Tanda Tula Bush Cuisine


View our bush cuisine recipes here

Not only is a unique safari experience about unforgettable game viewing, excellent service and luxury safari accommodation, but also about fine bushveld cuisine.

At Tanda Tula Safari Camp we pride ourselves in our fine bush cuisine. With head chef Ryan Mullett at the helm, each dining occasion is more than just a meal, it is a sensory experience. From traditional African dishes, to more modern creations, Ryan creates magic in the kitchen resulting in cuisine guaranteed to excite the taste buds.

Comments Ryan, ” When guests visit Tanda Tula Safari Camp, they come for 3 reasons: the wildlife, the relaxation and the food. Our reputation and guest expectation with regards to dining, gives me the inspiration and motivation to keep raising the bar and to give each and every guest more than what they were expecting.”

Guests will start the day with a delicious breakfast at our famous bush breakfast site, nestled under majestic trees alongside the riverbed a few kilometres from camp. During lunch, guests will enjoy a variety of light dishes under the trees within camp, or in our lounge area which boasts views over the Nhlaralumi riverbed and African bush. Afternoon tea will be served before each evening game drive.

Dinner in camp is always a special occasion, where our guests discuss their unique sightings of the day and ease back to enjoy the romance of the African night. Many a story has been told during dinner around the fire in our boma, and it is not uncommon to be visited by Hyaena and other game during dinner on the lawn. Private dinners are also offered to those who wish to spend a night in romance, in private on their tent deck.

We also offer our guests the option to experience a bush picnic, where they will enjoy a picnic lunch in the riverbed close to camp. At no extra cost, our bush picnics are very popular as they offer our guests a relaxing way to spend the afternoon in complete privacy.

Ryan uses only the finest ingredients and local produce where possible. This ensures that our dishes are fresh, healthy and very tasty. We also support the Hlokomela Herb Garden which produces and sells fresh herbs to general income for the local community.

We have included some of our bush cuisine recipes here so that you too can enjoy these dishes, in the comfort of your home. Click here to view these recipes.

We have also launched our bush cuisine blog page which you can view here.

A little about Ryan

“I have always knew I would become a chef, the result of a seed firmly planted in my mind from my primary school days. So, straight after I finished school, I studied and completed a 3 year hospitality diploma and then headed straight to the kitchen.

Not content with my tertiary knowledge and wanting to learn more, I completed an additional 3 year internship at a banqueting hotel just outside Johannesburg. Here, I worked under a very strict and very passionate German chef who taught me the intricacies of the kitchen.

It was here that I learned the valuable lesson to not over complicate food, but to rather let the flavors do the talking.

After 10 years of climbing the kitchen hierarchy ladder (and running kitchens after 5 years), I arrived at Tanda Tula with one goal in mind: to take the kitchen to new heights in all areas of kitchen life.

My kitchen philosophy is simple: always go fresh, local and uncomplicated. Respect the ingredients throughout the preparing and cooking process.”

By using these rules as a guideline, you can be assured that anything you produce will turn out tops!