Tastes of Africa – A Food Lover’s Guide – words Alexa Wang
Africa is a country that’s infamous for its huge amount of culture, with so many walks of life and different influences having their impact the food has really flourished.
You’ll find a variety of cuisine that’s as vast as their open plains, with everything from Arabian-influenced curries to French gourmet cooking.
If you’re a food fanatic and want a luxury gourmet holiday to experience the tastes of Africa then here are some of the places you simply have to go:
A Taste of South Africa
This country isn’t just famous for its wine, which is exquisite, but the food here is also extremely noteworthy. You’ll find some of the finest cuisine in the world here, with internationally accredited chefs cooking up some of their best dishes exclusively for you. Africa Travel’s “Taste the Delights of South Africa” package gives you three nights in the historical wine making area of Constantina with world renowned restaurants and eateries close by – including two award-winning restaurants in the hotel itself. You’ll then visit the extremely exclusive Tasting Room, which is a regular feature on South Africa’s best restaurants and snack away in the all-day grazing style of the Living Room.
As a former Portuguese colony, you’ll find a huge amount of European culinary experiences in Mozambique while being a stone throw away from some of the most pristine beaches in the world. There’s plenty of opportunity for big game fishing, bringing fresh catch directly to your table in the same time it takes you to get back to shore and change for dinner. One of the best meals can be found in Maputo, where the locally caught and traditionally cooked lobster supper will give you an experience like no other.
Kwandwe’s Campfire Cooking Excursion
You can’t visit South Africa without a traditional braai, and you won’t find this done anywhere else quite like it is at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve. Not only do they prepare authentic South African dishes for you, including impala, kudu, ostrich, warthog and gemsbok, but they also provide lessons on how to braai like a pro so you’ll leave with some excellent barbequing skills. You can also expect to have some delicious desserts prepared, including keoksisters, milk tart, malva doughnuts and Cape brandy pudding!
Dinner with a View
Out in the bush you may not expect the best culinary experience, but that’s where you’d be wrong. Many of the safari lodges that you can visit have outstanding menus prepared by renowned chefs. One such location is Jamala Madikwe, which received 1st Place in the 2015 Safari Awards for best cuisine, offering exquisite, elegant and freshly prepared ingredients for a fine dining experience.
If you’re after luxurious lodgings with fantastic food, we’d also recommend the following accomodations:
- Royal Malewane
- Singita Ebony and Singita Boulders
- Madikwe Hills
- Phinda Game Reserve
- Kwandwe’s Melton Manor
- Bushman’s Kloof
- Tswalu Kalahari Reserves
Due to the remote nature of some of these lodges, the bulk of the ingredients are locally ground and sources and made using game meat to deliver truly superb food. You’ll find a huge range of traditional and international culinary options available here, giving you the option to choose a safari lodge to match your tastes.
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