Say Hello Dolly at Simbambili

Dolly Machavi has been an integral part of the team at Simbambili for over 17 years. She is one of our accomplished chefs with a passion for her job that is proven by the excellent dishes that she helps to create for our guests. Starting Out Dolly was born in the village of Seville, close to Simbambili, and spent her formative years in this rural s...

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Guest Question: What do dung beetles do with dung?

Some of the most interesting things you will be likely to come across on your South African safari are not always the biggest or most glamorous of creatures. Take some time to watch the rolling labours of the dung beetle and then consider what they actually do with all that dung. Waste Not Want Not Dung beetles are known as coprophages which simply...

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Thornybush Game Lodge Chocolate Mousse Indulgence

There's no better way to end another perfect day on your South African safari than with lashings of rich, indulgent chocolate. Our chocolate mousse is the perfect partner to the exceptional experiences you'll enjoy during your stay at Thornybush Game Lodge . Here's how it's doneā€¦ Thornybush Game Lodge Chocolate Mousse Ingredients 4 Eggs - separated...

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Masters of Deception - Handmaiden Moths

As it turns out even some of the moths you may see on your South African safari are extraordinary. Handmaiden moths are far from the norm in the moth world. Handmaiden moths are not your ordinary fly-by-night Heterocera. For starters they are diurnal. Secondly, they are highly attractive insects with colourful shimmery wings and striped bodies.If y...

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On Track with Ishmael Hlongwane

Ishmael Hlongwane is one of the interesting folk at Thornybush Game Lodge who will lead you on trails of discovery during your game drives. He is one of our most experienced trackers, having worked in this field since the turn of the century. Born to be Wild! Ishmael started out life in 1970 in the small village of Welverdiend outside Acornhoek and...

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South African Safari Mysteries - How Do Giraffes Sleep?

This is the kind of question that comes to you deep in the night on your South African safari, when the sound of a lion roaring wakes you up. You sleep like a log in your luxury safari accommodations, but how do the prey species 'out there' manage it. Especially the less agile ones like giraffes. These ungainly beasts aren't exactly designed for cu...

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