Nambiti Big 5 Game Reserve – What you need to know when booking in the South of Nambiti

 Africa Memories Travel spent a week staying at the various lodges in the South of Nambiti, getting to experience the service, bedrooms, beds, game drives, food, drinks and ambiance.  Each lodge is unique, catering for different needs and budgets.  There are 2 upmarket catered lodges of the 5 in the south with commanding views of the reserve whilst 2 of the lodges have private waterhole views and 1 with views of the reserve.   There is 1 self-catering lodge.    

Activities include two game drives per day.  There is optional fishing, traditional dancers and bush walks offered at an extra charge and at management’s discretion.  The wildlife and birdlife in the South of the reserve is rewarding with exceptional game viewing and birdlife.  

Nambiti is easy enough to self-drive to with good tarmac and dirt roads leading to the reserve and is a great stop over en route Durban or Johannesburg and as a good combination safari with the Drakensberg and Battlefields – Africa Memories Travel will work out the logistics and make the right booking choice for you – please email us at any time to discuss the various safari options and advise you where, when and how! 

Where is it?

  • 25 km’s east of Ladysmith
  • 3.5 hours from Johannesburg
  • 2.5 hours from Durban
  • 40 minutes from the Drakensberg, a World Heritage Site
  • 1 hour from Spioenkop dam and battlefields
  • 1.5 hours from Rorkes Drift, Isandlawana battlefields


  • 10 000 hectares of pristine wilderness


  • Malaria Free


  • 22 000 acres of undisturbed grasslands, riverine bush, savannah and thornveld ensures a diversity of wildlife and birdlife

Where do I stay?

There are five lodges to choose from in the south – all lovely, all catering for your unique needs.  In order of pricing – most affordable to most expensive, but prices do vary depending on season:


  • Self-catering
  • One game drive with snacks per day and full servicing of the lodge daily
  • 5 unique spacious bedrooms
  • Private boma
  • 2 bathrooms situated in the house, one with a shower and the other a bath as well as toilets
  • Farm-style kitchen and scullery fully equipped with all the essentials
  • Private swimming pool
  • Spa, tennis court on main lodge premises
  • Child friendly
  • Africa Memories travel recommends Nambiti self-catering bush lodge for small groups and families wishing to self-cater, fishermen who would like to spend the afternoons fishing and the mornings on game drives


  • Full board includes all meals & 2 game drives daily
  • Elevated views of private waterhole
  • 3 stone & thatch chalets + a family unit accommodating 10 guests in total, airconditioned, full en-suite facilities, outdoor shower and private deck area
  • Conference facilities
  • Child Friendly (regret no children under 3 years of age – unless the lodge has been booked for exclusive use only)
  • Africa Memories Travel recommends Elephant Rock for those looking for an intimate ‘home away from home’ lodge perfect for couples, families and small groups


  • 21 air-conditioned Luxury Tents sleep a maximum of 50 guests (42 sharing plus 8 children) with own viewing deck, bath and outside shower
  • Two of the tents adjacent to the lodge are equipped with an access ramp, catering for wheelchair-bound guests and those with mobility challenges
  • Conference Facilities, Pool, dining room, bar, lounge, boma
  • Child friendly
  • Africa Memories Travel recommends Springbok Lodge for those looking for a tented accommodation experience, families, large groups, conference delegates, those with mobility challenges


  • 4 star
  • Views of private waterhole and reserve
  • Full board includes all meals & 2 game drives daily
  • 10 luxury suites overlooking a waterhole with bath and shower, with en suite toile, air-conditioning and ceiling fans, Bosca fireplace, bar fridge
  • 1 family suite on the top floor of the main lodge with 2 en suite bedrooms joined by an interleading private lounge area, air-conditioned, with a private balcony overlooking the Game Reserve. The suite can accommodate up to 6 guests – the main room has a 4 pillar king-size bed, with en suite bathroom and the adjacent room has a king-size bed with 2 single beds in an adjacent nook, also with an en suite bathroom. This room can also be made up with 4 single beds.
  • Fenced
  • Pool, tennis court, outdoor boma, games room with DStv, conference facilities, bar, on-site Ingulule spa
  • Child Friendly
  • Africa Memories travel recommends Cheetah lodge for small groups, families, conference groups and romantic getaways and those looking for personalised attention


  • 5 star
  • 8 luxury suites (2 suites each are adjoined) each with a private viewing deck, air-conditioner, bath & shower, mini-bar
  • 1 honeymoon suite with a private viewing deck, air-conditioner, bath, indoor & outdoor showers, mini-bar
  • Pool, waterfall, lounges, bar, open kitchen, dining area, outdoor relaxation areas, boma, spa
  • Fenced
  • Child friendly. No safari activities are permitted for children under the age of 6. Game drives can be offered to children 12 and under, only at the discretion of the lodge manager.
  • Africa Memories travel recommends Nambiti Hills for small groups, conference groups, wedding parties, honeymooners and those wishing to experience exceptional cuisine and beautiful views


  • 5 star
  • 4 luxurious suites, 4 luxurious chalets, as well as a presidential suite (with a private Jacuzzi) all secluded and free standing, air conditioned, bath, inside and outside shower, large picture windows to maximize game viewing, flat screen TV
    • Presidential Suite – perfect place for newlyweds, The extravagant stone bath with breath-taking views through large open windows, Jacuzzi
    • Luxurious Chalet With Pool – own deck and private plunge pool
    • Luxurious Chalets – one large bedroom, perfect for couples. Families can be accommodated as we have pull out beds in the main bedroom. These chalets can also be made into twin rooms.
    • Luxurious Suites – modern luxurious suites, set high on the hill top each with their own decks
  • Expansive wooden decks with seating, rim flow swimming pool, spa, inside lounge, dining area, bar
  • 4 meals per day
  • Child friendly. Children 4 years and older are allowed on game drives as long as they are under adult supervision at all times
  • Africa Memories travel recommends Umzolozolo for small groups, conference groups, wedding parties, honeymooners and those wishing to experience mouth-watering cuisine, beautiful views of the reserve and attention to detail