Kokomo Camp is due to open in May 2016 and is the base for exploring the wild, remote and stunning Liuwa Plain National Park. A truly off the beaten track destination that has to be on the list for the well travelled Africa explorer.
Top 5 foods to try in Namibia
Here is a list with our favourite dishes to try in Namibia...
01 WILD GAME
Top of our list is the wide range of wild game steaks on offer in most of Namibia’s restaurants (although we prefer it served in the bush on safari).Our favourites include kudu, oryx, springbok, eland, ostrich, giraffe, zebra and crocodile. Although often cooked on a barbecue (or braai as it’s known in Namibia), you will find wild game served in a variety of ways: from sausages (boerewors) to stews (potjiekos), and steaks to shish kebabs (sosatie).
Biltong is an aromatic air-dried meat, which originated in South Africa as a survival food and is now a popular everyday snack in Namibia. It is commonly made from beef but can also be produced from other game such as springbok, wildebeest or even ostrich. Namibians boast that they produce the best quality biltong in Africa, a claim which is based on the fact that Namibian biltong is made from young cattle, ensuring tender and juicy meat. This is then enhanced with specially selected natural spices and vinegar before being air-dried to produce the tasty finished product.
This is a meat and vegetable stew-style dish which is prepared in a black three-legged cast iron pot that is placed on an open fire for 3-4 hours. Namibian cuisine is a melting pot of different flavours, with strong influences coming from both German and South African dishes. The pot itself descended from the Dutch oven and was brought from the Netherlands to South Africa in the 17th century. One of the key ingredients of potjiekos is alcohol – usually beer but sometimes sherry or a dessert wine – which is added for flavour.
04 KAPANA & FAT CAKES
Often served as a street snack, this is a mouth-watering combination of barbecued cuts of seasoned red meat, vegetables and chillies, served with deliciously doughy ‘fat cakes’ to help soak up the juices. Aptly named, fat cakes are a round patty of dough made up of sunflower oil, yeast and flour. It may not sound like much, but kapana and fat cakes are a true Namibian street delicacy and testimony to the fact that the most simple things in life are often the most satisfying.
05 MOPANE WORMS
Widely consumed in rural areas of Southern Africa, the mopane worm is one for the more adventurous among you and is considered a real local delicacy in northern Namibia. There are a number of different ways in which mopane worms are served – they can come dried as a crispy snack or cooked in a traditional stew such as a potjiekos, but our favourite way to have them is seasoned and then fried to give them a crispy coating.