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Graze By The River

38 Van Der Riet St, Port Alfred, 6170

Tel: 063 644 3878

Graze by the River is a coffee bar and restaurant situated in one of the original 1820 settler's homes next to the banks of the Kowie River in Port Alfred. The venue boasts a private garden area at the back of the property where you can escape from the busy Van der Riet street and enjoy freshly roasted coffee or sample some of the many homemade dishes on offer. 


Nick Howard is the owner and Chef of Graze by the River which he founded out of a passion for good, honest, and healthy food. As a frequent traveller to many parts of the globe, he learns about food from different cultures and brings these dishes back to South Africa, for Graze clients to savour. 

The menu is based on locally available ingredients from fresh seafood, smoked meats and organic vegetables. Interesting, tasty dishes are supplemented by daily specials. The restaurant has its own smoker for preparing a lot of the dishes and the coffee bar roasts its own green beans daily ensuring good quality fresh coffee. So whether you're looking for a great breakfast, some coffee and cake or a tasty homemade meal come and enjoy the experience of Graze by the River.

Lara's Eatery & Deli 

Address: 253 Kowie Road 6166 Bathurst, South Africa

Tel: 071 370 1019

Gastronomic delight

As regular diners at Lara's we are always amazed at the creativity and flavour of each dish. Wonderful experience.

Absolutely delicious!

We went for dinner on Wednesday night, not knowing that it is 'Rib' night, so while initially disappointed that we didn't have a selection, the meal turned out to be superb !


The portions were very generous and came with some veges and potato wedges, as well as a large greek salad with lots of feta, olives and avo, and some lightly toasted bread, which looked delicious but we were all too full to manage any! The ribs were excellent - fall of the bone tender, with a good tangy barbeque sauce. None of us had any space for dessert. I'm looking forward to my next visit to Port Alfred, which will definitely include a trip to Lara's !


The Shire Eco Lodge

Kubusi Forest 4930 Stutterheim, South Africa

Tel:  043 683 2452


The Design
"There was a new lesson every day. I became an electrician, plumber and painter in the space of a few months."

The first talk of creating some kind of tourist destination on our property in Stutterheim, started in our cramped little 1 room flat in England. What started off as a wild idea then, quickly became possible when I arrived back home in South Africa.

The first talk of creating some kind of tourist destination on our property in Stutterheim, started in our cramped little 1 room flat in England. What started off as a wild idea then, quickly became possible when I arrived back home in South Africa. I found that Charles Claasen who I once worked for at a lodge in Knysna, had taken a job in Stutterheim. We got chatting and it wasn’t long before we decided that there should be a backpackers here…

The perfect spot was discovered where the forest created a large cove of grassland and the planning and preparation began. The grass was so high that it hung over our heads, so it had to be burnt to enable us to start the surveying. ‘Ample’ firebreaks were burnt and the fire was lit on a beautiful ‘hot’ autumn day. In minutes the entire 20 acre property was being devoured by flames, and briefly we stood frozen from shock as petrified amateurs do. We started our helpless attack when it became obvious that the fire had intentions of taking out the entire forest and neighboring farms. 

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Umngazi Hotel & Spa

Umngazi Mouth (Pty) Ltd, P.O.Box 75, Port St. Johns, Wild Coast


Tel: +27 (0) 47 564 1115/ 6/ 8/ 9

Umngazi Hotel & Spa, is a beautiful beach resort, located on the Wild Coast, south of Port St John’s in the Eastern Cape.

A visit to Umngazi is a delight, from the wonderful welcoming staff to the tasty morning and afternoon tea offerings on the recently extended wooden deck.  The hotel has worked very hard to ensure the utmost safety of their guests, staff and community during this time of Covid.

Umngazi is the perfect spot for a completely relaxing holiday.  The kids are kept entertained with daily activities and there is a nanny service available for parents who would like to enjoy well-deserved quality time together.  A tennis court, a fully air-conditioned gym, SUP boarding, kayaks, walks, hikes, trails and an award-winning spa, located up on the hillside with breathtaking views, are all available for guests to enjoy.


Guests enjoy comfortable thatched accommodation with calming views of either the well-manicured gardens, the sparkling river or the wide-open ocean.  Umngazi’s romantic suites are perfect for those looking to indulge and reconnect with their loved ones.  These suites are situated close to the river mouth and have exclusive access to the Emlonyeni private lounge and pool deck.

One of the many highlights when visiting Umngazi is the dining experience which includes 3 delicious meals per day.  And for those looking to celebrate a special occasion there are two magical private dining venues available to hire. 

Pumba Private Game Reserve

Highlands, Makana Municipality, 6140

Tel: +27 (0)41 502 3050

Awake to the sounds of the African bush veld as the sun makes its appearance on the horizon bringing with it the prospect of another perfect day. Eco friendly Pumba, a proud member of the Green Leaf Conservation Initiative, is set in the malaria-free Eastern Cape and provides an intimate African safari experience never to be forgotten.

The reserve is home to Africa’s Big Five as well as rare white lion, hippo, hyena, cheetah, giraffes, various antelope and more than 300 bird species. Feel the heartbeat of nature as you explore the reserve in custom land rovers or on guided walking safaris.

Water Lodge offers waterfront chalets overlooking Lake Cariega while Bush Lodge is set on a floodplain with scenic mountain views offering luxury thatch and glass chalets. All Chalets open onto private game viewing decks boasting plunge pools and outdoor showers. The indulgent bathrooms offer free-standing tubs and double basins, and each room is fitted with an earthenware fireplace. Whether dining indoors or under the starlit sky, meals at Pumba are simply sublime.

Enjoy African fusion cuisine with an Eastern Cape flair complemented by a superb selection of local wines from our Director’s Cellar. Revitalise body and mind in the Soul Spa or enjoy a workout in the glass enclosed gym at Msenge Bush Lodge. Other activities include bird watching, bass fishing, stargazing, archery as well as nearby horse riding and golf. An hour from Port Elizabeth and 15 minutes from Grahamstown. WiFi. TGCSA 5-star Lodge.


At the Grocery Shop

Hemingways Mall


The mall features an array of entertainment such as a 6 theatre cinema with a 3D offering, family entertainment centre consisting of a ten pin bowling, Vortex, 4D Simulator, various arcade games, kiddies rides and bumper cars. Close to 200 stores offer anchor tenants which include Woolworths, Pick n Pay, Checkers, Edgars and to delight customers even further, RJ's, Las Vegas Spur, KFC, Cape Town Fish Market,


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