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Essence Café in Pietermaritzburg – A Review
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Essence Café in Pietermaritzburg – A Review

Location plays a critical role in the success of any restaurant and Essence Café is most certainly well situated at Wetherlys Centre, probably the most upmarket location in the Pietermaritzburg CBD. On the day of my visit there were a number of luxury cars, in...
Butcher Block Restaurant in Pietermaritzburg – A review
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Butcher Block Restaurant in Pietermaritzburg – A review

When my good friend Mary-Anne invited me to join her and her parents for dinner at The Butcher Block Restaurant in Pietermaritzburg recently I didn’t hesitate on taking up their offer knowing from past experience that the food at this establishment is generall...
John Dorys Liberty Midlands Mall – A review
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John Dorys Liberty Midlands Mall – A review

Founded with the intent of making fresh fish and seafood available to the public at affordable prices, the first John Dorys Fish and Grill opened its doors in Durban in 1996 and quickly mushroomed into a national brand with 26 stores in eight provinces. That s...
RJs Steakhouse in Pietermaritzburg – A review
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RJs Steakhouse in Pietermaritzburg – A review

The RJ’s restaurant chain has become a household name in South Africa for a number of years now and is synonymous for producing succulent steaks, mouth-watering ribs and various other types of delicious cuisine. Eager to put these claims to the test I paid a v...
The Olive Tree Coffee Shop – A review
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The Olive Tree Coffee Shop – A review

The Olive Tree Coffee Shop in Pietermaritzburg has been one of my favourite eateries in the KwaZulu-Natal capital for a number of years now, and after my latest lunchtime visit I can happily say that the establishment hasn’t changed its recipe for success. The...
Jimmy’s Killer Prawns in Pietermaritzburg – A review
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Jimmy’s Killer Prawns in Pietermaritzburg – A review

Although I’m not a huge seafood fan my curiosity got the better of me one evening when I decided to pay a visit to a recently opened branch of the Jimmy’s Killer Prawns restaurant chain. The branch in question is situated at the increasingly popular Invesco Ce...
Liberty Midlands Mall Motor Show – A review
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Liberty Midlands Mall Motor Show – A review

Once dubbed ‘Sleepy Hollow’, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal’s capital, has become a vibrant city thanks largely to the establishment of a modern shopping centre there some years ago. Situated on Sanctuary Road, just off the N3 highway, The Liberty Midlands Ma...
Jewel Of India – An exquisite dining experience
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Jewel Of India – An exquisite dining experience

The relatively newly established Invesco Centre in Pietermaritzburg boasts a number of top quality restaurants all offering their own unique brand of cuisine. One of those restaurants, The Jewel of India, was my latest port of call on my travels through KwaZul...
Concert in the Park – A review
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Concert in the Park – A review

Established in the early 1870s for the purpose of conserving and propagating rare and endangered indigenous plants, the National Botanical Gardens in Pietermaritzburg is always a great venue for anyone looking to relax and unwind amongst the beauty of nature. ...
A day out with the cars in the park
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A day out with the cars in the park

Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal’s capital city, is home to many attractions, not least of which is the colourful Alexandra Park, considered for many decades to be the city’s main social activity centre. Established in 1860, the park boasts a dazzling array of ...
The Natal Lion Park – A review
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The Natal Lion Park – A review

It had been quite a while since I’d been on a game drive, five years in fact, so when some friends and I decided to pay the Natal Lion Park a visit recently, I was looking forward to an exciting excursion into the rugged African bushveld. Situated just 25km fr...
Natal Zoological Gardens – Anyone for a trip to the zoo?
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Natal Zoological Gardens – Anyone for a trip to the zoo?

I’ve been an avid animal and nature lover as far back as I can remember, having fond memories of childhood visits to places like the Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) in Durban, the Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve in Howick and various other wildlife s...
Pietermaritzburg Model Engineering Society – A train ride with a difference in Pietermaritzburg
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Pietermaritzburg Model Engineering Society – A train ride with a difference in Pietermaritzburg

Some weeks ago my friend Connor invited me to join him for a visit to the Pietermaritzburg Model Engineering Society (PMES) and since I had never visited the venue before I decided to take him up on his offer. Located in the quiet middle class suburb of Bisley...
The Strelitzia Room restaurant at the Pietermaritzburg Botanical Gardens
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The Strelitzia Room restaurant at the Pietermaritzburg Botanical Gardens

Established in the early 1870s for the purpose of conserving and propagating rare and endangered indigenous plants, the Pietermaritzburg Botanical Gardens is always a great venue for anyone looking to relax and unwind amongst the beauty of nature. Flowers of e...
Piggly Wiggly Coffee Shop – A review
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Piggly Wiggly Coffee Shop – A review

A recent mid morning breakfast with some friends at The Piggly Wiggly Coffee Shop in the beautiful Natal Midlands, proved to be the perfect start to what turned out to be a rather enjoyable and memorable weekend. The drive from Pietermaritzburg to Lion’s River...