This week the chocoholics of the world celebrate their love for sugar and cocoa beans. It’s international chocolate week, which is an excuse to enrobe anything and everything with velvet textured chocolate goodness. It’s clearly the week to celebrate one of life’s many hedonistic pleasures, which is why we’ve decided to indulge in the gourmet splendour that goes hand-in-hand with an exclusive safari experience at Walkers Bush Villa. Sunsets broken by silhouettes of towering marula and imposing leadwood trees provide the perfect setting for an absolute feast of cleverly crafted gourmet cuisine. Crisp craft gin cocktails infused with pink tonics complement the bold oranges and gentle pinks of the evening sky. Sunset is when we begin the eating and drinking, ensuring we’re perfectly in tune with the dining habits of predators. Golden hour canapés include an array of traditional meats and snacks, while dinner is an affair designed to break-up the relationship between you and your diet. And dessert? Is there chocolate? There just might be.
Walkers Bush Villa offers an intimate and exclusive private safari experience, with top guides and chefs at your disposal. After scrumptious breakfasts, luscious lunches, and some downtime on the lawns surrounding the pool; your guide will usher you into the vehicle for the afternoon game drive. After a couple of hours tracking and viewing wildlife, a prime location is selected for sundowners. The sundowner session can involve anything from an elaborate interlude of snack platters and gin tasting, to simple drinks, and even bush braai sessions.
A while ago our photographer, Em Gatland, photographed one of Walkers’ famous sundowner sessions. Gourmet boerewors rolls were served on the banks of a river and a campfire was made for added ambience. Flowing water, spectacular views and the smell of sizzling sausage on the fire provided the perfect outdoor experience.
When guests return from their night game drive they are encouraged to settle down around the roaring fire in the boma area. This is also a great spot for afternoon sundowners if you choose not to head out into the ‘veld. A prime position to enjoy rustic, artisan food prepped to perfection. For a more formal and lavish dining session, there’s the banquet style dining room table.
The sundowner session is a much celebrated time of day, which is often referred to as golden hour. Watching that blazing ball sink into the savannah and smother the blue sky with its confident yellows and oranges is always a sight to behold. The Walkers team celebrates sunset with much gusto, and will tailor-make a dining experience according to your group.