Recipe: South African Ngala Crunchies – a safari staple

Ngala Crunchies

During these unprecedented times, when staying at home is of the utmost importance, us here at The AU Review are going to be doing everything we can to help readers live their best lives, indoors.

As with many other media companies who typically focus on getting folks out and about, we’re shifting to adapt to the necessary lock-downs taking place all over the world. One way we’ll be doing so is simply by sharing our favourite recipes.

Over the next few weeks (or months, who knows) we’ll be publishing the cocktail and food recipes that we find most exciting, so that when you aren’t ordering in to support your favourite venues, you’ll know enough to quickly throw together some top-class concoctions.

andBeyond’s South African Ngala Crunchies

Notes: If you’ve been on safari at Ngala Private Game Reserve in South African’s iconic Kruger National Park before then you must be very familiar with the Ngala Crunchy. These simple buttery bars are staples for andBeyond’s luxury safari lodge, which is found deep in the heart of the very active reserve. Although there’s (probably) no lions and leopards leaping around your kitchen, we’ve sourced this one from andBeyond to help you dream up a little wanderlust from the comfort of your home.


  • 5 cups oats
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons of syrup
  • 2 cups of coconut
  • 500g of melted butter


  1. Combine all the ingredients and mix in the melted butter.
  2. Press into a tray and bake at 180C until golden brown.
  3. Let cool and cut into small bars.

andBeyond is an award-winning, luxury experiential travel company that tailor-makes exclusive safaris and tours in Africa, Asia and South America. More information about them can be found HERE.

Chris Singh

Chris Singh is the Deputy-Editor-At-Large of the AU review, loves writing about travel and hospitality, and is partial to a perfectly textured octopus. You can reach him on Instagram: @chrisdsingh.

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