What's on the menu during your African safari?

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Dining is an important part of African culture and a highlight of your all-inclusive safari at Thornybush Game Lodge. Three meals, teas, drinks and snacks, often with a local flavour, are provided daily during your stay and you will be amazed at what the ingenious chefs at your lodge can pull out of the hat in seemingly rustic conditions, no matter what your preferences are.These are some of the foods you can expect while on your South African safari:


Get Up and Go – Early snack: Your first wake-up call comes with the humble rusk – presented alongside early morning coffee. These are really just oversized biscuits, similar in texture to Melba toast and perfect for soaking up warm beverages on a chilly morning. At this point you may also come across rooibos (Red bush) tea which is indigenous to South Africa and is just as healthy as it tastes.

Eat Up and Chill – Breakfast: Breakfast brings a feast of home-made muesli, cold meats, cheeses, cooked eggs, bacon, sausages, and fruit. All familiar favourites, unless you didn't know that pawpaw is the same as papaya, spanspek is just as sweet melon, and that oat porridge is sometimes called 'Jungle Oats', which was once the only brand of oats available in South Africa and has nothing to do with wildlife.

Help Yourself – Lunch: Lunchtime is usually self-service with a spread of pasta, roast meat, vegetables, and inventive gourmet salads.

Game Lodge Dining – Dinner: For dinner, you can look forward to roasts, casseroles and grilled meat served with a selection of starches, vegetables and salads. Curry is a favourite of head chef, Solly Mangena, who attempts to add a sprinkling of his Shangaan heritage to all his dishes, thereby adding a unique twist to the ordinary.

This meal, especially when it takes place outdoors in the boma, may bring an introduction to samp and putu – both delicious ways to enjoy a helping of humble maize/corn, and the option to sample some sustainable venison. Boerewors (farm sausage), which is very similar to Cumberland sausage with hints of coriander, may also make an appearance.

In between, you will be plied with snacks of all descriptions, from biltong and dried wors, which are the South African equivalent of jerky, to koeksisters – syrupy twists of dough, and all manner of cakes which give away our colonial heritage.

When it comes to drinks, local Cape wines are a worldwide hit, and you could also sample a shot of Amarula, a unique and delicious liqueur, or a Don Pedro, which is basically a whisky milkshake.

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Sunday, 19 November 2017