THE ART OF CAMOUFLAGE

Reggie at Nambiti Hills
One of the first things we learn about the wild outdoors… is that Mother Nature is both a smart and beautiful thing. Smart, in that everything has a place and a purpose and it all works together within the greater circle of life. And beautiful, well, it’s plain and simply one of the most beautiful things to look at.

Here at Nambiti Hills, we are privileged enough to experience this beauty every single day. But that’s a whole other blog story. There is a lot we can learn from Mother Nature, and today I want to share with you what I call ‘The Wisdom of The Wild’.

I’m sure you’ve seen us rangers all sporting the latest khaki trends, with our matching sand coloured shorts, shirts and socks. This is nothing more than our own simple attempts at camouflage – a natural concept designed to necessitate survival. Basically, we’re trying to blend into the surrounding landscape before the animals spot us and head for the hills. But when it comes to camouflage, the animals at Nambiti Hills win hands down. Or should I say paws, claws and talons.

Take for example, the Zebra. To us, they stick out like a sore thumb. But this crafty pattern of zigzagging black and white stripes is a deviating blur to a chasing predator. Zoologists believe that their striped pattern resembles that of tall grass, which can confuse a colour-blind lion. When you’re smaller, or slower than your predator, camouflage can save your life.

The stealth master of disguise is undoubtedly the Cheetah. Their intricate spotted pelts are as unique as a human fingerprint, and help to conceal them in almost any environment. An effective patchwork of gold and brown, their prey doesn’t see them coming. Until it’s too late.

The fawn coloured Eland that blends in with the brown grass, the tawny coat of the lion, the leaf-resembling spots of the giraffe, the mud-encrusted crocodile hide and the ever-changing colours of the chameleon…

Finding animals in the wild is no easy feat. Especially trying to find an animal that doesn’t want to be found. But it’s what we’re trained to do. Using their textured furs to disappear before our very eyes, concealing themselves amongst the clutter of the background trees… we can only but marvel at the brilliant ways in which these animals perform their vanishing acts. And every day here at Nambiti Hills is an exciting challenge to out-spot them.

There’s nothing better than the whispered cheers of our guests as we point out hidden animals among the earthy canvas or when we get to observe as a predator puts his camouflage to the test.

Have you captured the Art of Camouflage? Send us your pictures and share your stories with us – we’d love to hear from you.

Until next time.
Reggie.

Sometimes it's hard to see where one Zebra starts & another one ends.

Sometimes it’s hard to see where one Zebra starts & another one ends.


Spot the spots?The Cheetahs camouflage helps conceal its whereabouts on a hunt.

Spot the spots?The Cheetahs camouflage helps conceal its whereabouts on a hunt.


Motionless & poised, the Eland blends beautifully into its surroundings.

Motionless & poised, the Eland blends beautifully into its surroundings.