Publié le 04/12/2019

South African Safari

A stay at the Esiweni Luxury Safari Lodge in the Nambiti Private Game Reserve is a gift you give yourself, a moment far from the urban clamor. Here, wildlife and life in the wild weave their spells; days are measured by sunrise and sunset as you share experiences with the animals of the savannah.

South African Safari

It is 6:00 a.m. as we observe three leopards silhouetted against the sunrise.

A stay at the Esiweni Luxury Safari Lodge in the Nambiti Private Game Reserve is a gift you give yourself, a moment far from the urban clamor. Here, wildlife and life in the wild weave their spells; days are measured by sunrise and sunset as you share experiences with the animals of the savannah.

Esiweni resonates within me like a journey through the heart of the savannah. A moment suspended in time when I could experience the sweet scent of the lands of Africa, a perfume I would recognize decades from now. A feeling of intense freedom, matchless moments, meeting people who make hospitality a way of life and share their passion with boundless warmth.

Time does not exist at Esiweni. The days are counted in safaris and sunsets. Each new dawning is magical, brimming with surprises; come nightfall, we patiently await the next day to add a new page to this tome of adventure.

Perched on a cliff and surrounded by the Nambiti Reserve, Esiweni offers spectacular views of the Sunday River.  A herd of elephants comes there to drink and eat each morning, moving slowly among the trees in the silence of the savannah. With a little luck, we can see the youngest playing together. I could spend hours watching this ever-changing spectacle.

Everything here is done to make you feel good. Every desire is satisfied, a dream of comfort come true. All steeped in the conviction that you are at home – that warm sensation of welcome that cannot be found anywhere else.

Our safaris are moments of joy and discovery. We set out in a 4x4 without really knowing where we’re headed.  The first is in the morning, at dawn, and the second before sunset. We leave for three hours in search of animals. At Esiweni, we don’t leave the roads to approach animals, we don’t pursue them. We respect their space, their freedom, maintaining silence and respect for the beasts, some of which, by chance, may cross our path.

I can still remember the giraffe rising tall over the savannah at sunset. She danced in silhouette at the top of this mountain against a sky of endless pink. The savannah is an expanse of precious, profound treasures and landscapes of such exquisite beauty. We saw the Big Five – the lion, the rhinoceros, the Cape buffalo, the elephant, and the leopard. These five animals are known for their ability to defend their young against any predator and are willing to put their lives on the line to do so.

At Esiweni, every elegantly appointed room has a different décor punctuated with African craftsmanship.
Every morning, upon returning from our safari, we enjoy breakfast in the dining room, an especially welcoming place where you can warm up by the fire on chilly mornings.
The breakfast is fresh, delicious and entirely homemade by John, the Chef.
I love everything about the living room décor. It’s all so very pretty and harmonious.
One of my favorite moments when returning from our safaris is a long, hot bath. Every evening, the bath is ready when we arrived, beckoning us to enjoy some soothing relaxation before dinner.
The impressive and majestic giraffe walks in what looks like slow motion.
At 6:30 one morning, we come face-to-face with this herd of zebras.
That morning, the elephant appears in front of us. He is grandiose. He doesn’t want to share the road and walks slowly and determinedly. A matchless moment that I will treasure forever.
From the terrace at Esiweni, you can gaze out across a magnificent landscape traversed by the Sunday River. A herd of elephants comes there to drink and eat each morning – a magical and soul-soothing spectacle. I could watch them for hours from my deckchair.
The lion is one of my favorites. He hides in tall grass and blends into the background. Following this pride of two lions and three lionesses is a special moment each day.
The lionesses and lions go hunting at sunset.
Silently observing all these animals roaming free is truly a privilege.
A herd of buffalo at sunset, looking for a place to spend the night.
The Sunday River runs through much of the reserve and you can watch certain animals drinking there in the morning.
Crossing the savannah in a 4x4 and taking in its landscapes, smells, and sounds is as enchanting as seeing the animals. It’s a fundamental part of the safari experience.
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