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Nambiti Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

We pride ourselves on travelling and testing all of our destinations - this is what makes Indigo Safaris special. Recently we took our own very young family to Nambiti Game Reserve on a research trip to source yet more new locations and services for our discerning clients. When we headed out there in May 2014 we were particularly interested in sourcing malaria-free , family-friendly safaris and safaris that can be combined with other South African adventure activites such as shark diving and mountain hiking. We were impressed with what we saw and now offer tailormade trips to Nambiti Game Reserve as stand alone safaris or as part of longer multi-destination and diverse itineraries. On this page you can learn a little about what makes Nambiti special and on the following pages (on the left hand drop down menu) you can see the selection of lodges and services providers we now work with in Nambiti Game Reserve. Please contact us with any questions and to make a booking.

Nambiti - wildlife

Nambiti is the only game reserve in the malaria-free bushveld in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, that boasts the Big Five (The Big Five is an old hunting term used for the five animals which were the hardest to hunt and kill: African elephant, lion, Cape buffallo, leopard and rhinoceros) and has a selection of lodge styles. Now many travellers wish to spot all of these five animals (and only shoot with a camera!) on their safaris and not every safari destination has all five creatures in the same place. We are keen conservationists and don't advocate hunting with anything other than cameras. Part of what we like to offer with the trips we organise is the chance  for our clients to enjoy seeing animals in their natural (or as near as natural as can be possible) environments  and to learn and hopefully then help to protect many of these beautiful often threatened creatures. Places like Nambiti can offer sanctuary and much needed protection especially for rhinos which you will hopefully see if you visit. An African safari is not however just about these five species - there are so many other wonderful creatures to see, a range of habitats amd landscapes to travel through, stunning places to stay and interesting cultural and historical encounters to be had on safari. Hopefully you will also encounter some of Nambiti's 40+ other species of game including cheetah, giraffe, hippo, hyena, impala, eland and zebra plus an array of other creatures and plants. The Reserve’s 22,000 acres has incredible biodiversity; including savannah, thornveld, riverine bush, acacia trees and extensive grasslands that mirror the plains of central Africa. 

Nambiti - Location and environment

The Reserve is completely malaria free as it falls far outside the low risk belt and it is just 3½ hours drive from Johannesburg and 2½ hours from Durban. Thunderstorms often occur in the late afternoon in summer after scorching days. The dry winters are one of the best times of year to view the game as the animals concentrate around water, or bask in the sunshine amongst the clearings. Game drives are offered into the late evening and nightfall and game viewing under a canopy of African stars is an incredible experience. The Sunday River offers excellent Yellowtail fishing and there are a number of dams within the reserve that are well-stocked with various fish species. The abundance of natural water, perennial rivers and beautiful waterfalls on the Sundays River, make Nambiti a unique sanctuary attracting several rare bird species and an enviable array of raptors and vultures.

Nambiti - Other attractions

Nambiti is not solely a safari destination as you can easily combine it with many other activities. Less than an hour away, the majestic Drakensberg Mountain Range is a World Heritage Site full of extraordinary beauty and numerous activities, including hiking, quad biking, white water rafting, 4×4 trails, mountain biking, horse riding, canopy tours, rock climbing, kayaking and fly fishing. The region also boasts numerous memorial sites and at the entrance to the Reserve there are memorials to the Boer and English troops who laid down their lives in the Battle of Elandslaagte. The hospital still stands within the reserve’s borders. Several battles of the Anglo-Zulu and Anglo-Boer wars took place on the land surrounding Nambiti. The World-renowned battlefields of Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift, Ladysmith and Elandslaagte are in the immediate vicinity. Many of these battlefields have been preserved as reminders of the rich history; Nambiti Reserve rests within this land, which had been described as “heaven on earth” by the Dutch settlers. Other local historical attractions include the Siege Museum, Town Hall Museum, the Statue of Ghandi, “The Twins” (two Howitzers cannons) and many more.
How Nambiti was born
While trout fishing, Rob le Sueur shared his dream with friend Gordon Howard. His vision was for a Big Five game reserve, but he had not yet come across a suitable property close enough to Durban. As luck would have it, Gordon heard of a number of cattle farms for sale east of Ladysmith, so one winter morning the two friends met for a horseback tour of the properties and, amazed at the outstanding beauty of the area, the duo set about acquiring the land. In 2000 Nambiti Private Game Reserve was born. Working closely with conservationists and wildlife experts, the area was restocked with naturally occurring wildlife. Over the next five years, internal farm fences were removed, alien vegetation was cleared and the now game-fenced reserve was restocked. Along with the endemic species driven out by farming practices, the Big Five and many other types of game were introduced. Over time, three more farms were acquired and in the following years superb lodges were built or renovated from existing farmhouses.
Nambiti - Overview
This all adds up to what we discovered was a highly accessible safari destination which is good for families as well as those seeking a multi activity holiday in South Africa. Click on the drop down pages to the left to compare and choose your preffered accommodation option within the Reserve.  But don’t forget we also arrange tailormade trips to The Kruger National Park and of course many other African safari destinations. Contact us for advice if you are unsure which destination to and type of safari and location to suit you. 
This all adds up to what we discovered was a highly accessible safari destination which is ideal for families or couples as well as those seeking a multi-activity holiday in South Africa (but don’t forget we also arrange tailormade trips to The Kruger National Park concessions, Madikwe, Phinda, and Zululand Rhino Reserve and of course many other African safari destinations). Contact us for advice if you are unsure which destination to choose for the type of safari and location will suit you. Click on themenu items to the left to compare and choose your prefered accommodation option within the reserve. 



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