African Wine & Culture
By Mark Johnson
When seeking exceptional cuisine, most travelers think of Europe, but Africa boasts several first-rate wineries and delicious local fare. Visits to South African vineyards and wine safaris can be arranged to include vineyard visits as well as olive oil tastings and wine tasting tours by horseback. Not-to-be-missed vineyards include Stellekaya, known for its outstanding reds and run by Ntsiki Biyela, the first black female winemaker in the country.
Foodies will love exploring the local cuisine, which, contrary to popular belief, is not made from bizarre animals and unseemly parts. Imagine devouring delicious five-star African meals in beautiful settings, such as breakfast in the middle of the Serengeti near residential zebra and wildebeest. Lodge and camp chefs accommodate baby boomers’ dietary restrictions by offering more westernized food in addition to traditional African fare.
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