02 October 2017
South Africa is a county with a rich and varied culture. There are museums, national parks, gardens and galleries across the country, all ready to be explored. As well as this, South Africa has long been renowned for its traditional food and delicious wines which are known the world over. Take a look at some of our ideas for your trip to South Africa.
Food and Wine
Everyone should venture out and experience the wine routes of South Africa. With five demarcations across 21 districts and 61 wards, there is something for every palette. The most popular routes are in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, while Robertson and Durbanville have also become popular favourites. Whether a novice or connoisseur, the wine routes of South Africa are a perfect activity.
Trying some traditional African food should definitely be part of your itinerary. Traditional African food is usually cooked over an open fire and typical South African dishes include morogo (spinach), chakalaka (a vegetable relish) and boerewors roll (a type of sausage).
The African Relish Cookery School is set in a historic farmhouse with its own restaurant and organic vegetable and herb garden. Enjoy views of the olive orchard as you dice, braise and stir your way through the area’s varied produce and rich culinary heritage.
Many South African restaurateurs set up shop in some amazing spaces with creative dining concepts and unusual menus:
Museums and Galleries
Apartheid was a major story of the 20th century and one that makes The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg a must-see. From the moment you step into the museum, you are faced with a very real reflection of what life was like with ‘white’ and ‘non-white’ entrances depending on which ticket you are issued.
Featuring impressive collections ranging from colonial to contemporary art, The South African National Art Gallery in Cape Town is perfect for any art lover. The regularly rotated collection features over 8,000 art works including paintings, photography, sculpture, textiles and beadwork. This is complimented by visiting exhibitions from abroad and work focusing on the varied cultures of the African continent.
Few people realise that Robben Island’s Prison was a place of incarceration over 350 years ago, but at the Robben Island Museum you can find out all about this famous landmark. The 3.5 hour long tour takes in the Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. This is followed by a half hour ferry ride, a tour of the prison and a 45 minute bus ride around the islands which detail its history.