dining in Africa


Apr 21st, 2004, 07:41 AM
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dining in Africa

Can anyone recommend websites that will give details on dining in the national parks near Nairobi, Gombe, Lake Nakuru and Amboseli? Thanks
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Apr 21st, 2004, 08:04 AM
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I'm sure there are restaurant guides to Nairobi, but in you'll eat in lodges or campgrounds in national parks. There's no Zagat's to Amboseli.
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barbie110 - sorry but this is not Disneyland. Yes, you will find restaurants in Nairobi a cosmopolitan city. The most famous being The Carnivore. But you can find just about any other type of cuisine.

Once you leave Nairobi, with the exception of Mombassa on the coast and Kisimu (third largest city out near Lake Victoria) will you find a choice of restaurants, but not many (if any) franchises. You might find a choice of restaurants in Arusha (might???) and, of course, if you visit Zanzibar and Dar in Tanzania, but again, no MickyDs.

There are no food concessions in any of the national parks, nor do people do self-drives in the national parks.

Your meals in any of the parks/reserves - The Lakes, Amboseli -are provided by the lodges and/or camps, mobile tents, semi-permanent tent camps.

As to Gombe, probably the most remote of all parks in Tanzania, there's no camp, this is simply a day-trip down the lake.

If you're interested in what the lodges/camps serve, then I can say mostly Continental dishes with a touch of traditional African fare. Breakfast is not unlike most other places around the world - hot or cold cereals, eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit, yogurt, various breads, coffee, tea. Lunch is often cold with salads, meats, fish, pastas, fruits, breads, beverages. Dinner is often hot, and can range from simple buffets with choice of soups, meats, veggies, cheeses, breads, fruits, beverages, whereas, the more expesive lodges/camps will offer from 3- to 4- to 5-course sit down meals with wines, real china and silverware.
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