KwaMbili Game lodge - Thornybush - Greater Kruger Area - South Africa
It was very lekker! Great adventure, food and service! All our expectations have been exceeded. Good Luck to all of you. Best - Jim & Julie • This is Paradise, We dont want to leave, everything is perfect! The atmosphere, people, food and animals. Thank you for everything!. - Naite & Werner • We enjoyed the evening and morning safari with Edde, Richard and Eric and especially the close!! encounter with three rhinos will last a lifetime.  - Guest Names • Best marks for everything and everybody, although it spoilt our usual backpackers budget! But it was definitely the best decision we made in our holiday! - Ulrike & Sepp • Kudos for everything,  especially tracking two leopards!  Thanks also to the cooks for such great food! - Frank & Carol •
The Ranger Report
2017-01-23
Is this why hippo spend so much time in the water?

Did you know that hippos have an unusual digestive system? They have foregut fermentation yet they do not ruminate (chew the cud) like cows or other ruminants. This could be due to a relatively slow digestion process, which means that they have an extremely long retention time to eventually achieve fairly complete digestion of plant cell walls. And this in turn could be explained by their semi-aquatic habits and consequently low thermo-regulatory demands i.e. hippos may have a lower metabolic requirement per unit of body mass than other ruminants. Put simply, because they spend so much time in water, they do not need to use energy to regulate their body temperatures - so it appears they can spend more time digesting their food properly!


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    KwaMbili Game Lodge

    KwaMbili Game Lodge provides an authentic safari experience at an affordable price. KwaMbili is situated in the Thornybush Game Reserve near Hoedspruit, within the Greater Kruger area. The reserve is home to the Big Five as well as an abundance of other game and bird species. This means good sightings, either while out on game drive or on foot during bush walks. KwaMbili means "Place of Two" in the local Shangaan language.

    Our knowledgeable rangers will introduce you to the tracks, movements, sights and sounds which give you a window into the secrets of the African bush. Back at the lodge, view wildlife from the safety and comfort of our well-positioned hide. If all this calls for time to just let the experience sink in ... take a dip in the swimming pool, just relax in an armchair or enjoy a cool drink at the bar.

    Accommodation

    Accommodation at KwaMbili consists of thatched chalets or large Meru style safari tents. All have shower and toilet and electric power, their own patio and mosquito nets over the beds.

    The chalets are positioned closer to the main building and are air-conditioned. Two of the chalets have interleading doors and can be used as a family unit

    The safari tents are further from the main building, each under a thatched roof. The flaps can be opened or closed according to the weather. They also have an open air shower and toilet.