Traveling to Tanzania is an adventure in its own. If you opt for a luxury safari, get ready to be spoilt during your holiday. A tent pitched right in the middle of the bush amid vast landscape has all the comforts from plush beds to hot-open air showers. There may be an elephant passing by and you would love to simply peep behind your canvas. Lodges offer an incredible experience; especially sipping sundowners by the pool or on a kopje are mesmerizing. Whether you are spending a couple of days in the bush or a have planned a long vacation, an action-packed adventure needs all your energy to experience the essence of Africa to the fullest.
This means food! Long-game drives and a dozen of activities under the sun also mean that you will need healthy and energizing food to make the most of your safari time.
If you are thinking about what kind of meals you will be served during your Safari, we would say, this is one exciting aspect of a bush adventure, you should look forward to. Even if you are the only guest on the endless wild landscapes of the savannah you will be astonished with what is coming up.
Ever heard of a bush breakfast?
Breakfast is one of the most essential meals of the day and during a holiday in Tanzania, you simply don’t eat breakfast… there are a number of options you can choose, not only from the menu…
Bonnet Breakfast– A safari needs you to be an active explorer and that also means waking up at 6:00 am to watch lions enjoying their feast. When hunger strikes to you, camping chairs are laid out and your breakfast is served on the bonnet of your safari car; an assortment of sandwiches, juices, cakes and fruits to satiate your morning cravings.
Champagne Breakfast- If you are going for a balloon safari or staying at one of the high-end lodges in the Serengeti or Selous, a champagne breakfast is an experience in its own. There is a spread of cold meats, an assortment of breads, cereals, live cooking station, fresh juices, eggs to order and some wine or champagne en finale. To top it all your breakfast setting is either under a giant baobab tree facing rolling hills, rivers or open-savannah where wild animals are spotted frequently.
A Buffet Spread – Once you are back from an early morning game drive, a large buffet awaits at your lodge. Hot beverages, seasonal fruits, cereals, breads, cakes, omlettes, baked beans, meat, sandwiches and a variety of light meals that keep you going for the rest of the day. This scrumptious continental spread with a combination of local specialties such as sweet potato and cassava give you just the right boost to keep you going through-out the day.
Game drives in the safari parks last for a couple of hours. If you want to see the Big 5 of the Ngorongoro or catch a glimpse of the shy hyena resting in the bush, you may just get tired waiting sometimes but don’t want to return to your lodge too soon. Tour operators ensure that there is good stock of refreshments in your safari vehicle- cold local beers, canned juices and carbonated drinks are stored in iced box and served to quench your thirst. You may also carry some savories like nuts and biscuits especially if you are traveling with kids or family.
Once you return back from an exhilarating exploration, delicious food awaits you. Most lodges and camps serve light meals during the day – fresh salads, pastas, fresh fruits and some desserts. You also have the option to carry a picnic lunch-box with you during your safari and enjoy your lunch with a view of elephants bathing in the river or predators feasting on their prey. If you have a special meal request, lodges/ camps should be informed in prior.
After you are well-rested during the day, you have the option to drive back into the park again to catch a glimpse of sunset and views of wild animals moving together in groups. You can even choose to simply rest in the camp, take in the pool or an evening sundowner at one of the scenic spots around the lodge. If you feel hungry, most lodges serve evening sacks from the a-la-carte menu or a have a small selection of savories and beverages on the go. You may also order a glass of wine or a hot chocolate and share your day experiences with other guests as the sun sets down.
Dine local delicacies
Dinner spread at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge and lantern-lit dining option at Jongomero Selous Camp
Perhaps the most awaited and exciting meal of the day is dinning in the savannah. On special requests for honeymooners or couples, a special setting can be arranged; lantern lit trees welcome guests to an exquisite bush dining with a delicious spread of food and wine. You will be served a three or five course meal and don’t hesitate to try local favorites; chicken, meats, beans and fish dipped in coconut gravy. This also includes healthy portions of soups, rice, pasta, salads, curries and desserts. You surely won’t be starving on an African Safari.
Kearsleys offers itineraries with the tasteful accommodation options offering the best of stay, meals and leisure. Get in touch with us today and we will tailor delightful safari for you!