Summer at Nambiti Hills

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Temperatures have been soaring over the last few weeks at the lodge and we have been experiencing the full effect of summer. Even in the shade temperatures have peaked well into the 40s, leaving everyone looking for a place to cool down – thank goodness for our rock pool which has provided much relief to our guests.

Whilst on our game drives, we’ve spotted a host of wildlife frequenting the reserve’s watering holes trying to cool down and escape the blistering heat. We’ve sighted elephants, giraffes and zebras all enjoying a drink of water while a pod of hippo found relief in remaining submerged in the cool waters.

We’ve also spotted our elephant herds coated in sand. This acts as a natural sunblock and insect repellent for their skins especially during these hotter months.

In the evenings we have been experiencing electric storms followed by rainfall which helps cool down the entire reserve. Many would agree that summer is the best time of the year to visit us, so book your stay soon – we look forward to welcoming you!

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Take a time out in style!

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We recently received a letter from a delighted guest, Daniella James, and decided to share her story with you. Here’s what she wrote:

“This was our first trip holidaying with a group of friends in Durban, and after a few hours of travelling we finally arrived at Nambiti Hills. And, it was worth every minute of the drive. The special welcome greeting made us feel ever so special – like royalty almost. After a lovely welcome, we were escorted to our beautifully decorated rooms that had ample space, and I will never forget the gorgeous tub looking over the bush. Amazing! We found the lodge itself to be extremely comfortable and the best was that there was no TV – so our gang had tons of quality time catching up! We went out on a few of the much talked about morning and evening game drives.

Our ranger, Kelwan, was a true professional and had plenty of fascinating stories about the reserve. It’s nice to see someone so passionate about what they do. We were lucky and got to see many lions, elephants, giraffes and other wildlife. I must say, the game drive vehicles were in excellent condition and clean at all times – something I really appreciated.

Us girls also enjoyed the spa treatments – yes, you have to try them – I still have the smoothest skin ever! I guess Nambiti has something for everyone. When we weren’t out and about, we enjoyed the magnificent views from the main lodge deck – it was so peaceful and you get to really enjoy the quietness of nature! Add to all of this the excellent food – the detail in the preparation – and the friendly service. We also thoroughly enjoyed the Kwa Cheetah experience – it was incredible and I recommend it to everyone. I mean, seriously, how often would you come face-to-face with a cheetah? Not only that – the offsite excursions were incredible – experiencing different cultural backgrounds was phenomenal. On behalf of my friends, I’d like to thank Nambiti Hills for this amazing experience. Thank you, for providing us with the ultimate relaxing time out.”

We are really glad that Daniella and her friends enjoyed their stay with us and look forward to welcoming them again.

Share your memories with us by posting your photographs on our social circles.

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The Rock Pool

The Rock Pool


Spa Treatment

Spa Treatment


Elephant Herds of Nambiti

Elephant Herds of Nambiti


The Viewing Deck

The Viewing Deck


Cheetahs at the Kwa-Cheetah Project

Cheetahs at the Kwa-Cheetah Project


The Kwa-Cheetah Experience

The Kwa-Cheetah Experience

And the adventures begin again…

Cheetah catching his breath after a kill
It has been quite an adventurous festive season up here in the hills and this week we kicked off the new year with some amazing sightings. From our game drives to our guided walks, there was excitement around every corner.

Our adventures began as we tracked two male lions who were in search of a female. We quietly followed and observed them in their natural habitat, completely undisturbed by our presence. A while later, we watched as they hunted and killed a warthog, taking us all by surprise!

Setting our sights to the skies, we spotted a Ground Hornbill in flight. At Nambiti Hills, bird watching is always interesting as you never know what you can spot due to the variety of bird species that the reserve is home to.

One of the most interesting and thrilling sightings was witnessing a cheetah killing an impala just 20 meters away from our game viewer. It was almost in one swift leap that the cheetah took down the impala right at the spot where we chose to have our sundowners. A rare and incredible sighting!

2015 has begun on an exciting note filled with numerous thrills and adventures, and we look forward to seeing what unfolds in the months to follow!

Male lions on the prowl

Male lions on the prowl


Male lion in search of a female

Male lion in search of a female


Kelwan tracking the lion

Kelwan tracking the lion


Guided walks with  a trained ranger

Guided walks with a trained ranger


Ground Hornbill in flight

Ground Hornbill in flight


Cheetah taking down an Impala

Cheetah taking down an Impala

Cooking up a storm

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This week we focus on Chef Sibo, the final instalment of our 3-part chef feature. Known for her authentic cuisine, she is also passionate about baking, and is responsible for creating unique flavours from traditional recipes that will appeal to any palate. Here’s a little insight into Chef Sibo:

1. What do you enjoy most about being a chef?
I have a passion for cooking and baking. So for me, it’s learning more about absolutely everything in the kitchen. Being able to wake up every day and do something that brings joy to people is the best reward ever!

2. What is your favourite dish that you have prepared at Nambiti Hills and how did you prepare it?
Definitely baking the traditional chocolate cake – it’s delicious. Using simple ingredients like eggs, sugar, flour, oil, cocoa powder, water, baking powder, vanilla essence & salt, I add my own flair to create the ultimate desert experience.

3. What do you enjoy most about working at Nambiti Hills?
I love my surroundings. Being able to be this close to nature while doing something that I love is a wonderful feeling.

4. When you are not at work, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy having dinner with my friends when I head out to town. When I am at the lodge, I enjoy going on game drives.

5. What about food inspires you and how do you know you have accomplished your days’ work?
The fact I can be creative and open minded with ingredients to create amazing new dishes. I thrive on the great feedback I receive from guests on a daily basis and it inspires me to carry on doing what I’m doing.

Visit us soon and be sure to try out one of Chef Sibo’s delicious dishes – it will take your taste buds on a culinary adventure!

The great ‘family’ escape!


We recently received a letter from a special guest, Sean Martin, who really enjoyed his stay with us. Here is an account of his experience:

“We decided to take our family holiday to Nambiti Hills. My wife and two teenage sons were really excited and from the moment we arrived, we were taken aback by the cosiness and intimate feeling that the lodge exudes. My wife loved the special welcome we received. The staff come out to meet us and had drinks in hand. The food was amazing! What stands out for me is ordering a specific starter, being told I could take a second! I really loved that because it gave me the opportunity to sample the menu quite a bit, and I am quite a foodie, you see. The scenery was breath-taking. Our rooms were beautiful and set the ambience for a relaxing family holiday!
Since there was much talk about the games drives, we went on all of them. Needless to say, they were ‘unbelievable.’ I got to see the Big 4 as the leopard could not be spotted. The rhino, buffalo and the lion sightings blew us away. On our first game drive, we drove through a herd of elephants, which was absolutely amazing. I felt afraid and excited all at the same time, being so close to these wonderful animals. What really struck me was the stories I had often heard about Rhino Conservation – but to actually see them in action was something else. We saw rangers walking around with rifles protecting the rhino, which was really fascinating. They are so dedicated to what they do! The game drives were fantastic and I especially loved the ponchos, which keep you warm from the wind and chill on the early morning drives. Reggie, the ranger who drove us around, was extremely impressive with his vast knowledge of the wildlife and layout of the reserve.
This was my first stay at Nambiti Hills, and the experience has by far given us the best memories. We would love to visit again soon.”

Thank you for sharing your experience with us, Sean. We look forward to welcoming you back at our lodge.
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