At Madikwe Safari Lodge, a world class dining experience is a rite of passage . Local flavours and techniques are introduced into international dishes and paired with a selection of South Africa’s finest wines.

Whether you are an adventurous eater or your mouth waters for familiar meals of impeccable quality, you are guaranteed to be satisfied at Madikwe.

South African food draws inspiration from a variety of cultures, including Dutch, Indian, Malay and of course native African. Dishes incorporate flavourful spices and fresh ingredients, making for a truly luxurious and unique dining experience.
Here are a few traditional offerings that you may recognise at meal times.


Traditional South African cuisine served at Madikwe Safari Lodge


The famous ‘braai’ (barbeque)

A South African ‘braai’ is a cultural cooking style that cannot be missed out on. South Africans take great pride in their barbecuing skills. It is considered an art form. Beef, chicken, lamb, pork, sausages and even vegetables are grilled to perfection and served with a variety of sauces.


Stew cooked in a three-legged cast iron pot over an open fire. It is usually packed with vegetables and meat, making it a hearty meal. A wide variety of recipes are used but all aim to produce a thick, flavourful stew.

Malva Pudding

A must try sponge caramel pudding made with apricot jam, milk, eggs and flour. A cream sauce is often poured over it while it is hot, and it is usually served hot with custard or ice-cream.

raditional South African Malva pudding, served with custard.

South African Biltong

This is a dried, cured beef or game meats like kudu and ostrich. The meat is cut into strips, marinated and then dried. It can be enjoyed as a snack or used as an ingredient in other dishes.


A vegetable relish or side dish made from a combination of beans, tomatoes, onions and peppers. It is typically spicy and served with breakfast.

Pap (porridge)

Pap, also known as ugali or nsima, is a type of maize porridge that is popular in many parts of Africa and is usually served with stews or vegetables.

Sosaties (kababs)

South African kebabs made with chunks of meat, usually lamb, beef or chicken, that are marinated and then grilled or barbecued. They are served with rice, potatoes or salads.

Chicken 'sosaties' prepared on a braai.

A ‘boerie’ style English breakfast

Grilled beef or wild game sausage, served with English breakfast favourites; eggs, bacon, tomato, mushrooms, toast and coffee. Add some fruits, yogurt and cheeses and you have yourself a morning feast.


Fried plaited doughnuts coated in a syrup made from sugar, water and lemon. They are crunchy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside.

Melktert (milk tart)

A tart made with a sweet pastry crust and a filling made from milk, eggs, sugar, flour and cinnamon.

Enjoy fresh fruits and veggies at Madikwe

South African food is also about fresh fruits and vegetables. Delicious, locally sourced plant-based foods are on offer to vegetarian and vegan guests. The absolute best in produce are sourced to ensure the finest quality.

During snack time enjoy fresh papaya, pineapples, plums, strawberries and watermelon with a delicious locally sourced gin or mimosa.

Book your stay at Madikwe Safari Lodge and come hungry!