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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.


Spa Facilities

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.

Activities, Sports & Leisure

Game drives

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.

Boma dinners

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.

Fly Fishing

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 therapy

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).

Conferences & Events

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:

  •  conferences
  •  team-building
  •  product launches
  •  year-end celebrations
  •  company breakaways
  •  gala events
  •  awards events.


Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • 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 Policy
  • 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.

Available Rooms

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
  •  Heater
  •  King and twin beds
  •  En-suite bathroom
  •  Private viewing deck
  •  Hospitality tray
  •  Complimentary sherry
  •  Safe
  •  Hairdryer.

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.

Single Room R2520
Double Room R5040

GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -28.517102

Longitude: 29.954779


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.

Star Rating

5 Star


  • AA Quality Assured Associate