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The spirit of Africa will fill your soul and the Nambiti Private Game Reserve experience will remain forever.

Twenty-two thousand acres of unspoiled wilderness located at Elandslaagte, Nambiti Private Game Reserve is a land as rugged as its history. On the plains where the Anglo-Boer battles once thundered, the fight for supremacy is now the exclusive realm of its teeming wildlife population.

Set just two and a half hours from Durban and four hours from Johannesburg, Nambiti a place of infinite charm and breathtaking diversity. Regarded as one of the nation’s most ambitious conservation initiatives, Nambiti Private Game Reserve is one of the few reserves in South Africa where the majesty of the Big 5 can be experienced free from the threat of malaria.

Whatever your purpose and budget, Nambiti has the space to accommodate it. From romantic bungalows with remarkable views over the bush to lavish wedding venues and conference centres, Nambiti Private Game Reserve offers celebration, adventure, quiet reflection and the opportunity to reconnect with those you love.

Balancing conservation goals with the needs of the local community, Nambiti has created close to 500 full time jobs and is committed to up-skilling and promoting its talent to leadership positions. Community representatives sit on the board and have a voice in how the reserve is managed and maintained. The philosophy of openness and shared destiny has seen Nambiti grow from strength to strength, delighting more than 70,000 local and international guests every year.

luxury 5-star

Nambiti Hills Game Lodge ★★★★★

Each of the eight luxury suites offer warm, inviting interiors with natural tones and plush beds to embrace you after a day of discovery. Enjoy a steaming cup of coffee from your private terrace or bathe in complete privacy as you gaze upon the valleys surrounding your suite. The Honeymoon Suite takes romance to the next level, offering ultimate seclusion and fully equipped with the necessary luxuries to ensure guest comfort.

Enjoy twice-daily Game Drives then retreat to the panoramic pool deck to relax and sip on refreshing cocktails. For the ultimate spoil, treat yourself with a revitalizing treatment at the Zolile Spa, before sharing stories around the outdoor Boma and indulging in gourmet Pan-African delicacies.

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Esiweni Luxury Safari Lodge ★★★★★

Nestled in KwaZul-Natal, This magnificent lodge built upon a cliff overlooks the Sunday River. It’s only five independent, elegantly decorated bungalows each have terraces, whose sweeping views invite guests into a state of blissful reverie. The malaria free, Nambiti Game Reserve, with the bush and Savanna, plains and waterfalls, is home to the greatest concentration of animals. In addition to the big five, you can expect to cross Cheetahs and many species of birds.

At the end of the day spent in the open air, the lodge offers you relaxing comfort, accompanied by an elegant touch of French art de vivre and fine dinning experience with one the best chef in South Africa.

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Lions Valley Lodge ★★★★

The lodge exudes a warm, welcoming atmosphere that invites guests to submit to the magic of the African bush. Visitors are accommodated in exclusive, free standing thatched suits, offering maximum privacy. After a game drive, visitors can enjoy a massage or take a dip in the magnificent infinity pool. Meals are prepared to perfection by our Executive Chef and are served in the traditional boma or in our elegantly decorated dining room. Conference facility with DSTV, big screen TV and standard conference equipment which can seat up to 20 adults comfortably.

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Umzolozolo Lodge ★★★★

Welcome to Umzolozolo Private Safari Lodge – where you will be rejuvenated by the tranquillity of the African bush and all the luxuries of a five-star lodge. Each morning, your Field Guide will take on a sunrise adventure into the bush in an open-topped game viewing vehicle. This is followed by a sumptuous breakfast and an opportunity to be pampered at Tulana Spa or enjoy the panoramic views from the pool deck. Lunch is served buffet style in the lodge or on the deck next to the pool. In the late afternoon, your Personal Tracker will meet you for your second game drive of the day. Later, a roaring fire in the boma signals dinnertime, and the meal is served either by starlight or by the fireplace in the lodge’s lounge.

The accommodation at Umzolozolo includes a Presidential Suite equipped with a private deck and Jacuzzi. Luxurious suites and chalets are on offer, each with their own viewing deck. Wherever you’re staying at Umzolozolo, you will be able to enjoy a panoramic experience of the sights and sounds of Africa’s wildlife.

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Nambiti Plains Game Lodge ★★★★

Nambiti Plains Game Lodge is an exclusive, five star lodge set in the centre of the scenic Nambiti Reserve. Imaginatively weaved and constructed, situated on the waterhole edge overlooking the natural plains. The Lodge’s emphasis is on a modern, yet eco-friendly minimalist approach.

Nambiti Plains is located right in the bush with no manicured gardens, thereby reducing the impact on the surrounding environment. A fine line between luxury and the reality of the African wild. Guests can relax with a cocktail on the deck, take a dip in the swimming pool and watch as the animals drink at the waterhole.


Nambiti is the only game reserve in the area with the Big 5 and currently has over 40 other species of game including cheetah, giraffe, hippo, hyena, impala, eland and zebra. The Reserve’s 26 000 acres boasts incredible biodiversity; including savannah, thornveld, riverine bush, acacia trees and extensive grasslands that mirror the plains of central Africa. In addition, the Reserve is completely malaria free, falling far outside the low risk belt.

After a smoldering summer’s day, thunderstorms often occur in the late afternoon; these brief but dramatic displays are a quintessential part of the bush experience. The dry winters are the best time to view game as the animals concentrate around water, or warm up in sunny clearings. By night in clear conditions, stargazing is truly a magical experience as the sky comes alive. The river offers excellent Yellowfish fishing and there are a number of dams within the reserve that are well-stocked with various fish species.

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