The Kitchen @ Khaya Ndlovu
Food for the body...a view for the soul...
Overlooking the magnificent Klein Drakensberg mountains is our alfresco dining area, serviced daily from the farm-style kitchen where chef Garth, ably assisted by sous chef, Princess create a myriad of dishes for your enjoyment.
Garth started his culinary career via an apprenticeship with the Department of Tourism. His extreme talent and adventurous ability to fuse flavours had him racing to the top of his profession, which included stints at the Sandton Sun, Johannesburg Saxon, Van Der Linde restaurant, as well as a short spell in Portugal where he gained further experience working for a private chef.
Unselfishly giving of his time (and colourful language!), Garth is continuously empowering young trainee chefs from the local communities by offering kitchen internships. The trainees gain valuable and priceless experience at the Khaya kitchen working under this talented chef.
Princess started out at Khaya Ndlovu scrubbing dishes in the scullery, all the while peeping her head around the corner to keep a watchful and secretive eye on the chef of the day.
Not long after her first day of work at Khaya she asked if she could try her hand at cooking a meal, and the rest is now history for this self-trained darling of our kitchen.
Keeping it local...
Most of our kitchen produce is sourced locally including our very own free-range eggs, a rather ambitious project considering our location, that was started by Trevor and Lisa. The eggs are collected multiple times during the day from a highly secured and electrified chicken run, much to the frustration of the resident monkeys, mongooses, genets, pythons, and all the other egg-seeking bushveld missiles!
Much of our fresh produce is also sourced from the local Hlokomela vegetable and herb gardens, which is a community-based project aimed at empowering the local communities.
Our dining area comfortably seats up to 30 guests in a COVID compliant, fresh-air environment and all dietary requirements can be accommodated. Pre-bookings are essential for day guests.
Feast on an assortment of fruit, cheeses, pastries, cereals and yoghurt from our buffet selection, whilst choosing a hot breakfast from the menu, where Princess’s signature ‘free-range’ eggs benedict seems to be a firm favourite!