Kwandwe Private Game Reserve - Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, 6140, South Africa
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Campfire Cooking at Kwandwe

Learn to master the art of barbequing while on safari!  Few countries are as renowned for their barbeques as South Africa.  Kwandwe provides an exciting opportunity to learn about preparing and cooking authentic South African ‘braais’ and favourite dishes with local ingredients.

Based on a minimum 3 night stay at sole-use safari villa Melton Manor, the experience is private and can be adapted to suit individual needs. Three sessions are spent learning from Kwandwe’s executive culinary team. Recipes of the below mentioned dishes are included to take home, detailing preparation, cooking times and ingredient substitutes.

On the Menu

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Become a Braaimaster: a well established social custom and a traditional way of outdoor cooking in South Africa, a ‘braai’ involves barbequing meat over an open fire. The session will include the preparation of a 3 course meal over an open campfire. Apart from learning to expertly barbeque different types of venison, such as impala, kudu, ostrich, warthog and gemsbok (vegetarian alternatives available), Guests also help to prepare traditional accompaniments such as stoke (or ‘pot’) bread, mielie (corn) bread, farm butter, krummel pap (crumbly porridge made from maize meal) with chakalaka (spicy tomato relish) and potato salad. Included is a hands-on lesson on how to make boerewors, a type of lightly spiced sausage popular in South African cuisine and traditionally cooked as a key ingredient of any braai. Learn to brew ‘moer koffie’, coffee prepared in a tin pot over an open fire.

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Ingredient variations will be offered to easily adapt menus back at home, and Guests are also taught how to best cook the different meats to achieve the best possible flavour and tenderness, including the preparation of a barbeque and how to achieve optimum temperature.

South African desserts: Explore cooking traditional South African favourites such as Cape brandy pudding, malva flavoured doughnuts (a variation of the malva pudding), melktert, hertzoggies and koeksisters. Edible plants found on the reserve (such as spekboom, prickly pear and aloe) will also be used to make a refreshing sorbet.

Quick meal ideas: Chef will share a few of his secrets to preparing quick and easy meals, with only a few key ingredients – a must for everyday life when time is of the essence!

Cost & Notes

  • Cost is ZAR 10 000 for the experience – this includes private tuition time with the executive culinary team and all ingredients for the cooking course, as well as local and premium brand spirits, beers, house wines, tea, coffee and mineral water (excludes cost of accommodation)
  • A minimum 3 night stay at Melton Manor is required for the Campfire Cooking package
  • Recipes of all the dishes prepared, to take home 
  • A gift from Kwandwe as a memento 
  • Children of all ages are welcome

About Melton Manor

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  • Kwandwe Melton Manor pool evening
  • Kwandwe Melton Manor playing in pool
  • Accommodation is for a minimum stay of 3 nights at Melton Manor, an exclusive-use safari villa
  • Ideal for families, with children of all ages welcome
  • The open-plan kitchen provides an ideal venue for the interactive Campfire Cooking experience, when not cooking outdoors
  • A private vehicle, guide and tracker offer tailor-made flexibility for safari activities – walks and game drives out on the reserve include educational tips on edible flowers and plants found on the reserve, many of which will be included in mealtime preparation
  • The menu can be tailor-made to suit individual tastes and needs
  • The lodge is U-shaped, with 2 sets of interleading suites on either side of the central courtyard and can accommodate a maximum of 8 guests + 1 infant under 2 (in a cot)
  • Outdoor play areas include open bushveld areas around the villa for children to run around and an unfenced swimming pool
  • Lounge offers TV with a library of DVDs and games
  • The Manor is fenced (perimeter fencing unseen to the eye to keep wild animals out) Accommodation is for a minimum stay of 3 nights at Melton Manor, an exclusive-use safari villa
  • A sole-use safari villa and ideal for families, with children of all ages welcome
  • The open-plan kitchen provides an ideal venue for the interactive Campfire Cooking experience, when not cooking outdoors
  • A private vehicle, guide and tracker offer tailor-made flexibility for safari activities – walks and game drives out on the reserve include educational tips on edible flowers and plants found on the reserve, many of which will be included in mealtime preparation
  • The menu can be tailor-made to suit individual tastes and needs
  • The lodge is U-shaped, with 2 sets of interleading suites on either side of the central courtyard and can accommodate a maximum of 8 guests + 1 infant under 2 (in a cot)
  • Outdoor play areas include open bushveld areas around the villa for children to run around and an unfenced swimming pool
  • Lounge offers TV with a library of DVDs and games
  • The Manor is fenced (perimeter fencing unseen to the eye to keep wild animals out)
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