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 LodgeRestoring 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.Wildlife:
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.
- 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)
Nambiti Big 5 Private Game Reserve is a Self-Catering and Game Lodge in Ladysmith KwaZulu-Natal South Africa