African experience – eat, drink, dance and drum

Catch the rhythms of Africa in Cape Town. Photo courtesy Gemma Longman

Eat, drink, dance and drum African style in Cape Town.

South Africa’s rich cultural traditions relating to the preparation of food and drink, eating and drinking, dancing and drumming, are still prevalent in many areas of South Africa – and Cape Town is no different.

Enjoy a meal served in true African ambience at Mzoli’s Place, the trendy local butchery-turned-club-and-eatery in Gugulethu, or at Eziko Restaurant in Langa, another of Cape Town’s sprawling townships.

Eziko Restaurant, +27 (0)21 694 0434, is linked to the Eziko Cooking and Catering School, where members of the local community learn to cook and acquire marketable skills. Eziko is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and is a popular stop among tour operators.

Mama Africa, +27 (0)21 426 1017, on Long Street, specialises in African food accompanied by live local music. Mama Africa is open Tuesday to Friday from 12h30 to 15h30 for lunch and Monday to Saturday from 18h30 to 00h30 for dinner.

The Africa Café, +27 (0)21 422 0221, on the corner of Buitengracht Street and Shortmarket Street, offers visitors a full African experience, complete with communal feasts.

For those looking to dance Africa style, Club Africa, corner of Lower Main and Station Road in Observatory, is a lively spot which features African dance music punctuated by occasional live music. Club Africa, +27 (0)21 464 7126, is open on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 19h00.

Did you know?

You can enjoy traditional African cuisine, including mopane worms, at “Nyoni’s Kraal” on Long Street.

Buyel'Embo Village

This cultural village aims to remind us of our origin and serves as the reservoir for African knowledge pertaining to nature and traditions, giving us an opportunity to celebrate who we are through music (wonderful sounds from live bands) or from its’ distinct fineness of cuisine, topped up with African (local) arts and crafts.

Braai and Camping

Hot summer sun, extra long days and warm nights, sun-kissed skin and time to spend with loved ones; summer in Cape Town is the ideal time to get outdoors and enjoy getting closer to the spectacular nature that is within minutes from the bustling city.

Cape Town Diamond Museum

Diamonds were formed three billion years ago by molecular-changing heat of around 1 300 °C, deep within the Earth’s crust. If you didn’t know that, then you have not been to the Cape Town Diamond Museum.

Castle Military Museum

The Castle Military Museum is housed in the oldest building in South Africa, the Castle of Good Hope. It is a tribute to the brave regiments of the past, providing an insight into the political history of the country and celebrating the rich military history of the Cape.

South African Rugby Museum

Cape Town sport enthusiasts are lucky enough to live in the city that is home to the South African Rugby Museum. Located just a drop kick away from the Newlands Rugby Stadium in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town, home of the Stormers, the South African Rugby Museum is a full of tokens, collector’s items, memorabilia and history of one of the country’s most watched sports.

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