South African Traditions, customs and manners
Hello all, while reading Speedbump's post in the "Driving in Africa" thread it struck me that I know nothing of the traditions,customs and manners of the people in the Republic of South Africa. I will be hunting there for the first time this year. Are there any "Do's" and "Do Not's" in regard to customs and manners? Thank you for your input. Thomas
Observations from a one-time visitor to RSA
Just a few random observations from our May 2009 visit to RSA
1. Chivalry is not dead in S.A. – “ladies first” is still the rule. (My wife found this quite refreshing.)
2. Everyone we met seemed to be a lot more polite than in any country we’ve ever visited. On the flip side, they seemed to expect and appreciate the same level of courtesy from us. (also refreshing)
3. The South Africans of Dutch descent have a different view of national history than those of English descent. (I’m not sure if either view is “right”, they just have different perspectives.)
4. All South Africans are quite proud of their country.
5. Consumption of red meat on a per-capita basis seems to be higher than anywhere I have visited in NA, Asia or Europe. Everyone seems to relish a good roast or steak. Tofu eaters were nowhere to be seen.
One piece of advice: Spend a good bit of time reading up about the history of the RSA. It will give some insight into the cultures and people and will give base from which to ask questions and learn about more things than just hunting.