South Africa’s superb scenery and moderate climate just beg for celebratory, outdoor food feasts shared under big skies studded with stars at night. In general, luxury lodges in South Africa capitalize on great weather and spectacular landscapes, and invite their guests to enjoy exceptional outdoor dining venues. Here we present 15 super-special outdoor feasting spots at luxury lodges in South Africa.
Bushmans Kloof in the Cederberg is an ancient landscape of great boulders and vast plains. Built into a natural sandstone amphitheatre on a dramatic cliff, Embers is a feasting place of infinite beauty, gazing out over a spectacular valley. Dine under the light of the moon in this magical place, lit by a roaring fire and a multitude candles and lanterns.
An outdoor dinner at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a fabulous affair. Grootbos is set in its own private nature reserve near Walker Bay and Hermanus in the Western Cape. Ancient milkwood forests are a part of this magnificent setting.
The Cape winelands have good weather and so much beauty, for memorable outdoor dining. Enjoy serene views of mountains and vineyard-combed valleys.
A beach picnic is a good way to enjoy South Africa’s sunshine and lovely beaches. In Mossel Bay, African Oceans Manor on the Beach has a seafront position and is one of many excellent seaside hotels along the famous Garden Route.
At Tsala Treetop Lodge you have the privilege of dining outdoors amid an ancient indigenous forest of the Garden Route.
Dine under the vast, star-studded skies of the Karoo in the Samara Private Game Reserve .
The beachfront at Umhlanga Rocks is yours to enjoy at The Oyster Box Hotel. The penultimate is private dining on the deck of the palatial Presidential Suite.
At Thonga Beach Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal you can kick back to an exclusive, barefoot dinner on a timber deck set in a tropical dune forest beside the beach at Mabibi Bay. Far from the crowds, you’ll be dining in the moonlight at a magnificently secluded spot.
Escape to Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse, set in the Kamberg Valley of the Drakensberg where mountain peaks are snow-capped in winter. Here you will feast on Richard’s legendary gourmet food – 7-course dinners full of flavour and made from fresh local ingredients and home-grown delights.
Rovos Rail is South Africa’s ultra-luxurious train, and offers outstanding formal, silver-service dining.
Outdoor feasts in the African wilderness are an incomparable pleasure. Luxury safari lodges generally offer a variety of dining venues, which include outdoor timber decks, open-air boma enclosures, and special secluded spots in the wilderness, some distance away from the lodges.