Nambiti Game Reserve Lodge Guide

Sunset in Nambiti Game Reserve
  • KwaZulu Natal
  • 4 and 5 Star
  • Yes
  • High 24/ Low 3
  • High 33/ Low 15
  • Yes
  • No
  • 3 hours
  • 4 hours

About Nambiti Game Reserve

Nambiti game reserve ( or to give it, it's correct name, The Nambiti Conservancy ) was the vision of 2 businessmen and bush enthusiasts. They bought a large piece of farm land near Ladysmith in 2001 and have slowly added to it over the years all the while returning it to it's natural wild self.
What we have today is one of the most diverse, landscape wise, Big 5 game Reserves in Southern Africa. There are just 9 Game Lodges in the Reserve and it is positioned just an hour away from the Drakensberg Mountains and about half way between Joburg and Durban.
It makes for a Game Destination that is easily combined with one of the resorts or lodges in the Drakensberg or as a wonderful 2 or 3 night stopover on your way down to Durban for a beach Holiday.
For a package for any of these or other Combinations please do not hesitate to contact us for a quote.

Less than 4 hours from Joburg

Less than 3 hours from Durban

Nambiti Plains game drive Lion sighting

Game Lodges in Nambiti

There are 9 Game Lodges in Nambiti offering 4 and 5 star private game lodge accommodation and hospitality. All the lodges offer fully catered safaris with one also offer a self catering option. Nambiti does not offer options for day trip visitors.

The Drakensberg Mountains are an easy 90 minute drive from Nambiti. This makes the area ideal for a "Berg 'n Bush" holiday, combining your favorite Nambiti Game Lodge with your favorite Drakensberg hotel or resort. These combinations are particularly popular for honeymoons/ romance breaks and for families

Getting to Nambiti game reserve from Durban or from Joburg is easy from either city and it lies roughly halfway between the 2 which also makes it a great spot to break your trip up. Nambiti is a four hour drive from Joburg or 3 hours from Durban, situated close to the town of Ladysmith, made famous during the Anglo - Boer war era.

If there is just too much choice for you, as ever, our reservations consultants are able to advise what will suit your party best according to your requirements and budget, so call us on 031 572 4042 for help

Where to stay in Nambiti Game Reserve

Listed below are the recommended game lodges to stay at in Nambiti


What Game Lodges are there in Nambiti

Springbok Lodge Nambiti

4 Star

Springbok Lodge is a luxury tented camp offering morning and evening game drives and accommodation that has a real "Safari of bygone years" feel to it. Ideal for families because of it's relaxed atmosphere and easily convertable tents.

Elephant Rock Lodge Nambiti

4 Star

Superb setting overlooking a waterhole where you can expect to see game gathering during the day. Elephant Rock is a small boutique safari lodge sleeping up to 10 people. The lodge is well known for its great cuisine and high standards of service. It's intimate setting and attention to detail make this a great value for money lodge.

Lions Valley Lodge Nambiti

5 Star

Lions Valley is a luxury lodge with ten large free-standing thatched suites, each with ‘his and hers’ baths and showers plus an additional outdoor shower. Each suite is unique in design and has a lounge area with a fireplace and a minibar.

Cheetah Ridge Nambiti

4 Star

A fantastic family friendly safari destination situated in the southern section of the Game Reserve. Choose from one the luxury chalets or if you have a group if friends, stay in the self catering house which your group can occupy in complete privacy.

Nambiti Hills Nambiti

5 Star

Eight Luxury Rooms and one Honeymoon Suite, each with a private viewing deck. Each Suite includes airconditioning, minibar, tea and coffee tray and WiFi. A glass alcove houses a large stone bath where you can view the surrounding bush from. The lodge also has a heated swimming pool.

Nambiti Plains Nambiti

5 Star

7 Private Thatched Luxurious Suites; two sets of which can be booked as family suites (accommodate 4 people.) All suites have private verandas. Relax in the large stone baths and enjoy 180 degree panoramic views of the surrounding bush area.

Lion with Ndaka Lodge in the background

Ndaka Lodge Nambiti

4 Star

A luxury tented camp with family safaris their main focus. The tents are extremely spacious with a separate lounge area easily converted into a bedroom. There is plenty of space for a family of 2 adults and 2 children.

Swimming pool at Umzolozolo

Umzolozolo Lodge Nambiti

4 Star

Five luxurious freestanding suites all constructed using local materials with thatched roofing to blend into the environment and give you panoramic outlooks over the bush. The air-conditioned rooms at Umzolozolo are spacious offering privacy and seclusion, all with private viewing decks.

Nambiti Game viewing vehicle

Battlefields, Berg and Bush

Rob Le Sueur

Nambiti Founder

When founder Rob Le Sueur first rode Nambiti on horseback around the turn of the century, the vast open expanses, waterfalls and primal beauty of the land left him transfixed. An experienced outdoorsman, Rob had long been involved in conservation in Botswana and northern Zululand

Nambiti was a tapestry of six cattle farms when it was acquired in 1998, crisscrossed by barbed wire fencing and scoured by overgrazing. 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.

Building Nambiti

Turning the 22,000 acres into a viable preservation area was no mean feat. Over 100 kilometres of conservation fencing, an in-depth ecological research project, the sourcing of game and intensive community outreach campaign took years to complete. Today, over 40 species of big game and an abundance of rare and wonderful birdlife make Nambiti an experience of Africa that will remain with you long after you leave.
Nambiti boasts nine independently owned and managed lodges, many incorporated into original farmhouses, offering experiences from the understated to the sublime.

The Drakensberg Mountains

The majority of The Drakensberg Mountains lie the KwaZulu Natal Province and stretch well over 200 kilometres forming a natural border between Lesotho and KwaZulu Natal. Combining one of South Africa's great outdoor holiday spots with Nambiti is a wonderful way to enjoy a Berg 'n Bush Holiday. Spend 4 or 5 nights at by combining one the "berg" hotels or resorts with one of the Nambiti Game Lodges. Most of the Berg hotels are with a 90 minute drive of the reserve..

Drakensberg Holidays

The average height of this series of mountains is 2 900 metres, with some of the highest mountain peaks in Southern Africa rising as high as 3 482 metres. Some of the best hiking spots in South Africa are located in this area and you don't need to be an ultra distance athlete in order to enjoy them. Most resorts offer guided hikes ranging from 30 minute walks to view rock art paintings done by the San all the way through to all day or overnight options.
The Drakensberg is not only about its famous mountain peaks - Giants Castle, Cathedral Peak, Mont-Aux-Sources it also has many incredible waterfalls, rock pools, mountain streams and even caves that you can stay in overnight.

Ask your reservations consultant about combination options that will fit in with your trip to Nambiti

Cathedral Peak Hotel