When you visit South Africa we hope you are not here to eat exactly like you normally would at home. Eat and drink like a local and become a genuine traveler who is curious about the local cuisine of the country he is exploring.

Most famous tradition: a proper braai. A South African barbeque, but it involves a proper fire, lots of meat like steaks, boerewors and chops. This is usually accompanied by many side dishes such as maize meal porridge (“pap” or “phuthu”) with tomato gravy, toasts made on the fire (braaibroodjies), salads, veggies etc. Some South Africans even renamed our national Heritage Day (24 September) to the official “braai day”.

Make friends over a potjie. This is a stew made in a rustic, 3 legged, cast iron pot (“potjie”) and slow cooked over a fire. Also called Potjiekos. Ingredients usually include a type of meat or fish with vegetables, potatoes and rice. A very popular event is to have festive potjiekos competitions for socializing or fundraising purposes.

Try a bunny chow. A popular meal in KwaZulu-Natal (especially Durban), where the local cuisine has more of an Indian influence thanks to the big Indian community. This fun dish consists of half a loaf of white bread which has been hollowed out and filled with curry mince. The bread serves as a “bowl”, a very practical way of transporting a curry lunch. The Western Cape version is called a Gatsby, and the Soweto version is called “AK‑47” or Kota.

Craft beers have grown in popularity in recent years, with many small breweries exploring the market with great success. African traditional brews also offer a very unique taste experience and are made of maize and sorghum, rather than barley and hops.

Flavoured gins are all the rage at the moment. Many local distilleries are producing their own gins and infusing them with indigenous ingredients such as fynbos or rooibos, giving them a unique South African flavour.

Drink our famous export product. To enjoy a characteristic South African drink, have a few glasses of wine. South African wines are well-known internationally and have a long history in the Western Cape region.

These are just a few examples of inspiration for your culinary adventure in South Africa, there are many more local foods and specialities to discover. South Africa is a food loving nation and has a flourishing gastronomic culture to be enjoyed.