While the popular Crocworld Conservation Centre remains closed to the public, the innovative team from the centre’s Fish Eagle Café has found a way to give visitors a taste of excitement in a beautiful setting with its ‘Burgers in the Bush’ roadhouse café. Hosted in the lush parking area of the centre, this al fresco pop-up café is indeed a must-visit for anyone in the area.
An easy 59km from Durban, Scottburgh’s Crocworld Conservation Centre is a much-loved attraction in the area but when Covid-19 struck the team had to think of an out-the-box solution to help keep funding rolling for the centre and its staff. The new Burgers in the Bush roadhouse launched on Saturday 20th of June and is now open every day from 09:00 until 16:00.
“With the easing of certain lockdown restrictions in Level 3, restaurants and cafés have been able to serve customers in a takeaway style,” explained Fish Eagle Café Executive Chef and Manager, Morne van Zyl. “This made reaching our customers a bit tricky as the popular Fish Eagle Café is located within the centre, which remains closed to public, but we decided that a roadhouse café is an ideal solution.”
Visitors to the new pop-up eatery will be able to park at the Crocworld parking area in designated spaces to ensure correct social distancing. Once you’ve parked, a ‘Burgers in the Bush’ staff member (wearing all the required personal protective equipment) will provide visitors with a single-use menu that features the delicious takeaway offerings, as well as outlining all necessary Covid-19 health and safety measures.
Once you’ve made your meal selection, you simply flash your car lights to alert the waiter, who will radio the order through to the restaurant. Every order will be swiftly prepared and all takeaway containers properly sanitised before being delivered to customers for enjoyment in the car. Because of Covid-19 restrictions, there will be no ablution facilities available for visitors.
“We are so excited to welcome back our regulars, and look forward to meeting new visitors, all of whom will get the chance to sample some exquisite food in a really beautiful forest setting,” said Van Zyl. “To ensure there are no delays in service, we have opted for roadhouse-style dining of delicious burgers and milkshakes, all of which will be freshly-made while visitors enjoy the lovely surroundings. Hopefully, this will provide our local residents with a fun weekend outing.”
Crocworld Conservation Centre is also hosting live video talks every Friday at 11a:00. Digital visitors of all ages can enjoy ‘edutaining’ content as the Centre’s resident experts introduce some of the latest additions on the ‘Crocworld Conservation Centre’ Facebook page.