Best Drink You've Had on Safari?

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I can easily name the worst - Manica beer of Mozambique. It is vile. The best thing to say about it after a long day chasing buffalo in the swamp is that it is wet. Southern Africa has traditions about making great beer from the Germans and the Dutch. In Mozambique they emulated the Portuguese o_O:eek: They probably should have tried Port.
 

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When I went on the 21 day lion hunt in the Zambezi valley in Zimbabwe I knew I needed to take something with me. You see on most safaris I just like to drink what they have and enjoy the local beers and yes now the scotch. I always hated scotch but spending so much time in Africa you can only drink so much beer! Now I do enjoy scotch of many varieties. When traveling I just want to embrace the culture and drink “whatever pours”!

So back to Zim. I thought what would be better than a really good martini in the middle of the wildness? So I packed a small shaker and a big jar of olives and gambled on being able to get vermouth along with the vodka in the duty free in JNB. I was able to get what I needed at duty free just before jumping on the plane to Harare.
The first few nights I just drank what was in the bar but after taking my lion.....The party was on and the shaker came out of my bag, along with everything else.
What a good time we had. The PH’s, the film crew filing Trophy, and myself sipping martinis in the Omay!
What a memory.

I do love Tafel Lager in Namibia and XXXX beer in Australia. Those two are hard to beat. I know, I’ve had some experience drinking
Regards,
Philip
Please share where lion hunt photos and story are. Sounds awesome!!!
 

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When I went on the 21 day lion hunt in the Zambezi valley in Zimbabwe I knew I needed to take something with me. You see on most safaris I just like to drink what they have and enjoy the local beers and yes now the scotch. I always hated scotch but spending so much time in Africa you can only drink so much beer! Now I do enjoy scotch of many varieties. When traveling I just want to embrace the culture and drink “whatever pours”!

So back to Zim. I thought what would be better than a really good martini in the middle of the wildness? So I packed a small shaker and a big jar of olives and gambled on being able to get vermouth along with the vodka in the duty free in JNB. I was able to get what I needed at duty free just before jumping on the plane to Harare.
The first few nights I just drank what was in the bar but after taking my lion.....The party was on and the shaker came out of my bag, along with everything else.
What a good time we had. The PH’s, the film crew filing Trophy, and myself sipping martinis in the Omay!
What a memory.

I do love Tafel Lager in Namibia and XXXX beer in Australia. Those two are hard to beat. I know, I’ve had some experience drinking
Regards,
Philip
So what size container of olives did you take?
 

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Please share where lion hunt photos and story are. Sounds awesome!!!
 

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Not to hijack the post but I am curious what you think is the best beer you have had in Africa. I tend to drink Windhoek because it is available and very good. LaurenTina is a very tasty Mozambican beer especially the dark version. I think the best beer I have had on safari was St Louis in Botswana. Not always available everywhere. The bar/cafe across the street (dirt road) from the airport in Maun has it. I think the name of the place was Wings or something similar. Interesting place, reminded me a little of Ricks Place in Casablanca. Lots of pilots, flight attendants, and PHs in varying shades of inebriation.

Typically stop in there on the way in and out. Totally agree with your assessment, part of the Maun scene.
 

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My favorite is Windhoek lager but Castle is great too. Never seen any craft beer like a Russian imperial stout or shallow grave porter
 

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On my first hunt in South Africa the PH, Hennie du Toit, stopped and bought Jack Daniels and a sweet red wine. That red wine was amazing and I have never found it in the states.
 

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First light in the morning, quietly sitting at the fire, watching and listening to the bush wake up - strong local coffee, not too hot, no cream, no sugar, dripped or pressed.

Evening fireside, telling and listening to stories- one or two shots max single malt like Famous Grouse on the rocks.
 

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Any cold beverage after the hunt, the heat, sunburn, windburn and aching muscles! Most all African beer is superior to mass produced American beer. As noted above the breweries were started by the German Dutch and English and it's all fine stuff. South African wines are fine and will give most California stuff a run for its money. Fine French it is not, but it is quite good and the PHs and their wives know what is good. There will likely only be one or two beers available in the region you are hunting and both will be good! There used to be a great beer in Zimbabwe named after an animal like tusker but I think it was a different animal? Zambezi windhoek toffel Castle carlsberg all good. Refrain from drinking the brownish liquid peddled on the streets in Harare in reused plastic soda bottles LOL I'm told it's not quite finished beer borrowed from the breweries where they work?
 

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Beer shandy, Castle and 7up 50/50, in the shade in the afternoon.
 

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The best drink I’ve had in Africa was a couple fingers of a great McCallen shared with @tarbe @John Sharp and @DaveL after a successful buff hunt. Followed closely by FourX in OZ after smashing Buffalo. But the Best drink I’ve ever had was the first sip of Alaska White after a 15 day float hunt with my Dad when we got out of the bush!
 

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Oban 14 year old in a cut crystal tumbler by the fire late at night. Just two of you left up, conversation not necessary. Nightjar calling, otherwise dead quiet apart from the crackling. Looking at the flames dancing through the golden liquid you can see your soul, and it is happy and at peace.
 

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For beer I say Windhoek lager or Hansa. Gin & tonic is a must, I prefer Gordon´s gin...the other fancy/expensive sorts do nothing for me, period.

And on cold evenings/nights a proper single malt with a drop og water of course..yes Kevin, it can be as poetic as you said..
 

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