During our five-week adventure in Botswana we met many interesting people, from knowledgeable guides to chefs, barmen, camp managers and others working in tourism, as well as photographers and independent businessmen with a story. I’m going to share some of these as part of a short series called Voices of Botswana. Here’s the first, about Xigera’s smiling chef.
For head chef KD (Kereeditse) Mongomba, Xigera is a second home.
Her journey with Wilderness Safaris started 13 years ago as a waitress. Three years later she became a trainee chef at Vumbura, another Wilderness Safaris camp in the Delta. By 2010 she had qualified as a chef and moved to Xigera, where she became head chef two years later.
Guests appreciate her hard work, where she might be whipping up a bush brunch of bacon, sausage, quiche, salmon and ginger cakes, aubergine and chickpea salad, or a high tea with mini hamburgers, samoosas and apple tartlets. But her personal favourite meal is chicken curry. ‘Yes, I make it for the guests and they like it too,’ she grins.
Asked if guests ever complain about the food (and how she deals with it), she just laughs. ‘The GM is the one who complains about the recipes, that we don’t follow the recipe. But now we are 100%, we always follow the recipe.’
Although KD is happy at Xigera – a Classic camp with luxury tented accommodation – her ambition is to go to one of Wilderness Safaris Premier camps, which are even more luxurious. ‘I’d like to go there to increase my knowledge,’ she says with a quiet smile.
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