Southern Africa’s Alcoholic Specialties.

Southern Africa’s Alcoholic Specialties.

While camping and overlanding through Southern Africa, our group always made sure to keep the cooler, or eskie to the Australians, full of alcohol. Whether it was wine, beer, or liquor, there was never a shortage. Well, until we came to a Shop Rite in Namibia that, to our dismay, didn’t sell liquor after a certain time on Saturdays, which of course, was the time we were there.


Aside from that, we were always stocked up, and luckily, in Africa, you can pretty much drink anywhere, so drink we did. Whether it was in our truck by day, around the campfire by night, or while we were looking for game on night drives, drinks were always in our hands.

Safari drinking. Photo Credit: Rae

Safari drinking. Photo Credit: Rae

What did we drink…everything. When in Southern Africa, there are a few specialties you must sample before heading home.

South African Wine
We bought our first bottle for our boat ride safari in Chobe National Park, and fell in love. While I’ve had South African wine in America, there’s always a difference when you drink it where it was made. Not only did we drink it by the bottle, or box in many cases, but we also had the chance to visit a winery in South Africa, and we all left with a few bottles.


My favorite of all the beverages Africa has to offer, Amarula is made from the marula fruit, which happens to be a favorite among African elephants. You can drink it on ice or mixed with hot chocolate, but it’s also used to make a Dom Pedro. Unfortunately, I didn’t discover this cocktail until the end of the trip, but it’s made with ice cream, heavy cream, and Amarula blended together, making the most delicious adult milkshake.

Amarula & hot chocolate.

Amarula & hot chocolate. Photo Credit: Rae.

Springbok Shots
This was our shot of choice while in Africa, and you can pretty much get it anywhere. We made our discovery at a bar in Swakopmund, and couldn’t get enough. It’s made with peppermint liquor and Amarula, and it went down too easy after a day of quad biking and sand boarding in the dunes.

Judging by the color, I'm pretty sure these aren't springbok shots. Regardless, they were delicious...whatever they were.

Judging by the color, I’m pretty sure these aren’t springbok shots. Regardless, they were delicious…whatever they were.

Winhoek Lager
There are a lot of different varieties of beer to choose from, and I’d say I probably had a taste of them all: Zambezi, Carling Black Label, St. Louis, Tafel, Lion, and Castle. However, the one I liked the most was Windhoek lager, which is made in Namibia; something about it had me coming back for more. The best place to drink it? Fish River Canyon at sunset.


Savannah Dry Cider
I’m not big on cider, but this one was great when you needed a break from everything else. There’s also Hunter’s, but I preferred Savannah Dry and the adorable packaging it came in.

No matter what your poison of choice is, Southern Africa has something for everyone.

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Comments (11)

  1. @mrsoaroundworld

    How interesting about the licensing times!! Happened to me only once, in South Carolina.. after 7pm on a Saturday. But mid afternoon is even weirder! I love South African wine!

    1. The World Wanderer

      So funny, right? I had no idea things were like that in South Carolina too…interesting! Yes, South African wine is wonderful. 😉

  2. Raul (@ilivetotravel)

    I discovered Amarula a few years ago but not Dom Pedro – will have to try out. And I agree that S African wines are excellent, especially when kicking back on a beautiful day on the grounds of a winery in Stellenbosch!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Amarula is the best, and I wish I discovered Dom Pedro’s sooner. Keep meaning to make my own, but I keep forgetting – maybe at TBEX??

  3. Kieu ~ GQ trippin

    I can’t get over some of the names – springbok shot – sounds interesting. lol

    1. The World Wanderer

      Haha, yup! Just like the springbox animal. Love it. 🙂

  4. lola

    lots o choices for libations indeed. love the last photo 😉

  5. CeecesTravel


    Glad you enjoyed some of the best of my home country SA.
    We do have a spoilt selection of drinks when it comes to our different tastes.
    The Springbok shots are almost mandatory during Rugby games, especially the the Rugby World Cup being on at the moment.

    Amarula is great but I personally prefer the Wild Africa Cream, a must you have to try.
    Savanna used to have these great ads on TV, being their motto :Its Dry But You Can Drink It. 🙂 I too am not a Cider fan but I love Cider Spritzers especially with our humidity and so that is a great brand to mix.

    See you also have some Two Oceans Wine and on that water at that, brilliant!
    I did a Two Oceans Wine Review awhile back which you can find on my site under the Wine Review Tab. We truly have amazing SA Wine and beautiful Wine Estates and Wine Routes.

    I am looking forward to my Cape Town trip as I plan to visit all the Wines I have done reviews on. As you say best to drink it where its made.

    Loved this post awesome photo’s.

    Craft Beer is also taking over SA like you wouldn’t believe with almost every town/city and province having several of its SA Brewed Craft Varieties, def something to do next time you’re here. And I’ll join you. You can find some craft beer reviews on my site too to get ready for our trip 🙂

    Love your post!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks so much, Cee!

      Wild Africa Cream sounds amazing! I will try that during my next visit, which hopefully will be soon. I don’t really love cider either – never tried a cider spritzer, but I will have to. I’ll check out your post on Two Oceans.

      I will absolutely have to get myself back to SA for some craft beer. I love visiting breweries around the world and didn’t during my time in SA. An excuse to go back! (I’ll add it to my list!)

      Thanks so much for reading and for your comment! Next time I’m in SA, I will be sure to do some drinking with you! xx

  6. Dan

    Gorgeous shot of the canyon. Springbok sounds tasty, and as an added bonus, should keep your breath minty fresh.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks so much, Dan! It is tasty and minty, haha.

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