Patrick Brakspear
Australia AU
Jul 30, 2015 July 30, 2015

Patrick has been an Africa travel specialist, based in Australia, for over 10 years and prior to that was a safari operator in Mana Pools in Zimbabwe.

Category: Patrick's top 10's

You will soon hear talk of the ‘sundowner’ when on safari. This is a ritual that originates from colonial times and allowed the expat community to get together at the end of a hot day in darkest Africa to share a G&T and regale one another on the hardships inherent in making a living on the Dark Continent.

This tradition has transferred itself to safari life and at sunset each evening a suitable spot will be found to enjoy a cold drink and celebrate and share the experiences of the day.  Besides the humble gin and tonic (G&T) and ‘standard’ mixers to be found in the cold box will likely be a selection of local (and possibly imported) beers. Most African countries are quite parochial about their local brew, and since you are away from home, you are cordially invited to sample the local brew.

Here are some to look out for:

  • Mozambique – 2M and Manica
  • Kenya – Tusker & White Cap
  • Tanzania – Safari Lager & Kilimanjaro
  • Uganda – Nile Special Lager and Eagle Extra
  • Botswana – St Louis
  • Zambia – Mosi
  • Zimbabwe – Zambezi Lager, Bolinger & Castle Pilsener
  • South Africa – Castle, Lion Lager & Hansa Pilsner
  • Rwanda - Skol
  • Cameroon – ‘33’ Export & King Beer
  • Ghana – Star Beer & Club Beer
  • Ethiopia – Harar Beer & Bati Beer
  • Egypt – Stella Export Lager
  • Namibia – Windhoek (pronounced “vint hook”) & Tafel (pronounced “Tah Phil”)

Always remember, as Benjamin Franklin is reputed to have said “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy”.

 

NOTE: The above travel advice is copyright protected and should not be reproduced or transmitted in any form without prior written permission of the author!

Save this to Pinterest:

When on safari, you will hear talk of the ‘sundowner’. This is a ritual that originates from colonial times and allowed the expat community to get together at the end of a hot day in darkest Africa to share a G&T and regale one another on the hardships inherent in making a living on the Dark Continent.

When on safari, you will hear talk of the ‘sundowner’. This is a ritual that originates from colonial times and allowed the expat community to get together at the end of a hot day in darkest Africa to share a G&T and regale one another on the hardships inherent in making a living on the Dark Continent.