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Camp Life  |  30 October 2017

Campfire Cooking - mastering the art of barbequing while on safari

Over three days, guests learn to cook authentic South African ‘braais’ and favourite dishes using fresh and locally sourced ingredients in between adventurous days out exploring the reserve. A well-established social custom and a traditional way of outdoor cooking in South Africa, a braai involves barbequing meat over an open fire. Transforming guests into Braai-masters, Kwandwe’s head chefs will teach them how to prepare a 3 course meal on a campfire.

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Aside from learning to expertly barbeque different types of venison for best possible flavour and tenderness – such as impala, kudu, ostrich, warthog and gemsbok (vegetarian alternatives available) – guests will also be shown how to build the perfect fire and assess when it has achieved optimum temperature. Furthermore they will help 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 lightly spiced sausage popular in South African cuisine and traditionally cooked as a key ingredient of any braai.

They will also be taught about South African desserts and traditional favourites such as Cape brandy pudding, malva 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 be used to make a refreshing sorbet. Guests will also learn to brew moer koffie, coffee in a tin pot heated over an open fire, to enjoy at the end of their meal.

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Included will be a section on quick meal ideas where chefs will share a few of their secrets on preparing simple-to-make dishes, some with only a few key ingredients. Encouraging guests to put into practice everything learnt they will be offered the recipes for the above dishes with ingredient substitutes so menus can easily be adapted back at home.

Ideal for small groups of friends and families with children of all ages, guests will stay in the sole-use 4 suite Melton Manor. An elegant yet laid-back safari home, this spacious u-shaped contemporary frontier farmhouse is characterised by high ceilings and deep, cool verandas each overlooking the central courtyard and swimming pool and onto the Afromontane forests beyond. From here they will enjoy the use of a private vehicle, guide and tracker assuring tailor-made flexibility for safari activities whilst traditional bush walks and game drives will include additional tips on edible flowers and plants found on the reserve, many of which will be incorporated into mealtime preparation.


Kwandwe Private Game Reserve location map

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