South African Lodges
Woodlands Farm
Nambiti Private Game Reserve
D45 Elandslaagte 3370
KwaZulu Natal
South Africa
Lodge Type
Big Five

Situated in the southern section of the Nambiti Private Game Reserve, Cheetah Ridge Lodge is a luxury; AA Superior rated lodge. The fully catered service, along with access to the pool, tennis court, boma and spa, make it the ideal destination for individuals, families, photo safaris, game and bird safaris, battlefield tours or conferences. The Lodge has a homely and inviting atmosphere, ensuring that guests are welcomed to a home away from home. They offer accommodation in a selection of 10 luxurious AA Superior rated suites as well as the Cheetah Ridge Family Suite.

The luxury en-suite rooms are equipped with an air conditioner as well as a ceiling fan. All luxury suites are equipped with a Nespresso machine as well as a wood stove for those cold winters nights. King or Twin bed can be arranged to suit a guest’s requirements, and the luxury suites overlook a watering hole often promising great viewing of wildlife from your private deck while seated in your very own relaxation chair. Guests have the opportunity of experiencing interesting and informative game drives with our knowledgeable guides twice a day.

Include meaning “Cheetah, both graceful and elegant” epitomises Ingulule spa and its set-up. The resort was designed with the comfort and luxury of its clients in mind. If pure indulgence appeals to you then allow their qualified therapists to rejuvenate your thoughts, body, and soul.


Cheetah Ridge offers 10 Luxury Suites in the Cheetah Ridge Lodge and 1 Family Suite.  Furthermore, the self-catering Bush Lodge features 5 Double Rooms for a maximum of 10 guests.  The lodge's en-suite rooms provide air conditioning as well as a ceiling fan. For convenience, a Nespresso machine is available in the Luxury Suites.

King or twin beds can be arranged to suit individual guests requirements. The lodge's Luxury Suites overlook a water hole which is often visited by wildlife which can be observed from the private decks.

Cheetah Ridge Lodge:

  • 10 x Luxury Suites set away from the main lodge overlooking a watering hole, sleeps two people per room Twin/King bed
  • 1 x Family Suite situated within the main Lodge (upstairs), sleeps a family of 6 persons.

Bush Lodge:

The Bush Lodge is self-catering, located on the same property as the main lodge however apart in a separate fenced off area.  Here the 5 Double Rooms can accommodate up to 10 guests


The outdoor swimming pool is set in the lush garden of the lodge. Lounge chairs invite for a relaxing time by the pool while a refreshing swim can be enjoyed. Tennis players are welcome to enjoy a challenging match on the lodge's court.  Delicious meals are served in the beautifully decorated dining room or on the deck underneath the amazing fig tree. The boma and braai area make for the most incredible dining experience.

  • Lush, fenced garden
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Well stocked bar with some of our famous recommended wines
  • Big screen TV with DSTV for the sports enthusiasts
  • Tennis court
  • Dining room
  • Enclosed veranda
  • Private boma and braai area
  • Billiard table
  • Three fireplaces for a cosy evening around the fire with the family
  • Spa
  • Curio shop
  • Conferencing- Big screen projector, wifi available, can accommodate a conference up to 20 people.


Thrilling wildlife activities await the traveller which include guided game drives through the reserve, swimming in the outdoor swimming pool as well as bird watching and star gazing at night.

  • Guided game drives through the Nambiti Plains Game Reserve
  • Swimming
  • Stargazing
  • Bird watching.


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  • Air Conditioning
  • Bar Fridges in Room
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Espresso coffee maker
  • Housekeeping
  • Lounge
  • Stove
  • Viewing Deck


Dining at the Cheetah Ridge Lodge

KwaZulu-Natal's Cheetah Ridge Lodge offers delicious gourmet meals which are served in the welcoming dining area or under the African stars around a crackling boma fire. Outdoor dining in the bushveld setting surrounded by wildlife makes for an extraordinary and unforgettable safari experience.

Game drives

Guests may participate in two 3 hour game drives daily which are conducted in the game rich Nambiti Private Game Reserve.  Knowledgeable game rangers guide the safaris in open Land Cruisers, where guests have the chance to admire a fantastic variety of wildlife. Lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffaloes are home in the Nambiti Private Game Reserve.

Bird watching

The Nambiti Game Reserve in South Africa is home to a large variety of species of indigenous birds.  Bird watching enthusiasts will have the opportunity to observe these magnificent and colorful birds in their natural habitat.


The outdoor swimming pool of the Cheetah Ridge Lodge invites for a refreshing swim in between meals and wildlife activities.

Star gazing

The clear African nights skies make for fantastic star gazing opportunities. The lack of light and pollution in the Nambiti Private Game Reserve allows stargazers to see so much more than in the cities.

Nearby attractions
  • Battle at Isandlwana / Drakensberg Mountains
  • Battlefields Tours
  • Ladysmith Golf Club
  • Spion Kop Battlefield.

  • Bar
  • Boma
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis court
  • Viewing deck
Day Itinerary

Kindly note that the following times are only an indication and may vary according to seasons and weather conditions.

Summer (October to April):

  • 05h30: Wake-up
  • 06h00: Depart for morning game drive
  • 09h00: Breakfast
  • 10h45: Departing guests gets taken back to Carpark, or to Kwa Cheetah for the Cheetah interaction
  • 14h00: Lunch
  • 16h00: Depart for afternoon game drive
  • 19h00: Back at Lodge
  • 19h45: Pre-drinks at the bar or Boma
  • 20h00: Dinner.

Winter (May to September):

  • 06h30: Wake up
  • 07h00: Depart for morning game drive
  • 09h30: Breakfast
  • 10h45: Departing guests gets taken back to Carpark, or Staying guests to the Cheetah Project for a Cheetah Interaction Tour
  • 14h00: Lunch
  • 15h30: Depart for afternoon game drive
  • 18h30: Back at Lodge
  • 19h15: Pre-drinks at the bar or Boma
  • 19h30: Dinner.

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Babysitting
  • Braai/Barbeque
  • Concierge services
  • Game drive safaris
  • Housekeeping service
  • Secure parking
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Wake-up call
Malaria and Animals
  • The malaria free Nambiti Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, offers a variety of different vegetation including savannah grasslands and indigenous shrubs and trees.  

    It is home to the "Big Five", which include lions, elephants, rhinos, buffaloes as well as leopards. Cheetahs, Giraffes, hippos, hyenas, impalas and zebras, as well as other plains game, can also be observed on the thrilling game drives through the reserve.

Children Policy
  • All children, young or old are welcome to stay at Namibia's Cheetah Ridge Lodge. 

    The available accommodation is family welcoming. Please note that children under the age of 2 years old ( 24 months ) are not permitted on Game Drives.

Available Rooms

Family Suite

# Rooms:

The family suite is the perfect option for families with children who would still like the option of being fully catered for. The suite comes complete with air-conditioning and Nespresso machine in each room. The suite is set in the main lodge and consists of 2 rooms joined by a private lounge with a private balcony overlooking the beautiful Nambiti Game Reserve.

The family suite sleeps a maximum of 6 guests with one room having a 4 pillar king size bed and the adjacent room can either have a king bed and 2 singles combination or simply 4 single beds. Each room also has their own en suite bathroom.

Single Room R4420
Double Room R4420

Luxury Suite

# Rooms:

The spacious, en-suite rooms at the Cheetah Ridge Lodge offer air conditioning as well as a ceiling fan.  King or twin beds can be arranged to meet guests' individual requirements. A Nespresso machine is available in the lodge's exclusive Luxury Suites. The Luxury Suites overlook a water hole which is often visited by wildlife which can be observed from the private decks.

Single Room R3150
Double Room R4880

Cheetah Ridge Lodge Specials

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

Situated in the Southern section of the 10 000ha Nambiti Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal, Cheetah Ridge Lodge provides fully-catered accommodation in 10 luxury suites overlooking a private watering hole, as well as a beautiful family suite, which sleeps up to 6 people. Midway between Durban and Johannesburg, just outside Ladysmith, the malaria-free Nambiti Reserve is home to the Big 5, as well a wide variety of bird and wildlife, which guests get to experience on daily drives in our private game vehicles.

Kids stay Free Package based on 2 adults & 2 children under 12 sharing 2 adults pay the full sharing rate and 2 children under 12 pay for meals and game drives only. Based on a stay in a luxury suite, with stretcher beds placed in the suite for children, or in the Main Lodge family suite, per night.

Enjoy a family getaway for two adults and two children for R6,360.00 per night (valid 15 November - 15 December 2017)

Included in the rate:

  • Three meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) , all hot beverages, and two game drives with snacks per day

Excluded from the rate:

  • Rate excludes all beverages including game drive drinks, Nambiti Rhino Conservation Levy, gratuities, any items of a personal nature, extra activities and any spa treatments.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Valid 15 November - 15 December 2017
  • Kids under 12 stay for free, only pay for meals and game drives. Rate is inclusive of the cost of meals and game drives for children (2 children under 12 years). Rate is based on 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years sharing.
  • Subject to availability
  • Subject to availability. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Stay for 3 nights at the Cheetah Ridge Lodge and receive 50% off the third night.

This offer is valid 10 January 2017 - 9 January 2019.

Included in the rate:

  • Three meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) per day, all hot beverages and two game drives with snacks per day

Excluded from the rate:

  • ALL beverages including game drive drinks, Nambiti Rhino Conservation Levy, gratuities,   personal items  purchased, extra activities such as fishing (seasonal), spa treatments

Terms and Conditions:

  • Valid 10 January 2017 - 9 January 2019
  • Only valid for a 3 night stay
  • Subject to availability
  • Discount is already reflected in quote

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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -28.517484

Longitude: 29.948502


Directions from Johannesburg to the Cheetah Ridge Lodge, Nambiti Private Game Reserve:

Head for Ladysmith on the N3.
Once you have entered KwaZulu-Natal via Van Reenen, look out for the Ladysmith Toll off-ramp (at the bottom of Van Reenens Pass).
Turn left and head towards Ladysmith on the R103.
When you arrive in Ladysmith, drive straight through, following the N11 Road to Newcastle.
From the last traffic lights leaving Ladysmith travel for about 7kms.
Turn Right onto the D45 Road, follow for about 10kms, at the Y-Junction turn right, travel alongside the game fence for 2 km until you reach the gatehouse which is staffed.

Directions from Durban to the Cheetah Ridge Lodge, Nambiti Private Game Reserve:

Travel on the N3 through Mooi River Toll Gate, past Escort to Ladysmith (direction Harrismith / Johannesburg).
After Escort, take the Bergville / Colenso R74 (R103) off-ramp/exit 194, turn right at the top of the off ramp and travel past Colenso towards Ladysmith / Newcastle.
Cross the bridge (Klip River [also known as First Wagon Bridge] into Ladysmith and continue following the directions for the N11 to Newcastle.
Look out for the following landmarks: Marks Tyres on left, Game on the left and Kentucky Fried Chicken on the left.
At the traffic light intersection with the Caltex Petrol Station on the left continue straight over the railway bridge and past TFS on the left and under another railway bridge.
At the next traffic lights continue straight (N11) towards Newcastle.
Travel for 10kms and look out for the brown Nambiti sign on the left and a small sign is reading D45.
This sign is also to the left of the N11.
Turn Right onto the D45 Road (road), travel for 10,3kms; turn right at the Y-Junction (onto the D46) and travel for 2 km until you reach the entrance to Nambiti Private Game Reserve (Electric Gate and Thatched Gate-house).


On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

4 Star


  • AA Quality Assured Associate
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