Mother Nature’s Canvas

Photo supplied by Leoni Sinclair

Photo supplied by Leoni Sinclair

At Nambiti Hills there are adventures in abundance, and nature’s dynamic canvas on which to create beautiful memories. Only three months into the year and we have already been treated to some incredible sightings! We hope you enjoy this month’s recap in pictures.

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Cheetah Prowling the reserve

Cheetah Prowling the reserve


Elephant Bulls

Elephant Bulls

Picture of Bathing Elephants by Melissa Mitchell

Picture of Bathing Elephants by Melissa Mitchell


Picture of a breath-taking view by Melissa Mitchell

Picture of a breath-taking view by Melissa Mitchell


New addition to the Buffalo herd

New addition to the Buffalo herd

An Unforgettable Valentine’s Getaway

Melissa & her husband
Melissa Mitchell planned a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway with her husband, at Nambiti Hills. She wrote in to tell us about her stay, and we thought we’d share it with you:

“I was on Google checking for getaways when the Nambiti ad appeared. I decided to choose the safari experience – something my husband and I have always wanted to do. From the moment we got there, what stood out the most were the ‘people’. They were so helpful, accommodating and professional.

When we arrived at the lodge that afternoon, the team was waiting to welcome us with drinks in hand. We loved that. In the distance, we could see the beautiful view through the entrance. Our first activity was the game drives – amazing! Just amazing! Our ranger was Kingsley. He really impressed my husband and I with his vast knowledge of the area and all its landmarks. I remember one guest asking an arb question about the type of grass that animals eat and I was so surprised to hear Kingsley provide such in-depth details about it.

What stood out for us was that the game drives weren’t just an endless rambling journey with no direction. Kingsley took the time to drive to the best locations and even ensured that we get beautiful shots of the wildlife at sunset. He also asked us what we would like to see instead of just driving around. My husband and I especially enjoyed the sundowners and loved the soft ponchos on the game drive that kept us warm as it got chilly.

The lodge went above and beyond to make Valentine’s Day really special for us. Needless to say, the meals were absolutely delicious. What really caught our attention were the little heart cookies that were nicely hung on a tree for the Valentines Day sundowner stop off. The room drops were also such a nice touch. We even had amazing turn downs (chocolates, Valentine’s Day postcards and petals) on the bed as we got to our warm rooms after the cold game drive. I really loved the heated towel rails – everything was pure perfection. Add to that the views which were gorgeous beyond words – and you get the perfect Valentine’s getaway. Thank you for this amazing, luxurious and beautiful romantic getaway, Nambiti Hills.”

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Nambiti's Breeding Elephants

Nambiti’s Breeding Elephants


Tree of Love

Tree of Love


Love is in the air

Love is in the air


Heart Shaped Tree Cookies

Heart Shaped Tree Cookies

Nambiti Hills Game Viewer

Nambiti Hills Game Viewer


A breath-taking view

A breath-taking view


Zebra's grooming each other

Zebra’s grooming each other


An up-close photo of a zebra

An up-close photo of a zebra


Safari Love

Safari Love


Taking a swim in the rock pool

Taking a swim in the rock pool


Grey Heron

Grey Heron


Steppe Buzzard

Steppe Buzzard

Our Pride & Joy

Cubs3
Last October, there was much excitement at the lodge when a nine year old lioness, the oldest on the reserve, proudly gave birth to her third litter of healthy cubs.

Within the first few months, the cubs were rarely spotted, as the lioness moved them to several den sites to prevent a build-up of their scent in one site and to avoid the attention of predators. She also did this to nurse, bond and grow with them. The tall grass kept the cubs out of danger, and for at least the first six weeks she stayed with them for protection.

On a recent afternoon game drive, a few of our very lucky guests were treated to an up close and personal view of these young cubs in a rocky outcrop, at the centre of the reserve. We watched as they happily frolicked around, play-fighting and testing each other’s strength. The mother had just hunted a kudu cow, and her cubs were curiously tugging at the pieces of meat as she lay in the shade keeping a possessive eye on them. The movement of our vehicle startled the cubs who quickly ran back to the safety of their mother.

Here are some pics taken by Reggie and Kingsley, our rangers.

Playful lion cubs

Playful lion cubs


Cubs mimicking each other's behaviours

Cubs mimicking each other’s behaviours


A young cub poses a photo

A young cub poses a photo

Spectacular Views, Diverse Birdlife & the Big 5

Leoni
We love hearing from our guests. Recently, we received a letter from a very happy, Leoni Sinclair, telling us about her wonderful experience at our lodge. Here’s what she had to say:

“Nambiti Hills is simply gorgeous – from the first moment that I set foot there – it was pure heaven. A true escape! I especially enjoyed going out on the morning and evening game drives and seeing the Big 5.

Our ranger, Kel, was very informative and we learnt a lot of new things from him. He helped us understand all of the natural wonders around us, including the diverse birdlife. The sightings were amazing and I was extremely lucky to witness a lion kill a wildebeest. The thrill of it was so exhilarating and one could never imagine that this is what happens every day in the wild.

Not only that, I also got to see a lioness hunt a kudu. The power in her every leap was jaw-dropping. The poor kudu barked and ran for sanctuary in a hill. Finally, the lioness gave up and the kudu escaped. We also spotted a serval while on game drive which was extremely entertaining.I thoroughly enjoyed the different locations we were taken to for our sundowners, onsite and off-site.

The views from the dams were spectacular to say the least. What stands out for me, is going to the Kwa-Cheetah project. From watching these animals in the wild to being able to pet them in seclusion was just something else. This project is such a worthy cause and I am so happy that I got to be a part of it.

I will never forget my trip to Nambiti Hills – ever!”

Thank you for your feedback, Leoni – we love hearing from you and look forward to your next visit.

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Black-backed Jackal

Black-backed Jackal


Kwa Cheetah Experience

Kwa Cheetah Experience


Welcome Basket

Welcome Basket

Birthday Flowers

Birthday Flowers

Game Viewing

Game Viewing

White Stork Spotted!

White Stork
While exploring the southern section of the reserve, on one of our morning game drives, we caught sight of a not-so-frequent visitor – the White Stork. Travelling further, we found an entire flock that had gathered around a watering hole in search of food.

The one pictured above stood out for us as he remained aloof and did not interact with any of the other members of the flock. He simply focused on the water, trying to spot frogs present for the catch. He was an incredible sight, with his distinct long bare red legs and straight pointed red bill. We watched curiously as the flock went about their business of finding food and splashing about in the water without a care in the world.

White Storks are an extremely rare sight and will keep bird watching enthusiasts entertained for hours. Our guests were lucky to spot this flock on their visit as White Storks are only here for a limited amount of time, being Palearctic migrants coming from Europe.

Nambiti Hills promises hours of entertainment at birding hotspots as you never know what rare surprises await you.

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