One of our guests recently sent us a lovely mail about her visit to our lodge with her husband. We thought we’d share this, as it reflects what makes us passionate about being here:
“Dear Nambiti Hills Lodge,
A few months ago, it was my birthday and my husband surprised me with a very unusual gift. I was sitting in bed and he placed a tray of delicious breakfast and a steaming cup of coffee on my lap, then smiled as he presented a gift bag. I peered inside and discovered nothing but a pair of binoculars. Puzzled, I frowned and looked at him with a confused smile. Peter wasn’t one for outlandishly weird gifts and this was unusual.
“I know this is cheesy but it’s a clue.”, he said. “Let’s just say you’ll be able to see your future with these. Because what I have in mind is a little while away but I think you’ll like it.” Then he presented another gift, this time a book on African wildlife. My heart jumped. I’d always had one dream vacation but there was never realistically time or money to actually even think of planning for it. I always wanted to set foot on African soil and see those beautiful red sunsets for myself, smell the rain and come within eye contact of a magnificent lion as it roams freely. Rain was softly pelting outside and it was the onset of a cold winter in the UK. The thought of an African safari was something I could barely imagine, but I was so excited that I counted the days until we got to leave.
A few weeks later we boarded a plane en route to South Africa. By now the anticipation was killing me. We arrived at Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge after a tiresome amount of traveling but though exhausted, we couldn’t wait to see what awaited us. The lodge was breath taking. We were welcomed by friendly staff and made to feel so at home, as our luggage was taken to our rooms and we were welcomed into the beautiful lodge reception area. There is a remarkable sense of calm there, something about the atmosphere makes you completely unwind almost instantly. We had a delicious dinner and decided to head to bed early, because the next morning we’d be up very early for the most exciting thing I could think of: our first game drive.
We woke up the next morning, got dressed and climbed aboard the Land Rover, ready to set off on an adventure.The air was crisp and refreshing as it brushed against my face. Today was finally the day that I’d waited for. I hoped that I would get the chance to see a lion in person but felt so excited to be there and just seeing any animal would be amazing. It was barely moments later when we saw something moving a few meters away and stopped to take a look. There were a few buck grazing casually, they seemed completely unaffected by our presence. As we continued our drive, we saw so many beautiful animals, each striking in their own unique way. Our ranger kept in touch with the other rangers to find any interesting sites and suddenly, he set off and changed direction and told us to hang on. We drove down another path and he began to slow down the Land Rover as we approached a curve. Another vehicle was already stationed there and we slowly drove up next to it. I peered out into the bush to see what everyone was looking at. And there they were. Two lions, a male and a female, were standing a few meters away. I think I stopped breathing for a few seconds, too scared to move, in fear that they would notice us and run away. The two casually lazed around, so calm and beautiful. I almost forgot to take photos and realized I’d been sitting frozen in place when Peter removed the camera from my hands and began to snap away. Finally we set off again and continued exploring the reserve.
I could just go on and on about the whole experience, but just wanted to thank you, Nambiti Hills, for the most unforgettable experience and beautiful memories I could ever wish for. We’re only just beginning to brush off the cold heart of winter this side and I so greatly miss the African warmth. I hope you are all keeping well!
- Sarah & Peter Jones