One comment that I consistently get from people that visit South Africa is "the food is so good!". Whether it is a quick meal at a roadside stop or a fine dining restaurant, you can expect fresh, high quality produce cooked with love. South Africa is blessed with a wide range of climates, soils and waters, from the tropical lowveld that produces the sweetest pineapples and mangoes that you have ever tasted, to the Mediterranean areas around Cape Town where apples, pears and stonefruit abound together with the exceptional grapes that go into South Africa's quality wines. Large herds of cattle graze the vast fields of the highveld, and sturdy lambs relish the herblike vegetation of the Karoo. With both the warm Indian Ocean and the icy Atlantic along its coast, seafood is plentiful. Add to this a wide range of cultures that have all added their own twist to the exceptional produce and you have a foodie paradise!
When you travel with Slow Travel Africa, you will have an opportunity to taste everything from a traditional shisanyama with pap and chakalaka, to bunny chow and bobotie, the local favourite: braai, and of course some of the finest dining in the world. We always select restaurants that serve local and seasonal produce, and ensure that your culinary adventure reflects the soul of South Africa.
Roosterkoek literally means "grill cake", and is an absolutely delicious bread baked over coals and eaten buttermelting hot straight from the grill. The best one I've ever tasted comes from a little padstal (roadside shop selling local produce) in the Karoo not far from Oudtshoorn. As you can see from the amount of bread prepared, I'm not the only one who would make a detour just to get a bite of these little lekker dings!
a countryside classic
La Colombe is currently considered the second best restaurant in South Africa (according to the popular Eat Out Top 10 list). But I'd go so far as to say that it is the best. Elaborate tasting menus are served in a beautiful environment on the vineyard Silvermist. Small dishes, as beautiful as works of art, created with only the best of local produce are prepared to offer clean tastes influenced by the whole world (but with Asia as a recurrent theme).
The chef, Scot Kirton, was awarded the coveted "chef of the year" award in 2015.
one of SA's finest
South Africa's townships offer an intriguing scene, not least the "fast food" stalls. The smiley is a favourite with many: a boiled, then grilled sheep's head. The name comes from the grin that appears once the head has been grilled. Most people don't eat the brain though. "Eish man, you don't want to think like a sheep tomorrow!" was the explanation I was given once.