Insiders

Influencers from the worlds of business, non-profit, media, culture, sport and entertainment share their recommendations with you.

Nouakchott | Gallery Owner
Portuguese born owner of the Zeinart contemporary art gallery exhibiting the work of local artists and artisans.
Website | Instagram | Facebook

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Maison d’hôtes Jeloua Nouakchott Stay

La Palmeraie Cafe & Bakery Nouakchott Eat & Drink

Galerie Zeinart Nouakchott Shop

Hotel Semiramis Centre Ville Nouakchott Stay

Tafarit Sun House Nouakchott Eat & Drink

Accra | Visual Arts
Communications Manager, Arts & Special Projects Africa at Sir David Adjaye & Associates Limited.
Website

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Front/Back Accra Eat & Drink

Le Maison Ghana AccraShop

The Shop Accra by EyetsaAccraShop

KukunAccraEat & Drink

RepublicAccraEat & Drink

Coco LoungeAccraEat & Drink

Egypt | Entrepreneurs
Co-founders of Bellies-en-Route. Egypt’s first specialized food tour company.
Website | Instagram

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Bellies En-Route Cairo Eat & Drink

Fasahet SumayaCairoEat & Drink

Luanda | Entrepreneur
Co-founder and managing director of LNL, Angola’s largest food & tourism platform. Lover of food, travel, and football.
Website | Instagram

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Roça das MangueirasLuandaStay

Dom BoscoLuandaGive Back

JunkemboLuandaEat & Drink

Brasserie Bento LuandaEat & Drink

Feira de Artesanato Urban de AngolaLuandaShop

London | Art expert

Head of Modern and Contemporary African Art at Sotheby’s international auction house.
Website | Instagram | Twitter

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Montebello Design CentreCape TownShop

AAF African Artists' FoundationLagosSee & Do

Norval Foundation Cape TownSee & Do

Constitutional Court of South Africa JohannesburgSee & Do

Zeitz MOCAACape TownSee & Do

NOK by AlaraLagosEat & Drink

Copenhagen & London | Editor
Born in Zambia, raised between Africa and Denmark. Editor of Ogojiii, a media platform dedicated to African design, architecture and innovation.
Website | Instagram

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Domboshawa Mountains Harare See & Do

The Leopard JohannesburgEat & Drink

Bean There JohannesburgEat & Drink

Abidjan | Entrepreneur
Director and Co-founder of Kenté Sky Spa, one of Abidjan’s leading spa’s.
Website | Facebook | Instagram

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Bushman Café Hotel Abidjan Stay

Angus Restaurant Abidjan Eat & Drink

Comptoir des Artisans Abidjan Shop

Kinshasa | Entrepreneur
Born and raised between Africa and Europe. Founder of AIB, a multi-national insurance brokerage operational in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Website

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Hotel ELAÏS, Kinshasa Kinshasa Stay

Symphonie Des Arts Kinshasa Shop

Le Cercle Gourmand Kinshasa Eat & Drink

Kwanza Lodge Luanda See & Do

Lagos | Fashion Designer
Founder of Nigerian unisex label, Orange Culture, the first Nigerian brand to show at London Fashion Week Men’s and 2014 finalist for the LVMH prize.
Instagram

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Terra Kulture Lagos See & Do

The Wheatbaker Lagos Stay

Shiro Lagos Lagos Eat & Drink

New Afrika Shrine Lagos See & Do

Temple Muse Lagos Shop

Lekki Market Lagos Shop

Dar es Salaam & Nairobi | Entrepreneurs
Co-founders of Industrie Africa. A platform providing a comprehensive database of fashion designers from across the continent.
Website | Instagram

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Designing Africa Collective Nairobi Shop

Elle Lokko Accra Shop

ALARA Lagos Shop

Merchants on Long Cape Town Shop

The Green Room Dar es Salaam Shop

Bold Kampala Shop

Port Louis | Educationalist
Ghanaian who has lived and worked in 10 African countries. Founder and CEO of the
African Leadership University.
Website

RECOMMENDATIONS:

La Potiniere Port Louis Eat & Drink

Grand Baie Bazaar Port Louis Shop

My Moris Port Louis See & Do

Nairobi | Entrepreneur
Founder of Vivo Activewear, Kenyan Fashion Brand of the Year 2017, and one of the first investors on the Kenyan edition of Dragons’ Den (Lions’ Den).
Website | Instagram

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Adele Dejak Nairobi Shop

Hob House NairobiStay

Seven Seafood & Grill NairobiEat & Drink

SHOFCONairobiGive Back

Afro Latin Social NairobiSee & Do

Abuja | Hotelier
Danish businessman and a leading Nigerian hotel entrepreneur. He is co-owner of Nordic Hotels.
Website| Instagram

RECOMMENDATIONS:

The Nordic Villa Abuja Stay

Ventures Park Abuja See & Do

BluCabana Abuja Eat & Drink

Abuja Arts And Craft Village Abuja Shop

Thomas & Ray Whiskey BarAbujaEat & Drink

Thought Pyramid Art CentreAbujaSee & Do

Lagos | Entrepreneur
Founder and CEO of the Nigerian kidswear retailer, Ruff ‘n’ Tumble, role model and mentor.
Website | Instagram

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Terra Kulture Lagos See & Do

Shiro Lagos Lagos Eat & Drink

Craft Gourmet Lagos Eat & Drink

The George Lagos Stay

R.S.V.P. Lagos Eat & Drink

Brussels | Entrepreneur
Owner of Somex, a trading company active in 27 African countries, and Burning Man enthusiast.
Website | So’ToysBurning Man

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Louvre Grand Hotel Addis Ababa Stay

Restaurant Lagon 1 Dakar Eat & Drink

Le Quai Abidjan Eat & Drink

Hotel Pullman Dakar Teranga Dakar Stay

Terrou-Bi Dakar Stay

Le FiljimAbidjanEat & Drink

Accra | Entrepreneurs
Sisters and co-founders of ‘57 Chocolate, an artisanal bean to bar chocolate business selling locally made, quality chocolate.
Website | Instagram| Facebook | Twitter

RECOMMENDATIONS:

’57 Chocolate Accra See & Do

The Girls Education Initiative of Ghana Accra Give Back

Front/Back Accra Eat & Drink

Nairobi | Journalist
Former East Africa correspondent for The Financial Times, Arsenal fan and hiker.
Twitter

RECOMMENDATIONS:

The Emin Pasha Hotel Kampala Stay

Kigali Genocide Memorial Kigali See & Do

Addis Regency Hotel Addis Ababa Stay

Okapi Hotel KigaliStay

AbucciAddis AbabaEat & Drink

Nairobi | Professional Investor
Partner at TIA, an investment firm focused on credit-based investments across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Website

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Latitude 15 Lusaka Stay

Tribal Gallery NairobiShop

One Off Contemporary NairobiSee & Do

Il PatioKampalaEat & Drink

Abidjan | Gallery Owner
Parisian-born owner of galleries in Abidjan and Dakar.
Website | Twitter | Instagram

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Bushman Café Hotel Abidjan Stay

Kajazoma Abidjan Eat & Drink

La Baie des Sirens Abidjan See & Do

Jean Servais Somian Design Abidjan See & Do

Maputo | Entrepreneur
Founder of Ants, a platform promoting creative disciplines from Africa and the world in Johannesburg and Maputo.
Website| Instagram

RECOMMENDATIONS:

FEIMA Maputo Shop

Polana Serena Hotel Maputo Stay

Txhapo Txhapo Maputo Eat & Drink

Botanica Maputo Eat & Drink

Pancho Guedes tour Maputo See & Do

Casa Elefante Maputo Shop

Port Louis | Designer
Designer for the internationally-known Mavros brand, managing his jewelry studio and atelier from the island.
Website| Instagram

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel Port Louis Stay

Fortune Eight Restaurant Port Louis Eat & Drink

My Moris Port Louis See & Do

Institute of Contemporary Art Indian Ocean Port Louis See & Do

New York | Entrepreneur
Ethiopian supermodel, actress, designer and maternal health advocate. Founder and Creative Director of the lemlem brand and the lemlem Foundation.
Website | Instagram

RECOMMENDATIONS:

ZOMA Museum Addis Ababa See & Do

The Sheraton Addis Hotel Addis Ababa Stay

Ristorante Castelli Addis Ababa Eat & Drink

Entoto Hill Addis Ababa See & Do

lemlem foundation Addis Ababa Give Back

Shiro Meda Addis Ababa Shop

Kigali/Paris | Architect
Architect and designer working in Kigali and Paris, who advocates cultural design and homegrown solutions.
Website| Instagram | Twitter

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Solid Africa Kigali Give Back

Kandt House Museum Kigali See & Do

Café NéoKigaliEat & Drink

House of Tayo KigaliShop

Chez Papa et Mamam GuinessKigaliEat & Drink

Aspen, Colorado | Designer
Child of Africa and founder and Creative Director of the Anna Trzebinski luxury clothing and accessory brand, handmade in Kenya.
Website| Instagram

RECOMMENDATIONS:

OneFortyEight Nairobi Stay

Nairobi National Park Nairobi See & Do

Karen Nairobi See & Do

KSPCA Mombasa Give Back

Njunguna's NairobiEat & Drink

London | Professional Investor
Council member of the Royal African Society and director of a documentary on the history of Nigeria.
Unofficial link to documentary

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Karura Forest Nairobi See & Do

Talisman Nairobi Eat & Drink

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel Cape Town Stay

CocobeanKigaliEat & Drink

The Village Market NairobiShop

Le Must Pub KigaliEat & Drink

Lusaka | Entrepreneur
Founder of Kutowa, an Afro chic women’s clothing and accessories brand, and also Kuthuta Yoga.
Website| FacebookTwitter

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Mint Lounge Lusaka Eat & Drink

Avitu Lusaka Shop

Lilayi Lodge Lusaka See & Do

Afrotwist Lusaka Give Back

Pakati Market Lusaka Shop

South Africa
Tim is the editor of Business Maverick. Jennifer is engaged in legislative and policy work in both the US and South Africa, and is a director of the Small Business Institute.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa Johannesburg Stay

The Peech Boutique Hotel Johannesburg Stay

Arts on Main Johannesburg Shop

Ten Bompas Johannesburg Stay

LaliJohannesburgShop

Paul's Homemade Ice creamJohannesburgEat & Drink

London | Businessman
Zimbabwean-born, member of Mavros family, promoting the Mavros luxury brand worldwide.
Website | Instagram

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Amanzi Lodge Harare Stay

Coimbra Restaurant Harare Eat & Drink

Domboshawa Mountains Harare See & Do

House of Smiles Harare Give Back

Tribe Hotel NairobiStay

Luanda | Gallery Owner
Co-founder of the Jahmek Contemporary Art Gallery. Foodie with a special interest in architecture.
Website | Instagram

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Jahmek Art Contemporary Luanda Shop

Ilha do Mussulo Luanda See & Do

JADE Luanda Eat & Drink

Fazendeiro Luanda Eat & Drink

Feira De Artesanato Urbano De Angola Luanda Shop

Hotel Trópico Luanda Stay

Johannesburg | Fashion Designer
Creative Director of high end fashion brand, Viviers, and concept store, Lotus House.
Instagram | Instagram

RECOMMENDATIONS:

44 Stanley Johannesburg Shop

The Whippet Coffee Johannesburg Eat & Drink

Apartheid Museum Johannesburg See & Do

Yeoville Dinner ClubJohannesburgEat & Drink

Marianne FasslerJohannesburgShop

Glenda's JohannesburgEat & Drink

Cape Town | Tech Entrepreneur
Founder of iKineo Ventures, a Pan-African group of digital and tourism start-ups. Chair of African non-profit incubator and accelerator, The Bandwidth Barn.
Website

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel Cape Town Stay

The Pot Luck Club Cape Town Eat & Drink

Hemelhuijs Cape Town Eat & Drink

Silo District Cape Town See & Do

Oranjezicht City Farm Cape Town See & Do

Addis Ababa | Entrepreneur
Co-founder of EthioChicken, supplying smallholders in Ethiopia, and 2018 winner of The Financial Times’ ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business Award.
Website

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Sabahar Addis Ababa Shop

Ristorante Castelli Addis Ababa Eat & Drink

Five Loaves Addis Ababa Eat & Drink

La Mandoline Addis Ababa Eat & Drink

Radisson Blu Hotel, Addis Ababa Addis Ababa Stay

The Sheraton Addis Hotel Addis Ababa Stay

Kigali | Entrepreneur
Kenyan-born, founder of the Kigali Farmers’ And Artisans’ Market.
Website | Instagram

RECOMMENDATIONS:

The Women’s Bakery Kigali Give Back

Kimironko Market Kigali See & Do

Du Hope Kigali Give Back

Kigali Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market (KFAAM) Kigali Shop

Koko Club KigaliSee & Do

Cairo | Academic
Director of the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts programme in Cairo and author of three travel books about his own adventures across the globe.
Website

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Villa Belle Époque Cairo Stay

Cairopolitan Cairo Shop

Asmak Cairo Eat & Drink

Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre Cairo See & Do

Tawasol Cairo Give Back

Cape Town | Entrepreneur
Co-founder of nnfinity, supporting female entrepreneurs with training programmes, global networking opportunities and consulting services.
Website | Twitter

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Buitengewoon Studio Cape TownShop

Amandla DevelopmentCape TownGive Back

Den Anker Cape TownEat & Drink

Dubai | Communications
Zambian-born, Head of Marketing and Communications at Noor Bank.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Ms Beez Cafe Lusaka Eat & Drink

Latitude 15 Lusaka Stay

Johannesburg | Art Dealer
Chairman of the Everard Read and Circa group of galleries in Johannesburg, Cape Town and London. Anthropologist and naturalist.
Website

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Keyes Art Mile Johannesburg See & Do

Marble Johannesburg Eat & Drink

SA Culinary ClubJohannesburgEat & Drink

Cradle of Humankind JohannesburgSee & Do