A Festive Safari Holiday

Who doesn’t love the December holidays! All around the world, people of different religions, nationalities and cultures seem to rejoice as another long year comes to an end. Most of us are rewarded with some time off work to spend doing the things we love, with the people we love. It really is a time to unwind, relax and take a moment to breathe.

While we revel in traditional festive activities that are celebrated in the Northern hemisphere; like putting up tinsel, roasting turkey and drinking cinnamon flavoured drinks; unlike the colder, snow-covered countries, here in South Africa, we’re all about embracing the warmer weather.

December means heart-warming sunshine and welcome afternoon showers, lazy days spent sunning ourselves around the pool, evenings spent around a braai, enjoying delicious meats, fresh summer salads and juicy fruits like watermelon and litchis. And the best part … all of these things can be done right here at Nambiti Hills.

So what better way to get into the festive spirit than to spoil yourself with a true South African indulgence; delicious mouth-watering meals, lazy days around our new pool and deck area, beautiful summer sunsets spent out on a safari game drive, a morning of luxury and pampering at our Zolilie spa… and the list goes on!

We can’t wait to welcome you!
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Nambiti Hills – The Grey Yearling Colt

Recently two our Lodge guests, Linda & Christian from the United Kingdom decided that because they enjoyed their stay so much they would name their newly acquired race horse after the lodge… Nambiti Hills.
Below is a review from Linda on the horse’s history and their stay:

Following our fantastic holiday at Nambiti Hills last month we have decided to name our new racehorse after the resort.The newly-named “Nambiti Hills” who is a grey yearling colt out of Mastercraftsman by Lila. Mastercraftsman was the champion two year old of Europe in 2008 with career wins including the St. James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Irish 2000 Guineas. Nambiti Hills is a half-brother to numerous winners including St Leger winner Kingston Hill and Prix du Jockey Club winner The Grey Gatsby.

Nambiti Hills is being trained at Epsom, home of the The Derby, by trainer Michael Attwater. Bred to race at distances of up to one mile Nambiti Hills will hopefully make his racecourse debut as a 2 year old in 2017.

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We thoroughly enjoyed our six nights at Nambiti Hills. The individual lodges are very comfortable (lovely big bath!) and the game drives were top notch. The food was very good and the afternoon teas were a real highlight. The substitution of afternoon tea for lunch worked really well with the timing of the game drives and gave plenty of time to rest after the early starts. The game viewing is really good and the rangers very knowledgeable – we had Kelwan and he was excellent but the others seemed good too. We also enjoyed a couple of treatments in the Spa. The whole team at Nambiti Hills go out of their way to ensure the guests enjoy their stay. I can thoroughly recommend Nambiti Hills for a comfortable but authentic safari experience.

We wish Nambiti Hills the best of luck for his future races!

A 5 Star Food Experience!

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of joining us here at Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge, then you will know first hand how we pride ourselves on offering the ultimate 5 star luxury experience. But when it comes to real indulgence, we like to think that our Head Chef Bryce and his team have it covered. From fresh home-cured Salmon, delicious baked cakes and treats, to decedent ice-cream, morning snacks and high tea to write home about, there really is something for every taste bud and every pleasure seeker.

Start your day off with a strong, freshly brewed coffee or flavoured tea; complete with health rusk or decadent baked treat of the day. Top up with a hot beverage of your choice (have you tried our Mocha-chocochino) and early treats on your morning game drive drinks stop; just a little indulgence to bide you over until breakfast. Fill your heart, and your stomach with a harvest table buffet of healthy cereals, cheeses, freshly squeezed juices and a hot breakfast spread. Relax after a light lunch in the afternoon sun, around the pool or in our reading lounge with a bespoke cocktail of your choice. Graze on an overflowing platter of uniquely South African snacks – biltong, dried fruit, roasted corn, nuts and other delicious goodies. But go easy… you don’t want to fill up before the much-anticipated afternoon high tea that gets everyone’s lips smacking!

Come home hungry after an exciting late afternoon game drive and feast on a 3 course meal that is both heart-warming and award-winning. Revised on a monthly basis, our evening menu boasts a choice of 6 starters, 8 mains and 6 desserts.

Here is a sneak peak at some of the delicious options from the new summer dinner menu:
GRILLED NORWEGIAN SALMON – Dressed with a fusion of nori rolls and a delightful combination of a soy and wasabi hollandaise.
LOIN OF LAMB – Rolled Lamb Loin, Flame Grilled to perfection, with buttery crushed potatoes, aubergine and ginger tomato jam.
FILLET OF BEEF – Accompanied by crisp potato chips and enveloped with a creamy mushroom and chicken liver sauce.
KERALA MIXED VEGETABLE CURRY – A tasty combination of vegetables prepared in a south Indian style curry accompanied by a roasted cashew nut rice.
CHICKEN BREAST – Wrapped in Crisp streaky bacon set a top a creamy gorgonzola and mascarpone risotto. Accompanied by the chef’s delicious red onion marmalade complimented by fresh watercress.
GRILLED TIGER PRAWNS – Set a top crisp, Mexican inspired Potato and corn cakes with a zesty coriander and chilli pesto
DUCK CONFIT – A French classic with a modern twist. Placed on a vibrant carrot, ginger puree, with bok choy, soy sake reduction and dukkha spices.

Nothing gives our kitchen staff more pleasure than to peer out over the open plan cooking island and see guests tasting and savouring the food that they have so lovingly created. We pride ourselves on service excellence and empty plates coming back from the dining room is how we judge ourselves. Making use of the best locally produced ingredients, we create quality meals that leave you feeling indulged and treated to a 5-star taste experience. There shouldn’t be any other way.

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Safari Spoils, From Us to You

One of my favourite sayings, by Mary Anne Radmacher, goes something like this: Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Continue to learn. Appreciate your friends. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.

It’s my favourite, simply because it’s so relevant to my life here at Nambiti Hills and what I do on a daily basis. Loving what you do just seems to be part of the plan, not just for me, but for all of us here at the lodge. You can see it in the way we go about our “jobs”. Putting that final sprinkle of the chef’s special seasoning on the dinner plate before serving it to our guests, placing that extra mint leaf in a bespoke cocktail, the soft touch of nurturing hands on a tense neck during an African Earth Soul Massage, the fluffing of feather down pillows, the attention to detail for an anniversary or birthday celebration, and even the meticulous washing of a dirty ranger vehicle at the end of a wildlife-filled game drive…

We know that even though the luxury of our 5-star lodge is absolutely everything it’s cracked up to be, just ask any of our many satisfied customers,(see here) it’s the smaller, finer things in life that contribute to the magic of an unforgettable experience here at Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge.

And while we do our bit to ensure you have the luxury escape you deserve; we do have to rely on the animals to play along too. A safari wouldn’t be a safari worth talking about if you didn’t get to enjoy the spoils of daily wildlife sightings. From the elephant herd frolicking at the watering hole to the boisterous Lion cubs trying their luck at stalking, zebra galloping along the plains, vultures circling up above and the list goes on.

Making sure your time with us is an unforgettable and personal retreat with all the indulgences, is our top priority. With luxury like this, it’s an easy task. But don’t take our word for it, we’d love to have you join us for a few days to embrace nature in the comfort of your very own sanctuary. Nature at its finest, and all of us here at Nambiti Hills, are waiting for you.

Ranger Iris.

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Human Animal Relationship Awareness Week

Have you ever watched an Elephant? I mean, really watched it; studied its movements, marveled at its beauty, observing as it walks and eats and plays, paying special attention to the way it interacts with the herd. Many of our guests at Nambiti Hills, have been privileged to these sightings and often find themselves in awe of how human-like these interactions are.

From the simple gesture of “shaking” trunks and “hugging” with gentle nudges when they greet one another, to the way they remember things and vocalize their feelings; from grief at the loss of a loved one, to joy on being reunited after a length of time. It’s easy to see that these beautiful giants are not so different from you and I. But it’s not just Elephants who portray uncanny human traits.

Monkeys and baboons are known for crafting everyday objects into useful tools; like stones to break open hard fruit and vines to swing from one tree to the next. Ants, termites and birds build houses, while mothers protect infants that are not necessarily their own. Whether its cultural or behavioural, the idea that humans and animals share some very similar traits is a fascinating concept; one which we get to assess and observe when we head out on our daily game drives. It’s one thing to have a great day filled with exciting wild sightings, but to take the time to really appreciate and understand what we see, is what makes each day here at Nambiti Hills such a worthwhile adventure.

We can’t wait to take you out and show you just what we mean.
Until then, your Nambiti Family

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