Nambiti Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal
Did you know?
The Anglo-Boer War's Battle of Elandslaagte was fought in this area in 1899.
The Nambiti Private Game Reserve is the new kid on the block but is already giving the more famous and established private game reserves in KwaZulu-Natal a run for their money.
Nambiti Private Game Reserve was born when the vision of an individual who had always dreamed of owning a game reserve became a reality less that a decade ago.
Rob le Sueur, whose dream it was, rode around the Elandslaagte area near some of the legendary battlefields of the Anglo-Boer and Anglo-Zulu wars in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal. He began buying up failing farms and eventually consolidated 18 farms into what is now 1 conservancy – the Nambiti Private Game Reserve.
Today the area has been transformed into its original pristine condition, where grassy plains, rocky kloofs, deep forest and rivers provide shelter not only for the Big 5, but scores of other game and hundreds of birds.
Nambiti has now become a favourite safari destination for local and international visitors alike, not only for the Big 5 experience, but also because of its affordability and ease of access from Johannesburg and Durban, giving Nambiti an advantage over some of the more remote KwaZulu-Natal game reserves.
There's a choice of 9 lodges in which to stay, all of them different but all top class luxury. Lions Valley Lodge has some of the most interesting and exciting safari accommodation of any South African lodge.
Choose between the Spaza Suite, themed in a very upmarket way after a township spaza or informal trading store, the evocative Mandela Suite with pop-art pictures of Madiba, the Zebra Suite (which will bedazzle you with stripes) and, for the history buff, the Elandslaagte Suite, based on an Anglo-Boer War battle fought in the area.
Esewini Lodge, on the other hand, is all about location, location, location. Esiweni means 'perched on a high cliff' in Zulu, and that’s exactly where it is, dramatically situated overlooking the Sundays River.