TDN Weekend

January 2017

TDN Weekend December 2016 Issue 9

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if no less inspiring, private reserves. Includ- ed among the latter is the Nambiti Private Game Reserve, located on 22,000 acres of African bush in western South Africa. Nambiti has a fascinating history. Sever- al Boer War and Zulu War battlefields can be found either within the borders of the reserve or close by, and dilapidated stone homesteads and cattle kraals dot the land. For much of the 20th century, the area was used for cattle farming, but in 2000, a local businessman and conservationist spear- headed the purchase of the land and turned it in to private reserve. Officially, it is a Big Five reserveā€”a distinction that means the property is home to the lion, elephant, buf- falo, leopard, and rhinoceros. (The term was coined by big-game hunters to account for the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot, but is used less injuriously these days by safari operators.) Earlier this year, Gold Circle, which owns horse tracks and casinos in South Africa, hosted a cadre of international journalists for the G1 Durban July. Held each year on the first Saturday of July, it's the country's richest and most prestigious Group 1. After, the "journos" were treated to three days at the Nambiti, an easy 3 1/2-hour drive northwest of Durban by coach. (It's about 4 1/2 hours from Johannesburg; access from Cape Town, 895 miles away, requires a flight.) 19

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