After more than 30 years in hospitality, starting with a small hotel at the foot of Africa and followed by a further couple of Cape hotels, most notably The Bay, and sixty plus safari lodges across Africa and India, Nicky has served more meals, puffed more cushions, filled more beds, trained more staff and opened more properties than she cares to remember. Her driving force is ‘will our guests love this?’ She has come full circle and is happily puffing, cooking, training and filling to her heart’s content high up on the edge of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley at Angama Mara.
The Angama guides share their best wildlife sightings for 2018: wild dog, a lizard kill, brave mothers, foolish mothers, crossing dramas, hapless warthogs, feeding frenzies, narrow escapes, leopard and lion killing mongooses, an ostrich getting the better of a leopard, baby porcupines and yes, even a pangolin
Nearly 30 years ago a young chef from England joined Nicky and Steve for the opening of The Bay Hotel in Cape Town. Roll forwards to last week and a not-so-young Chef Graeme Cuthell reunited with a very-much-older Nicky in Angama’s kitchen for a week of some pretty serious training and a whole heap of fun
Chef Evans flew in from the Mara for a week of culinary and extraordinary adventures in Johannesburg and at a lovely country house