What is food without travel, or travel without food? The two experiences go hand in hand and the food of Africa can really make your safari holiday a memorable one. Whether you’re travelling solo, with the whole family or for your honeymoon, there are fantastic African dishes to suit all tastes. Here are 10 delicious African foods that you have to try.
- Mshikaki (Tanzania)
Mshikaki is skewered meat grilled over open coals, bursting with fragrance and flavour. This is a very popular street food for those who need food on the go and a great late-night snack often served outside bars and nightclubs.
- Zanzibar Pizza (Tanzania)
An interesting dough based street snack which comes from the island of Zanzibar. The dough is filled with savoury ingredients such as onions, peppers, meat, a raw egg and cheese then fried in oil. Dessert based fillings are also available if you have a sweet tooth.
- Seswaa (Botswana)
This national Botswana dish is a traditional meat stew that is often served for celebrations, events and weddings. It’s a type of slow-cooked, pounded beef which is often dished up with bogobe porridge and vegetables.
- Jollof Rice (West Africa)
Every country has its own version of Jollof but this delicious rice sharing dish is a spicier, hotter and more flavoursome version of Spanish Paella – although it’s not fair to make a comparison as Jollof is totally different in every way.
- Cape Malay Curry (South Africa)
This famous curry dish hales from the diverse country of South Africa, where there is a large community of Cape Malaysians. And this tasty dish is a direct result of their culinary influence and is packed with flavour. Served with fragrant rice, it’s a filling meal for spice lovers.
- Piri Piri Chicken (Mozambique)
Mozambicans love a good beach barbeque. They call this “braai” and one of the most popular meats is piri piri chicken marinated in lemon and fiery hot spices. This dish also extends to parts of Tanzania too.
- Salt Fish (Republic of the Congo)
Salt fish is popular in areas of South Africa, Republic of the Congo and other parts of the continent. It’s a dried and salted fish which is a major source of protein. It’s an acquired taste but once you get a taste for it, it’s rather addictive!
- Mealie Bread (Zambia)
Cornbread in Zambia is a great comfort food. Made with fresh corn kernels instead of cornmeal, and spiced up with blackened chillies, it’s a moist and warming side that goes well with a meat stew.
- Mandasi Donuts (Malawi)
If you’re looking for a tasty sweet treat, try the Mandasi donuts of Malawi, often sold on the streets, at markets or outside bus stations by women looking to make some extra income. These fried dough snacks are made from flour, egg, sugar and milk and go well with a hot tea or a soft drink.
- Grilled Piri Piri Prawns (Mozambique)
Seafood rules in Mozambique but prawns are the go-to for tourists and locals alike. Prawns with chips or prawns with rice plus lashings of piri piri sauce is a beach front favourite.