Bubbly Fridays at Emnotweni Sun

There are surprisingly few picturesque places to enjoy a sundowner in Mbombela, but the Emnotweni Sun is one of them. Every third Friday of the month sample a méthode cap classique with canapés and live music for R150, served between 5pm and 8.30pm.

Every third Friday of the month
15 Government Boulevard, Riverside Park, Nelspruit
013 757 3000

Rottcher Winery

This orange winery has a colourful history — in the early 20th century, since no grapes were available locally, communion wine was made from citrus by the original Mr Rottcher, a German immigrant. Although the family no longer operate from the original citrus farm, that hasn’t stopped them from innovating. Try the brand-new orange gin, or stock up on the Limoncello from the retail store, perfect for chilling out on sizzling Lowveld summer afternoons.

Open daily
Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre, R40, White River
031 751 3472

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Protea Hotel Kruger Gate

This hotel is situated a stone’s throw from the Paul Kruger Gate (outside of the park), and it’s well worth making it a sundowner pit stop simply for the spectacular setting of the wooden viewing deck and bar, overlooking the Sabie River. Get there early to secure one of the raised hides to spot game.

Open daily
Portia Shabangu Road
013 735 5671

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Wild About Whisky

Connoisseurs will be spoilt for choice at this one-stop whisky shop, which boasts the largest whisky menu in the southern hemisphere, with more than 1 100 bottles. The bulk of the collection comprises Scotch single malts and blends, but it also includes Irish, Japanese, American, Indian, Australian, Welsh, Belgian, Canadian, and South African whiskies. Choose from one of more than 30 tasting menus, from Japanese Nikka and Taiwanese Kavalan, to a comparative platter of 18-year-olds, or a stroll through Islay’s notoriously punchy malts. The retail store and online shopping facility offer convenient gift shopping. The owners are dedicated to the whisky cause, and are constantly sourcing new and innovative products from across the globe, so no two visits will be the same.

Open daily
Auldstone House, 506 Naledi Drive, Dullstroom
013 254 0066

Sabie Brewing Company

Co-owner and Brewer Shaun McCartney left a career as a forester and fresh-water ecologist to learn how to brew beer. Now, together with his two business partners, he applies his scientific knowledge to brewing beer. There are seven beers on tap in this restored heritage building, and each has an historical tale to tell from the region. Try the beautifully bitter Drevidian Draught, and for something different, the Monkey Apple Cider is a refreshing delight, while the restaurant’s good old pub grub is delicious. 

Open daily
45 Main Road, Sabie
013 764 1005

Image: Hennie Homann
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