CLASSIC SAFARI FOOD
A great safari is also about great food – guests want to be assured that what they eat is not only delicious, but also reflects and celebrates a sense of place. Almost more important than the food itself is where it is served, and Angama Mara offers a dazzling choice of dining venues.
Inspired by what Denys Finch-Hatton’s camp chef might have cooked way back in the early days of being on safari, Angama Mara’s chefs prepare classic safari food, focusing on it being perfectly cooked and freshly made, yet beautifully and simply presented. Our Kenyan chefs use only the best and freshest ingredients, celebrating the finest local produce for which the country is renowned: grass-fed beef, green beans, prawns from the coast – amongst many others. The result is food which is simple yet delicious; unfussy but oh-so-good to look at; and always generous and joyful and sometimes surprising. (At least a third of our menu is designed with vegetarian guests in mind, and no dietary requirement or preference is too much trouble.)
Finally – Angama Mara prides itself on perfect picnics and the best bread on safari anywhere.
Our food is not fancy. Our food is good. And not a buffet in sight.
THROUGH THE TUMMY OF A GUEST
To their immense delight, the chefs have worked out that guests could eat up to no less than twelve times a day. Not to say that guests have to eat that much, but just in case they might be peckish, there is always something delicious on hand.
- On arrival at the lodge (after who knows what kind of journey) a little something is always welcome whilst unpacking
- Lunch can be enjoyed on the tented suite’s deck, at the lodge, by the pool or best of all – a Mara picnic in the shade of a lone tree in the middle of nowhere
- Try not to miss afternoon tea at the lodge – fruitcake, cucumber sandwiches and scones
- Toast the sunset with bitings (a lovely East African word for snacks) with a gin cocktail in the Maasai boma
- Where to have dinner tonight? Maybe an elegant candlelit dinner in the lodge or a cosy dinner for two on the tent deck?
- Or perhaps Angama Mara’s signature family-style bush BBQ, where tall chefs in tall hats grill to perfection fat juicy steaks, prawns from the coast or Swahili-spiced kuku (chicken is Kenya’s most-loved dish). All this in a lovely forest near the lodge, lit with lanterns and a nightly chorus of hyenas
- After a restful night’s sleep, a knock on the door and a butler discreetly leaves fresh orange juice, steaming coffee and a newly baked something in the lobby. A good start to another day in Africa.
- Breakfast, too, is a widely flung affair – on the tent deck, at the lodge watching the hot-air balloons float by, or a picnic on the Mara plains amongst a herd of a thousand buffalo … who needs food?