March Ranger’s Report 2024

Oh the madness of March! Whether it is something in the air or in the water, this month sure has been busy at Umzolozolo. We have welcomed many guests from beyond the continent of Africa but also enjoyed the company of local visitors who continue to put their trust in our team to deliver a world class safari experience at our...

February Ranger’s Report 2024

With Valentine's Day on the calendar for the month, I have decided to write about a few mammals that show a lot of physical affection. Our two cheetah brothers can often be seen grooming one another with long licks and face snuggles. The coalition reaffirms its bond through these displays of affection and it can make for very special photographic moments....

January Ranger’s Report 2024

The first month of the new year has been phenomenal! We welcomed a familiar face back into the Umzolozolo family with the return of Raymond in the food and beverage department. He has already inspired some culinary changes to old favourites while introducing many delicious new meals on the menu. Lodge staff enjoyed some time off with their families to...

December Ranger’s Report 2023

The final month of 2023 is always a festive time, even out in the wilderness. Guides accessorised with funky hats, sparkly tinsel and other Christmas decorations. The lodge was decorated with a subtle elegance plus a little extra on display for Christmas Day. The food that was prepared on the day was absolutely scrumptious, and we all felt the effect...

November Ranger’s Report 2023

There is no question that a visit from one of the Big Five animals is a wish that sits on everyone’s list. In the last week of November, the two Tswalu lionesses and our two dominant male lions ventured onto the lodge grounds. They walked up the access road, through the central thicket, down to the spa and eventually settled...

October Ranger’s Report 2023

If I look back on the month of October and consider the events that stand out, the memories are dominated by a freezing cold spell of weather that swooped in towards the end. There were reports of snow between Ladysmith and Newcastle, and we had single digit temperatures, hail storms and heavy rain for at least a few days. Although...

September Ranger’s Report 2023

Spring mode has been activated on Nambiti Game Reserve! Beautiful pops of colour have started appearing as wild flowers bloom, birds are diligently collecting nesting materials and donning their breeding plumage, and many a mammal is carrying the next generation for 2023. We have identified at least two active Secretarybird nests on the reserve and the breeding pairs of Blue Crane...

August Ranger’s Report 2023

Umzolozolo Private Safari Lodge is upgrading and renovating various areas around the lodge. We have one major project on the go at the moment which promises new and exciting experiences for guests. What is this project, you ask? Well, we are building our very own dam just below the lodge! The renovations have been ongoing: we started with new paved...

July Ranger’s Report 2023

Morning drives in July are simply breathtaking. The air is crisp, the sunrise is a hue of pinks and oranges, and the sightings are fantastic. It really is one of the more magical times to be on safari at Nambiti Private Game Reserve. Three sub-adult lions from the southern pride paid us a visit at the lodge this month. As I...

June Ranger’s Report 2023

Reserve management always seems a little busier in the winter months. Colder temperatures, little to no rain, and the appearance of frost signal the time to repair roads and burn fire breaks and sections of veld. Within these burnt areas we often see antelope feeding on the charred vegetation. It is believed to supplement carbon in their diets. With most...