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Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge
Off N11 | Woodlands, Ladysmith 3370, South Africa   |  
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

What an amazing time we had at Nambiti Hills. We will never forget this wonderful stay. The room was extremely comfortable, a great bed, bath and shower and welcoming messages from the cleaning staff. The rooms and main lodge are decorated with great eye for detail and style. An understated luxury, welcoming and warm. And so fun you can buy some of the decorations in the shop. We had our game drives with Andre who seems to know everything about animals and is just as enthusiastic during the early morning game drives as during the drive back to the car park or serving drinks. A real asset to the lodge. The staff were all very welcoming, friendly and helpful. Even brought us medicine from town when it was not present at the lodge. If the chef ever writes a cookbook I'd buy it in a heartbeat. The game reserve is stunning and so calm, you hardly see other tourists from the other lodges.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
1 review
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Perhaps not a normal stay - we had booked into the Honeymoon Suite - which is really well decorated, but not well cleaned. Maybe its not used all that much? The game drives were awesome. Andre is a fantastic guide. The food was really good and we ate way too much - but enjoyed every bite. The room was not all that clean. There were left over matches from the previous guest in the ash tray next to the bath.On the second night no matches at all. The blinds had not been dusted in how long and the glass table top was dirty. The welcome mat was missing most of the corners and looking really exhausted. The ice-tray was almost empty and fresh water was never added to the kettle during the stay. Unfortunately due to the low water levels the water was dirty brown which meant we did not want to fill the kettle or ice-tray from the tap. When we went onto the balcony - or outdoor shower - or to front door, we smelt sewage. Admittedly the lodge had run out of water when we arrived so that may have contributed to the problem? Turns out the sewage pipe runs under the Honeymoon Suite balcony. The chandelier light was faulty resulting in the lights tripping on the second night we were there. Much to their credit we received a complementary bottle of champagne for the inconvenience and the electrician managed to get the power working again before we finished dinner. Unfortunately the smell of sewage from the balcony was overpowering so enjoying the evening stars from the balcony was a no no. The lack of care for the accommodation was apparent, but the overall experience was great - just not 5 star and perhaps not worth what we were paying for.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

It was our second experience at Nambiti Hills Lodge and again from the facilities to the services, everything was so perfect that we would like to visit again. We could see Leopard and Lions during our stay and we were so excited about that. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Our experience at Nambiti was something we will treasure forever. From the amazing ambiance, the gracious staff, the abundance of game, the option to visit the Cheetah Conservation Project and the fabulous vegetarian food specially prepared for us .... it certainly exceeded expectations. We stayed only 2 nights and if we return in a year or two I would definitely book at least an extra day, or three!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

We loved Nambiti, incredibly peaceful & beautiful. The room was amazing, lived the giant tub and general decor. During the day it was so quiet around the lodge - I really enjoyed sitting by the tiny pool looking out over the amazing game reserve. Food impeccable. The game drives were made by the great guides who really knew their stuff and cared about your experience. The lodge host was a bit ditzy and often forgot she was looking into something for me (the massage I requested, the fact our roof window was wedged open) but that didn't detract from the whole experience.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

If we would have to replan the whole journey, Nambiti Hills would definitely be in it. We loved our stay. There were the little things that made our stay unforgettable, our Guides Regi and André (thanks a lot again for telling us your stories and showing us the big 5 - except the Leopards - which are very hard to find), the room and the privacy we had (only 16 guests), the view from the terrace and the fireplace. This was our first Bush Visit ever and they made our stay unforgettable. If we plan to visit South Africa again Nambiti Hills would definitely be the place!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

We had an amazing stay at Nambiti Hills last week! From the moment we dropped off our car and were collected by the game ranger, we felt completely relaxed, and let others do the thinking for us.
The staff were very friendly and we had the feeling like we had been before, with the warm reception we recieved. Our game drive was unbelievable!We saw the famous one tusk Elephant Beefy, Rhino, Hippo and plenty of buck.
The food was exceptional: real fine dining. A couple of glases of wine around the outdoor fireplace was the perfect end to a great day, and the luxury bath watching the sun rise from our bedroom was the perfect start to the new day.
I would recommend a stay at Nambiti to anyone and we will definitely be going back soon!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Off N11 | Woodlands, Ladysmith 3370, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Ladysmith
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Ladysmith
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The five-star Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge offers intimate and luxurious accommodation in the midst of the spectacular African beauty of the Nambiti Game Reserve. It is a haven of sophistication surrounded by wild terrain. Perfect for anyone seeking both privacy and romance. Or simply time to reflect whilst searching for the Big Five or taking in the exquisite vistas from the quiet comfort of the lodge deck. ... more   less 
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