Cafe 30A Brings a Taste of South Africa to South Walton (PHOTOS)

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 03:37 PM.

This trip was different. They traveled with a guide and driver and had their entire itinerary planned through African Safari Consultants, a company based in New York . After planning and a day and a half of traveling, the safari seekers found that South Africa was rich in diversity.

"There are all sorts of flags flying, it's a conglomerate of different cultures," Crommelin said.

As a restaurant owner, Crommelin couldn't help but be inspired by the food. She noted the country's use of spices and took a particular liking to hake, a small fish in the same family as cod or haddock.

At Le Quartier Français in Franschhoek , Western Cape , Crommelin and Marlette tried dishes prepared by South Africa 's Chef of the Year, Margot Janse.

"God, that was unbelievable," Marlette said.

But perhaps the most interesting meal was when Marlette ate a termite on a dare.

"The guide explained to us that termites are very high in protein, which was why the birds eat them," Marlette explained. "I told him if he ate one, then I would too. So he grabbed the biggest one he could find. It was nutty and buttery."

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