Africa is renowned for its exciting safari adventures and wildlife viewing at some of the most eco-friendly game reserves in the world. What one may not know, is that the continent has some superb restaurants set in phenomenal locations offering diners an unforgettable dining experience. Here are four restaurants you really should not pass by.
Safari Garden Centre – Gauteng, South Africa
The Safari Garden Centre is the perfect place for a happy family outing on a sunny Saturday morning. The venue will excite children and adults alike with its exotic and indigenous plants, all proudly displayed. At this gem of a nursery, keen gardeners of all ages can purchase pretty and interesting accessories, including metallic animals, smiling gnomes and fascinating water features to decorate their gardens with. It also serves as a sanctuary for families seeking an escape from busy city life, with cascading waterfalls, a pot plant house and show garden to admire before crossing a wooden bridge to the thatched-roof restaurant, which overlooks a pretty pool that is home to Koi fish, swans and ducks. Dining in the midst of these natural lush surroundings is a treat for sure.
Address: Corner of Lynnwood Road and Rubida Street, The Willows, Pretoria East.
Tel: +27 12 807 0009
Open: Monday to Saturday 8am – 5:30pm. Public holidays 9am – 5:30pm.
The Rock Restaurant – Zanzibar, Tanzania
You won’t get any closer to dining in the actual ocean than at the Rock Restaurant in Zanzibar. Not too far out at sea from the Michamvi Pingwe beach, it offers a unique dining experience that no traveller to Zanzibar should pass by. It comes as no surprise that seafood is their claim to fame as it is all freshly prepared and cooked to mouth-watering perfection. There is no need to starve if you’re not too keen on seafood, as you will find something delicious to order from their extensive menu. Breathe in the fresh sea air and admire the stunning 360° view of the sapphire blue Indian Ocean. This is paradise indeed.
Address: Michamvi Pingwe village, Zanzibar, Tanzania.
Tel: +255 777 835 515
Opening times: Monday to Sunday 11am-10pm.
Ali Barbour Cave – Kenya
Grant yourself the wish of a unique dining experience set inside an ancient cave. People speculate that the cave may be between 120 000 and 180 000 years old. Seen from the outside, the restaurant seems like any other building. However, the moment you step inside you realise that this will be a decidedly different and special dining experience. In the evening, the moonlight gently filters through rock crevices while candles glimmer and light up the attractive Arabian furnishings. The cuisine served at Ali Barbour meets international standards with seafood remaining their speciality.
Address: Ali Barbours Rd, Diani Beach, Kenya
Tel: +254 714 456131
Opening times: Monday to Sunday 6pm – 11pm.
Tigger 2 – Western Cape, South Africa
At the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, embark on a romantic sea-faring adventure either to Granger or Table Bay and enjoy lunch, dinner or a sunset cruise on the luxurious Tigger 2 Royale Charter. The yacht trip shows off the astounding beauty for which Cape Town is world renowned, so bring your camera with you to capture the stunning Devils Peak, Table Mountain, Signal Hill and Twelve Apostles, especially as the sun sets. After admiring some of Cape Town’s scenic treasures, the yacht heads back to the V&A Marina to drop anchor where guests can delight in a tasty lunch or dinner on the floating restaurant prepared by the chefs on board.
Read about their exciting lunch and dinner cruises here.
Address: Dock Rd, Cape Town
Tel: +27 (0)21 418 0241
Opening times: Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm. Saturdays and Sundays closed.