Dreamcatcher Cook-up with Kamamma

“To visit the Kamamma’s is an unique and unforgettable experience. Their warmth and the way they invite you into their homes is amazing. They show you how to make traditional dishes, but the best experience is to share dinner and talk about life. You will feel so welcome and so enriched after your vistit. I can really recommend to go!”

Ilse-Marie Sobering, Managing Partner bij VivaLaVida Lifestyle.

A Dreamcatcher Cook-up with Kamamma is a heart-warming, authentically local food experience taking place in the welcoming surrounds, at the registered Cook-up with Kamamma Home Kitchen (or outdoor) s. Cook-up with Kamammas can be found in communities on most or close to the main travel routes of South Africa. It is also a legally registered brand, which has been developed with Kamammas (Matriarchs) over a period of 20 years in communities across South Africa.

Cook-up with Kamamma is stripped of ‘staged culture” and offers “A Taste of Reality” both literally and figuratively. It an interactive and heart warming lunch or dinner experience for the adventurous and socially discerning visitor, the “foodie” and family travelers. It is also a rewarding enhancement to the incentive programme.

The Kamamma shares her lifestyle and traditions in an authentic home based setting. You will enjoy cooking an item or two of your hearty meal as Kamamma invites you into her kitchen. This is a fun and participative experience. It usually lasts for one and a half to two hours but some folk just cannot leave, as they touch the life of the matriarch in her own home.

Whoever books Dreamcatcher Cook-up with a Kamamma will not enjoy the glamour of a four or five star restaurant. In fact if Michelin stars consider the size and amenities in the kitchen, your Cook-up with Kamamma will get none! Dreamcatcher Kamammas learned to develop skills and cook their favourite recipes with the very few amenities at her disposal. Armed with one pot and one burner, some Dreamcatcher Kamamma’s sustained and fed “freedom fighters” with their comfort and traditional food, where tasty meals simmered beneath mouth watering dumplings or steam bread, serving as the lid to seal in the flavour!

Five stars

Chin cook-up Kamamma EsmaHiResWhat visitors can expect is five star safety, five star cordiality; five star fresh soul food, cooked from scratch, just for them. There will not be a multitude of menu items. Rather the menu will depict the number of items authentic to the local lifestyle. What you see is what you get. Nothing more, nothing less. However, second helpings if there are, are not charged for additionally! Stories true to life and times of today, yesterday and tomorrow are shared (in English mainly), but expect to learn a couple of local words in one of the 11 official languages along the way.

Your kitchen or dining table is not laid in state of the art cutlery and crockery, but the humbling yet proud offering you can expect home from home comforts. Your usual tourist meal is turned into a 10 star welcoming experience with fun and laughter as part of the menu. You lean what makes the specific community “tick” and it is your cue to share your own culture and country.

KamammaEsmeMovieDo not be surprised if you are greeted by impudent smiles and chatter from children in the street or at your Dreamcatcher Cook-up Kamamma venue. Dreamcatcher has spent over 2 decades in communities across the land. Everyone passing could welcome you on the street , it is time to relax: you have come home to the true South Africa! A unique feature of Dreamcatcher Homestays is that it is possible to encounter at least 7 or 8 different cultures where they live on your travels.

As you enjoy the natural beauty and environment of South Africa, you find, as you eat your way at Cook-up venues around the country, that not all the cultures you meet are the same; that their take on the humble potato and bread dough differs: yet Dreamcatcher Cook-up Kamammas offers you the same quality experience, which will enhance your travels and follow you back home. You have come home to Cook-up with Kamamma’s kitchen!

Dreamcatcher Cook-up Kamammas are pioneers in their communities and in South African food industry in terms of managing the impact of food waste from their kitchens on the environment. Expect a smile that touches her eyes as she proudly shares how she manages waste, and engages the local children and projects around her to make a difference in her own community. These attributes are the cornerstone of Dreamcatcher Kamamma and Bhuti development principles.

Thank you for choosing to book and share your meal with a Dreamcatcher Cook-up with Kamamma on your travels. An unforgettable experience awaits you.
To find the Dreamcatcher Cook-up with Kamamma, study the map on our website. We have a central booking service connects you professionally to your Dreamcatcher Cook-up with Kamamma for a truly local experience. Please follow the links to contact us today!


  • Cook-Up Kamamma lunch or dinner
  • To be met at the entrance to the community if you are driving yourself
  • Learn about the local culture, traditional food and you can join in to cook with Kamamma if you like.
  • Soft drinks and/or traditional ginger beer


  • Alcohol – Please note that no Dreamcatcher services are licensed for the sale of alcohol. In the event clients wish to enjoy wine or beer they must purchase this en route where you are tasting wine or at licensed suppliers. We can provide chilling facilities if needed.
  • Transport to the venue unless arranged as part of a Dreamcatcher tour.
  • VAT and mandatory levies: We are VAT registered and accountable to the South African Revenue services. Please add 14% for vat. These costs are indicated separately on invoices.


Dinner or Lunch: All quoted rates are per person and we have a minimum number of 2 persons per booking.

  • Cook-up with Kamamma – ZAR 260 per person (dinner or lunch).
  • Children 12 years and younger: Half price.
  • You can purchase a unique Cook-up with Kamamma apron if in stock or you can order one ahead of your visit at ZAR 160 per apron.

NOTE: Volunteer rates are configured on a one to one basis as each volunteer program is developed bespoke to the community and volunteer needs.


Our experiences are ideal and conducive to individual, family and small group travel of up to 10 people. Small group rates of no more than 14 persons can be accommodated. A larger group will be split between the 2 Kamammas. With due cogniscence to the impact of groups of more than 14 on community life, and accompanied by the fact that the quality of the experience, which is authentic local contact, could be compromised, Dreamcatcher does not offer Cook-up with Kamamma to groups of larger than 14 persons unless special arrangements are made where we will split the group up between two Cook-up with Kamamma venues in the same town.

Find our cook-up Kamammas

Here is the list of all our cook-up Kamammas in South Africa.