The Springbok Lodge

The lodge The lodge A tent with a difference!! Luxury tented accommodation Open air shower More of the class part! BFE, the resident elephant bull Lounge Conference facilities Safari wedding Pool Fine dining!!!! Gourmet meals BFE Kudu bull Sunset at the gatehouse
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  • Malaria Area: No
  • Sleeps: 54
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The Springbok Lodge is situated in the Nambiti Big 5 Private Game Reserve, a conservancy offering 20 000 acres of pristine, malaria free bush veld. The Reserve is home to the Big 5, as well as cheetah, hippo and over 30 species of plains game.

The Springbok Lodge epitomises the perfect safari experience with beautifully appointed tented suites, service excellence, superb cuisine and prolific wildlife - ensuring an unforgettable experience.

Nestled in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields, The Lodge offers luxury tented accommodation a unique Africa Safari experience.

Well positioned on the main route between Johannesburg and Durban, Springbok Lodge is a four-and-a-half hour drive from Johannesburg and three-and-a-half hours from Durban. The breathtaking mountains of the central Drakensberg lie a mere one-and-a-half hours away.

Bringing the Lodge even closer is 1.2 km landing strip for light aircraft or helicopters located in the Reserve.

Whether Springbok Lodge is your intended destination, a base from which to explore the surrounding countryside or a stop-over while touring the country, you are assured an exceptional experience - the lodge has achieved an AA Superior Accommodation Accreditation for the past two years.

Wheelchair Access: Two of the tents are adjacent to the lodge and equipped with an access ramp instead of stairs, catering for wheelchair-bound guests and those with mobility challenges.

The Main Lodge and boma are accessible by wheelchair and the lodge boasts a uniquely-designed, wheelchair-accessible plunge pool. More information regarding the tents facilities and restrictions with regards to wheelchairs can be obtained when making a reservation.

Accommodation at The Springbok Lodge:
While the Big Five experience alone is enough to attract visitors, guests staying at Springbok Lodge leave with a different idea of camping.

Our 21 elevated Luxury Tents sleep a maximum of 54 guests, offering 5-star opulence in the African bush. The tents are air conditioned in the warm summer months and heated in the chilly winter ones, with electric blankets keeping guests extra snug. We have 6 family units that can accommodate a max of 2 adults and 2 children in one open plan bedroom. The remaining 15 tents accommodate 2 guests each (king bed or twin bed available only).

Each of our elevated luxury tents have their own viewing deck with chairs for your comfort, a king size bed (also available as twin beds), a hospitality tray, complimentary sherry, safety deposit box and a hairdryer.

After a thrilling day of game viewing and birding, indulge in a deep, scented bubble bath or enjoy the rush of an outdoor shower under the star-studded sky.

Unsurpassed views from each tent deck allow you to watch the game on the horizon whilst sipping your morning coffee or favourite sun downer.
Clothing and Accessories:
It is advisable to wear neutral coloured clothing (browns, beige, green) as well as making sure that you have adequate sun protection, especially in the South African summer months (September to March).
Health and Climate:
It can be extremely hot in the summer and very cold in the winter, so it is recommended that you equip yourself with the correct type of clothing for the weather conditions.

It is also of paramount importance that you have adequate sun protection.
Activities:

- Game drives (approximately 3 hours long, depending on sightings and weather)
- Boma dinners (by prior arrangement, request and always weather permitting)
- Bush breakfasts (by prior arrangement)
- Fly fishing (seasonal)
- Zulu dancing (by prior arrangement and at an additional cost)
- Massage Therapy and Manicures (in room treatments only)
- Battlefield Tours (by arrangement and at an additional cost)
- Leisurely drives towards the majestic Drakensberg, with superb sightseeing and curio shopping

Fishing:
Enjoy some quiet time at one of the many well-stocked dams fishing for Bass or Grass Carp, Natal Scaly and Mozambique Bream. Fishing rods and lures are available for hire at the Lodge.

Battlefield Tours:
For the history enthusiast, trips to any of the nearby battlefields, including Rorkes Drift and Isandlwana, can be arranged.

Golf:
Golfing enthusiasts can book at a golf course in the vicinity (by arrangement only).

Cancellation Policy:
- More than 30 days prior to arrival 10% Cancellation Due
- 14 days to 30 days prior to arrival 50% Cancellation Due
- 14 days or less - prior to arrival 100% Cancellation Due
Facilities & Services:

Babies
Children under 12 years
Elderly
Disabled (wheelchair friendly)
Honeymoon Couples
Babysitting Service
Laundry Service
Ironing Service
Limited Room Service
Special Meals on Request
Conference facilities
Wedding facilities
Team Building
Bar on the Premises
Dining room
Restaurant
Cots available
Curio Shop
Fax & Photocopy Machine
Fireplace on the Premises
Garden
Library
Internet Access
Parking (off-street - covered)
Tourism Information Desk
Wi-Fi
Afrikaans
English
Xhosa / Zulu
Communal Satellite TV
DVD and/or VCR
Hiking / Walking Trails
Playground
Swimming Pool
Volleyball
Directions:

Directions from Johannesburg

Head for DURBAN on the N3.

Once you have entered KwaZulu Natal via Van Reenen,
look out for the Ladysmith Toll off-ramp and go through it. (pay R27.00)
This is at the bottom of Van Reenen's Pass

Continue straight on R103 to Ladysmith

When you arrive in Ladysmith, drive straight through you will be on the road called HARRISMITH STREET, (look out for the following landmarks on this road)

BP Petrol / Gas Station on the left, traffic lights then Caltex Petrol / Gas station on the left. Continue on (landmark : FET College on the left)

At the 3 way traffic light intersection keep right till you get to the next set of 4 way traffic lights. (landmark: SHELL Petrol / Gas station on the right)

Turn Left into Murchison Street. Continue on down Murchison Street going through 2 sets of traffic lights. At the third set (landmark: CALTEX Petrol / Gas Station on the right) TURN RIGHT and then TURN LEFT at the traffic light intersection. Continue on this road (landmark : BP Petrol / Gas Station on the right)

On the outskirts of Ladysmith you will find another set of traffic lights and a 4 way intersection travel on straight in the direction of NEWCASTLE (this is the N11) Continue till you see our brown NAMBITI sign on the left as well as a small sign which reads D45.
(Distance from Caltex to N11+D45 intersection = 10.9km)

Turn Right onto the D45 Road (sand road), follow for 10.3Kms

At the Y - Junction turn right, travel along side the Game fence for 2 km until you reach our gate and thatched guard house


Road Directions ex Durban / Pmb to Nambiti Private Game Reserve:
Travel on the N3 through Mooi River Toll Gate (R33.00), past Escourt to Ladysmith (direction Harrismith / Johannesburg).

After Escourt; take the Bergville / Colenso R74 (R103) off-ramp / exit 194, turn right at the top of the off ramp and travel past Colenso towards Ladysmith / Newcastle.

Cross the bridge (Klip River [also known as First Wagon Bridge] into Ladysmith and continue following the directions for the N11 to Newcastle [look out for the following land marks: Marks Tyres on left, Game on left and Kentucky Fried Chicken on left].

At the traffic light intersection with the Caltex Petrol Station on the left continue straight over the railway bridge and past TFS on the left and under another railway bridge.

At the next traffic lights continue straight (N11) towards Newcastle. Travel for 7kms and look out for the brown Nambiti sign on the left and a small sign reading D45. This sign is also on the left of the N11.

Turn Right onto the D45 Road (road), travel for 10,3kms; turn right at the Y-Junction (onto the D46) and travel for 2 km until you reach the entrance to Nambiti Private Game Reserve (Electric Gate and Thatched Gate-house).

Our gate guard will direct you to the undercover parking area where our ranger will meet you and transfer you to the lodge.

Please note that Cellphone reception in this area is erratic.

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Units and Rooms

Luxury Safari Style Tents
21 Elevated Safari Style Tents, Viewing deck, En suite bathrooms, Outdoor shower, Air Conditioning, A mini-safe, Bathroom Amenities, Hospitality Tray, No Smoking in the Tent is permitted, Children Welcome, 6 tents can accommodate 2 children.
Count: 21
Max Persons: 2
Latest Reviews
We had a lovely stay, the staff were very friendly and we felt most welcomed at the Lodge.

Penni Bremner Nov 2013