A bush dinner is a must for any holidaymaker on safari in South Africa. There’s nothing quite like indulging in delicious delicacies while surrounded by the bush, with a crackling fire and the sounds of the wild in the distance. It’s not only dinners that are amazing. Meals served in the day are accompanied by views of sweeping landscapes and game. Madikwe Game Reserve is the perfect setting for a safari bush dinner, with dramatic vistas as the backdrop to your fabulous wining and dining experience. The reserve is the home of Big 5 safaris, 5-Star service, and the finest bush dinners. We have put together a list of our favourite spots for a bush dinner at Madikwe.
Mateya Safari Lodge
You’ll dine under a blanket of stars while sitting around a roaring fire at Mateya Safari Lodge. Nestled in a rocky outcrop, the 5-Star lodge brings good food and wine to the table. Mateya’s expert culinary artists create traditional dishes with a variety of fresh produce. And the wine served with meals comes from the lodge’s impressive collection of French wines and champagnes. After dinner, you can enjoy a brandy, cognac or single malt whiskey while you puff on a cigar. If you’re looking for something special for your partner, the lodge can arrange a private dinner in the wine cellar.
Rhulani Safari Lodge
If you’re looking for an authentic South African dining experience, look no further than Rhulani Safari Lodge! Traditional dishes and local favourites are served daily, paired with the best South African wines (South Africa is famous for its world-class wine). And there is no better place to enjoy this food than under the South African stars. While indoor and outdoor dining options are available, a dinner in the bush at Rhulani Safari Lodge is unlike anything you have ever experienced before. The evenings can be cool, but a warm fire will keep the chill at bay. An intimate dinner can be organised for couples on the private deck.
Jamala Madikwe is known for its mouthwatering cuisine and alfresco dining experience. Dine under the African night sky on the outdoor boma, or on the star deck which overlooks a waterhole frequented by wild animals, including herds of elephants. Wherever you choose to dine, you’ll enjoy the finest fare and wine. Jamala Madikwe’s award-winning chef’s dishes are inspired by both modern and traditional flavours – the perfect combination of both international and South African cuisines. For wine lovers, the lodge boasts a menu with wine pairings.
Tuningi Safari Lodge
Overlooking a waterhole frequented by wild animals, Tuningi’s boma is set under the shade of an ancient fig tree. Lanterns and candles light up the boma, creating a romantic ambience. Meals are prepared by the executive chef, and with a menu featuring brunch, lunch and dinner, you’ll be treated to good food from sunrise ‘til sunset. The fine cuisine is paired with superb wines from Tuningi’s wine cellar. After dinner, you can enjoy dessert and a nightcap, sit around the fire and share stories of the day’s activities with the other guests.
Madikwe Safari Lodge
With a new menu every day, you’ll never eat the same meal twice at Madikwe Safari Lodge. The lodge’s crafted cuisine can be described as simple yet flavorsome, and each dish is prepared with fresh ingredients. You can enjoy your dinner on the deck or in the bush. While dinner on the deck is accompanied by a breathtaking view, dinner in the bush is an indescribable experience. Lanterns and warm fires, champagne on ice and plates decorated with an assortment of beautiful foods – these are just a few of the offerings of a Madikwe Safari Lodge bush dinner.
Ready for a romantic safari bush dinner in Madikwe Game Reserve bush? Contact us to book a getaway at one of these spectacular lodges!