Edging away from a ‘traditional’ safari menu, these camps and lodges across Zambia all offer something unique.
Konkamoya Lodge – Local ingredients, Italian Twist
The Italian owner-run lodge situated in prime game viewing area in Kafue offers a unique authentic Italian infused cuisine that’s remembered long after you leave the lodge. For those wanting a change from ‘traditional’ safari food yet still sourced locally, Konkamoya offers just that- from a chilled gazpacho to a hearty crayfish linguine, freshly caught from the Kafue River. They often offer traditional Zambian dishes such as Nshima and often take requests. Nibbles throughout the day consist of various Italian breads and pastries fresh from their infamous underground oven, which simply bakes using coal, a corrugated metal sheet and the blazing Zambian heat.
Flatdogs Camp - Eat a la carte in Luangwa
Stepping away from the traditional safari mealtime setting, Flatdogs Camp philosophy takes into consideration the hospitality needs of several different types of traveller. With no set meals or meal times, guests can order what they’d like to eat and when they’d like to eat it. Their extensive bistro-style menu is created using locally-grown and raised produce and include a variety of different food and cuisine options, good for families with young children. Dishes include a simple steak baguette lunch, tasty grilled haloumi starter and fiery Asian pork meatballs.
Anyone for Sausage and Mash?
Sausage Tree Camp and Potato Bush Camp appear to go hand in hand when it comes to food. The camps offer an African Inspired fusion menu, changing from season to season, including vegetarian options. They both offer exciting dining experiences. A ‘Water Lunch’ lets guests dine on a sandbank in the middle of the Zambezi River – in which a buffet selection is provided with dessert. ‘Bush Dinners’ are operational on request meaning guests can dine in the middle of the National Park where a buffet dinner selection of salads and roast vegetables are provided as well as a choice of meat cooked on an open flame barbecue.
The River Club’s Kosher Kitchen
History being a core element to the lodge, Zambia’s small Jewish community is a personal passion for Peter Jones, owner of The River Club. He decided the club would offer an opportunity for observant guests to visit the Zambezi River and magnificent Victoria Falls. Their ‘Kosher Lite’ kitchen has been set up to follow the laws of Kashrut. The River Club's own chef works on the dishes in a separate kitchen and guests are invited to view the set-up or to visit during meal preparation times. Their dedicated or ‘strict’ kosher kitchen enables guests to invite their own kosher chef to accompany them on their trip and use the specialised kitchen.