Food and wines of South Africa

South Africa continues to attract a growing number of tourists each year creating a massive boost in their tourism industry. People are coming from far and wide to invest in South Africa’s rugged landscape, wildlife, the famous winelands and delicious cuisine.

Cape Town holidays are a great way to experience this fantastic bustling city, which is more similar to some Mediterranean towns than other major cities in Africa. If you enter Cape Town’s Waterfront, you will struggle not to compare it to San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf or even the promenade in Marbella.

What has really taken off is the huge selection of food options that the city has to offer. The Waterfront is ready to burst with the many options of cuisine. Sushi is a main favourite, as is fish and chips. The Karibu Restaurant offers diners an African experience with Crocodile Carpaccio a favourite on the chef’s specials.

Venture out of the waterfront and dip your toes in the sand and watch a magnificent sun down at The Grand Restaurant. Its name is well deserved.

Favored by Cape Town’s elite, its pizzas are wafer-thin and melt in your mouth. Their grilled king clip, South Africa’s local fish, is like a little drop of heaven. With a fresh glass of white wine it is possible to sit back, relax and enjoy the magnificent surroundings.

On the outskirts of Cape Town lies Camps Bay, South Africa’s equivalent to Miami’s South Beach. Visit The CodFather restaurant and enjoy some mouth-watering seafood before grabbing a delicious cocktail in one of the exclusive bars in the bay, and watch the eye-wateringly expensive super-cars drive past.

To experience some of South Africa’s wine, venture out of Cape Town and into South Africa’s famous Winelands region. Its many vineyards are influenced by different European countries depending on who began the wineries.

Sample wines with French, Dutch and even English influences and enjoy the distinctly European architecture that many of these wineries have. Their portions are generous, and after a couple of stops at different wineries on your tour of this marvelous region, you will start to feel the effects of the tasting.

Line your stomach with delicious cakes at one winery, or enjoy an authentic Braai at another. There are cheese farms and olive stores in the region for the opportunity to shop for some local produce to accompany your wine.

Gaze out at the inspiring views from the Delaire Graff Estate. Before you know it, you will start to feel at home in this beautiful region. Many specialist tour operators such as Rainbow Tours also offer South Africa tours that include wineland experiences.

There is no shortage of fantastic hotels and guesthouses in this region. The most important Wineland towns are Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek. Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in Africa. It is incredibly well preserved and stunningly attractive.

Franschoek is nestled between mountains on three sides and is equally as attractive with vineyards growing splendid wine in a beautiful setting.

Huguenot monument, Franschhoek.

Paarl is less scenic than the previous two, but it has less tourists vying for space. As a wine producer its focus is on large-scale production and the town is the home of Nederburg, which produces close to a million cases a year, and KWV, South Africa’s premier wine co-op.

These towns have excellent accommodation and are a great base from which to explore the region and indulge in some excellent cuisine.

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