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Travel- About South African Cuisine and Shopping




South African Cuisine

• Cuisine of South Africa is sometimes called “rainbow cuisine”.
• This cuisine has a variety of multicultural sources and stages.
Typical South African foods and dishes include:
– Array of Chutney
– Raw Boerewors
– Mageu is a traditional South African non-alcoholic drink
– Amasi, sour milk
– Biltong, a salty dried meat
– Biryani
– Bobotie, a dish of Malay descent, is like meatloaf with raisins and with baked egg on top
– Boerewors, a sausage that is traditionally braaied
– Bunny chow, curry stuffed into a hollowed-out loaf of bread.
– Chakalaka, a spicy South African vegetable relish.
– Chutney, or Blatjang, a sweet sauce made from fruit
– Frikkadelle – meatballs
– Gatsby food comes in the form of a long roll with fillings of polony to chicken or steak and hot chips.
– Gesmoorde vis, salted cod with potatoes and tomatoes
– Hoenderpastei, chicken pie
– Isidudu, pumpkin pap
– Koeksisters come in two forms and is a sweet delicacy.
– Mageu, a drink made from fermented mealie pap.
– Mala Mogodu, a local dish equivalent of tripe.
– Malva Pudding, a sweet spongy Apricot pudding Mashonzha, made from the mopane worm.
• Melktert (milk tart), a milk-based tart or dessert.
• Melkkos (milk food), milk-based dessert.
• Mealie-bread, a sweet bread baked with sweetcorn.
• Mielie-meal, one of the staple foods
• Ostrich is an increasingly popular protein source
• Pampoenkoekies-pumpkin fritters
• Potbrood -savoury bread baked over coals in cast-iron pots.
• Potjiekos, a traditional Afrikaans stew made with meat and vegetables
• Rusks, a rectangular, hard, dry biscuit eaten after being dunked in tea or coffee
• Samosa or samoosa, a savoury stuffed Indian pastry that is fried.
• Skilpadjies, lamb’s liver wrapped in netvet and braaied over hot coals.
• Smagwinya, fat cakes
• Smoked or braai’ed snoek, a regional gamefish.
• Sosaties, kebab, grilled marinated meat on a skewer.
• Tomato bredie, a lamb and tomato stew.
• Trotters and Beans, made from boiled pig’s or sheep’s trotters and onions and beans.
• Umngqusho, a dish made from white maize and sugar beans
• 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
• Vetkoek – deep-fried dough balls
• Walkie Talkies, Grilled or deep-fried chicken heads and feet
• Waterblommetjie bredie- meat stewed with the flower of the Cape Pondweed.

About South African Shopping

Durban Shopping Centers & Malls
– Gateway Thea re of Shopping: A mega-mall with all the stores, eateries and entertainment
– The Lowdown
• Number of shops: 362
• Physical address: 1 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga Ridge New Town Centre, Umhlanga
• Telephone: 031 566 2332
• Website: www.gatewayworld.co.za

– The Heritage Market: Trendy restaurants, a range of stores and plenty of entertainment
• Number of shops : 98
• Physical Address : 9 Old Main Road, Hillcrest, Durban. 3650
• Contact telephone : (031) 765 2500
• Website : www.heritagehillcrest.co.za

– The Galleria: It offers outstanding entertainment from ice skating to an 11 theater movie house, and the shopping opportunities.
• Number of shops : 133
• Physical address : Cnr Moss Kolnik and Arbour Road, Amanzimtoti, 4126
• Telephone : 031 904 2233
• Website : www.galleriamall.co.za

– Wilson’s Wharf
Durban’s trendiest shopping and entertainment spot. It has:
• an appealing Waterfront setting
• harbor views
• a boating marina
• working slipways
• shopping includes quality craft stores and there’s a theater onsite.
• Fishing charters and cruises daily.
The Lowdown:
• Number of Shops : 26
• Physical address : 18 Boatmans Road, Maydon Wharf, Durban
• Telephone : 031 307 7841
• Website : www.wilsonswharf.co.za

Johannesburg Shopping Centres & Malls
– Melrose Arch
The Lowdown
• Number of shops : 70
• Physical address : Athol Oaklands Drive, Melrose North, Johannesburg
• Telephone : 011 684 0002
• Website : http://www.melrosearch.co.za

– Oriental Plaza
The Lowdown:
• Number of shops : 360
• Physical address : Corner Main and Bree Streets, Fordsburg, Johannesburg
• Telephone : 011 838 6753/2
• Website : www.orientalplaza-fordsburg.co.za

– Eastgate
There are:
• department stores
• top boutiques
• restaurants
• cinemas
• specialty stores
The Lowdown
• Number of shops : 258
• Physical address : 43 Bradford Road, Eastgate, Bedfordview
• Telephone : 011 616 2209
• Website : www.eastgateshops.com

– Sandton City
The Lowdown
• Number of shops : 300
• Physical address : Cnr Alice Lane & Sandton Drive, Rivonia Road & Fifth Street, Sandton
• Telephone : 011 217 6000
• Website : www.sandtoncity.com

Port Elizabeth Shopping Centres & Malls
– The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World
• It is built around a man-made lake. It comprises of:
– a convention center
– sports cafe
– an extensive retail component
– restaurants
– specialty shops
– entertainment
The Lowdown
• Number of shops : 81
• Physical address : Marine Drive, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth
• Telephone : 041 507 7760
• Website : www.boardwalk.co.za/

– The Bridge at Greenacres
The Lowdown
• Number of shops : 85
• Physical address : Cnr Cape Road & Langenhoven Drive, Greenacres, Port Elizabeth
• Telephone : 041 363 8914
• Website : www.thebridgepe.co.za

– Greenacres Shopping Centre
The Lowdown
• Number of shops : 85
• Physical address : Ring Road, Greenacres, Port Elizabeth
• Telephone : 041 363 0791
• Website : www.greenacres.co.za

– Warmer Park Shopping Centre
A variety of shops including
• Grocery
• Fashion
• Jewelery
• Beauty stores
• Travel agents
• Foreign exchange
• Restaurants
The Lowdown
• Number of shops : 97
• Physical address : Main Road, Walmer, Port Elizabeth
• Telephone : 041 368 2690

Pretoria / Tshwana Shopping Centres & Malls
– Brooklyn Mall
The Lowdown
• Number of shops : 170
• Physical address : 338 Bronkhorst Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria
• Telephone : 012 346 1063
• Website : www.brooklynmall.co.za

– Menlyn Park Shopping Center
This center has:
• Numerous stores
• Imax Theater
• Outdoor Events Arena
• Play Park
• World’s First Rooftop Drive-In
• Hot Air Balloon
• 3G Nu Metro Cinema
• Go-Karts
• Dinner in the Sky.
The Lowdown
• Number of shops : 287
• Physical address : Cnr Atterbury Road & Lois Ave, Menlo Park, Pretoria
• Telephone : 012 348 8766
• Website : www.menlynpark.co.za

– Parkview Shopping Center
The Lowdown
• Number of shops : 108
• Physical address : Garsfontein Road, Moreleta Park, Pretoria
• Telephone : 012 991 4340
• Website : http://www.parkviewcentre.co.za

Mpumalanga Shopping Centres & Malls
– Riverside Mall
The Lowdown
• Number of shops : 140
• Physical address : White River Road, Riverside Park X1, Nelspruit
• Telephone : 013 757 0080
• Website : www.riversidecentre.co.za

– Twin City – Blue Haze Shopping Center
The Lowdown
• Number of shops : 186
• Physical address : Main Road, Hazyview
• Telephone : 013 737 7088
• Website : www.twincity.co.za

Cape Town Shopping Centes and Malls
– Canal Walk
The Lowdown
• Number of shops : 412
• Physical address : Century Boulevard, Century City, Cape Town
• Telephone : 021 529 9600
• Website : www.canalwalk.co.za

– Cape Quarter
It has:
• Home decor
• Art and artifacts
• Fashion
• Beauty
• Health
• Restaurants
• Bars
• Lifestyle related stores
The Lowdown
• Number of shops : 100
• Physical address : 72 Waterkant Street, Green Point, 8005
• Telephone : 021 421 1111
• Website : http://www.capequarter.co.za/

– Cavendish Square
The Lowdown
• Number of shops : 212
• Physical address : Dreyer Street, Claremont, Cape Town
• Telephone : 021 657 5600
• Website : www.cavendish.co.za

– Gardens Shopping Centre
The Lowdown
• Number of shops : 60
• Physical address : Cnr Buitenkant & Mill Streets, Oranjezicht, Cape Town
• Telephone : 021 465 1842
• Website: www.gardensshoppingcentre.co.za

– Tyger Valley Shopping Center
The Lowdown
• Number of shops : 287
• Physical address : Willie van Schoor Avenue, Belville, Cape Town
• Telephone : 021 914 1822
• Website : www.tygervalley.co.za

Best time to visit / climate

• The interior Karoo has a semi-arid climate.
• It has cold, frosty winters and hot summers with occasional thunderstorms.
• The Garden Route and the Overberg on the south coast have a maritime climate.
• It has cool, moist winters and mild, moist summers.
• Mossel Bay in the Garden Route is considered to have the second mildest climate worldwide.
• This is after Hawaii.
• Thunderstorms are generally rare in the province.
• This is except in the Karoo interior.
• Extremes of heat and cold are common inland, but rare near the coast.
• Snow is a common winter occurrence on the higher lying ground.
• Frost is relatively rare in coastal areas and many of the heavily cultivated valleys.
• Cape Town International Airport averages: January maximum: 26 °C (min: 16 °C), July maximum: 18 °C (min: 7 °C), annual rainfall: 515mm
• Kirstenbosch, Cape Town annual rainfall: 1395mm
• George averages: January maximum: 25 °C (min: 15 °C), July maximum: 19 °C (min: 7 °C), annual rainfall: 715mm
• Marion Island (Prince Edward Group) averages: January maximum: 10 °C (min: 5 °C), July maximum: 6 °C (min: 1 °C), annual rainfall: 2401mm

Location on Google Maps


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How to get there?

To reach Western Cape
By Plane
• Cape Town’s international airport is the country’s second largest after Johannesburg.
• There is also an airport in George which offers connections to most major cities in South Africa.

By Train
Spoornet operates regular inter-city trains from Cape Town to:
Johannesburg
• Worcester
• Beaufort West
• Durban
• Kimberley
• Bloemfontein
• Pietermaritzburg
• East London
MetroRail operates frequent commuter trains to towns and suburbs near Cape Town, such as:
• Simon’s Town
• Bellville
• Malmesbury
• Somerset West
• Stellenbosch
• Strand
• Worcester
• Paarl

By Car
The Western Cape is easily accessible from the rest of the country by car.

By Bus
Greyhound offers a plethora of inter-city routes nation-wide.

How to Get around?

By Bus
The main bus companies offer regular services in the Western Cape as does the Baz Bus.

By Car
Car rental is available in Cape Town and in the larger towns.

Some Travel Books on South Africa

South Africa South Africa – Culture Smart!: the essential guide to customs & culture The Safari Companion: A Guide to Watching African Mammals

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.com
Hotels at cape.hotelguide.co.za
Hotels at sa-venues.com
Hotels at hotelclub.com

Blogs / Sites about South Africa

blogs at wikipedia.org
blogs at southafrica.info
blogs at sa-venues.com
blogs and reviews at tripadvisor.in

Images and photos about South Africa

images at southafrica.info
images at wikipedia.org
images at tripadvisor.in
images at sa-venues.com




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