Ask most South Africans when they’d prefer to visit a game reserve and they’d probably tell you ‘winter’. In reality, game reserves change so much between these seasons that they are well worth visiting in the midst of both winter and summer.
In winter, the dry air, golden grass and sparse vegetation create a feel of iconic Africa, with beautiful sunsets in hues of orange and reds. Seeing the tawny coats of the lions blending into the surrounding grasslands, listening to the calls of the night while you sit around a blazing fire to fend off the cold, and returning to hot towels and Amarula hot chocolate after an evening game drive are just a few of the elements of the winter experience at our reserve.
Meanwhile, summer will captivate your senses. You can delight in the smell of rain in the air, listen to the sound of approaching thunderstorms or enjoy the abundance of birdlife in search of mates and enjoying the glorious days. Your evening will be filled with the sound of frogs and crickets competing in drowning each other out after sunset, each species adding to the chorus of chaos and seeking out mates; while your days will be filled with green as far as the eye can see, only contrasted by the vividly colourful flowers of native vegetation. Add to this the gleaming coats of the over-nourished antelope with young at foot, and you’ll have a glimpse of the splendour of the Nambiti reserve’s summer experience.
With all this in mind, when will you be booking your next trip to explore the African wild?
Written by Brett Hoy