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Enjoy An African Safari Experience With World Class Cuisine

An African safari experience is one that will never be forgotten – and there is no better way to experience the wonders of Africa than at one of the premier game lodges that can be found in countries across the Southern half of the continent. Here visitors can enjoy untamed African wildlife and wide open spaces that simply have to be experienced to be believed.

These lodges have built an enviable reputation for luxury and an immersive African experience that attracts well heeled visitors from across the globe. These visitors will enjoy an experience that will remain with them for the rest of there lives – and it includes some of the best cuisine in the world.

So which lodges provide an authentic game viewing experience combined with exceptional food? Here are some of the best.

#1 Angama Mara – Kenya.

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If you have ever seen the classic ‘Out of Africa’ them you will probably be familiar with the vistas that can be seen from the elevated decks of Angama Mara. This lodge on the Rift Valley Escarpment in Kenya is one of the most luxurious on the continent, consisting of 15 ultra lux tents where visitors can really get under the skin of what makes this magnificent continent tick, and the food is world class.

Inspired by ‘Out of Africa’ the menu makes use of the freshest local produce. Guests can look forward to dishes such as Swahili-spiced kuku (chicken) or fresh prawns from Kenya’s coast. The lodge will also produce exceptional picnic baskets for guests. The wine list is exemplary – with offerings from top international vineyards.

#2 Royal Malewane – South Africa.

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Royal Malewane has had an enviable reputation for cuisine for many years. With eight suites each with their own private deck this ultra-lux destination is African safari at its best. The food is nothing more than the brightest and best that Africa has to offer. In the words of the head chef this is ‘sunfood’. Using the freshest of ingredients the gourmet offerings include imaginative offerings highlighting salmon, local trout and venison. This is real silver service in the bush. The lodge has received numerous accolades, including from Condé Nast Traveller for the quality of its cuisine.

#3 The Phinda Game Reserve – KZN, South Africa.

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The six suites at Phinda overlook the lush green, semi tropical paradise that is Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. Here guests can be transported back in time to an age of exploration and elegance. From the comfort of their suites or their own private plunge pools visitors have birds eye view of the wonders of unspoiled, virgin bush. At the flagship Phinda Rock Lodge visitors can enjoy champagne breakfasts and a sumptuous dinner lineup including fresh local produce and some regional favorites. This is an African lodge experience that should not be missed.

An African game lodge experience is one of the most unforgettable travel experiences in the world. Combine the opportunity to immerse yourself in an authentic African safari ambiance and exquisite food and you have the recipe for memories that will last a lifetime.

Other notable mentions are Selinda Explorers Camp, Singita and Londolozi.

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Five Popular Traditional Foods From South Africa

South Africa is packed with rich, delicious cuisine that has been greatly influenced not only by the indigenous population but also from the French, Malaysians, Indians and Dutch this provides an exciting and vibrant cuisine that is sure to excite even the most cultured palate. From delicious barbecued food, custard filled pastries and creamy liqueurs, South African cuisine is definitely worth experiencing.

Here are five traditional South African dishes that anyone living or visiting the area should try out:

1. Boerewors

boerewors-south-african-sausage-2This is a very popular sausage dish in South Africa, it consists of either seasoned pork or beef that has been coarsely minced, there are times that it is made of minced lamb or perhaps a combination of both. It is full of spices such as black pepper, cloves, toasted coriander seeds, nutmeg and allspice. This will usually prepared outdoors grilled is the preferred cooking choice but many times it can be grilled on an electric grill or perhaps baked in an oven.

2. Potjiekos

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This popular and traditional food from South Africa is a meat and vegetable based dish of the Boers, it is similar to a stew but it is far from it, it is not even prepared the same way as a stew is. It is cooked slowly in a cast iron pan over hot coals and is a fairly easy dish to prepare, even for someone who is not an expert.

3. Vetkoek

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This dough is deep fried in vegetable oil, it is then stuffed with cooked ground beef, it can also be spread honey, syrup and jam. Jam and cheese make a great combination for this crispy on the outside and warm and fluffy on the inside traditional South African pastry. This traditional dish can be considered a dessert.

4. Mealie

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This maize meal is generally served on the cob or turned into a delicious beer. This is a staple part of South African cuisine, it is also very inexpensive to make which is ideal for those living within a budget. This can be a sweet or savory dish, it can be made for breakfast as a sweet porridge or dinner served with meat and tomato sauce.

5. Chakalaka

Homemade_Chakalaka (1)This is traditional South African dish is a great way to be creative, it is classically a relish consisting of carrots, tomatoes, chiles, baked beans and hot curry powder. It is a staple that accompanies almost every South African meal. This can be combined with a variety of vegetables, creativity is key. It is however a must have dish with any barbecue.

These are just five of the very popular dishes that can be found in South Africa. It is however a country rich in food culture, there are so many dishes to try and many times a dish can be made in a variety of ways so one dish can be enjoyed in multiple forms. If you are visiting South Africa do not leave without taking some time to sample this delicious cuisine, I guarantee you will not leave disappointed.