Springbok Lodge, Nambiti, KZN

SPRINGBOK LODGE NAMBITI SAFARI
An unrivaled safari experience with the opportunity to view Africa’s Big 5, as well as Cheetah

Nambiti Game Reserve, in the heart of the Kwa Zulu Natal Midlands, is well known for its Battlefields from the Anglo-Boer war. This malaria free area provides an unrivalled safari experience with the opportunity to view Africa’s Big 5, as well as Cheetah, under African Skies. Your Springbok Lodge guide will meet you in the parking lot in an open 4×4 vehicle and transfer you and our luggage to the lodge. Make sure you have a hat and your sunglasses on you for the transfer and your jacket if it is chilly.

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

The lodge boasts a spacious Lounge area with a cosy fire place; Dining Room; Bar; A large wrap around wooden deck with panoramic views into the Reserve; A rock pool (with wheelchair access) so bring your bathing suit along; Expansive lawn area; Unobtrusive perimeter electric fence; A curio shop and is wheelchair accessible. If you would like to book a relaxing therapeutic massage, please book this on arrival which will be for your account (closed during Covid). Mobile phone coverage is erratic, credit card facilities are available, and free open Wi-Fi is available at the lodge.

An electrified fence has been erected around the perimeter of the Springbok Lodge as a safety measure to keep out Lion, Buffalo and Elephant especially. However caution should still be taking when walking with in the lodges’ immediate grounds.

Nambiti is home to the Big 5 and almost 200 species of birds. We have both black and white rhinos on the Nambiti Private Game Reserve and value them very highly. Therefore we have taken the necessary precautions to protect their well-being by dehorning our rhino to protect them and they are also monitored 24 hours a day by our armed on the ground anti-poaching unit. Our anti-poaching unit, have the latest equipment and technology to assist them in their duties. All the lodges on the Nambiti Private Game Reserve receive a Rhino Conservation levy from their guests as part of their package, these funds help fund the anti-poaching team, to help preserve and protect our Rhinos. There is also a Nambiti Conservation Trust which has been established to raise funds to support our rhino conservation efforts and Africa Memories Travel endorses Safaris with a Purpose.

Springbok Lodge Nambiti tented accommodation

Springbok Lodge Nambiti Accommodation

Springbok Lodge Nambiti has 15 x standard luxury tents and 6 x family unit tents can sleep a maximum of 54 guests (42 sharing plus 12 children), offering 5-star opulence in the African bush. En suite bathrooms have a bath tub and hand shower in the bath, basins, toilet, and private outdoor shower which is a wonderful experience showering under the stars.

The safari tents are air conditioned in the warm summer months and heated in the chilly winter ones with electric blankets keeping guests extra snug. Each of the safari tents are elevated on decks, have their own viewing deck with chairs for your comfort, a king-size bed (all tents also available as twin beds), a hospitality tray with coffee and tea making facilities, complimentary sherry, safety deposit box and a hairdryer. The family units have a king bed plus two extra single beds in one open plan bedroom.

Springbok Lodge Nambiti wildlife

NAMBITI GAME RESERVE

Springbok Lodge is in the Nambiti Game Reserve, a mosquito-free area, close to the battlefields, and of course the Big 5.

Originally, the Zigalala and Driefontein farms (1200ha) separated the Northern and Southern sections of the reserve and were purchased in 2006/2007. At the end of 2007 the fences were dropped between the Northern and Southern sections allowing the game to move freely throughout the reserve and because of that, Nambiti Conservancy (3500ha) changed its name to Nambiti Private Game Reserve (9000ha). Currently the reserve is enclosed by 54km’s of fencing and extends 11km’s from North to South and 5 km’s East to West.

The first lodge built on the reserve was called Umzolozolo it was finished in 2005 and then Elephant Rock, Springbok Lodge and Zintulo (now Nambiti Hills) soon followed. Woodlands’s and Driefontein farm houses were also converted into lodges. Idwala and Nambiti Plains were finished in 2008 and Esiweni and Lions Valley lodge were completed in 2009.

When the original farms were bought they had general game such as kudu, impala, eland, giraffe and reed buck. Introduction of general game started in 2000 and is still ongoing. The introduction of ‘Africa’s Big 5′ started in 2002 with the arrival of 11 elephants.

Leopards are the only member of the big 5 that have always been in the area. Sightings of them have been extremely rare and the closest we have come to seeing them is through footprints and spoor. Besides the leopards that have been there, Nambiti has released leopards onto to the reserve.

Springbok Lodge Nambiti unforgettable memories

Battlefields

Northern Natal is well known for its Battlefields from the Anglo-Boer war. Nambiti is privileged to have the Battle of Elandslaagte on its doorstep. Throughout the Northern section of the Reserve there are traces of the Battle, from stone barricades with names engraved into the rock, memorials to the British and Boer’s and the hospital used during and after the battle.

There is also history which predates the battles. Stone Age homesteads and cattle kraals are scattered across the reserve as well as homesteads from white settlers dating back to the 1800. At the cascades there are also remnants of an old ox wagon track which cross’s the Sundays River and was used to transport goods to Ladysmith.

It was on the 22nd of January 1879 when Lord Chelmsford received intelligence that the Zulu army was approaching the central column, he then decide to engage the Zulus before they crossed into Natal. An underestimation of the Zulu numbers and their amazing battle strategy culminated in possibly the biggest loss to the British in a single battle in history.

Following the battle of Isandlwana the right wing of the Zulu Impi moved to Rorkes Drift where approximately 4000 Zulus encountered about 143 British at the old mission station. Fighting for over 12 hours the inexperienced but brave British soldiers using brilliant strategies overcame the advancing Zulu warriors. This battle still holds the honor for the most Victoria Crosses awarded for a single battle.

On the 21st October 1899 General Kock and his Boer soldiers engaged Colonel Schiel and Major General French in battle. Tired and soaked with rain the Boer force was eventually overwhelmed by the sure numbers of British soldiers. The real tragedy of Elandslaagte occurred when the Boer forces tried to retreat and were slaughtered by the British lancers, and due to the brutality of this action, it was the last time these tactics were used.

From the 20th of January the British had been pressurising the Boer positions on Spionkop. On the 24th this resulted in a full scale battle, the bloodiest of the war thus far. There were only about 200 Boers on the summit of Spionkop that day when they were attacked before dawn by a force of at least 1700 British who had ascended the southern slope of the hill under cover of darkness.

In the early hours of the morning of 16 December 1838, a battle was fought between the Voortrekkers, under the leadership of Andries Pretorius, and the Zulu warriors near the Ncome (Buffalo) River. Dingane was the King of the Zulu’s at the time and most historians said that his army was led by King Dingane’s generals Dambuza and Ndlela kaSompisi. The Zulu suffered heavy fatalities, losing more than 3000 men, while the Voortrekkers reportedly suffered only three non-fatal injuries.

 

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