A taste of Africa on a Gourmet Food Safari

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Tantalise your taste buds on a gourmet food safari in Africa.


“Gourmet” and “safari” are not words that often get used together as they are perceived to be from two totally different worlds. The one from a posh high-end life and the other from a more rustic and adventurous life. Now, the 2 worlds have fused and you can be taken on a safari dining experience you will never forget.

Here is our guide to some of the best camps/lodges in Africa where you can enjoy a gourmet food safari.

Caution: Do not continue on an empty stomach

• Cottars 1920s Safari Camp

Cottar’s 1920 Safari Camp is a pure Out of Africa experience. Themed around the golden age of safari, the 1920s, this camp is amongst the best of the best and voted by CNN Travel as one of Africa’s most luxurious safaris. Situated in a 6,000-acre private conservancy, less than a mile from the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya. It might be secluded and away from civilisation but it still offers guests a safari dining experience that they will never forget.

The chefs are proud to serve dishes with fresh produce that they have harvested from their very own “green-house”. From breakfast with a view over the Mara to dinner under the stars in the bush, it’s an experience to savour.

Dinner under the stars with Cottar’s 1920 Safari Camp.

• Robin Pope Safaris Pumulani Lodge

Situated on the west side of the Nankumba Peninsula on the Southern end of Lake Malawi you can find Robin Pope Safaris Pumulani lodge. Guests at this lodge can dine on the beach under the most beautiful milky way. Their chambo fish dish is the most popular amongst guests.

Pumulani Lodge’s popular Chambo fish dish.

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Pumulani guests dining under the stars at Lake Malawi.

Malawi is a magical destination that is slowly becoming a sought-after safarichoice. With the incredible Lake Malawi also known as “Lake of the Stars” famously named by David Livingstone and for good reason, during the day the light dances across the deep blue water and once the sun has set the stars twinkle brightly both in the sky but also on the lake as the fishermen light up their hurricane lamps for their night on the lake. The most romantic setting for your gourmet food safari experience.

• Tongabezi

For the ultimate gourmet food on safari you must try dishes made by the talented Chef Simon at Tongabezi. His ideas are all centred around how local all the ingredients are. Everything is sourced within the dogleg of the Zambezi River, where Tongabezi is located, upstream of the majestic Victoria Falls.

The fun element to this experience is that guests can get involved with the dining experience and challenge the chefs. The guests fill a basket with ingredients they fancy and then give the chefs 45 minutes to prepare a feast. It is incredible to see what these chefs come up with. The end results? Dishes that look too good to eat…

Gourmet dining at Tongabezi. ©Tongabezi

The menus are regularly updated in keeping with the seasonal produce that they grow in their own state-of-the-art vegetable and herb gardens and fruit orchard.

Gourmet dining at Tongabezi. ©Tongabezi

• Rhino Sands Safari Camp

For an exclusive and personal experience, we suggest Rhino Sands Safari Camp. This new luxurious camp is in Manyoni Private Game Reserve right in the heart of Zululand, South Africa. Their focus is to offer guests a bespoke safari experience, from the game drives to their safari dining experience.

A gourmet feast awaits you at camp when you return from your evening game drive. The chef will prepare a three-course dinner, featuring some of the flavours and ingredients South Africa is famous for.

Gourmet dining at Rhino Sands Safari Camp. ©Rhino Sands Safari Camp

There is also a large boma area complete with bush oven for guests to enjoy dining fireside beneath the stars.

Dining fireside beneath the stars at Rhino Sands Safari Camp . ©Rhino Sands Safari Camp

• Kaya Mawa

Dining at Kaya Mawa in Malawi is a truly unique gourmet food safari experience especially when you end your day with a three-course dinner served on the beach with feet tucked in the sand at an award-winning lodge.

The team, led by Richard Greenhall, has perfected the fine balance of Middle Eastern and Asian influences. They pride themselves in serving healthy and innovative dishes using local organic produce, handpicked herbs from their garden and well sourced meats and fresh lake fish.

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These lodges prove that gourmet cuisine and dining experience belong on safari.

Contact us to book your gourmet food safari in Africa.