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Candice Kriel, Events Coordinator at Ulusaba talks through the perfect Ulusaba Christmas!
Perhaps you live in the northern hemisphere and you can't imagine a Christmas where you don't need a winter coat to go outside? Have you ever wondered what it might be like to spend Christmas in the African bush? Well let me give you a quick insight. And just in case anyone asks, Santa does have a change of outfit ready so he doesn't overheat when delivering presents in the Sabi Sand!
At Ulusaba Christmas Eve is spent under the stars. All guests are invited to an intimate bush dinner and are welcomed by the typically
African sound of beating drums, a huge roaring fire and of course a fully stocked bar! Our guests then tuck into authentic South African cuisine whilst being entertained by our local Shangaan tribal dancers - a very festive evening indeed.
Christmas morning happens as you might imagine, although our guests will wake up to blue skies, sunshine and temperatures of 30C. Tea, fresh cherries and mince pies are served before departing on an early morning safari. Guests are welcomed back at the lodges by an enormous breakfast and personalised gifts are handed out to our guests by our Santa rangers. Christmas lunch is served with an Ulusaba twist, a 7-course tasting menu consisting of all the favourite classics: turkey, cranberry sauce, marula jelly, stuffing and all the delicious trimmings to go with it. Our local Justicia Best Boys choir will entertain us with African carols and then after a well deserved snooze it's onto the afternoon safari.
Our Ulusaba Christmas ends on a relaxed note. Guests put their feet up and enjoy different platters of finger foods and nibbles. Christmas carols with our Ulusaba choir and good old Eggnog finish the day off perfectly. The magic of Christmas is felt worldwide and this is certainly not lost in the African bush.
At Ulusaba we just put our own special touch on the well loved traditions!
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