It’s time to gather + celebrate

The countdown to the festive season has begun — a time to connect, celebrate and restore calm after a busy year. As we welcome this joyous and refreshing time of year, join us in counting down with the below festive-inspired elements of matter, with a wild twist. The idea is to gather with your nearest + dearest each week and enjoy creating + making to get into the festive spirit.

Week One | Earth Element | Wild Foraging Wreath

This one’s fun for the whole family. Head out to gather + forage dried grass, branches or leaves to create a festive wreath to be hung in your home.

Materials

  • Two copper wreath frames in the size of your choice (the bigger your frame, the more dried grass you’ll need)
  • Craft / fine florist’s wire / any bendable wire
  • Different types of dried grasses, branches, twigs + leaves – the more, the merrier
  • Scissors for trimming your branches

Method:

Use the craft / florist wire to join the two copper frames together by wrapping the wire around them in 4 places. In order to make the frame stronger, try to get the copper joining pieces evenly spaced out around the rings.

Arrange your foraged material into bunches of about 20 stems and wrap each bunch in the middle twice with florist wire, with the free ends on either side. Trim the stems to about 2 cm below the wire.

Use the free ends of wire to attach the bunches to the copper frame. As you go, make sure to overlap the bunches to cover the stem of the previous bunch.

Keep going round the frame, overlapping the bunches, ensuring you create a curve with your bunches. When you come back to the beginning, carefully tuck the last bunches under the first ones. Take your time and just move the first bunches slightly to one side so that you can slot the last ones in, then carefully move them back. The aim is to make the join invisible.

Now it’s time to hang your wreath. Make a small hoop out of florist wire and attach it to the top of the copper frame at the back of the wreath. Use a drawing pin to pin it to the wall, or simply hang it from a hook. 

Week Two | Water Element | Wild Passionfruit, Sparkling Water + Rum

Taste the flavours of Miavana with our Tropical Mojito recipe. A wonderfully refreshing drink made using sparkling water as the mixer, you’ll be transported to paradise. For a non-alcoholic version, simply skip the rum.

Ingredients (makes a pitcher):

  • 4 limes, quartered
  • 50-60 mint leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups passion fruit syrup
  • 2 1/4 cups rum
  • 1 1/2 cups club soda / sparkling water

Steps: 

Add the lime and mint leaves to a 32-ounce pitcher.
Use a muddler to smash the lime and bruise the mint leaves.
Add the passion fruit syrup and rum. Stir to combine and refrigerate until very cold.

To serve: Add ice to individual glasses and top with 4 ounces of chilled Passion Fruit Mojito mixture and top individual servings with 1 1/2 ounces of club soda / sparkling water. Garnish with a lime wedge, additional passion fruit pulp and mint leaves. Serve, sip + enjoy.

Week Three | Fire Element | Wild African-Sunrise Doughnut

Doughnuts made over the fire? We simply can’t think of anything better. Whether you’re home or away for the festive season, snack on these African doughnuts that only take 5 ingredients to make. Guests who visited our properties in Zambia this year may recall enjoying these at breakfast and tea time.

What you need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 + 1/3 water
  • Oil
  • Pan + Fire

Method:

Mix all dry ingredients together until well-mixed.
Slowly add the water until your dough is smooth. Add more water or flour as needed to ensure the correct texture.
Cut dough into equal pieces.
Fill a pan with enough oil that will be used to deep fry the cut dough and heat over the fire.
When the oil is hot, place the dough pieces into the oil and cook until brown on all sides.

Week Four | Air Element | Wild Restorative Breathing

Small changes often make the biggest difference. Take time to slow down during the holidays with this 5-5-5 breathing tool, which has proven to assist in restoring calm during stressful situations.

  • Inhale very slowly through your nose for 5 seconds: 1-2-3-4-5.
  • Exhale very slowly through your nose or mouth for 5 seconds: 1-2-3-4-5.
  • Wait for 5 seconds: 1-2-3-4-5.
  • Repeat the process three more times (1 minute total).
  • Notice the calmness settle in.

    As you head into 2023, keep this one in your back pocket to practice on a daily basis – all you need is 1 minute + a quiet space.

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Zambia

Zambia is Africa's best kept secret, with its vast landscapes, diverse wildlife and welcoming culture. Trace the steps of early conservationists while experiencing walking safaris in the South Luangwa. Come face to face with giants as you glide quietly in a canoe along the reeds in the Lower Zambezi. Feel the rumble of a distant thunderstorm on Liuwa Plain’s horizon as you marvel at the sight of gathering wildebeest amongst a flush of colourful wildflowers.

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Madagascar

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Cape Town

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South Luangwa

Just a one hour flight from Lusaka, the South Luangwa is known for its big cat sightings and often referred to as the Valley of the Leopard. It is in the South Luangwa that the legendary Norman Carr pioneered the walking safari and conservation-based tourism in Africa. Zambia's outstanding reputation of guiding is ever prevalent in our team with some of our guides having trained with Norman himself.  Our guides offer guests a raw, authentic safari experience and don't let the finer details in these vast spaces pass you by. 

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Liuwa Plain

Time + Tide is the only permanent lodge in the Liuwa Plain. Its vast wilderness of over 3600 km2 has been protected for over 100 years, yet it is one of Africa's best kept secrets. As the African rains arrive in the north, the plains turn to a watery wonderland bringing with it a movement of wildebeest as they journey south to calve near the lodge.  Liuwa Plain is known for its apex predators of lion prides and large hyena clans as well as endangered and rare bird species that thrive in this region. It is a land unchanged by time.

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Lower Zambezi

Nestled between the imposing mountain escarpment to the north and the mighty Zambezi River to the south, the Lower Zambezi Valley has a variety of activities that few, if any, other destinations can offer. It has been described by guests as their "happy place" because of its beautiful scenery, peaceful riverside woodlands and abundant wildlife. The Lower Zambezi is just a short 30 minute flight from Lusaka and offers guests the thrill of tiger-fishing to peaceful wildlife sightings on the banks of the river while canoeing or boating. Our guides strive to make each guest feel like they are part of the landscape and not a mere spectator.

This is the most magical place you're ever likely to experience. Nestled under a grove of imposing Albida trees, it is clearly favoured by the many elephant who graze on the Albida pods. Their presence adds an incredibly special energy to the camp. 
Karen, Guest at Time + Tide Chongwe Camp
The lodge is stunning and all the staff are utterly wonderful. The views from the lodge are outstanding, lovely Liuwa wilderness. My bedroom was incredibly comfortable, very stylish, hitting a difficult combination of minimalist yet luxury. Incredibly comfortable bed and many relaxing areas to rest. 
Mandi, Guest at Time + Tide King Lewanika
Our family had the most joyful time at Chongwe, really everything was perfect and every detail taken care of. The team ensured we had the best time at every activity (even tiger fishing!). We felt privileged to spend a few days here and look forward to returning.
Dawn, Guest at Time + Tide Chongwe
We love safaris and this was an excellent camp with a real authentic bush feel, which we always enjoy. The service was excellent and the team are so attentive. Really superb guiding which made for a tremendous experience.
Cate, Guest at Time + Tide Mchenja
Chinzombo is a stunning lodge in a beautiful location of the South Luangwa. The rooms are luxurious and spacious, with a deck and plunge pool overlooking the Luangwa River. There is always an abundance of wildlife around the rooms, we had a banded mongoose, bushbuck, elephants and hippo's - just to name a few.
Michael, Guest at Time + Tide Chinzombo