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Diary of an African Christmas: Decking the Halls

December 25, 2012 - Events,Experience,Kruger National Park,Lodges and Camps,Singita Lebombo Lodge

Our very own Christmas elf, Ludwig van Tonder, has been carefully documenting the festive preparations and celebrations at Singita Lebombo Lodge in the Kruger National Park over the past few weeks. Today he shares some photos of the last few decorations going up at the lodge, as well as a wonderful afternoon of cupcake decorating for the whole family. We hope that you enjoy these and we wish you and yours the very best for the festive season.

Christmas wreath at Singita Lebombo Lodge

One of the Christmas trees at Singita Lebombo Lodge

Christmas tree with our gifts to the guests from the kitchen An afternoon of cupcake decorating for the children

Gingerbread cookies made by the kitchen staff

Ludwig will be back next week with some photos of the activities from Christmas Day.


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A Bush Experience for Children at Singita

February 04, 2011 - Experience

Written by Singita Guide, Alan Yeowart

When it comes to a child’s experience in the African Bush the playing field is literally and figuratively WIDE OPEN…

Children are born with a “loin-cloth” mentality, which is slowly eroded by adult sensitivity.  At Singita a child may exercise his or her inherent playful and inquisitive nature in an environment where the exploration of its details requires just that.

Splashing around in a muddy pan in search of frogs

Getting messy making plaster-of-Paris moulds of giant lion pug-marks

Throwing old elephant dung-balls in a dry river-bed

Making a personalized toothbrush from the branch of a bush

Searching for the perfect stick to roast marshmallows over an open fire

Collecting “treasures” in the form of naturally manufactured artifacts.  Seed-pods, glassy stones, wild flowers or gnarled wood fragments.

(Michael Hatch with Singita Guide, Shelley, and Singita Tracker, Emmanuel)

For slightly older children the scope broadens towards the honing of primal hunting skills such as making your own bow-and-arrow, archery, or shooting water-filled balloons with a pellet-gun.  Making their own special catapult and learning how to shoot it.  Fishing with rod and reel, or even wading around in ponds with a piece of shade-cloth and capturing a multitude of tiny fish and other organisms to keep temporarily in an aquarium.

Within reasonable driving access to some of the Singita lodges there are reptile parks where a child may learn about and handle certain snakes and other reptiles.  Also there are elephant sanctuaries and animal rehabilitation centers where many magnificent creatures may be viewed or handled in the context of education.

It is not just about patiently and quietly sitting with lions or watching 500 buffalo lazily trudging past the vehicle.

In a World where our natural wildlife areas are rapidly dwindling under the consumptive pressures that human development is placing on them, it is becoming not simply an option, but rather an obligation and responsibility that the curators of this heritage are exposed to it first-hand so as to engender a tangible association with what is truly wonderful about “the Great Outdoors” and its associated wildlife.

(The photo of the hyena cub was taken by our young guest, Michael Hatch – 11 years old, a photography enthusiast – and he takes grand photos.  Michael stayed at Singita Boulders Lodge with his family.)

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