A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words

We’ve had the most awe-inspiring month here at Nambiti Hills – filled with incredible sightings, passionate guests, enthusiastic tours and some photo opportunities to really knock your khaki socks off. If you didn’t get a chance to escape to the magic of Nambiti Hills this month, not to worry, there’s always next month – when we welcome the fresh rains of springtime and all the beautiful changes that come with the season.

Until then, here are some of our favourite pictures from a great month at Nambiti Hills.

Elephants at Nambiti Hills
Both playful and clumsy, this picture captures the essence of elephant youth so beautifully.

Spider at Nambiti Hills
It’s not just about the Big 5.
At Nambiti Hills we stop to smell the roses, examine the dung and discover all the resilient little creatures along the way.

Lioness at Nambiti Hills
There’s a quiet sadness that exists in her eyes, and it makes her all the more beautiful.

Hyenas at Nambiti Hills
Never trusted, always close; the hyenas wait around for the perfect opportunity to steal a kill.

Lioness Paw at Nambiti Hills
A bittersweet moment, as a pack of lion takes down their prey.

Buffalo at Nambiti Hills
The perfect time of day, the perfect docile Buffalo… the perfect shot!

The Beauty of our View

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I am sitting quietly, with camera in hand, waiting patiently for the perfect photograph. Hopefully a lion will hunt down a zebra right in front of me, or a crowned eagle will sweep in and pick up its unsuspecting prey.

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But then I have a closer look, and I see a lone acacia tree silhouetted by the sun. I see a quiet herd of Wildebeest backed by a golden sunset. And I realise, that without even noticing it, the perfect moments are all around me.

Landscape 3 Nambiti Hills
From dusk ‘til dawn, we are spoilt with the panoramic views, moody skies and blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moments.
And while they say a picture speaks a thousand words, I battle to find those words. There is something special about being there in the moment, snapping the shot and then taking a mental picture too, because you know that no matter how beautiful the image comes out, there’s nothing quite like the real thing.

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So please join us, and bring your camera with, as mother nature shows off in all her glory.

Until then,

The Babies of Nambiti Hills

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When we talk about the Nambiti Hills family – it’s important for you to know that it’s not just a bunch of rangers talking shop. The bush is not just our job. It’s our passion, our dusk ‘til dawn and a place we call home. So when we say we’re a part of the Nambiti Hills family… we mean it.

Lion Cubs at Nambiti Hills

And as a family, we love to brag and boast about our little ones, because here at Nambiti Hills, we’re lucky enough to have a handful of them. Some are clumsy; like the awkward baby zebra with an innate speed that they’re not quite used to. Some are playful; like the boisterous and spirited lion cubs who learn the importance of play-fight from a very early age. Some are reserved; like the bashful baby elephants, who spend all day tripping up their mothers. But all of them are seriously cute, and all of them hold a very special place in our hearts.

Baby Elephant at Nambiti Hills

To us, the babies at Nambiti Hills are like our very own children. We follow them closely, hoping to spot them every day; we have their best interests at heart, as we try to protect them as much as we can; we want to show them off to our friends – you, our guests – and we watch, proudly, as they grow into determined, independent young adults each with their own purpose and place in the great outdoors.

Baby Zebra at Nambiti Hills

While we’ve captured the cuteness of our Nambiti Hills babies in these images, there’s nothing better than getting up close and personal to a young wild animal in their natural habitat. So join us for a spectacular game drive soon, and you too will become a part of the Nambiti Hills family.

Until then, keep reading.

Packing for a Winter Safari

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If you’ve ever been on a Winter Safari, you will know two things.

The first thing is what a typical day involves. You start with a magical view, as the sun slowly rises and breaks through the low-lying mist on the horizon to reveal it’s gloriously warm rays. You spend many hours on game drives that are filled with an abundance of wildlife while taking as many pictures of the copper and golden brown landscapes that surround you. You soak up the warmth of the winter sun while you dine on the viewing deck and finally end off your day relaxing in the comfort of your luxury suite.

Beautiful Scenery

The second thing you will know about a Winter Safari… it’s cold!

Being a game ranger, I’m used to the nip in the air on these beautiful winter days. But so often I see guests come unprepared and just looking at them in their summer kit makes me cold. So here are a few tips for dressing on a Winter Safari.

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- For The Feet
Closed takkies or boots are best – they’re also perfect if you want to head out on a guided walk. Long, thick socks are very useful for warmth and protection from the long, dry grass. I don’t recommend wearing slops or open toed sandals on game drives. Your feet will get really icy from the wind of the moving vehicles.

- A Go-To Jacket
An insulated parka, a bomber jacket, a hooded windbreaker… anything that will keep you warm and toasty on the inside. It does get warmer as the day moves on, so a jacket is useful because it’s easy to pull on and off as and when you need it. Plus, you can throw it over any outfit.

- Layer It Up
I always recommend layering. So start with a simple t-shirt or vest covered up with a long sleeve top, then add a jersey or jacket on top of that. You can always remove items as the day gets warmer.

- Leg Warmers
Jeans can be worn to keep the chill off in winter because they’re durable, tough and great for dusty game drives. But while long pants are a must, South African winters can reach a high of 25 Degrees at times, so I would recommend packing a pair of shorts for the early afternoon, just in case.

- The Extras
Hats, gloves, scarves, beanies… the works. There’s nothing worse than being unprepared. But don’t forget items like sunglasses and sunhats too. While it is cold, it’s also bright and beautiful and the African sun can still pack a punch.

- For the Ladies
There’s no harm in bringing something feminine to wear around the resort. Just be sure to throw on a pashmina or light cardigan to take the chill off your shoulders in the evenings.

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- Still no clue?
If you’re battling to find the perfect winter safari gear, or you accidentally leave yours at home, our Nambiti Hills Curio Shop is fully stocked with K-Way insulated jackets that offer the best protection from the cold. Available for men and women, they’re modern, comfortable and come with Nambiti Hills branding so that when you leave, you take a little piece of the African Bush with you.

I look forward to seeing you on your next winter safari.
Dress warm!

The Nambiti Hills Unicorn

The unicorn of Nambiti Hills

The lone ranger, the mysterious unicorn, the one-horned wonder…

Whatever you call him, there is no doubt that this male Waterbuck is a sight to behold. And when we find him on a game drive or guided walk, we consider ourselves blessed.

He is so mysterious, that the rare sight of him will have you conjuring up fantasies of how he came to be with one horn. Some say he is only visible on a full moon, others believe he is a guardian of the Waterbuck – watching over them from up high on the plains.

But the simple truth is that in a near-fatal attack, another male Waterbuck ripped his horn right off the base of his skull. Miraculously surviving, and with his wound healed, to this day he remains a mysterious creature, letting no human or animal get too close.

A striking recluse, we’ve noticed that he battles to form a bond with the herd. Is his single horn a threat to the others, causing them to keep their distance? Or does it render him weak and defenceless, preventing him from holding his territory?

Join me in search of the Nambiti Hills Unicorn – a photo opportunity not to be missed!