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Africa’s Taste During A Safari

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October 31, 2016 / African / By
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If you plan an African safari and you do not know what to expect in terms of food, we are here to offer you a guide to Africa’s taste you can enjoy while on safari.

First of all, you need to know that the food you will eat during your safari depends on which part of the African continent you will visit. The food experience also depends on your budget and you preferences however, most camps serve meat based foods so if you are vegan, vegetarian or you have specific food restrictions, you should inform the camp before booking your safari adventure.

By Michal Osmenda from Brussels, Belgium (Moroccan food and drink - soup and beans) [CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Generally speaking, the African continent will provide you with various food options including starches (ugali, fufu, sadza, pap etc), vegetables (local vegetables, salads and fresh herbs), game meat from local farms, seafood (fish and even crocodile in some parts of Zambezi), game birds (quail and guinea fowl) and numerous local fruits. There are also fine dining meal options for those who do not want to try the local cuisine or don’t find the idea of eating canned food appealing.

When it comes to drinks, Africa is a place where you can enjoy a variety of beverages, such as rooibos tea and local coffee, and alcoholic drinks like gin & tonic, amarula (creamy liquor made from amarula fruit) and witblits (clear spirit with high alcohol content).

Before you embark on your safari adventure, you can visit some local restaurants that will offer you an introduction to the traditional dishes served in the area. We highly recommend visiting cultural restaurants that found their cooking inspiration in the rich cultural heritage of the African countries.

If food plays a huge role in your traveling adventures, you can choose your safari type based on your food preferences and desires. Here is a list of what you can expect at meal time from your African trip:

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Lodge Safaris

When it comes to this type of safari, a simple rule applies – if the lodge has a remote location, expect a simple menu; if the lodge has a central location, you can expect a sophisticated menu.

Lodges usually offer generous platters with delicious snacks, buffets with homemade meals and substantial dinners. Since most lodges partnered with the local communities, you can expect a variety of fresh ingredients.

If you want to experience the wilderness of the continent, you should try the Classic Zambian Walking Safari, but if you prefer a classic safari experience Tanzania might be a better option, especially if you dream of a luxury and romantic adventure.

Mobile Safaris

Mobile safaris are great for those who love to explore the African continent in depth. Choosing a mobile safari and living in a tented camp offers a more authentic experience than the lodge accommodations.

If you move between temporary camps, be prepared for a simple menu and meals that can be prepared in the portable kitchen. Mobile safari can mean a simple menu but simple does not mean less delicious! The mobile safari cooks are experienced and they know how to make a delicious African classic meal. The bush cuisine might surprise you so give camp tented mobile safari a try if you really want an authentic experience.

However, if you want to experience mobile safari but also the comfort of the lodge accommodations, you can choose a mobile safari that moves from lodge to lodge not from camp to camp. This option will allow you to enjoy the well-cooked food prepared in any lodge, you’ll be able to explore the cuisine and surprise your taste buds without starving if you don’t like a specific type of food.

Does mobile safaris sound more like your type of adventure? If yes, do some research of the options you have in Tanzania and Botswana. The scenic views and culinary experiences are unique and unforgettable in these two countries.

Island Escapes

Those who want to experience a different side of the amazing African cuisine, can try a tropical island escape. The Indian Ocean created amazing islands, archipelagos and atolls that are perfect destinations for those who want to unwind. Foodies can experience everything from seafood to Portuguese inspired dishes and French-Creole fusion cuisine in different setting, such as award winning restaurants, romantic dinners on the beach and desert island picnics.

Island resorts provide tourists with numerous buffet options including European dishes with an island twist but there are also plenty of exclusive hotels for those who want a luxury experience. No matter what you choose, be ready to taste some delicious fresh tropical fruits and to indulge in some of the best seafood dishes in the world.


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