Cooking Safaris

Passion is powerful. Passion keeps us on a course of discovery. It’s a given that at Perfect Africa our passions lie with the African continent. It’s also a well known fact that the beauty about passion lies in its diversity. The human range of emotion allows for so many choices and preferences.

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When you take these passions and meld them together, you end up creating something truly extraordinary. This is what we believe to be true about combining the passion of the prolific wildlife encounters and creating a meal infused with your own wild enthusiasm.

Cooking Wild Safaris-Southern Africa is the mastermind behind this culinary concept, at Villa Lobengula in the Shamwari Game Reserve. The Shamwari Game Reserve can be found in the Eastern Cape of South Africa and is where the authenticity of safari meets five star luxury.

This land belongs to the lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and the white and black rhino. These exalted beasts can be observed from the comfort of an open-topped vehicle or a guided bush walk.

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Your animal experience can be extended and include a trip to Shamwari’s Born Free Big Cat Sanctuaries and the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre to learn more about efforts and importance of wildlife conservation. Experienced rangers will integrate you into the sights, sounds and smells of your surroundings, connecting you to the natural world in the most profound way.

Taste is what this specially designed programme highlights. No more than 12 guests are allowed and this accentuates the feeling of an intimate cooking experience. It also puts a distinctive emphasis on interaction. This is the space where you will learn to master the tagines of Morocco, play with the spices of Zanzibar, tantalize your tastebuds with Cape Malay Curries and cook venison to perfection.

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Naturally sourced and fresh ingredients are essential but you need to add a pinch of ambiance. Under the quintessential African blanket of stars, foraging for ingredients, cooking on open fires, the sounds of the lion, hyena and owls creates the perfect setting.

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Culinary Safari-Northern Cape, South Africa

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National Geographic has a ‘Unique Lodges of the World’ list and hand picks 24 properties dedicated to sustainability, authenticity and excellence. Tswalu Kalahari is one of these prestigious properties. It is South Africa’s largest game reserve covering over 100 000 hectares. It’s located in the southern Kalahari which has earned the nickname ‘Green Kalahari’ because it supports a larger diversity of life, compliments of more rainfall.

It’s here that you will find yourself spellbound by not only the gastronomy but by one of the most desirable safari adventures. This culinary experience is heavily influenced by French and South African cuisine. French chef Nadege and head South African chef at Tswalu Kalahari, Mandi, lead the cooking classes from the plant foraging right through to the plating and daring creativity is encouraged.

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Image Courtesy: Tswalu Kalahari
Image Courtesy: Tswalu Kalahari
Image Courtesy: Tswalu Kalahari

The Kalahari is well known for having some of the most remarkable venison and Tswalu Kalahari is well known for its Kalahari truffle. Pair that with award winning wines and you have the cliche ‘recipe for success’. In between learning valuable tricks of the trade from the experts themselves, you will have the opportunity to take part in a safari on horseback, visit the meerkat burrows and set off on game drives.

Traditional wildlife sightings include the likes of lion, cheetah, hyena, buffalo, giraffe and white rhino. But there are rare sightings that are seldom seen on the classic safaris and include Roan and Sable antelope, Hartmanns mountain zebra and the desert black rhino.

Italian poet and novelist, Cesar Pavese once wrote “We don’t remember days, we remember moments” and that is the ideal summation of what this experience is all about. Taking passions and making unforgettable moments.

If you would like to book your wild cooking experience, email enquiries@perfectafrica.com for more information.

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