The Singita Blog

Fascinating Flora: The Leadwood Tree

February 25, 2015 - Did You Know?, Environment, Kruger National Park, Singita Lebombo Lodge, Singita Sweni Lodge

There is a classic, if slightly ominous, African image with which you’re probably familiar; it’s the scene of a colony of vultures huddled on the branches of a leafless leadwood tree, black rain clouds looming overhead. It is, in fact, a fairly common sight at Singita’s South African properties (albeit with more blue sky!), where the bush is studded with tall leadwoods that live up to their scientific name; combretum imberbe, meaning “hairless climber”.

Leaded trees at Singita Kruger National Park

The leadwood is one of the largest trees in Africa, and is so called because of the wood which is extremely dense and heavy. As such, it is impermeable to termites and is one of the only wood species that sinks when thrown into water. It’s hardiness also explains why, up to 80 years after a leadwood tree has died, its imposing skeleton will remain intact, and why it used to be the material of choice for railway sleepers. The species is protected in South Africa, although fallen branches and those left behind by marauding elephants are allowed to be used for furniture or ornamental work.

Leaded trees at Singita Kruger National Park

Although slow-growing, they can live to be thousands of years old and flourish in alluvial soil along river beds, like the Sweni and N’wanetsi Rivers that run through Singita Kruger National Park. The leaves are popular with herbivores and you will regularly see elephant, giraffe, kudu and impala munching on them during a game drive.

Leopard in a leadwood tree | All Dolled Up

Singita’s 33,000-acre private concession in the Kruger National Park is home to two of our lodges; Singita Lebombo Lodge and Singita Sweni Lodge. This area is especially well-known for the remarkable concentration of the ‘Big 5’ and four particularly formidable prides of lions. Discover more on our website.

Read More


Experience the Serengeti: Setting up Singita Explore

February 19, 2015 - Did You Know?, Experience, Lodges and Camps, Safari, Singita Explore, Singita Grumeti

“Endless” is a word that is often used to describe the Serengeti. The apparent infinity of its grassy plains, acacia woodlands and riverine forests is a stunning sight, the memory of which never leaves those who have seen it in person. These boundless landscapes are the first thing to greet guests every morning at Singita Explore, as the rising sun casts light on 350,000 acres of untouched wilderness.

Singita Explore, Serengeti, Tanzania

Each camp is strategically located and moved throughout the year in order to give guests the best opportunity of experiencing this vast and unique ecosystem. Visitors to the region are treated to unrivalled sightings of high concentrations of game at any time of year, including the renowned annual wildebeest migration which passes right through the concession.

Singita Explore, Serengeti, Tanzania

This delightful video gives the viewer an authentic sense of the experience, and takes you behind the scenes to see how the camp at Singita Explore comes to life, narrated by some of the special people who make it all happen:

Singita Explore is a private use camp in northern Tanzania. It is particularly appealing to those in search of an opportunity to connect up-close with the earth and wildlife in a way they have never done before. With a private guide, chef, camp host and camp staff, activities can be arranged on a whim, game drives may be as long or as short as you choose and intimate experiences await. Please explore our website or contact our Reservations team to find out more.

Read More


2015 – A Great Year for Family Travel

February 14, 2015 - Accommodation, Experience, Lodges and Camps

Singita Castleton Family Safari

Singita is the ultimate destination for a family vacation, with 12 diverse lodges and camps scattered across South Africa, Zimbabwe and Tanzania. It is an experience for young and old, who will enjoy interacting with the local flora and fauna, and connecting with local communities.

Singita Castelton (game drive)-1-41

Family safari at Singita

Trend No. 1: Multi-Generational Family Travel
The market for “baby boomers” traveling with their families (grandparents with their children and grandchildren) grew 30% in the past year. Singita’s lodges and camps offer various accommodation solutions for such groups, including a number of private villas, family suites, and exclusive use options.

family_11

Giraffes on the Serengeti | Singita Grumeti

Trend No. 2: Active Eco-Tourism
There has been a substantial shift for eco-conscious guests, who are now looking to participate more actively in the preservation of our planet. A visit to Singita allows visiting families to get an intimate look at meaningful projects that are directly impacting the preservation of pristine African wilderness. They are also able to learn about the importance of sustainable practices and see how our dedicated teams protect, maintain and enhance the land and its environment.

Family travel trends 2015

Family safari at Singita

Trend No. 3: Total Immersion
Intrepid travellers are looking for a complete experience; to live the adventure on every level. Visitors to Singita Mara River Tented Camp, which operates “off the grid”, are able to embrace the outdoors and connect directly with nature. Families can visit local community programs or take a class alongside students at the Singita School of Cooking, while the very popular Singita Mini Rangers Course opens up a whole new world to young explorers.

Family safari at Singita

Trend No. 4: Private Villas
The popularity of traditional rooms for families and groups is being eclipsed by the convenience and luxury of private villas. Singita offers just such an experience at multiple locations, including Singita Castleton, a converted farmhouse in South Africa, the tranquil Singita Serengeti House in Tanzania, and Singita Explore, an entire private-use camp set up on the plains of the Serengeti.

family_13

The untamed wilderness and magnificent wildlife of Africa is a truly life changing experience no matter one’s age. A safari makes for an unforgettable family holiday, with exhilarating activities for the entire family to enjoy, memories made together that will last a lifetime, and opportunities to learn and grow together. You can check availability at all of our lodges and camps online or contact our Reservations team to find out more.

Read More


Daily Diary: Singita Grumeti Horseback Safari

February 09, 2015 - Experience, Safari, Singita Explore, Singita Faru Faru Lodge, Singita Grumeti, Singita Sasakwa Lodge

Horsback Safari at Singita Grumeti

The rumble of hooves across the Serengeti isn’t always the result of millions of animals moving across the plains during the annual migration; often it is our guests enjoying an outride from the stables at The Singita Equestrian Centre. The horseback safari at Singita Grumeti is an unrivalled adventure that combines long rides exploring remote areas of more than 350,000 acres of exclusive use concession with wonderfully relaxing afternoons. In this series of diary entries, Equestrian Manager Alison Mundy documents a few days taking guests on a journey of exploration to some of the Reserve’s most remote and romantic sites.

Horsback Safari at Singita Grumeti

DAY ONE
We headed out from Singita Sasakwa Lodge across the wide open plains that were teeming with wildlife after the early rains. Cantering with thousand of wildebeest and zebra was one of the highlights of today’s ride; the thrill of being at one with the herds is almost indescribable. Animals racing all around you, the thundering of thousands of hooves, the barking of the zebras and the “gnuuing” of the wildebeest rang in our ears.

Horsback Safari at Singita Grumeti

Twenty minutes from camp we heard the ominous growl of an approaching thunder storm as the big, black clouds rolled in over the Serengeti. The clouds burst a short time later and the brief but torrential downpour left us all drenched but thankfully much cooler. A light rain continued though the afternoon and pre-dinner drinks were much enjoyed sitting around the camp fire under umbrellas while retelling the day’s adventures.

Singita Grumeti, Tanzania

DAY TWO
What a start to the day! The morning was heralded with a spectacular sunrise behind Bangwezi Hill while we had our breakfast, but it was soon interrupted by the spotting of what appeared to be some cheetah playing on the edge of the camp. Upon closer inspection we saw that it was a mother with her three cubs in the process of stalking a male reedbuck. After that bit of excitement we headed off on the horses to see what other adventures we could find.

Singita Grumeti, Tanzania

Not long after leaving camp we came across a journey of approximately 20 giraffes, some eland and a small herd of zebra. With the wide open plains stretching out all around us we started to canter alongside the giraffe. They were very obliging and started to run alongside the horses for about 500m – what a magical memory to take away of these gentle giants running in slow motion meters away from your horse! Other game spotting throughout the day included a close encounter with a hyena and a herd of over a hundred elephants.

Horsback Safari at Singita Grumeti

DAY THREE
After exploring the Lion Rocks yesterday, we headed off towards Monchuli Hill this morning, mingling with more herds of zebra and giraffe along the way. The terrain today was more varied with open plains leading into areas that looked like large manicured parks dotted with with marula and apple leaf trees, following into acacia woodland and then onto more open plains.

Horsback Safari at Singita Grumeti

Some mountaineering was required to cross a saddle between two hills while being watched by a troop of baboons. Manyara and Koroya had a couple of races on the open plains to see who was the fastest with Manyara surprising us all with a real burst of speed to beat Koroya by a length! Returning to camp we came across a large herd of curious buffalo who entertained us for some time, coming closer to the horses and then running away. Another delicious lunch accompanied by some hilarious stories and much laughter took up a couple of hours, followed by an afternoon wildlife walk.

Horsback Safari at Singita Grumeti

Combine Singita Explore for a truly immersive bush adventure with a stay at Singita Sasakwa Lodge or Singita Faru Faru Lodge for the ultimate Serengeti horseback experience. Non-riders in a party are welcome and will be offered game drives plus all the facilities of the lodges. Equestrian safaris are available from 01 June – 31 October. Get in touch with our Reservations team to find out more.

Read More


Top 10 Most Liked Photos on Instagram

February 02, 2015 - Experience, Wildlife

Top 10 most liked photos on Instagram

1. He’s done it again… The amazing field guide and wildlife photographer that is Ross Couper captures the most wonderful leopard mother/cub image at Singita – quite brilliant (Jan 2015)

This leopard mother and cub photo by field guide and photographer Ross Couper, posted on Friday afternoon, quickly became the most ‘liked’ image on Singita’s Instagram page. Ross is also responsible for the second most popular image from @Singita_; the equally remarkable lion pride parade pictured below.

Top 10 most liked photos on Instagram

2. Beat that for a group photo! Field guide Ross Couper at Singita Sabi Sand says: “As the honey coloured morning light filtered through the mist on the horizon, we knew we were in for a very good morning…” (May 2014)

The photograph was so popular that we thought you might like to see the rest of the Top 10 most ‘liked’ images from the past 18 months. Leopards are the subject of three of the photographs but are outweighed, so to speak, by shots of elephants; they feature four times. The early morning lion patrol, an affectionate baby rhino and some very fluffy cheetahs also make it onto the list. We hope that you enjoy these wonderful images from our very special corner of the world:

Top 10 most liked photos on Instagram

3. Rather superb photo via @margauxknuppe of three elephants lining up for a group shot at the hide in Singita Pamushana Lodge (Oct 2014)

Top 10 most liked photos on Instagram

4. Heartwarming shot of a cheetah and cub captured by guide Alfred Ngwarai at Singita Grumeti. (Sept 2014)

Top 10 most liked photos on Instagram

5. Magnificent shot of the Ravenscourt female leopard and youngster by @jonobuffey, who captured ‘The Look’ at Singita Sabi Sand (Oct 2014)

Top 10 most liked photos on Instagram

6. This is an extraordinarily powerful photo, taken by Hilary O’Leary. She works for the equestrian program at Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve – 130,000 acres of wilderness in Zimbabwe, in which Singita Pamushana is located. Her photo is of a baby black rhino nudging a scout with his rifle. The image is made even more pertinent by the fact that only 750 rhinos still survive in the country, according to the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authority. (Feb 2014)

Top 10 most liked photos on Instagram

7. Two of our most valued guests at Singita Pamushana Lodge. (Sept 2014)

Top 10 most liked photos on Instagram

8. So you just settle down post-lunch and think about a dip when along comes a herd of 30 elephants for a drink at the bar. Or, in this case, the pool. Nothing for it but to grab a camera, as Singita Serengeti House guest, Evan Visconti, did. (Aug 2014)

Top 10 most liked photos on Instagram

9. View from the comfy seats, as seen by @fatmalfalasi at Singita Boulders Lodge. Put yourself in her seat… (Jul 2014)

Top 10 most liked photos on Instagram

10. Powerful leopard kill image from field guide Barry Peiser at Singita Kruger National Park (Oct 2014)

For more spectacular photographs from Singita’s lodges and camps, join the roughly 5,300 other Instagram followers on our account. Our guests can also tag their own photos with #OurSingita, so that they may appear on our digital scrapbook – visit the page to share in their Singita experiences.

Read More


Highlights from our Wildlife Reports 2014: Part Two

January 30, 2015 - Experience, Safari, Wildlife

Hippo by Ross Couper | Singita Kruger National Park

In yesterday’s post we shared the highlights from our monthly Wildlife Journals from the first half of 2014. These diary entries, penned by our field guides in the bush, document the fascinating flora and fauna found across Singita’s concessions in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Tanzania. They are filled with interesting sightings, unusual animals and amusing anecdotes (just look at these bounding baboons!), and illustrated with their own stunning photographs. Here are some of the most memorable stories from July to December:

JULY – SINGITA KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (SOUTH AFRICA)

Highlights from our Wildlife Reports 2014 - Singita

Highlights from our Wildlife Reports 2014 - Singita

On the 11th of July we had a sighting that was so unusual that we could hardly believe our ears when it came over the radio. Clement had found and called in members of the Shishangaan pride with cubs, but one of the cubs was just a little different. He is snow white!

Read the full Wildlife Report here: Singita Kruger National Park Wildlife Report – July 2014
Read all Wildlife Reports from the region here: Singita Kruger National Park

AUGUST – SINGITA SABI SAND (SOUTH AFRICA)

Highlights from our Wildlife Reports 2014 - Singita

Highlights from our Wildlife Reports 2014 - Singita

The Sabi Sand has always been famous for its excellent leopard viewing, with a good number of relaxed or habituated leopards existing in this area. These wonderfully adaptable carnivores can, of course, exist in just about any habitat where there is food and cover. Having claimed that the Sabi Sand boasts excellent leopard viewing, I would not for a moment suggest that finding leopards here is easy, and nor would I ever take a leopard sighting for granted. Indeed, one can sometimes spend days searching for a leopard without success, and with guest expectations high, the pressure on guides and trackers can really mount!

Read the full Wildlife Report here: Singita Sabi Sand Wildlife Report – August 2014
Read all Wildlife Reports from the region here: Singita Sabi Sand

SEPTEMBER – SINGITA PAMUSHANA (ZIMBABWE)

Highlights from our Wildlife Reports 2014 - Singita

Highlights from our Wildlife Reports 2014 - Singita

As the first rays of light lit the landscape on World Rhino Day (22 September) we chose to explore an area that our well-protected rhinos seem to prefer. We were hugely rewarded with the very first sighting of the drive being a family of six white rhinos that were just waking up from their night’s rest in an open grassy area.

Read the full Wildlife Report here: Singita Pamushana Wildlife Report – September 2014
Read all Wildlife Reports from the region here: Singita Pamushana

OCTOBER – SINGITA GRUMETI (TANZANIA)

Highlights from our Wildlife Reports 2014 - Singita

Highlights from our Wildlife Reports 2014 - Singita

Just like the three previous months, the first half of October was characterised by lots of game all over the concession. Large herds of migratory zebra continued to slowly move through the area, as well as pockets of a few thousand wildebeest. The migratory animals joined hundreds of topi on the Sabora Plains. The topi calving season that began in late September continued into October, and multitudes of tiny calves dotted the herds throughout the plains.

Read the full Wildlife Report here: Singita Grumeti Wildlife Report – October 2014
Read all Wildlife Reports from the region here: Singita Grumeti

NOVEMBER – SINGITA SABI SAND (SOUTH AFRICA)

Highlights from our Wildlife Reports 2014 - Singita

Highlights from our Wildlife Reports 2014 - Singita

With our ever-growing elephant population in the Sabi Sands that forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park, there is always the question of how their numbers are being controlled in a confined area, even with the conserved area as large as it is. I have included a few quotes from Dr Sam Ferreira, SANParks’ large mammal ecologist, in this article. This is the most recent information available on the population control within the area of Kruger National Park and Sabi Sand.

Read the full Wildlife Report here: Singita Sabi Sand Wildlife Report – November 2014
Read all Wildlife Reports from the region here: Singita Sabi Sand

DECEMBER – SINGITA PAMUSHANA (ZIMBABWE)

Highlights from our Wildlife Reports 2014 - Singita

Highlights from our Wildlife Reports 2014 - Singita

The most astonishing, frightening and incredible sighting of my career… My hands trembled as I grabbed my 400 mm lens and my 1.4 convertor and fitted them to the camera body. While doing this and trying to stay calm I could tell from the sounds that these two highly endangered, rarely observed and very aggressive animals were not having a swim – they were having the battle to end all battles. Both were bulls – the one much bigger than the other. They fought in the water and on the bank. Their thundering feet shook the earth and their bellowing cries echoed off the sandstone walls and amplified over the water.

Read the full Wildlife Report here: Singita Pamushana Wildlife Report – December 2014
Read all Wildlife Reports from the region here: Singita Pamushana

Don’t forget to read yesterday’s post for great stories and photos from the first half of last year, or visit our website to see all the Wildlife Reports from 2014.

Read More


Highlights from our Wildlife Reports 2014: Part One

January 29, 2015 - Experience, Kruger National Park, Lamai, Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, Sabi Sand, Singita Grumeti, Wildlife

Highlights from our Wildlife Reports 2014 - Singita

A boulder-hopping leopard. A snow-white lion cub. Two black rhinos battling it out in a dam. A lion feasting on a crocodile. These are just some of the animal antics and incredible sightings that were caught on camera and reported by our intrepid field guides in the their Wildlife Reports during 2014. These monthly bush journals document the fascinating game and shifting landscapes observed in the five diverse ecosystems across hundreds of thousands of acres of wilderness that Singita conserves. Immerse yourself in this untamed paradise with a look back at some of the highlights from the first half of last year:

JANUARY – SINGITA SABI SAND (SOUTH AFRICA)

Highlights from our Wildlife Reports 2014 - Singita

Highlights from our Wildlife Reports 2014 - Singita

The monkeys were alarm calling during high tea at Singita Boulders Lodge. After closer inspection Leon, the assistant head ranger, saw a glimpse of a leopard walking on the northern bank of the Sand River, which runs in front of the lodge. It was the Nyaleti male – a leopard in his prime who is often seen on the Singita reserve and is in the process of staking his territory.

Read the full Wildlife Report here: Singita Sabi Sand Wildlife Report – January 2014
Read all Wildlife Reports from the region here: Singita Sabi Sand

FEBRUARY – SINGITA LAMAI (TANZANIA)

Highlights from our Wildlife Reports 2014 - Singita

Highlights from our Wildlife Reports 2014 - Singita

Two cheetahs set against a backdrop of seemingly never-ending plains, dotted with a few squiggly balanites trees: one of the many things about Singita Lamai that is so quintessentially African. Plains are the perfect habitat for cheetahs, who need large expanses of flat ground to build up their speed. The difficulty with flat plains is that it is hard for the cats to gain the height they need to survey the land for prey, so cheetahs are often seen on top of termite mounds or fallen trees, getting a better look at things.

Read the full Wildlife Report here: Singita Lamai Wildlife Report – February 2014
Read all Wildlife Reports from the region here: Singita Lamai

MARCH – SINGITA PAMUSHANA (ZIMBABWE)

Highlights from our Wildlife Reports 2014 - Singita

Highlights from our Wildlife Reports 2014 - Singita

Both these sets of scamps looked like twins at first glance, but I’m sure they aren’t. It is quite common for elephants, giraffes, impalas and many other herd animals to group their youngsters together and take turns to babysit them. They’re kept out of harm’s way and are allowed to learn the ways of the wild under the watchful eye of their guardian. Of course, there is nothing better than to play and explore with a best friend who is your same age and size… Long may these friendships last!

Read the full Wildlife Report here: Singita Pamushana Wildlife Report – March 2014
Read all Wildlife Reports from the region here: Singita Pamushana

APRIL – SINGITA KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (SOUTH AFRICA)

Highlights from our Wildlife Reports 2014 - Singita

Highlights from our Wildlife Reports 2014 - Singita

The time of autumn and approaching winter is most probably one the most vocal times of the year for lions, due to the cool dense air being able to transport the sound of a roar a lot further (up to 7 km away), but this is not the only reason why the rulers are belting out their assuring dominant presence. The five Shishangaan males have recently fought their way in and have taken over the territory from the two previous males. This has led to copious mating activity and will result in an exciting new bloodline in our N’wanetsi section of Kruger.

Read the full Wildlife Report here: Singita Kruger National Park Wildlife Report – April 2014
Read all Wildlife Reports from the region here: Singita Kruger National Park

MAY – SINGITA GRUMETI (TANZANIA)

Highlights from our Wildlife Reports 2014 - Singita

Highlights from our Wildlife Reports 2014 - Singita

The newest cubs in the Butamtam Pride that we reported first seeing in the March journal are continuing to thrive. They have grown a lot but are still small bundles of fur and fun! Their confidence has grown as well. In April we spotted them with their moms, in what was clearly the first time they were introduced to the rest of their pride. The lionesses and eight one-year-old juveniles were busy eating a recent eland kill, and resting in the heat of the day. The little cubs weren’t happy about their extended family at first, clearly frightened by the new environment and the new creatures in it. They meowed and yipped at their mom, running away from the rest of the pride into the long grass.

Read the full Wildlife Report here: Singita Grumeti Wildlife Report – May 2014
Read all Wildlife Reports from the region here: Singita Grumeti

JUNE – SINGITA LAMAI (TANZANIA)

Highlights from our Wildlife Reports 2014 - Singita

Highlights from our Wildlife Reports 2014 - Singita

It’s no surprise that the Lamai and Kogatende areas of the Serengeti around Singita Mara River Tented Camp are home to many elephants. The mighty Mara River itself provides a seemingly endless supply of fresh water, flowing year-round. In addition, countless smaller rivers and estuaries stem off from the river at a rate of about one every 500 metres. The result is not only the large volume of water available, but also its accessibility – the animals don’t have to travel far for a drink or a bath.

Read the full Wildlife Report here: Singita Lamai Wildlife Report – June 2014
Read all Wildlife Reports from the region here: Singita Lamai

Check back tomorrow for the highlights from July to December. You can see all the Wildlife Reports on our website, as well as other “Highlights” posts from the past year or so on the blog.

Read More


Singita’s Wine Offering

January 26, 2015 - General

Singita Boulders Lodge ready to host you for dinner

Interest in South African wine continues to grow apace at Singita’s lodges. Head of Singita Premier Wine since 2000, François Rautenbach not only manages the selection, acquisition, maturation and distribution of the wines for each lodge, but developed and now oversees the service-driven, guest-focused wine culture that differentiates Singita from its competitors at the top end of the safari market.

Guests often marvel at the attention to detail and effort that is evident in the choice and quality of wines on offer at the different lodges. Many of the wines are not available anywhere else, and older vintages of wines are the norm rather than the exception. François’s close working relationships with specific winemakers, developed over the years, ensures that Singita is offered sought-after allocations not available to any other buyers. Singita also has a reputation for being one of the biggest buyers at South Africa’s most prestigious wine auctions, including the Nederburg Auction and Cape Winemaker’s Guild Auction.

Gregory pouring wine

Ultimately what matters is the preference of the guests, so it’s interesting to discover that the majority of guests favour barrel-fermented whites and Cabernet Sauvignon-led blends or straight Cabernet Sauvignon for their red wines. The biggest challenge right now is keeping up with demand, especially for vintage red wines. ‘Wine consumption across our 12 lodges has doubled in the past two years, largely as a result of average occupancies doubling.’On average, an astounding 50 000 bottles of wine are consumed each year, of which at least 50 percent are red wines – this percentage increases to 55 percent in winter. Wines are matured under carefully managed conditions, which is why the lodges are able to offer the majority of their red wines at five years or older. It’s also not unusual to have multiple vintages of a particular wine on offer, adding to the complexity of the task at hand.

François compiles Singita’s wine collection with the same measured, long-term approach that is taken to conservation and sustainability, investing carefully for the future and encouraging new wine developments rather than reacting to current fashion trends or local market demands.

Singita Lebombo Lodge wine cellar

Sums up François: ‘Ultimately, acquainting guests with the scope and depth of Singita’s wine offering and staying in tune with what they want to drink, is what inspires me to continue to aim for excellence in this position. The fact that we are becoming adept at turning guests from all corners of the globe into ambassadors for South African wine is a bonus!’

If you would like to know more about our Singita wine stories and connect with our previous blogs posts, read some interesting insights about Stocking The Singita Wine Cellars and some more information on Singita Premier Wine here.  

 

 

 

 

 

Read More


Summer Salads: Poached Nectarine and Rocket

January 20, 2015 - Cuisine, Singita Castleton

Singita Castelton (picnic)-1-10

Few things epitomise summer more than long, hot afternoons spent around a generously-laden table in the company of friends and family. Such appetizing scenes are a regular occurrence at Singita Castleton where the dedicated kitchen team, at this incredible private-use lodge, serve light but hearty fare to groups of up to twelve guests. One such dish, shared by Head Chef Calum Anderson, is this delicious salad packed with fresh, bold flavours and would make the ideal side for a summer barbecue:

Summer Salads at Singita

POACHED NECTARINE AND ROCKET SALAD WITH PARMA HAM,
GRILLED HALLOUMI AND PISTACHIO

Ingredients – what you’ll need:

For the nectarines:
- 3 firm but ripe nectarines
- 150g sugar
- 300ml water
- ½ vanilla pod
- Small pinch saffron (optional)

For the dressing:
- 1 lemon juiced
- 150ml extra virgin olive oil
- ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon honey
- Salt and pepper

For the salad:
- 200g washed rocket leaves
- 80g thinly sliced Parma ham
- 200g halloumi cheese
- 8 mint leaves
- 60g toasted pistachios, chopped finely

Summer Salads at Singita

Method – what to do:

For the poached nectarines:
Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan.
Split vanilla bean in half and scrape the seeds into the saucepan along with the saffron.
Bring the syrup up to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for a few minutes before removing from the heat and allowing to cool slightly.
Cut nectarines into wedges (about 12 slices per fruit) and place them into the sugar syrup and allow to infuse for a few hours.

For the dressing:
Combine all ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk until emulsified. Set aside.

For the salad:
Strain syrup off of the nectarines and prepare to use for the salad.
Heat up a griddle pan on the stove until smoking hot, then quickly grill the halloumi cheese, looking for clear grill marks when it’s done.
In a salad bowl arrange the rocket, Parma ham, halloumi, mint and nectarines neatly and finally sprinkle with the chopped pistachios.
Serve the simple lemon dressing on the side.

Serves 6

Calum’s other heavenly creation in the Summer Salads series includes a bright and healthy Yellow Salad. Be sure to keep following for more of Calum’s fresh and healthy recipes. You can also explore the Cuisine category on our blog for more delectable recipes from all of our chefs at Singita.

Read More


Merry Christmas

December 24, 2014 - General

One of the themes on our blog and for Singita as a company over the past year has been celebrating the people that help to make a visit to our lodges so unique and unforgettable for our guests. These #singitastories profiled some of our team members and their journey to Singita, often in remarkably challenging circumstances.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Singita

Saitoti Ole Kuwai (a field guide at Singita Grumeti) was inspired to follow a career in conservation after seeing the tragic effects of poaching first hand in his community. Peter Andrew (pastry chef at Singita Faru Faru Lodge) was a formidable poacher before being given the opportunity to turn his life around in the kitchens at Singita Grumeti. A group of spirited and dedicated people make up the Super Sweni Team who ensure that every visit to Singita Sweni Lodge feels like coming home. Michael Matera (chef at Singita Sabora Tented Camp) worked his way up from grounds attendant to highly capable right-hand to Executive Chef, Frank Louw, learning English and winning awards along the way. There is certainly no shortage of inspiration at Singita, for staff members and guests alike.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Singita

These stories only scratch the surface of the incredible talent and character evident in all of our staff and we are so proud of each and every member of our Singita family. CEO Luke Bailes acknowledged all of their achievements during the past year in a recent internal newsletter: “Thank you for your contribution to making Singita what it is today. I am deeply grateful to all of you. We receive emails every week from highly satisfied guests – testimony to the tremendous effort everyone goes to, in order to delight your guests.”

Merry Christmas from all of us at Singita

From all of us at head office, the staff at each lodge, our field guides and trackers, the chefs and cooks in the kitchens, and our conservation and community development teams, may we take this opportunity to wish you a blessed Christmas and an outstanding 2015.

You can read all of the #singitastories here and don’t forget to watch the accompanying videos on our Vimeo channel.

Read More


Sign up to receive the Singita newsletter

×