The food at Notten’s is always delicious and it is known as one of the finest private safari lodges in Mpumalanga. Meals are a social event and guests gather in the enclosed boma around a log fire under a canopy of stars in winter or in the open plan summerhouse lit up with candlelight during summer. Meals are eaten together around one communal table, with the company of the Notten’s and their Notten’s Bush Camp team. This creates a wonderful atmosphere and an opportunity for the guests to share stories and conversation with other interesting people from South Africa and around the world.
The excellent cuisine consists of a traditional bush breakfast with fresh fruits, yogurts, mueslis and freshly baked muffins followed by eggs of one’s choice, crispy bacon, fried tomatoes, mushrooms, and the chef’s speciality of the day. The buffet high tea/lunch, served at three o’clock is a delicious spread of freshly baked quiches, breads and pies, an array of succulent garden salads, a selection of cheese and cold meats all to be finished off with the chef’s heavenly cakes. The three-course dinner is a wholesome delight of traditional flavours. The menu is varied with all tastes being catered for at Notten’s Bush Camp.
The meat dishes consist of a grilled bush chicken, meaning spatchcock chicken, which is stuffed under the skin with lemon zest, lemon juice, herbs, celery, onion and lots of feta. It is basted with lemon and olive oil and then roasted to a succulent perfection. This is served with a lemon gravy. Our game casseroles, stews and stroganoffs are served with mashed potato and are a must on cold winter nights. Some of our all time favourites are roast leg of lamb done with good old fashioned Mrs Ball’s chutney and rosemary. Oxtail, lamb bredie’s and rump steak are just a few of the delicious meat dishes which are served. Notten’s home-made pies are always a treat.
The starch dishes consist of crispy roast potatoes, crunchy baked potatoes served with sour cream and butter, oven roasted chips with rosemary and olive oil , baby new potatoes roasted with honey and mustard. Basmati rice with braised onions, wild rice or a hot couscous dish. One never goes short!
Vegetarians never go hungry at Notten’s as the veggie dishes are of the freshest and highest standard. Roasted veg, stirfries, creamed spinach, traditional curried cabbage, a mix veg dish in a delicate and light white sauce with a bread and cheese topping or a delicious brinjal, tomato and mozzarella bake are popular. Roasted vine tomatoes are also a huge success. Cumin carrots or garlic beans are just a few of Notten’s Bush Camp’s delights.
Desserts are always waited for with baited breath. A varied selection including a light lemon mousse, a strawberry and chocolate cheesecake, death by chocolate tart, citron tart, crunchy almond tart, fruit ice-creams, traditional cape brandy and malva puddings, tiramisu, french fruit tart with delicate crème patisserie whet the appetites of Notten’s guest.
After dinner guests can enjoy tea, coffee, or hot chocolate around a blazing fire listening to the calls of the wild. Guests may be tempted to indulge in a port, brandy or single malt whisky but an all time favourite is Amarula. All to be enjoyed at this world class private safari lodge in South Africa.