• TGCSA Grading: TGCSA 5 Star
  • Accommodation Type: Self-Catering and Game Lodge
  • Malaria Area: No
  • Sleeps: 50
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Nambiti Big 5 Private Game Reserve - An Experience of the Untamed.
Twenty-two thousand acres of unspoiled wilderness located at Elandslaagte, Nambiti is a land as rugged as its history. On the plains where the Anglo-Boer battles once thundered, the fight for supremacy is now the exclusive realm of its teeming wildlife population.

Set just two and a half hours from Durban and four hours from Johannesburg, Nambiti a place of infinite charm and breathtaking diversity. Regarded as one of the nations most ambitious conservation initiatives, Nambiti is one of the few reserves in South Africa where the majesty of the Big 5 can be experienced free from the threat of malaria.

Whatever your purpose and budget, Nambiti has the space to accommodate it. From romantic bungalows with remarkable views over the bush to lavish wedding venues and conference centres, Nambiti offers celebration, adventure, quiet reflection and the opportunity to reconnect with those you love.

A Dream:
When founder Rob Le Sueur first rode Nambiti on horseback two decades ago, the vast open expanses, waterfalls and primal beauty of the land left him transfixed. An experienced outdoor man, Rob had long been involved in conservation in Botswana and northern Zululand, but the soul of Nambiti so captivated him that restoring it became his calling.

Turning the 22,000 acres into a viable preservation area was no mean feat. Over 100 km of conservation fencing, an in-depth ecological research project, the sourcing of more than 40 species of game and intensive community outreach campaign took years to complete. Investors, skeptical at first, were enticed with helicopter trips over the landscape to showcase Nambitis glory. It didnt take anything more to convince them.

How Nambiti got its name:
When King Shaka, founder of the Zulu nation, drank from the Klip River during a visit to the area, he found its water to be sweet compared to the coastal water, describing it as nambitheka, meaning tasty. Consequently, he named the river uMnambithi for its tasty water and today, Ladysmith is called Emnambithi by Zulus.

Accommodation at Nambiti Big 5 Game Reserve:
Today, Nambiti boasts nine independently owned and managed Lodges, many incorporated into original farmhouses, offering experiences from the understated to the sublime:

- Lions Valley Lodge
- Elephant Rock Private Safari Lodge
- The Springbok Lodge
- Esiweni Lodge
- Ndaka Safari Lodge
- Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge
- Umzolozolo Private Safari Lodge
- Nambiti Plains Private Game Lodge
- Cheetah Ridge Lodge

Restoring Nature:
Nambiti was a tapestry of six cattle farms when it was acquired in 1998, crisscrossed by barbed wire fencing and scoured by overgrazing. From the outset, the goal was to restore the space to its natural ecological state. Careful management of veld condition and monitoring of animal populations as they were introduced has been a focal point, particularly in the supervision of the populations of lion, rhino and elephant.

Today, Nambitis biodiversity stands as tribute to the power of proactive conservation and the magnificence of the land that sustains it. Over 40 species of big game and an abundance of rare and wonderful bird life make Nambiti an experience of Africa that will remain with you long after you leave.

Stand where battles once raged:
The area surrounding Nambiti is steeped in military history, with many of the regions most brutal conflicts playing out within a stones throw of the reserve. The sites of the Battles of Isandlwana, Rorkes Drift, the Siege of Ladysmith and the Battle of Blood River are a few minutes drive away, and sobering memorials from the areas turbulent history dotted across the landscape. Nambiti partners with the regions finest storytellers and battlefield tour guides to provide an unforgettable window into the past, taking you moment-by-moment through the time that shaped Kwazulu-Natal forever.

Nambiti is also only an hour away from the Drakensberg mountain range, a World Heritage Site featuring San rock paintings, a host of outdoor adventure activities and breathtaking experience of one of the worlds natural wonders.

Nambiti is the only game reserve in the area with the Big 5 and currently has over 40 other species of game including cheetah, giraffe, hippo, hyena, impala, eland and zebra. The Reserve boasts incredible biodiversity; including savannah, thornveld, riverine bush, acacia trees and extensive grasslands that mirror the plains of central Africa. In addition, the Reserve is completely malaria free, falling far outside the low risk belt.

After a smoldering summers day, thunderstorms often occur in the late afternoon; these brief but dramatic displays are a quintessential part of the bush experience. The dry winters are the best time to view game as the animals concentrate around water, or warm up in sunny clearings. By night in clear conditions, stargazing is truly a magical experience as the sky comes alive. The river offers excellent Yellow fish fishing and there are a number of dams within the reserve that are well-stocked with various fish species.
Game Drives
Head off on an open, game-viewing vehicle at daybreak or early afternoon. A personal guide will ensure that you get the most out of the experience, enjoying the abundance of wildlife and unspoilt African vistas.

With almost 200 species of birds, the Nambiti Game Reserve is a bird lover's paradise.

The reserve's well stocked dams offer the keen fly fisherman a chance to indulge in this tranquil pastime (all fishing is on a catch-and-release' basis).

The Nambiti Game Reserve is situated in the heart of Battlefields country where the Anglo-Zulu and Anglo-Boer wars were fought centuries ago.

Drakensburg Mountains
Nambiti is a mere 45 minutes from the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains and some of South Africa's top golf courses.
Cancellation Policy:
- Cancelled more than 30 days prior to arrival: 10% of the full accommodation charge
- Cancelled less than 30 days prior to arrival: 50% of the full accommodation charge
- Cancelled less than 7 days prior to arrival: 100% of the full accommodation charge
- We require written confirmation for all cancellations (email or fax)
Facilities & Services available:
Children under 12 years
Honeymoon Couples
Laundry Service
Ironing Service
Limited Room Service
Special Meals on Request
Conference facilities
Bar on the Premises
Fax & Photocopy Machine
Fireplace on the Premises
Internet Access
Parking (off-street - covered)
Other Language
Communal Satellite TV
Mini Golf
Swimming Pool
Tennis Court

Nambiti Big 5 Private Game Reserve is a Self-Catering and Game Lodge in Ladysmith KwaZulu-Natal South Africa

Directions from Johannesburg:
Head for Ladysmith on the N3. Once you have entered Kwa Zulu Natal via Van Reenen, take the
Ladysmith Toll off-ramp.
Turn left and drive towards Ladysmith on the R103. Drive straight through Ladysmith, and follow
the N11 road to Newcastle.
From the last robot leaving Ladysmith, continue on the N11 for about 27km. (Ignore the sign
that says Nambiti, as this will lead you to Woodlands gate on the South Side of the reserve.)
Turn right at the Glencoe Dundee ( R602) turn off. Travel for 2.3 kms. Turn right at Elandslaagte
(P555), a dirt road. Cross the double railway line and continue for about 200m. Turn left
at the Military Cemetary sign.
Drive 3.8km to the Nambiti Memorial Gate-house which is staffed.

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Rooms and Units Available at Nambiti Big 5 Private Game Reserve

Cheetah Ridge Lodge - Luxury Suite
Amount of similar units: 10
Sleeps 2 Adults

Elephant Rock Private Safari Lodge
Amount of similar units: 5
Sleeps 2 Adults

Esiweni Lodge - Bungalow Deluxe
Amount of similar units: 5
Sleeps 2 Adults

Lions Valley Lodge - Luxury Suites
Amount of similar units: 10
Sleeps 2 Adults

Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge - Luxury Suite
Amount of similar units: 9
Sleeps 2 Adults

Nambiti Plains Private Game Lodge - Luxury Suites
Amount of similar units: 7
Sleeps 2 Adults

Ndaka Safari Lodge - Luxury Safari Tents
Amount of similar units: 10
Sleeps 2 Adults

The Springbok Lodge - Luxury Safari Style Tents
Amount of similar units: 21
Sleeps 2 Adults

Umzolozolo Private Safari Lodge - Luxurious Chalet
Amount of similar units: 2
Sleeps 2 Adults

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