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Unique Dining Experiences in Africa

When it comes to an Africa safari, the wildlife is second-to-none. There is nowhere else on Earth you can experience the sound of a hyena laugh, the vibration of a lion roar, or the smell of the morning dew which blankets the vast savannah. Africa is magical, and its animals are worth fighting for – day and night, for years to come. 

For those who have never been on a luxury African safari though, there is so much that heightens the experience. Mornings are spent with a warm cup of coffee, listening to the birdcall echoing across the plains. Catching the last rays of evening sunshine, sundowner drinks are shared with fellow safari travellers from across the globe. As well as laughter and wholesome conversations shared around fire pits, the food experiences across Africa are what brings people together, and creates moments to never forget.

While all safari camps offer sundowner experiences, we have put together a collection of some of the most unique dining experiences across Africa, including luxury safari camps in South Africa, Kenya, Botswana and Tanzania.

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A Safari Jeep Come Pizza Oven at Chitwa Chitwa

South Africa

South Africa’s Kruger National Park is often on the bucket list for safari enthusiasts, and rightly so. But with no dividing gates or fences, the private reserves that border the Kruger National Park offer a heightened, and more exclusive safari experience as the animals move freely between the Kruger and the private reserves freely. These private reserves like Sabi Sands, offer exceptional wildlife and guiding without the crowds and, with the activities like off-road driving and night game drives offered, they add an entirely new dimension of excitement to your safari. 

There are a handful of exceptional safari lodges in the Sabi Sands Private Reserve, but when it comes to unique experiences, there is one that truly stands out. Chitwa Chitwa is a safari lodge that has encapsulated the beauty of the bush with its elegant and luxurious décor. Each of the eight suites have been designed with the utmost creativity and attention to detail, so that your transition from game drive to game lodge is a smooth and natural one. Whether you are having an afternoon nap on your private veranda, or going for a dip in the plunge pool, you will still be surrounded by the sounds, sights and smells of the bush.

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From Farm to Food at Segera Retreat

Kenya

Sat amongst a huge 50,000 acres of land in Central Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau is a beautiful property called Segera. The location itself offers a varied safari experience. While there is good game viewing in the Laikipia Plateau – including good number of elephants, giraffes, zebra and a healthy opportunity to see African wild dog – the Laikipia Plateau is attractive for other safari activities and experiences. Its vast landscape means that you can do a variety of activities such as walking safaris, game drive (day and night), horse riding and quad biking. The lodge it integrated with local communities so there is also opportunity to visit local schools and villages, and learn and understand the life of the Samburu people. 

Segera also has an all-female anti-poaching unit which, when it was set up in 2019, with the second in 2020 during the pandemic. By now, the conservation ranger unit is fully inclusive and the female rangers are integrated in all units. This was certainly opening opportunities and inspiration for women across Kenya. During your stay at Segera you can visit the anti-poaching team, where you can understand the challenges, successes and commitment of every individual in the team. Ultimately, the team have, and continue to do a fantastic job in protecting the wildlife from poachers and other detrimental challenges, which is no easy job.

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Sundowners on a Mokoro in the Okavango Delta

Botswana

When it comes to a luxury Botswana safari, the Okavango Delta is simply a must. Its geography and flood patterns is, in itself, impressive. Every year, the Okavango Delta floodplains fill up from rainwater from Angola. Although it varies each year – especially now with climate change making a more dramatic impression on nature – the floods make their way to Botswana around May/ June, and over the course of a few weeks, the Okavango Delta completely transforms. What was once an open plain, becomes a floodplain, with water in some areas up to six metres deep. With these new conditions, particular species of

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Barbeque On The Beach on a Mnemba Island

Tanzania

Located 3km from the north-west coast of Zanzibar island is the most luxurious private islands, Mnemba. Owned by &Beyond, the island is one of the most sought-after places to stay, especially for honeymooners or romantic celebrations who are looking for a chic but luxurious beach retreat. From the main island, you get a boat across to Mnemba where you will be greeted with a friendly smile and a delicious welcome drink. 

With a maximum of 24 guests on the island, you can spend the day privately: enjoying gentle strolls with white sand in-between your toes, snorkelling amongst the coral reefs surrounding the island, or heading out with your dive instructor to explore the depths of the Indian Ocean. With an all-inclusive offer at Mnemba Island, you can of course just enjoy the tranquillity of the island, soaking up the African sunshine and enjoying cocktails and fresh drinks made lovingly by the staff on the island. 

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This article was first published in issue eight of the Unforgettable Travel Magazine.

 

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