Nambiti Plains lodge, Nambiti
What a wonderful experience. Right from the moment we were met at the car park for transfer, nothing but courtesy, kindness and consideration – both to the limited number of guests ( maximum 10) but also for the environment and, as one might expect, for the wildlife.
Although we met the manager later ( he had had a few days off ), we were delighted by the all Zulu staff. Our ranger, Geoffrey, was as good as you could wish for and as with all these rangers, fantastic eyesight to spot the game. As our first Safari experience, we didn’t quite know what to expect, but there are a total of 7 lodges on the reserve, with plans for a further 7 private villas. The only vehicles are the official lodge land rovers which meant that you rarely saw anyone else. The rangers did contact each other by radio if they found a viewing of interest, but had a rule of no more than 2 vehicles at the view at any time which kept the animals stress free, and gave the ‘voyeurs’ an intimate experience. There was plenty of game on the reserve, but the search for the animals each drive was a large part of the fun, and meant that it was all the more rewarding when the larger ones were found. The Cheetah population of 9 has been reduced to 2 by the lions, although they are getting some more, which had been brought up with lions, this month to release later. One of the many highlights was on our last morning, having spent 3 days trying for a good viewing of the Elephant, a herd came to the Lodge valley and drank from our swimming pool whilst we were on the terrace having breakfast ! Difficult to top that .
Our bedroom was huge, with mosquito netting ( they didn’t bother us ), another equally large room for the wash basin and massive bath in front of the veranda decking. Really beautiful and luxurious in the middle of the bush. A torch is provided, but it is not allowed to walk unaccompanied as the animals have access. The food was excellent from a very attentive chef. On two nights we were also rewarded with a perfectly clear night showing stars as never before. The other ranger, Howard, was very knowledgeable and pointed out many constellations and clusters. It was strange to see Orion standing on his head ! We are really pleased we chose this safari over the better known ones in the Cape as it gave a more ‘African’ feel, and would recommend it unconditionally.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nambiti Plains Game Lodge is nestled amongst the fauna & flora of the spectacular Nambiti Game Reserve, a private Big Five bush retreat and game conservancy set on 22,000 acres of malaria-free bushveld in KwaZulu Natal. Nambiti Plains Private Game Lodge is just 4 hours from Johannesburg and 3 hours from Durban. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nambiti Plains Private Game Reserve Hotel Ladysmith