South Africa: Through Local Eyes

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Tash

Where are you originally from?​
Britain but living in South Africa

PEOPLE

In one word or sentence, how do you describe your people?
Welcoming

On a scale of 1-10, how well does your country speak English?
8

Can you give a key phrase/word/expression that people in your country usually say?
Lekker

How do I say “hello/thank you/please/sorry” in your language?
Hallo/asseblief/jammer – Afrikaans

Are you more like laid back or party people?
A bit of both. We are extremely chilled out, but give us a klippies ‘n coke and we will show you how to party.

FOOD​

Best food? Weirdest food? Local food to try?
Pap and vleis. It’s a traditional African meal, found almost anywhere.

Best drink? Local drink to try?
Springbokkies. It’s a little shooter consisting of peppermint liqeur and Amarula Cream liqueur

How is breakfast served in your country?
We have a traditional farmhouse brekkie which is like a continental but with a juicy piece of boerewors! Normally served outside on the stoep/patio

CULTURE​

The best festival to attend?
Lusito land is a great way to experience the Portugese culture in South Africa.

Which sport are you guys crazy about?
Rugby!

What is the craziest thing to do in your country?
Probably going to one of our game farms or wildlife centres and hanging out with snakes, lions and all sorts of beautiful creatures you wouldn’t normally encounter.

What excursions and/or activities do you extremely suggest that visitors MUST do?
Take the Red Bus tour through the townships and ‘shanty towns’

Are there any local customs a visitor should be sensitive to?
Not necessarily. Things are extremely racially tense at the moment so be mindful of that.

PLACES​

What is/are the most surreal places/landmarks to visit?
Vilazazi street in soweto, where Madiba lived. Voortrekker monument in Pretoria. The Oudshoorn mountains. Everything about the The Garden Route.

Can you name a place that most people have not heard of? A secret spot perhaps!
Ou Drift river near Knysna, it’s so incredibly beautiful. There’s a giant rock you can jump off straight into the river. Only the Knysna locals know about it.

Where can visitors find the best beach?
Swartvlei Beach – Sedgefield, the Garden Route. Breathtaking.

If I’m staying for less than a week, which city should I choose?
The Garden Route side, if you want to be blown away by natural beauty and outdoor activities. Johannesburg if you are after an urban cultural experience. Durban if you just want to relax.

COUNTRY​

In one word or sentence, how do you describe your country?
Beautiful.

How many days at least should a visitor spend in your country?
I would say 10.

When is the best time to visit?
Summer!

Can you give an interesting trivia about your country?
The Bloukrans bridge is the highest natural commercial jump in the world.

What is your country’s most popular stereotype/cliché?
We do in fact have regular vehicles and don’t ride lions to work and back.

ABOUT TASH

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Website/Blog: www.millennialmomma.co.za – my mommy blog about life as a young momma living in South Africa
E-mail: tashbuckley96@gmail.com


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