We have entered December and Mpala is prepairing for Christmas.

Because South Africa is located on the Southern Hemisphere, Christmas comes in the summer. Christmas is very hot in South Africa, and that’s the reason why only Christmas trees made of plastic can survive more than a few hours in this climate, so here our Christmas trees are made in more creative forms.

As other years before, December is one of our busiest months. We have a lot of guests spending their holidays at the lodge.

In South Africa the schools are closed for the Christmas holidays and a lot of people like to go camping. In the townships it is a tradition to go caroling and going to the church on Christmas Eve and as in most other christian countries, children leave out stockings for Santa.

Usually the Christmas meal is either turkey (or duck), roast beef, mince pies or suckling pig with yellow rice & raisins and vegetables, followed by Christmas Pudding or a traditional South African desert called Malva Pudding. Because of the heat, the Christmas meal is often eaten outside and some people might even have a barbecue also known as “braai”.

2017 has been a magnificent year with a lot of lovely guests visiting us. We are very pleased with the interest all of you have shown in our small dream of running a lodge in South Africa and we look forward on giving you the times of your lives.

We wish you and your families a very merry christmas.

Yours sincerely

Per & Helle Grunert