Cooking Wild Safaris

Start the day in a luxury lodge safari in the bush, and get a deep insight of South African food by learning from the best. Learn to cook Cape Malay food, enjoy it in the bush, and have an afternoon game drive. At night, take a boma dinner cooking class under the stars.

How was the idea of Cooking Wild Safaris born?

Quite funny, the idea was born in Tuscany during a week-long cooking course. Jan and Cindy, the founder of Cooking Wild Safaris, spent the week learning to cook with different guests from all around the world. As they exchanged with their foodie classmates, they realised that experiencing African wildlife was tempting for every single one of them. The week was organized with quite a lot of leisure time to discover the region. Though, they still learned a lot about Italian food. Why not do the same with a game drive?

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Who is on board?

All South Africa’s finest are on board. The partners were immediately seduced by the project, who wouldn’t be?

The accommodation and game drive take place in the luxurious Shamwari group lodges. Two options are available, the Khanni lodge at Sanbona and the villa Lobengula at Shamwari, situated a few hours’ drive from Cape Town.

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The exceptional Capetonian restaurant, the Gold, came out with a unique African menu facilitated by the Stir Crazy cooking school, owned by Brett Nussey. A former safari guide, restaurateur, cooking school owner and Chef meant he was definitely the right person to get on board.
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What makes the experience completely unique?

First of all, the wildlife always offers a unique natural show. Every game drive is different. Though some hardened travellers may want to spice it up a bit. Cooking wild safaris literally does it.

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The cooking classes with African Chefs give a deep insight into African culture. While enjoying the bush, foodies will learn to master traditional African dishes, from the spicy food of Zanzibar to a traditional braai (barbeque) on an open fire, most African regions will be put in honor. After cooking, the groups gather around a convivial lunch or dinner in the magnificent dining room…or sometimes under the African stars. Conviviality and sharing are the keywords here.

On top of everything, the lodges offer luxury at its most. The villa Lobengula, for instance, is a stunning property with six beautiful bedrooms, generous indoor and outdoor areas and an ample kitchen. The outdoor offers a beautiful secluded boma, for traditional dinners under the stars, and a lovely pool area.

Boma Area

Chef hat on head, camera in hand: get ready for an incredible experience!

by Maria Casali