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Published May 22nd 2013
A real African Experience
There is something about Africa that really fills that void in one's life. I can't really put my finger on it, but maybe because it that creative yet wild setting that just adds that sense of fulfillment.
When I stepped into the Kalahari Taste of Africa in Willetton, it immediately took me back to Africa. In fact, to the Kalahari itself! This store has capture the very essence of Africa and one does not even have to leave the country.
From its amazing selection of South African cuisines to the creative crafts around the shop, one can just browse and shop galore. Julienne and Fritz Arnold, the owners of the Kalahari Store, have really created a true African experience. It is really extraordinary.
There is a wide range of foods that are made on site, from koeksister to amazing coffee. Of course, I am quite fussy when it comes to coffee and believe me, they have mastered this skill of making an exceptional cup of coffee.
Fridays and Saturdays are Kalahari's vet koek days. And if you have never eaten a vet koek (fat cake), this is basically dough that is filled with mince and then deep fried. It is probably similar to a Cornish pie – just fried not baked. It is very yummy!
The Kalahari Taste of Africa has a wide variety of true African made products from beaded key chains to crocheted covered mugs. I found the crocheted mugs a very unique idea as it would be perfect for camping. I learnt that funds from the sales of the cups go to the "Save the Rhino" project. And of course many will know that Rhinos are under heavy attack by poachers for their horns.
Kalahari Taste of Africa is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5:30pm and from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday. The good news for those north of the river is that there is news of another Kalahari Taste of Africa opening soon. So, watch their Facebook page for more details.