If you are one of those travellers who have specific food requirements during your trip to South Africa read on:

Certified halaal food products and restaurants are available, controlled by the South African National Halaal Authority.  Their website offers a directory of products and restaurants, of which there is a fair spread.  Products certified halaal are found in supermarkets.

Kosher food requirements in South Africa are supervised by the South African Beth Din.  The choice of kosher restaurants is small, and is limited to areas such as Glenhazel and surrounds in Johannesburg, and the Sea Point area of Cape Town.  Supermarket chains and delis stock kosher foods which carry the Beth Din stamp.

Vegetarian restaurants are few and far between in South Africa, although most restaurants do have vegetarian items on their menus.  These options are sometimes a little indifferent, but the better eateries will have a surprisingly good selection.  Check the online restaurant directories to locate vegetarian restaurants.  Supermarkets stock vegetarian meals in their pre-prepared ranges.

Tourists with allergies and health issues, who require specially prepared foods in South Africa, will find our health shops stocked with alternatives from the preservative-free to the probiotic-rich.  Most are staffed by personnel clued up on vitamins, supplements and natural options.

Supermarket chains also show an increasing awareness of health issues, stocking gluten-free breads and diary alternatives like soya milk and yoghurts.  Labelling of products is detailed, with ingredients and protein, fat and carbohydrate quantities listed.  More and more products with an element of risk for allergic consumers, for example nut products, contain health warnings.

A top-quality food chain such as Woolworths boasts an ever-increasing range of organically produced fresh produce and products.

With a minimal amount of research, you should be able to meet your food requirements in South Africa

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