Knysna is a favorite destination of mine. It’s been 8 months since my last visit and I miss it. The tranquility of the lagoon, wanderings through forested areas, giant trees reaching up to the sky, elusive elephants and lingering on Noetzie’s beach being key attractions. It’s time for a return.
On my last visit I spent a Saturday morning in Nekkies, which offers a rather different and more grounded introduction to the area. Here I met Wellington and Veronica Vani; local entrepreneurs and tripe sellers.
They are in the business of food and Tripe is one of their specialties. Wellington drives through to butcheries in George every morning, and buys Tripe in bulk, which he then brings back to their shop in Nekkies for dividing and repacking into affordable quantities for the local residents. Here it is seen as a delicacy.
Not a fan of tripe myself, it was an interesting discovery and discussion. The definition of tripe is “the first and second divisions of the stomach or a ruminant, especially oxen, sheep and goats, used as food.” Sound appealing?
The smell was unbearable to me, Wellington and Veronica charming beyond compare and a treat to meet. I am determined to muster up the courage and take them up on their kind invitation to a dinner of Veronica’s cooked tripe next I’m there.
They are added to my list of Knysna’s delightful attractions …