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Cooking with Style

Blog by Jock Safari Lodge

Jock Safari Lodge’s own team of ‘chefs of tomorrow’ recently had the privilege of a visit from Culinary Consultant Garth Stroebel, a South African Chef and Judge for the World Association of Chefs Societies and Chef Andre Viljoen imparting their knowledge – great concepts, great food and cost control.

Garth demonstration with the Jock Culinary Team

It was a full week of hands-on training with chefs Garth and Andre sharing their knowledge with our Lodge Operations Manager, Belinda Strauss, Food & Beverage Manager, Philemon Mhlaba, Head Chef, Samuel Mkhatshwa and our whole team of chefs – Winnie Fodi Nhlongo, Florence Fikile Bila, Nkosingiphile Sibongile Ntimba, Caiphus Siphiwe Mhlaba, Xolile Bongiwe Ndlovu and Kate Sibongile Ndlala.

 

They offered our Food & Beverage team brand-defining concepts, menus that work and operational training that will last into the long term – things are constantly changing and one has to move with the times.

 

As Garth says: ‘’Listen to what the customers want and never give up.’’

 

We look forward to sharing these new culinary sensations with all our guests on their next visit to Jock Safari Lodge.

 

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Our best experience of Kruger was at Jock’s. You can feel the love for nature in the heart and soul of the wonderful owners. The rooms are practically in the wild. We saw elephants just passing in front of the room. Sleeping in matras under the stars (if you want), amazing food in the river bed. Will never forget this experience!

-Jacob Yavin Vermeulen

We spent several days here in early March — simply, the best! Very comfortable room and excellent food, with a warm staff. Highlights are the twice a day game drives. This definitely is not “pre-packaged” stuff — your guide (ours was Jacob) has a keen sense of where to find the animals, and drives over river beds and down back trails to find them -in a respectful way. We eagerly anticipated this part of our trip, and it exceeded expectations. You must go to have this experience.

-Robert D

I visited Kruger and Jock Lodge in 2017 and all I wanted to do is come back. That happened in Jan 2022 and once again it was wonderful in every way. The location is on a normally dry river bed so you can see wildlife from your window or terrace. The staff is so gracious and helpful. The wildlife guides are the most knowledgable and enthusiastic I have ever met. I come for the beauty and the animals and Jock Lodge delivers every time.

-Eva Fellner

Our best experience of Kruger was at Jock’s. You can feel the love for nature in the heart and soul of the wonderful owners. The rooms are practically in the wild. We saw elephants just passing in front of the room. Sleeping in matras under the stars (if you want), amazing food in the river bed. Will never forget this experience!

-Jacob Yavin Vermeulen

We spent several days here in early March — simply, the best! Very comfortable room and excellent food, with a warm staff. Highlights are the twice a day game drives. This definitely is not “pre-packaged” stuff — your guide (ours was Jacob) has a keen sense of where to find the animals, and drives over river beds and down back trails to find them -in a respectful way. We eagerly anticipated this part of our trip, and it exceeded expectations. You must go to have this experience.

-Robert D