Ethos African Snippets

This month we are focusing on food. Whether it be a signature dish, a local event or a passionate chef, good food is a common thread running through all our clients.  With influences from across Africa, as well as Asia, and passionate chefs in each location, African food is full of creativity and heritage.

Machaba Safaris

We caught up with Ngoma Safari Lodge chef Samson Sibanda to find out more about the inspiration behind his signature dishes. Click here to see what he had to say and experience the passion behind his cooking.

Why not give one of Chef Samson's signature dishes at home? Click here for his delicious Panseared Chobe Bream Fillet recipe.

Cape St Francis Resort

A visit to Cape St Francis is full of surprises.

Did you know that some of the world’s finest Calamari or Squid comes from South Africa? Find out more here.

Or why not book a stay at Cape St Francis Resort in September for the annual Calamari Festival, where the main attraction is a Calamari Cook Off. 

Garonga Safari Camp

Garonga has always remained true to its bush location.  Whether it be a private dinner, bush boma or safari breakfast, guests have the opportunity to savour local delicacies and game meat if they wish.  What Garonga is well know for however is their great British breakfast and idyllic Afternoon Tea.  Bernie has been known to get the Chef to produce a fabulous curry as well!  Variable meal locations, locally and globally influenced menus and a fabulous wine list ensure that dining at Garonga is nothing short of excellent.

No-one does it quite like Garonga. Find out more here.

MalaMala Game Reserve

The food and beverage experience at Mala Mala is second to none.  They have shared more about one of their signature dishes, Sesame Crusted Baked Camembert as well as one of their signature cocktails, G & Tea. Find out more below.

Sesame Crusted Baked Camembert with Raspberry Coulis, Honey Candied Walnuts, Preserved Figs & Balsamic

G & TEA - Flowstone Bushwillow Gin, Cherry Cordial, Buchu & Elderflower Iced Tea


Kambaku Lodges

We learned more about one of the amazing chefs at Kambaku Lodges - Nomsa! From wanting to meet Mandela to being proud of her work in the community, Nomsa tells all here.

Fun Fact

How successful is a lion when hunting?

Lions are the apex predator, but their hunting success rate strongly depends on the number of lions involved. A single lion hunting in daylight has a success rate of 17-19% but this increases for those hunting as a group to 30%. Out of 1,300 hunts observed in the Serengeti, nearly half involved only one animal, 20% involved two and the rest involved a group of (normally) between three and eight individual animals.

Thank you Garonga Guide Jordi for this fascinating fact.

Image of the Month

This might be mistaken for Kilimanjaro but actually these mountains are the northern Drakensberg, taken from MalaMala.

And finally.......

A Journey through KAZA

Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (commonly referred to as KAZA) incorporates 5 countries (Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe ).  KAZA has 36 formally proclaimed protected areas made up of a host of game reserves, forest reserves,  game/wildlife management areas, community conservancies and 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Victoria Falls, Okavango Delta and Tsodilo Hills).  The amount of flora and fauna is outstanding, home to more than 50% of the remaining savanna elephants found in Africa, an estimated one quarter of the African wild dog is found in KAZA and around 600 bird species. The area is also home to an estimated 2.5 – 3 million people, comprising different cultures, many of whom depend heavily on natural resources for their livelihoods.  READ MORE

If you would like to learn more about KAZA TFCA, we are running a training session at 2pm GMT on Tuesday 29th August 2023.  SAVE THE DATE - AFRICA HUB TRAINING