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Eating Alfresco On Safari

February 22nd 2016  |  Botswana, Kenya, Seychelles, South Africa  |  by  Richard Smith
Eating Alfresco On Safari

Africa is the perfect place to eat outdoors and savour the smells and tastes of great safari cooking; from fresh pastries or a cooked full English breakfast, to mouth-watering lunches and sumptuous safari suppers under the stars.

Bush breakfast on safari

You’ll often have an early start on safari, heading out before the nocturnal hunters have made it home. Rather than wait to eat in camp it’ll be a case of grabbing a coffee and a rusk and taking a packed breakfast with you. Before your rumbling stomach is putting off the wildlife, your guide will find a scenic spot and you’ll have the chance to feast on fruit, cereals, pancakes, and perhaps bacon and egg. There is also hot tea and coffee, as well as fruit juice.

Breakfast croissants, Chobe Under Canvas, Chobe, Botswana

Breakfast muffins, Chobe Under Canvas, Chobe, Botswana

A picnic in South Africa’s vineyards

A stay in South Africa’s Winelands puts you in the heart of vineyards which are as famous for their food as their wine. You can take walks on the estates to take full advantage of the sweeping views, enjoy wine tastings, or take a picnic on a cycle ride.

Delaire Graff - Breakfast in the luxury lodge Cape, South Africa

Delaire Graff – Breakfast in the Winelands, South Africa

On the river

In Botswana with its shallow, safe delta waters, what could be more refreshing than dipping your toes in the water while enjoying breakfast or lunch?

Dining on the river, Pelo Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Dining in the Delta, Pelo Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Overlooking the savannah

Most safari camps are right in the middle of big game country and many guests get the opportunity to see wildlife from their place at the lunch table. Watching an elephant amble by or wild dogs crossing the open grassland may well be possible with a plate of food and a glass of wine in front of you!

Lunch in the open, with 360 wildlife views, Solio Lodge, Laikipia, Kenya

Lunch in the open, with 360 degree wildlife views, Solio Lodge, Laikipia, Kenya

A picnic in the Okavango Delta

Hop on a boat and travel further up the sparkling waters of the Delta to take in the sights and sounds of this wetland paradise. A private picnic can be arranged so you can watch the swaying reeds and leaping lechwe in peace and tranquility.

Jao Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Jao Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

‘Out of Africa’ picnic with a stunning view

The expert team at Angama Mara can arrange an intimate 1920’s picnic for two on the hillside used in the film. Overlooking the open plains of the Masai Mara you can recreate your very own ‘Robert and Meryl’ moment.

Romantic picnic, Angama Mara, Masai Mara, Kenya

Romantic picnic, Angama Mara, Masai Mara, Kenya

In a mokoro

Float down crystal-clear channels of the Okavango Delta in a mokoro (traditional dug out canoe). Your guide will pole you through narrow channels looking for wildlife and the rich variety of birds which inhabit this lush area. Later enjoy drinks and a bbq cooked over a camp fire.

South African wine and nibbles, enjoyed mokoro boating, Pelo Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Wine and nibbles, Pelo Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

River sundowners

Before dinner, guests usually gather for a drink to watch the sunset and swap the stories of the day’s wildlife viewing.

Fried chicken and bbq sausages, Pelo Camp., Okavango Delta, Botswana safari suppers

Sundowner snacks and drinks, Pelo Camp., Okavango Delta, Botswana

Braai on the beach

Freshly barbecued prawns on an Indian Ocean beach is a culinary experience not to be missed!

Seafood with a sea view, Saruni Ocean, Kenya

Seafood with a sea view, Saruni Ocean, Kenya

Sand-between-toes delicious beach picnic, North Island, Seychelles

Sand-between-toes beach picnic, North Island, Seychelles

People are generally overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of food on offer, much of it produced in simple kitchens or over a fire in remote places. One way or another, there’s a fair chance you’ll gain weight on safari but you’ll enjoy yourself while you’re doing it!

Questions or suggestions on eating alfresco?

Have we missed out one of your favourite food experiences on safari, or left you with an unanswered question? Please let us knowin the comments section below, or pop us an email. We’ll be sure to reply and may amend the article to include our answer.

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