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A Food Safari to Savour

There’s an authentic, delicious and tantalising buffet of options when it comes to food in South Africa. You can try some exciting foods from local markets, traditional recipes from the locals or the rather more decadent 5-star dishes from some of the top chefs in the country – you are spoilt for choice, so what are you waiting for?


Stellenbosch – Western Cape


Here are some great tips for an authentic South Africa food safari…

Is spicy cuisine your meal of choice? Then you might consider beginning your food journey in Durban. Here is why – Durban is renowned for hot, heart-warming food, rich in flavour, packed with aroma and like nothing you’ve tasted before. A great choice for some spicy food is Durban’s shabby chic Capsicum Restaurant, Britannia Hotel – dishes are prepared with a host of select spices, blended in such a way as to render it characteristically Durban!


In case you all about experimental food adventures, take a wander through Victoria Street Market where you are able to buy fresh ingredients to make your own bunny chow or Indian curry.


Bunny Chow Indian Curry


But that’s just a teaser of tastes, don’t forget about bobotie, Cape Malay curries, pap and wors, and so much more. Sink your teeth into the full extent of South Africa’s tantalising local cuisine. Here are some great authentic restaurants for hearty homey cuisine – Mzoli’s in Cape Town, Victory Lounge in Durban and Tribes in Jozi.


Free Range Pork and Chillies


Your second stop should be Johannesburg. The soul of South Africa, where you can get anything from a croissant with cold meat fillings for breakfast at local eateries such as Ferguson’s in Illovo to a gourmet burger in Parkhurst. Oh and don’t forget the fine dining scene with a twist, with newly opened Marble Restaurant.


The Jozi Food Market scene is the perfect way to spend a Saturday or Sunday with friends, and of course perfect for delicious artisan-type food and stalls each representing their own uniqueness. Here are some of the markets you have to visit when next in Jozi – Neighbourgoods Market, Market on Main, Jozi Real Food Market and the Fourways Farmers Market. Stalls selling irresistible goods such as The homemade bacon stall, which sells arguably the best pork pies in Johannesburg to jam stalls with lemon curd that is beyond grandma’s best!


Fresh Watermelon at a local Market


Cape Town is the culinary capital of the country, and a perfect way to end your food safari – make sure you arrive hungry! From 5 star fine dining in the surrounding Winelands to eating fresh seafood a few meters from the sea to quaint eateries in the city and local cuisine that’ll open your foodie eyes – you are truly spoilt for choice. The Test Kitchen in Woodstock, La Mouette in Sea Point, La Colombe in Constantia, or Harbour House in Kalk Bay – each restaurant offers something unique and special.


You could even take a walk down the restaurant strips of Long street, Kloof street or the beach front at Camps Bay where we promise you won’t be disappointed, there is something for every taste bud.


Crab & Mushroom Pasta


Let’s not forget that with every great food safari come some of the finest wines and in South Africa, we have lots of these. At every wine farm in Cape Town or surrounding areas such as Stellenbosch, you will be able to select some of the best wines to accompany any meal you are enjoying. Here are some great food and wine pairings you can enjoy when next in South Africa.  Book your food safari today!

A Food Safari to Savour

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Amanda Sampaio

A bit about me: I am Rhodesian born, grew up in Zululand, South Africa. Post matriculation, I studied a 3 year Travel & Tourism National Diploma; I then spent 7.5 years (during the mid-90’s) working in various operational roles for SAA at the old Durban Airport; My husband, son & I then moved to the UK and lived in south-west London (Worcester Park) for 10.5 years – I worked for 3.5 years in Local Government (at Epsom & Ewell Borough Council) and then for 7 years for QANTAS as part of the Cabin Crew Ground Management Team based at Heathrow and later with Qantas Corporate Sales based in their London Hammersmith office. My family and I have been back in South Africa for almost 3 years now (having missed too much of our family, SA sunshine and braai’s) and during our time back, we are also delighted to have welcomed our 17 month old baby girl into our family! Travel is definitely my passion and is in my ‘blood’ as I am firmly back in the travel seat with my current role within Sales and Marketing at iGo Travel and look after this for our newly launched brand ‘iGO Africa’.