Nkwichi Blog

It’s a wild life!

Long before people arrived on the shores around Nkwichi, the bush was teeming with animal and plant life. Today, through careful management and sustainable practices, that holds true.

There is something for every nature lover here at Nkwichi, from the seasoned birder searching for that Pel’s fishing owl or pennant winged nightjar to the first timers delighting in the vervet monkeys shenanigans. Whilst relaxing on the beach, paddling along the shore or simply sitting at the breakfast table, the fish eagle’s call is ever present. It is almost commonplace to see the beautiful bird swoop down and snatch a fish from the lake.

Hiking up into the hills to experience untouched bush and taking in the awe inspiring vistas, you are likely to spot a shy kudu staring at you just at the limit of visual range or hear the barking baboons in the trees and on the rocky slopes.

The variety of plant and fungi life is fascinating and season dependant. Your guide will pick edible mushrooms the size of dinner plates or use the leaves of the horn pod tree to call up a common duiker in the same manner that his fathers’ fathers did. Reptile and insect life abounds in the form of monitor lizards and the striking rainbow skinks.

The variety of butterflies astound to the point where we now have our own local expert! During the rains the frog chorus and the fireflies at night allow you to experience your very own fairytale…

…but beware, as the family of otters is always on the prowl for a morsel or two!