A GOURMET SAFARI EXPERIENCE
GOURMET CUISINE IN SOUTHERN & EASTERN AFRICA
Going on safari is no longer just about witnessing spectacular wildlife. Just as nature evolves, so does the safari experience. An increasing number of game reserves are offering holistic, luxury safaris and any foodies will be glad to know that this includes gourmet dining.
The premium safari experience has become synonymous with exceptional cuisine.
African cuisine is incredibly diverse and rich in flavour and is the perfect way to elevate your safari experience. There is nothing like eating local cuisine to truly immerse yourself in the local culture. In fact, a trip to Africa is the perfect opportunity to simultaneously have an adventure, a culinary experience and a cultural getaway.
Not all of us are blessed with the greatest cooking skills (and there’s nothing wrong with beans on toast), but if you’re lucky enough to have the foodie gene, here are our top five safari lodges offering an incredible dining experience:
1. Angama Mara, Kenya
Located in the spectacular Maasai Mara, Angama Mara believes that excellent food is a core element to an excellent safari experience. The food is inspired by the early days of safari cooking and focuses on freshly made, perfectly cooked dishes. The food is simply, yet beautifully, presented and celebrates local Kenyan ingredients. Angama Mara’s culinary philosophy is simple: food should be delicious, unfussy, joyful and generous. The dining experience ranges from breakfast on the tent deck to picnics on the Mara plains and family-style BBQs in a lantern-lit forest.
2. Jamala Madikwe, Madikwe
Awarded the Best Safari Cuisine in Africa in 2015, 2016 and 2019, Jamala Madikwe in South Africa’s Madikwe Game Reserve is worth going for the food alone. The award-winning, carefully curated menu brings a wonderfully modern experience to classic safari dining. The cuisine is reminiscent of classic safari cooking without losing local flavours and modern techniques. It’s a rich, elegant and eccentric dining experience that provides perfect contrast to the natural surrounds.
3. Abu Camp, Botswana
Botswana’s Abu Camp develops their menus around the seasons and local ingredients. Combining local African ingredients with classic techniques, the cuisine is authentic, simple and relevant. The camp itself was designed with the dining experience in mind and provides several unique dining areas from the intimate library to the pool deck or waterhole picnics. In fact, a quintessential safari experience at the camp is high tea in the Delta in the company of nearby foraging elephants.
4. Royal Malewane, Kruger National Park
Found in the Greater Kruger National Park, Royal Malewane views safari cuisine is an art, created to work in harmony with the breathtaking African surrounds. Dining is indulgent and marries the romance of traditional fine dining with contemporary dishes. The menu is ever-changing and created with the surroundings in mind – enjoy a light dish by the pool or an indulgent six-course meal below a lantern-lit canvas tent in the heart of the wilderness. The dining experience is completely personalised and the Executive Chef is open to consultation to create a completely tailored menu.
5. Jack’s Camp, Botswana
Jack’s Camp, of the Kalahari Desert, is one of the most remote places on earth and not only promises a truly authentic and immersive safari experience but fantastic cuisine as well. Some of the best dining in Botswana, the menu relies on fresh and locally sourced ingredients. The rich, unique and diverse flavours of the menu reflect the deep, rich, diverse colours of the entire style of the camp. The indulgence of the camp and its menu provides the perfect contrast to the stark beauty of the surrounding environment.