RESTAURANTS & TIPPING
South Africa offers a robust selection of world-class restaurants and eateries. Its multi-cultural heritage means that you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to traditional meals. Do try to sample some African cuisine, as well as Durban curries and Cape Malay food. Most establishments serve western-style food, and you’ll find plenty of international fast food outlets such as KFC and McDonalds within close distance to your accommodation. Your eating out costs will be minimal (relative to where you go) and can range between $6 to $13 per person, excluding drinks. Local alcoholic drinks are much more affordable than international brands, but these too are readily available at restaurants and liquor stores. Please do try the local wines, which are of the best in the world.
It is commonplace to add 10-15% of the total bill for tipping servers, who will be grateful for the gesture. South African’s are known for their efficient and friendly service. Should you not receive the service you expect, always ask to speak to the manager and it will usually be resolved within minutes. South African’s appreciate criticism and positive feedback.
Meat features heavily in South African cuisine, and barbeques or "braais" are a popular social get together. There are, however, many restaurants that serve vegetarian and vegan options.
Most liquor stores are open on public holidays and Sundays, but this largely depends on the area you are staying in.
IE Travel Group is a member of Travel Trust Association (TTA) and has an ATOL license, which provides complete financial protection to our clients as well as stronger buying power to the company, thus enabling us to offer competitive rates to our clients.
We have partnered up with Responsible Tourism to ensure that we support community-based, sustainable and kind-to-the-planet travel.
As certified British Airways Operators, we get exclusive deals on all flights.
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CORPORATE AND LEISURE TRAVEL
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We specialise in corporate solutions offering over 25 years of experience to this market. These solutions include travel budget assistance, loyalty memberships, travel preferences, reports, negotiations with suppliers and more. Our belief is that all travel should offer a unique and incredible experience, no matter what purpose. Why not add a weekend to either side of your business trip to explore the area and get to know the locals and their culture.
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