The Great Karoo is the heartland of the Cape. This vast semi-desert region offers a unique biome that is not only of geographical, archeological and cultural significance, but is also a paleontological world of wonder. Fossils from the Jurassic period, fragments of ancient eating tools from original inhabitants, intriguing quaint Karoo towns, farmlands and an undulating landscape define the Karoo basin. The Karoo is also the epicentre of home-cooked, farm style cuisine that creatively incorporates locally grown produce and organically farmed meat (Karoo lamb is a must!) with international culinary trends. The region is worth a visit, if not for it’s colourful heritage and history, then for its mouthwatering edible delights.
The chef at Roam Safari Lodge, together with the management team cleverly crafted a menu incorporating international food trends with a few signature dishes and sweet treats. The office based reservations team stayed at Roam Safari Lodge and remarked on how exquisite the food was. They ate until they couldn’t move, which is part-and-parcel of our safari experience – to relish and revel in local sugary and rich delights from the Karoo.
The chef will tailor-make a menu according to your dietary requirements – as obscure as they might be! Reservation consultant, Chelsea, found the dining experience completely enchanting. She dined on sticky honey chicken served on a tasty pea puree drizzled with ginger, moist Karoo style lamb chops cooked and chargrilled over an open fire, and finished off her evenings with condensed milk desserts. She arrived requesting a sugar-free menu, and after the second meal saw the fine dining spread and delved straight into sugary bliss.
Local Karoo fare generally includes variations on home baked custard and peaches, koeksisters (sugary, syrupy twists of pastry), cakes, Karoo lamb chops (try this with a minty gremolat), brandy tart, spicy pastes, bread baked on the fire, tomato breedie, potjies, and sizzling braais.
Are you a foodie? Then we’re sure you love the gourmet country fare on offer at Roam Safari Lodge in the Karoo.