It’s hard to believe The Safari Pizza Company only launched this year. I’ve been following their journey on social media and they’ve been super busy (they even managed to casually squeeze in their own wedding!) At the moment you’ll find the African-themed pizza Land Rover popping up at local markets selling their special Christmas pizza; brie, cranberry sauce, caramelised onion and pigs in blankets. YUUUUM (don’t attempt to read this post if you haven’t had lunch yet).
We caught up with Sussex- based founders Alex and Alica to find out about their food as well as the inspiration behind their unique, colourful brand.
Alex and Alicia met in Zambia, whilst Alicia was visiting on holiday. Alicia literally fell off a boat into Alex’s arms and the relationship stemmed from there. Alex would make Pizzas from his limited supply of ingredients and perfected his dough recipe. After travelling around Africa and deciding what to do when returning to England the idea came to them whilst out on Safari.
The word ‘Safari’ means ‘to journey and travel’ which is what they do making their delicious pizzas, and they support African charities close to their heart by donating a percentage of their profits.
The pizza dough is their own recipe, they make their own fresh sauce and the produce for their toppings is all sourced locally. For example, the meat for their meatballs is made from Knepp Estate beef and they use Sussex wild rocket for their rocket pesto. Other toppings include Biltong and honey and soy marinated Ostrich. We also love the sound of the Bush Pig Pizza – wild boar salami, mushroom and truffle oil – and African Sunrise – roasted squash, caramelised onion and goats cheese.
We have to admire their imagination because they’ve also produced sweet pizzas! The ‘lemon cheesecake’ pizza is topped with lemon curd and mascarpone with shortbread biscuit crumbled on top. They’ve also baked chocolate orange brownies in their wood-fired oven and they’ve added an Amarula hot chocolate to their menu (Amarula fruit is loved by elephants in Africa and the trees are protected in South Africa).
A percentage of every job gets donated to Rhino conservation in Botswana and a coffee project in Mozambique. Their work with these charities helps raise awareness and contributes to providing education and restoring and protecting wildlife.
The safari pizza company is available for all events across the South of the UK and London.
Much of the photography here is by Jessica Milberg.