South African cuisine blends several regional flavors. Colonialism and immigration brought Indian, Malaysian, French, and Mexican influences on the dishes, so you may not be surprised to find them. The lip-smacking deliciousness of these top meals makes a rural food stroll a must-do. South Africa’s local dishes are truly delicious and not to miss during your South Africa tours.
Here are some of the best South African dishes to spice up your trip. Start scrolling and mark the foods you wish to try!
Zimbabwe, Namibia, and South Africa invented this meal. Dried beef, kudu, ostrich, and rhinoceros. The Dutch word biltong means rump tongue. Popular South African dishes include chicken and venison biltong. Black pepper, coriander, vinegar, and raw meat flavor it. Using these items, soups and stews are created.
It’s a popular South African and Zimbabwean dish. Boerewors must be 90% meat. This thick cuisine is derived from a French sausage manufactured south of the Ardour River. This beef sausage features coriander, cloves, and nutmeg. Locals cook boerewors during every braai. The Afrikaans name means ‘farmer’ and ‘sausage.’
This Malay meatloaf is served with yellow rice, banana pieces, and chutney. According to the Afrikaans dictionary, Bobotie comes from the Malay term ‘boemboe,’ which implies curry spices. However, some believe it comes from the Indonesian cuisine ‘bobotok,’ which includes different components. Dutch cookbooks first featured Bobotie around 1609. This meal includes curry, turmeric, and almonds. Locals enjoy sweet Bobotie with hot sauce.
Hollowed-out bread stuffed with curry. This delicious meal started in Durban and has spread throughout South Africa. Cape Town’s Indian eateries serve rabbits. Sometimes cooked with vegetarian foods and called beans bunny. It’s one of Cape Town’s top South African dishes.
This local food is fried dough coiled or plaited and dipped in syrupy syrup. It’s like a sweet, sticky donut. Cape Malays make this meal with a cake texture, desiccated coconut, and a spicy flavor. This fried delicacy is a South African staple. The cake is where the name koeksisters comes from.
A Dutch sweet. Cape Malays make this delectable apricot pudding. This pudding features an apricot jam that is saucy and caramel-flavored. When this pudding is removed from the oven, a cream-based sauce is added to make it sweeter. This silky pudding goes well with ice cream and custard.
Spicy meal served with boerewors at braais. This spicy relish, originally produced by gold miners but later improved, includes peppers, onions, carrots, and tomatoes. Chakalaka is a tasty South African meal made with ginger, paprika, curry powder, and other spices. Served with bread, pap, samp, curries, or stews.
Tourists will attest their love with South Africa’s combination of cuisines. Make time for these on your next South Africa tours.
The best time to book South Africa tours is from May to September. It’s cold during winter mornings and nights. May and September are great options as well because it is less cold and, especially in September, wildlife experience is excellent. Regarldess, South Africa makes a year-round destination.