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Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Big 5 Safari Game Park
Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal

Nambiti Private Game Reserve, a ‘Big Five’ reserve, is well situated in a Malaria Free region of Kwa-Zulu Natal, approximately 3 hours drive from Durban and 4 hours from Johannesburg. The reserve is only 25 kilometres outside of Ladysmith and less than an hour’s drive to the Drakensberg mountains, a world heritage site.

Nambiti was started in 1999, from what was originally a cattle and maize farming area. After the farms were acquired, the removal of internal fencing and old buildings started as well as the outer game-fencing of the reserve which had to be completed. Alien vegetation had to be removed -  which is an ongoing exercise and finally the delicate task of re-introducing wildlife could take place.

Nambiti covers an area of 22 000 acres and is the only reserve in the area that is home to the ‘Big 5”. It also hosts 40 other species of game including, amongst others cheetah, giraffe, hippo, hyena, impala, eland and zebra and the bird life is prolific with several rare bird species found in the ravine bush alongside the river. The vegetation and landscape is beautiful and diverse and boasts incredible biodiversity, including savannah, thornveld, riverine bush, grasslands and acacia trees

The reserve is a private initiative and as such is driven by passionate, committed people with a deep love and respect for their natural heritage and a dedication to preserving and regenerating the wildlife and ecosystems, through partnerships with neighboring communities and conservationists. The local community also has a real stake in the Reserve and there are successful development programmes in place whereby the reserve not only offers visitors excellent game viewing experiences but both benefits and enriches the local people and makes meaningful contributions to conservation.

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The reserve has a number of superb lodges which have either been newly built or renovated from existing farmhouses – there is a choice of nine luxurious safari lodges and one tented camp which can cater for family getaways, couples, weddings and corporate functions offering a selection of comfortable accommodation, fine cuisine, breathtaking landscapes, skilled and experiences guides and a rich diversity of wildlife and floria.

Nambiti offers visitors endless opportunities – superb game drives, guided bush walks, and magnificent stargazing by night. The Sundays River offers excellent Yellowtail fishing and there are a number of dams within the reserve that are well stocked with various fish species.

The area around Nambiti is rich in South African history with several battles of the Anglo-Zulu and Anglo-Boer wars taking place on land surrounding the reserve. The world renowned battlefields Isandlwana and Rorkes Drift and also that of Ladysmith and Elandslaagte are all in the immediate vicinity of the reserve. There are numerous memorial sites including one at the entrance to the reserve which honors the Boer and English troops who lost their lives in the Battle of Elandslaagte. The hospital still stands and is within the reserve’s borders. Other historical attractions close by, in Ladysmith, include the Town Hall Museum, Siege Museum and Statue of Ghandi.
Less than an hour’s drive from Nambiti, the Drakensberg Mountains are a magnificent World Heritage site and extraordinarily beautiful. There are numerous activity options available here, including hiking, quad biking, 4 x 4 Trails, canopy tours, horse riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking, fly fishing and white water rafting.

While winter is the best time of year for viewing wildlife – the area benefits from great weather all year round and after the heat of a summer day, thunderstorms in the late afternoon are both common and a quintessential part of the bush experience.
Nambiti Game Reserve is definitely one of Kwa-Zulu Natal’s wildlife treasures offering an area of outstanding natural beauty and diverse wildlife combined with a rich history.

  Nambiti Game Reserve Lodges
  Big 5 Safari Game Park

Cheetah Ridge Lodge - Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Cheetah Ridge Lodge & Nambiti House - Family Safari Holiday
Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Cheetah Ridge Lodge comprises 1 family suite with 10 x free-standing rooms overlooking a waterhole.
Nambiti House is a self-catering 5 bed-roomed house. This unit is within the grounds but separate from the main Cheetah Ridge Lodge.

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Elephant Rock Lodge - Nambiti Private Game Reserve Elephant Rock Lodge
Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Elephant Rock Lodge is superbly sited charming boutique safari lodge overlooking a waterhole, set high on the sides of a hill in the Malaria free Nambiti Private Game Reserve offering accommodation for up to 10 guests.

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Esiweni Lodge - Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Esiweni Luxury Safari Lodge
Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Esiweni Lodge, a 4 star game lodge in the Nambiti Private Game Reserve, Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal has a unique cliff top position offering one a dramatic view over the Sundays.
Three independent luxury chalets and then two chalets which can be interconnected as a family suite, comprises the accommodation at Esiweni Lodge.

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Lions Valley Lodge - Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Lions Valley Lodge
Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Lions Valley Lodge situated in the malaria free Nambiti Private Game Reserve, is built in an African architectural style, with natural tree-trunks supporting the majestic thatch roofs. The Main Lions Valley Lodge exudes a warm, welcoming atmosphere that invites guests to revel in the magic of the African bush.

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Nambiti Hills Lodge - Nambiti Private Game Reserve Nambiti Hills Private Lodge
Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Nambiti Hills Lodge offers Five Star accommodation in the midst of the spectacular beauty of the Nambiti Game Reserve. This is an ideal venue for anyone seeking privacy and romance or as a luxurious base to go searching for the Big Five or just taking in the exquisite vistas from the quiet comfort of the lodge deck.

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Nambiti Plains Lodge - Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Nambiti Plains Lodge
Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Nambiti Plains Lodge is a five star Lodge situated amongst the indigenous forest, right on the edge of a waterhole, in the Nambiti Private Game Reserve, close to Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal.

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Ndaka Safari Lodge - Nambiti Private Game Reserve Ndaka Safari Lodge
Family Safari Holiday
Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Ndaka Lodge has 6 Luxurious Safari Tents with panoramic views out over the Nambiti Plains in front of the Lodge, each tent has an entrance foyer leading into a large lounge adjoining the double bedroom. Children can be accommodated in the lounge area on extra beds. Two double Family tents are under construction.

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Springbok Lodge - Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Springbok Lodge
Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Springbok Lodge in the malaria free Nambiti Game Reserve, offers the perfect safari experience. Views from each tent allows guests expansive views of the bush and often one is able to watch a passing parade of wildlife whilst sipping ones morning coffee or sundowner.

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Umzolozolo Lodge - Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Umzolozolo Private Safari Lodge
Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Umzolozolo Private Safari Lodge is a five star venue situated in the Malaria free, Nambiti Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal. This reserve is close to Ladysmith and easily accessed when travelling from Johannesburg or Durban.

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