The 11 000 hectare Nambiti Conservancy is situated within 30 km of Ladysmith in KwaZulu Natal in South Africa. It is located in the heart of numerous age old battle sites which took place between the Zulus, the Boers and the English over a century ago. The reserve varies tremendously in terms of habitat and geology. The undulating terrain of the south, with open acacia-clad valleys, rises up to flat open plains in the centre, which host good concentrations of plains game. This then descends to the riverine valleys of the north, where the Sundays River cuts its path through the reserve. The reserve also has a high concentration of earth dams providing excellent aquatic refuge for birdlife and hippos. Nambiti hosts the big five, although leopards are seldom seen. The cats on the property have been fitted with satellite collars for research purposes which enables good viewing potential for these predators. There are decent sized herds of wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, gemsbok and kudu.

Why we like it

Big 5 reserve; Excellent birdlife; Good predator viewing

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 10 000 Ha
Reserve Type: Private Game Reserve
Big 5: Yes
Specialist Specie: Cheetah
Malaria Area: No
Nearest Town: Ladysmith

Accommodation in Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Elephant Rock Safari Lodge, Nambiti

Superbly sited overlooking a waterhole, Elephant Rock is a charming boutique safari lodge offering luxury accommodation for up to 10 people. Experience a home-away-from-home true bush lodge experience for the entire family including extraordinary game viewing, on game drives; exquisite cuisine; and high standards of service - all at exceptional value for money. Elephant Rock Private Safari Lodge boasts five…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Fugitives’ Drift Guest House

Fugitives Drift Guest Lodge is located on the stunning Fugitives' Drift property in the KwaZulu Natal Battlefields region. The Guest Lodge features six spacious, elegant, individually decorated rooms with ceiling fans, en-suite bathrooms and private verandas with spectacular views of the lush gardens, indigenous bushveld , the reserve and surrounding battlefields. The Guest House main area houses a charming sitting…

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Accomodation Type: Tour - Lodging
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Fugitives’ Drift Lodge

Fugitives Drift lodge is a five star lodge located on the site of the original Rattray homestead in the KwaZulu Natal Battlefields region. This luxurious lodge offers eight spacious luxury air-conditioned en suite rooms with both inside and outside showers, a mini-fridge and a private viewing deck with spectacular views of the plains surrounding the Buffalo River gorge. Meals are…

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Accomodation Type: Tour - Lodging
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in Nambiti Private Game Reserve

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Duration: 3 nights, 4 days
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.
Recent Sightings

Lookout for

White Rhino
Red Hartebeest

Key Species

White Rhino

Crowned Crane
Blue Crane
Steppe Buzzard
White-Backed Vulture
Grass Owl

Mozambique Spitting Cobra
Tree Agama

Paper Bark Acacia
Scented Pod Thorn Acacia
Buffalo Thorn

Grassland / Open Plains
Savanna Thornveld
Open Water
Rocky Outcrops

Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 8
Mammals: 8
Birds: 6.5
Reptiles: 5
Trees: 5
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