All food and drink included seems like a fabulous thing. It is. Because basically, you can only consume so much of a good thing. We noticed that on our second and third day on safari, we just couldn’t do justice to the array of food and drink on offer, and were eating relatively light lunches and reasonably light dinners as well. I gained 6 pounds in 10 days in South Africa, so you can imagine what we were consuming in terms of calories despite the self-moderation efforts…
For lunch one day, I started with a classic tomato and mozzarella salad, up top, in this case with peeled tomatoes and lots of fresh basil and a simple dressing. It was perfect for moment — just enough to give you the taste you were seeking, but in a modest portion that left room for a main course. This was followed by a roast vegetable wrap with a small green salad. A totally vegetarian friendly lunch for me that day.
Our daughter had a perfectly cooked medium sized cheese burger with sesame seed bun, the “best” onion rings in her opinion, and a small green salad. No starter and she barely finished this plate.
Mrs. MM had a bowl of full-bodied and flavorful tomato soup. Basta! That’s it. Clearly she was still full from breakfast just 3 hours before! We kind of giggled through lunch, thinking we should really eat more since it was all included in the package, but you know, we were stuffed as olives, no matter what. The food was familiar, properly executed, served in reasonable portions and always fresh and tasty.
For our last lunch at Singita, Mrs. MM and our daughter split a small roast beef sandwich, and she had a bit of my caesar salad (the second time I ordered this, with extra anchovies).
It wasn’t on the menu, but I asked and got a simple tomato sauce pasta which is exactly what I felt like eating that day. It had some unusual seeds in it, I guessed coriander or mustard, and when we asked the sous-chef, he confirmed they put coriander seeds with a mellow flavor into their tomato sauce. It was unusual for me, but delicious all the same.