Flavours of South Africa

Charlie Ottley sets off for South Africa in search of new thrills for the taste buds. Alongside the spectacular scenery he finds both food and wine to match. Beginning with an exploration of the culinary influence of early Dutch settlers, Charlie examines the myriad of influences evident in South Africa's modern day cuisine. Along the way he discovers the miraculous properties of the Rooibos and rustles up an ostrich egg omelette (clue - you don't need many eggs!). However, in a case of role reversal, Charlie has to make sure he doesn't become lunch himself as a pack of stalking Cheetahs pass by at almost touching distance. That's not the only spectacular wildlife Charlie comes across as he sees lions battle with hyenas over their lunch and finds only wire mesh separating him from a Great White Shark. When Charlie heads into the Shamwari Wildlife reserve for a little survival tuition, he learns it's not exactly gourmet fayre; live scorpion and Tabasco Sauce anyone?

 

No. of Episodes: 6

Episodes

1  The Dutch Heritage

From the slave quarters of the Bo Kaap and super chic Camp’s Bay to the wilderness of the great Karoo, Charlie treads in the footsteps of the early Dutch settlers and examines their influence on the food and culture of Modern South Africa. On the way he also kayaks round the infamous Cape of Good Hope and unearths the ancestors to the dinosaurs.
Duration: 30'

 

2  The Eastern Cape

Charlie leaves civilisation behind and gets back to nature in this action packed odyssey around the eastern Cape. En route he discovers one of Africa’s most beautiful eco-lodges, rides elephants and ostriches, makes the world’s richest scrambled egg, walks with Cheetahs and learns how to make a meal of live scorpions at the stunning Shamwari Wildlife reserve.
Duration: 30'

 

3  The Western Cape

Presenter Charlie Ottley explores some lesser known parts of the Western Cape from the townships to the desolate Cederberg Mountains. On his travels Charlie stops off at a seafood restaurant with a difference, discovers the miraculous properties of Rooibos and tracks down the elusive Cape Mountain Zebra.
Duration: 30'

 

4  The Interior

From the savage Kruger National Park via Suweto to the oldest Baobab tree in the world, Charlie Ottley takes us on a breathless safari across South Africa’s mighty Interior. See a lioness battle hyenas, learn how to make cheese, discover a great recipe for caterpillars and be hurled into the void and Charlie shows us yet another facet of this vast and mosaic country.
Duration: 30'

 

5  The Winelands

A viticultural romp around Capetown’s historic wine lands - presenter Charlie Ottley checks out the ultimate designer winery, the last word in chic hotels and samples some of South Africa’s best cuvees. He also gets in deep water as he takes a famous local winemaker cage diving for Great White Sharks.
Duration: 30'

 

6  Kwazulu Natal

Gastronomer Charlie Ottley takes a non-stop tour of the magical state of Kwazulu Natal. From the street markets of Durban to the battlefields of the Zulu War, from the stunning Drakensburg Mountains to Africa’s most gourmet hotel, Charlie eschews the beaten track in pursuit of more indelible sights and unbeatable recipes.
Duration: 30'

 

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