12 days South Africa Culinary & Wildlife Safari – Luxury

If you are looking for the best of luxury, and want to pampered this tour is for you.

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Poached Rhino?

English: a rhino in South Africa

English: a rhino in South Africa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A serious topic in South Africa and Africa at the moment as there has been an increase in Rhino poaching in South Africa due to the increase in demand for Rhino Horn in East. The figures are increasing despite the effort of so many good people trying to prevent this horrific poaching of Rhino. A great NGO to support is the organization called Stoprhinopoaching.org, they have several projects going on at the moment to create awareness as well  as raise funding to educate communities. You can go to their website www.stoprhinopoaching.com and support them and get more information and how you can contribute to their plight.

Poached Rhino 2013 -483 reported cases to date and in 2012 there were 668 reported cases

Funds Raised by Stoprhinopoaching.org R1 078 946

Registered Supporters of the organization 13642

Please spread awareness and mobilize friends, family, colleagues and corporates to play a role in the fight against rhino poaching.

Braai’ed snoek, a regional gamefish – Recipe

Snoek-Thyrsites atun

Snoek-Thyrsites atun (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thyrsites atun, the “snoek” or “Cape snoek”, is a long, thin, perch-like commercial food fish belonging to the Gempylidae family. It is found in the seas of the Southern Hemisphere. It is also known in Australasia as barracouta though it is not related to the barracuda.

It can grow up to 200 centimetres (79 in) long and weigh as much as 6 kilograms (13 lb). It is found near continental shelves or around islands and feeds on crustaceans, cephalopods and small fish like anchovy and pilchard. This species will form schools near the bottom or midwater; sometimes even near the surface at night. It prefers sea water temperature between 13 °C (55 °F) and 18 °C (64 °F).

It is found off the coast of Namibia and the coast of the Western Cape and Northern Cape provinces of South Africa. It was originally called the “zee snoek” (Sea Snoek) by Dutch colonists who arrived in the Cape in 1652. It is said to have reminded them of the freshwater pike (or snoek) they found at home in the Netherlands. The snoek is widely distributed in the colder waters in the Southern Hemisphere. It is found from Namibe in Angola to Mossel Bay in South Africa, off Tristan da Cunha in the mid southern Atlantic and off Western Australia, where it is call the barracouta, off Chile and Argentina (where it is called the sierra).[1] Bluish-black on top with a silver belly, the snoek grows to over a metre in length. {http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thyrsites_atun}

Recipe – Braai’d Snoek
I always believe that cooking fish should be kept simple, dont over complicate the matter, why hide the natural flavour of fish, and Snoek is no different. You can buy them smoked or fresh, and what I like to do is Braai (barbeque) snoek in Swakopmund – Namibia, here i can source fresh snoek from a local fishmonger. its as easy as this:

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Snoek
  • Salted Butter – depends on the size of your fish about 500g should do it
  • Apricot Jam – about 4 table spoons
  • Lemon juice – juice of 2 lemons
  • salt & pepper

Method:

So once your coals are ready, place some tin foil under your snoek which has been butterflied, dont close the fish in foil, then melt the butter with the apricot jam, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste and brush the fish with your butter mixture, and place on the grill of your braai, and every so often brush your fish with the butter, apricot and lemon juice mixture. Braai until the flesh is falling off the bone.

 Serve with baked potato, salad…and a glass of good South African White wine.

 

Rices and pulses sold at Stonetown Market

Rices and pulses sold at Stonetown Market

If you wandered through a food market in Stonetown, you will discovery a world of spices, rices and pulses. Fresh fruit and vegetables can also be bought.

Potbrood (Beer Bread) Recipe – always a favourite on tour – Yum

A loaf of Beer Bread. Ingredients: 1 12oz bott...

A loaf of Beer Bread. Ingredients: 1 12oz bottle beer 3 cups flour 1/3 cup sugar Bake at 375 for 30 minutes, give or take. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Also one of my favourite recipes and very easy to make

here is my take on a simple beer bread recipe:

 

Ingredients:

  • 500 g self aising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 20-30 ml sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 340 ml beer
  • grated cheese
  • chopped spring onion

Combine all dry ingredients, add beaten egg and beer ( at this stage you can add cheese, chopped spring onion) and combine until a dough is formed, place in a cast-iron pot on some coals, place the coals on the lid of the pot. Be sure to not put too many coals on the lid or bottom of pot, we dont want burnt bread. Bake for an estimated 20 min, as this is cooking in an uncontrolled environment ( open fire) be sure to check the bread every now and then to make sure you havent burnt it.

Tap the the bread to check for a hollow sound, or stab a skewer in the centre and when you pull it out the skewer is dry not damp.

 

Serve with a Potjie stew

 

Botswana – A wildlife extravaganza

English: Two Mokoro polers and their charge wa...

English: Two Mokoro polers and their charge waiting for hippos to surface in the Okavango Delta, August 2004. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of my absolute favourite destinations, always a delight for the new traveller to Africa as well as the experienced african traveller.

Botswana offers an experience like no other, from the worlds largest salt pans ( Makgadikgadi) to game viewing in some of the wildest africa parks in Africa. Camp wild in Moremi, be transported in a traditional dugout canoe(Makoro) in the Okavango delta and open vehicle game drives that will take your breath away.

I have experienced Lions outside the ablution block while I was taking a shower, elephants silently meandering through the camp at night, Wild dog chasing an impala around our camp as my guests sit waiting for the sun to set.

This is africa like no other.

You can choose from adventure camping, Luxury camping or lodges in Botswana.

We offer a trip which starts in Maun, Botswana to Victoria Falls Zimbabwe and recommended that you travel in style, and invest in private air charters between lodges, otherwise long travelling time between camps.

Activities on offer:

  • Open vehicle game drives
  • Makoro trips
  • Game walks
  • Private air charters

Accomodation:

  • Adventure camping
  • Luxury camping or lodges

Contact robert@pardustours.com

18 day Windhoek to Victoria Falls – Camping

   Day 01: Solitaire & Namib-Naukluft Park – Namibia  On the morning of day one of this Explore Namibia Camping Safari we depart from Windhoek, the charming capital city of Namibia, travelling via the Khomas Hochland to our first destination, the … Continue reading