The Grey Ghost of Africa

The Greater Kudu at Nambiti Hills
One of the most beautiful antelopes you will ever encounter is Africa’s “grey ghost” – the Greater Kudu. On arrival at our lodge, these tall and majestic animals will be one of the very first to welcome you. Even though they are able to blend into their surroundings remarkably well, they are an easy and vulnerable target to the lions on the reserve. However, young calves are often born which helps to sustain the kudu population.

Kudu have excellent hearing. Their big ears act as a radar and they can pick up even the slightest of sounds, no matter how stealthy a lion or leopard may try to be. Their bark is like an alarm call, and immediately alerts rangers to predators’ whereabouts which always leads to many interesting and entertaining sightings while out on safari.

Recently, whilst driving around the reserve, we heard the distinct sound of a kudu barking. We immediately switched off our vehicle and grabbed the binoculars to scout the area, trying to determine the kudu’s position and the direction in which they were barking. The radio crackled with an update of a lion having been spotted. There was excitement all around as we drove further on, following the sound of the barking kudu and keeping our eyes peeled to spot a lion in tow. Just then, a Kudu bolted past the viewer and disappeared into a thicket.

We did not see the lion but the thrill of the drive and not knowing what could happen next was what made this game drive worthwhile.

The 'Grey Ghost' of Africa

The ‘Grey Ghost’ of Africa

The Greater Kudu at Nambiti Hills

The Greater Kudu at Nambiti Hills

The Greater Kudu of Nambiti Hills

The Greater Kudu of Nambiti Hills

Save the Elephant Day!

Picture of Bathing Elephants by Melissa Mitchell
Save the Elephant Day, on 16th April, aims at highlighting the plight of elephants, spreading awareness and motivating people to get involved in saving them. These much-loved giants might be wildlife icons, but sadly they are in a crisis. This is our chance to show our love and support for them and raise awareness of the threats to their future, such as ivory poachers, traffickers and the loss of habitat.

At Nambiti Hills, we love and care about these gentle giants. We have a high population of elephants so on your next visit keep an eye out for Beefy, our famous one tusk elephant bull. He is amongst one of the original elephants placed on the reserve and has been around for many years. Over the last few months we’ve had new calves born but it is often very difficult to photograph them as they are always hiding behind their mums and stay deep within the herd.

We’d love to see your favourite elephant pics. Why not tag them on any one of our social networks below and show your love and support towards this worthy cause.

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A drink of water

A drink of water


Elephant spotted in Dead Man's Valley

Elephant spotted in Dead Man’s Valley

Nambiti’s Breeding Herd

Nambiti’s Breeding Herd

An Affectionate Welcome

An Affectionate Welcome

Herd of Elephants

Herd of Elephants

A Warm Greeting

A Warm Greeting


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Photo by Clinton Friedman


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Close Encounter with an African Puff Adder

Puff Adder
Our expert rangers have refined game viewing into an art, ensuring that our guests experience adventures both on foot and in our game viewers. Here’s a story of a recent incident that had our guests on edge of their seats:

“We had a brilliant morning game drive and were heading back to the lodge with our guests. On the drive back, we came across one of the most beautiful snakes on the roadside – the African Puff Adder. This was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up on so we took the chance to get a closer look at it.

Being no stranger throughout Southern Africa, the African Puff Adder is responsible for 72% of the snake bites which occur each year, and today we were the lucky ones who spotted it on our reserve. This added to the excitement in the atmosphere of the game viewer. The snake we were looking at had beautiful colourations and mesmerising patterns unique to the African Puff Adder, which really made it stand out. Its skin allows it to use camouflage to avoid being detected, rather than speed. Contrary to popular belief, these snakes are not out to bite us. They will use their venom as a last resort to chase away potential threat, and with a strike rate faster than that of a camera shutter, its prey won’t get away easily.

After having a closer look and getting it “acquainted” with our guests, we placed it back onto its path and watched as the reptile gracefully slithered off into the thickets, before we continued back to the lodge.”

Our rangers ensure that you don’t just spot the Big 5, but also get a closer look at the smaller wildlife on the reserve.

Large needle sharp fangs of the Puff Adder

Large needle sharp fangs of the Puff Adder


A Puff Adder camouflaging itself to avoid detection

A Puff Adder camouflaging itself to avoid detection

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.

Don’t forget that you can share your photos with us by tagging them on any one of our social networks below. You can also visit our Trip Advisor page and tell us all about your stay.

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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.”

We welcome you to become a part of our story by sharing yours with us.

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