New eating experience

Dining in Kruger has taken a fresh new direction with the opening of the first Nature's Cafe in Skukuza on September 15, 2005. Aimed at the discerning visitor, the Cafe offers a stylish deli concept - complete with on-site bakery and patisserie - and stocked with fresh deli sandwiches, juices and other beverages, salads, fruit and vegetables as well as modern, gourmet convenience foods and picnic fare.

The design of the new Cafe is distinctly modern Africa, featuring natural elements and earthy colours. Fragrant coffees are freshly brewed in the air conditioned coffee shop section, which offers breakfast and light meals. It also has internet facilities, offering visitors the opportunity to download photographs about their Kruger experience to loved ones at home.

Vilayet (Pty)Ltd, trading as Nature's Group, with empowerment shareholder Kopano Ke Matla, supplies all the food and beverage services in Kruger in terms of a concession agreement with SANParks. Supported by technical partner Santè Leisure, a subsidiary of the Cape based Fidentia Group, Nature's Group began a major project to modernise the antiquated facilities on offer in the park.

 It currently operates within 13 camps throughout the park. Its central and southern outlets in the Park, with Satara and Lower Sabie first in line, are currently being reinvented as the Nature's Cafe deli concept. Mike Deveroux, managing directior of Nature's Group says: "More than 1,2 million people visit the Kruger National Park every year, 80 percent of which are South Africans.

We have made a commitment to the development of the Kruger National Park and improving the future of food on offer here. He continued by saying that the Group has set out to change the mind set of visitors who prefer fresh and healthy options, and who previously opted for self-catering and food supplies brought with them all the way from home."

"Visitors now have the option to enjoy their meals at Nature's Cafe, which is open every day of the year between 07h00 and 20h00." The Group has also over the last three years developed full conferencing facilities for up to 400 people in the Park. These facilities are available at Skukuza, Berg-en-Dal and Mopani camps.

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