Before we indulge ourselves something special over the festive period – well we have to, its necessary to enjoy ourselves and take advantage of the wonderful food that is immensely spoiling, its only once a year we can truly indulge ourselves, so we have to! Singita know what we are talking about anyway. So not only are we celebrating the joy of delicious food around the festive period, we are always celebrating alongside Singita:

‘Food is an integral part of our lives. It nurtures, nourishes and heals. It is the reason we often sit together as family and friends (this should be done all the time, not just at Christmas!) – it brings us together. It creates jobs that sustain lives and families. Food is life in so many respects.

At Singita, they place a huge emphasis on the fabulous food they offer to guests. This includes the quality of the ingredients they source and most of the time grow on sight themselves. The training of the culinary staff at Singita to the equipment found within the Singita kitchens.’

Singita have now published a fantastic and extremely stunning 274-page cookery book filled to the brim with delicious pictures and fabulous recipes that have been cooked at many if not all of the Singita lodges. Perhaps, if you have stayed at any of the Singita properties, you may have sampled them first hand. If you enjoyed what you tasted, you can now cook it for yourself! (or if you feel you are not proficient enough in the kitchen, this would make a perfect gift for someone in your family who can rustle it up for you!).

Within the book you can also meet the people who are an integral part to Singita’s food story. ‘Behind every meal is a story of the people who make it possible. The farmers who grow the produce, students who aspire to cook on the world stage and chefs who craft every last detail. Without them, none of this would be possible.’

If you have stayed at any of the Singita properties, you will know that it is the whole package they are superb at. Each lodge has its own unique, very chique and smart design running throughout – once you know a Sabora, you will see how different a Mara River, or a Boulders is! The interior design is seamless and beautiful. The running of each of the camps are second to none. Nothing is too big a problem at Singita. From the personal touches, to your own personal and wonderful butler. The guides, the gardeners, housekeeping, spa therapists, chefs, cooks, sous chefs, plongers, managers and now the next generation! Profits from the sale of this wonderful cookbook will go to supporting the Singita Community Culinary School (which we have touched on in previous blogs). The SCCS are pioneers in developing the next generation of superb Singita chefs from the surrounding communities of Singita Kruger National Park.

If you are stuck for ideas for Christmas presents and also want to donate to an extremely good cause, this is the perfect gift to give more than one person!