Luxury Safari Lodge in the Big 5 Nambiti Reserve, KwaZulu Natal.
Nambiti Big 5 Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal
Nambiti Plains is situated in the beautiful and diverse landscape of Nambiti Private Game Reserve, a private Big Five bush retreat and game conservancy set on 22,000 acres of malaria-free bushveld in just east of Ladysmith in close proximity to the Drakensberg and within fairly easy driving distance of both Johannesburg and Durban.
The lodge is set on a gentle slope with views out over the rolling plains of Nambiti with a nearby waterhole. Each suite is completely secluded and hugely spacious and comes equipped with romantic mosquito nets, overhead fans. Immerse yourself with 180 degree panoramic views from the bath, outdoor "bush shower" (in the Honeymoon Suites), and private wrap around viewing deck. The massive bathrooms have twin basins framed by old tree trunks and there’s a gorgeous standalone bath which could almost feel outside once you slide back the huge floor-to-ceiling sliding doors! The Luxury Suites are two separate semi-detached rooms per unit, separated by a solid, packed stone wall with a common entrance and also offer families space to enjoy the beautiful views of the bush.
The main lodge follows a similar traditional game lodge design style with its thatched roofs and wooden viewing deck – the stone-packed feature walls are particularly attractive. The lodge's emphasis is on a modern yet eco-friendly minimalist approach with the lodge also located right in the bush with no manicured gardens, thereby reducing the impact on the surrounding environment. The lodge has glassed sliding doors, overhead fans and screened floors which ensure you stay cool in summer while large, beautifully constructed packed stone fire places in the bar, lounge and dining room. The lounge area with its huge fireplace is a great spot to relax on a comfy sofa with a glass of good red wine on a chilly evening in front of a roaring fire! The lodge boasts a vast, expansive wrap-around deck complete with circular plunge pool - this is the ideal area to relax with an ice cold beer or chill out in the outdoor lounge as you watch animals quietly drinking and bathing in the waterhole in front of the lodge. You may find yourself sharing the pool with a herd of elephants as they have developed a taste for the swimming pool water over that of the waterhole!
Qualified field guides take the morning and afternoon/evening game drives. Experience first-hand the thrill and excitement of tracking and locating wildlife, learn about the natural flora and fauna and view not only the big five but also cheetah, hippo, a vast array of bird species. You will have the opportunity to learn about the smaller animals, all of which come together to create this beautiful African ecosystem
- All meals
Two Game Drives daily
Accommodation in private luxury suite
Teas, coffees, fruit juice at breakfast and snacks on game drive
Morning coffee or tea and a sundowner drink per person per Game Drive
Nambiti Plains Lodge is a small, intimate 5* Lodge that only accommodates 14 guests and is one of the few Lodges in the Nambiti Game Reserve that is not fenced in, meaning the guests have the opportunity to view animals up close and personal in camp
The area around the game reserve was where the Anglo-Zulu and Anglo-Boer wars took place. Majority of the battle fields have been preserved and there are many monuments and graves to see. This makes for a good day trip as they are just around the corner.