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Beautiful Kingfishers At NambitiMay 16, 2013
One of the most relaxing things you can do at Nambiti is go fishing. Mention it in advance, and Brett or Ross or one of the wonderful Nambiti Hills game guides will take you down to the dam or river to try your luck. The dam, to my knowledge, is full of bass so I’m sure you will get a few bites. You will also be in good company, as several hippo reside there too.
The weather is perfect right now for a little fishing trip. Not as hellishly hot as mid-summer but still warm as we head into winter. You can spend most of the day down by the water’s edge, with nothing but the sound of your line going out and the occasional call of the African Fish Eagle to interrupt your meditative state. Wild animals are likely to be grazing nearby and may venture closer for a drink or quick bathe. This is where you unwind and connect with some of the magnificence of Africa – the heat and smells and wildlife and birds and vegetation of the bush.
If you’re keen to make a meal of it, so to speak, and stay down by the water for several hours, the lodge will prepare you a snack or even deliver something tasty later on. And the chefs, I’m sure , will gladly prepare you a gourmet dinner with the fish that you catch. You can expect to be joined by a fellow fisherman, the Kingfisher. A brightly coloured bird with a large head, long sharp pointed bill, short legs and a stubby tail.
I gather there are 86 different kingfisher species throughout the world, with 18 in Africa, and 10 of those occurring in Southern and East Africa.
And they are just a small part of the beauty of being at Nambiti. If you haven’t relaxed yourself into the state of a coma by the end of your fishing session, you’ll have just enough time to try and eliminate any dreaded fishy scent, and head out with other Nambiti Hills guests on a magnificent evening game drive. A perfect end to a perfect day.
- Siobhan Gunning, writer, wildlife enthusiast, lapsed fisherwoman
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