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: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

Umzolozolo Private Safari Lodge, Nambiti

Umzolozolo is a luxury boutique lodge situated on the lip of an open valley in the southern section of the Nambiti Conservancy. It hosts up to 12 guests in its five individual suites. The main lodge is well designed and creates a social atmosphere. The open plan dining and lounge areas flow out over a small garden towards the ideally…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge

Nambiti Hills Game Lodge is located on a rocky hillside with breathtaking panoramic bushveld views. The elegant lodge offers 8 luxurious double suites and one beautifully appointed honeymoon suite, which are positioned in a linear fashion away from the main lodge. All suites are air-conditioned and complemented by a notable variety of amenities to ensure a most lavish stay. Suites…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.
Recent Sightings
Where

Lookout for

Caracal
Serval
Elephant
White Rhino
Hippo
Lion
Cheetah
Jackal
Buffalo
Giraffe
Kudu
Wildebeest
Zebra
Red Hartebeest
Gemsbok
Waterbuck
Eland
Warthog

Key Species

MAMMALS
Elephant
White Rhino
Cheetah


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


REPTILES
Mozambique Spitting Cobra
Boomslang
Tree Agama


TREES
Paper Bark Acacia
Scented Pod Thorn Acacia
Buffalo Thorn


HABITAT TYPES
Grassland / Open Plains
Savanna Thornveld
Forest
Open Water
Riverine
Rocky Outcrops


Wildlife Ratings

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