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Food in South Africa

South Africa's cuisine reflects the eventful history of the country with its manifold influences. The Cape Kitchen was shaped by Dutch immigrants and their Indonesian slaves. Indian and British immigrants also brought their food with them. The ingredients used mostly come from the region.

The culinary palette that awaits visitors to South Africa ranges from the township tour with hearty meals to the fine gourmet restaurant. The kitchen is multi-layered, but some dishes have now become classics and are part of a vacation in South Africa.

South African food culture

South Africa is a country of meat lovers, braais in particular are very popular with both black and white people. This is the South African way of grilling, in which, for example, sosaties, meat skewers, or boerewors, the South African farmer's sausage, are prepared. Beef, lamb and chicken are particularly popular types of meat. In more expensive restaurants, game meat such as ostrich, springbok, kudu, crocodile or zebra is offered. On the coasts, the South Africans often prepare braai with fish. The most common grain is corn, which is processed into Mielie Pap, a traditional African porridge, for example. Sorghum, sweet potatoes and pumpkins are also grown by the rural population. Corn, sweet potatoes and pumpkins were brought with them by Bantu peoples who immigrated to South Africa from the north.

Meat is often eaten in South Africa in the form of biltong. This is beef that is rubbed with salt, sugar, spices and vinegar and then dried. In addition to biltong made from beef, biltong made from game meat, which contains less fat, is also offered. The production of biltong goes back to the Boers, who made meat more durable in this way in the hot South African climate. A pre-colonial tradition are mopane worms, which are occasionally offered in restaurants in the north of South Africa. These animals, considered a delicacy, are caterpillars that are either cooked in peanut sauce or with onions, tomatoes, and chilli. Due to the Asian influences, the South African cuisine does not skimp on spices: South African chefs use curry mixes, pepper, turmeric or nutmeg generously.

Typical dishes

Bobotie is a dish that is now also known beyond the borders of South Africa. The casserole combines European and Polynesian influences: it resembles a British meat pie, but is prepared with Malay spices. For Bobotie, minced beef or lamb is mixed with raisins, dried apricots, almonds, onions and baked in the oven with a crust of eggs and milk. Garlic, ginger, curry, mango chutney and turmeric add flavor. The South Africans also eat yellow rice and sambals. Another well-known South African dish, Bredie, also comes from Cape Malay cuisine. It is a lamb stew that is stewed with tomatoes and sometimes with pumpkin for a long time. Bredie gets the right flavor from cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Bredie tastes unmistakably when the stew is prepared with Waterblommetjies, the flowers of a special type of water lily.


South Africa offers a wide range of restaurants from family restaurants to adventurous street food to gourmet restaurants. Especially in the cities there are numerous locations that offer uncomplicated, not too heavy cuisine. European and South African culinary traditions are cheerfully mixed there. The guests eat salads, pasta and burgers, which are prepared with ostrich meat, South African fish such as the kingklip or springbok, with a South African touch. The Societi Bistro in Cape Town, for example, is known for its cozy atmosphere and tasty bistro cuisine. The menu includes classics such as Caesar salad, spaghetti carbonara or lamb shank with braised vegetables and mashed potatoes. If you want, you can also eat fish from the Cape region or an ostrich burger. The restaurants on the waterfront in Cape Town offer a wonderful view of the harbor. Steaks, game specialties such as crocodile and delicious cocktails are available in the City Grill Steak House on the waterfront. In Bientangs Cave near Hermanus, guests can eat fish and seafood and watch whales at the same time.

South African gourmet cuisine is currently developing in an exciting direction. Probably the best South African restaurant is the Tasting Room in the Hotel Le Quartier Français in Franschhoek. Top chef Margot Janse marries French and South African cuisine in her restaurant. Since Franschhoek is in the middle of the winelands, visitors should definitely make a detour to the numerous wineries in the neighborhood. Wine-loving gourmets are also in good hands in Stellenbosch. Here you can feast and taste wines in Rust en Vrede, a winery with an attached restaurant. After celebrity chef David Higgs has left the award-winning restaurant, it will be interesting to see what accents his successor John Shuttleworth will set. Dishes like "quail and fig, braised bacon, goat's milk, pistachio cream and pickled beetroot puree" make you want more.

California, Malaysia, Dubai - these are the stations of star chef Nancy Kinchela. The Australian has recently been delighting the South African food scene as head chef at the Saxon Boutique Hotel in Johannesburg. Her style can best be described as classic with a wink. Overnight guests can look forward to one of the best South African boutique hotels. Even where zebra and hippopotamus say "good night", in the Letamo Wildlife Estate, visitors to South Africa do not have to go without high-quality cuisine. One of the best South African restaurants, the "Roots", resides in the small Hotel Forum Homini: Chef Allistaire Lawrence is known for his cuisine with African accents. "Springbok tortellini with parsnip puree and roasted root vegetables" or "Sous vide chicken with smoked tomato jam, gnocchi and pineapple salad" are just two of his many specialties.

Eating African ...

If you want to leave the path of upscale South African cuisine, it is best to go on a township tour where you can get to know African cuisine, among other things. For example, you can try hearty dishes like sheep's heads. If you want to try the traditional Mopane worms, the restaurant Gramadoelas in Cape Town is the right address. Other typical dishes are mogodu, ox tripe, and umngqusho. This dish, said to be Nelson Mandela's favorite dish, is braised beef shank with beans and corn. The food in the Baobab Café in Pretoria, on the other hand, is less hearty. Springbok carpaccio, African leg of lamb and Xai Xai chicken with Peri Peri chicken are served with a noble arrangement.

If you are interested in a culinary foray across Africa, you must not miss the Lekgotla in Johannesburg. The selection ranges from Ethiopian bread to Karoo lamb chops to grilled Mozambican king prawns with lemon butter and peanut sauce. Not only South African food, but also the culture of the tribes awaits visitors to the Lesedi Cultural Village. Zulu, Ndebele and other ethnic groups live in the village and present their culture. In the village's Nyama Choma restaurant, visitors can try the obligatory game offer as well as many traditionally prepared vegetarian side dishes such as Mielie Pap corn porridge or green beans with onions.

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South African drinks

South Africa has become a popular wine country due to its fruity, strong wines. The Europeans brought viticulture to South Africa about 300 years ago. The wine is grown almost exclusively in the Western Cape Province near the coast. Thanks to the Mediterranean climate, South African wines are characterized by their fruitiness and high alcohol content. Particularly popular grape varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz as well as the autochthonous South African Pinotage, which was bred from Pinot Noir and Cinsault in 1924. Among the white wines, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc are very popular. After the meal, a South African sherry or an amarula cream, a milky liqueur made from the fruits of the marula tree, is ideal. Guests at Singita Ebony Lodge can experience an extraordinary wine experience in the wilderness. There you can not only start the safari tour, but also taste and buy exceptional wines with a sommelier.

The local beers made from corn, sorghum or millet are very original and only available with a little luck. KwaZulu-Natal even has a beer street where you can find breweries such as the Zululand Brewing Company