Late afternoon at Singita’s lodges and camps is such a special time of day, especially at this time of year. In the Serengeti, where we are currently enjoying the lush grasses of the summer Green Season, thunder rumbles in the distance as the clouds gather for one of the brief rain showers that sustain the verdant plains. Guests rise from a well-earned nap or a few quiet moments with a good book to make their way to the main lodge, where they will enjoy high tea or a well-earned cocktail before the evening game drive. In the run-up to Christmas at Singita Sabora Tented Camp, the menu includes a refreshing cider-based cocktail and some moreish spiced nuts.

Cocktail Hour at Singita Sabora Tented Camp

The classic festive flavours of citrus and cinnamon were the inspiration for the chef’s Christmas bar snacks, which combine roasted pecans, almonds and dried cranberries with orange zest and fragrant spices. This addictive mix is the ideal complement to an apple and cinnamon spritzer made with ice cold cider and sprigs of fresh thyme.

Here’s to us that are here, to you that are there, and the rest of us everywhere.
― Rudyard Kipling

Cocktail Hour at Singita Sabora Tented Camp

Sabora Cider Spritzer


4 bottles of cold, dry apple cider
8 sprigs of thyme
1 thumb of fresh ginger
4 cinnamon sticks
1 apple, sliced


1. Place the ginger and thyme in a pestle and mortar and crush the ingredients
2. Cut the apple into quarters and then thin slices
3. Divide the ingredients into four tall glasses
4. Add three blocks of ice to each glass and then your ice cold cider
5. Add your cinnamon stick and stir once or twice

Sip slowly as you watch the beautiful sunset!

Cocktail Hour at Singita Sabora Tented Camp

We hope you have enjoyed these recipe ideas inspired by our African Christmas, and please let us know if you use any of them by tagging #ourSingita on social media so that we can see and share them with our followers on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. And when you raise a glass to your family and friends this festive season, wish them “ishi vizuri”; “live well” in East Africa’s native Swahili.

November through to March is a particularly lovely time of year in the Serengeti. The so-called “green season” is characterised by balmy temperatures, lush vegetation, and abundant game. Predators are spoiled for choice and sightings of successful kills are common, making it an action-packed adventure for any safari fan. Please visit our website to learn more about Singita’s lodges and camps in Grumeti and Lamai; two regions in the Serengeti which together offer the best game viewing on earth.

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