Springbok LodgeNambiti Private Game Reserve, Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal
Springbok Lodge is situated in the Nambiti Private Game Reserve, a conservancy offering 10 000 ha of malaria-free bushveld. Nambiti Game Reserve is home to the Big Five, lion, elephant, both black and white rhino, buffalo and the rather elusive leopard, as well as cheetah, hippo and over 30 species of plains game. Nature lovers will enjoy the Nambiti Game Reserve’s biodiversity, with thornveld and variety of Acacia trees complementing extensive grasslands which mirror the plains of Central Africa.
Springbok Lodge Accommodation
Springbok Lodge which would be of four star local equivalent, has 15 Luxury Safari Tents, plus 6 new units with brick walls and canvas roof, sleeping 42 guests in luxury in the Nambiti bush. The tents are air-conditioned for the warm summer months and heated for the cooler winter nights, with electric blankets keeping guests extra cosy. After a day of game viewing and birding, indulge in a deep scented bubble bath or enjoy an outdoor shower. Views from each tent allow you to watch the game in the distance, whilst sipping your morning coffee or nightcap.
Two of the tents adjacent to the lodge are equipped with an access ramp instead of stairs, thus catering for wheelchair-bound guests and those with mobility challenges. The main lodge and boma are also accessible by wheelchair and the lodge boasts a unique wheelchair accessible plunge pool.
The perennial river with picturesque waterfall and cascades on the Sundays River, plus the numerous dams, a legacy of the Nambiti Game Reserves farming history, makes for a unique sanctuary for the animals, whilst also attracting a wide variety of bird species and an array of raptors and even vultures.
Game Drives at Springbok Lodge
Head off in an ‘open game-viewing vehicle’ at dawn and again early afternoon into the evening. A ranger will ensure that you get the most out of the experience, enjoying the abundance of wildlife and the Nambiti Game Reserve vistas. During the game drive there will be a stop to give guests a chance to stretch ones legs, whilst experiencing beautiful sunrises or sunsets. Hot chocolate, teas or coffees with rusks or biscuits in the mornings and drinks from the bar at the sundowner break.
Fly Fishing in the Nambiti Game Reserve
The reserve's well stocked dams offer the keen fly fisherman a chance to indulge in their sport (all fishing is on a ‘catch-and-release' basis).
The resident hippo adding an extra element of enjoyment to the outing.
Massage at Springbok Lodge
By prior arrangement, massage therapists will travel from Ladysmith, offering a variety of treatments, from reflexology, a full body massage, back massage or what about an Indian head massage in the privacy of your tent or, if preferred on the deck of your tent.
The Nambiti Game Reserve is well positioned on the main route between Johannesburg and Durban. Springbok Lodge is a four-and-a-half hour drive from Johannesburg (approximately 400km) and three hours drive from Durban. The mountains of the central Drakensberg are approximately an hour’s drive away. For those with aircraft there is a 1.2km landing strip for light aircraft or helicopters within the Nambiti Game Reserve.
Springbok Lodge is primarily a wildlife destination, consider it also as a possible base from which to explore the surrounding countryside or a stop-over while touring the country, you are assured an above-average experience - the lodge has achieved an AA Superior Accommodation Accreditation each year since 2008.
Enjoy a day tour with a registered professional Battlefields tour guide. Tales of the history of the Battlefields surrounding Nambiti Game Reserve, make for a most interesting experience. A visit to Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana battlefields, approximately 60 minutes away, can also be arranged. This all at additional cost. The Battle of Elandslaagte was fought on the Nambiti Private Game Reserve and the original house seconded as a hospital, still stands within the reserve’s boundaries.