the sign at the gate of Nambiti Game Reserve

Quick Facts

  • 22 000 acres of land
  • Established in May 2001
  • Malaria free
  • Privately owned Game Reserve
  • Over 40 species of game
  • Situated in Elandslaagte, Ladysmith, near the battlefields
  • 10 choices of luxury accommodation
  • Just over 3 hours from JHB and 2 hours from Durban
  • Contains 40m waterfalls
  • Biodiversity including; savannah, grasslands, thornveld and riverine bushveld

About Nambiti Game Reserve

Nambiti is a Big 5 Game reserve which is situated near Ladysmith, in the heart of the battlefields area which is roughly 3 1/4 hours from Johannesburg and 2,5 hours from Durban. The location of the reserve allows for diversity and therefore lots of different wildlife. There are currently over 20 species of game in the reserve.

The game reserve started as a place of sanctuary for orphaned elephants. Soon after, as the elephant population began to grow, the internal fences were remover as well as the alien vegetation in order to create what would be the Nambiti Game Reserve. A Game fence was then erected to house the 22 000 acres of the reserve. Following the set up the reserve, the area was then stocked with naturally occurring game which had been driven out by the farming.

In 2005, there was a proposal to build lodges within the reserve. This proposal was taken on and 3 more of the surrounding farms were added to the reserve. There are now a handful of luxury lodges in the reserve, some made from the old farm houses on the land. In 2007 there was a claim for the land by the locals. The matter was settled and now the community is actively involved in the upkeep of the area.

The reserve offers the finest game viewing along with some of the top lodges in Southern Africa.

The area around the game reserve was where the Anglo-Zulu and Anglo-Boer wars took place. Majority of the battle fields have been preserved and there are many monuments and graves to see. This makes for a good day trip as they are just around the corner.

Nambiti Game reserve is well on it's way to establishing itself as one of the Great Game Reserves of Africa

Nambiti offers varied Catered accommodation as well as a self-catering lodge and is ideal for larger groups (for team-building, weddings and conferences far from the distractions of the big city). It is of course primarily a leisure destination and is well suited to smaller family groups or romantic getaways.

There is accommodation to suit most budget. There are six 5-star game lodges.

Not all camps are fenced and so are not suitable for small children. Speak to your Reservations agent to make sure the camp you want to go to is suited to your needs or your families needs.

Drakensberg Mountains, Cathedral Peak

Drakensberg Mountains

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.

Isandlwana Battlefields


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. Other local historical attractions include the Siege Museum, Town Hall Museum, the Statue of Ghandi, “The Twins” (two Howitzers cannons) and many more.