Days at nDzuti begin at first light. Dawn is exciting – birds greet the day, there may even be lions calling, and the camp-fire still burning as we meet in the dining tent for tea and toast, fruit and cereals. Hot boxes are loaded onto open safari vehicles and fleecy blankets are passed out.
Out in the bushveld, the sandy roads are full of animal tracks and we can interpret what went down while we were tucked up in bed. Animal tracks may dictate the direction the game drive takes. We stop often to view the animals we encounter and to interpret their behaviour.
All of the Big 5 animals can be viewed at nDzuti and every endeavour is made to locate these iconic African animals for guests, however, we delight in introducing some birding and small game on safari.
The morning game drive is approximately 3 hours long and at some time, at a viewpoint or such, we halt for hot drinks, homemade cookies, and rusks.
Back in camp, hot cooked breakfast awaits with a selection of fruits, cold meats and cheeses or pastries of sorts.
During the day guests relax in camp, watching the animals come down to the waterhole or in airconditioned comfort in their chalets and tents. The large central pool is well placed with a view, umbrellas and chaise lounges. For those who choose there is a guided nature walk from camp.
Lunch is served before the afternoon drive and can be in the shaded boma or the dining pavilion. The afternoon game drive leaves the camp as the heat of the day dissipates.
At sunset, we stop for traditional sundowner drinks and snacks. After dark, with the aid of a spotlight, we seek out the nocturnal creatures and the big cats.
Guests can freshen up before dinner on the terrace or in the boma besides the fire. A three-course meal is served with quality South African wines on offer.