Ranger Iris Soaring High

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You would have read about the passionate and charming Iris, in one of our recent blog posts. She is one of our rangers here at Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge, and it gives us immense pleasure to brag a little bit about her latest achievement.

Iris recently completed her regional Savanna Bird Specialist qualification with flying colours. No pun intended. After undertaking some tricky practical tests with Brian Serraro, CEO of Field Guides Association of Southern Africa, Iris is now the only bird specialist on the entire Nambiti Reserve! Our bird-loving fans are in for a treat.

Part of the gruelling tests to qualify included 3 theory tests where she had to identify 80 birds, 80 bird calls and 35 rare bird species. She then had to get out into the field and identify at least 100 birds, noting whether or not these birds were migrant or resident species; distinguish between a male and female bird; identify a particular bird call, and name any bird flying overhead.

If you know Iris like we do, you’d know just how excited she is. You won’t find a more passionate, more dedicated lover of wildlife. We are so proud of you Iris, and can’t wait for you to share your new found knowledge with the rest of us. Here’s to long game drives filled with flora, fauna… and of course, feathers!

Photography by Iris

Photography by Iris

Photograph by Iris Thiriaux

Another year, another African adventure

Festive feasts, holiday happiness and relaxation at its best; this is what the end of year festivities are all about. But as with all good things, the holidays have come to an end, and look at us now; steam rolling our way through a new year, as the end of January fast approaches.

But just because the year is steadily on its way and you are back to work or school, it doesn’t mean you and your family can’t have something exciting to look forward to… There’s no better time to plan your next trip than when the happy memories of family time are still fresh in your mind. The beautiful setting at Nambiti Hills offers something special and unique no matter what time of year it is.

As far as we are concerned, there’s always a reason to relax and unwind in the wild outdoors. Be it a “rough” start to the work-year, an anniversary or birthday, a luxurious team-building adventure, an over-due family holiday or even a romantic weekend away. Whatever excuse you need for an unforgettable safari experience, we’ll be here waiting for you.

Make 2017 your year of living slower and living simpler.

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Photo Cred: Chanel Bergsma Photography

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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