Our favourite local experiences that celebrate our diversity

2 April 2020

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We’re not travelling now so that we can travel in the future. We’re taking this time to celebrate what we love most about our beautiful country – its diversity.

Here are a handful of our favourite local experiences and destinations, fresh from the multicultural melting pot of Mzansi.

Cape Malay cuisine in the Bo-Kaap

Nowhere else on earth can you find the unique, sweet and savoury flavours and dishes that define Cape Malay cuisine. This uniquely South African style of cooking was born in the kitchens of the colourful homes of Cape Town’s Bo-Kaap neighbourhood. Local cooking classes teach guests how to make dhaltjies, bobotie, samoosas and true Bo-Kaap koesisters.

The Bo-Kaap Museum and the nearby District Six Museum are also highly recommended.

A Wild Coast lost in time

The heartland of isiXhosa culture lies along the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast. The tiny villages that dot the rugged coastline of Coffee Bay and surrounds still look much as they did decades ago. Traditional thatched rondavels overlook the sea, cows laze on the beach and the only signs of modernity are the spaza shops selling airtime.

Port Edward is nestled on the border between the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal and is just a two-hour drive from King Shaka International Airport. The Wild Coast Sun has been a favourite with South African families for generations. There is also backpacker and simple but comfortable accommodation in Coffee Bay.

Hole in the Wall is one of the most impressive landmarks on the South African coastline.

In the footsteps of warriors

The sunny province of KwaZulu-Natal offers more than just year-round sunshine and warm ocean waters. It’s a veritable melting pot of cultures.

The Nelson Mandela Capture Site near Howick is a cultural and historical exhibition that is situated at the site where Nelson Mandela was apprehended for his anti-Apartheid activism acts in August 1952.

There’s the chance to walk in the footsteps of the Zulu warriors, explore the famous Midlands Meander, the Mahatma Gandhi settlement and more.

The bunny chow is a unique South African favourite, found nowhere else than in Mzansi!

Rooibos tea in Clanwilliam

Another unique South African product, and one of Mzansi’s most famous exports, is rooibos tea. The distinctive yellow and green boxes are commonplace in our kitchen cupboards, whereas elsewhere in the world this tea is a treat – and comes at a premium price too.

Clanwilliam in the Western Cape is the rooibos capital of the world. The House of Rooibos takes you through the history of rooibos and tea production, has a tea room offering a variety of rooibos infused beverages, meals and even sells skincare and medicinal products.

The origins of humanity

The Cradle of Humankind is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is world famous as the site where humankind originated. It’s a journey back millions of years to where it all began.

It's located about 50 km northwest of Johannesburg and consists of notable sights and limestone caves.

The Soul of Soweto

Bustling Soweto is the number one Gauteng spot to explore not only the origins of our democracy, but also the cultural diversity of South Africa’s oldest and most historically-significant township.

Local-led bike tour visit Soweto’s notable sights (like the famous Vilakazi Street).  And at the Soweto Towers brave visitors can embark on their hair-raising adventure activities (including abseiling, zip-lining and pendulum swinging). Chaf Pozi, the tourist-favourite shisa nyama establishment at the base of the towers is a popular spot to celebrate your bravery with a hearty meal and drink.

One experience still remains our favourite – the braai in the backyard. A good reminder to count our blessings and remember what matters most – our health and that of our loved ones.

Recommended: Take a Food Tour Around South Africa