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Top Choice Fusion in Nelspruit (Mbombela)

Orange Restaurant

Put on your finest and treat yourself to some beautifully prepared cuisine – such as artful servings of ostrich carpaccio – at this classy restaurant at the Francolin Lodge. The terrific views are the icing on the c…
Top Choice South African in Sabie

Wild Fig Tree

There’s a meat-driven menu and a warm atmosphere here, with candles and African-print wall hangings. Try some of the more unusual game meat options, including crocodile curry or ostrich kebabs. The ploughman’s or tr…
Greek in Sabie


Half pub, half restaurant, the Woodsman offers great food with a Greek twist. Souvlaki, grilled calamari, mezedhes and other offerings are mixed with more local dishes: pan-fried trout and ostrich in red wine and or…
Tapas in Nelspruit (Mbombela)


Serving quality tapas dishes, such as house-smoked pork loin with honey-mustard cream, and onion marmalade tartlets topped with goat cheese, Saffron is a fine addition to Nelspruit's growing culinary scene. Dine in …
Brewery in Sabie

Sabie Brewery

Based in a 1921 trading post, this microbrewery is a new addition to Sabie's drinking and dining scene. Grab a taster platter of the full range to enjoy on the wooden deck overlooking Main St. It's a nice spot for a…
Sandwiches in Nelspruit (Mbombela)

Food Fundi

Using fresh lowveld ingredients, this outstanding cafe is an excellent choice for breakfast or lunch. Wraps, sandwiches (try the rooibos-smoked chicken, toasted cashew nuts, pineapple chutney and feta), salads and b…
Gardens in Nelspruit (Mbombela)

Lowveld National Botanical Garden

Outside of town, this 15,000-sq-m botanical garden (established 1969) is home to tropical African rainforest and is a nice place for a stroll among the flowers and trees. Over 240 bird species have been recorded her…
Zoo in Nelspruit (Mbombela)

Chimpanzee Eden

This chimp centre, 12km south of Nelspruit on Rte 40, acts as a sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees. Here you can see chimps in a semi-wild environment and learn about the primates' behaviour and plight. The entry fee…
Museum in Pilgrim’s Rest

Diggings Museum

Just east of town along the Graskop road is the open-air Diggings Museum, where you can see how gold was panned. You need to visit on a tour, which you can arrange through the information centre.
Crêpes in Graskop

Harrie’s Pancakes

The chic white minimalist interior, full of modern art and quirky touches, is somewhat at odds with the cuisine. You won’t find breakfast-style pancakes here but mostly savoury and exotic fillings, as well as some s…