Image courtest of Arnold Goodway 3. Unique Eats As mentioned, one of the main attractions to South Africa is its fusion of various cultural influences, and an unavoidable offshoot of this is the incredible array of weird and wonderful foods available, sometimes referred to as ‘rainbow food’. Due to the influx of so many nationalities during colonial rule, you will find everything from European to Malay, to Indian styles here. Not forgetting the traditional dishes of the indigenous African people. Some of the highlights include: Bunny Chow/Kota (a curry served in a hollowed loaf of bread. Indian influence); Babotie (baked spiced minced meat with an egg topping, often served with banana, coconut, rice and dried fruit. Most probably influenced by SA’s Cape Malay community); Melktert (a sweet milk tart); Walkie Talkies (boiled then fried chicken feet (walkie) & heads (talkie). Mmmmmmm
Image courtesy of Celso Flores 4. Learn to Love the Vuvuzela at the African Cup of Nations South Africa is hosting next year’s AFCON having held its own putting on the World Cup back in 2010. Kicking-off in January, fans from all over the continent will be making the journey to support their team. This spectacle is not to be missed, whether you’re well into your football or not. Some cheeky half-time walkie-talkies will see you through to the final whistle.
Image courtesy of coda 5. Cape Town You’d be a fool to visit South Africa without checking what Cape Town has to offer. Firstly, its location is pretty unbeatable as far as cities go: surrounded by top-class beaches and towered-over by the iconic Table Mountain. These alone mean that possibilities for fun abound here, with watersports and general outdoor activities widely available and popular. Add to this the oldest vineyards outside of Europe, excellent nightlife, a truly multi-cultural population and some beautiful architecture, and you’ll want to stay for years. NB: All of the above can be done wearing a cape. Of course it goes without saying that you should dedicate some of your time in South Africa to a spot of volunteering. Frontier offers a variety of options when it comes to doing something worthwhile and productive, from earning your FGASA Safari Field Guide qualification, to teaching on a whole host of sports coaching placements, there's bound to be something for you. You can check out all of the opportunities for gap year projects on the Frontier website.