Apple and Buckwheat Bircher Muesli

“There’s a lot to love about this humble jar of soaked overnight oats – not only is it full of nourishing goodness, but it’s also a brilliant blank canvas for so many different fruits and flavours, and it’s your best friend for when you’re dashing out the door for a busy day ahead, or just simply heading out for a picnic to enjoy the great outdoors.” Sarah Graham. 

Ingredients

Add the following to a large mixing bowl

  • 1 cup buckwheat, rinsed
  • 1 heaped cup whole oats
  • 2 apples (or pears or even carrots or beetroot) finely chopped
  • 1 cup roughly chopped blanched almonds or pecan nuts (or a mix of both)
  • ½ cup mixed seeds
  • ½ cup cranberries (without added sugar)
  • 2 Tbsp hemp seeds, or 1 Tbsp hemp seed powder
  • 2 Tbsp baobab powder
  • ½ cup fresh orange or apple juice (or clementine)
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 1-2 cups cooled rooibos tea (mixed with 1 tsp honey if you like) or nut milk
  • ½ – 1 cup maas (or buttermilk)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1-2 Tbsp of cacao powder for chocolate variation

Toppings, to serve

  • Greek Yoghurt or coconut cream
  • Extra nuts and seeds (chia seeds, mixed seeds)
  • Honey or maple syrup (just a small drizzle)
  • Fresh or frozen berries (blueberries)

What to do

Mix everything together, transfer to a large glass jar with a lid, and store in the fridge overnight or until serving.

Notes

If you are gluten intolerant make sure you buy certified gluten free oats.
One batch lasts in the fridge for up to 7 days.

Photo from ‘Sarah Graham’s Food Safari Season 2’ by Ricardo de Leça.

 

 

 

Month on Instagram

It’s official – the first quarter of 2017 is now behind us!

From launching Iconic experiences, to visiting new hotels, to living the life of luxury at Kirkman’s, to touring top Cape destinations, to investigating Africa’s most rare creatures, to sampling new G&T recipes and so much more… we’ve kept ourselves busy!

Scroll down here for a bite-size portion of what’s been happening and a little taste of Africa for your Friday

Remember to tag @iconicafrica in your posts on Instagram and we will feature your image in our feed. #luxury #safari #travel #africa

 

 

The Life of Luxury at Kirkman’s Camp

I had no expectations when I first arrived at Kirkman’s Camp. Yes, I knew it was a safari lodge, that it was one of the best, and that it would surely be hot and sticky – it being summer. However, somehow knowing the price tag and viewing the photographs online had not prepared me for a level of luxury I had yet to experience in this life. It all began with the double hand wave…

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When we arrived on that casual Wednesday afternoon, in shorts and a t-shirt, a little tired after driving two hours from Nelspruit, I was mostly thinking about having a shower and drinking something cold, like a coke with some ice. However, when we were greeted by a group of staff in uniform, all smiling and waving at us with both hands, complete with refresher towels on a tray, and then proceeded to direct us to the perfect welcome drink (ice-cold, homemade lemonade) I realised I had been quite ignorant as to what to expect.

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What was even more ridiculous to me was when I later realised that they do this to every guest, every day! Coming or going I think it is a lodge policy that you get this double hand wave. It seems that just one hand will not suffice. The reason I labour this point is that I think it is symbolic for the lodge’s philosophy: if you are to do something for this guest do it well. Incredibly well. This was probably no more evident than with their meals. All eight of them. Daily. (Yes, that is one every two hours or so!) Let me try and break that down for you…

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  • 05:00 – Pre-game drive breakfast snack, coffee or tea et al
  • 30 – Mid-game drive snack, coffee, tea, amarula and hot chocolate…
  • 30 – Post-game drive buffet breakfast, croissants, juices, eggs, meats, crumpets, fruit, you name it, they’ll do it
  • 13:00 – No game drive lunch, again exquisite, filling, exorbitant, delicious
  • 16:00 – Pre-game drive high tea: cakes, pastries, iced tea, coffee et al
  • 19:30 – Mid-game drive sundowner: G&T’s and luxury snacks et al
  • 20:30 – Post-game drive drinks and snacks at the bar
  • 21:00 – Finally, dinner, just in case you’re not full yet

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I wrote ‘et al’ a lot, and that is because not only was there a lot more that I could mention in this blog post, but we did indeed eat a lot of food! This was just the food and drinks aspect of the trip, never mind the room service, the game drives, the 800 thread-count cotton sheets, the gorgeous bath with a view of the Sand River and the elephants having a bath of their own.

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I would say the highlights of this safari trip were the many delicious meals and exhilarating game drives – somewhat likely because that is how we spent 75% of our waking hours – but it is sometimes those small things that make an already amazing trip incredible. Midday swims in the infinity pool overlooking the river, a well-stocked bar fridge that is replenished probably thrice daily, a personal hand-written note from the manager ensuring we were enjoying ourselves, and generous amounts of air-conditioning in the suite!

All in all, I had never expected such lavish living, such treatment as if royalty, and yet such a simple existence. And perhaps therein lies the secret to Kirkman’s success: that while you’re busy enjoying a break from the city and the busyness of life, behind the scenes over a hundred staff are scurrying around to ensure your time with them is unforgettable. In fact, if I close my eyes, I can still bring to memory all the staff double-waving to me right now.

For more on the magic that awaits at Kirkman’s Kamp click here.

 

About the author:

Mike is an avid traveller and a real estate photographer based in Cape Town, South Africa. Mike loves writing, photography and experiencing unique moments in life. You can see more of Mike’s real estate photography here.

Africa’s Rare Finds

Are you wondering what animals should be at the top of your wish list for your upcoming safari? Here are 5 of Africa’s rare finds that you should most definitely keep your eyes peeled for. A sighting of any one of these incredible creatures is undoubtedly be an experience you will never forget!

  1. African Wild Dog

With only 6600 Wild Dogs left on earth, the African Wild Dog is one of the most endangered animals in the world. You can still find Wild Dogs in southern Africa, Tanzania, and northern Mozambique. Wild Dogs are also known as “painted wolves” because of their attractive and characteristic patchy markings. Every Wild Dog has its own unique markings, making each Wild Dog an individual. Wild Dogs hunt in packs and they are intelligent and harmonious hunters—they have a distinct hunting style that allows them to work together to bring down prey. The entire pack takes turns looking after the pups.

  1. White Rhino

White Rhinos were on the edge of becoming extinct but, because of hugely successful conservation efforts, the White Rhino is currently the least endangered species of living rhino. White Rhinos are the second largest land mammal on the planet. You can tell the difference between black rhinos and white rhinos by looking at their upper lips. A white rhino will have a square lip, which is why they are also known as ‘the square-lipped rhino’. A black rhino boasts a pointed (triangular) upper lip. If you’re hoping to spot one of these beauties, you are more likely to find them in the early morning, late afternoon, and evening.

  1. Aardvark

The name ‘aardvark’ is an Afrikaans word which means ‘earth pig’ or ‘ground pig’. Aardvarks are also known as Cape anteaters. They use their strong feet and claws to dig into huge termite mounds so that they can treat themselves to their favourite food! Their tongues can be up to 30.5 centimetres long which means that they can catch approximately 50 000 termites in one go. African folklore reveres Aarvarks because of the way they search for food and because they are not afraid of soldier ants.

  1. Pangolin

The Pangolin is the most trafficked and hunted animal in the world because their scales, which are very valuable, are used in traditional Chinese medicine. The animal is called a Pangolin because the Malay word ‘pengguling’ means ‘rolling up’. Pangolins roll up into a tight ball when they feel threatened. Interestingly, there is no record of how long pangolins can live for in the wild. Speculation suggests that they can live for up to 20 years because the oldest pangolin in captivity lived for 19 years. Mothers carry their babies on their tails for the first three months of their lives.

  1. Pel’s Fishing Owl

Pel’s Fishing Owl is the largest fishing owl that can be found in Africa and it is also known as the African fishing-owl. This owl is distinct because its legs and toes don’t have any feathers. Instead, the toes are covered in spiky scales that allow the owl to hold on to wriggling fish. Pel’s Fishing Owl is also different from other owls because it doesn’t have a concave facial disk. This is because it uses its sight to hunt instead of its hearing. This type of owl is not a threatened species but it is listed as vulnerable because the rivers and streams that it relies on for food are heavily polluted.

Please do let us know if you have been lucky enough to spot one, two or even all of these 5 beautiful creatures. If not and you’d like to… let us know and we will do our very best to help you!

Property of the Month – Madikwe Safari Lodge

Iconic Africa has developed an excellent rapport with and respect for the More family who have been at the forefront of ecotourism for four generations. For the second month, we would like to congratulate them on another outstanding property – Madikwe Safari Lodge, a real favourite amongst our families travelling.

Watch the video below to get a feel for what Madikwe Safari Lodge is all about.

Here are a few reasons why this property stands out for us this month:

Malaria free and abundant wildlife

Iconic Africa is constantly awed by malaria free Madikwe. The reserve unfailingly delivers breath-taking animal sightings while the changing beauty of the landscape is a constant inspiration. The More family have harnessed the essence of this African wilderness with the luxury and splendour of Madikwe Safari Lodge and tailored the experiences to ensure the perfect get away for honeymooners and families alike.

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Three camps of excellence and opulence

Madikwe Safari Lodge is owned by the More family. They have conceived and created three extravagant camps spread between two picturesque and boulder-strewn hills on the eastern side of the magnificent Madikwe Game Reserve. The three camps offer exquisite privacy and romance, the premier family safari experience and the perfect place for small groups and celebrations.

Lelapa is a sumptuous 12-suite camp that offers the premier family-orientated safari with specialised rangers and facilities for budding young naturalists.

Kopano, with just four suites, boasts exceptional privacy and indulgent luxury. It is perfect for romantic African getaways and honeymoons.

Dithaba, higher up the mountain and boasting awe-inspiring panoramas , consists of four lavish suites and is ideal for small groups or families that want to book the whole camp and turn it into a luxury safari home away from home.

The three charming camps are situated within walking distance of each other. This means that Madikwe Safari Lodge can cater for large group safaris, weddings or other celebrations where all 20 suites are required.

Madikwe Safari Lodge’s highly-trained rangers are equipped to show you all the wonders of the reserve – as a family, as a couple in love or as a group of friends. There are specially designed wilderness activities for children of all ages. For couples looking for the ancient romance of Africa, there is exceptional seclusion and peace on safari.

The Wonders of the Madikwe wilderness

Madikwe Game Reserve, proclaimed in 1991 is a South African conservation gem. It is 75 000ha of land consisting of state owned and some private land. What was unproductive and damaged farmland has been restored to a haven for 10 000 head of game including all of Africa’s iconic species – lion, leopard, elephant, black and white rhino, buffalo, wild dog and cheetah. There are teeming herds of general game including wildebeest, zebra and springbok.

Madikwe rests on the edge of the Kalahari Desert. It is semi-arid, receiving just 350mm of rain annually but despite this supports an astonishing variety of fauna and flora. More than 60 species of mammal have been recorded at Madikwe and the bird list is now topping 350 species.

In the east, Madikwe is bounded by the Marico River – a perennial stream. To the west lies the Kalahari and the northern border is the national boundary with Botswana. The south is bounded by the purple and red Dwarsberg Hills. Undulating woodlands stretch north from the hills eventually falling over the Tweedepoort escarpment onto the low-lying savannahs and grassland. The plains are dotted with inselbergs where baboons, hyrax and klipspringer keep a watchful eye for the attentions of Africa’s elusive leopard.

While providing a refuge for South Africa’s natural heritage, Madikwe has created an entire economy which supports the local people living around the reserve – predominantly through employment. This support for local people is crucial if conservation and ecotourism are to achieve grass-roots support.

For more on magical Madikwe please feel free to contact us here.

Instagram Takeover – Clyde Thomas

Our very own @clydeothomas has spent the last ten days exploring the Kruger National Park from the comfort of @andbeyondkirkmanskamp and @andbeyondngala. He was kind enough to share the highlights of his trip in an awesome #IATakeover. Just in case you missed it on Instagram, scroll down here, for a sneak peek at some of the wonderful encounters he’s had over the last couple of days. #southafrica #bigfive #safari

 

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Kruger National Park

Getting ready for an exciting trip to the Kruger National Park? We’ve done your research for you so there’s one less thing you have to do! Here’s 5 interesting things that you didn’t know about the park.

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  1. It’s massive!

The Kruger National Park is one of the largest nature conservation parks in the world. In fact, the park is larger than three US states (Rhode Island, Conneticut, and Delware). It stretches over both Mpumalanga and Limpopo, and it also borders Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Because the park is so vast, it has more than one ecosystem. The ecosystems include acacia thicket, baobab sandveld, and riverine forest.

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  1. It’s historical.

The Kruger National Park was opened in 1898 by President Paul Kruger and yes, you guessed it, the park is named after him, too. The park was originally opened to preserve wildlife and to minimise hunting. It was opened to the public in 1927 and the original entrance fee was only £1.00. The park is home to the two key Masorini and Thulamela archaeologiccal sites and it boasts ancient rock paintings. There is also evidence to suggest that Stone Age Humans once lived in the area.

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  1. It’s a haven for all things natural.

Of course, everyone knows that the park is famous for being home to the Big Five but what most people don’t know is that it is also accommodates plenty of antelope species, warthogs, ostriches, zebra, wildebeest, and hyenas, to name a few. The park is also one of the only places in Africa that the critically endangered wild dog still roam.

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  1. There’s something for everyone.

The park offers 17 luxury safari lodges. This means that guests can choose from simple chalets and cabins or beautifully opulent safari tents. Although most visitors go to the park to see the vast array of animals, the park also caters to avid golfers. The 9-hole Skukuza Golf Course offers a unique experience to guests. The course is special because it is not fenced in and golfers are often joined by wandering wildlife. There’s also good news for dedicated bird-watchers. The park has over 500 bird species and is also known for its ‘Big Six’ birds which include the ground hornbill, the lappet-faced vulture, the martial eagle, the saddle-billed stork, Pel’s fishing owl, and the kori bustard.

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  1. It’s committed to protecting rhinos.

Rhino poaching is possibly the park’s biggest challenge. Its anti-poaching unit is made up of 650 specially trained anti-poaching game rangers who are assisted by the South African Police Services, the South African National Defence Force, and the South African Air Force.

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If a trip to the Kruger is something you simply can’t resist, let us know and we will make sure we find the perfect luxury safari lodge for you and your family/friends.

Month on Instagram

It’s hard to believe… but the 31st of December is upon us. We hope that you’ve got some exciting New Year’s plans for today!

December has been a busy but incredible month for us. We’ve explored some lovely new properties, tried our hands at some new recipes, been on some wonderful safaris and welcomed the talented Gavin Rosenbaum to do an Instagram takeover for us.

Scroll down here for a two-minute taster of our December adventures. #luxury #safari #travel #africa

 

Instagram Takeover – Gavin Rosenbaum

Just in case you missed it, here’s our December #IAtakeover featuring brilliant images by great photographer and old friend, Gavin Rosenbaum. Take a minute to scroll through these and immerse yourself in the true beauty of Africa!

A big thank you to Gavin – for capturing and sharing these epic moments with us.

 

Presenting the Stunning New Ivory Lodge

For over 15 years the More Properties have been leading the way in unforgettable African safari experiences. With an exquisite boutique collection of luxury private hotels and lodges around South Africa;  this family run business has become well renowned in global travel circles.

Their latest project has been the revamp of Ivory Lodge and what an incredible job they have done!  We’d like to take this opportunity to say a big WELL DONE to the team on creating a place of real beauty…the ultimate romantic safari destination!il1

The new look Ivory Lodge has taken this special experience onto a new level, with incredible spaces designed for those seeking something ‘other-wordly’ – whether that be a for a honeymoon retreat, a special proposal or simply for quality time together to reconnect.

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Each of the Villas offers complete privacy. It’s just you, the view, Mother Nature and the many animals that call this place home too. And although you may not see them, working behind the scenes is a team of people who love nothing better than pleasing their guests.

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The pictures certainly speak for themselves but here are 5 other reasons why the new Ivory Lodge is the ultimate romantic safari getaway:

  1. Getting cosy at the fireplace: Each Ivory Lodge Villa has a wood burning fire place, perfect for a chilly winter’s evening where you can cuddle up after dinner.

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2. Private pool with a view. After you’ve poured a glass of bubbly from your maxi-bar, immerse yourself in your private pool, and soak up the magnificent views. We guarantee you – you’ll find you have the best ‘seats’ in the house!

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3. A private dinner for two. The Villas are lavish and spacious, and there is ample opportunity for different settings for intimate private dinners. Beside your infinity pool, overlooking the Sabie River or next to your fire – to name just a few.

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4. The Sabie River makes for a very pretty (and active) backdrop.  With the perennial river running right past Ivory Lodge, you’ll enjoy frequent sightings of game right from your deck. But fear not, you won’t miss out even when you are inside. We’ve made sure that your view is uninterrupted, through the floor-to-roof windows.

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5. And lastly, your own private safari. We’ve kept the number of guests on a game vehicle to 6 – here everyone has a ‘window seat’. You also have the option of upgrading to a private landrover.

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Thank you More Properties for creating such a masterpiece and so many life-changing memories for your guests of the future!

Traveller Review: Lily & Belinda Steele

Recent travellers Belinda and Lily Steele have been kind enough to share with us their recent, wonderful experience @Londolozi. Here’s what they got up to:

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What did you think of South Africa as a whole?

Lily: “South Africa was a really amazing country. Just the whole atmosphere about it was really welcoming and inviting. It exceeded all expectations, which were pretty high… since I’ve been wanting to go there since I was young.”

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What did you think of Londolozi?

Lily: “Londolozi was a really enjoyable place to stay. For such a big and professional place, it felt really personal, and you could tell that the people there enjoyed and had a lot of passion for their jobs, and wanted to share all of that with you. The rooms were stunning, the staff and other guests were kind and amiable, and it was a place you could really settle into, despite all the 5 am starts!”

What was your favourite thing about Londolozi?

Lily: “My favourite part about Londolozi was just the game drives in general. Every element of the game drives worked really well together and made for some really amazing moments, such as sticking with the one ranger and set of other guests for the time you were there, the camera lens renting they had available, and how close you could get to all the animals whilst not disrupting their natural behaviour.”

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What was your most unforgettable moment?

Lily: “It’s really hard to narrow down to just one unforgettable moment, as the experience as a whole was so impacting. It would probably have been the time we were eating dinner outside in the boma at Londolozi with all the other guests and staff, having a barbecue, and a hyena darted right through before scampering out again. It was a bit of a shock at first and got everyone’s hearts racing, and then lead to almost half an hour’s worth of laughter.”

What was your favourite animal and why?

Lily: “All of the big five were amazing, being up close and personal with such powerful creatures in their own habitat and feeling so connected was such an overwhelming feeling. But I also personally really liked the Kudu, just how graceful and beautiful they seemed, even with their surprising size.”

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 What was the most surprising thing about your trip?

Lily: “Probably the nature of the people themselves. A lot of media still shows Africa to be this really dangerous place, but the majority of people there were so kind hearted and spirited and happy that it was almost infectious.”

If you could describe your trip in one word what would it be?

Lily: “It felt like Home!”

A big thank you again Belinda and Lily – we can’t wait to see you back on Africa soil again soon. Just in case you missed it we featured Lily’s awesome pictures here. For more of her stunning photographs be sure you check out her Facebook page: @LASphotography

Top 10 things to do in Cape Town

Cape Town, also known as “The Mother City” is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations and Iconic Africa’s most favourite African city! Last week Cape Town was awarded second place in the world-renowned Lonely Planet’s , Top 10 Cities, with Bordeaux, France in first place.

With our offices in the heart of The Mother City we know exactly how much there is to see and do here!

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With December and January lots of travellers will be arriving on our shores as the sun is shining, the sky is blue, the beaches are incredible and the nightlife is vibrant. We know how overwhelming  it can be for travellers, especially when time is limited. So, we have drawn up a list of our top 10 tips, should you be lucky enough to have some time in this beautiful city!

  1. Hike up Table Mountain

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  1. Learn to surf at Muizenberg
  1. Walk up Lions head at Sunrise or with a full moon
  1. Drive Chapman’s Peak – one of the world’s most breathtaking drives

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  1. Go for a walk in the exquisite Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  2. Have a special sunset cocktail on the dazzling Camps Bay stripcape-view-clifton-26
  1. Visit the Penguins at Simonstown
  1. Have a picnic on the grass at Cape Point Vineyardswetu-capecadogan-02
  1. Meander along the breath-taking Fraschhoek Wine Route

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  1. Go for an icy but refreshing swim at Clifton Beach or watch the whales breaching beyond the waves.

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We hope these tips help you for your next visit to Cape Town. Please do let us know if you have any other questions or need any more advice for your visit.