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Published October 28th 2014
South African delights in Adelaide to please all
Top Things to do in Adelaide for South Africans

The cricket season is upon us again, and the South Africans are amongst the visitors to Australia this summer. So to ensure that the touring party and spectators alike have things to do while they are in Adelaide, this list has been prepared of the top things to do in Adelaide for the South African visitors or anyone else who wishes to appreciate some South African culture.

South African Flag
South African Flag

Protea World

The first venue for the "Proteas" to visit is South Australia's own Protea World. Protea World, located on the Yundi Road near Mt Compass is one of the largest Protea farms outside of South Africa.

Protea World

The King Protea (Protea cynaroides), is the national flower of South Africa. Its flower head is the largest in the Protea family. The species is also known as Giant Protea, Honeypot or King Sugar Bush. It is widely distributed in the south-western and southern parts of South Africa of the fynbos region.

Monarto Zoo

The Monarto Zoo is home to a number of exciting animals including the Southern White Rhinocerous. 99% of these Rhinos live in South Africa and neighbouring countries with South Africa having the largest population.

Monarto Zoo
Southern White Rhino and Baby

Monarto Zoo recently saw the birth of a baby White Rhino and this has caused quite a fuss for the Mother and Zookeepers alike.

Local Foods

And for those South Africans suffering some home sickness from being away from their local foods, how does some Ouma Rusks, Ronel's addictive Koeksisters, Biltong and Boerewors sound ?

SA in SA
Sandwich Board on Henley Beach Road

SA in SA
Imported Groceries

At the South Africa in South Australia (SA in SA) shop at 188 Henley Beach Road Torrensville, they have a complete range of imported South African food and drinks, including some South African alcohol. Join the owners for a chat, coffee and nibbles in the small café area to the front of the store.


Houghton is the location where Nelson Mandela passed away. Houghton is also the name of an outer area Adelaide suburb which is home to the Glen Ewin Estate.

Glen Ewin Estate
Glen Ewin Estate

Glen Ewin Estate is ideal for either a large function for a Touring Party, or perhaps a much smaller and intimate venue around the cellar door and the tasting tables. Why not celebrate the achievements of Nelson Mandela over a small glass of wine at South Australia's own Houghton ?


And of course, there is cricket. South Africa are playing Australia at the recently redeveloped Adelaide Oval for a 20/20 match in November, and potentially again during the ICC World Cup, so why not catch a game live.

Adelaide Oval
Adelaide Oval

Or for those interstate games during November, and February/March for the ICC World Cup, make sure you load up on South African food and drink, and tune in to the TV and support your team.

Other suggestions

There were a few other suggestions that didn't quite make the list for homesick South Africans including :

Visiting Burra to see where the movie Breaker Morant was filmed
Visiting Edithburgh, South Australia's similar sounding town to Johannesburg, or
Hiring a VW, South Africa's most popular car, and pumping the music up load to beat out the famous South African Manfred Mann's biggest hit "Do wha diddy diddy".

Welkom by Adelaide en geniet
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Why? Everyone loves a Protea
When: November - March
Where: Adelaide, South Australia
Cost: Varies
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Those white rhinos are beautiful.
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