Celebrating the holiday season in Africa means all kinds of exquisite and rustic innovations to create festive cheer. The Singita team gathers all of its creative resources to magically transform the Singita lodges into places of holiday celebration. From skillfully crafted ornaments, to Christmas trees in the most natural style, to table decorations inspiried by each unique, local setting – and the result is beauty not found in many places on earth. No snow to worry about or flight delays, December in our part of the world is serene, calmly lulled by the sounds of the African bush and plains.
We wish you a warm and wonderful holiday season.
Bjorn Annegarn – Singita Faru Faru Lodge Manager – talks about the experience of creating Christmas on the plains of the Serengeti.
As you can imagine sourcing all the traditional readymade decorations or even materials to make your own Christmas decorations out in the Serengeti can be a challenge. Singita believes in touching the earth lightly and holds this as a core value. We at Faru Faru wanted to remain true to this philosophy and create an environmentally friendly Christmas tree.
We tried to work with some readily available materials that we have within the camp and also use items that have been recycled. After much deliberation and some serious brainstorming sessions we decided on the best ideas and got to work in creating our 2010 recycled Christmas tree.
Beautifully recycled ornaments, created with care.
A Christmas cake snow man, a Christmas tree ginger biscuit, chocolate truffles and biscuit candy canes – our surprises this week for our guests… Father Christmas will just have to share.
Read more about our lodges at Singita Grumeti Reserves, Tanzania.
From Singita Guide, Marlon du Toit – Singita Kruger National Park
November has to be one of the most exciting months. The dry dusty landscape changes into a lush and green savannah. Within two weeks of the first rains it all transforms. The grasses are an intense green and all the trees spread their fresh young leaves. To add to this there are thousands of impala lambs. They are born towards the end of November and the population almost doubles. Seeing these little things on their tall, wobbly legs is a sight to behold. All of the beautiful and colourful migratory birds have arrived as well.
For more uniquely fascinating tales from the African bush, read our November Guides’ Diaries
A treatment at the Singita Bush Spa can be enjoyed in the spa itself, or better yet, in a guest suite. Whether out on the deck with a spectacular view and the sounds of nature all around, or inside the room, the massage is as tranquil as in the spa. After the treatment guests can relax on their bed or flop onto a deck chair without ever having to completely regain consciousness.
The Monkey Orange Massage adds a different dimension to Swedish massage. I wanted to create a treatment that not only was unique to Singita, but also captured the essence of the Kruger National Park – a true “Bush Spa” experience. Monkey oranges are part of the calabash family – a round fruit that hardens when dried. Inspired by the wild monkey oranges growing on the Singita concession, we designed a treatment using the fruit as “tools” to create pressure and pounding for easing tension and removing trigger points; as well as gliding over the body for relaxation and stress relief. The African Marula and Neroli oils that are used, complement the monkey oranges for a completely holistic African spa experience.
For more information about pampering treatments at our Singita spas, click here to read more.
Article Contribution by Kerryn Mudie – Singita Spa, Singita Sabi Sand
Whether sinking into a froth of bubbles surrounded by the elegance of a Sasakwa cottage or slipping into a sunken tub overlooking the riverine forest at Singita Sweni, all of the Singita lodges promise a bathtime ritual that induces one to unwind, enveloped by picture perfect panoramas.
The claw foot tub at Singita Sabora Tented Camp – Tanzania. There are so many layers to this 1920s-inspired explorers’ camp and the view from the tub is one of staggering beauty – savannah grasslands until the eye can see.
The bath tubs at the contemporary Singita Faru Faru Lodge in Tanzania, are positioned to maximize the opportunity to view the game that comes down to the Grumeti River to drink.
A bath soak at Singita Sasakwa Lodge – Tanzania – is an infinitely luxurious affair. At the end of an exciting day of game viewing there is nothing better than to settle into a candle-lit oasis with a breathtaking view of the plains.
Embracing and intimate, Singita Sweni Lodge – South Africa – is truly cosy. Imagine taking time to lie back in an enourmous bath of bubbles or salt crystals, watching the hippos wallowing around in the river beneath the open window.
As you may know Martha Stewart recently spent some time in South Africa. She was here to attend the 2010 Design Indaba but she managed to find some time to stay, as our guest, at Singita.
In true Martha Stewart style she discussed her South African stay, in depth, on one of her recent shows.
This show has been uploaded and, if you’re interested in what she has to say about Singita (and the rest of South Africa), you can watch it on the Martha Stewart website.
At Singita great emphasis is placed on developing and maintaining environmentally sustainable luxury tourism. We believe that by effectively balancing an exceptional level of hospitality with conservation and community-focused efforts we create an experience that can stand the test of time.
Our nine lodges and camps are created and managed in such a way that both our guests and employees coexist with the surrounding wilderness.
This unique approach ensures the longevity of the Singita experience, making it possible for our guests to enjoy the untouched and unscarred Africa wilderness.