What South Africans Miss About Home While Abroad!

Travelstart Reveals What South Africans Miss About Home While Abroad

CAPE TOWN, 24 September 2018 – Travelstart, South Africa’s cheap flights provider, launched a survey across several social media platforms to find out what South Africans miss most about home while travelling or living abroad.

The information gathered revealed some expected trends and a few unexpected ones.

South Africans Love Their Biltong and Rooibos Tea

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Unsurprisingly, over 50% of the respondents said they missed biltong, droëwors, and braais. Durban curry and boerewors rolls came in close behind at 20% and many people also said they missed how affordable dining out is in South Africa compared to other countries.

When it came to drinks, desserts, and unique South African products, 25% said they miss Rooibos Tea, 20% said SAB beers such as Castle Lite and Black Label, and 15% miss a good bottle of Pinotage. Peppermint Crisp tart was the favourite dessert with 24% and malva pudding and milk tart each got 20%. The beloved Mrs Balls Chutney was missed by 24% of respondents and Ouma Rusks by 17%.

Cape Town Wins the Hearts of Locals

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Places such as Cullinan, Sabie, Kruger National Park, and the Wild Coast made it onto the list, but Cape Town proved to be the undeniable winner with over 50% saying it was the place they missed the most.

South Africans Love Road Trips, Christmas Outside, and Each Other


Almost 50% of respondents said being able to get into their cars and drive along the coast on a Sunday afternoon or go on a long road trip to the small towns is something they miss most. Many also said that stopping at Wimpy or the padstals along the way are a highlight of road tripping anywhere in South Africa.

An overwhelming majority also said that being able to celebrate Christmas outside in the warm sunshine and the friendly people are two of the best things about the country. Many respondents also expressed a love for the great weather and diverse landscapes and cultures.

Roadside Shopping and Being Able to Say Things Like “Ag man!”

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Surprisingly, a few respondents said the sound of hooting taxis was something they missed while abroad. A large majority also said they missed the petrol attendants, being able to buy everything from avos and newspapers to sunglasses and car chargers at the robots, and the South African accent and slang.

Turns out you can take people out of South Africa, but you can’t take South Africa out of its people.


About Travelstart

Travelstart is Africa’s leading online travel agency offering flights, hotel bookings, car rentals, vacation packages and other travel services through their online booking engine. They have offices across Africa and the Middle East where hundreds of Travelstarters are dedicated to rocking your travel world.

For more information contact:
Lyle Scritten
lyle@travelstart.com | 021 468 4306 | 081 741 9005
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0 thoughts on “What South Africans Miss About Home While Abroad!

  1. This is a very interesting study! I’d really love to see something similar done for other countries around the world. As a traveller, it would help me get an idea of what to look out for and the most authentic local things to try when visiting.

    We’re big road tripping fans and we haven’t been to South Africa yet. That’s something we can totally get on board with when we visit 🙂

  2. This is a fun perspective, finding out what the local people miss while they’re traveling. If I were to go to South Africa, I would make it a point not to miss all of these things.

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