Hacking South Africa

I will be going to South Africa in 2-3 weeks and I will stay there at least till Christmas, if not end of february.


 


Any specifc advice on South Africa?


 


I have heard that one can live very health conscious down there so I hope I get most of the ingredients I need. (Mct Oil, etc.)


 


 


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  • StevoStevo Upgrade in Progress

    The only thing I've heard is not to stop at red lights. But I'm sure that's a terrible generalisation and some of the Saffa forum members can be more useful :-D


  • Haha ThatStevenBaker that is pretty close to being true :P


     


    Anyways where in South Africa are you going?


     



    A South African pastor dies and is waiting in line at the Pearly Gates. Ahead of him is a guy who's dressed in sunglasses, a loud shirt, leather jacket and jeans.

    St Peter addresses him, "Who are you, so that I may know whether or not to admit you into the Kingdom of Heaven?"

    The guy replies, "I'm Sipho Mlangeni, taxi driver, from Soweto, South Africa, Sir." St Peter consults his list. He smiles and says to the taxi driver, "Take this silken robe and golden staff and enter the Kingdom of Heaven."

    Now it's the minister's turn. He stands erect and booms out, "I am the Right Reverend Joseph Snow, pastor of Saint Mary's for the last 43 years."

    St Peter consults his list. He says to the minister, "Take this cotton robe and wooden staff and enter the Kingdom of Heaven."

    "Just a minute," says the minister. "That man was a taxi driver and he gets a silken robe and golden staff. How can this be?"

    "Up here, we work by results," explains St Peter. "While you preached, people slept; while he drove, people prayed."


  • Okay let me be more specific: I am going to Cape Town to work as a model probably from mid-October till December or even February. I have heard that the two agencies I am considering with are in nice areas: Green Point and Sea Point area, then also in Camps Bay.


     


    It would be nice to meet some Bulletproof people living in South Africa :)


     


    I would also appreciate information on flight tickets as they have gotten quite expensive already (960 € on checkfelix for the cheapest flight). I am flying from Vienna. 


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  • I'm in Cape Town too and Green Point / Sea Point is definitely an awesome place to be, Caps Bay is very good too - they are all very upper market and modern locations. They have an amazing promenade along the sea for running and outdoor workouts and there is an outdoor gym there too. Pretty close to the CBD and where more of the popular local hotspots are. 


     


    In terms of flight tickets I can't really advise. What I can say though is buy a lock for your baggage zips. Things have a high tendency to go "missing" from bags at the airports here unfortunately.


  • thanks for your advice Geek Gone Strong ;


     


    Concerning BP lifestyle: Can I get everything there easily and at an equally good price like in Europe?


     


    For example in Bangkok it was impossible to get MCT oil. 


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  • Most people visiting here comment on how cheap everything is. We don't really have any wholefood / trader joe shops, but finding your nearest Woolworths will probably be your best bet to get decent quality meat and fruit/vegetables. 


     


    I haven't found any MCT oil sold in shops here yet unfortunately, and only a few dubious quality ones online. We do have KerryGold though thankfully haha.


  • Ok so in other words I should bring my MCT oil.


    Does anybody know how many liters I can bring in my suitcase? 2 Liters should be fine I guess. 


     


     


    Do you think that meat in the supermarket in South Africa is grass-fed?


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  • edited October 2013

    No, most of the meat isn't grassfed. Although Woolworths is organic and free-range but I do believe that it is still grass-finished. With that said, much of the food here is actually better quality than what you would find in typical U.S. supermarkets because there are so many organic farms and local-source communities around here supplying the shops. South Africa is very much an agricultural country rather than industrial so more people care and are aware about what they eat.


     


    There are several food markets in Cape Town that you can go to and get proper grass-fed high-quality meat such as http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g312659-d1746285-Reviews-Old_Biscuit_Mill-Cape_Town_Central_Western_Cape.html


  • Thank you so much!


     


    Is it truely necessary to have at least 3 hours for changing flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town? 


     


    The cheaper flight possibility is with only 2h20min time window between the flights. 


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  • It's a risk you take. If it is enormously cheaper then I would say take the cheaper flight, if it isn't a huge difference then maybe it's not worth it. 


  • Thanks, I took the safe option now.


     


    I am planning to check in 2 liters of MCT oil and 2-3 bulletproof coffee packs in my luggage. Hope there wont be a problem


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  • I have a Bulletproof friend who travels to South Africa almost every other month. He told me as long as he has some charcoal and coconut oil he's good to go. He gets some incredible African coffee as well. 


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  • Coconut oil should be easy to buy down there I figure. 


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  • edited October 2013

    Dont tell me they have no unsalted Kerrygold Butter here? I have been to a few supermarkets and could only find the salted version.


     


    Which butter are you using for bulletproof coffee?


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  • edited October 2013

    And the certified lfree range lamb meat I found at Checkers is suspiciously light in color, but I give it a try :D


     


     


    I will order my meat here:


    http://www.foodshed.co.za/meats-poultry-seafood/beef


     


     


    Cant get any cheaper than that ;)


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  • edited October 2013

    Hey, sorry for not checking this thread more regularly. Did you come right with the butter? I personally prefer the slightly salted kind so haven't actually bothered looking for unsalted.


     


    Checkers and Pick 'n Pay are both very budget supermarkets. Spar is slightly better and Woolworths is usually considerably better. But if you want the best quality organic stuff you need to find local suppliers (of which there are plenty). Foodshed looks good although I don't know anything about them, otherwise simply go to www.google.co.za and search for "Organic Eggs" or chicken or whatever you are wanting and then filter the pages to display only the ones from South Africa.


     


    I've been told from many different sources that http://gogosdeli.wozaonline.co.za/ is one of the best sources.


  • you are drinking BPC with salted Kerrygold? :D


     


    http://www.funkychickens.co.za/wmenu.php They seem to good


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  • Little update for people coming to South Africa:


     


     


     


    this might be interesting http://www.wildorganics.co.za/t/howdoeswildwork#howorder


    Finding good coffee is quite easy here, many good roasteries in the city. 


     


    I am just concerned about the quality of the tap water. Tastes off a bit.


    Furthermore I barely see any organic vegetables in the supermarket, but I assume that they use less pesticides here. Lots of Spinach, Brokkoli, Cauliflower, etc availabe. 


    Fish: they primarily offer some of the low-mercury fish mentioned by Dave in the supermarkets. Very decent price and the once from the  Freezer are all labeled as wild caught. 


    The South African Olive oils are absolutely amazing! The Raw Honeys as well. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is cheaper than at home. 


     


     


    So from a BP perspective South Africa is quite a bit of a paradise ;)


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  • edited November 2013

    Let me know which coffee roasteries you are enjoying and what your top coffee brands have been, I'd be keen to go check them out! As you said, there are soooo many here that trying them all is pretty hard. 


     


    In general, South Africa's tap water is actually extremely high quality, however I have found the taste to vary drastically from one area in SA to another. I pretty much only drink bottled water from http://www.oasiswater.co.za/ and it's extremely affordable. I have 2x 25 liter water dispensers at home and it costs me only around R1 per liter to fill them up. A real godsend considering I pretty much only drink water.


     


    You can get some excellent fresh wild-caught fish if you are willing to hang around at the harbours when the fishermen come in. I do a lot of fly-fishing so tend to catch myself some decent wild trout and bass too from the nearby rivers and dams.


     


    Out of interest what butter are you using?


  • ÃŒ have been to all of them already :)


     


    Best one is Truth on Buitenkant. Amazing coffee, the beans itself are not as flawless as the BP beans but still very clean coffee. At truth you also get a free coffee when you buy one bag of 225 g coffee beans. 


    Another one is called "Bean there" on  Wale street. 


     


    Concerning fish I go with the frozen wild caught fish they have at Checkers. The brand Cape Point also amazes me, great seafood for an affordable price. 


     


    I am using salted Kerrygold butter for cooking and to put on meals. Except for funky chicken online I havent found any place where I could get unsalted grass fed butter.


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  • Also check out Haas coffee in Bo-Kaap, met the owner last week at a shot. 


    They are moving in the same street where Truth is also located.


     


    Yesterday I bought the Ethiopian Coffee at "Bean There" for 65 RD 250g. 


    The beans are excellent!


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  • @John for unsalted butter in BPC I'd go with Woolworths unsalted butter. I live in Joburg and get to use a local farmer who makes raw milk, cream and butter. Coffee wise your spoilt for choice in Cape Town with many coffee roasters. Maybe some good people to ask for coffee beans that tick Dave's requirements would be Bean There roastery. I personal use Stil Coffee in Joburg cos they tick all the boxes with some of their single origin coffee beans. You can't get MCT oil in SA I have tried. I had to use a friend who runs a pharmaceutical/supplement company to get me some when they import it for mixing in other bodybuilding products.


  • the Woolworths butter is bulletproof? I gonna give it a try right away! Thanks :)


     


    There are even some dark roasts with incredible beans. Found one place in Gardens Center selling 125 g for 36 Rand. Best dark Roast ever - I have never had a dark roast that clean.


    Anthony Coffee Shop also has a good dark roast "Continental" for about 43 Rand.


    Other than that I go with Bean there or Truth.


     


    @Gary


    I am staying till 1 April. Any Travel Hacking Advice for SA? I thought about Krueger Park over Christmas, my room mate claims with 5000 Rand Flight hotel and car is all covered....


    What's your take on that?


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  • Do you know a place in CT to  get raw milk?


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  • The woolworths unsalted butter looks surprisingly good. I will have my first bpc with it tomorrow. 


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  • the Woolworths butter is bulletproof? I gonna give it a try right away! Thanks :)


     


    There are even some dark roasts with incredible beans. Found one place in Gardens Center selling 125 g for 36 Rand. Best dark Roast ever - I have never had a dark roast that clean.


    Anthony Coffee Shop also has a good dark roast "Continental" for about 43 Rand.


    Other than that I go with Bean there or Truth.


     


    @Gary


    I am staying till 1 April. Any Travel Hacking Advice for SA? I thought about Krueger Park over Christmas, my room mate claims with 5000 Rand Flight hotel and car is all covered....


    What's your take on that?




     


    December is a very busy time in Kruger so I'd expect those prices at least with flights, car hire, accommodation. I usually stay outside Kruger in a B&B in a town called White River and drive each day through one of the gates.


     




    Do you know a place in CT to  get raw milk?




     


    A quick search I found this reference on Facebook for a raw milk supplier in Cape Town. I'd phone the guys at Gogos Deli on +27216710573 beforehand to confirm.

  • edited December 2013

    @Gary You really think Woolworths unsalted butter is Bulletproof? O.o I had no idea, I've been having KerryGold lightly salted for ages now. I guess I will give it a try.


     


    I agree, Bean There is awesome and it's what I'm drinking at the moment.


     


    I've found a few sources of MCT oil in Cape Town now, and one in Pretoria if you want.


     


    @John I personally order raw milk from http://www.ethical.org.za/ but I've also heard that Gogos Deli is very good. 


     


    And yeah, Kruger is awesome but it's a global tourist destination. Very busy and probably very pricy.




  • @Gary You really think Woolworths unsalted butter is Bulletproof? O.o I had no idea, I've been having KerryGold lightly salted for ages now. I guess I will give it a try.


     


    I think it's the closet you'll get to a unsalted Kerrygold in SA. I don't think the SA cows will have as much grass grazing time as a Kerrygold cow. I'm lucky in Joburg to have a raw dairy farmer who makes unsalted grass-fed butter. I've been to the farm to see how they graze and what they eat.


     


    I've found a few sources of MCT oil in Cape Town now, and one in Pretoria if you want.


     


    Is your Pretoria MCT oil source available to retail customers? If so would you mind sharing the contact details.


     



  • Im from JHB SA as well asd have been searching for Grass-feb butters to no luck! I bought some Lurpak butter last night, which i found out isnt grass fed or organic at all. Im keen to try the Woolworths butter if its a better choice, however I dont see that it is grass-fed or organic, and has the same ingredients in it as Lurpak.


     


    Geek Gone Strong, thank you for mentioning your friend who sells the MCT oil (http://www.battlebrew.co.za), I have ordered it yesterday and it is being couriered to me free of charge! I was wondering if you have tried the Woolworths butter as yet and how you found it? Im definitely not keen on trying Kerrygold's salted butter :)


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