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Nambiti Private Game Reserve is situated in a malaria-free region in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, about 20km from Ladysmith in the heart of the Midlands Meander only 4 hours drive from Johannesburg and 3 hours from Durban. With its waterfalls, diverse landscapes and abundant wildlife this reserve offers endless opportunities and options. Unlike most other game reserves, Nambiti has the carrying capacity of almost twice that of regions such as Botswana, thus being able to carry more game per hectare than many other reserves. The Nambiti Private Game Reserve was started in 1999 from what was originally a cattle and maize farming area. These farms were acquired and then the mammoth task of removing internal fencing and old buildings started. After all the unwanted manmade structures were removed, the task of removing all alien vegetation commenced – this is still on going. After some time the reserve was ready for the delicate task of re-introducing wildlife. Now after many years of productive management, the reserve has come full circle. The fauna and flora is flourishing and has settled down into the slow moving time of Africa. Most of the endemic species have returned giving a particularly diverse range of species not found in most protected areas in South Africa. The reserve certainly has plenty of water – so vital to the flourishing wildlife and maintaining this ecosystem at such a high level.

Dazzle of Zebra at Nambiti Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa Bull Elephant at Nambiti Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The Nambiti Private Game Reserve is technically home to the “Big Five” game, namely lion, elephant, white rhino and buffalo (leopard are here but are extremely shy and very rarely seen) and about thirty other game species, including cheetah and hippo. The cheetah and lion wear tracking collars. This in case they escape the reserve – there is a large rural population whose protection from these predators would needs be controlled. The bushveld on this game reserve in South Africa has incredible biodiversity including savannah, grassland, thornveld and tall acacia trees of the Tugela Basin biome. The birdlife is fairly prolific with several rare bird species found in the ravine bush alongside the two 40 metre waterfalls of the Sundays River, which flows through the reserve.

Nambiti Game Reserve is in reasonably close proximity to the Battlefields, which one may incorporate in your visit here, close to both the Anglo/Zulu as well as the Anglo/Boer battlefields. The Battle of Elandslaagte was fought partially on Nambiti. This reserve is also close enough to the World Heritage Site of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park should one want to enjoy also including visiting this beautiful area, either before or after your safari.

But what would a wildlife experience be without the ambassador who shares it with you? The Nambiti Private Game Reserve boasts a selection of superb lodges that are masters in the field of hospitality - perfecting what has become known as the luxury photographic wildlife safari experience. Comfortable accommodations, fine cuisine, breathtaking landscapes, skilled and personable guides and a rich diversity of wildlife and flora are the aspects that a visitor may expect to enjoy.

Isadlwana Battlefields, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
View of the Isadlwana Battlefields, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Nambiti Private Game Reserve Lodges
Elephant Rock Lodge - Nambiti Private Game Reserve Elephant Rock Lodge
Fully hosted and catered lodge

Elephant Rock Lodge is superbly sited charming boutique safari lodge overlooking a waterhole, set high on the sides of a hill in the Malaria free Nambiti Private Game Reserve offering accommodation for up to 10 guests.

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Esiweni Lodge - Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Esiweni Lodge
Fully hosted and catered lodge

Esiweni Lodge, a 4 star game lodge in the Nambiti Private Game Reserve, Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal has a unique cliff top position offering one a dramatic view over the Sundays.

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Lions Valley Lodge - Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Lions Valley Lodge
Fully hosted and catered lodge

Lions Valley Lodge situated in the malaria free Nambiti Private Game Reserve, is built in an African architectural style, with natural tree-trunks supporting the majestic thatch roofs. The Main Lions Valley Lodge exudes a warm, welcoming atmosphere that invites guests to revel in the magic of the African bush.

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Nambiti Hills Lodge - Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Nambiti Hills Lodge
Fully hosted and catered lodge

Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge offers Five Star accommodation in the midst of the spectacular beauty of the Nambiti Game Reserve. This is an ideal venue for anyone seeking privacy and romance or as a luxurious base to go searching for the Big Five or just taking in the exquisite vistas from the quiet comfort of the lodge deck.

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Nambiti Plains Lodge - Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Nambiti Plains Lodge
Fully hosted and catered lodge

Nambiti Plains Lodge is a five star Lodge situated amongst the indigenous forest, right on the edge of a waterhole, in the Nambiti Private Game Reserve, close to Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal.

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Springbok Lodge - Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Springbok Lodge
Fully hosted and catered lodge

Springbok Lodge in the malaria free Nambiti Game Reserve, offers the perfect safari experience. Beautifully appointed tented suites, excellent service, superb cuisine and prolific wildlife. Views from each tent allows guests expansive views of the bush and often one is able to watch a passing parade of wildlife whilst sipping ones morning coffee or sundowner.

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Umzolozolo Lodge - Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Umzolozolo Lodge
Fully hosted and catered lodge

Umzolozolo Lodge is a five star venue situated in the Malaria free, Nambiti Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal. This reserve is close to Ladysmith and easily accessed when travelling from Johannesburg or Durban.

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Cheetah Ridge Lodge - Nambiti Private Game Reserve

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Cheetah Ridge Lodge
Fully hosted, Catered Lodge and Self Catering House

Cheetah Ridge Lodge in the Nambiti Private Game Reserve, is a colonial local stone Manor House situated in lush gardens  with a swimming pool, tennis court, a boma for evening meals and a hide overlooking a waterhole.  Cheetah Ridge Lodgee comprises six bedrooms, all with bathrooms en-suite and beautifully decorated in either a Battlefield or Big Five theme. 

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