Off the Grid Travel Apps

June 15th, 2015

One of the best parts (in our opinion) of traveling to Africa is getting off the grid and taking a holiday from social media, email and the black hole of the internet. That said, there are some fantastic travel apps out there to help you on the long journey between home and your safari tent and tools to make your adventure just a little easier. Click the link for a list of top travel apps for 2015 from Localeur and Uber are great for metropolitan destinations like Cape Town while Quizlet can help you practice your Swahili, Zulu or Shangaan!

Travel Apps

The Tasting Room Wins Again

May 27th, 2015
We LOVE The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français! Helmed by remarkable Executive Chef Margot Janse (pictured below with her team), each multi-course menu is a full journey through Margot’s South Africa and even back to her childhood in The Netherlands. We are so thrilled to see that the restaurant has once again been awarded, this time with position 88 on the S. Pellegring & Acqua Panna sponsored 14th edition of The World’s Best Restaurants list.

The Tasting Room Team

“We’re thrilled to be featured once again on this prestigious list,” said Susan Huxter, owner of Le Quartier Français. “To be recognised as one of the world’s best restaurants is an honor we don’t take lightly-and our recurrent position illustrates the passion and dedication of Executive Chef Margot Janse and her team.”

The Tasting Room has maintained a spot on this celebrated list since 2002; in 2010 Margot Janse was notably the only female chef to achieve a place in the World Top 50.

The Tasting Room has been a consistent competitor on the world-renowned list. In 2011, The Tasting Room took the 36th spot as well as the title of Best Restaurant in Africa and the Middle East. In 2012, the trend continued with 56th position and in 2013, 53rd.

The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français is the stage for Chef Margot Janse and her unique eight course, contemporary African inspired surprise tasting menu. “I have no signature dish, South Africa is my signature,” says Margot Janse.

Thanks to Le Quartier Français for the press release and photos.


May 21st, 2015

We love this behind the scenes photo from our friends at Nomad Tanzania, whose gorgeous Tanzania camps include some of our favorite properties in all of Africa!

“When preparing our camps for the new season,  “sourcing local” is a way of life for our designers.   There’s no IKEA down the road where we can buy lampshades and bedspreads (even if we wanted to) so we have to be particularly imaginative.  Village ladies accustomed to weaving baskets to carry vegetables to the market turn their skills to creating entirely unique pieces for Lamai Serengeti and Mkombe’s House Lamai under the watchful eye of Joanna Cooke.”

basket case blog Courtesy of Nomad Tanzania.

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