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One who eats alone cannot discuss the taste of the food with others. ~African Proverb
South Africa dishes have influences from all over. French, Dutch, Malay and more. Cosmopolitan South Africa has a streaming tourist industry. There is loads to do and see from safaris to township tours. Indulge in tantalizing food and wine tours in Cape or visiting some Durban foodie heaven.
To get a taste of South African delights is always reachable as South African migrants are scattered worldwide. Nothing beats authentic travel tastes, but you may just be able to experience SA tastes right next door to your home!
Chakalaka, a township delight sprouted out all over. The main ingredients are baked beans, carrots, peppers and spiced up with curry. Make your Chakalaka, try the recipe! There is no barbecue(braai) unaccompanied by Chakalaka.
A dish created from the necessity to cook while on the move in the outdoors. Set up in Afrikaaner tradition, it emerged in the great trek times. Potjiekos became part and parcel of the food culture in South Africa.
A well-known favourite is Biltong. It started off in a crispy motion of preservation. Today it is a spicy snack revered and loved.
Durban chicken curry
The popular Durban chicken curry is a quick and easy recipe and is perfect with sambal and basmati rice.
5. Milk Tart
Known as ‘Melktert’ is the milky way to a custard tart. Imported by Dutch, ‘Melktert’ is SA food and there is an official ‘Melktert’ day celebrated annually on 27 February.
Get ready for a taste of Africa as we bring you meals and deals to tantalize your taste buds leaving you hopping back to Africa in no time.
6. Malva pudding
A dessert that originated in the Cape. Created by Dutch settlers and incorporates apricot jam. Comparable and decadent to toffee pudding, and far better too!
Stiff cornmeal is a famous all over the African continent. It is an essential at all barbeques and perfect for stews and sauces.
8. Apricot Blatjang
Apricot Blatjang is a famous chutney made with dried apricots.A perfect condiment with bobotie or cheese. It is a chutney like texture.
Bobotie is a South Africa dish is made with shredded or minced meat, spices and fruit. Topped with bay leaves and savoury custard and baked.
Boerewors is a sausage of high quality spiralled in a circle shape, made from beef, game or pork or game meat. It is a must have at all barbecues.
The township reflects joy in freedom, human rights, justice and reconciliation. From shebeens to sangomas, a township visit is a unique, emotional and sensory experience abuzz with vivid social culture. Each township tells its own story about its establishment, its struggle through the apartheid years and its current situation.
A township tour can be one of the most illuminating and life-affirming experiences you’ll ever have.
Down the road from Cape Town, with its magnificent beaches and world-class restaurants, warm African hospitality awaits in a bustling environment that few visitors to the city ever experience. An offering of an authentic taste of South African Township life leaves and adventurous traveler a unique experience.
B&B accommodation in townships has bright, cheerfully decorated rooms with a strong African Flavour. Meals at this unpretentious focus on traditional Xhosa dishes.
Gugulethu, Cape Flats
Gugulethu ‘Gugs‘, – our pride -is one of the oldest black townships in South Africa and one of the most energetic and fastest developing.
Gugulethu was established in 1958 because of the migrant labour system. It grew as the number of migrant workers from the Transkei increased and Langa became too small.
It was originally named Nyanga West, rooms were allocated in hostels, where three men had to share a tiny room.These were times when poverty, oppression and overcrowding were the order of the day under apartheid rule.
The hostels were for men only, no wives were allowed to visit their husbands. Women were left behind in the former Transkei and Ciskei homelands. The hostels remain the oldest buildings in Gugulethu.
In our present day, ‘Gugs’ is a mixture of former hostels and tin shacks, people built for privacy, as well as brick and mortar houses in the wealthier ranks
‘Gugs’ is a vibrant, thriving community reflecting all classes of South African society. Soak up hot, township jazz at the Uluntu Community Centre, shop at NY1s Eyona Shopping Centre or watch boxing at the Indoor Sports Stadium on NY1.
‘Gugs’ was the first black township to have an information technology centre. Ikhwezi (the star) Community centre is situated just next to the Yellow Door jazz club in NY-3. The centre provides top class training in multimedia and youth development programs. The area has a sports field, community centres and schools.
Eyona Shopping Centre, Gugulethu has the Ubuntu arts promotion and Cyn Catering service situated at the Yellow Door Jazz Café. It is popular for its drama, art and craft stalls, marimba music and top class jazz.
Sivuyile – we are happy – is the tourism information centre in Gugulethu. It opened an art and craft shop in 1999 and assists college art, students and local artist. It also serves as a photographic gallery. Young artists in the community produce sculptures, ceramics, beadwork, traditional clothing and textiles.
The Link, the first independent Black township newspaper in Cape Town, founded in 1997, has its offices in the Sivuyele College.
The best way to experience ‘Gugs’ is to go and see for yourself.
The Direct Action Centre for Peace and Memory (DACPM) in Woodstock runs history and memory excursions and trains former freedom fighters to become excursion facilitators and take visitors to sites that are etched into South African memories: District Six, the Trojan Horse Memorial in Athlone, Langa and the Gugulethu Seven. The excursions have opened up spaces for freedom fighters to start the process of healing and reconstruction.
The tours also create the opportunity for others to listen, interact and understand what so many went through during the liberation struggle and the struggle of today: the struggle for jobs. Most stories that are told are very individual, very personal. And -also important- they are told with dignity.”
But the highlight of any trip to ‘Gugs’must be the Gugulethu Seven Memorial
On 3 March 1986, seven young activists were ambushed in a roadblock set up by police in NY-1 Street. The “Gugulethu Seven” as they are known, is one of the most callous examples of security forces operations. Built to commemorate their death, the Gugulethu Seven Memorial was sculpted by South African artists Donovan Ward and Paul Hendricks. The sculpture stands close to where the seven were murdered.
The cut-outs project onto the road surface in a play of sunlight and shadow that brings them back to life.
The work not only commemorates death but life and nation building – it combines elements of ruin or incompleteness with parts that seem to have just been constructed. It was unveiled in March 2000 on Human Rights Day.
South African Townships have an irresistible soul and vibe that will welcome you and give you the experience of a life time!
Alexandra, or “Alex” as it’s affectionately known, is Gauteng’s oldest township. It a cut–out section of the affluent suburb of Sandton.
Alexandra was established as a residential area in 1905 by a white farmer who wanted to establish a white suburb and named it after his wife. In 1912 it was transformed into a ‘Native Township’ where black people were allowed to buy land.
When black land owner rights were dissolved by the Native Land Act of 1913, Alexandra witnessed continuous in-migration due to its proximity to employment opportunities in Johannesburg.
Alex is the hub of culture, root culture. It also has its own community radio and TV station. Popular culture like theatres in the townships was a dynamic force which gave life and a dynamic force that gives hope to people.
Soweto is the fifth most popular destination for overseas visitors to Gauteng province. It’s Jozi’s tourism drawcard. One of the biggest attractions is the Mandela Museum, in Vilakazi Street.
The former four-roomed home of Nelson and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is a deeply moving experience, that reminds us of our past, and gives us hope for the future.
One of the biggest attractions is the Mandela Museum, in Vilakazi Street. The former four-roomed home of Nelson and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is a deeply moving experience, that reminds us of our past, and gives us hope for the future.
The Hector Pieterson Memorial is three blocks from where 13-year-old Hector was shot and died on 16 June 1976. On the day when students in Soweto marched against the repressive imposition of Afrikaans in schools.
A Soweto trip is incomplete without visiting the Regina Mundi Catholic Church, the largest in Soweto. A spiritual haven for many Sowetans and played a pivotal role in the history of resistance to apartheid.
If you’re planning a wedding how about the Ubuntu Kraal? It’s collection of straw-roofed rondavels that form a homestead, popular as a wedding and conference venue.
The Soweto Festival is held annually every heritage day weekend. The venue is the magnificent Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, the site of the signing of the historic Freedom Charter by anti-apartheid organisations in 1955.
This is the ideal place for the people of Soweto to congregate over Heritage weekend as the Square is a national monument. The Soweto Festival centres around an exhibition and day-long entertainment events.
The Katlehong township area smouldered with political tension in the early 1990s and the name was associated with violent protests and a low-level civil war amongst factions.
Art Centre has evolved into a showcase of exquisite ethnic artwork are influenced by township emotional turmoil themes.