A visit to Morukuru Family in the Madikwe is an opportunity of a lifetime and the signature bush breakfast is a highlight for many guests. As Winston Churchill said: “Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential.” And planning for a bush breakfast is just the start of the fun.
Eating outdoors surrounded by the magnificence of the bush is a celebration and menus are specifically designed by our chefs to create not just a meal but a culinary experience. Cooking and serving in the middle of nowhere presents challenges, but also creates opportunities for our Chefs to come up with something totally different, which will be remembered for years to come, as guests pour over their photo albums and recall that wonderful moment when the rising of the African sun was witnessed, sitting in a game drive vehicle, whilst enjoying freshly brewed coffee and home-made traditional South African rusks (biscuits).
The strategy for bush breakfast includes a team, with the butler and maintenance crew carrying out reconnaissance to find the perfect setting. Here the host helps with set-up at the site and waits for guests to arrive from game drive. Setting and presentation is everything – and no shortcuts are taken. Guests,relax in classic wood and canvas safari chairs reminiscent of safaris of the past. Hands brush across luxury linen, reaching for elegant glasses of freshly squeezed breakfast juices. How about beetroot? Or maybe pear? Think about apple? You might be outdoors in the wild …but it feels like heaven especially when the chef announces that breakfast is ready to be served.
A typical menu offers a three course spread, possibly featuring an unequalled potjie pot which is a spin on a full English breakfast – a bush combination of bacon, pork sausage tomato, onion and mushroom , with eggs dropped into the middle and sprinkled with cheese. All cooked over open coals in a traditional South African cast iron cooking pot (potjie). Who can resist? All great things have to come to an end (unfortunately) but before you climb back into the open-topped safari vehicle – taste some fresh fruit kebabs or indulge in some local cheese. Or better still wrap up a fresh pastry in a linen napkin and enjoy that on your trip home back to the lodge!