TOP SPOTS TO STOP DURING A ROAD TRIP!
Planning on road-tripping your way through SA this December? When you live in a country as beautiful as SA, it really is the best way to travel. However, it's important that you take regular stops along the way so you can rest, swop drivers or grab a cup of coffee and some chow. Luckily, South Africa has many hidden gems along most major roadways for you to stop at, stretch the legs and take in a great view.
We've listed below what we think are the top 5 child-friendly rest stops in terms of location, service, food, cleanliness and overall ambience.
1. Milly's, en route to Mbombela, Mpumalanga, N4
If you're heading to the Kruger National Park, be sure to pop in at Milly's and enjoy some good old farmstall fare as well as delicious burgers, wraps, pies and more. The menu also offers a number of plant-based and glutenfree meals.
They also offer idyllic, lakeview accommodation if you and your family need a break from the open road. Each room is well lit and equipped with coffee, tea and Milly's famous rusks.
While you're there you can also check out the trout factory, which is known as one of the only factories in the world to still cut paper-thin sheets of trout by hand.
2. The Windmills, Nottingham Road, en route to Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
The Windmills in-door food market is exactly what South Africa needs in terms of roadside dining. Come and enjoy a wide variety of flavoursome food at their 15 food stalls serving everything from pizza, curry, Mediterranean, burgers and Mexican to vegan-friendly harvest tables, ice-cream and loads more. Anything you need—they've got it. Not to mention the super-fast service.
The market employs locals from around the midlands area and only takes produce from local farmers, creating community upliftment. You can also bring along the kids and your pets and have some fun on the green lawns.
3. Nanaga, near Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, 10-R72-N2 Interchange
About 50km from PE is Nanaga, featuring their famous farmstall which sells roosterkoek, pies, pineapple juice and loads more other delights—perfect for both those on the run and those who want to sit and enjoy a meal. And, if you find yourself there on a Sunday, you'll be able to enjoy some live entertainment.
After your meal, be sure to check out their gift shop that's got everything from soft toys to beaded bracelets, Cape Mohair socks and more. They also sell a number of jams (Fig, blackberry, Gooseberry, strawberry, Watermelon and more) and some of the best home-made treats to tantalise your taste buds
4. Hekpoort Heksie, Magaliesburg, Gauteng, R24
Hekpoort Heksie in Magaliesburg is great for stocking up on chillies, jams, pickles and chicken pies. They also supply chilli products to over 350 different shops in South Africa, including Spas, butcheries, restaurants and even exports to the Netherlands and the USA.
They also have an old school diner that serves simple but tasty food. She will cook food on request but is also famous for her eastern crispy beef salad, prego rolls, chicken pies, curries and more. Not to mention her home-made bread available on the weekends.
5. Bordeaux Restaurant, Colesberg, en route to Cape Town
Bordeaux Restaurant, Colesberg, en route to Cape Town Nestled in the quiet northern cape town of Colesberg is the Bordeaux restaurant where you are guaranteed to have a true gastronomic experience.
The restaurant occupies what was once one of the first houses ever built in the area in 1830. The modern restaurant still retains the charm of the original house, with a warm, inviting atmosphere and attractive gardens.
If you are looking for a tasty road-side meal after a long day on the road, pop in and enjoy a little something from their unique menu, including lamb burgers, mutton pies, bobotie and more. And, for those with a sweet tooth, you can stock up on koeksisters and other home industry treats.