Lately, we reviewed Zulu Camp at Shambala Game Reserve which is an amazing property three hours north of Johannesburg. Even though we already displayed the food served at the hotel during our three day full board stay, the many special offerings are definitely worth a special mentioning!
Something special about Zulu Camp at Shambala definitely is that guests are pampered from the arrival till check-out.
When we arrived, we were offered a bottle of champagne accompanied with some snacks, but denied as we were looking forward to a shower.
Nevertheless, this was just the beginning!
Breakfast alone was a real celebration at Zulu Camp. Even though we’ve been alone one morning, we were served a full buffet with several different regional choices including cut fruits, freshly baked muffins and scones and much more.
Additionally, we were lucky enough to try different hot dishes like omelets, pancakes and even a traditional South African breakfast which took thirty minutes to be prepared and consisted of tomato sauce, sausages and vegetables.
Surely, all of this was accompanied by unlimited amazing cappuccinos and freshly squeezed juices.
The freshness of everything made every start into the day at Zulu Camp an amazing one.
Lunch at Zulu Camp at Shambala was a little less impressive than breakfast.
Nevertheless, we liked the idea that we could ask for everything and were served exactly that. This meant that we had a nice brunch the one day (only a small addition to the breakfast buffet) and a nice salad with tuna the other day.
It’s needless to say that the taste and freshness once again were absolutely amazing.
We definitely enjoyed breakfast and lunch at Zulu Camp, but the real celebration of the day was dinner which was not only served in the same lovely setting as breakfast and lunch, but was a full menu on two of the three days.
Three courses pure awesomeness presented by the chef himself. If there’s anything you don’t like, just tell the chef and you get something else.
We tried fish, beef, pork, vegetarian options and even Kudu (game meat) and can safely say: There was not a single underwhelming dish at our dinners at Zulu Camp.
That said, it’s worth mentioning that on one evening, the team of Zulu Camp had prepared something special for us: A real South African barbecue.
Served right next to the fireplace, we had amazing two hours with the warmth of the fire and the amazing taste of the food.
Several different meats, some fish and a large choice of vegetarian options were cooked on or next to the barbecue, making the whole experience one to never forget.
Last but not least, our special food experience at Zulu Camp at Shambala commenced when we left the camp.
Be it for a bush pick-nick or just snacks on our drives to different locations, every meal or snack we got was thoughtfully planned. That’s especially true for the two additional events: A river cruise we’ll review later and a wine tasting in the bush.
Both events were accompanied by great service which was something we enjoyed throughout our stay at Zulu Camp at Shambala. The food experience is definitely something we won’t forget soon!