Celebrating the Holidays the Unique Lodges Way

Take a look at some of the memorable moments experienced at our lodges over the past year, and see how our lodges from Canada to Zambia celebrate the holidays.

A telescope brings the Milky Way even closer in the skies above Mongolia's Three Camel Lodge. (Click on the image to see more from this lodge.)

The elephants at Mfuwe lodge (known to walk through the lobby every year) seem to think that the lodge staff needs some help decorating! (Click on the image to see more from this lodge.)

Santa continues his trek to the Bushcamp lodges. Maybe his sleigh got stuck in the mud! (Click on the image to see more from this lodge.)

At Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort, they like to let Mother Nature do the decorating for them. (Click on the image to see more from this lodge.)

Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort local resident, Pixie, braves the cold (and icicles!) to enjoy the fresh snow! (Click on the image to see more from this lodge.)

Sunsets are famous on Santorini. This one was caught from the cliffside balconies of Kapari Natural Resort. (Click on the image to see more from this lodge.)

"We rode horseback along the edges of the Atlantic Forest to a rustic cabin in the hills, where wine and an amazing dinner awaited us." " said Coral K, a guest at Reserva do Ibitipoca in Brazil. (Click on the image to see more from this lodge.)

At Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, the berry tart looks incredible! (Click on the image to see more from this lodge.)

At Fogo Island Inn, stockings are hung from the library mantle. (Click on the image to see more from this lodge.)

Mummering is a traditional custom practised on Fogo Island and in many outport communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. It involves a group of people, disguised in ridiculous attire, who call on local homes during the Christmas season. These Mummers dress in bright coloured clothing and wear masks when available or paint their faces black. They also distort their voices to avoid being easily recognized. Once invited inside a house, festivities ensue where food and drink is offered to the visitors who act the fool and sang and dance, or perform a short Mummer's play while the hosts attempt to identify them. Once a person's identity is correctly determined, it is customary for the mummer to remove his or her mask.
Credit: Paddy Barry (Click on the image to see more from this lodge.)

Snowshoeing is a favorite pasttime around the Christmas season on Fogo Island. Credit: Alex Fradkin (Click on the image to see more from this lodge.)

Natural Christmas tree made out of local miki miki wood at The Brando, Tetiaroa Private Island.(Click on the image to see more from this lodge.)

A kayaker paddles at the junction of one of Dominica's rivers and the sea at Rosalie Bay. (Click on the image to see more from this lodge.)

Three Camel Lodge enjoys a snow storm, as the holidays approach. (Click on the image to see more from this lodge.)

Winterlake Lodge is known for their fabulous cooking, and their holiday cookies are no exception! (Click on the image to see more from this lodge.)

Winterlake Lodge lets nature add the light spectacle for them. (Click on the image to see more from this lodge.)

While tracking lions at Tswalu Kalahari in South Africa, a traveler caught a rare glimpse of a lioness transporting her newborn cub. Photo by Megan Blackburn (Click on the image to see more from this lodge.)

At Longitude 131°, the luxury basecamp overlooking Uluru, Christmas decorations take on a very Australian theme with local flora and fauna adorned with sparkles for some festive bling! (Click on the image to see more from this lodge.)

On a river outing, guests at Sukau Rainforest Lodge in Borneo spotted a large male orangutan feasting on figs and bathed in the morning light. (Click on the image to see more from this lodge.)

Sukau Rainforest Lodge comes alive with Christmas decorations made out of recycled bamboos and branches to get our guests into the festive spirit. (Click on the image to see more from this lodge.)

Guests at the Bushcamp Company in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park came across three giraffes entangled during a spar—a common practice among males trying to establish dominance. Photo credit: Dana Allen (Click on the image to see more from this lodge.)

Deep in Alaskan backcountry at Winterlake Lodge, Nat Geo staff member Aundrea Kudrna took a helicopter ride over Glacier Range and stopped to take in the view near a glacier mill. (Click on the image to see more from this lodge.)

Guests at Mashpi Lodge can enjoy the festive decorations, while ordering a specially crafted cocktail. (Click on the image to see more from this lodge.)

Boots are hung by the fireplace with care at The Ranch at Rock Creek. (Click on the image to see more from this lodge.)

Every Christmas, Belgian draft horses don their Rudolph noses and lead guests on a sleigh ride around The Ranch at Rock Creek. (Click on the image to see more from this lodge.)

The Ranch at Rock Creek's Buckle Barn alit with Christmas trees before a holiday event. (Click on the image to see more from this lodge.)