A ‘training’ safari

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Kenyan service & standards are renowned in the ‘safari world’, so to keep us all on our toes and up to standard, we thought we’d take advantage of the low season to brush up on our service skills. No better place to do it than House in the Wild, with tonnes of space, a fully kitted functioning kitchen, luscious farm garden & the amazing Mara Beef right next door we were all set for a week of learning new modern recipes & sharing tips of the trade.

Our aim this year was to incorporate fun, healthy, modern recipes into our menus. Under the guidance of chef extraordinaire Tamsin, we concentrated on making meals from scratch. From delicious dipping sauces (perfect for camp fire nibbles or sun-downer drinks) to funky packages for bush meals.

Staff came from far & wide to join in, from Sabuk in Laikipia & the Serengeti Serian camps in the south, it was a great to have such a mix of people & personalities.

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A delicious home-cooked meal is not complete without a beautiful meal setting. As with many of the fantastic camps & lodges in East Africa there is an abundance of stunning dining locations – overlooking valleys, under ancient acacia trees, in shady luggas, caves – the list goes on. House in the Wild was no different we settled under a Warburgia tree for breakfast. By the warmth of a campfire in the evening. In all these stunning locations we honed in our serving and table setting skills, aiming to make use of the picturesque surroundings.

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What to wear on safari

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What to wear on safari!

‘Safari style’, ‘safari chic’, ‘bush wardrobe’, the list goes on…. all phrases leading the humble safari-goer to believe a complete new wardrobe is in order when one goes on safari.

Hold your horses, all is not lost…here are few tried and tested tips for what to wear whilst discovering the African wilderness!
First tip, don’t forget your ‘P’s & C’s’

PRACTICALITY & COMFORT


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LESS IS MORE!

Bear in mind that you will need to keep within a 15kg luggage allowance and the smaller airlines also only allow soft luggage. Large, heavy suitcase can cause delays on smaller, lighter aircraft.

All our properties have daily complimentary laundry service, so an outfit a day is definitely not necessary.


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To Khaki or not to Khaki….

Go for neutral and natural hues. Being in the bush is all about blending in, not startling animals with shiny garments or standing out like a sore thumb.
Best to avoid bright shades. Navy blue and black will attract the infamous tsetse fly. Whites will get ruined in the dust or the mud!Our verdict –  We’re not saying head to toe in khaki but a little here and there won’t do any harm.

*Tops tips*
– Denim takes an age to dry,
– Collared shirts can be used to protect you from the sun,
– Hiking boots aren’t necessary but hard rubber shoes are useful to avoid thorns penetrating the sole,
– Flip flops/slip-on sandals are essential to wear around camp, some camps require you to take off your shoes before entering the tents,
– We don’t dress for dinner, so no formal attire is necessary.


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 Layer, layer & layer...

Evenings and mornings are cool and days can be hot. Think of layering your clothes, so that you can easily peel off items as the sun climbs higher in the sky.

Light, long-sleeved shirts/shorts/trousers that are cool to wear yet protect you from the sun.


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Non-indulgent, useful accessories

– A decent wide-brimmed hat is ESSENTIAL,
– Lightweight raincoat,
– Torch/flash-light plus batteries
– Extra memory cards + spare batteries for your camera,
– Binoculars are usually provided in the vehicles, but we recommend that you bring your own pair too,
– Small day-pack,
– Your personal medicine and toiletries. Many camps provide toiletries – so more space in your bag for pressies!


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