Savour the Savanna: 6 Places for Safari Dining Near Joburg


Johannesburg, the vibrant heart of South Africa, pulsates with cultural diversity, rich history, and a culinary scene that’s as diverse as its people. Amidst the bustling cityscape lies a unique dining experience that transports you to the untamed wilderness of Africa – safari dining. Imagine indulging in delectable cuisine while surrounded by the sights and sounds of the savanna. If you’re ready to embark on a culinary adventure like no other, here are 6 places in and around Johannesburg where you can enjoy the thrill of safari dining.

Neck & Deck Restaurant

This open air restaurnt is located at Bothongo Rhono and Lion Nature Reserve, Neck & Deck Restaurant invites you to indulge in a fusion of African flavours amidst a picturesque setting. Whether you’re craving breakfast, light bites, hearty burgers, wood-fired pizzas, or succulent main meals, this establishment has something to satisfy every palate. But it’s not just about the food; it’s about the experience.

With seating for up to 300 guests, including an exclusive wine cellar for wine enthusiasts, the Neck & Deck Restaurant offers a spacious and welcoming ambiance. Whether you’re a cyclist looking for a pitstop, a family in search of a relaxing meal, or a nature lover seeking respite, this restaurant caters to all.

Details: | 011 957 0349 | 520 Kromdraai Road, Krugersdrop, Krugersdorp.

The Lion and Safari Park

Combine wildlife encounters with dining at The Lion and Safari Park, located a short drive from Johannesburg. After an exhilarating safari drive to spot lions, giraffes, and other majestic animals, guests can unwind with a meal at the park’s restaurant, overlooking the picturesque landscape. The Lion and Safari Park offers a delicious array of dining options thanks to the Wetlands Restaurant and Bar. View their dining menu here.

Details: | 087 150 0100 | R512 Lanseria Rd, Kalkheuvel.

Chiefs Boma Restaurant

Situated within the Indaba Hotel grounds, Chiefs Boma Restaurant offers a culinary adventure with a South African twist. Diners can enjoy a buffet feast featuring game meats, traditional stews, and an assortment of delectable desserts, all while enjoying live entertainment in a rustic setting. The restaurant serves an authentic African culinary journey that spans the continent, from the aromatic flavours of North African Moroccan dishes to the sweet delights of Koeksisters and Melktert from the Cape. With a diverse selection of over 120 dishes, there’s something to tantalise every palate and satisfy every craving

Details: | 011 840 6600 | Indaba Hotel Fourways.

Ukutula Lodge Restaurant and Bush Bar

Experience the thrill of safari dining just an hour away from Johannesburg at Ukutula Lodge Restaurant and Bush Bar. This hidden gem invites you to indulge in excellent food and warm hospitality. Our fully licensed, 4-star restaurant is committed to serving only the best cuisine, ensuring that every meal is a culinary delight. Whether you’re savouring gourmet dishes crafted with locally sourced ingredients or enjoying refreshing drinks at the bush bar, your dining experience at Ukutula Lodge promises to be nothing short of unforgettable. Treat yourself to a taste of luxury in the midst of nature’s splendour.

Details: | 012 254 4780 | Ukutula Lodge, 411 Jq Farm Klipkop, Brits.


Renowned for its “Beast of a Feast,” The Carnivore promises an unforgettable dining experience where game meats like kudu, crocodile, and ostrich are grilled to perfection on Maasai swords. Situated in Muldersdrift, just outside Johannesburg, this restaurant captures the essence of a true African safari. Experience unparalleled dining with only the finest cuts gracing your plate. Delight in prime selections that ensure an exceptional culinary journey.

Details: | 011 950 6000 | Misty Hills Country Hotel, Conference Centre & Spa, Muldersdrift Estate, 69 Drift Blvd , Muldersdrift.

Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge

After a stroll or hike at this popular game lodge, be sure to visit their bar and restaurant nestled atop the dam wall at Cradle Moon Lodge in Muldersdrift. Boasting a spacious deck and accommodating up to 120 guests, it’s the perfect spot to unwind and soak in breathtaking vistas. Delight in a sundowner as you take in the picturesque scenery of the dam and the meandering Crocodile River.

Details: | 011 919 5000 | Plot 59 Beyers Naude Drive, Muldersdrift, Johannesburg.

If you enjoyed reading about these safari dining spots, be sure to read our Zoo Lake article here.

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