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Springbok is in malaria-free, Big Five Nambiti Private Game Reserve in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal battlefields of South Africa. Guests experience the best safari experience in the thrilling safari drives while staying in the elevated tented luxury suites while enjoying delicious cuisine throughout the day. Nambiti is between Durban and Johannesburg. It is around a 4 and a half hour drive away from Johannesburg and a 3 and a half hour away from Durban. A runway for light aircraft or helicopters is accessible for guests wishing to fly to the reserve direct.
Springbok lodge with its AA Superior Accommodation Accreditation, the Lodge is a suitable accommodation option for a safari adventure, a stopover option as well as to explore the surrounding scenic countryside. Featuring twenty-one elevated Luxury Tents to accommodate 50 guests, the accommodation at Springbok Lodge offers private viewing decks where comfortable chairs await. One king-size bed or two separate twin beds can be requested while a safety deposit box, hospitality tray, complimentary sherry, and a hairdryer are available.
Two of the tents are situated adjacent to the main lodge providing an access ramp instead of stairs to make it readily accessible for guests who used wheelchairs and those with mobility challenges. The boma, as well as the main lodge, are available by wheelchair. Furthermore, this lodge in Nambiti offers a uniquely-designed, wheelchair-accessible plunge pool.
Luxury Tent features:
- Air conditioning/heater
- King and twin beds
- En-suite bathroom
- Private viewing deck
- Hospitality tray
- Complimentary sherry
The adventurous safari drives in the Private Game Reserve are about 3 hours long, depending on sightings and the weather. Guests enjoy memorable dinners in the outdoor boma surrounded by the bushveld and the sounds of the untamed wildlife. Breakfasts in the bush are offered by prior arrangement.
- Safari drives
- Boma dinners (weather permitting)
- Bush breakfasts (by arrangement)
- Fly fishing (seasonal)
- Zulu dancing (by prior arrangement)
- Massage therapy
- Cheetah interaction (Kwa Cheetah Breeding Project)
- Walk with cheetahs (Kwa Cheetah Breeding Project)
- Battlefield tours (by arrangement)
- Leisurely drives towards the majestic Drakensberg, with sightseeing and curio shopping.
The reserve consists of 20 520 acres of pristine bushveld which is home to the Big Five, namely lions, buffaloes, leopards, rhinos and elephants. Cheetahs, hippos and over 31 species of plains game can also be observed here. This area has significant biodiversity, with Thornveld and majestic Acacia trees adding to the extensive grasslands which are similar to the plains of Central Africa.
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- Air Conditioning
- Ensuite / Private bathroom
- Heater in Room
- King size bed
- Single beds
- Tea and coffee making facilities
- Viewing Deck
Dining at the Springbok Lodge
During the clear evenings, guests enjoy a magnificent dining experience around the crackling fireplace in the lodge's outdoor boma where delicious meals are served. Special bush breakfasts are available in a scenic location within the Nambiti Private Game Reserve, offer a great combination of wildlife encounters and early morning refreshments.
Massage therapists are available for prior bookings who offer guests relaxing spa treatments such as reflexology, full body massages, back massages and Indian head massages in the privacy of their luxury tent.
If the weather is nice, guests may also enjoy massage treatments on the deck.
Guests enjoy thrilling game drives in open safari vehicles in the early mornings and the late afternoons. The professional guide accompanies guests and provides them with an abundance of wildlife sightings in the African bushveld. Stops are included during the game drives when refreshing beverages/sundowners or nice hot coffee may be enjoyed.
The experience of outdoor dining in the lodge's magnificent boma is unforgettable. Weather permitting, guests may dine around a crackling fire in the boma, under the star studded sky.
The Nambiti Private Game Reserve is home to well-stocked dams which provide the enthusiastic fly fisherman to indulge in this low leisure activity. The fishing in the reserve is on a ‘catch-and-release' basis. Unique to this fishing experience in a "Big Five" game reserve are the resident hippos.
Massage therapists can be arranged by prior bookings offering guests reflexology, full body massages, back massages and Indian head massages in the privacy of their own luxury tent. If the weather allows, guests may also enjoy these relaxing spa treatments on the deck.
Day trip to the battlefields
Guests have the opportunity to explore the nearby battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal on day trips absorbing the rich history of the area. A registered professional tour guide is available who explains and relives the previous legendary battles.
A visit to the famous Rorke's Drift and the Isandlwana battlefields which are located about 60 minutes away from the lodge can also be arranged. It is the Battle of Elandslaagte which was fought on the Nambiti Private Game Reserve itself; the first hospital still stands within the reserve.
Battlefields and related attractions nearby:
- Siege Museum (02.11.1899 Siege of Ladysmith, - Ladysmith
- Ladysmith Relieved (26.02.1900) - Ladysmith
- Battle of Spionkop (23-24.01.1900)- Ladysmith Area
- Battle of Vaalkrans (05.02.1900) - Ladysmith Area
- Battle of Wagonhill (06.01.1900) - Ladysmith Area
- Battle of Tugela Heights (21-26.02.1900) - Colenso Area
- Clouston Memorial Garden (15.12.1899 Battle of Colenso) - Colenso
- Talana Museum (Battle of Talana in 1899).
Cheetah Interaction at the Kwa Cheetah Breeding Project
The cheetah interaction tour starts off with an informative talk about the life of this magnificent animal, after which participants have the chance to touch the cheetahs, Servals, Caracals and the African Wild Cats.
Cheetah Interaction: one on one
- tours start at 11h00 (summer months)
- tours start at 11h30 (winter months)
- children under 5 years are not allowed to enter any adult cheetah enclosures
- kids under 2 years - no charge and not allowed ton enter any enclosures
- duration: 90 - 120 minutes.
Walk with the Cheetahs:
- walk inside the cheetah enclosed area with Sky and Storm, and some of other friendly young cheetahs (cheetah’s are on a lead)
- walks normally take place early mornings – which means you will need to forfeit your game drive at the lodge
- times are not fixed – please enquire when you book
- no children under 14 years permitted on walks
- walks are subject to availability; bookings essential
- duration: 40 - 60 minutes.
Nearby adventure activities
- Drakensberg Canopy Tours
- white river rafting and kayaking
- mountain boarding
- mountain biking
- horse riding.
Nearby golf courses
- Ladysmith - 13 holes
- Estcourt (Southern Berg) - 18 holes
- Champagne Sports 18 holes & Cathedral Peak 18 holes (Northern Berg).
Corporate events at the Springbok Lodge
A fully equipped conference venue, as well as on-site safari accommodation for up to 40 conference delegates (sharing), is available at KwaZulu-Natal's Springbok Lodge. Set in the "Big Five" Nambiti Private Game Reserve, this lodge offers a suitable getaway destination for strategic meetings, team building or motivational sessions.
The lodge's function venue features a big screen TV, flip charts, a data projector, a PA system as well as customized seating and table layout. Conference packages are tailor-made to meet the individual requirements of different guests.
Formal events at Springbok Lodge:
- product launches
- year-end celebrations
- company breakaways
- gala events
- awards events.
- Conference venue
- Sun deck
- Swimming Pool
- Viewing deck
Check in and Check Out Times
- Check in: 14:00
- Check out: 10:00
- Airport transfers
- Concierge services
- Housekeeping service
- Massage treatments
- Safari drives
- Secure parking
Malaria Status and Animals
The Reserve is in a malaria-free region of South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province.
This great game reserve is home to the "Big Five" which include elephants, lions, rhinos, buffaloes as well as leopards.
Children of all ages are welcome to stay at the Springbok Lodge. In regards to the game drives, it is at the discretion of the game ranger to allow kids who are 12 years and under within 50 meters of the "Big Five" wildlife sightings within the game reserve.
Tented Luxury Suite
- # Rooms:
The Springbok Lodge features a total of twenty-one elevated Luxury Tents which can accommodate a maximum of 50 guests (42 sharing plus eight children). During the warm summer months in the Nambiti Hills Game Reserve, these luxury tents are air conditioned.
During the cooler winter months, these are heated, and electric blankets are available for comfort. Each of the en-suite tents at the Springbok Lodge provides a private viewing deck with chairs, a king-size bed or separate twin beds are available, as well as a hospitality tray, complimentary sherry, safety deposit box and a hairdryer.
Luxury Tent features:
- Air conditioning
- King and twin beds
- En-suite bathroom
- Private viewing deck
- Hospitality tray
- Complimentary sherry
Wheelchair access to the lodge and luxury tents
Two of the luxury tents are located adjacent to the lodge and provide an access ramp instead of stairs, making it easily accessible for wheelchair-bound guests and those with mobility challenges. The main lodge as well as the boma are accessible by wheelchair and the lodge offers a uniquely-designed, wheelchair-accessible plunge pool.
Springbok Lodge Specials
The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.
Stay at Springbok Lodge during Mothers Month (May 2019) and enjoy discounted rates!
Included in the rate:
- Welcome drink on arrival.
- Light Lunch (sometimes a la carte and sometimes buffet) – menu changes daily.
- Check in to tents after lunch.
- 3 Hour Afternoon Game Drive.
- Dinner (alternating between 3 course set menu’s and boma dinners [buffet]).
- 3 Hour Morning Game Drive.
- Breakfast (sometimes a la carte and sometimes buffet - depends on our occupancy on the day).
- Vacate tents by 10h00.
- Tea’s, Coffee, homemade Biscuits & Rusks from the Tea Station.
- All tents are serviced twice daily.
Excluded from the rate:
- All bar service (all and any beverages from the bar and those consumed on game drive/s).
- Nambiti Rhino Conversation Levy.
- Guided Walks (3-4 hours with armed professional guide – regret no children under age 16 yrs permitted on these walks) & advanced booking required.
- Fresh Water Fishing (seasonal (catch and release).
- Zulu Dancing (advanced booking required – all lodge guests are included when Zulu Dancers are arranged – even though its been requested and paid for by one group).
- Porterage if applicable, Lodge Staff Gratuities and Ranger Gratuities.
- Airport & Road Transfers.
Terms and Conditions:
- Valid 1-31 May 2019 only.
- Subject to availability.
Only valid for new enquiries received from 3 February 2019.
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Directions to the Nambiti Private Game Reserve from Johannesburg:
1. Head for Durban on the N3.
2. Once you have entered KwaZulu-Natal via Van Reenen, look out for the Ladysmith Toll off-ramp and go through it. This is at the bottom of Van Reenens Pass
3. Continue straight on R103 to Ladysmith.
4. When you arrive in Ladysmith, drive straight through - you will be on the road called HARRISMITH STREET, (look out for the following landmarks on this path).
5. BP Petrol / Gas Station on the left, traffic lights then Caltex Petrol / Gas station on the left. Continue(landmark FET College on the left)
6. At the three-way, traffic light intersection keeps right till you get to the next set of 4-way traffic lights. (landmark: SHELL Petrol / Gas station on the right)
7. Turn Left into Murchison Street. Continue down Murchison Street going through 2 sets of traffic lights. At the third set (landmark: CALTEX Petrol / Gas Station on the right)
TURN RIGHT and then TURN LEFT at the traffic light intersection. Continue this road (landmark: BP Petrol / Gas Station on the right)
8. On the outskirts of Ladysmith, you will find another set of traffic lights and a four-way intersection - travel on straight - in the direction of NEWCASTLE (this is the N11)
Continue till you see our brown NAMBITI sign on the left as well as a small sign which reads D45. (Distance from Caltex to N11+D45 intersection = 10.9km)
9. Turn Right onto the D45 Road (sand road), follow for 10.3kms. At the Y - Junction turn right, travels alongside the Game fence for 2 km until you reach the gate and thatched guard house.
Directions from Durban to the Nambiti Private Game Reserve:
Travel on the N3 through Mooi River Toll Gate (R32), 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 on 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).
The gate guard directs guests to the undercover parking area where the ranger meets and transfers guests to the lodge.
On site parking facilities are provided for guests.
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