Think about it. Luxury executive suites. Attentive but discreet service. Beautiful views across the whole Nambiti Private Game Reserve. Game drives in the most comfortable game drive vehicles I have ever been in (not to mention the super thick and soft blankets to coddle yourself in during a winter’s evening game drive or pre-dawn drive). There’s the massive open plan lounge with expansive ultra-comfortable upholstered chairs and couches as well as plenty of fires for those cold Ladysmith evenings. A huge deck that instructs you to relax and enjoy yourself the minute you walk out on it. A pool to give you the cool reprieve you need on a sweltering summer’s day. And then there’s the food. Oh, the food! A kind of Afro-Asian splendour full of texture and interesting flavours. Certainly not what you’d expect in the middle of a game reserve. And to round off that five-star cuisine, some of the best wines that have ever stirred your palate. Follow that with a soak in an elliptical stone bath that overlooks your own private view of the reserve, and the word “heaven” rises off your tongue.
Now, if you want to take luxury to the next level, make an arrangement with the Nambiti Hills in-house therapist. No, not THAT kind of therapist – just spending time connecting with nature will do you more good, with all due respect to the many good shrinks out there. I’m talking about a massage and spa therapist. I’ve just been looking through the treatment menu and now have even more reasons to get back to Nambiti Hills. There’s a one-hour facial treatment which looks great but I admit is not really thing. But there are five body treatments, ranging from a relaxing scalp massage to a foot treatment to stone or aromatherapy full body treatments. Plus a Swedish body treatment. Anyone called Helga there? It says it will relax the body and calm the mind. Well, that’s not my personal association with a Swedish massage but maybe I’ve watched one too many Bond movies.
Whatever the case, what a great way to enhance your stay at Nambiti Hills! Especially if you stay a few extra days or decide to skip one of the game drives (I think you’re nuts but some people prefer to lie in!). Just go along for a two-hour full body treatment and then laze around the lodge all day. Have brunch with the game drive crowd on their return, read through the many beautiful books on Africa that are strewn through the lounge, and then ease yourself into an outdoors lounger for the afternoon, listening to the noises of the lions, jackals and buffalo below.
- Siobhan, writer and wildlife enthusiast amongst other things