11 June 2014 by Lethabo-Thabo Royds

People of South Africa

When visiting South Africa, take some time to get to know the people who call this beautiful country home. Your experience will be the richer for it.

Enjoying a meal at Daleah's Eatery in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Image courtesy of Derek Smith, aka Mr Baggins

Recently, there have been some fantastic photos of South Africa's people shared with our Love South Africa Flickr group. We thought we'd share a few of these, as well as a little about the places at which they were taken.

The boy, below, was photographed in Sutherland in the Northern Cape. Incredible farm stays, breathtaking views and delicious local food await you in South Africa's largest province. The Northern Cape also has a large population of Khoisan people and offers fantastic opportunities to learn about their culture, which forms an important part of South Africa's heritage. Attractions in the Northern Cape include red dunes, black-maned lions and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

Image courtesy of Mujahid ur Rehman aka Mujaid's Photography

Sutherland, where the photograph of the man pictured below was taken, is where you will find the largest single optical telescope in the southern hemisphere, known as the South African Large Telescope. But astronomy is not the only attraction in this Karoo town. Think hearty food, clear skies, desert silence and open space for kilometres around. Temperatures can be quite extreme in this part of the country, so expect evening winter temperatures to drop below 0 degrees Celsius.

Image courtesy of Mujahid ur Rehman, aka Mujahid's Photography

The Western Cape is home to Franschhoek, often referred to as South Africa's gourmet capital. Franschhoek is also known for its magnificent vistas and its numerous wine estates. The photo below was taken at Eikehof wine estate.

Image courtesy of jose romeu de abreu, aka Jose Romeu

The young man pictured below was photographed at Glen Carlou winery in the scenic area of Paarl. The winery offers wine tasting and a lovely fynbos garden where visitors can browse some indigenous fynbos while marvelling at the landscape of the area. The winery is also home to the Hess Museum of Contemporary Art.

Image courtesy of jose romeu de abreu, aka Jose Romeu

The women pictured below were photographed in Swellendam in the Western Cape during South Africa's fifth democratic elections on 7 May 2014. This year was especially significant as it marked 20 years of democratic South Africa, and was the first election in which a generation of people born the year South Africa achieved democracy, 1994, could vote. 

Swellendam on voting day 2014 (7 May). Image courtesy of Proteus250245

Buffy Braveheart, pictured below, was photographed in the World Design Capital 2014: Cape Town. He is an artist known for his fantasy-themed work, which can be found on the walls of popular local bar Rafiki's in Tamboerskloof. His work also includes the fantastic artwork outside the Long Street Backpackers – going to see it is a great excuse to head to this popular street and enjoy a drink at one of the bars there.

Buffy Braveheart painting a mural in Cape Town. Image courtesy of Louise McDuling

Kalk Bay is a fishing village in False Bay. But don't let that fool you – there is a lot to do here, including watching a show at the Kalk Bay Theatre, visiting one of the local shops, marvelling at the fishing vessels, browsing antique stores and galleries, enjoying coffee at one of the coffee shops, or sampling the wares of the local vendors (pictured below). If you're hungry, Kalky's offers great fish and chips (a local favourite). Kalky's is also the recipient of a TripAdvisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence.

Image courtesy of Randall Langenhoven, aka WITHIN the FRAME PHOTOGRAPHY

If browsing local markets is a favourite pastime of yours, then add Victoria Street Market in Durban (where the shopkeeper pictured below was photographed) to your itinerary. Here you can buy gorgeous beaded jewellery, handmade shoes or delicious spices. A favourite spice shop is Joe's Corner Shop, not only because his spices add fantastic flavour to your food, but also because they are so cleverly named: 'Hell Fire Chilli' and 'Arson Fire – Mother-in-Law-Exterminator' are just two of them. Joe is a friendly man who is often willing to share a story or two, and he's also got great tips on how to use his spices in your food.

A shopkeeper in Victoria Street Market, Durban. Image courtesy of flowcomm

Another popular local market is the Rosebank Art and Craft Market in Johannesburg, where you can buy artwork, as well as beading sold by vendors from all over Africa. 

Image courtesy of Lea Duckitt

So head to South Africa and explore what this beautiful country has to offer. Get chatting to some locals, and you'll discover some of the interesting history of the country and its people. Don't forget to share your photos with our Love South Africa Flickr group – we can't wait to see them and read about the story behind them.

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