When one of our office colleagues suggested we go to the restaurant at the Gold Museum, Gold provided more than I expected!

Upon entering through the museum entrance, you are welcomed by the large smiles and (even larger) Mali puppet characters, who lead you through the entrance of the actual museum and to the courtyard.

Here we are welcomed by Easy, the drum master from Mali, with bright African printed clothes and a huge amount of patience – considering some of the less co-ordinated characters in our group! We all laugh and learn as Easy gives us a little history of the Djembe drum and attempts to teach us some of the West African rhythms and beats. A superbly enjoyable experience and we had all worked up a solid appetite!

As Easy leaves us, we are all lead through to our tables after a traditional hand wash and I can happily say that we were all not to be disappointed in any way by our dining experience!

The entire menu is served at the table as a set tasting menu of 12 unique and equally special portions. For example, you star with a superb Spiced Tomato Soup with Corn Pot Bread, followed by exquisite Peri-Peri Prawns with Oranges and a mouth watering West-African Peanut Chicken, to name but a few!

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Between the culinary decadent courses, Easy returns banging out beats while singers and dancers entrance you with the magic of African culture and ritual!

To finish, there is a “Boeber”  (a Cape-Malay milk pudding is prepared with sago, vermicelli, sultanas and roasted almonds and flavored with cardamom, cinnamon and vanilla) and Fresh Fruit platters dusted with Gold. One word – YUM!

Each of the 12 dishes are small, portions are not large, but easily enough to leave you feeling satisfied!

While there were a small group in the restaurant, there was a larger group who booked out the upper level of the restaurant, which I am sure would be superb for groups or private occasions.

Having been in the South Africa for some time, I would easily say that besides the wonderful attraction and experience which this obviously is (and we will recommend to future overseas clients) I will also recommend Gold as an experience to both locals and travelers alike.

More than a restaurant, an experience.

Article written by Iain Gomersall, Senior Villa Consultant


South Africa is so excited it can’t spell. SOCCA FEVA has gripped the nation.

Of course it’s been going on for a while – the initial euphoria of selection for the World Cup quickly became an almost religious reverence for ’2010′, a date when all things would change for South Africa. Forever. The showers of gold have not yet materialized, but nonetheless, the next few weeks are likely to be a little different from usual…

The solid gold World Cup trophy has been on a tour of the country, including a venue in Khayelitsha where, incidentally, Alfie’s nanny Thandi helped to make the curtains for the display, thereby making me feel intimately connected to Sepp Blatter.

I’ve even been watching the football. South Africa’s team, Bafana Bafana, are not exactly considered tigers of the world stage but currently remain unbeaten for their last 11 matches. Last week they beat Colombia 2-1, and last night thrashed Guatemala 5-0. It’s extremely exciting, and if the enthusiasm, fancy dress and noise of their fans help, then Bafana Bafana should do well.

Then there’s the visitors, of which at least 370 000 are expected to descend on Cape Town – less than at first predicted, but it seems numbers have been affected by Europe suffering one of its coldest winters for decades. Apparently now that the sun has come out, nobody wants to leave. But winter days here can average around 18˚C, so my advice is to pack a bit of sunscreen as well as a coat and scarf. As a wise man once said, there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.

South African Fans

Incidentally Nandos has caused a satisfying amount of outrage with a series of great adverts urging South Africans not to disappoint tourists’ expectations but for women to go around bare-breasted, men to line up a few more wives and everyone to carry things on their heads. Check them out on YouTube.

Then there’s the physical stuff like the stadiums (yes I know, stadia, but come on) which have been built and tried and tested and frankly look amazing. Transport hubs have been upgraded and created and whole new systems introduced. New bridges have been built, hotels have sprung up and there’s a fabulous ‘Fan Walk’ from the city centre out to the stadium in Greenpoint.

Auditions have been held for buskers, from imbongis (folk poets/ praise singers) to jugglers, magicians, rappers, rock bands, opera singers, drummers and dancers. Buildings have had facelifts, roadsides have been primped and flowerbeds tweaked across town, security has been beefed up, information centres established and lots of acronyms made up for things that people didn’t understand in the first place.

There’s a 31 day party planned in the International Convention Centre as Cool Britannia take over the whole venue from noon each day to the early hours of the morning, bringing in the likes of Fatboy Slim and Dizzee Rascal to perform to thousands each night. There’s Fan Parks dotted across the city offering huge screens, live music from top SA bands and DJs, laser light displays, food stalls and yes, plenty of booze.

2010 FIFA World Cup Fans

There are more themed spectator zones in the Waterfront – indoor, outdoor and even on the roof. There’s also a 50m high fully-illuminated observation wheel going up, recently pinched from the Champs Elysees in Paris.

I still know nothing about football, but I’m desperately excited about all the trimmings, and I’m planning to explore every aspect. But other than that everything will of course carry on as normal. Just… um … apologies in advance if I don’t answer emails straight away or if my voice is a little hoarse on the phone.

Now where’s my vuvuzela?

Article written by Daisy Ions of Whats on in Cape Town – see