If ever there was a key destination, that is not a "destination" at all, it would be relaxing with informal fish sellers along various patches of roads, all over the North West Province of South Africa.

What stands out is that one is empowered to mingle with locals and enjoy freshly caught local fish while sitting on logs, broken bricks or the fence around the fire. 

You can sit and catch up on pretty much almost anything, including spices and cooking techniques that you may not find in published braai/barbeque recipe books (available from Amazon).

"I did not know that such places existed," said James Milton, a tourist with roots in the United States before taking photos with his digital camera (available from Amazon)

"I am not used to eating food without marked labels and ingredients, but figured if the locals can eat it and enjoy it... and live, then it was worth a shot. The fish looks intimidating. It is pitch black and cooked on the open fire, right there in the middle of nowhere, but once you try it, you will love it," concluded James.

Even if you are not much of a fish eater, you get a chance to sit and catch up on African folktales and more. You can find out about the type of food that they have on offer to how it is caught. Support local! It is however in your best interest to stay far away from allergies and use your own discretion as to what you consume and how much you eat.

On a personal note, I personally make a conscious effort to stop by and greet the locals when safe to do so. Don't just stop just everywhere as that may make you an easy crime target. It also helps to increase your personal safety, such as by getting portable panic button with alarm (available from Amazon)I'm all up for supporting local trade within reason. You can also do your bit!

If you have a similar experience or idea regarding informal travel ideas, kindly leave a comment below.

Fish braai near Hartbeespoort Dam. Photo by Phindiwe NkosiFish braai near Hartbeespoort Dam. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi 

Community members gathered around the popular fish near Hartbeespoort Dam. Photo by Phindiwe NkosiCommunity members gathered around the popular fish near Hartbeespoort Dam. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi

Fish hanging near Hartbeespoort Dam. Photo by Phindiwe NkosiFish hanging near Hartbeespoort Dam. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi

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