Top things to do

Top Choice Steak in Plettenberg Bay

Nguni

Tucked away in a quiet courtyard, this is one of Plett's most upscale eateries. The speciality is dry-aged beef, though you'll also find some South African favourites including ostrich, springbok and the odd traditi…
Top Choice Cafe in Knysna

Ile de Pain

Ile de Pain is a wildly popular bakery and cafe that's as much a hit with locals as it is with tourists. There's an excellent breakfast menu, lots of fresh salads, some inventive lunch specials and quite a bit for v…
Top Choice Fusion in George

101 Meade

Whether you're after freshly baked bread and good coffee to start the day, inventive tapas plates to share at lunchtime or heavier evening fare like braised springbok shank or Durban lamb curry, the excellent cuisin…
Top Choice South African in Wilderness

Serendipity

Readers and locals all recommend this elegant restaurant with a deck overlooking the lagoon. The South African–inspired menu changes monthly but always features original takes on old classics, such as cardamom milk …
Top Choice Museum in Mossel Bay

Dias Museum Complex

This excellent museum offers insight into Mossel Bay's role as an early stomping ground for European sailors. Named for 15th-century Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Dias, the museum contains the 'post office tree' w…
Top Choice Braai in Mossel Bay

Kaai 4

Boasting one of Mossel Bay’s best locations, this low-key restaurant has picnic tables on the sand overlooking the ocean. Most of the dishes – including stews, burgers, boerewors (farmer's sausage) and some seafood …
Top Choice Cafe in Mossel Bay

Blue Shed Coffee Roastery

Enjoy great coffee and homemade cakes at this funky cafe with eclectic decor and ocean views from the deck. It's an awesome spot to spend a couple of hours chilling or playing vinyl on the old-school jukebox.
Wildlife Reserve in Plettenberg Bay

Monkeyland

This very popular attraction helps rehabilitate wild monkeys that have been in zoos or private homes. The walking safari through a dense forest and across a 128m-long rope bridge is superb. A combo ticket with Birds…
LGBT in Knysna

Pink Loerie Festival

Knysna celebrates its gay-friendliness with a flamboyant Mardi Gras around the end of May.
Park in Knysna

Knysna Lagoon

The Knysna Lagoon opens between two sandstone cliffs known as the Heads – once proclaimed by the British Royal Navy to be the most dangerous harbour entrance in the world. There are good views from the eastern head,…