The below article is courtesy of Kruger 2 Canyon newspaper. Visit their website at www.kruger2canyon.co.za
Bush Party Success
HOEDSPRUIT – On September 3, Thornybush hosted the long awaited Hlokomela Herb Bush Party in a dry river bed near the main lodge. The setting was pure African bliss with weather and nature combining with top chefs from seven lodges in the area to create the perfect evening.
Guests were welcomed in the river bed with refreshing lemonade drinks and most people kicked off their shoes soon after as each chose a director’s chair around the entertainment area. The Southern Cross Schools drummers set the bush mood with their first round of drumming.
Just as the sun went down the lodges responsible for the evening’s delicious canapés were introduced: Kapama, Tanda Tula, & Beyond Ngala, Motswari, Zuleika, Royal Malewane, Thornybush and the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere team.
The chefs were tasked to use at least one of Hlokomela’s wide variety of freshly produced herbs from the programme’s large herb garden just outside Hoedspruit. One chef mentioned that it turned out to be quite a challenge because although she knows all the herbs, she does not often experiment. This exercise made her invent quite a few new recipes and turned out to be a wonderful, creative experience.
Some favourite snacks included stuffed double crumbed mushrooms prepared by Tanda Tula’s Ryan Mullett, smoked salmon and avo salsa from & Beyond Ngala, cold melon and mint soup prepared by Eugene Welgemoed from Kapama and ostrich lettuce cups done by the Biosphere team, to mention but a few!
The evening was well attended by a variety of guests from Hoedspruit including anyone and everyone. As it turned out the evening was indeed one of equality where protocols about the who’s who were buried under the sand to make way for a fun, relaxed atmosphere as called for by Hlokomela’s director, Christine du Preez.
Don Scott from Tanda Tula remarked that ‘it is amazing to see how many different people are linked in with Hlokomela’ through the work they do at clinics in reserves and on farms.
Gillian Mahange from the National Development Agency (NDA) was the key note speaker for the evening and said that the Hlokomela model is an excellent example for government to follow.
Music For Life, home of the African Children’s Choir from Malelane also provided great entertainment with their song, dance and drumming.
Hlokomela thanks everyone who contributed to the evening by way of donations, time, catering and other means. Keep an eye on Kruger2Canyon News for all those who helped to make a success of the evening.