5 restaurants incontournables à Johannesburg

Parmi les choses que l’on préfère avec mon mari lorsque l’on voyage, c’est de trouver de bons (très bons) restaurants. Cela ne signifie pas forcément dépenser des fortunes, on alterne les adresses fancy et les bons plans des insiders . Ce qui compte : trouver des bonnes tables où notre gourmandise pourra être satisfaite, et notre inspiration titillée . Lors de notre séjour à Johannesburg, on a été gâté il faut le dire. Cette ville offre ce que l’on peut appeler une véritable food scene, avec un choix importants de bonnes tables. Le niveau est élevé et on a pas été déçu du voyage. Voici 5 adresses qui nous ont offert un excellent moment culinaire.

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Pablo House à Johannesbourg

Situé dans le quartier de Melville, le guesthouse Pablo House fut un véritable coup de cœur. Cette jolie maison avec une vue à presque 360° à couper le souffle, propose 7 chambres décorées avec goût et aux lits super confortables. C’est joli, calme, et on aurait presque l’impression d’avoir quitté la trépidante Johannesbourg !

Melville est un quartier jeune , et de plus en plus populaire, situé non loin du centre-ville, on y trouve de nombreux restaurants de toute gamme, et des bars trendy.

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Karenge Bush Camp : glamping à l’Akagera

En Kinyarwanda, le mot Karenge signifie petites empreintes et c’est tout le concept de cet éco-lodge éphémère qui s’installe au milieu de la savane deux fois par an pour quelques semaines : ne laisser aucune trace lorsqu’il sera démonté et donc ne pas impacter l’environnement merveilleux où il est installé temporairement . Situé au nord du parc de l’Akagera, le Karenge Bush camp vous offre l’opporunité de camper dans un certain confort tout en étant au beau milieu du bush. C’est une expérience merveilleuse et unique.

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Paradis Kivu Resort in Gisenyi

If you know Gisenyi, you know the emblematic Paradis Malahide. Since few months, the owner of this hotel has opened a new one,  called Paradis Kivu Resort. You will recognize the design style but here it is with a little bit more of luxury. Located after the Bralirwa, near the Congo Nile Trail , Kivu Paradis is a little gem on the shore of Lake Kivu . When you arrive, you will walk to a little path surrounded by luxuriant plants and flowers to join the lobby of the hotel. You will immediately feel all the serenity and calm this place has to offer.

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5 things to do in Watamu

Watamu is a small town that lies on the wonderful coast of Kenya, 2 hours drive from Mombasa and 1h from Malindi. There, it is a postcard landscape : you will find white sand beaches and coral formations in the different bays and beaches of the town. The area is considered as the third most beautiful beach of Africa and is a true gem, not yet ruined by massive tourism. And it is so much more than just a stunning beach! Follow the guide for a great experience in Watamu!

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5 things to do in Musanze ( excluding gorillas trek)

The northern province capital city is located two hours drive from Kigali. The journey up to Musanze passes through some stunning scenery and you will probably stop often to admire the famous thousands hills. And the beautiful postcard’s landscapes continue when you reach the city. On your right you can enjoy the view of  the volcanoes. They are all there just outside of the city, seeming close to you.  Sometimes they are hidden by the clouds, sometimes they are totally visible and it is just stunning. 

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Airbnb experience : beautiful apartment in Watamu

Watamu is a lovely town at 2h30 drive from Mombasa. Here you will find one of the most beautiful beach in Africa . We spent 10 days there and it was a blast, we visited the Mangrove forest, the Gedi Ruins but also did snorkeling in this beautiful Indian Ocean. We choose to book through Airbnb, with our daughters it is really our favorite kind of stay. We can follow our own rhythm and during the stay we feel like really living in the city we visit !

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Koko Club : the kids friendly café in Kigali.

Founded by parents, the concept behind Koko Club was to have a space where kids can play together safely, while parent can chill with good and healthy food. The place is awesome and with my family, it is clearly our new Sunday ‘s spot.

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La Locanda : the lovely guesthouse in Musanze

I heard about La Locanda  few months ago, and it is always with nice comments. So when I decided to visit Musanze, I couldn’t choose an other place to stay. And the rumor were true, La Locanda is a hidden gem where you feel at home and privileged with the care you receive from Alberto, the owner.  It has a warm, welcoming atmosphere and you will really feel good there.

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Ibaba : embroidery made in Rwanda

Last week, I visited the Ibaba workshop in Rutongo and was totally amazed. I placed a customized order few weeks ago for a friend of mine who is expecting her first baby and I decided to go to the workshop to take my order instead of waiting in Kigali. I already knew their products but seeing the ladies behind the wonderful embroideries was so great.

Ibaba Rwanda is a social enterprise empowering women with a beautiful story. During the seventies, in Rutongo, Belgian nuns started to teach embroidery to help young women from the village . After the training, they could start working in the workshop earning a salary and adding an income for their families. This great initiative represented for many years a great source of empowerment for women of Rutongo . The women of Rutongo had an incredible expertise in embroidery and they were known beyond Rwanda’s borders. Having an embroidered piece from them was a must.

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