Africa has been making its mark in recent travel polls; Lonely Planet naming Botswana as the number one country to visit in 2016 and National Geographic has placed Uganda in their top 10 places to see the world’s wildlife. Home to a melting pot of exotic recipes from across the globe, there’s also another reason to take a bite of Africa this year and these traditional dishes picked by overland specialist Acacia Africa are bound to inspire the foodie in you.
South Africa’s pleasing exchange rate makes the country ideal for Brits who have a budget sized travel itch. Grab a slice of culture on a Township tour and sample Bobotie - the South African answer to Shepherds pie. The twist? Add curry to the minced meat and instead of the usual mashed potato, treat yourself to a frothy custard topping. Like everything in South Africa, the traditional dishes cross borders and continents.
The Namibian dollar is pegged to the South African Rand making the country another great value destination. With 11 different ethnic tribes and culinary influences from various countries, Namibia is another foodie fusion.
A regular pit stop on the overland trail why not place your order at Joe’s Beer House in Windhoek and sample the best of Namibian and German cuisine.
If you’re game for something exotic you’ll find ostrich, crocodile, springbok, and kudu on the menu and to really get into the spirit of African dining, you should sit around the open fire in the outside boma.
Botswana is clearly one of the frontrunners for this year’s travellers, its 50th anniversary of independence scheduled for 30 September. If you’re travelling across more than one country in Africa, you may find that many of national dishes are based on meat and maize, and Botswana's ‘Seswaa’ is no different. The dish consists of a meat stew boiled with onion or pepper. The meat is then pounded heavily and served over thick polenta or pap with a leafy green called Morogo - known as African spinach. Go overland as you’ll have the chance to shop at local markets and maybe even learn how to cook this delicious meal en route.
Zimbabwe’s new $150 million dollar Victoria Falls International Airport officially opened in December 2015 and the possibility of new direct flights is expected to be a “game changer” for Southern Africa as a region. While you’re visiting, you have to treat yourself to a heap of crisp-fried kapenta - one of the country’s culinary masterpieces. Regularly sold at street stalls, the dish is comprised of two species of small freshwater fish stewed with tomatoes, onions and groundnut powder. The tasty offering is often served with maize porridge (sadza) and an equal helping of greens. Using cutlery here would be a culinary faux pas, so scoop up the sazda with your hand and dip it into the fish.
After suffering years of unrest, Mozambique is now a rising star on the budget travel circuit. From Vilankulos to Xai-Xai, the turquoise waters are literally teeming with marine life; giant manta rays, turtles, reef sharks, dolphins and the rare dugong on the list. A world in one dish, its heady blend of African, Portuguese, oriental and Arab recipes will definitely tempt your taste buds Sample fresh fish, prawns, calamari, crab, lobster, and crayfish from a street stall on the coast, add in some rice or fries (known as batata fritas) and dine on the sands while watching the sun go down over the ocean.
Article courtesy of Acacia Africa
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