new life at Nambiti

Courtesy of Tatenda Chitambwa

Courtesy of Tatenda Chitambwa

At Nambiti Hills, we have been witness to a special treat on recent Game Drives – the birth of brand new baby hippos.

This stub-nosed bundle of wrinkly cuteness was born toward the end of July. The birth of this calf in particular, has been wonderful to see because its mother lost a baby to an encounter with a bull last year. Male hippos are notoriously aggressive, especially toward babies if they are unsure of their parentage.

She has been keeping a keen eye on her calf, always positioning herself between the new born and the dominant male of the group, to make sure that the calf is safe at all times.

The babies have been surprisingly curious and bold – making their way up to the Game Vehicles.

This has been a photographer’s dream, with ample photo opportunities presented to Guests and Guides alike.

We hope to see this little one grow big and strong, and will keep you updated.

If you have any pictures or stories you’d like to share with the Nambiti Hills Family, please send them to marketing@nambitihills.com

A TRIBUTE TO TSWALU: THE LOSS OF A LIONESS

Tswalu the Lioness

Tswalu the Lioness

On the Reserve, we see many animals come and go.
Whether it’s a breeding elephant herd roaming on the hills in the distance for a day or two, or birds sitting on the deck, flying to and fro.
Wildlife on the Reserve move as they please.

Some of the animals find their way into our hearts, gaining nicknames along the way. You’ll know the ones – Houdini, the elusive cheetah, BFE the large, one-tusked bull elephant…

While others are nameless, their faces, habits and mannerisms are unique. Every Guide and Guest who comes into contact with them can tell you a story. This is why the loss of any significant animal brings grief to all those who knew them.

Recently, our Guides experienced a tremendous loss. Tswalu, one of our beautiful lionesses, passed away from unknown reasons. We believe she may have come into conflict with another lioness on the Reserve, or a herd of buffalo.

In nature, every change is an opportunity for the growth of something new – although we are saddened by the death of such a beautiful creature, this gives opportunity for shy, less aggressive leopards to enter her territory and thrive.

For those who were lucky enough to see Tswalu, she will live on in our memories, and through the cubs she left behind, on the Nambiti Big 5 Reserve, for us to marvel at.

If you have any memories or photos of Tswalu that you’d like to share, please send them to marketing@nambitihills.com

Our male cubs: grown up

In March 2015, there was much excitement when two male lion cubs were born on the reserve. Born to a lioness relocated from Phinda Private Game Reserve, and one of the dominant Black Mane Lions from the Kalahari – we knew from their conception, that they would be ones to watch. From the day they were born, they have held a special place in the hearts of everyone on the Nambiti Reserve.

These lion cubs have made regular appearances throughout the years, always ensuring that our Game Drives are that much more exciting. It’s always such a pleasure to watch the dynamics of the lioness, while she interacts with her cubs – even showing annoyance with their boisterous antics, the same way human mothers can.

Although only three years and five months old, we can hardly call these lions “cubs” anymore. In fact, they are looking more like the dominant male brothers on the Reserve each day – ready to challenge them for dominance and territory any day now.

Here’s a look back on how they have grown.

Female Lioness reaction to cubs
[Pictured above] Born to their Phinda Lioness mother, she gives them a warning about their boisterous behaviour.

Black Mane Lions
[Pictured above] The Black Mane Lions that fathered our youngsters.

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[Pictured above] Our young male lions as cubs.

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[Pictured above] Growing up and causing mischief.

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[Pictured above] Learning to play.

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[Pictured above] Manes are growing and they are looking more like their father each day.

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[Pictured above] Truly becoming young adults.

Young Male Lion
[Pictured above] Magnificent.

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Meet our new Head Chef

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Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge has a new member wearing the toque blanche and teasing the taste buds of guests and staff alike – Head Chef Lance Noel Williamson.

Lance attended Hotel School in Johannesburg and has a Diploma in Professional Cookery as well as a Diploma from the City & Guilds. Passionate and dazzling from the beginnings of his career, Lance was presented with the coveted “Hotel School Young Chef of the Year Award” in December 2005.

Lance has plated up all kinds of foods, from Mediterranean meals to Afri-continental cuisine in the Bryanston Country Club, the Cantare Supper Club in Johannesburg, and the Karongwe Portfolio in Limpopo.

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Chef Lance’s career has seen him flash pans across the globe too, in places such as the USA, Lagos, Nigeria and New Zealand. So, if you’re looking for the real reason why Chef Lance has accumulated so much success in his career, look no further than his absolute passion for food and people.

By nature, he’s creative and strives to stretch the limits of everything, from sauces to soufflés. Lance works hard to inspire his team, and enjoys nothing more than watching guests delight in the splendour of high tea or a sumptuous looking dinner.

The next time you’re at our lodge, be sure to stop by and say hi to Lance.

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THE TASTE OF NAMBITI HILLS

Nambiti Hills Restaurant

Sitting in the Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge restaurant, you’ll find yourself carried off into soothing late night conversation, while you experience a euphoria of the senses.
Ambient lighting, gentle chit-chat, the soothing hum of wildlife outside, infused with a crackling fire and a glass of wine that encourages you to exhale.

You’ve had a day worth celebrating.
Now, melting into your chair, you’re anticipating an exploration of Africa’s finest flavors. Little do you know, the ingredients on this menu are a collaboration of the continents.

Nambiti Hills Food Platter

Situated on a prime sector of the Nambiti Private Game Reserve outside of Ladysmith, Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge offers an unforgettable personal retreat, filled with rest and relaxation.
The thrill of wild animals and 5-star luxury whisking you away from your everyday stresses and routine.

It’s the perfect place for those who love escapes to romantic settings, for those who need to be truly pampered, and for those who appreciate the quiet calm of nature.

The air is crisp, the drinks are cold, the animals are wild and the food is prepared with the utmost care and attention to detail.

Nambiti Hills Quality Service

In fact, our ingredients are so fresh, we get them specially delivered directly to us, from the source.

Our chefs pride themselves on impeccably great tasting food. And great tasting food is only achievable if the ingredients are of the best, freshest quality. So… you can imagine the logistics that go into preparing a seafood dish here at the lodge, some 250kms from the nearest coastal city.

But it’s not just the seafood. Most of the items on our menu, including the basics it takes to prepare them, are not available in the nearest town.

Our Salmon is flown in from Norway, our red meats are anti-biotic and hormone free, from a small abattoir in Richmond, KwaZulu-Natal, where we can trace its origins back to the exact animal. Our micro herbs, fresh greens and garnishes are delivered to our door and you’ll even find an edible flower or two on some of our salads and desserts. Although these didn’t grow in our garden, we know precisely which one they came from.

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By ensuring only the best ingredients, and in turn, the best dishes are made, is just another way of showing you that we care about your experience here at Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge. A successful day for us involves early morning coffee wake ups, Big 5 sightings and… taking empty plates back to the kitchen at the end of a meal.

We can’t wait to welcome you to our little piece of 5-star paradise in the wild and wonderful African bush. See you soon.

Bryce.
Lodge Manager.
Nambiti Hills Quality Drinks