The joy of combining a five-course meal with the Big Five is often underestimated, so when our team at Elite Travel Concept came across this article by Food Republic, we raised our glasses to toast all the luxury gourmet safaris that our clients can enjoy.
We were just warming up in our last blog to give you a taste of the flavours you can expect in the Southern African bush – if you know where to go. If those ‘hors d’oeuvres’ made your mouth start watering, then consider these next four as dessert - we hope you saved space!
Kwandwe imbues creativity at every turn. In 2016 it won the Safari Award for best safari cuisine, and it’s easy to understand why when you read the African/French à la carte options. The interactive kitchen makes it a hit with children, who are encouraged to bake their own Big Five biscuits, but its bush banquets are its trademark. When a gourmet high tea picnic seems to appear out of nowhere in the wilderness, you know you’ve come to the right place. For those looking to bring a bit of the Eastern Cape magic home with them, there’s even a campfire-cooking course so you can always make the best sosaties (kebabs).
The key to Jamala Madikwe’s recipe for success is to lavish as much attention on the food as on its game drives through the Madikwe Game Reserve. After cooking overseas and publishing an award-winning recipe book, Fine Cuisine Under an African Sky, chef Nico Verster moved to the bush to run the kitchen at this safari lodge. International influences weave their way through his tasting menu, so if you fancy savouring French desserts or Middle Eastern spices in the African bushveld, then this is the place for you.
“Home-cooked South African meals” would be a euphemistic way of describing the food at Sabi Sabi. At Sabi Sabi, it’s not just about what you eat, but how you eat - from cooling your foot in the pool at the Earth Lodge’s Water Dining Day Bar, to enjoying a pre-dinner tasting in a candlelit wine cellar.
Royal Malewane is serious about food - from its kosher kitchen to its bush breakfasts in the Greater Kruger National Park. Whether you dine overlooking the Malewane River, or in the lantern lit bedouin tent, you won’t be hungry after indulging in the constantly changing menu of contemporary cuisine that is served here. They are even happy to tailor a menu to your own tastes.
Are you adventurous enough to combine decadent dining and the wilderness wonders? Just contact Elite Travel Concept to start planning your safari down to the springbok carpaccio.