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June 20, 2014 / Food Follower

Adventures in South Africa: The Bush

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It all started off with this scone, and t’was love at first bite. My mom and I went to a private game reserve in Kruger National Park called Kapama Southern Camp to see the animals in South Africa. The animals were my primary reason for coming to South Africa and were definitely the highlight of my vacation. If you ever go to South Africa, I recommend staying at a private reserve rather than Kruger proper since I’ve heard it is easier to see the animals in a private reserve. I cannot say whether that is true since I did not go to the big national park, but I can say that I did see a lot of animals where I was!

The benefit to staying at a private reserve is that there are fewer people and fewer cars can observe an animal at a time. At Kruger, you can have 20 or more cars observing a pride of lines, while at Kapama, you can have a maximum of 2 cars. There are also more side roads to go view the animals. Also, I recommend going in South Africa’s wintertime since there are fewer leaves on the trees and thus easier to spot the animals.

I have to say that while I was awed by all the amazing animals, I fell in love with the food at my lodge. Breakfast was a buffet full of goodies. The two plates below only shows a small sampling of what I ate.

A scone with clotted cream and apricot preserves (see the British influence?), a mushroom quiche, and slices of fresh watermelon
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A poached egg and minced meat – the minced meat had so much flavor and tasted great even for breakfast.
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Lunch was an entirely different but beautiful beast. All of the ingredients were fresh and went really well with each other.

Smoked salmon with avocado on toasts
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Fried calamari with a tasty lemon and dill dipping sauce
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Beef carpaccio on a toast with edible flowers – the edible flowers were slightly toasted and tasted of honey.
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Beef medallion with red wine sauce on top of glazed carrots, baby corn, and mashed potatoes
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Butter chicken with basmati rice – apparently this is a classic Indian dish, and I could see this from the moment it came out. As I was ordering it, I was worried it would just be chicken drenched in butter. I loved all of the spices of this dish.
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Lamb chops with a salad and homemade potato chips
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Chocolate tart with coconut sorbet – this was my favorite dessert!
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Chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream – it had a texture which reminded me of a light cake, but regardless, it was good.
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And here are some of the highlights of the animals I saw, though I saw a lot more than the animals depicted in the photos below. I was very lucky since I ended up seeing the big 5 – the elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion, and leopard (though only briefly, they are quite fast!)

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Look who’s hiding!
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Uh oh…
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He’s just tired!
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He ended up walking maybe 20 feet and then collapsing back onto the grass.

A mother cheetah with her baby – the baby didn’t even have spots yet.
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I saved my favorite for last – a mother giraffe with her baby. I love giraffes!
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  1. SouthernWild / Jun 20 2014 12:16 pm

    OK Now I am hungry, such wonderful looking food, great pictures and shots of the food and animals!

  2. Glenda / Dec 1 2014 7:17 am

    Dang – I want all the food!

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