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Cultural Connections in Southern Africa

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The best way to experience the culture in Southern Africa is by traveling to both cities and rural areas. Recipies, like languages, are passed down through generations. Sample savory curries, exotic meats, and new fruits. Learn about history in museums and really listen when locals open up to you about their lives. Turn on the radio as you cruise the open road towards your next destination. Seek out live music and you'll know why people say Southern Africa knows how to throw one heck of a party.
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Masiphumelele, Cape Town, 7975, South Africa
In the 1950's, Apartheid laws forced non-white residents of Cape Town into government-built townships or informal settlements in the Cape Flats region. While it's still not advisable for tourists to self-drive around the townships, there are a...
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25A Buitenkant St, Zonnebloem, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
District Six was originally a mixed community of freed slaves, merchants, artisans, laborers, and immigrants. Marginalization and forced removal of the residents began early in the last century and, in 1966, the neighborhood was declared a white...
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Ny 115, Guguletu, Cape Town, 7751, South Africa
Mzoli’s began life in 2003 as a humble butchery serving the community of Gugs (as Gugulethu is affectionately known) where it’s owner, Mr Mzoli Ngcawuzele himself, was born and raised. Mzoli prides himself on his choice cuts, so it wasn’t long...
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This is another Afrikaans term that means so much more than its simple translation. A braai (pronounced ‘bry’) means roasted meat and is used to refer to a barbeque. But it’s much more expansive than that. Braai refers to the social custom of...
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Scibono Discovery Centre, Miriam Makeba Street, corner of President Street, Newtown, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa
On the western edge of downtown Johannesburg, a neighborhood named Newtown has emerged as the city’s cultural heart. Once a gritty industrial center, Newtown is now a gathering place for South African writers, artists, and musicians. Begin your...
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Kayamandi, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa
When ever I travel I try to connect with the local community whenever possible and luckily for me this was easily done in Stellenbosch thanks to the Bites and Sites food tour company. One of there most popular tours is an afternoon in the local...
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192 Main Rd, Muizenberg, Cape Town, 7950, South Africa
Housed in the splendid Casa Labia, a stately home on Cape Town’s False Bay Coast, overlooking the ocean in Muizenberg this is the former residence of Count and Countess Natale Labia. Ideally situated for those undertaking a tour to Cape Point,...
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Diagonal St, Johannesburg South, South Africa
On a recent inner city tour I attended with tour operator, Past Experiences, we went past some of the local stores, one of which was a Muti Store. Muti is the Southern African traditional medicine which is prepared by a Sangoma or traditional...
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Katutura, Windhoek, Namibia
Kamaya Restaurant (adjacent to Catakombe Bar in Windhoek's former Apartheid township of Katutura), is a great place for some truly authentic local Namibian cuisine. You can dine on local delicacies like porridge and soup made from cornmeal, millet...
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corner Denis Hurley (old Grey) Street and Dr. Yusuf Dadoo (old Queen) Street, Durban Central, Durban, 4001, South Africa
Until last year, when it was usurped by the Turkish-style Nizamiye Mosque in Johannesburg, the Grey Street Mosque was the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Though the road has been renamed Doctor Yusuf Dadoo Street, locals continue to call it by...