Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Nambiti Plains Lodge - Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Our second stop was Nambiti Plains Lodge , we did a trade off from one game vehicle to the other in the Car park and then we were off and on our way to Nambiti Plains, on arrival we were greeted with a cold towel and a welcome drink then shown through the Main Lodge area to their Deck where they overlook a waterhole and bush, then it was through to our chalet which was to be our home for the next 2 days, a lovely large room with a king bed (which can be converted into twins) tea & coffee station and a minibar, the bedroom was open plain into the bathroom where there was a bath, indoor and outdoor shower as well as a separate toilet the large glass doors along the front of the unit lead out onto the Deck where we were lucky enough to have weavers building a nest! I was most excited and sat there for a good 30 min waiting for the little bird to return and continue to build his nest, I managed to snap a few pictures and some of them I am proud of as I don’t normally photograph birds!

Deck Looking out into the Bush
Masked Weaver
Masked Weaver

After we has settled we went through to the lodge for Lunch which was a grilled Cajun chicken salad and for dessert a meringue basket with ice cream and a berry reduction - oh so delicious I finished the whole thing! Feeling a little ill we went back to our room for a relaxing siesta and to get ready for our afternoon game drive, back at the lodge there was tea & coffee and a delicious looking cake which unfortunately none of us touched as we were too full from lunch, what a pity because it looked amazing.

Out on game drive and the afternoon proved productive with sightings of buffalo, elephant, lion , impala , hippo, zebra, hartebeest, eland, kudu, grey duiker, black back jackal, reed buck, nyala, ostrich, wildebeest etc. After our game drive it was back to the lodge for a 3 course dinner for starters - tomato, mozzarella and basil tartlet. Mains: pork roast with carrots, green beans and potato rosti. Dessert: chocolate mousse pot. It was all simply delicious!

a Very Dirty Buffalo Bull

Zebra & Eland in the Background
The next morning we were out early on Game Drive and again had quite a productive morning, buffalo herd, breeding herd of elephants with the smallest baby – so Cute!, ostrich, giraffe, white rhino, impala, eland, kudu etc.  Back to the lodge for breakfast and we had our own private continental buffet at our table then a large choice of hot breakfast. After we had finished we were back to our room for a siesta and for me to try get an even better shot of our
weaver building his nest.

Elephant with small baby
Masked Weaver

Masked Weaver
After our siesta we were back off to lunch which was meant to be a smoked salmon salad, unfortunately I really don’t like smoked salmon but a quick word with Brent and we were enjoying our smoked chicken salad, pudding was rich and creamy crème brûlée.  The Lunch and Dinner menus at Nambiti Plains Lodge are set and they write it up on a little black board, but if there is ever anything you don’t eat/like there is no hesitation to change it to something you would.
Another siesta, high Tea which was the yummiest little mini cakes and then we were off on our afternoon game drive where we found elephant, 3 white rhino, lions, all the general antelope, back to the lodge for another 3 course Dinner: starter - cold tomato soup (bloody Mary soup), mains - lamb cutlets, soft corn polenta, vegetables and a jus sauce, Dessert - mixed berry panda cotta - deliciousness!! 

Our last morning was extremely overcast so we opted for a sleep in instead of the early morning game drive, once up and packed we headed off to breakfast, after we has eaten our full we sadly said goodbye and headed off back to Durban.
Can you tell I Love Zebra?

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