My wife and I recently stayed here for 3 nights but extended our stay to 4 we enjoyed it so much.
Info on lodge location: (at time of writing)
Lions Valley lodge is the newest Lodge in the Nambiti Game Reserve. We booked a great value special and at time of writing they are offering other great special rates. I think this Lodge offers the best value for money in Nambiti. We did not stay at any others but after spending time in the reserve you get an idea of the location of the other lodges and this is very important. Most are at the southern end and very close to each other. There are some self catering options in the northern end. Lions Valley is near the middle and to the eastern side, it is completely on its own and there is no sign of any other lodge, so very private, quiet and relaxing. Being in the middle also makes it easy to get to any part of the reserve and this is important. You have better and more relaxed game viewing options than lodges in the south side. For them to get to the north side they need to ‘race’ along the fence lines and this might not be everyone’s cup of tea.
Hopefully as the reserve gets more established more maps an info will be available.
Info on the lodge:
Lions Valley is a fantastic very stylish game lodge. It is managed by Ian and Monica who are a very down to earth couple but run a very professional lodge. The service is attentive but not overbearing which enables you to relax, which is why you are there. Breakfast and lunch (taken at 3pm, high tea) are buffet and excellent. Kevin the cook really does put on a good choice. Dinner (3 courses) is after the evening game drive at 8pm (thus the late lunch) and is taken in either the dinning room or boma. Two main dishes are offered. The food is great. One thing that got my attention was their take on the traditional boma, Lions valley have made it on a rock effect floor with thatch roof covering just the tables around the fire pit. Tables and chairs are very comfy for ‘outdoor’. This boma is much nicer that the camping chairs around a dirt fire pit that a number of even 4 star lodges offer. The pool is a good size, clean and has a great view of the waterhole.
The pictures on their website give some idea of rooms but not the scale. They are big (well for us there were J ), they have everything you need, double bath, double indoor shower, double outdoor shower. Each room is decorated individually and they look amazing. We stayed in Africa which is next to Bird. You are allowed to walk between these rooms and the main lodge during the day. For the other rooms you have to be escorted in a zedy car (golf buggy painted with stripes). Each room has a Jacuzzi for some more relaxing time.
April is supposed to be a dry month but unfortunately it rained on us a few times. This resulted in game being a little harder to find than normal. Andrew was our ranger and he did a great job of finding plenty for us to see and photograph. We got to see lion, cheetah, hippo and many others. He even spotted a Serval one evening drive and that some special. Andrew also spotted a genet the next evening. Morning coffee and evening sundowners are provided and provide and excellent change to relax in nature. One evening we were having sundowners at a waterhole and a family of rhino came to the opposite shore for a drink, awesome. All in all the game viewing was great even with the rain.
Great luxury lodge offering excellent value for money and malaria free. If you have any questions let me know.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An exclusive, Malaria-free Big Five Private game lodge situated on the Nambiti Private Game Reserve in Ladysmith, Kwa Zulu Natal. It is geared for utimate relaxation and indulgence of wild life and natural surroundings of the bushveld. Visitors are accommodated in exlusive suites offering maximum privacy. There is a wealth of interesting activities for visitors to participate in. It is situated close to nearby historic battlefields and trips can be arranged. There are bush braais and fishing in the dams. Guests who want to unwind can lazw the day at the pool deck which overlooks the waterhole. Try succumbing to a massage by one of our trained therapists. Lions Valley Lodge offers a unique setting for corporate or team-building breakaways and conferences whilst being surrounded by the spectular sights and sounds of the African Bushveld. ... more less