Thornybush Lodge's Spiced Steak & Green Bean Salad with Mint Dressing

When you're catering for guests during their South African safari, it pays to be versatile and here's a recipe that fits the bill. You can use whatever kind of meat you prefer to make this delicious main course salad. Chicken, lamb, beef and even venison all work well in this fresh salad. Non-meat-eaters can use mushrooms, tofu or brinjal instead. ...

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Meet Thornybush Game Lodge's Thomas Matowerenyi

Thomas Matowerenyi is the senior sous chef at Thornybush Lodge , with over 15 years of experience under his apron. Find out more about this enigmatic team member. In the Beginning Thomas was born in Soweto's Baragwanath Hospital, but his earliest memories are of growing up in the Honde Valley in Zimbabwe's Eastern Highlands. He grew up savouring th...

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Do You Know Your Mongoose from Your Meerkat?

What has 4 legs, a long tail and is often seen sitting upright surveying the lie of the land? A mongoose, or a meerkat? Despite their similarities, these two animals are quite different, let's see how. The easiest way to tell whether you are looking at a mongoose or meerkat is your location. Meerkats are most commonly found in deserts or other semi...

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Meet River Lodge's Resident Magician

What's in a name? The word 'skat' means treasure in Afrikaans, and it's a fitting moniker for River Lodge's, Skattie Mathebula. You'll know when Skattie's been in the house. She has that effect on places as she whizzes from room to room brandishing her magical feather duster, spreading fairy dust and delight wherever she goes. Skattie has the magic...

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Odds or evens? Odd-Toed Ungulates Vs Even-Toed Ungulates

Ungulates are everywhere! During the average South African safari, you'll come across them on a daily basis. The hoofed animals of the savannah are some of the most numerous in Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, but when it comes to survival of the fittest they're not all evenly matched. Odd and Even-Toed: Doing the Numbers The most noticeable diff...

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The River Lodge - Biltong soup

It had to happen – a recipe using biltong courtesy of Thornybush Collection. This dried meat delicacy is about as South African as you can get - it's way up there with the Big Five and Springbok rugby. You haven't experienced a true taste of a South African safari until you've had a bite of these spicy strips of goodness. Biltong is as addictive as...

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