Dining and Cuisine at Etali

Experience cuisine that guests talk about. Meals at Etali feature the high-quality meat that South Africa is known for, including local game meat, with lots of fresh seasonal and organically grown vegetables, fruit and herbs. There is no set menu as the chefs select the best produce to work their magic.

Food is a core part of the guest experience at Etali and meals are prepared fresh daily in our on-site kitchen. All guests enjoy breakfast, lunch, royal tea and dinner, along with snacks during game drives. Our menu is varied, giving guests the option of savouring different meals.

We have years of experience catering to health and religious-based dietary requirements including vegan, vegetarian, shellfish or nut or other allergies, kosher, and halal. Etali Safari Lodge is proud to cater to any dietary requirement.

Bush & Boma Dining

Meals at Etali are served in a variety of dining areas, each with its own distinct character. Our main dining area is a covered deck giving a panoramic view of the Etali Waterhole and surrounding hills. Fresh breakfasts, delicious lunches, afternoon tea, and our multi-course fine dining dinners are served here. We also offer the option of dining inside the beautiful main lodge area.

Or perhaps a romantic dinner on your private deck is appealing? Just say the word and we will arrange it.

Etali has an exclusive site a short distance from the lodge, tucked into the koppies, where we serve bush breakfasts as a special treat.

We also host “boma” dinners at our second deck at ground level, giving you an amazing perspective of the waterhole at night. Our chefs prepare traditional South African meals on the braai (where food is cooked over coals), accompanied by salads, starters, and fresh-baked bread. Dine in our boma, by a roaring fire, under the stars, and see who comes to the waterhole that evening.

The Etali Safari Lodge Kosher Kitchen

Etali Safari Lodge began kosher offerings 15 years ago and is proud to be one of the few luxury safari lodges to offer kosher safaris.  We created a kosher friendly kitchen in our main lodge dining area. The kitchen, including a separate stove and refrigerator, is open to view, so our kosher guests can watch their meals being prepared. We also have separate kosher facilities for our “bush breakfasts” and boma dinners. All of our kosher equipment, including kosher pots, pans, cutlery and crockery, is kept on-site. Etali has long provided its chefs and waitstaff with training on kosher requirements, and we give annual refresher training to keep current with the latest requirements.

Before you arrive, we ask about your food preferences and any special requirements beyond what is necessary to keep kosher. We’ll source the highest quality kosher ingredients, including kosher wines, beers and liquor, from our suppliers in Johannesburg. The ingredients are fresh and ready for your arrival so that your personal kosher-trained chef can prepare Kosher meals of the highest quality.

The additional cost for this service is R750 per adult per day, and R375 per child per day. (This does not include the costs of a Mashgiach or supervisor. The related flights, transfer costs and accommodation required for the Mashgiach are for the guests’ account.)