Bush & Birds on International Bird Day

When we celebrate a day dedicated to a particular animal or species; there’s a reason for it. Did you know that today, nearly 12 percent of the world’s 9,800 bird species may face extinction within the next century? Imagine waking up to the sound of… nothing.

No chirping twitter from the tree tops, no quacks from the water’s edge. A life without birds in it, would be a terrible one. Which is why we take a moment to celebrate International Bird Day on the 5th of January every year.
Beside from the cheerful sounds and inspiration that birds add to our life, the role they play in the natural functioning of an ecosystem is a very important one. International Bird Day came about in an attempt to raise public awareness and education about the needs of birds that are kept in captivity.

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So for us here at Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge, it’s a chance for us to be grateful that on a daily basis we are spoilt with sightings of Harrier Hawks, that we get to hear the chitter chatter of Guinea Fowl and Francolin, and that every morning we are woken with the sweet sound of wild birds as they greet the morning sun.

If you love birds as much as we do, join us for some exciting bird watching on a morning game drive, or relax around the lodge and watch as a plethora of colourful bird life comes to visit.

Until then.
Ranger Iris.

Lion Around!

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It seems to me that “I’m a lion, hear me roar!” would be slightly more accurate if we changed it to “I’m a lion, hear me snore!” These mighty Kings of the Jungle sure do enjoy their beauty sleep.
Domestic cats are known for spending most of their day lying on the couch, sleeping on the bed and not really getting up to much – and I guess that the same can be said for their mightier, wilder counterpart, the lion. It is estimated that the male lion can spend between 18 and 20 hours of their day snoozing, while the female lion gets between 15 and 18 hours of sleep in one day. The lioness will spend less time sleeping and more time hunting and taking care of her cubs but if you ask me, that’s still a lot of sleeping.

If you watch a lion sleeping, as we often do on our game drives, they’re not really sleeping for a solid 20 hours. It’s more a series of catnaps, stretches and just some good quality rest under the shade. After all, lions need to preserve their energy for hunting; which involves intense chases (which can reach speeds of 80 kph), pouncing (as far as 10 metres), stalking and of course, feasting.

The more sleep the lions get, the greater our chances are of spotting them lazily soaking up the sun or cooling off in the shade. When resting, lions are very affectionate with their close-knit pride, as we often see them touching, head-rubbing, licking and purring amongst themselves. But when it comes to food, it’s definitely a case of ‘every lion for themselves’ – growling and fighting are common with the males taking first share, followed by the females and then the cubs.
It’s an extremely interesting dynamic, as most cat species are commonly known to live a solitary existence. Lions have a social system that very much resembles our traditional family unit, and is based largely on teamwork to ensure the pride is both fed and protected on a daily basis. We can’t wait to take you on an exciting wild African adventure to see these mighty sleepers for yourself!

It seems to me that “I’m a lion, hear me roar!” would be slightly more accurate if we changed it to “I’m a lion, hear me snore!” These mighty Kings of the Jungle sure do enjoy their beauty sleep.
Domestic cats are known for spending most of their day lying on the couch, sleeping on the bed and not really getting up to much – and I guess that the same can be said for their mightier, wilder counterpart, the lion. It is estimated that the male lion can spend between 18 and 20 hours of their day snoozing, while the female lion gets between 15 and 18 hours of sleep in one day. The lioness will spend less time sleeping and more time hunting and taking care of her cubs but if you ask me, that’s still a lot of sleeping.

If you watch a lion sleeping, as we often do on our game drives, they’re not really sleeping for a solid 20 hours. It’s more a series of catnaps, stretches and just some good quality rest under the shade. After all, lions need to preserve their energy for hunting; which involves intense chases (which can reach speeds of 80 kph), pouncing (as far as 10 metres), stalking and of course, feasting.

The more sleep the lions get, the greater our chances are of spotting them lazily soaking up the sun or cooling off in the shade. When resting, lions are very affectionate with their close-knit pride, as we often see them touching, head-rubbing, licking and purring amongst themselves. But when it comes to food, it’s definitely a case of ‘every lion for themselves’ – growling and fighting are common with the males taking first share, followed by the females and then the cubs.
It’s an extremely interesting dynamic, as most cat species are commonly known to live a solitary existence. Lions have a social system that very much resembles our traditional family unit, and is based largely on teamwork to ensure the pride is both fed and protected on a daily basis. We can’t wait to take you on an exciting wild African adventure to see these mighty sleepers for yourself!

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A Festive Safari Holiday

Who doesn’t love the December holidays! All around the world, people of different religions, nationalities and cultures seem to rejoice as another long year comes to an end. Most of us are rewarded with some time off work to spend doing the things we love, with the people we love. It really is a time to unwind, relax and take a moment to breathe.

While we revel in traditional festive activities that are celebrated in the Northern hemisphere; like putting up tinsel, roasting turkey and drinking cinnamon flavoured drinks; unlike the colder, snow-covered countries, here in South Africa, we’re all about embracing the warmer weather.

December means heart-warming sunshine and welcome afternoon showers, lazy days spent sunning ourselves around the pool, evenings spent around a braai, enjoying delicious meats, fresh summer salads and juicy fruits like watermelon and litchis. And the best part … all of these things can be done right here at Nambiti Hills.

So what better way to get into the festive spirit than to spoil yourself with a true South African indulgence; delicious mouth-watering meals, lazy days around our new pool and deck area, beautiful summer sunsets spent out on a safari game drive, a morning of luxury and pampering at our Zolilie spa… and the list goes on!

We can’t wait to welcome you!
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Nambiti Hills – The Grey Yearling Colt

Recently two our Lodge guests, Linda & Christian from the United Kingdom decided that because they enjoyed their stay so much they would name their newly acquired race horse after the lodge… Nambiti Hills.
Below is a review from Linda on the horse’s history and their stay:

Following our fantastic holiday at Nambiti Hills last month we have decided to name our new racehorse after the resort.The newly-named “Nambiti Hills” who is a grey yearling colt out of Mastercraftsman by Lila. Mastercraftsman was the champion two year old of Europe in 2008 with career wins including the St. James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Irish 2000 Guineas. Nambiti Hills is a half-brother to numerous winners including St Leger winner Kingston Hill and Prix du Jockey Club winner The Grey Gatsby.

Nambiti Hills is being trained at Epsom, home of the The Derby, by trainer Michael Attwater. Bred to race at distances of up to one mile Nambiti Hills will hopefully make his racecourse debut as a 2 year old in 2017.

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We thoroughly enjoyed our six nights at Nambiti Hills. The individual lodges are very comfortable (lovely big bath!) and the game drives were top notch. The food was very good and the afternoon teas were a real highlight. The substitution of afternoon tea for lunch worked really well with the timing of the game drives and gave plenty of time to rest after the early starts. The game viewing is really good and the rangers very knowledgeable – we had Kelwan and he was excellent but the others seemed good too. We also enjoyed a couple of treatments in the Spa. The whole team at Nambiti Hills go out of their way to ensure the guests enjoy their stay. I can thoroughly recommend Nambiti Hills for a comfortable but authentic safari experience.

We wish Nambiti Hills the best of luck for his future races!

A 5 Star Food Experience!

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of joining us here at Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge, then you will know first hand how we pride ourselves on offering the ultimate 5 star luxury experience. But when it comes to real indulgence, we like to think that our Head Chef Bryce and his team have it covered. From fresh home-cured Salmon, delicious baked cakes and treats, to decedent ice-cream, morning snacks and high tea to write home about, there really is something for every taste bud and every pleasure seeker.

Start your day off with a strong, freshly brewed coffee or flavoured tea; complete with health rusk or decadent baked treat of the day. Top up with a hot beverage of your choice (have you tried our Mocha-chocochino) and early treats on your morning game drive drinks stop; just a little indulgence to bide you over until breakfast. Fill your heart, and your stomach with a harvest table buffet of healthy cereals, cheeses, freshly squeezed juices and a hot breakfast spread. Relax after a light lunch in the afternoon sun, around the pool or in our reading lounge with a bespoke cocktail of your choice. Graze on an overflowing platter of uniquely South African snacks – biltong, dried fruit, roasted corn, nuts and other delicious goodies. But go easy… you don’t want to fill up before the much-anticipated afternoon high tea that gets everyone’s lips smacking!

Come home hungry after an exciting late afternoon game drive and feast on a 3 course meal that is both heart-warming and award-winning. Revised on a monthly basis, our evening menu boasts a choice of 6 starters, 8 mains and 6 desserts.

Here is a sneak peak at some of the delicious options from the new summer dinner menu:
GRILLED NORWEGIAN SALMON – Dressed with a fusion of nori rolls and a delightful combination of a soy and wasabi hollandaise.
LOIN OF LAMB – Rolled Lamb Loin, Flame Grilled to perfection, with buttery crushed potatoes, aubergine and ginger tomato jam.
FILLET OF BEEF – Accompanied by crisp potato chips and enveloped with a creamy mushroom and chicken liver sauce.
KERALA MIXED VEGETABLE CURRY – A tasty combination of vegetables prepared in a south Indian style curry accompanied by a roasted cashew nut rice.
CHICKEN BREAST – Wrapped in Crisp streaky bacon set a top a creamy gorgonzola and mascarpone risotto. Accompanied by the chef’s delicious red onion marmalade complimented by fresh watercress.
GRILLED TIGER PRAWNS – Set a top crisp, Mexican inspired Potato and corn cakes with a zesty coriander and chilli pesto
DUCK CONFIT – A French classic with a modern twist. Placed on a vibrant carrot, ginger puree, with bok choy, soy sake reduction and dukkha spices.

Nothing gives our kitchen staff more pleasure than to peer out over the open plan cooking island and see guests tasting and savouring the food that they have so lovingly created. We pride ourselves on service excellence and empty plates coming back from the dining room is how we judge ourselves. Making use of the best locally produced ingredients, we create quality meals that leave you feeling indulged and treated to a 5-star taste experience. There shouldn’t be any other way.

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