Timbuktu – the revolutionary new African safari company that gives travelers total control to design their dream safari online – has handpicked its top 10 African adventures for foodies. While the natural star of any safari show is the wildlife, exploring incredible sights is hungry work; what could be better than a breakfast of kings, high tea spreads, posh picnics or evenings feasts to fuel a trip of a lifetime?
Delaire Graff, South Africa (pictured)
Delaire Graff in South Africa’s Cape Winelands is all about creative, artistic food that looks as pretty as a picture on a plate. Expect dishes such as squid ink cured yellowtail with tequila and lime jelly or beef with basil mousseline and creamy butternut purée, and perfectly-prepared soufflés look as if they’ve fallen straight from heaven… and that’s just for lunch!
Chinzombo Camp, Zambia
The brainchild of Zambian head chef Jason Njobvu, the menu at Chinzombo in Zambia’s South Luangwa is as delicious as the lodge is beautiful. After a day of game drives, surprises like peppered Zambian beef carpaccio, homemade ravioli and triple chocolate mousse cake awaits – sound-tracked by harrumphing hippo and elephant splashing in the river below.
Kaya Mawa, Malawi
When days at Kaya Mawa are spent snorkelling in Lake Malawi and relaxing aboard a private catamaran, it’s hard to beat. Chef Richard Greenhall’s food does the trick; think fresh salads of seared tuna, homemade flatbreads and spicy dips, and Asian-style grilled chambo. Don’t miss a traditional dawa (honey, mint & vodka cocktail) to sip as you soak up the incredible view.
Ellerman House, South Africa
Dining at Cape Town’s Ellerman House is a true journey of art, food and wine. The signature experience pairs the finest South African wines with tapas bites or a three-course feast, celebrating the rich cultures of the Cape. Expect everything from barbequed mealies to glorious Cape Malay curries, and don’t forget to feast your eyes on the glorious views over the Atlantic Ocean either.
Giraffe Manor, Kenya
Nairobi’s Giraffe Manor is not so much about the food (though it’s first rate) – but more about your fellow dining companions; a herd of gregarious Rothschild giraffe, often to be found poking their long necks through the windows of the breakfast room. This is place that brings a whole new meaning to ‘how do you like your eggs in the morning?
Singita Lebombo, South Africa
Singita Lebombo is a must-visit lodge in South Africa when it comes to food. The lodge has enlisted the help of top Cape Town chef Liam Tomlin of Chef’s Warehouse fame to design its menus; expect trademark tapas dishes, cooked using only the freshest ingredients, and snack fridges full of mini terrines and pots of parfait to nibble on.
Royal Malewane, South Africa
Dining at Royal Malewane is a total sensory adventure, designed to complement every aspect of a safari. Afternoon Tea is served on delicate floral plates on the veranda overlooking the bushveld; an aromatic Moroccan banquet awaits under a billowing Bedouin Tent; or a six-course dinner, accompanied by the sounds of the African night, finishes a day of in style.
Babylonstoren, South Africa
Set on a farm with its own eight-acre kitchen garden, stuffed to the brim with giant orange pumpkins and curly courgettes, glossy mulberries and pink pomegranates, the food at Babylonstoren is guaranteed to be good. Babylonstoren brings new meaning to the term ‘farm-to-fork’; think straight-from-the-veggie-patch salads and fresh juice, meaty mains and lip-smackingly brilliant desserts, all served in a converted cow shed.
Jack’s Camp, Botswana
For a camp in one of the most remote places on earth, you’d be forgiven for thinking lunch might be a frugal affair at Jack’s Camp. It is anything but… think the best eggs benedict in Botswana for breakfast, freshly-baked scones and homemade jam for afternoon tea, and a three-course feast under the stars by night.
Jamala Madikwe, South Africa
The award-winning food at Jamala Madikwe is the creation of South African Chef Nico Verster, whose innovative cuisine has a truly international influence – taking notes from across the UK, Africa, Middle East and Asia. Guests can dine alfresco beneath Africa’s inky skies, and indulge in modern gastronomic treats – all served with a unique chic colonial charm.