People typically don’t go on a safari for the food. However, having a five-star dining experience in the middle of the bush definitely doesn’t hurt! From taking in the incomparable beauty of an African sunrise to feasting on delectable culinary delights, a safari at Silvan Safari is all about celebrating one-of-a-kind, extraordinary experiences. I had the time of my life dining at Silvan, where happiness was served on fine china covered in decadent Amarula ice cream. So, buckle up and get ready, our gastronomic journey is about to begin!
Entrée: Silvan’s Food Philosophy
Dining at Silvan is a culinary experience that celebrates fresh, local ingredients inspired by the breathtaking natural surroundings. Chef Terror Lekopa takes great care when planning each menu to accentuate the dining at Silvan. As a result, each dish on the menu is carefully considered based on every guest’s dietary preferences, as well as appropriateness to the season and weather. Therefore, no detail is overlooked!
Chef Terror’s personal and approachable dishes are the perfect pairing for Silvan Safari’s stunning setting. He spent some time in Nice, France, where he was taught by South Africa’s first Michelin star awarded chef, Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen. During this time, Chef Terror learnt the art of transforming local and traditional South African recipes into exceptional dishes. And today, he prepares and presents them in a way that shows how simplistic dishes can be both luxurious and oh-so-tasty!
Mains: Pièce de Résistance When Dining at Silvan
After a Silvan Safari game drive, it would be an understatement to say that you work up quite the appetite. Our lovely butler, Phindi, leads us to our setting under the Jackalberry trees. Here, we find our table laden with a beautiful continental array of fresh fruits, buttery croissants, cheese and more. But that’s only the start, as the warm breakfast is still to come!
Whether you enjoy your meal on the majestic Jackalberry tree-shrouded lower breakfast deck, under the outdoor gazebos, or in the Modjaji dining room, you’re in for a treat.
Lunch is light because, let’s face it, you can only eat so much – even when dining at Silvan! The options range from a tender chicken and peppadew salad to incredibly crispy lamb chops with buttery vegetables.
However, dinner is the real star of the show. And it’s a three-course meal to satisfy all of your sweet and savoury cravings. Perfectly crispy pan-fried calamari, succulent beef fillet, creamy homemade tonka-bean ice cream – it’s a foodie’s fantasy!
Palate Cleanser: Dining at Silvan Just Gets Better and Better
But dining at Silvan isn’t just about the mains. Each room has its own mini-bar stocked to the brim with homemade snacks, drinks and mixes. I wholeheartedly recommend trying the candied nuts and droëwors – a dried version of the well-known South African sausage, boerewors. It’s absolutely delicious…which I confirm since I finished both jars when refilled each day!
Of course, we can’t forget about drinks. Silvan’s team of super butlers make – hands down – the best gin and tonics in the Sabi Sand! And with over 30 different gins from around the world to choose from, there’s something for everyone.
Also, it’s an excellent time to be a wine drinker because Silvan’s butlers have a wealth of wine knowledge. They pride themselves on giving the best personalised wine and food pairings to suit each guest’s individual taste. And, boy, do they get it right every time!
In true Silvan fashion, afternoon high-tea brings an oh-so-scrumptious spread of snacks and divine drinks. For example, you can expect anything from cakes to pastries (and even bao buns!). So, your taste buds are guaranteed to sing!
If you pass on a drink at high tea, you won’t be thirsty for long! Sundowners at Silvan is a spectacular affair. The bush comes alive with the gathering of wildlife at the watering hole for a final sip. At the same time, guests also get enjoy a drink of their own!
The Cherry on Top
Each moment spent on a safari is special, but some really do stand out. Dining at Silvan is an elaborate affair that will never disappoint. Always served in style, each meal is unique in its own way. And some more so than others!
Did I hear someone mention breakfast in the bush? In a clearing not too far from camp, the Silvan team sets up for breakfast in the heart of the Sabi Sand. And it’s so surreal to enjoy a perfectly poached egg while watching a nyala graze only a few metres away.
Hosted in an exquisite lantern-lit “enchanted forest”, we also get the chance to experience Silvan’s Moroccan feast! The setting is moody and magical. But, more importantly, the food, oh the food! There’s a spread of fresh bread, zaalouk, tagine, hummus, fragrant sauces, and many more tasty dishes to devour. All food fit for royalty!
Silvan’s meals are usually served at the main lodge. However, you can also enjoy them on your private deck. Or, even better, the Manyeleti River bed. A hop, a skip and a jump from the lodge, and you’re out in nature, having the fine-dining experience of your dreams. Furthermore, you have the best soundtrack of hyenas laughing and owls hooting. It’s simply spectacular!
A Second Helping Never Hurt Anyone
Silvan Safari is undoubtedly one of the most exquisite places on earth. Plus, it’s absolutely deserving of its title of the World’s Leading Luxury Lodge! From breakfast to high tea and sundowners, one thing is for sure. On a Silvan Safari, you will never go hungry. A food coma is guaranteed with food to die for and the perfect drink with every meal.
But there’s only one way you will ever understand this. And that’s to come to visit for yourself. So, contact our Rhino Africa Travel Experts to make your travel (and fine dining) dreams come true. Most importantly, remember to tuck in, have seconds, and try everything!