TASTE CULTURE

Tantalise your tastebuds and savour the flavour of Limpopo.

Tantalise your tastebuds with traditional food, which allows you to savour the flavours of Limpopo.  Head to Ga-Malahlela village for an unforgettable cultural experience when you tune in to the rhythms of daily life.  You will be able to try out traditional food such as ‘Pap’ (ground corn – the staple food for many South Africans), wild spinach, mopane worms, ‘walkie-talkies’, traditional beer and learn how to make these traditional delicicies yourself.  Stay overnight and help to cook the evening meal over an open fire. 

Or join the Slow Food Movement in Magoebaskloof where you can pick handfuls of blueberries from Blueberry Heights and gooseberries from Kuhestan Organic Farm.  Then head to Wegraakbosch Cheese Farm for a wonderful treat of downy geese, inquisitive goats and contented cows roaming around the lush farm where Nipper and Sylvie Thompson make organic cheeses in a copper cauldron over a blazing fire.  Go on a tour of the dairy and enjoy a cheese and chorizo platter under the vines next to a wonderland of vegetables and herbs.

Magoebaskloof is full of tempting treats starting with Persian preserves from Kuhestan Farm or Magriet’s famous rusks or chunky kiwi jam, which is pure addiction in a bottle.  Zwakala Craft Brewery is a winning combination where awesome people, award-winning beers, gourmet burgers and home-made ice cream at the northern-most brewery in the country. The Neighbourhood Market, which happens four times a year and brings together the best foodie treats of the area, live music and atmosphere in abundance.

One of the best ways to participate in the daily rhythms of village life in the Soutpansberg area is to follow musical sounds of cowbells and the wafting flavours of cooking fires which welcome you to come closer for a delicious lunch of flame-grilled chicken, pap and marogo at a Chicken Dust Roadside Restaurant.  Further north, at Baleni Camp, you can witness the 2000 year-old process of salt-making and buy some of the fabulous smoky salt sourced by Michelin Star restaurants around the world.  

Or head to the Farmers’ Market in Hoedspruit on the first Saturday of every month where you can find delicious homemade treats like milk tart, duck and cherry pie, marula jelly and local gin.  Nearby Phalaborwa has the popular Amarula Lapa with the delicious flavours of the Amarula liqueur made from ripe Marula Fruit or you can  visit the Qualito Craft Distillery for whiskey, vodka and gin tasting. 

Wherever you travel to in this diverse province, you will savour the flavours of Limpopo long after you head for home.