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The Mzansi Chisa Nyama Experience

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Chisa Nyama Experience

Spring has definitely sprung; the flowers have blossomed, and everyone is out and about rocking shorts and shades. Mother nature is also showing her beauty, and we are loving every minute of it. As we celebrate heritage month one thing that's uniquely South African comes to mind, and that's, of course, the chisa nyama experience on a Sunday afternoon and what better time to be looking at some of the best chisa nyama's in the country than in heritage month.

Sundays is known across the country as the best days to go to a chisa nyama, and in this month’s Urban Explore edition we’ll be looking at those chisa nyama’s spots. Before we look at the best places, let us those in the know first tell you why Sundays at a chisa nyama are the best.

With Monday around the corner one needs to unwind with friends while having the car washed and bask in the sun a bit, and that’s exactly what chisa nyama Sundays are for; having lekker braai meat while hanging out with your mates and living the best life on a Sunday before it’s back to the grind.

Rands

RANDS CAPE TOWN – Khayelitsha, Cape Town

Those living in and around will tell you that no Sunday is like a Rands Cape Town Sunday. Only officially launched in 2015, Rands Cape Town has revolutionised how Sunday afternoons are spent in the Mother City as it gathers a chic crowd looking for a good time than any other place in the city. Here patrons are treated to the best braai while they bask in the sun listening to great tunes as the DJ drops the latest smashing hits. When asked what to order on a Sunday, the owners recommend their creamy spinach, ribs, and Buffalo wings dipped in the Rands’ secret sauce from the Rands Butcher Shop.

Rands is definitely no ordinary chisa nyama, it’s more of a lifestyle venue speaking to the Urban Explorer in all languages. As the official host of this year’s Cape Town Jazz Festival Rands has seen Mzansi’s A-List entertainers grace it’s stage. Their renowned #RANDSONSUNDAE event gather patrons from all around Cape Town looking to have a good Sunday braai and a good time. 

As spring is all about showing off that body you’ve been working towards in winter, how you dress when visiting Rands is critical. Below is our outfit recommendation.

LADIES:
Sundays are for being laid back as you get the body ready for the grind Monday, a laid-back look will keep you relaxed and looking cool while enjoy your Rands ribs.

  • Pants: Ankle cut chinos. 
  • Top: Pastel coloured shirt 
  • Shoes: Dockside boat shoes from Sebago

GENTS:
Gents, as we welcome spring, it’s a great time to show off those legs and arms we’ve been working on during winter.

  • Pants: Chino Shorts. 
  • Top: Sebago Maine Polo T-shirt 
  • Shoes: Sebago Spinnaker full grain leather boat shoes

Blackimpala

BLACK IMPALA TSHISA NYAMA – Port Elizabeth

Black Impala based in Deal Party is Port Elizabeth’s new hot spot that’s been making waves across the city since its inception.

Black Impala goes beyond the norm of being just a chisa nyama as the restaurant is a perfect stop for those looking for a relaxed atmosphere. Equipped with a fully stocked bar and grill spot, the guests are treated to barbeque flavoured meat with a variety of sides. 

How are Sundays at Black Impala?

Black Impala Sunday’s are known for the smooth sounds from the DJ booth and a parking lot buzzing with patrons from all over the Windy City looking to spend their Sunday’s at this relaxed chisa nyama as they gear up for Monday. The braai master here will knock your socks off with their mouth-watering pork chops grill to perfection.

The dress code at this Port Elizabeth hotspot is something every Urban Explorer needs to make sure of, as the patrons here dress to impress. Luckily, we’ve got just the fashion pointers to get you turning heads when you step into the building.

LADIES: 
In spring, showing of your beautiful legs on a Sunday afternoon is just what the doctor ordered. We’ve got some style tips to get you ready for a Sunday afternoon at Black Impala

  • Dress: Bright coloured Elle Smocked Mini dress 
  • Shoes: Wedge high heels

GENTS:
Spring is all about showing off legs and arms, and we have just the style items to get this done in a classy way.


Kwa

KWA LICHABA – Soweto, Johannesburg 

Located on the edge of the most famous street in South Africa (Vilakazi Street), Kwa Lichaba offers a unique and authentic chisa nyama experience in a chilled and relaxed environment. 

If you can’t find your favourite drink in their bar, you are most welcome to bring your own in a cooler box as the R50 entrance fee comes with added perks. 

The meat here is expertly prepared and kept tender and tasty by the braai masters and is served with pap and a variety of salads and vegetables to keep the balance. For only R200, 4 people can share a filling meal, making it great value for money, and that is only the beginning. These fantastic prices and location aren’t the only selling points that bring many patrons to Kwa Lichaba.

Owner Max Lichaba is known in many circles around Soweto for his charm and a warm smile. His hands-on approach sees him around the venue, often making sure the patrons are happy and enjoying themselves. He is a true champion of the people. Kwa Lichaba Sundays have become popular, which sees many tourists making sure to book their flights for Monday morning just not to miss them.

How you dress here isn’t much of an issue, but of course, as Urban Explorers, we always go beyond average, and because of that we have some style tips for you.

LADIES:
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication and very key to a lovely Sunday afternoon at a chisa nyama, and that’s how our look will be.

GENTS:
Keeping it classy and simple is the order of the day here.

  • Pants: Black Ripped Knee Skinny Jeans. 
  • Top: Sebago Tom B Tech Polo T-shirt 
  • Shoes: Sebago Legacy Leather Penny Loafers 

As we bring this month’s Urban Explorer edition to a fold, we’d like to thank you for being part of the journey for the past seasons.
We look forward to having you as part for the ride as we enter a new season. After all, what’s urban exploring if it’s not with great friends coming along for the ride.