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If you are travelling to South Africa with a child under 18, you will need to have a birth certificate for the child which includes the names of both parents as they are on the parents' passports. They are very strict about this and will not let you in without it.

For a detailed look at the rules, including what is needed for a child travelling with only one parent or alone see here


Cape Town

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Restaurants


Avron's Place (Sea Point)
The longest running kosher meat restaurant in South Africa, Avron’s Place on Sea Point’s Regent Road is a very popular choice amongst Cape Town’s Orthodox Jewish community. The humbly adorned, family-friendly eatery, which is supervised by the Beth Din, serves a wide variety of dishes, including beef ribs, burgers, mixed grills, boerewors, Cape lamb curry, vegetarian platters, pastas and sushi. Though prices are generally rather reasonable (particularly by kosher food standards), Avron’s drops costs further on Tuesdays with a special on its beef burger and chips (R49 instead of the usual R59). The restaurant also does takeaways and catering for functions and will gladly pack Shabbat meals for visitors to Cape Town. For the Sephardim the meat is Bet Yosef. But check to make sure.
Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 11am – 3pm; 5pm – 10pm; Friday: 11am – 2:30pm
19 – 33 Regent Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 439 7610
https://www.zomato.com/capetown/avrons-place-sea-point/menu.


The Press (Sea Point) Restaurant and Bar (many craft beers on tap)


Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday: noon – late Friday: 11am – 3pm Sat night: 1 hour after Shabbat till late
176 Main Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 434 7724



Coffee Time (Gardens)
Set in an old house in a lush, garden environment, this kosher milchik coffee shop is a fine option for a relaxing breakfast, brunch or lunch on a sunny day. Guests can sit outside on the lawn while enjoying stunning views of Table Mountain and tucking into anything from a scrambled egg, salmon and humus wrap or fish bobotie with homemade chutney to tuna lasagne, a sandwich, salad, quiche or smoothie. The eatery runs an early-morning special between 8am and 11am (a combo of two eggs, grilled tomato and mushrooms goes for R25) and also serves a delicious, and incredibly popular, buffet lunch every Wednesday between 12:30pm and 2:30pm. For those will allergies, there are gluten-free and sugar-free options, and Coffee Time caters for functions – think weddings, bat/bar mitzvahs or birthdays – too. As the cherry on the kosher cake, all proceeds from the restaurant go to supporting the Astra Centre, which aims to provide employment for those with mental illnesses and special needs, so diners can rest assured their meal is helping out a good cause.
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday: 8am – 3:30pm; Friday: 8am – 3pm
20 Breda Street | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 461 8414


Café Riteve (Gardens)
This charming milchik café, which was founded in 2000, is conveniently located right in the heart of town on a piazza that’s part of the same centre as the historical Gardens Shul, the South African Jewish Museum, the Cape Town Holocaust Centre and the Jacob Gitlin Library. The menu is large and varied and includes items like a three-egg omelette, sushi salad, grilled hake, falafel with dukkah wedges and humus, tuna and mushroom cannelloni, smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwich and chocolate ganache-filled croissant. For the thirsty, the eatery also sells a range of shakes and juices as well as kosher wine and liquors. It caters for special occasions and offers takeaways, but unfortunately doesn’t deliver; though, considering that the interior is tastefully adorned and the ambience inviting, Jewish diners will likely want to spend some time at the café in any case.They had some CY, just ask. The earlier you go the more likely the have.
Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 8:30am – 5pm; Friday: 8:30am – 3pm
88 Hatfield Street | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 465 1594
https://www.zomato.com/capetown/cafe-riteve-gardens/menu.


Goldies Deli and Diner (Sea Point)
Started by Goldie Wener back in 1992, this popular kosher food spot has evolved over time from a small home business to include a meat and parev deli, a sit-down diner and a bakery. The simple but flavourful fare is still made from Goldie’s grandmother’s recipes, and options include burgers, steak rolls, schwarmas, bagels, salads, fish cakes, breakfast plates and more. Plus, there are specials every Wednesday and Friday (these change weekly but you can look forward to deals like a three-course meal for four for R120) and there’s also a very affordable seniors menu for elderly individuals living in and around the area (delivery is free in Sea Point). The bakery stocks delectable treats like carrot cake, cinnamon twists, chocolate brownies, doughnuts, cupcakes, apple crumble, croissants and teiglach. Kosher Cape Town dwellers can also place orders for Shabbat meals if they don’t have the time to prepare the dishes themselves.
Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 8:30am – 8pm; Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm
174 Main Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 439 3008
https://www.zomato.com/capetown/goldies-deli-sea-point/menu.



Baskin Robbins @ Mojo Market (Sea Point)
Note: This is the only kosher B & R
All ice creams, ice cream cones, milkshakes and waffles are Kosher, milchik.
The following topping ONLY are kosher: Crushed Almonds, Crushed Cashews, Fudge, Mini Astros, Mint Crunch
NB: Cakes are NOT KOSHER

Bakeries, Groceries & Ice Cream
Checkers Sea Point- 76 Regent Road - They have a large selection of kosher products including a kosher take out and bakery.
Spar Sea Point - 96 Regent Road - They have a large selection of kosher products including a kosher take out and bakery.

Shuls

Hotels with Points near a Shul (Walking Minutes)
Protea Sea Point

Airport Transfer Options
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Major Activities
Boulders Beach
   - For budget travelers, take the train to Simonstown and from there a cab to Boulders beach - R20.
    - 35 mins from CPT
    - Can hop fence
    - "I found that there were two different entrances, boardwalk and beach. The boardwalk has a higher density of penguins but if you want a better experience, I recommend visiting the beach side- especially at low tide. Because of the tide I was able to walk past the few dozen folks on the beach, climb under and over some boulders, and encounter effectively a different private beach- with penguins!!"
Betty’s Bay
    - a less crowded, and not as known, boulders beach with penguins
Chapman's Peak Drive
   - Beautiful scenery, you have the mountain on one side and the ocean on the other side, great pics, great to make a BBQ come during daylight hours.
    - 45 rand per car
    - 45 mins from CPT
Cape of Good Hope/Cape Point
    - LONG but AMAZING drive
    - almost a full day activity
    - 135 rand pp
    - 1.5 hours from CPT
Lions Head (Hike - not difficult)
    - paragliding - around $85 (prices might be outdated)
        - BOOK AHEAD
Robben Island
Table Mountain (Cable car or hike)
    - Follow on Twitter for updates on if open or closed
    - Can repel down
        - 895 rand pp (prices might be outdated)
            - repel for like 15 mins
            - hike back up is 25 mins
    - Chairlift costs 255 rand pp
    - Closes 6pm
    - BOOK IN ADVANCE
Signal Hill (go there for a sunset with bit more a "local" flavor.
V & A Waterfront
The Garden Route - long scenic drive
Kirstenbosch Gardens
Shark Diving
  - Can do so in Gansbaii
  - $88 +$34 for video (prices might be outdated)
  - 2 hour drive from CPT
  - Links:1, 2, 3
Sandboarding
   - Bring goggles!
Skydiving
   - Price: $170 (prices might be outdated)
   - Cheaper
Quad Biking (ATVs)
Hout Bay market
Cango Wildlife Ranch
Cheetah outreach
    - where you can go and pet cheetahs and other animals super cool
Winelands : [Likely way more then listed but those are the few I remember]
(Might be worthwhile to make a trip to the winelands, even if one does not enjoy wine, for the scenery. Only about an hour or two from CPT)
      - Franschoek
      - Kosher wineries:
          - Kleine Dracken
          - backsberg

Johannesburg

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Restaurants
http://www.uos.co.za/kashrut/restaurants.asp

http://yeahthatskosher.com/2013/04/kosher-restaurants-travel-advice-for-johannesburg-south-africa-joberg/

Map of Kosher Johannesburg

Corner Cafe (Glenhazel)
Corner Café is the best place to go (or maybe the only) for kosher gluten free muffins. I’m told they’re very good. They also have great breakfasts and pastas, but I usually stick with a toasted cheese and chips.
Corner of Queens square and cross road in Glenhazel, Phone: +27 11 440-3160.
https://www.zomato.com/johannesburg/corner-cafe-glenhazel


Dee-Jays (Sandton)
Dee-Jays provides casual dairy food that is perfect for a breakfast out with the family. Their fishballs are really good and if you need a cake in the Sandton area, they’re the place to go.
Morningview Shopping Centre, 100 South Road, 2196, South Africa. Phone: +27 11 883-2265.
https://www.zomato.com/johannesburg/deejays-deli-morningside.


Market Cafe (Norood Mall)
cholov Yisroel cafe

KosherWorld, Mi Vami Kosher and Chop N Wok (Glenhazel)
1 Long Avenue, Johannesburg, 2192, South Africa. Phone: +27 11 440 1402.
http://www.kosherworld.co.za/Mivami.aspx & http://www.kosherworld.co.za/ChopandWok.aspx.


Brioche (Glenhazel)
Brioche is a new (as of July 2016) non chalav yisrael (with CY options) dairy place across the street from Kosher World. It's quite fancy and more expensive than Michelos, though still cheap by American standards at ~R15:$1. Their 6 textures of dark chocolate dessert was out of this world.
53 Ridge Ave, Johannesburg, 2192, South Africa. Phone: +27 11 028 1244/55.

Gelatisimo (Glenhazel)
Across the road from Kosher World, authentic Italian gelato. Chalav Yisroel. Absolutely fantastic.

Michelos (Glenhazel)
Michelos is the second best pizza restaurant. They are very centrally located (in the Jewish area of Glenhazel) and their food is nice. Never go there the night after Pesach because you’ll wait hours but most other times are good, plus they serve chalav yisrael.
17 Northfield Ave, Johannesburg, 2192, South Africa. Phone: +27 11 885-1500.
https://www.zomato.com/johannesburg/michelos-pizzeria-glenhazel/menu.


Nandos Kosher (Savoy)
Nandos is a large chain of Portuguese chicken restaurants, but there is only one kosher Nandos in South Africa, so be aware that you can’t step into any of them! They serve top notch chicken but be sure to also try their beef burger (and order extra sauce).
553 Louis Botha Ave, Savoy, Johannesburg, 2090, South Africa. Phone: +27 11 885-1496.
https://www.yumbi.com/menu/stores-1285/view/Nandos-Kosher.


Next Door "Non-CY" (Norwood)
Next Door is rated as a top restaurant in Johannesburg, kosher and not, so you know it must be pretty good. It is usually full so booking is highly recommended. While their sushi may not be top class, their pizzas certainly are and, if you’re around in Summer, definitely try their fish braai (barbeque in South African).
80 Grant Ave, Johannesburg, 2192, South Africa. Phone: +27 11 728-2577.
https://www.zomato.com/johannesburg/next-door-norwood.


Pie Works (Sandringham)
Their pies (clearly) are the best kosher pies in the country and are perfect if you want to buy some to take home and reheat. Their burgers are delicious and the have a milk side with pizza that is really good. They’re situated on what is known as the Kosher Strip, so any Jew will be able to direct you.
74 George Ave, Johannesburg, 2192, South Africa. +27 11 485 2447.
http://www.thepieworks.co.za/.


RTG "Ready to Go" (Norwood)
A fast food place next door to ... Next Door. While they do offer steak and a Chinese menu, the focus is their extensive burger and hot dog menu.

The Deli Store (Sandton)
Reviewed in CBS's TR, as having excellent food for very low prices.
Shop 52, (opposite Woolworths) Morning Glen Shopping Mall Cnr Bowling & Kelvin Road Gallo Manor, Phone: 011-656-3142 / 4915.
Email: info@thedelistore.co.za, http://thedelistore.co.za/menus/main-menu/.


So Sushi (Glenhazel)

Jozi Blue (Glenhazel)
They have some items Cholov Yisroel, which they will serve on disposables on request

Bakeries, Groceries & Ice Cream
Kosher World - http://www.kosherworld.co.za/

Shuls

Hotels with Points near a Shul (Walking Minutes)

Airport Transfer Options
Cab - Uber
Executive Bus - Shuttle from HLA airport to anywhere in Sandton for R80 per person.
Public Bus -
Train - Gautrain from JNB airport is R135-155 depending on destination. Must purchase gold card before for R13.

Major Activities
Apartheid Museum
Flea Market
Gold Reef City - amusement park, along with other African themed attractions (tribal dancing, old "gold mine tour")
Lion Park - see lions from your car up close, pet lion cubs.
Monte Casino - Casino and shopping mall, with cool "outdoor" Tuscan style
Soweto Tour
Pilanesberg Safari- If you can't make it to Kruger for malaria, time or other concerns,  this is a much smaller park with less wildlife, and not as good of an experience, but definitely well worth it. About 2 hours out of Joburg, it can be done in your own vehicle, but will be a lot better with a guided game drive.
Sun City Right outside of Pilansberg
Elephant & Monkey Sanctuary- About an hour out of Joburg. Get close to elephants, touch, feed and ride them. The monkey sanctuary has a massive enclosure with hundreds of various monkeys and lemurs. No feeding or touching, unless one jumps on you. If you do go to Pilansberg, this can be done on the way.

Kruger National Park

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Tour Options

Major Activities

Near Kruger:

The Panoramic Route includes a half dozen waterfalls; Lisbon, Horseshoe, Bridal Vail, Mac Mac, Sabie and others; The Potholes, G-d's Window, Wonder View, The Pinnacle, The Three Rondawels and views of the stunning Blyde River Canyon (third largest canyon in the world).

AJK SA trip route planning - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=33867.msg669659#msg669659.
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Re: South Africa Master Thread
« Reply #1410 on: November 11, 2018, 08:32:31 AM »
Is it worth travelling there from israel just for that?

We travelled there from New York through Abu Dhabi for that. A 30 hour journey each way in economy class. Don’t think I would do that again in economy at this stage. It was on the Etihad mistake fare.

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« Reply #1411 on: November 11, 2018, 08:33:49 AM »
We travelled there from New York through Abu Dhabi for that. A 30 hour journey each way in economy class. Don’t think I would do that again in economy at this stage. It was on the Etihad mistake fare.
Pretty crazy. I guess it’s really nice then.... thanks!

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Re: South Africa Master Thread
« Reply #1412 on: November 11, 2018, 11:23:11 AM »
There's lots to do in two weeks without safaris, but it's a shame, especially if it's unlikely you'll get another chance to do it. May I ask why you are excluding them?
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« Reply #1413 on: November 11, 2018, 11:40:48 AM »
Mainly cause it was never on mine or wife's list of interests...

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« Reply #1414 on: November 11, 2018, 12:40:43 PM »
There's lots to do in two weeks without safaris, but it's a shame, especially if it's unlikely you'll get another chance to do it. May I ask why you are excluding them?

Yup with extra 2-3 days I would have opted to do KNP as well. Didn’t have the time and had to choose.

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Re: South Africa Master Thread
« Reply #1415 on: November 14, 2018, 09:55:08 PM »
So I’ll be flying into JNB on a Monday morning and catching a connecting flight to VFA. I was planning on spending a half day to a full day at the falls and then ideally 3 full days doing safari in either Kruger or Chobe. An issue I’m running into is that flights to CPT on Friday from VFA are almost non existent or the non stop is very expensive. Any ideas or suggestions on what I can do?

I’m also interested in any guidance on how to book the safari part with a tour company. Did you all just google it or any recommendations?

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« Reply #1416 on: December 03, 2018, 01:32:02 PM »
For those of you looking to go to Pilanesberg because of Malaria, I wanted to share where I stayed a month ago as I did not see any mentions of it here.
It is called Tshukudu Bush Lodge (https://www.legacyhotels.co.za/hotels/tshukudu-bush-lodge), not to confuse with Tshukudu Game Lodge.
They offer a very exclusive and incredible experience. There are 10 rooms and we were 7 guests on the property (max. is 20). It is not cheap, but it is worth every penny. It is also the only lodge inside Pilanesberg so they are not limited to opening times.
There are 2 4-hour game drives per day and they will go as far as making your favorite cocktail in the middle of the drive.
Everything is inclusive and they were very helpful with kosher food (I had to bring everything).
Feel free to send me a message if you'd like their brochure or daily schedule.
I have no relations to them but I'm planning on going back!

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Re: South Africa Master Thread
« Reply #1417 on: December 03, 2018, 05:54:06 PM »
I'm speaking with a safari planner and he's quoting me ~$500 day/per person for Thornybush Park in Kruger. Seems very pricey to me, I was expecting to pay somewhere in the ~$300 range per day but he says going to cheap would result in a worse experience with the game viewing. Do I need to adjust expectations? We wouldn't even be eating the food they provide and he says they can't reduce the price for that.

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Re: South Africa Master Thread
« Reply #1418 on: December 03, 2018, 09:02:14 PM »


I'm speaking with a safari planner and he's quoting me ~$500 day/per person for Thornybush Park in Kruger. Seems very pricey to me, I was expecting to pay somewhere in the ~$300 range per day but he says going to cheap would result in a worse experience with the game viewing. Do I need to adjust expectations? We wouldn't even be eating the food they provide and he says they can't reduce the price for that.

Seems about right. You can probably get a little less luxury in the $400 per day/per person range with the game viewing quality not being decreased. Pricing obviously depends on the season as well.

Either way, Thornybush does not seem to be connected to Kruger. I'd recommend a reserve that is.

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Re: South Africa Master Thread
« Reply #1419 on: December 04, 2018, 01:13:43 PM »

Seems about right. You can probably get a little less luxury in the $400 per day/per person range with the game viewing quality not being decreased. Pricing obviously depends on the season as well.

Either way, Thornybush does not seem to be connected to Kruger. I'd recommend a reserve that is.

I'm going in January, don't know if that's the peak season or not. We can forgo the luxury aspect a bit if it doesn't compromise the game viewing quality.

Can you explain the difference with Thornybush? I thought it's inside Kruger?

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Re: South Africa Master Thread
« Reply #1420 on: December 04, 2018, 01:22:39 PM »
I'm going in January, don't know if that's the peak season or not. We can forgo the luxury aspect a bit if it doesn't compromise the game viewing quality.

Can you explain the difference with Thornybush? I thought it's inside Kruger?
Kruger is a national park. Generally, there are no private reserves within the national park. However, there are private reserves that border Kruger and since there are no fences between them and Kruger animals are free to go between them.

There are other private reserves that don't border Kruger, and from a look at the map it seems Thornybush is one of them.

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Re: South Africa Master Thread
« Reply #1421 on: December 04, 2018, 01:35:28 PM »
Kruger is a national park. Generally, there are no private reserves within the national park. However, there are private reserves that border Kruger and since there are no fences between them and Kruger animals are free to go between them.

There are other private reserves that don't border Kruger, and from a look at the map it seems Thornybush is one of them.

Gotcha, but all in all you're saying Kruger would have better game viewing. I wonder why the guide suggested Thornybush then...

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Re: South Africa Master Thread
« Reply #1422 on: December 04, 2018, 01:53:31 PM »


Gotcha, but all in all you're saying Kruger would have better game viewing. I wonder why the guide suggested Thornybush then...
Personally, I've been to Notten's Bush Camp which seems perfect based on your description. It is within the Sabi Sands reserve which is open to Kruger and when we were there in Feb. '17 we paid approx $350-400 per day/per person IIRC.

It is not as luxurious as other camps though. Most notably it doesn't have AC (officially it's intentional so that it gives a rustic feel...).

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Re: South Africa Master Thread
« Reply #1423 on: December 06, 2018, 12:20:37 PM »
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Many have mentioned Morasha in Sea Point as THE place to daven.
It's my home when in Africa and still my family's shul.  They had a terrible fire 2 nights ago with all 7 Sifrei Torah destroyed.
This https://www.charidy.com/morashachai campaign was just launched.  1 USD = ZAR 14.12 please do help them if you can

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Re: South Africa Master Thread
« Reply #1424 on: December 06, 2018, 12:55:36 PM »
Moderators feel free to delete if this isn't the right place.

Many have mentioned Morasha in Sea Point as THE place to daven.
It's my home when in Africa and still my family's shul.  They had a terrible fire 2 nights ago with all 7 Sifrei Torah destroyed.
This https://www.charidy.com/morashachai campaign was just launched.  1 USD = ZAR 14.12 please do help them if you can
Thanks for posting. I think it's apropot. Many people here have gone to Cape Town to visit and have davened at Morasha. Hopefully people can help.