Enjoy Typical South African Food and dishes along the route!
Typical snacks on a road trip!!!
A popular traditional snack in South Africa has to be Biltong. You can buy a packet at all supermarkets. Biltong, a salty dried meat, is available in different flavours such as barbecue and chilli. Various meat types are used in making biltong and you can enjoy beef, ostrich, kudu or springbok biltong.
Another popular snack in South Africa used on road trips and also readily available at most petrol stops along the route is droe wors (dried sausage). Droë Wors, dates right back to the early nineteenth century.
If you like crisps/chips and want to taste crisps/chips that are only available in South Africa please buy yourself a packet of Niknaks which are “crunchily” addictive. And of course it always goes down well with a can of Stoney ginger beer started in South Africa in 1971. Or you can try a traditional Africa drink Amasi, sour milk.
Other traditional local take-away foods to enjoy!!!
A Gatsby, popular in Cape Town, which comes in the form of a long roll with fillings of anything ranging from polony to chicken or steak and hot chips.
The Bunny Chow, found in Durban, is a curry stuffed into a hollowed-out loaf of bread. A bunny chow is called Kota by the locals.
Vetkoek (fat cake, magwenya) are deep-fried dough balls, typically stuffed with meat, chicken or served with jam. The English have Yorkshire Pudding and the South Africans have Vetkoek!
Samoosas are a savoury stuffed Indian pastry that is deep fried and is available in meat, chicken or vegetarian. These can be found in supermarkets or a local corner shop.
Pastei is a pie and is traditional Afrikaans fare found at petrol stations and local shops.
Traditional foods you can enjoy at hostels on our route!
Many hostels offer braai nights (barbecue). A braai usually consists of boerewors or sosaties kebab, (grilled marinated meat on a skewer) or any meats.
The following breads usually accompany a braai:
Mealie-bread, a sweet bread baked with sweetcorn.
Potbrood (pot bread or boerbrood), savoury bread baked over coals in cast-iron pots.
Some hostels also offer Potjiekos which is a traditional Afrikaans stew made with meat and vegetables and cooked over coals in cast-iron pots.
If you have a sweet tooth the following desserts will hit the spot!
Koeksisters come in two forms and are a sweet delicacy. Afrikaans koeksisters are twisted pastries, deep fried and heavily sweetened. Koeksisters found on the Cape Flats are sweet and spicy, shaped like large eggs, and deep-fried.
Melktert (milk tart), a milk-based tart or dessert.
Rusks, a rectangular, hard, dry biscuit eaten after being dunked in tea or coffee; they are either home-baked or shop-bought (with the most popular brand being Ouma Rusks).
Malva Pudding, a sweet spongy Apricot pudding of Dutch origin.
Pampoenkoekies (pumpkin fritters), flour has been supplemented with or replaced by pumpkin or sweet potato
If you have an adventurous palate why not try the following dishes:
• Trotters and Beans, from the Cape, made from boiled pig’s or sheep’s trotters and onions and beans.
• Umleqwa, a dish made with free-range chicken.
• Umngqusho, a dish made from white maize and sugar beans, a staple food for the Xhosa people.
• Umphokoqo, an African salad made of maize meal.
• Umqombothi, a type of beer made from fermented maize and sorghum.
• Umvubo, sour milk mixed with dry pap, commonly eaten by the Xhosa.
• Walkie Talkies, Grilled or deep-fried chicken heads and feet, most popular in townships and sold by street vendors, sometimes in industrial areas with high concentrations of workers.
As James Mitchener said ” If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home!