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Camp Life  |  27 March 2019

Become a 'Braai Master'

The South African braai is more than a meal, it’s a culture, a way of life, an institution. We South African’s love good food and braai options include juicy, organic lamb chops, tasty boerewors (a type of local sausage – learn how to make it with us), tender steak, delicious chicken, and even fresh fish. And it’s not just meat on the fire, veggies get grilled too! Chargrilled corn on the cob, traditional chakalaka (a spicy tomato relish) made in a tin pot, and even baked potatoes wrapped in foil are thrown directly on the hot coals.

Beloved by all South Africans, we cherish any opportunity to share this experience with guests to our country. This is no different at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve where our guests are treated to this age-old tradition in exceptional fashion under the tutelage of our ‘local is lekker’ chefs. Spend time with them beside the fire, learn some of their favourite braai recipes and even take the recipes home with you to share with your family and friends. 


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In the beginning:

The braai starts with the fire and everyone is welcome around it. Observe how the braai master stacks the wood to build the perfect fire. Pour a drink and get ready to share some of your favourite sightings from the day’s safari. Stories are an important part of any braai. The chefs will begin to prepare the meat, and this is the opportune moment to join them and learn something new. Discover a wold of spices that will ensure that your meat is tender and succulent.

And now, we braai (ons gaan nou braai as we say):

Once the coals have reached the perfect temperature (which depends on what the menu is by the way), the braai master will ceremoniously call for the meat. Enjoy the moment when the perfectly spiced meat hits the grill, savour the smells and the sizzle. Once the meat is ready (cooked to your taste), take a moment around the table to savour the experience, soak in the view, and then dig in.

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Hope you left some space:

No traditional braai is complete without a truly South African dessert. The chef’s at Kwandwe have put their own indulgent twist on our favourites and you can expect Cape brandy pudding, malva flavoured doughnuts, melktert, hertzoggies and the delectably sweet koeksister. The sorbets that accompany the meal are made with edible plants, spekboom, prickly pear and aloe, which are found on the reserve.

The chef’s at Kwandwe will share a few of their secrets to preparing quick and easy meals using only a few key ingredients, making it easy for you to recreate them back home.

There is no better way to experience a country than by tasting their food. Join us around the fire soon.

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DETAILS: Each campfire cooking session includes the preparation of a meal over an open campfire. Learn to expertly barbeque different types of venison such as impala, kudu, ostrich, warthog and gemsbok (vegetarian alternatives available). Help our chefs 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.

Minimum 2-night stay at any villa. Menu options are available. All ages are welcome.



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Big Five Game Viewing

Kwandwe is one of the largest private Big Five game viewing areas in South Africa


With 54 000 acres of private wilderness, accommodating a maximum of 52 guests, making Kwandwe one of the highest land:guest ratios in South Africa

Easy Access

Located perfectly for a self-drive or fly-in safari