Nambiti Plains Private Game Lodge is situated in the beautiful and diverse landscape of Nambiti Private Game Reserve, just east of Ladysmith in close proximity to the Drakensberg and within fairly easy driving distance of both Johannesburg and Durban. The area around Nambiti has a firm footing in South African history with several battles of the Anglo-Zulu and Anglo-Boer wars taking place in this vicinity – in fact many of these battlefields have been preserved as reminders of the rich history.
One of the most attractive elements about Nambiti Game Reserve is the spectacular and diverse scenic landscapes! This reserve’s 13 000 hectares of malaria-free bushveld boasts everything from massive grassy plains reminiscent of the Serengeti, through thornveld covered hillsides to the Sundays River which tumbles over a series of waterfalls as it makes its way through the reserve.
Nambiti Plains is an eco-friendly Lodge which consists of 7 Private Thatched Luxurious Suites; two sets of which can be booked as family suites (accommodate 4 people.) The Suites utilized as family units consist of one building, a common entrance leading to two separate and private rooms; a solid packed stone wall divides the two rooms. All suites have private verandas fitted with a table and two chairs as well as two sun loungers. Each suite come as an XL King but can also be accommodated as 2 3/4 size twin beds.
Unlike many of the other lodges which are based either in the far south or north of the reserve, Nambiti Plains is located pretty much in the middle of the reserve. The Lodge’s location gives it one significant advantage in that you’re already in the heart of the reserve’s prime game viewing areas!
The Lodge is set on a gentle slope with views out over the rolling plains of Nambiti with a nearby waterhole. Each suite is completely secluded and hugely spacious and comes equipped with romantic mosquito nets and overhead fans. Whilst the style is quite rustic with open thatched roofs with exposed ceiling beams, stone-packed feature walls and screeded floors, it’s all quite luxurious too. You can immerse yourself with 180 degree panoramic views from the stone bath, outdoor “bush shower” (Honeymoon Suites only), and private wrap around viewing deck. The Honeymoon suites have massive open plan bathrooms where twin basins are framed by old tree trunks and there’s a gorgeous standalone stone bath which could almost feel outside once you slide back the huge floor-to-ceiling sliding doors! The luxury suites are two separate rooms joint by an inter-leading foyer and separated by a solid, packed stone wall. This is perfect for families as it offers families space to enjoy the beautiful views of the bush, but being near one another.
The main lodge follows a traditional game lodge design style with its thatched roofs and wooden viewing deck – the stone-packed feature walls are particularly attractive. The Lodge’s emphasis is on a modern yet eco-friendly minimalist approach with the Lodge also located right in the bush with no manicured gardens, thereby reducing the impact on the surrounding environment. The Lodge has glassed sliding doors, overhead fans and screened floors which ensure you stay cool in summer while large, beautifully constructed packed stone fire places in the lounge and dining room keep you warm in winter. During the day, the place to be is the vast, expansive wrap-around deck complete with circular plunge pool – this is the ideal area to relax with an ice-cold beer or chill out in the outdoor lounge as you watch animals quietly drinking and bathing in the waterhole in front of the lodge.
Nambiti Plains is certainly not the place to come to lose weight and dining is an experience to be enjoyed either in the privacy of your deck, dining room, under the African sky in the atmospheric boma around a blazing bonfire or in the bush for a truly African experience.