Food and Drinks

Culinary delights to complement your safari

A gourmet experience may not be at the forefront of your mind when looking for the perfect safari, but the culinary delights that await you at Ximuwu will leave your mouth watering. Ximuwu’s private chef can cater relaxed bush picnics, sophisticated high teas, elegant dinners under the stars, or poolside burgers. 

Back from an early morning game drive? Breakfast can be served at the lodge, or for the more adventurous, how about a buffet breakfast in the bush? Our bush breakfasts are an absolute delight –  serving fruits, yoghurts, cereals, cold cuts, and cheeses, together with hot food cooked over a campfire; this is an experience you are guaranteed not to want to miss. 

Equally tantalising are our bush dinners and bush drinks service. Imagine being served braai (barbecue) in the bush with a few cocktails before turning out the lights for one of our night safaris. 

At Ximuwu, we are incredibly proud to say we have our own aquaponics system, including tilapia fish. Many of our ingredients are fresh off the vine and grown with love right on the reserve. Fresh meat and produce are delivered twice weekly, and for those extra hard-to-find ingredients you might be craving, think nothing of it – we have our own Cessna, and we’ll get it. Couple this with having your own private chef; we really do mean it when we say everything is on the table!



From fine dining to street food and family-style buffets to local delicacies, our menus can be tailored to suit your tastes and preferences. Wood-fired pizzas, snacks and cocktails by the pool, an interactive meal where the whole group participates, burgers and fries while watching the game on the projector screen, indoor or outdoor dining settings – the options are infinite, and the choice is yours!

For our adventurous guests, we can move the setting into the bush for the full safari experience. Bush dinners are held at Ximuwu dam, bush breakfasts beneath the canopy of a 1,000-year-old baobab tree, and drinks overlooking the world-famous Drakensberg Mountains. 

Are you looking for a night away from your group? Look no further than our romantic sleep-out deck, where you can enjoy a private dining experience, just the two of you and the stars twinkling in the night sky.



What’s a safari without a sundowner?

Nowhere exemplifies the beauty of Ximuwu more than the Ximuwu bar. Our bar is a stunningly handcrafted work of art, with our brilliant sommelier, Giford Mashego, at the helm. Giford is on hand to advise the best wine pairings to match your meals from our extensive cellar of the finest South African and international wines. When he’s not selecting the perfect vintage to accompany your meal, you can find him behind the bar mixing the best Moscow Mule or Whiskey Sour you’ll ever taste (or any other drink of your choice). 

With Giford around, you are guaranteed your glass will always be full.

From fine dining to street food

An Authentic Safari Experience

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