Jock Safari Lodge has introduced Riverbed Dining as an exciting new dining option. Situated at the confluence of two rivers in the south-western corner of the Kruger National Park, the Mitomeni river (Shangaan for ‘Jackalberry Tree’) and Biyamiti river (Shangaan for ‘Place of many Trees’), this unique setting provides the perfect opportunity for guests to enjoy a traditional, barbeque-style feast around a campfire.
The riverbed provides unobstructed views across the wilderness where guests may see game passing by. As the sun sets over the bushveld, a range of gins, champagne, cold beer and a variety of other drinks are on offer to enjoy while watching elephants coming down to the river to drink. Diners may settle into vintage-style canvas safari chairs, or lounge on oversized Persian cushions, relaxing with feet tucked into the clean, sun-baked river sand to enjoy this unforgettable multi-sensory experience.
The chefs dish up delicious and wholesome dishes, including a selection of fresh salads and a variety of meat off the grill. Traditional South African desserts are served out of authentic tin mugs that can be enjoyed while sitting around the campfire, to end the riverbed dining experience on a high note.
Steeped in history, Jock Safari Lodge was the first private concession within South Africa’s largest and most famous national park. It is named after Sir Percy FitzPatrick’s popular book, Jock of the Bushveld, the famous story of the canine hero Jock’s courage and loyalty, set during South Africa’s first gold rush era. Set within 6,000 hectares of exclusive traversing rights, the iconic safari lodge accommodates only 30 guests, in addition to the adjacent family-friendly camp, Fitzpatrick’s, which accommodates six guests. Jock is widely known for its service excellence and warm hospitality, world-class facilities and unforgettable wildlife encounters.
Mhondoro Safari Lodge is one of only a select few South African game lodges to have received the coveted 2017 Diners Club Platinum Winelist Award. The luxurious 5-star safari lodge is located in Welgevonden Game Reserve in the Waterberg (Limpopo province). Since its opening less than two years ago, it has been widely recognised for its unique culinary offering that focuses on a healthy food concept, further enhanced by what is now known as an ‘award-winning’ wine list.
Mhondoro distinguishes itself from other safari lodges with its style and quality of fresh, home-grown and beautifully plated food, presented in an exciting, modern African style. Complementing the culinary offering, Mhondoro takes pride in presenting a comprehensive wine list as a showcase for South African wines. The wine list offers a selection across most varietals produced in this country, including sparkling wines, dessert and port-style wines, as well as white and red blends such as the iconic Meerlust Rubicon and Kanonkop Paul Sauer.
Frank and Myriam Vogel, the owners of Mhondoro said: ‘The Diners Club Winelist awards are a benchmark for excellence and it is an honour for us to gain recognition for the class and style of our wine list. We are proud to present our guests with fine wines to complete the perfect meal – served here in the African wilderness and surrounded by nature.’
Mhondoro Safari Lodge has teamed up with a renowned international yoga instructor and detox specialist to present an exclusive 6-Day/5-Night Detox and Yoga Safari at the 5-star lodge in the Welgevonden Game Reserve (Limpopo), from 20 to 25 November 2017. The package includes 5 nights’ luxury accommodation and a complete detox programme with healthy meals and three detox juice fasting days, as well as personal coaching, yoga and meditation sessions, daily safaris, bush walks and mindfulness walks, and three spa treatments, from R39 555 per person sharing. Guests who prefer a less strict diet, may opt for a Healthy Eating programme, based on a detox menu, but excluding the three Juice days.
The Mhondoro Detox and Yoga Safari will be hosted by Monique Christiaans of Yoga Zenzo in the Netherlands. She says: ‘It is my dream to give people tools to live more consciously. I fulfill this mission by presenting retreats in nature, where it is possible to escape one’s busy life and relax completely in a beautiful, natural environment. During these six days you can recharge your batteries completely and at the same time become more aware of nutrition and the importance food, and what it does in your body.’
Myriam Vogel, the owner of Mhondoro Game Lodge says that the lodge, and Mhondoro Villa in particular, lends itself perfectly to hosting exclusive wellness events like this, with extensive decks and heated swimming pools overlooking the wilderness, a yoga room and two small gymnasiums, as well as a Spa suite with a bath outside on the deck. ‘We have put together a programme aimed at relaxation and intensive cleansing. In six days you will go on a transformative journey that will tell you more about yourself and your current lifestyle. So whether you want to lose some weight, get more balance in your life or just enjoy the breathtaking scenery and wildlife, this promises to be an unforgettable experience.’
The programme will focus on detoxing. Toxins enter the body through sprayed foods and chemical additives in food, cosmetics, air pollution and medicines, while stress further acidifies the body. Stored toxins can manifest in symptoms such as fatigue and digestive problems. The body is built to dispose of waste itself but with the amount of polluted substances that are produced nowadays, the body can use some help! A supervised detox programme aided by specially formulated organic juices packed with vitamins and minerals energizes the body and helps it body to function optimally again.