There is an old African proverb: “He who has tasted of the waters of the Zambezi River will always return to drink again.”
Ever since my first child-hood taste of the wonders of the African bush, I have been incurably addicted to the splendors of creation.
As a child, many a vacation was spent with my father, then Rabbi of Zimbabwe, exploring the great wildlife reserves and natural wonders of that gorgeous land, and although it is difficult to impress a 13 year old boy, my first sight of the Victoria Falls left me absolutely speechless.
Ever since, it has my been my dream to share my love of Hashem’s world with others, and it was with this dream, that the Gourmet Kosher Safaris Group had its humble beginnings 18 years ago.
The frustration of staying in gorgeous hotels and eating kosher food wrapped in tinfoil while watching the hotels guests enjoying their wining and fine-dining inspired me to launch our first brand, the now famous “Africa Kosher Safaris”, at the time, a relatively novel and unexplored concept.
In those days, travelling to Africa for a safari was far from common for Orthodox American Jews, and often the response to our adverts would be “Why would I want to go to Africa.”
18 years later, going on a kosher safari has become a bucket-list item, and although every year sees another aspiring kosher safaris operator making his debut in the market, our reputation is cemented as the most experienced, reliable, and gourmet in this genre. Our expansion over the years into Latin America, Australasia, India, and even Iceland, has secured our place at the top of the deluxe kosher travel market, with every venue carefully researched and studied in person, on site, before putting our itineraries together.
On a GKS tour, we don’t simple provide kosher and Shabbos-friendly services- Our gourmet kosher chefs and mashgichim accompany each group to every venue and prepare freshly prepared kosher cuisine on par with that served in a top New-York restaurant, matching the ambiance of the best hotels in each region which we use.
Our guides, group-leaders, and office team provide support from the moment of your first enquiry, through every stage of your booking, your time with us, and post-tour needs.
We cut no corners in providing high-level kosher products and even fine-wines in the most out of the way places, doing whatever is legally possible not to compromise on standard and variety, and anyone who has ever been on one of our trips will attest to the many fine-touches, including free drinks and snacks throughout the day, which we provide on our unsurpassed luxury adventures.
People often ask me what is my favourite destination- Although I am heavily biased towards my continent of birth, our venues are all so absolutely unique and incredible that my answer is simply: “Which-ever venue we happen to visiting at the time.”
Over the next few weeks, I shall be sharing some of these incredible venues with you, hoping to inspire you to take that plunge into the incredible dream-world of luxury kosher travel and allowing me to share that dream with you.
See you in nature!