The pastry section at Singita Sasakwa Lodge has developed a revered status in the Grumeti kitchen hierarchy.
When a day doesn’t go according to plan and you’re left feeling a little flat it’s always a good idea to wander aimlessly into the Sasakwa pastry kitchen. Armed with a suitably forlorn expression you’ll inevitably find yourself rewarded with a feel-better wedge of chocolate tart, a warm-the-soul butter biscuit or a heat-the-heart slice of freshly baked foccacia; and rather miraculously things immediately start to look up.
This Cream Cheese and Lemon Sponge recipe is enough to lift even the Monday blues.
15ml Baking Powder
250g Cream Cheese
5ml Lemon Zest
5ml Vanilla Essence
Pre-heat your oven to 180˚C. Line a 24cm baking tin with baking paper. Cream the butter and sugar until it is pale and fluffy. Add the cream cheese and zest and mix well. Add the eggs one by one and stir continuously while doing so gently fold in the flour. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking tin and bake for 40 minutes or until the test stick comes out clean. Cool on a cooling rack.
The cream cheese and lemon sponge is best served when fresh and still warm. To make it extra delicious add some vanilla ice cream and, for the garnish, add some fruit coulis and caramelized popcorn.
Looking for a different safari experience? If the idea of cantering across the plains of the Serengeti alongside herds of game, appeals to you then a Singita Grumeti Reserves riding safari is definitely just right for you. Enjoy the thrill and adventure of a three day riding safari, led by experienced guides, operating between the grand Singita Sasakwa Lodge and breathtaking Singita Faru Faru Lodge.
Choose from an exceptional herd of 18 well-schooled horses – consisting of South African Boerperds, Thoroughbreds and a variety of cross- breeds – ranging from 15hh to 17hh.
Tack made from top quality leather is included and English, Western or South African trail saddles are available. Riding equipment including breeches, Jodhpur boots, gloves, full and half-length chaps, riding hats and back supports are available for use.
The Singita Equestrian Centre offers a bush adventure with a difference and we’ve even designed this experience to ensure that non-riding partners can join in the adventure. Your partner may not ride but they can still experience the magic of the Serengeti through game drives and exceptional lodge facilities while you’re out on horseback.
Singita Sasakwa Lodge is built on a hilltop and is named after the village chief, Sasakwa, who used to call the hill home. The lodge overlooks the Serengeti plains and the expansive view is the focal point of the main lodge and all the private cottages.
As you pull up to the Singita Sasakwa Lodge entrance, the best view in Africa acts as a backdrop to the foyer. It really is the most unbelievable, awe-inspiring setting and Singita Sasakwa Lodge successfully manages this grandeur, without ever being ostentatious.
At Singita Sasakwa everything – from the individual artworks, exceptional lodge specific décor, the people, the cuisine and the remarkable setting – combines to create an experience that touches your soul.
When you visit Singita Sasakwa Lodge – and you see the Serengeti plains lying below you like a wilderness tapestry – something changes, something shifts.
Sasakwa has an uncanny ability to put everything in perspective. Stress evaporates, smiles flow freely and you once again feel alive. There is a magic present, magic that acts as a reinvigorating energy that flows through every aspect of the experience.
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Just under 10 years ago Singita Grumeti Reserves was a gorgeous landscape but it was completely devoid of game. Illegal poaching and uncontrolled legal hunting had resulted in the collapse of the wildlife population.
The goal with establishing the Singita Grumeti Fund was to generate profit for use in two areas: wildlife conservation and community development.
From the onset of this initiative everyone involved understood that any wildlife conversation efforts would not succeed without the support of the surrounding communities. To be in a position to be able to provide this support the community required education and development; in other words Singita Grumeti Reserves needed to give the community an understanding of conservation and help the community to create a sustainable alternative to the hunting/poaching of game.
From the day the Singita Grumeti Fund was established and into the foreseeable future all profits, including profit generated through tourism, have been and will be used solely to support the Fund. This means that every guest who stays at Singita Sasakwa Lodge, Singita Faru Faru Lodge or Singita Sabora Tented Camp supports the Fund initiatives.
In just under a decade the Fund team, Singita Grumeti Reserve guests and others have – through their hard work, dedication and donations – helped restore the vast majority of Singita Grumeti Reserves resident wildlife population. Through additional and extensive education efforts and the creation of alternative employment opportunities – for those residing around the Serengeti ecosystem – the groundwork for sustainable conservation, in Singita Grumeti Reserves (and beyond), has been laid.
If you’ve stayed as a guest at Singita Grumeti Reserves, you can be proud of what your stay has helped us achieve.
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Singita Grumeti Reserves consists of two exceptional lodges and one unforgettable camp all situated on a 350 000 acre concession. The area covered by Singita Grumeti Reserves is as large as the Masai Mara but, even so, the number of beds has been limited to 76.
The focus here, as with all Singita properties, is to create the best private bush experience for guests. One way that this is achieved is through the coupling of low-density tourism with high-density game.
The two Grumeti Reserves Singita lodges and Singita camp are located along the famous Serengeti and Masai Mara annual migratory passage. To ensure a unique experience each lodge and camp has been thoughtfully positioned in completely different (and therefore unique) terrain.
Singita Sasakwa Lodge is elevated above the plains, Singita Sabora Tented Camp is located on the plains – in the heart of the Singita Grumeti Reserves – and Singita Faru Faru Lodge snakes unobtrusively along the Grumeti River.