Wild Luxury Cooking

On Safari with Chef Saisi and Alex

Wild Luxury Cooking – three wondrous words to make 2014 or 2015 an unforgettable year.

Wild Untamed nature, in Africa’s most thrilling grasslands
Luxury The chance to be pampered and treated like visiting royalty
Cooking Expert guidance as you learn new culinary skills

The Ingredients

This recipe involves eight unforgettable days, travelling between our two Bushtops camps and cooking al fresco in the bush, using local tools and traditional ovens. Couples, single guests or groups will be given expert tuition, uncovering the secrets of traditional East African food from our award-winning Executive Chef, Philip Saisi.

The Cook

Philip is a local legend, with more than 20 years’ experience of traditional and international cuisine. He will teach you how to create nutritious wonders for breakfast and lunch. Then you can relax and allow him and his staff to display their own multiple talents over dinner.

Your Maitre d’

Leading the party is Alex Sarikas, whose charms reflects a lifetime of experience looking after the most discriminating guests. A storyteller with an insatiable love of life, Africa, travel, guests and food, Alex is the ideal host.

Getting Started

Alex and Saisi will meet you in Nairobi, then guide you through the market to select ingredients. Then the culinary expedition begins!

On the Menu

By the time you leave us, you will be an expert in making Swahili coffee and spicy local tea (chai ya tangawizi). Your mandazi fried bread will join banana bread and coconut pancakes as new breakfast favourites. You will be equally at home with a list of new main meal specialities, from Sukuma Wiki (collard greens) and chapatis to amalgams of Ugali (maize flour) and delicious Irio. You will have prepared mouthwatering dishes of Muhogo wa Nazi kwa samaki (coconut cassava with fried fish), eggplant fritters and Kachumbari (tomato and onion salad). Your beef biryani will be as good as your rack of El Molo lamb. You will have concocted the most delicious Zanzibari coconut and fish soup, served up fish in banana leaves and mastered prawns Upanga and prawns piri piri, as well as Takaungu fish. This array of newfound expertise will extend to green paw paws and Mahamri (coconut and cardamom donuts) and snacks such as Coconut Kachori (patties with potato). To this you will add tasty morsels, such as arrow root and banana chips.

The package includes the following services:

  • Meet and greet at Nairobi airport, transfer to a 5 star hotel in Nairobi and overnight on half board basis (drinks not included). First joint dinner with Chef Saisi, Alex and the group
  • All road transfers within Nairobi
  • All internal flights i.e. Nairobi – Masai Mara / Masai Mara – Serengeti / Serengeti – Nairobi and vice versa
  • 3 nights full board accommodation at Mara Bushtops &
    3 nights full board accommodation at Serengeti Bushtops
  • Once a day “al fresco” cooking session with Chef Saisi
    (breakfast or lunch)
  • All airstrip transfers, all game drives in our open converted 4×4’s accompanied by Chef Saisi, Dario, your Ranger and your local spotter
  • All non alcoholic drinks, beers, house wines and non luxury spirits
  • Laundry
  • Complimentary membership of our on-site Amani African Spa at Mara Bushtops, which includes use of the heated infinity swimming pool, cold pool, Jacuzzi and gym (fees apply for treatments, massages and the use of the sauna and steam bath)
  • Unlimited massage but subject to availability at Serengeti Bushtops
  • Sun downer, night game drive and walking safari at Mara Bushtops
  • Temporary Flying Doctors membership
  • Park entrance and private conservancy fees
  • Grand farewell dinner on the last night
  • Optional extra: hot air balloon safari. The cost in the Masai Mara
    is approx. USD 455 per person and in the Serengeti approx. USD 495 per person.
    Package includes the transfers, the pre flight briefing, the balloon
    flight which takes 1 to 1 ½ hours and a champagne bush breakfast.


If this sounds like your kind of adventure, then we would be delighted if you joined us on one of our tours.

Min. number for this tour is 4 persons. Price on request

  • Please note you require a yellow fever inoculation certificate

Visas required for Kenya & Tanzania (USD 50 each), not included in price