Kwandwe's New Safari: Campfire Cooking

Few countries are as renowned for their barbeques as South Africa. A well-established social custom and a traditional way of outdoor cooking in South Africa, a braai involves barbequing meat over an open fire. To share this tradition with guests Kwandwe Private Game Reserve has added Campfire Cooking to its menu of engaging safaris.

Over three days, guests will learn to cook authentic South African braais and favourite dishes using fresh and locally sourced ingredients in between adventurous days out exploring the reserve. Transforming them into Braai-masters, Kwandwe’s head chefs will teach guests how to prepare a 3 course meal on a campfire.

Kwandwe - Bush Fire Food Kwandwe - Game drive

Aside from learning to expertly barbeque different types of venison for best possible flavour and tenderness – such as impala, kudu, ostrich, warthog and gemsbok (vegetarian alternatives available) – guests will also be shown how to build the perfect fire and assess when it has achieved optimum temperature.  Furthermore they will help prepare traditional accompaniments such as stoke or ‘pot’ bread, mielie (corn) bread, farm butter, krummel pap (crumbly porridge made from maize meal) with chakalaka (spicy tomato relish) and potato salad. Included is a hands-on lesson on how to make boerewors, a lightly spiced sausage popular in South African cuisine and traditionally cooked as a key ingredient of any braai.

They will also be taught about South African desserts and traditional favourites such as Cape brandy pudding, malva doughnuts (a variation of the malva pudding), melktert, hertzoggies and koeksisters. Edible plants found on the reserve such as spekboom*, prickly pear and aloe will be used to make a refreshing sorbet. Guests will also learn to brew moer koffie, coffee in a tin pot heated over an open fire, to enjoy at the end of their meal.

Included will be a section on quick meal ideas where chefs will share a few of their secrets on preparing simple-to-make dishes, some with only a few key ingredients.  Encouraging guests to put into practice everything learnt they will be offered the recipes for the above dishes with ingredient substitutes so menus can easily be adapted back at home.

Kwandwe - Braai sunset

Ideal for small groups of friends and families with children of all ages, guests will stay in the sole-use 4 suite Melton Manor.  An elegant yet laid-back safari home, this spacious u-shaped contemporary frontier farmhouse is characterised by high ceilings and deep, cool verandas each overlooking the central courtyard and swimming pool and onto the Afromontane forests beyond. From here they will enjoy the use of a private vehicle, guide and tracker assuring tailor-made flexibility for safari activities whilst traditional bush walks and game drives will include additional tips on edible flowers and plants found on the reserve, many of which will be incorporated into mealtime preparation.

Kwandwe Lodge


More about Kwandwe

A renowned conservation and community success story, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve comprises 22,000 hectare/ 54,000 acre of pristine wilderness.  It has one of the highest land-to-guest ratios in South Africa assuring guests a truly exclusive and exceptional safari experience.

Kwandwe - Game monitoring Kwandwe - Landscape

In addition to morning, afternoon and evening game drives, bush walks, bush banquets and dinners alfresco, sundowners on the dam’s pontoon, fishing and boat excursions, Kwandwe offers a number of ‘active participation’ activities that invite guests to get involved in the conservation and community initiatives being carried out on the reserve.

* Spekboom is one of the top five carbon-storing vegetations on the planet. It is prolific at Kwandwe making it a fantastic carbon neutral protected area.