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Africana Retreats


Experience Africa like never before

Cookery Retreats across Africa

Highlights of our holidays include
Experience the thrill of vibrant African markets
Visit riveting cultural & historical sites
Organic & seasonal fresh food
Immersive feasts & cooking classes by Lerato
Visiting some of the best local restaurants
Multiple locations across the country
Stay in a 5 star hotel
Sumptuous ocean facing solar powered
Lerato Africana Retreat                           


Click the links below to join a waiting list and to request a virtual chat with Lerato, to learn more about our retreats 

Ghana - from Accra to the Cape Coast    

Nov 2024 Dates TBA
Excludes: flights, visas & travel insurance


Lerato Africana Retreat Morocco

Morocco - from the Medina of Marrakesh to the Coast of Essaouira 

(Only 4 out of 10 spaces left)
Upcoming Date: 23rd - 30th Oct 2024

8 days / 7 nights 

Excl: flights, visas & travel insurance         

Memories from our previous guests
"The trip of a lifetime! The food! Oh, the food! Fresh, organic and prepared to perfection! Excellent host and amazing company. Lerato thought of it all. So many different flavours teased my palate. Her team were amazing and catered to my every need. Thank you for the wonderful memories."
Diunde Smith, from Bermuda
"With careful attention and love on Africana Cookery Retreat, the variety of food prepared by Lerato and her team was scrumptious, and the accommodation was excellent, tucked in a secluded breathtaking location with awesome scenery. I highly recommend this cookery retreat to all. Go and explore the beauty that Africa has to offer."
Emily, from London
"Ghana, the food, the company all made for a great time. Everyone loved their gifts. They are asking about the food. They want me to cook some of your recipes. I loved that you chose such a beautiful and tranquil lodge. I loved the food! There wasn't anything I didn't like. The excursions gave me a good insight into the diversity of Ghana.”
Marilyn, from Bermuda

"An Outstanding new book that will wake up your taste buds. Lerato is a genius with flavours." 
Delicious magazine
"No plantains will go to waste with this book nearby"
BBC Good Food
Heartwarming African hospitality awaits you in Ghana, the gold cost of Africa, where your holiday will commence in one of the best and most respected hotels in the city, before escaping, heading off the grid to our coastal eco-lodge nestled up and around the hills and overlooking the ocean.   

Over the years, I have enjoyed bringing people together to share memorable experiences at cooking classes, immersive dining events and more. I have been blessed with the privilege to share African recipes and stories from my childhood and travels, far and wide, and especially through my award winning cookbook AFRICANA. Now, you too can enjoy these heartwarming experiences with me as we travel across Africa together, one destination at a time. We will visit incredible countries to celebrate their rich culture and food, while making new friends and memories. Join me for a holiday of a lifetime.   

Who are our holidays for?

Although I call these cooking holidays, our holidays are retreats for food lovers, that combine relaxation, culture, and an abundance of organic, fresh and seasonal food while learning to cook both traditional and modern recipes that you can apply to your own home cooking, all at a pace that feels comfortable for you. The very first person who booked our first retreat absolutely hates cooking but she loves food. So, if you love food, you will love joining me on these wonderful experience of a lifetime.

Looking after the people & the planet 

To give back to the people who have looked after us and inspired this journey, I will be supporting community projects and organisations that work to empower the locals of our host countries, especially organisations that protect women and children, those who provide opportunities for good jobs, adequate healthcare and education for families. And to look after our planet, I have also combined my love of food, travel and sumptuous comfort, with regeneration and sustability, by working with partners who are eco-conscious and active. I am working with those who create spaces like our solar powered lodges in Ghana & Morocco and all our future locations, including farms, community gardens and organisations who provide organic produce for our feasts and cookery classes. These are the values that I care about and support and by joining my holidays you are supporting them too.    


Ready for your adventure?

Now, all you have to do is book your place on our holiday, book your flights, prepare to travel and leave the rest to me and our amazing team to create a most memorable experience for you.
To join the waiting list, please send an email telling us what holiday you will like to join, tell us more about yourself, and how many people will be joining your party. We will send you the holiday brochure and get back to you as soon as possible with availability. 
*Prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Great for friends, family or couples. Just a few single occupancy opportunities available.*
*Flights, visas and insurance are not included.
Please see our travel terms & conditions for more*
To be the first on the list for our retreats or if you will like to organise a private trip, please click ok the link below or send enquiries to


See what’s included below
Lerato Africana Retreats


Your holiday includes these and more...

7 days / 6 nights of unique culinary adventures in enchanting West Africa 
Stay in a luxury hotel in the city of Accra with swimming pool & gym
Private ensuite room in our exclusive
hill-top luxury eco-lodge, with views across the ocean. 100% solar powered with constant electricity and air conditioning. 300m from the palm beach. 
25m long swimming pool at our eco-lodge and fully equipped gym on site
Immersive cookery classes with Lerato, using organic local produce, local chocolate & African superfoods 
Sumptuous feasts including a meal at one of the most celebrated local restaurants in Accra *
Day trips to breathtaking historical and cultural sites from the riveting Cape Coast Castle to the adventure filled Kakum National Park, a protected area with some of West Africa’s most flourishing flora and forna.
Visit Aburi Botanical Gardens & enjoy a birds eye view of Accra from the towering hills
Visit the oldest cocoa farms in Accra and more suprises 
Experience the thrill of visiting the largest market in Accra, a vibrant food market and the crafts market.
Private Group Transfers Throughout Stay
Down time to explore on your own
A signed and dedicated copy of Africana & a fabukous welcome basket
Upon reserving your place, you will have a one on one virtual chat with Lerato to begin planning our trip
*Prices are per person and based on double occupancy
*Flights, visas and insurance are not included.
Please see our travel terms & conditions for more*
To be the first on the list for our holidays please click ok the link below or send enquiries to You will be sent more information and notified of availability.



Lerato Cooking holidays
Your Host
Lerato is an award winning author, presenter and a leading voice in contemporary cuisine.
Her recipes and immersive feasts are an explosion of flavours from across the world, especially celebrating African flavours, and their importance in global cuisine. Her supperclubs and cookery classes are the go-to for heartwarming stories and feasts that transport food lovers on a delicious adventure. She works with some of the best in food and hospitality and a vast variety of organisations from universities to global and local charities. 

Author of AFRICANA cookbook  
The essential book on African Cookery 
"Leaf through Africana and you’ll be sticking Post-it notes everywhere … There isn’t a dish I don’t want to cook." 
Diana Henry, the Saturday Telegraph
Lerato has appeared on Channel 4 Sunday Brunch, BBC features and news television. She has amassed fans from the public to celebrity figures many more who have feasted on her vibrant recipes. Her debut cookbook, Africana hit the bestseller list and has been featured in Best Books of 2022 by Diana Henry in the Telegraph, Waitrose Book of the week, BBC Good Food, Red Magazine and more. Also named in the
 covetted ‘best of’ list in the Observer Food Monthly. Lerato teaches cookery and works with a wide range of organisations including social enterprises and even gardening charity, the RHS to promote vibrant cooking with fresh ingredients. She is a member of the panel of the acclaimed BBC Radio 4 show - The Kitchen Cabinet. Lerato’s writing and recipes have been featured in various publications such as National Geographic, Delicious Magazine, Guardian and she can be seen cooking her vibrant recipes on television.