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Food, glorious food.

September 20, 2011

I have spent the past few days with good friends and that has meant lots of fantastic meals with great wine, wonderful conversation and food, glorious food!  Now I am a real foodie and one of the things I love about being on safari at our properties is the delicious meals.  We truly have a talented group of chefs who make every meal a gourmet delight.

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day and breakfasts in the bush with the fresh air and sun rising simply can’t be beat.  The breakfast buffets in camp or at the lodge consist of eggs made to order, bacon, sausage, fresh bread to toast, homemade mueslis & cereals, local honey, jams and if you are lucky to be staying at Lewa Wilderness some of the best cinnamon rolls I have ever tasted.  My youngest son’s favourite breakfast was at Ol Seki Mara Camp where the chef creates custom omelettes right on the deck of the dining tent – we call it “breakfast theatre”!

Hard to believe but even after a big breakfast by lunchtime you are hungry again which is a good thing because lunches on safari are worth having an appetite for whether you are having a picnic, dining back at camp or al fresco by the pool.  Coronation chicken is a dish that was inspired by royalty but I think Nomadic Encounter’s chef has truly made it a crowning glory – a perfect lunchtime treat.  The chef at Ol Lentille creates incredible delicacies all day but there is something about dining by the stunning pool looking out over the bush that makes his midday meals my favourite.

Tea and sundowners are the safari versions of snacks but let’s be honest these are really mini-meals.  Afternoon tea is served at all of our properties just before you head out on your next activity whether it is a game drive, walk, horseback ride or village visit.  There is nothing like tea or coffee and a delicious cake or cookie to get you energized and if you are staying at Ol Malo the resident kudu, Tandala might just drop by for a cuppa (she actually is more interested in the cake than the tea)!  There is nothing better than sipping a glass of wine (or your favourite cocktail) while watching an African sunset – at Mara Plains you’ll be enjoying it from a silver goblet or at ol Donyo Lodge you can sit atop the kopjes with your drink in hand and some of their famous pili pili snacks.

Now you might think there is no way after all that food, you’ll be able to even think about dinner but you will be amazed by your appetite.  After a hot shower or bath, there is something wonderful about sitting around the dining table with our hosts and the other guests to a fine meal and lively conversation.  Whether it is a fireside barbecue with a game of giant jenga at Ol Malo House or a dinner under the stars on the deck at Sarara with the sounds of the elephants drinking at the nearby waterhole, you know it will be an experience to remember.

So come and dine with us and enjoy food, glorious food at any of our properties.  If you can’t make it right away, check out our Bush Journal for some of our favourite recipes which you can try at home.  Looking forward to seeing you at our tables soon.

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