Every once in a while we invite a photographer to bring us his perspective of Nambiti Hills and the amazing scenery of the surrounding area. We decided to share a few shots from the new shoot with you…enjoy…
A visit to Nambiti Hills should always leave you completely relaxed and invigorated, and what better way of doing just that than having a professional massage while taking in the fresh air in the heart of the bushveld? We’re proud and excited to announce that we will now be indulging our guests even more with the introduction of a brand new spa menu, offering an enticing range of uniquely African organic treatments featuring Healing Earth premium organic spa products.
Healing Earth was created with a strong scientific background and great respect for Africa’s abundance of natural resources and healing potential. All their products are free from petrochemicals, synthetics, colourants, DEA, preservatives and parabens and all packaging is entirely biodegradable and recyclable. The brand is proudly South African and won a Fair Lady Product of the Year award in 2010.
Expect to be pampered and indulged with very unique key ingredients such as hydrating Kalahari melon, firming African ginger, repairing African potato and oils from the baobab, marula, mongongo nut, argan (a tree endemic to Morocco) and Kigelia africana, or sausage tree.
Treatments will be done in the comfort of your own suite and can be arranged by requesting a treatment when making your reservations for your stay.
To download the full spa menu, please click here.
We look forward to indulging your senses soon!
It’s that time of the year again…birds are filling the skies and trees in abundance, sunrises are earlier and even more captivating, and evidence of mating season is not easy to miss at the reserve. We’ve been witnessing males of all species and sizes caught up in energetic clashes to win the favour of their female counterparts. It’s made for some spectacular game drive entertainment, not to mention photographic opportunities.
Here are some shots captured by our rangers during their daily trips around the reserve this week.
Young kudu bulls were spotted spiralling for dominance. This didn’t go on for too long before one of the younger ones decided to take off.
We came across some zebra stallions engaged in a relentless fight on Wednesday. Typically known for their peaceful and relaxed demeanour, it’s quite something to see this side of their nature. During these fights the kicking and biting tends to get so severe that they often lose or severely damage each other’s tails and ears. Looking at a post-fight zebra male, you’d be forgiven for thinking it had escaped a lion’s clutches.
A monitor lizard was also spotted while exploring. Sneaky and well camouflaged, they spend their days basking in the sun or scouting for bird nests to raid.
It’s a beautiful time of the year to be here at Nambiti Hills and we invite you to join us soon for an unforgettable stay.
It’s been a beautiful few weeks at Nambiti and we’re loving the magnificent weather we’ve been experiencing lately. The animals are enjoying this time of year as well and we’ve been spoiled with a lot of great sighting recently, and some wonderful photo opportunities as well.
Our Facebook page has been abuzz with new photo contributions from our visitors and we’re excited to share the latest additions with you.
So without any further delay, here’s a selection of this week’s new pics:
Thanks again to everyone who has contributed and keep them coming! To view the full “Nambiti Through Your Eyes” album, click here
It’s strange how being a resident of Africa becomes absolutely meaningless in the face of what lies just beyond our borders of the familiar. I’m sure we’ve all met foreigners who immediately assume we must have lions in our back yards if we say we’re from South Africa, but ironically enough, the majority of South Africans city dwellers will never even lay eyes on one of these magnificent felines in their lifetime. Maybe it’s just a simple matter of taking our wildlife for granted because there’s always an option to venture to a reserve “one day”, or maybe it’s just that life can sometimes make us forget that there’s so much more out there than what we see every day. Whatever it is, it took several years for me to have the opportunity to set out and explore the natural habitat of our Big Five and I was fortunate enough to have my first game drive at the Nambiti Private Game Reserve.
Unsure of exactly what to expect and with flashes of the National Geographic channel shifting through the back of my mind, I hopped onto the Land Rover and waited for the rest of our party to join us. I imagine there must be quite a lot of foreigners coming through here, as I greeted an older German gentlemen who settled himself into the front passenger seat of the vehicle. Kitted out in full safari gear, his gaze focused intently on the journey ahead of him, it was clear he was a man with intense interest in our wildlife and complete dedication to spotting as many animals as he could on this drive. It was only later that it dawned on me that this is one of the few countries on the planet where you find such a huge variety of animals that can’t be found anywhere else. Any other nation that wants to see lions and elephants would have to import them to their zoos and have sticky-fingered kids and semi-entertained adults sipping at their sodas and pointing at the poor creatures who will never know any life aside from one behind metal bars. Today would be different, I thought to myself. Today I would be one of the lucky people who gets to drive on African terrain and hopefully see some of the animals that before only graced books, TV channels and have their likeness stamped into our national currency.
We set off on a bumpy ride downhill and into the valley, traversing hilly terrain and a few river streams as the winter air briskly whipped against our faces. Joe, our tracker, was riding on the front of the vehicle, keeping an eye out for anything worth stopping for. It wasn’t long before we set sights on a few buck grazing just a few meters away, half hidden between the leafless trees. The Land Rover stopped and we sat there for a few minutes, silently observing their quiet feeding. After the initial batch of photographs were taken we carried on, stopping every few minutes as Joe pointed at zebra, a variety of small buck, impala and a few giraffes a good few meters away. I couldn’t help but wonder what this journey would be like on foot, having to suddenly take a turn and bump into a less than friendly animal must be quite the wakeup call. Our ancestors definitely had their work cut out for them.
What’s interesting about the drive is that you’re likely to pass some Land Rovers from the surrounding lodges, also making their trips around the area. Rangers from all the lodges are in frequent communication with each other and help make the game drives as interesting as possible by sharing any sightings of significant animals such as lions or elephants with each other. Several times our ranger pulled the Land Rover to a halt and made a swift turn in a new direction, determined to reach a location identified to him by a fellow ranger via shortwave radio. Thanks to this we managed to track down a few rhino grazing not too far from the vehicle-beaten path. The sight of them was remarkable. Nothing in the world can truly give you a real understanding of the brute strength these stocky animals have, or explain how, in spite of the fact that they look like giant stone carved statues at times, they have such soft and endearing features. For the life of me I could not conceive of why anyone would seek to harm them. We all hear about the horrors of rhino poaching, we see the images and quite a few people have shown their dedication to the cause with those plastic horns on their cars. But perhaps to truly shift things around, a real one-on-one interaction is needed for people to get the respect and admiration needed to truly fight for these creatures. We sat there in complete silence for a good few minutes, watching the rhino slowly grazing and shuffling their way around the Land Rover. Our ranger told us that their sight is very poor and overall their ability to foresee an attack is slim at best, leaving them extremely vulnerable and defenseless to poachers.
The sun had begun to set at this stage and as we carried on down the road, the giant blankets on our seats were becoming all the more welcome and needed. The wind grew colder and everyone became just a little bit quieter. As we headed back we met with an elephant on the side of the road. Had our guide not pointed him out we might have entirely missed the giant animal altogether. It was near impossible to see anything except the grey silhouette shifting quietly between the branches and the trunk-like legs reaching up from the ground. The sound of fresh wood being twisted filled the air as we tried to make out what was going on. Moments later a large snap emanated from the trees and we watched the elephant casually start to munch on a giant branch as if it were a cheese stick. It was amazing to see how effortless it was and the reality of how small we are in comparison was hard not to contemplate.
The ride back to the lodge was an entirely different experience, as night had fallen and not a single light was visible anywhere around us. We drove slowly, now very grateful for the thick blankets, all the while stopping now and then to view packs of animals on the side of the road. Unfortunately we had no luck with sighting lions on this trip but the drive was filled with many incredible animals and a beautiful sunset. Arriving back at the lodge, we were greeted with a glass of sherry and made ourselves at home in wait for the next delight of the day: dinner.
*Nambiti Guest Contribution.