Activities in South Africa

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There’s so much to do and so little time! In this section we try to highlight the best places to visit, things to do, sporting opportunities, Places to shop and great places to wine and dine. We are constantly adding and updating material so this could be a good site to add to your favourites

To get the best out of this site, make use of the search function at the bottom of the page. Use our news & events submission form to submit activity items.

Paarl - The NG Toring Kerk

NG Toring Kerk
NG Toring Kerk Credits: "Freda"

The Toring Kerk is home to the NG Congregation of North Paarl. Construction of The Toring Kerk was started in 1905 to replace the existing church, which is now the church hall. Incredible as it may seem the construction was completed within 23 months and the building was “inaugurated” (the Afrikaans word is “ingewy”) on 6th March 1907. The Toring Kerk in Main Street Paarl has the highest steeple of any church in South Africa. It stands an impressive 57m above the ground and can be seen for miles around. The Anglican Cathedral in Grahamstown stands at 53.6 m and the NG Kerk in Aberdeen in the Eastern Cape at 50m.


Bloemfontein - Anglican Cathedral
The Anglican Cathedral of St.Andrew and St.Michael in Bloemfontein has a long and interesting history. The very first Anglican Church in Bloemfontein, which ultimately became the
Anglican Cathedral of St.Andrew and St.Michael in Bloemfontein was based on drawings of Sophia Gray, wife of Bishop Robert Gray. The Church was never completed as the British Garrisons withdrew from the town before the roof went on.Construction started again in 1863 and was completed in 1866. Additions were done in 1876 and 1885

Bloemfontein - The Orchid House

The Orchid House
The Orchid House Credits:
The Orchid House in Bloemfontein is managed by the Parks and Gardens department of the Mangaung Council. The Orchid House is circular in design and inside is a circular boardwalk, so that you can have a close up view of hundreds of these exotic and ancient plants (including the Vanilla Orchid where all our vanilla essence comes from) in a tropical oasis of lush greenery.
The Orchid House, with all this astonishing beauty and colour, should be on your list of places to visit.

Tulbagh – Summer Elegance Fun Day – December 2010

Vineyards at Twee Jonge Gezellen
Vineyards at Twee Jonge Gezellen Credits: House of Krone

"1710-2010 Summer Elegance" is the affectionate name given to the annual fun filled event held at the Twee Jonge Gezellen Estate, home to the Krone family’s Méthode Cap Classique Sparkling Wines. Celebrating the tricentenary of the legendary Twee Jonge Gezellen Estate, the family like to reflect on it as being only 300 years young..

This occasion marks the grand finale to the busy year and the beginning of the festive summer celebrations at Twee Jonge Gezellen. It is the perfect place to give your elegant attire an airing


Riebeek Kasteel - Visit Kloovenburg Wine and Olive Estate

Kloovenburg Wine Estate lies nestled on the lower reaches of Kasteel Mountain, where the north-easterly slopes have proved ideal for the Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon cultivars and the south-westerly and easterly slopes that favour Shiraz.
The climate at Kloovenburg is perfectly balanced, with the warm, low-rainfall months tempered by cool afternoon south-westerly breezes blowing in from the Atlantic ocean. Kloovenburg's mountain-side situation ensures higher winter rainfall than is usual for this area, thus lifting the water table and reducing the need for summer irrigation. The cold winters allow the vines to rest and build up better reserves.

Why not spend some time wandering around Kloovenberg Wine Estate, sample their award winning wines and enjoy some of the finest (and also award winning) Olive products that are all created on the farm.

Kloovenburg Wine Estate is open on Mondays to Fridays from 09:00 to 16:30 and from 09:00 to 14:00 on Saturdays, for olive products, wine tasting, cellar tasting and sales.


Johannesburg CBD - Darkie Cafe

Darkie Cafe
Darkie Cafe Credits: Ashanti Hotel
The first of the new Darkie Cafe Franchise Restaurants is open at the Urban Hip Ashanti Hotel in Downtown Johannesburg. 

Darkie a stylish new generation restaurant that reflects the new wave affluence of South Africa. Darkie Cafe's menu is an eclectic mix of the best of African and European and their offerings come with flair and dignity.

Feel the rhythm of Africa with live entertainment on Thursday Nights and the monthly "Salsa Nights" on the last Saturday of each month.

Under the watchful eye of owner Charlotte Monakisi , Darkie Cafe is open from early morning to 21:00 serving breakfasts, lunch and dinner.


Kimberley - The Big Hole and Mining Museum

Kimberley is famous for The Big Hole. Started in mid1871 The Kimberley Diamond Mine fast became known as the Big Hole in Kimberley

The Kimberley Big Hole is allegedly the deepest and biggest hand dug hole in the world. It measures 215 metres deep and the perimeter of the hole is around 1.6km (The folks at Jagersfontein, in the Free State, think their hole is bigger!) 


Cape Peninsula - Day Hikes in and around Cape Town

Cape Peninsula - Day Hikes in and around Cape Town
Credits: Peninsula Ramblers

Hiking around the Cape Peninsula will give you a much clearer picture of the geography and topography of the fairest Cape. Belonging to a good hiking club has a number of distinct advantages. Take Peninsula Ramblers, for instance. Peninsula Ramblers is a club established over 60 years ago and it is run and managed by a group of very enthusiastic hikers. 

To join them is extremely reasonable – R20 joining fee plus an annual membership of R50 for a single person and R70 for a family. 


Langebaan - Boesmanland Plaaskombuis

Seep Potte
Seep Potte Credits: Boesmanland Plaaskombuis

Boesmanland is situated on the grounds of Club Mykonos in Langebaan, on the West Coast. This dining experience is something quite different as Boesmanland have perfected the art of cooking large quantities of food in giant cast iron pots. In the old days they were known as seeppots (soap pots).

Boesmanland specialises in old fashioned boerekos along the lines of Tamatie bredie, boontjie bredie, soet patats, roast lamb, snoek, pickled fish, fresh baked bread with real “plaas konfyt” as


Hermanus - Bientangs Cave

Gulls at Gearings Point
Gulls at Gearings Point Credits: "Freda"

Bientangs Cave Seafood Restaurant is in a “cave” on the rock face of the cliffs in front of the Hermanus Market Square. Legend has it that Bientang was the last Koi Strandloper around 100 years or so ago. 

The ingenious construction of the restaurant creates a real cave feeling but the best seating on a wind still day is outside on the terrace or even down on the rocks below. 

Bientangs Cave has a comprehensive seafood menu and for kids they do a superb chicken or beef burger. The wine list is good although somewhat pricey. 


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