phenomenal views towards Hout Bay, this is the perfect place to view the amazing Cape sunsets. From the patio you step straight onto the sandy dunes.

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Eastern Cape Pubs – Watering Holes Worth Checking Out

Some of the small towns in the Eastern Cape have the best pubs, where locals from long past to present day still gather at the very same bar counter top to slake their thirst, and share news of small-town life. Tourists are warmly welcomed, plied with beer, hearty country fare, and regaled with stories of days gone by, making a visit to an Eastern Cape pub an unforgettable experience.

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Bathurst – Pig ‘n Whistle

As they like to say, when in Bathurst, “have a swig at the Pig”. Welcome to the Pig and Whistle, said to be the oldest, licensed pub in South Africa.
Located in the historic Eastern Cape town of Bathurst, this renowned watering hole is a favorite among locals, who will enthrall you with tales of the town’s colorful history, feed you wholesome pub food and liquid libations, and make you feel so at home that you’ll want to make it your Eastern Cape sanctuary.
In the cosy surroundings of a wood burning fireplace, and stone walls covered with air force memorabilia, you can enjoy delicious home-made burgers, seafood, pies, and the legendary Sunday roast. For visitors exploring the Eastern Cape’s settler frontier, the Pig and Whistle makes you feel you need go no further than Bathurst.

For overnight accommodation near Bathurst, visit the WhereToStay.co.za Port Alfred accommodation page.

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Rhodes – Rhodes Hotel

Long ago, in the days when the Rhodes Hotel was known as the Horseshoe Hotel, ox wagons filled with liquor would be hauled over the mountains from East London to make sure the pub was well stocked for the locals, and the many travellers who passed through the tiny picturesque hamlet. Renowned as the place to ‘wet your whistle’, there’s no doubt the Rhodes Hotel was as popular back then as it is today.
Rhodes is known far and wide as a much loved escape from city life, as with its quaint village, myriad of outdoor activities, and of course the laid-back Rhodes Hotel pub, this is definitely the Eastern Cape town you’ll want to visit.

For accommodation set against the Eastern Cape mountains, see the WhereToStay.co.za Rhodes accommodation page.

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Storms River / Tsitsikamma – Hunter’s Inn Pub – Tsitsikamma Village Inn

The warmth of the antique fireplace is reflected in the yellow-wood ceiling of the Hunter’s Inn Pub, an original hunting lodge decorated in the era of old rifles, hunting trophies, horns and skins.  Built in 1841, the historic Tsitsikamma Village Inn situated in Storms River Village, tucked away in the lush Tsitsikamma forest, has been the rest-place for travellers for over a century, and continues to invite you to “relax a while, and enjoy a few pints of local beer”, brewed in their very own on-site micro brewery.

For lodgings lying between the Tsitsikamma Mountains and the Indian Ocean, visit the WhereToStay.co.za Storms River / Tsitsikamma accommodation page.

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Grahamstown – Rat and Parrot

When you think of Grahamstown, you think of Rhodes University … and when you think of Rhodes University, you think “students”, who generally love to carouse and let off steam at Grahamstown’s favourite hangout, the Rat and Parrot. Known as ‘the centre of the student party scene’, this vibrant Grahamstown pub sees lots of dancing on tables, and for hearty pub food, the Rat and Parrot features the best pizzas in town, and everyone’s favourite bangers and mash.  For a lively look at Grahamstown, this Eastern Cape pub will quench your thirst in more ways than one!

For Grahamstown accommodation near this spirited venue, visit WhereToStay.co.za

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Cradock – The Long Bar

Reminiscent of a simple, wholesome, unpretentious lifestyle, the Victoria Manor in Cradock houses the Long Bar, a grand old establishment that’s seen many adventurers come and go. Long ago Cradock was a frontier town, where the traveller stopped to load supplies, and ‘refuel’ before the journey North into the vast unknown. Today, travellers still overnight in Cradock before heading for coastal destinations, and take the time to load supplies and linger in the renowned Long Bar for ‘one for the road’.

For Cradock Bed & Breakfast accommodation that will transport you back to the Victorian-era, visit WhereToStay.co.za

15 Unusual & Quirky Places to Stay in South Africa

 

Every now and then we crave something new and exciting… something out of the ordinary.

Why should booking holidays be any different? If you’re looking for something special in your next temporary dwelling, have a look at these amazing places we have found just for you.

Castle? Check. Outdoor shower? Check. Renovated jail? Check. Nudist guest house? Check.

 

Knysna Houseboat Myrtle

Is it a house? Is it a boat? It’s a houseboat!!!

Myrtle is a self-contained cottage on the water. Anchored in the Knysna Lagoon, it’s just a two minute dinghy ride away from the Knysna Waterfront. The dingy is included with petrol as your transport to and from shore. On the way to show you the ropes onboard Myrtle, you will be shown how to use the dingy, it’s easy, and you’ll be skippering your little boat happily.

The houseboat sleeps four guests on two double beds. The private main bedroom has its own deck. Swimming off the deck as a refresher is fantastic. If you’re not keen on staying in, the restaurants at the Waterfront are easily accessible. There is also a braai onboard for you with plenty mussels to pick as a lovely starter, just pop them on the braai. Late nights are best spent around the fireplace inside.

Butt Nothing

If you’re one of those people that feel restricted by clothing and would rather let it “all hang out”, then Butt Nothing is perfect for you!

This self catering accommodation offers you a ‘home away from home’, with enough space to relax in secure, secluded, tranquil surroundings, located not too far from the many attractions that Port Elizabeth has to offer.

Step out of the sliding door, to a solar-heated swimming pool for a swim, work on that all over tan on one of the loungers, or unwind with a sun downer while relaxing next to the koi pond.

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The Turbine Boutique Hotel

It’s hard to believe that this stunning five star hotel was once a power station! It has been converted into a boutique hotel like no other.

The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa on Thesen Island is situated in the picturesque town of Knysna.  The décor reflects the environmental, geographical, historical and cultural diversity of Knysna. The site is a living testimony of its past and the generator turbines and boilers have been restored to their former glory and have become part of the architecture and décor.

The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa comprises 24 bedrooms and suites and an Amani African Spa. The rooms all have “state of the art” accessories. Some bedrooms have balconies and on the ground level, they have their own delightful garden. The honeymoon “Oyster” suite is situated at the top of the hotel and is superb.

The Island Café is a unique 90 seater restaurant and ideal for breakfasts, lunches and a la carte dinners and has won the Diners Club Platinum Award for its wine list. In addition there is The Turbine Tapas Bar where you can enjoy a light meal.

Take advantage of the pool deck which overlooks the canal and is ideal for meals, cocktails and sundowners.

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Durban curry at its best!

Durbanites stand steadfast in their faith that Durban is without a doubt the country’s “Curry Capital”, and most importantly, the birthplace of the “Bunny Chow”.  We get emotional about curry – we talk about it, yearn for it, love it, even fear it, and go on expeditions to find the very best of it.  We have our favourite places for the best ‘bunny’, the best roti, the best chicken, lamb or beef curry, and the best breyani, yet still, there will always be a ‘curry den’ we haven’t yet tried.
One list won’t do it, so we’ve picked out only a few of the better known places to titillate you.

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Sunrise Chip ’n Ranch – Sparks Road, Overport, Berea, Durban
Also known as Johnny’s, Sunrise Chip ’n Ranch is the traditional stop-over for those late night, early morning cravings. This famous hole-in-the-wall takeaway is where you go for the delightfully decadent, signature ‘triple chip and cheese roti wrap with mutton gravy’.  If you’re looking for a unique, unforgettable meal on a budget, then Johnny’s, who also do equally tasty curries, bunnies and breyanis, is the place for you.

House of Curries – Florida Road, Berea, Durban
The very popular House of Curries is known as the main ‘curry shop’ on Berea‘s trendy Florida Road, and guarantees you the perfect munchie food – ‘chip chow’, a large plate of chips topped with curry and covered in melted cheese! This highly rated venue’s prawn, chicken and mutton curry are also delicious, making the House of Curries the place to go for an after-work beer and curry, while relaxing on the outdoor deck.

Little India – Musgrave Road, Berea, Durban
Specialising in southern Indian cuisine, Little India’s delectable masala dosas served with potato curry and coconut, peanut chutney, will have your mouth watering for more. Other popular dishes include lamb rogan josh, butter chicken and madras fish curry, and with heavenly Indian treats such as Bombay Crush, cashew nut ice cream, and cheese naan, Little India is as good as it gets!

If you’re an out-of-towner needing lodgings on Durban’s Berea, visit WhereToStay.co.za for the best Berea Bed & Breakfast accommodation.

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Jeera Restaurant – Suncoast Towers, Durban Beachfront CBD
Enjoy sumptuous authentic Indian dishes made unique by the Jeera Restaurant’s signature blend of spices and sauces. For a delicious vegetarian option, try the fried paneer and marinated chickpeas with mustard seeds. For a ‘meaty’ main, the lamb chettinad with black pepper, coconut and tamarind paste goes wonderfully with the garlic naan. This fabulous Durban beachfront locale is sure to satisfy your spicy craving, with true exotic South Indian dishes.

Capsicum Restaurant – Umgeni Road, Durban
Located in the Britannia Hotel, a heritage building oozing history and charm, this Durban curry restaurant is a long time favourite among locals. For the best in appetizing soul food, try the peri peri prawn curry, Tandoori masala chicken, and the ‘must try’ chops chutney. For the braver palate, indulge in an exotic  tripe or trotters bunny, which is sure to be a dish you’ll dine-out on for a long time to come.

Little Gujarat – Dr Goonam Street, Durban CBD
Catering strictly for vegetarians and vegans, Little Gujarat is surely Durban’s best kept secret.  For fresh, flavourful traditional Indian food with Punjabi influences, this unassuming local spot offers puri patta, masala dosa, freshly made sojee, samoosas, vegetable curries, rotis, bunny chows, pakoras, and pickles, which can be washed down with sweet, milky chai tea. As an alternative to meat, this basic Indian restaurant is a healthy, affordable experience not to be missed.

For convenient accommodation near these Duban curry restaurants, visit WhereToStay.co.za for prime Durban Beachfront CBD accommodation.

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Going a little further afield …

Ocean Terrace Restaurant – Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga Rocks
For exceptional Indian cuisine in a luxurious setting, the Ocean Terrace Restaurant at the elegant Oyster Box hotel offers the ultimate dining experience, while overlooking the warm Indian Ocean.  Here you can feast on an outstanding curry buffet with more than 11 spicy varieties to chose from, as well as other favourite dishes prepared in authentic Tandoori and pizza ovens. For casual, relaxed dining with magnificent sea views, this landmark Umhlanga Rocks restaurant is sure to become a firm family favourite.

Sasol – Mount Edgecombe, Umhlanga Area
Who knew a petrol station in Mount Edgecombe could also be home to an award-winning bunny chow? Described as ‘messy, crude and delicious’, the signature mutton bunny is
soaked with thick masala gravy, melting potatoes, tender lamb, and vinegar-dressed carrot salad – a taste sensation that will literally explode on your tongue.

WhereToStay.co.za will help you find the ultimate Umhlanga Area accommodation

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Thava Indian Restaurant at The Boathouse in Ballito – Compensation Beach Road, North Coast
Serving traditional Indian dishes from Kashmir, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi and Kerala, Thava offers aromatic curry’s, breyani’s, and spicy Tandoori and masala dishes, served with traditional breads and freshly prepared chutneys, pickles or vegetables. Treat yourself at Thava Indian Restaurant, where you can celebrate the superb food of India, while watching the rolling Indian Ocean from the airy open terrace in beautiful Ballito.

Impulse by the Sea – Sea View Drive, Tinley Manor, North Coast
Renowned for their sensational curries, Tinley Manor’s Impulse by the Sea has become a legend on the KwaZulu Natal Dolphin Coast. It’s well known that the prawn curry covered in a thick, flavourful tomato-based curry sauce will take you ‘to Heaven and back’ in one meal. Other ‘to die for’ dishes are the lamb curry and butter chicken, which is the best around. The curries come with rice, fresh sambals and papadums – use the roti’s to mop up the leftover curry sauce in your bowl.
Priding themselves on serving the original ‘pukka’ Natal curry, Impulse by the Sea is the real deal.

Enjoy top-class North Coast accommodation by visiting WhereToStay.co.za