Exclusive Limited Offer: Wildlife Wednesday Guided Walks

Safari Walk
When you join us in the serene setting of Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge, you’re immersed in nature, wherever you are… Whether you’re sitting at our bar or our restaurant looking out onto the Nambiti Valley; in our infinity pool gazing at the horizon or in the egg-shaped baths – nature is all around.

Now, we are taking you closer to the wilderness than ever before, with our Wildlife Wednesday Guided Walks.

If you book to stay over a Wednesday, from now until November 30th, you will be able to experience a complementary Guided Walk into the Nambiti wilderness with one of our experienced Guides, in place of one of the twice-daily Game Drives.

Guided Walk

Although these walks are potentially more dangerous than an Open Vehicle Safari, our Guides undergo extensive training and assessments to ensure our Guests are explicitly safe. During your experience, you should see a variety of game and learn facts about the surrounding wilderness.

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On Guided Walks, water will be provided for you, as they take place between 9am and midday in the hot morning sun. If you are thinking about participating, you should pack a hat, comfortable walking shoes and neutral-coloured clothing like khaki, beige or brown.

Get up close and personal with the wilderness.
Experience the intricacies of nature, like never before, as you’re guided through an ecosystem seldom seen by Safari goers.

THE ULTIMATE SAFARI CHECKLIST

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The first item on your ultimate Safari packing checklist should always be binoculars.

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Not only do these assist you in seeing the smaller animals of the wild, but they can
also help you see the pearly whites of lion, or the eyelashes of elephant…

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When you’re out in the wild, it’s always best to blend in. Unfamiliar, bright colours like red or yellow may unnerve some timid wildlife – this is of particular importance on Walking Safari. In the bush, glitz and glamour can be found in nature itself. Make sure you pack comfortable easy-to-wear clothing for walking, and the rugged paths you’re sure to encounter on Open Vehicle Safari.

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Here are some of the less obvious things you may need during your Safari experience…

Ultimate Safari Packing Checklist:
-Binoculars
-Camera
-Sun cream
-Sunglasses
-Sun hat
-Lip Balm
-Khaki/green or beige clothing
-Warm jacket, windbreaker or raincoat
-Long and short sleeved t-shirts
-Shorts for the day
-Socks, gloves and knitted hats for winter
-Long trousers/jeans for the evenings around the campfire
-Swimming costume
-Comfortable walking shoes
-Toothbrush and toothpaste
and don’t forget to pack your passport!

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At Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge, we like to guarantee that your every Safari requirement is taken care of.

Here are the luxuries you can expect when staying with us:
-Hairdryer
-Mosquito repellent
-Gowns
-Slippers
-Manicure set
-Sewing set
-Shower cap
-Bath foam
-Bath salts
-Shampoo
-Conditioner
-Body wash
-Body lotion
-Animal sighting checklist
-Pens
-Additional blankets
-Game Drive ponchos
-Water bottles for Game Drive
-Tea and coffee station in each suite
-Towels

Now you’re ready for the ultimate Safari.

The chase is on

Guides and Guests from Nambiti Hills have been paying the utmost attention to our newest additions on the Reserve – female cheetah Xani and her two cubs.

Some Guests were lucky enough to see these astoundingly fast cubs hunt and kill a
steenbok, showing that they’re beginning to adapt to their surroundings.

Why Are They Called the Big 5?

If you are visiting Nambiti Hills you might be lucky enough to see all of the Big 5.
Lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino.

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There are only 11 countries in the world that have the Big 5, and all of them are in Africa.

But have you ever wondered why these specific animals are called the big five?

These animals were named the “Big 5” because they are not only among the most poached animals, but also the most difficult and dangerous to hunt on foot.

These five large African mammal species were known to be treacherous and it was considered a feat by trophy hunters to bring them home.

Today, however, the expression takes on a gentler form, referring to seeing the Big 5, as opposed to hunting them, during safaris on the African continent.

The word then spread about the Big 5, this name sticking in people’s minds and later becoming a great tourist attraction for foreigners.

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A lot of people ask why these animals were chosen, as mentioned above they were extremely dangerous to pursue on foot and many hunters lost their lives while trying to get that prestigious trophy – primarily because they hunt back!

Let us know if you manage to see all of them on your next Open Vehicle Safari – and send us your pictures, if you wish to have them featured to marketing@nambitihills.com

The Nambiti Elephant Herd

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On the Nambiti Hills Reserve, we have an incredibly special elephant herd – this herd consists of roughly 27 members, growing all the time.

The matriarch, Stumpie, is named after her short tail, while the dominant bull BFE (Big Friendly Elephant) is named after his size. Many Guests on the Reserve recognise him because of this, as well as his one slightly smaller tusk.

Although they have been growing over the past few years, nobody quite knows the story behind the broken tusk. If you understand elephant behaviour, this was most likely due to a serious fight with another bull elephant or dominance display of pushing over a tree in order to break such strong ivory.

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In the wild, the life expectancy of an African elephant is roughly 60 years old. BFE is roughly that age now. As he has aged, we have noticed a difference in the way he interacts with the breeding herd.

Bull elephants will usually trail away for 2 to 3 weeks at a time, wandering wherever they please, returning to a breeding herd to mate or establish dominance.
In his old age, BFE has been spending most of his time with the females and calves.

This could be because he feels the need to protect them from the two younger bulls on the Reserve, or because he is too tired to trail away.

Either way, this new behaviour of his means that Game Drives are that much more special, with the unusual opportunity of Guests to see not only a breeding herd, filled with calves, but also the epitome of a dominant bull elephant in his ripe old age.

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If you have any photos you’d like to share with us of BFE, Stumpie and the rest of the elephants on the Reserve, send them to us at marketing@nambitihills.com