Nostalgic beginnings to our present-day commitment

Discover the origins of Vasco Da Gama Peri Peri, a brand that embodies the rich heritage of Portuguese cuisine and the vibrant flavors of the 14th-century East African trade route.

Our story begins with Wayne, who fondly recalls his childhood memories of indulging in peri peri-soaked slap chips from a Portuguese-owned café in Nelspruit's town centre.

During the COVID lockdown, Wayne's nostalgia took centre stage as he embarked on a mission to recreate the authentic peri peri sauce that had left an indelible mark on his taste buds. After months of passionate experimentation, he perfected a tantalizing blend of paprika, garlic, ginger, black pepper, and chili that captured the essence of his cherished childhood memories.

Driven by the desire to share his culinary creation with the world, Wayne poured his heart and soul into marketing his peri peri products, initially reaching out to close friends and family. The response was nothing short of phenomenal, with people falling in love with the irresistible flavours of our peri peri sauces. Word quickly spread, igniting a fire of excitement and propelling our brand forward.

At Vasco Da Gama Peri Peri, we pay homage to the time-honored traditions of Portuguese cuisine and the exotic spices that once commanded the East African trade route. Our commitment to preserving these authentic flavors led us to establish our company, ensuring that future generations can savor the same delectable recipes that have captivated taste buds for centuries.

Join us on this flavorful journey as we invite you to experience the vibrant tastes and aromas of Vasco Da Gama Peri Peri. From our nostalgic beginnings to our present-day commitment, we are dedicated to providing you with exceptional quality and unforgettable culinary experiences.

Indulge in the authentic peri peri flavors that have become a sensation among food enthusiasts worldwide. Explore our range of carefully crafted sauces and spice up your meals with a touch of Vasco Da Gama Peri Peri magic.

Unlock the taste of tradition and embark on a mouthwatering adventure with Vasco Da Gama Peri Peri - where Portuguese heritage and East African spice meet in perfect harmony.

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Unique blends of paprika, garlic, ginger, chilli and black pepper form the foundation of our products

Vasco Da Gama

Vasco Da Gama, a renowned explorer from Portugal, embarked on a historic voyage from Europe to India through the Cape of Good Hope from 1497 to 1499.
This groundbreaking expedition established the first ocean route connecting the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, bridging the gap between the West and the Orient. Considered a pivotal moment in world history, Da Gama's discovery paved the way for global multiculturalism and ushered in an era of extensive colonial empires for the Portuguese, spanning from Africa to Asia.

Our delectable peri peri spices and sauces pay tribute to the legendary Portuguese explorer, Vasco Da Gama, and his remarkable voyages from Portugal to India via the Cape of Good Hope. We owe a debt of gratitude to his heroic expeditions, as they established a vital trade route that introduced a variety of spices, including cinnamon, pepper, and other flavors previously unknown outside of Asia.

Some of these precious spices became the essence of every exceptional peri peri seasoning. Without Vasco's daring travels to India, the tantalizing kick that defines peri peri dishes wouldn't be possible. Our taste buds are forever grateful for his culinary contributions!

We commit ourselves to building a sustainable, proudly South African business that takes care of its community

At Vasco da Gama Peri Peri, tradition is at the heart of everything we do. Our peri peri spices and sauces are crafted with recipes that have been passed down through generations, honoring the rich culinary heritage of Portugal. We stay true to the traditional cooking methods that have made Portuguese cuisine so beloved.

Our commitment to quality is unwavering. We never compromise on the purity of our products, ensuring that no additives are used. Each batch of our food is made with the finest ingredients, carefully sourced from local farmers. By supporting our local farming community in South Africa, we strive to promote sustainability and foster a mutually beneficial relationship.

As a proudly South African business, we take pride in uplifting our native businesses through collaboration. By embracing our roots and maintaining our commitment to tradition, we aim to deliver the authentic flavours that make Vasco da Gama Peri Peri a true culinary experience.

Local Farmers

At Vasco Da Gama Peri Peri, we are dedicated to creating a positive impact in the communities of South Africa, where unemployment rates remain high. Our efforts are focused on working closely with local farmers who cultivate the essential ingredients for our products, such as Chilies, Golden Paprika, Ginger, and Garlic.

By collaborating with these farmers, we aim to provide employment opportunities and support skills development programs within the communities. We believe in fostering a sustainable and inclusive approach that benefits both individuals and the local economy.

Join us in our mission to make a difference and contribute to the betterment of South African communities through the flavours of Vasco Da Gama Peri Peri. Together, we can create lasting change.