The Culinary Delights of South Africa’s Beautiful Cape

cape town aerial

One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town is home to people from diverse cultures and ethnic groups, each contributing to the array of tastes and smells a visitor can expect to enjoy when dining in one of Cape Town’s many restaurants. 

Typically a good Cape Town restaurant will be reasonably priced and serve well prepared dishes that will linger in your memories long after you have left the city. This article will highlight some of the great flavors, places and influences which give Cape Town restaurants their unique character. To truly experience Cape Town you should try to include dishes from various Cape Town restaurants influenced by different cultures.

Cape Malay food

Probably the biggest cultural influence on Cape Town’s traditional food comes from Cape Malay cooking traditions. Truly South African dishes like Bobotie, Breyani, Samoosas and Koeksisters are all brought to us by the Cape Malay culture. 

Bobotie is made from minced meat and raisins, with a creamy crust for a covering made from egg. The dish has a sweet taste and is a South African favorite. Breyani is a dish made from rice and lentils, with fish, chicken or other meat. This is a tasty, yet spicy meal, which is popular in Cape Town. The samoosa is a very popular snack in Cape Town and South Africa, made by wrapping mince-meat or vegetables in pastry and then deep frying it. For the sweet tooth there is the legendary koeksister, a sweet pastry often enjoyed with a cup of tea. The Cape Malay version has a more cake-like consistency, while the Afrikaner adaption comes in the form of a twisted pastry glazed in syrup, making for a very sweet treat.
Africa Cafe

Visitors to Cape Town can chose from a variety of African fusion restaurants which will give you an unforgettable taste experience as traditional African ingredients are combined in adventurous dishes that will tantalize your taste buds. The menus typically offer a tremendous range, catering to diverse tastes and satisfying your palate, no matter how particular it may be.

Waterfront restaurant
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is a development which has grown around a working harbor, where you can shop till you drop, then visit museums and galleries, see weird and wonderful sea life in the famous Two Oceans Aquarium, and dine in one of the fabulous restaurants looking out over the harbor. This is one of Cape Town’s big tourist draw cards, and after visiting you will know exactly why the Waterfront is such a popular spot.

Blues Crayfish

Camps Bay beach is a popular spot for the young and trendy.  Enjoy the beautiful white sand and warm sunshine, but remember to protect yourself with a good sun block. The water is known to be a bit on the chilly side, but it does serve to provide refreshing relief from the midsummer heat.  Here you can expect to find Cape Town restaurants offering top caliber seaside dining.

cape town city restaurants
Taking a walk around the Castle in the city center or browsing the stalls on Greenmarket Square can work up an appetite, which one of the Cape Town City Centre restaurants will satisfy with style.  There are a variety of good restaurants to be found on Shortmarket Street, New Church Street, Castle Street, Long Street, Loop Street and the likes.

Kalk Bay harbor & restaurant

False Bay offers some stunning seaside restaurants, notably those in Kalk Bay, where you can enjoy the best of Cape Town’s more casual dining locations, with the cry of gulls over breaking waves lending a charming character to the setting.

beefcakes

Green Point has a lively nightlife with old style disco clubs and music for the liberal tourist to enjoy a night out. There are a variety of restaurants where you can enjoy anything from sophisticated cocktails to imported Belgian beers with your meal.

promenade
Sea Point’s Beach Road has a couple of good restaurants offering a view of the promenade where rollerblading, jogging and dog walking are popular activities under the summer sun. Enjoy a hearty meal here and sip on a drink as the sunsets and Cape Town’s nightlife awakens.

jonkershuis restaurant

Southern Suburbs restaurants range from sports pubs to the finest French cuisine restaurants on beautiful Constantia wine estates. Newlands hosts Cape Town’s cricket and rugby stadiums, where international events are common place, resulting in a frenzy of patriotism and a great atmosphere for visitors to the city to enjoy.

terroir
The Winelands are just a short drive outside of the city, where wine tasting is the order of the day. Enjoy a wide variety of restaurants on the various wine farms offering wine tasting and great dishes for the hungry tourist. The beauty of Stellenbosch and Franschoek make for a breathtaking escape from city life where you can enjoy the best food, wine and hospitality.

Cape Quarter

Come visit the Cape and enjoy a rich diversity of scenery, people and tastes.  Road Travel Africa is passionate about South Africa and specialize in culinary packages and tours, so get in touch with us to make sure you know which restaurants and establishments will make your taste buds happy 😉

azure

Southern Africa Accommodation and Tours Providers

ask-the-experts

Road Travel Africa offers a helpful service to organizations, companies and travel agencies, allowing you to experience tours of Southern Africa by your own rules.  Our flexible and professional approach means that we can assist you in finding the best accommodation at the best rate, while consulting you on your tour of South Africa.

004-dbaa225d78

Since Road Travel Africa specializes in putting together custom made travel packages, we can assure you that our Southern African tours will satisfy the taste of even the most experienced and seasoned travellers.  There are so many wonderful places for visitors to Southern Africa to experience and by putting together unforgettable tours on an individual basis we can cater for your unique travel desires.

KNPBushWalk

If you are travelling in a group you will benefit tremendously from putting together a tour of South Africa that satisfies the taste of all those in your tour group.  If you are a small group we can cater for your needs too, providing Southern African tours unique to your taste, so you won’t have to tag along with other tourists visiting sites you are not interested in.  There will be no rushing in and out of a bus for you if you choose to travel in style with Road Travel Africa!

34588934-H1-Reception

Whether visiting your favorite town or resort in Southern Africa, or if you are visiting the country for the first time, Road Travel Africa will provide you with the information you need to ensure that you stay in style and comfort, and that you pay less.  By creating a portfolio of handpicked hotels and game lodges, Road Travel Africa is able to offer a selection of accommodation choices that will give you the very best location, service and of course value for your money. When you talk to us about your accommodation requirements we will be sure to find something that meets and exceeds your exact requirements.

_DSC8179elephant safari sunset1

Ten Day Whirlwind Roadtrip to Cape Town, Sun City and Safari

Mnt Nelson entrance
DAY 1

You will be met on arrival at Cape Town International Airport and assisted to the rental car counter where you will collect your hired vehicle. In your welcome pack there will be detailed information on places of interest and happenings, things to do, directions and maps, and all other relevant information you might require. 

Self drive to your hotel, which is situated at the foot of Table Mountain and set in nine acres of lush gardens.

Mnt Nelson suite

The Mount Nelson Hotel is Cape Town’s most distinguished hotel, offering unparalleled tradition, history and sophistication. The hotel’s combination of elegance, grace, grandeur and exceptional location, ensures her guests a truly memorable experience.

Overnight : The Mount Nelson Hotel

 Mnt Nelson pool

DAY 2 & 3

Days at Leisure to explore the beauty and magnificence of Cape Town. As mentioned, you will have detailed information on where to go and what to do. Our offices will be delighted to assist with any bookings / reservations you might require.

Cable car table mountain

Laze around one of the pools shop or explore some more of what makes Cape Town one of the top travel destinations in the world. Cape Town is a vibrant melting pot of history and culture, with a great mix of fascinating people, places to see and food to taste.

Overnight : The Mount Nelson Hotel

 Phantom Forest monkey

DAY 4

After a leisurely breakfast this morning you will depart on your scenic four to five hour drive into the Garden Route. 

With detailed directions and maps you will find out more about the Cape Winelands and the Overberg region, which you will travel through.

Arrive at Phantom Forest in the late afternoon. You will be met at the entrance of this beautiful nature reserve and transferred up to the lodge. 

Tonight you will enjoy a 6-course gourmet dinner in the Boma. Cuisine style is fusion / international with local African flavor and influence.

Overnight : Phantom Forest Eco Reserve

 Phantom Forest bathroom

DAY 5

Day at Leisure to enjoy the magnificence of this one of a kind eco reserve in the heart of the Garden Route. 

The elevated “treesuites” at Phantom Forest are an African celebration of natural textures, handcrafted furnishings, ethnic artifacts and hand weaving, stunning end-glass gable, en-suite forest bathroom, and deck with trees popping through here and there!  

You will have access to all the activities on the premises – mountain bikes, beautiful indigenous forest walks, the Bubble Barrel, two person sauna, private jetty with canoes, two fresh-water plunge pools and excellent bird-watching. 

The Body Boma offer treatments such as Full Body Massage, Reiki, Shiatsu, Swedish, Facials etc. and also a wet treatment area (Vichy Shower) with mineral and mud wraps.

Overnight : Phantom Forest Eco Reserve

 Phantom Forest fire dancing

DAY 6

After a leisurely breakfast you will depart on your drive to George Airport for your short scheduled flight to Johannesburg. 

Also recommended is a visit to Knysna for some sight seeing and optional shopping before your afternoon flight to Johannesburg. 

On arrival at OR Tambo Airport, you will be met and transferred in an air-conditioned sedan to Sun City. 

The Cascades is encircled by a necklace of tropical gardens threaded with tumbling waterfalls, weirs, lagoons and shaded walks – giving The Cascades it’s name and positioning it as one of the most sought after sophisticated and elegant hotels at Africa’s Kingdom of Pleasure – Sun City.

Overnight : Sun City Cascades

 Sun City The Palace

DAY 7

Day at your leisure to enjoy all the many activities on offer at Sun City. Sun City has dazzled the international community with its glamorous casinos, gourmet restaurants, extensive sports facilities and star-studded spectaculars. 

The full variety of entertainment on offer ranges from slots to safaris; the theatre extravaganza to a games arcade for children; horse-riding to golf; the valley of waves to the lost city…whatever it is you are looking for you will find it at Sun City.

Overnight : Sun City Cascades

 Sun City Lost City

DAY 8

You will be met at your hotel after a relaxing breakfast this morning and transferred into the Madikwe Game Reserve. 

The Malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve is a 75 000 hectare reserve restored from farmland to its natural environment. The largest ever translocation of game occurred when 10 000 animals of 27 species were moved to Madikwe in Operation Phoenix. These included the big five and other endangered species such as the Wild Dog and Cheetah.

Etali pool view

Etali Safari Lodge provides luxurious and elegant accommodation in the heart of Madikwe Game Reserve. The lodge has a wonderfully romantic atmosphere with its completely private suites and views of the nearby waterhole, making it the perfect destination for honeymooners and holidaying couples.  Etali offers an abundance of exciting activities, including guided game drives and scenic nature walks. Relax and unwind at Etali’s top-class wellness center, offering indulgent spa treatments, a relaxing steam room, and a well-equipped gym.

Etali ellie

Overnight : Etali Safari Lodge
DAY 9

Madikwe Game Reserve is home to plenty of African big game with many Elephant; both Black and White Rhino, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Giraffe and lots of different antelope, including South Africa’s rugby mascot – Springbok. Day and evening game drives and walking safaris through Madikwe, allow you to get close to these animals and provide great photo opportunities.

Etali bedroom
Overnight : Etali Safari Lodge

DAY 10

Enjoy one last exciting game drive and bush breakfast, before you will be met at the lodge and transferred to OR Tambo Airport for your international homebound flight.

Madikwe wild dog

**End of Services**