Have yourself a Jaci’s Lodges Christmas
by Christine Marot – 9 December 2011
Christmas in Madikwe will never be white, but at Jaci’s Lodges it’s guaranteed to be cheery, bright and filled with delectable dishes to make the day one to remember.
Every year the staff at Jaci’s Safari Lodge and Jaci’s Tree Lodge goes all-out to prepare communal feasts that are the highlight of the festive season for guests.
Each lodge creates a buffet-style selection of traditional Christmas fare, which is laid out after an early afternoon game drive. Since the focus is on family at this special time of year, everyone joins the festivities.
As always, this year’s array of tempting treats has been planned by Jaci’s chef and his team, and the menu includes home-glazed gammon served with onion marmalade or honey and mustard sauce, butterflied leg of marinated lamb, Tandoori chicken drumsticks, and chicken strips and skewered buffalo wings for the kiddies.
Accompaniments include roast baby potatoes with herbs, garlic and red onion, braised rice and seasonal vegetables, glazed carrots on the stalk and blanched sugar snap peas with crisped garlic cloves.
And what would a Christmas meal be without pud? Dessert comprises traditional Christmas pudding served with a brandy sauce and a summer upside-down berry pudding coated lightly with chocolate. Cheese and biscuits round off this sumptuous meal.
Adding to the festive cheer, Jaci’s staff entertains guests with traditional Christmas carols and Tswana cultural songs.
And it’s not only the humans that celebrate the bounty of summer with its plentiful rain and lush vegetation. The animals of Madikwe also come alive at this time of the year, with impala babies aplenty, dung beetles going about the business of rolling their large dung balls and many bird species to be seen like the carmine bee-eater, painted snipe, dwarf bittern, black egret, woodland kingfisher, grey heron and fish eagle.