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When is it the best time to visit Cape Town?
South African Slang
The weather in the Cape, especially close to Cape Town, is notoriously fickle. But here are some guidelines to help you to decide what time of the year is best for your visit. At the end of the day, any time is a good time – for different reasons. Whichever season you choose to visit Cape Town, you won’t be disappointed!
Secret Season – April to August
Why not visit Cape Town outside the frantic summer season? It’s an excellent time to watch whales frolicking close to the shore in quiet bays like Hermanus . Their babies are born during July and August. The Cape Winelands offer a feast of warm red wines and award-winning restaurants that will not fail to nourish your body and soul.
When you visit Cape Town, one thing you’re sure to find interesting is our South African slang language. Especially the Cape Flats slang is extremely colourful! And it’s often really funny once you get the hang of it.
Enjoy reading some of the expressions below and look forward to hearing them in real life when you get here!
Our local slang is derived from many different sources – Afrikaans, African languages, South African Indian and other minority population groups.
Here, to whet your appetite, is a small selection from the hundreds of South African slang words in use today.
Words from the Khoikhoi and San languages
aitsa – exclamation of agreement like ‘nice!’ or ‘got it!’.
buchu – name applied to a range of medicinal plants.
dagga – marijuana
eina – exclamation of pain, as in “ouch”
goggo – bug or insect
kaross – garment made of animal skin
kierie – a walking stick or cane, usually made of wood.
Words from Nguni Languages - Xhosa and Zulu
Haikona!/Aikhona – strong refusal/disagreement, ‘No!’
donga – ditch
eish! – expresses resignation
fundi – expert
faka – to put
gogo – grandmother, elderly woman
hawu! – expression of disbelief, surprise.
hayibo! – ‘definitely not’
indaba – conference
laduma! – a popular cheer at soccer matches, ‘he scores!’
muti – medicine
Mzansi – South Africa
sangoma – traditional healer or diviner
songololo/shongalolo – millipede
Shisa Nyama – to ‘burn meat’, braai
spaza – an informal trading post/convenience store
tokoloshe – a dwarf-like water sprite
toyi-toyi/toi-toi – protest dancing
tsotsi – gangster, layabout, no gooder
ubuntu – compassion or kindness, humanity
vuvuzela – a traditional horn made from hollowed-out Kudu bull horns.
yebo – ‘yes’.
wena – ‘you’.