“River Horses” at the river bank!

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Nambiti Hills is home to an array of wonderful species of wildlife. Among them is the hippo, which is the third largest land mammal, after elephants and white rhinos. Recently, while out on a game drive we drove past the watering hole and heard the bellowing and snorting of a hippo. Curiously, we got a little closer and spotted this male hippo (pictured above) submerged in water with an open-mouthed “yawn” which revealed his long, razor-sharp incisors and tusk-like canines. Wondering what caused his agitation, we noticed another hippo nearby. Male hippos are extremely territorial and will defend their space when in water, so we understood that this male was simply warning his neighbour to keep his distance.

More often than not, hippos remain immersed in water for the best part of the day – justifying the Greeks naming them “river horses.” While they gracefully gallop along river bottoms, they are a little sluggish when out of the water, although they can run up to speeds of about 48kph. By night, hippos can eat up to 40kgs of several grass species. This is about half as much as other hooved mammals eat but because of their sedentary lifestyle, hippos don’t require much energy.

So the next time you visit Nambiti Hills, spend a few extra minutes observing the behaviour of our hippos and you will be amazed at what you see and learn!

Hippo

Hippo

Danger around the bend

A lioness hot in the tracks of a kudu

A lioness hot in the tracks of a kudu


Our game drive adventures, here at Nambiti Hills, are nothing short of surprising, on a very good day.

Last week, we were on an afternoon drive with some really excited first time guests. They were on full alert as we ventured deep into the wilderness in our new game viewers, which arrived last week. Wildlife-spotting is always a spectacular experience and this was extra special for them.

We were eagerly driving along, engine purring, and guests in tow. As we rounded a bend, we suddenly saw a herd of kudu intensely leap from the bushes, running for all their might. Hot in their tracks was a determined lioness with hunger in her eyes and power in every stride. It was breath-taking to watch nature at work.

She singled out a young kudu fleeing . Within seconds, the kudu had sprinted across the path with the lioness closing the distance. The two animals disappeared into the nearby bushes leaving us in silence and curious as to what will happen. Just as we had begun predicting the kudu’s fate, we saw it spring back across the path and flee toward safety – a great escape! The lioness, exhausted from her sprint, aborted the hunt to catch her breath and rest under the shade of a tree. We all sighed a breath of relief after witnessing such an intense scene.

That’s the amazing thing about Nambiti Hills, you never know what could happen around the next bend!

Take a walk with us on the wild side!

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Many of our guests enjoy the thrill of exploring Nambiti Hills whilst on a game drive, but there is nothing quite like our guided walks. Although exploring a Big 5 game reserve on foot can be daunting, our walks are carried out by a trained guide with extensive knowledge of the area, whose first priority is your safety.

He will keep you entertained with fascinating stories of the fauna and flora on the reserve while you get to witness magnificent landscapes and feel the excitement of searching for one of the majestic Big 5, all on foot. It certainly is a rush and if you haven’t experienced it before, it should definitely be on your “to-do” list when you visit Nambiti Hills.

Our guided walks are subject to availability so please make sure you enquire with our reservations department when you book your next trip.

See you soon!

Witness the wild in new wheels

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The atmosphere at Nambiti Hills has been brimming with excitement since the arrival of our new fleet of game viewers this week.

Our rangers were proud and absolutely thrilled to take our guests out along the rambling plains of the reserve. There are a few ways of experiencing nature at work, but for that real up close and personal experience, our magical game drive experiences are unbeaten.

There is always something spectacular about venturing deep into the wilderness and witnessing rare sightings which are unpredictable and special in every way!

We can’t wait to take you for a game drive soon in our new wheels, so you too can experience the freedom of driving around Nambiti Hills in front row seats.

See you on your next visit!
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The Month in Pictures

Game viewing, at Nambiti Hills, has been refined into an art by our experienced rangers who have ensured that we have yet another adventure-filled month. Here is a photographic recap of the majestic wildlife we came across while out on game drives:

A Baby Elephant Calf

A Baby Elephant Calf


A Well Camouflaged Cheetah

A Well Camouflaged Cheetah


Male Lion Marking his Territory

Male Lion Marking his Territory


Wildlife

Wildlife


Game Drive

Game Drive


A Giraffe Grazing on Trees

A Giraffe Grazing on Trees