It’s no secret that Kaya Maya is one of the world’s most renowned romantic luxury lodges, creeping into the spotlight with ongoing praise, shining reviews and rankings by the likes of Conde Nast, Haut Grandeur, Tattler, Global Excellence Awards, World Travel Awards and so on.
Yet, the cherry fizzing the champagne is one of their most recent achievements:
BEST SAFARI CUISINE in AFRICA – Safari Awards 2018
The man behind the magic, Rich Greenhall, is no less than a culinary genius, responsible for whipping up the best meal of my life.. and yes, I’d personally awarded this bold title before I found out about any formal recognition of Kaya Mawa’s cuisine. In fact, the morning after my foodie affair, I was standing in the office, glaring at the framed award sheet, annoyed by the ‘2nd place’ given for the same award in 2016. Following the announcement a day later, all staff were beaming with smiles wider than the call of duty in the hospitality industry, truly proud and rightly so!
Although every meal was a delight, our dinner was a sensory explosion. A starlit Swahili set-up on the lakeshore created the perfect ambience for a unique dining experience, (aided of course by the giant glass of red wine the size of my face).
To follow: a unique combination of textures, tastes and flavour bursts with every mouthful:
Courgette & Haloumi Fritters with Labneh & Sambal
Stuff Date, Apple & Almond Pork Fillet
Carrot & Wasabi Mash
Roast Thyme Potatoes
Orange & Ginger Jus
Black Fig, Carrot & Walnut Bread
Vanilla Ice Cream & Chocolate Soil
This was made even more exciting by the poor lighting, making each bite a surprise. If any bugs were caught in the crossfire, they likely added a crunch but went unnoticed.
Unfortunately, no photos captured the above, but the coconut chicken salad below is a perfect example of the delicate balance brought to the plate with exceptional insight and unique pairing. Colourful, lite but hearty and simply to die for. So good that you’ll even find yourself forgetting those table manners and licking the bowl…
Of course, there’s more to Kaya Mawa than meets the mouth.. check out the exquisite scenery and find out about the top reasons to visit:
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Having been born and brought up in Malawi Jen always knew her beloved home country would bring her back one day. After spending 15 years in the UK and then 2 years travelling and working in Australia she decided it was time to head back to her roots. With a degree in Hospitality Management as well as her love for the African bush and passion for travel she decided to look at perusing a career within the Travel Industry, joining the Sales and Marketing team. Over the years she has spent a lot of time travelling through both Malawi and Zambia and looks forward to exploring more of the magnificent parks and wildlife they both have to offer.