Eating Southern African style varies greatly across the region. As a general rule, South Africa has the most variety, but high-quality food has become a priority, too, in many top-end lodges and tented camps across the region. Elsewhere, food is unlikely to be a major highlight of your visit and your focus is more likely to be on filling your tummy rather than sampling exciting tastes.

The Basics

As a general rule, locals don't eat out much (South Africa is a partial exception), but cheaper roadside places are popular.

  • Restaurants Most cater to a wealthy local and expat clientele, with cheaper places possible in areas with a large backpacker scene.
  • Bars Some serve food, but more often roadside stalls set up right outside.
  • Supermarkets Well stocked but pricey in larger cities; basic and extremely limited elsewhere.