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SSouth Africa is a well-deserved reward for those who like the good things in life and is the perfect incentive destination.
Superb cuisine is paired with exquisite, award-winning wines. You'll find a wide range of fabulous restaurants in our major cities, specialising in everything from Italian and Indian to Thai and Chinese.
But, you'd be missing out if you didn't try our home-grown cuisine - we're talking about a good old-fashioned braai (barbeque) with all the trimmings, a Cape Malay curry to make your heart sing, an enormous platter of piri piri prawns served up with a view of the ocean, and a groaning table of Afrikaner specialities such as boerewors, vetkoek and malva pudding.
You'll find a number of township shisa nyama restaurants serving grilled meat, chakalaka and home-brewed beer. African restaurants are also popular, where music, art and traditional face painting mix well with the hospitable atmosphere.
While in South Africa, make sure you take advantage of our great natural settings. You can eat with your feet in the sand or the water, in caves overlooking the ocean, under starry skies deep in the bush, with sharks swimming in the background, at the edge of a cliff, and on a luxury yacht - the options are as endless as your imagination.
When it comes to good wines, look no further than the Cape Winelands. Follow wine routes in Stellenbosch, Robertson, Paarl or Franschhoek and buy spectacular bottles of local pinotage, merlot, sauvignon blanc and chardonnay to take back home.
Many of the wine estates boast award-winning restaurants where you can taste world-class local cuisine, or book a picnic basket and enjoy feasting in the winelands as you watch the grapes grow. Grape foot stomping festivals, carriage and horse rides through vineyards, and hot air ballooning are just some of the fun adventures you can partake in.
FFood and wine highlights:
- A good old South African braai
- Cape Malay cuisine
- Shisa nyama at a township tavern
- A gourmet tour in Franschhoek
- A wine-tasting sojourn along Route 62
- Biltong, boerewors and bobotie
- Wine tasting in Stellenbosch
TTravel tips & planning info
Who to contact
Stellenbosch Wine Route
Tel: +27 (0)21 886-4310/ 886 4330
Robertson Wine Valley
Tel: +27 (0)23 626 3167
Franschhoek Wine Valley
Tel: +27 (0)21 876 2861
Paarl Wine Route
Tel: +27 (0)21 872 4842
How to get here
Once you have decided which cellars you want to visit, appoint a designated driver and drive safely. Or book a wine tour.
The Franschhoek hopper is available to guests staying within the Franschhoek village and is a local hop on, hop off wine service.
Things to do
Food and wine tours abound.
What to pack
Because of the warm, sunny climate, you should wear sunscreen and a hat whenever you are out of doors during the day, particularly between 10am and 4pm.
Where to stay
Many wine farms in the Cape Winelands offer accommodation.
What to eat
Sample typical South African cuisine such as braaivleis, bobotie, boerewors, biltong, and shisa nyama.
- Slow Food Markets
- Stellenbosch Wine Routes
- Robertson Wine Valley
- Franschhoek Wine Route
- Cape Winelands
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