Nguni logo element of the cow head with plants and vegetables

welcome to nguni
delicious. hearty. atmospheric.

We are open Monday to Saturday: 18h00 to 22h00. Reservations at Nguni are for two hours as we have two seatings per evening. Please contact us for a reservation.

Restaurant & venue

Pop in at lunch for a decadent treat in the charming courtyard or spoil yourself with fine dining in the beautifully appointed restaurant.


Events & Catering

Catering for party's, wedding's, function's or a meal at your venue of choice, this sought after team turns occasion's into memorable feasts.


River Apartment

A well equipped and central two bedroom ground floor apartment in the highly sought after River Club. Walk to shops & the beach.

Jacqui & natalie

south africans who love food.

Nguni Restaurant, a historical monument, is situated in the centre of Plettenberg Bay town. Serves a distinctly South African menu with creative flair, the Nguni team are passionate about food and only cook with the freshest of local produce, and specialise in coaxing maximum flavour out of every single ingredient.

Nguni Restaurants seats 120 people comfortably.

events & catering with nguni

we Cater for parties, weddings, functions & home meals at your venue of choice.
Nguni river apartment

Relax and stay at our conveniently located two bedroom river club apartment.
a few kind words from

Our Wonderful Customers.

"We had a delicious dinner in Nguni Restaurant. The food is delicious and with some innovative proposal like salmon soy & honey and lamb curry plate. The wine list is varied and qualitative. The desserts lovely. Recommended!."
"Mine was a group of 40 people. Most impressed that every perfectly hand crafted meal was served to all at the same time, piping hot and by the friendliest of waitrons. The fires were lit, the ambiance was second to none, amazing wine flowed."
"Had traditional babootie which I wouldn't normally have. Really tasty, presented in cute little pots and portion was more than enough. The almond ice cream and unconventional apple pie was divine. Great service and venue. Will be back."
Please get in touch

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Nguni Restaurant
A top 10 best restaurant in Plettenberg Bay
Restaurant Guru

nguni cows of south africa.

South Africa’s indigenous Nguni cattle are possibly the most beautiful cattle in the world, with their variously patterned and multicoloured hides.

The ancestors of Nguni cattle were brought by the Nguni people (Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele and Swazi people) during their migration to Southern Africa between 600 and 1400 AD. Since then, these animals have played an important social and economic role in the development of these societies and are used as a bride’s dowry.

The number of animals held by a village or individual determine much of their social status and wealth. King Shaka of the Zulus understood this cultural and economic importance and seized control of the Nguni herds.

Shaka also bred the Ngunis according to colour patterns to produce hides for the several regiments of his army, henceforward recognized by them. His elite personal guard was recognised by pure white, from animals of the royal herd, the Inyonikayiphumuli.

Ngunis are exceptionally sociable. Because they have lived close to humans for centuries, always in the heart of the Zulu kraal, they are tamer than other cattle. As the planet heats up, hardy, indigenous beasts like South Africa’s Nguni’s will be the continent’s cattle of the future.