|Address:||Nambiti Private Game Reserve
|Local Tel :||036-6379604|
|INT Tel :||+27-36-6379604|
The Springbok Lodge epitomises the perfect safari experience with beautifully appointed tented suites, service excellence, superb cuisine and prolific wildlife - ensuring an unforgettable experience.
Nestled in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal battlefields, the lodge offers guests a chance to unwind in a picture-perfect setting.
Well positioned on the main route between Johannesburg and Durban, Springbok Lodge is a four-and-a-half hour drive from Johannesburg (approximately 400km) and three-and-a-half hours from the coastal city of Durban). The breathtaking mountains of the central Drakensberg lie a mere one-and-a-half hours away. Bringing the lodge even closer is 1.2km landing strip for light aircraft or helicopters.
Whether Springbok Lodge is your intended destination, a base from which to explore the surrounding countryside or a stop-over while touring the country, you are assured an above-average experience - the lodge has achieved an AA Superior Accommodation Accreditation for the past two years.
Springbok Lodge is situated in the Nambiti Private Game Reserve, a conservancy offering 20 000 acres of pristine, malaria-free bushveld. The reserve is home to the Big Five, as well as cheetah, hippo and over 30 species of plains game. Nature lovers will enjoy the area's biodiversity, with Thornveld and majestic Acacia trees complementing extensive grasslands which mirror the plains of Central Africa.
The abundant natural water system, with perennial rivers and the beautiful waterfall and cascades on the Sundays River, makes for a unique sanctuary, attracting several rare bird species and an enviable array of raptors and vultures.
Feast your senses on the magnificent sights, sounds and smells of this untouched African bush. With every dawn, renew your bond with nature as you embark on a safari with your experienced and knowledgeable field guide.
While the Big Five experience alone is enough to attract visitors, The Springbok Lodge guests can expect so much more.
Our 21 elevated Luxury Tents sleep a maximum of 50 guests, offering 5-star opulence in the African bush. The tents are air conditioned in the warm summer months and heated in the chilly winter ones, with electric blankets keeping guests extra snug.
After a thrilling day of game viewing and birding, indulge in a deep, scented bubble bath or enjoy the rush of an outdoor shower under the star-studded sky.
Unsurpassed views from each tent deck allow you to watch the game on the horizon whilst sipping your morning coffee or favourite sundowner.
Two of the tents are adjacent to the lodge and equipped with an access
ramp instead of stairs, catering for wheelchair-bound guests and those with mobility challenges. The main lodge and boma are accessible by wheelchair and the lodge boasts a uniquely-designed, wheelchair-accessible plunge pool. More information regarding the tents, facilities and restrictions with regards to wheelchairs can be obtained when making a reservation.
Activities at the lodge and surrounding areas
Head off on an open, game-viewing vehicle at daybreak or early afternoon. A personal guide will ensure that you get the most out of the experience, enjoying the abundance of wildlife and unspoilt African vistas. You will stop to be given a chance to stretch your legs and wonder at the sounds and silences of the bush, while drinking in majestic sunrises or sunsets. The memory of sipping an Amarula coffee or sundowner in such humbling surroundings is one that will stay with you forever.
On fine summer and balmy winter nights, guests can arrange to dine around a crackling fire in the boma, an experience which is sure to be a highlight of your stay.
Bacon and eggs take on a taste of their own when savoured in the African veld. The bush breakfasts are exciting for our guests as well as our staff who literally pack up everything and set up 'kitchen' in a scenic spot. Often our plans are 'put to bed' though, when the Ellies invite themselves to breakfast!
The reserve's well stocked dams offer the keen fly fisherman a chance to indulge in this tranquil pastime (all fishing is on a 'catch-and-release' basis).
Adding an extra element of enjoyment are the resident hippo.
By prior arrangement, massage therapists will travel from Ladysmith, offering reflexology, full body massage, back massage and Indian head massage in the privacy of your tent or, if the weather allows, out on your deck!
Absorb the rich history of the area by enjoying a day tour with a registered professional tour guide. You will 'relive' the war as your guide shares with you his vast knowledge of and passion for the legendary bygone battles.
Visits to monuments and 'places of rest' and stories about the grand heritage of the Battlefields surrounding Nambiti make for a most interesting experience. A visit to Rorkes Drift and Isandlwana battlefields approximately 60 minutes away can also be arranged.
The Elandslaagte area boasts a history that dates back to the late 1800s when some of the bloodiest battles in history were fought as Zulu, Boer and British forces clashed over land and sovereignty. The Battle of Elandslaagte was fought on the Nambiti Private Game Reserve and the original hospital still stands within the reserve's boundaries.
Enquire about our 'Bush & Battlefields Package' , a minimum three-night stay at the lodge including two afternoon and two morning game drives, a full-day tour of the Battlefields and all meals and accommodation.
Conferences & Event Evenings
The Springbok Lodge leads the way as one of only two Big Five conferencing venues in KwaZulu-Natal. Join us and experience it!
For the corporate visitor we offer the convenience of a fully equipped conference venue and on-site accommodation for up to 40 delegates (sharing). This venue represents a perfect base for strategic meetings, team building or motivational sessions. If required, additional accommodation can be arranged at one of the nearby lodges on a bed-only basis.
Make the most of this unique venue to encourage your team to excel.
The conference room is equipped with a big screen TV, data projector, flip charts and a PA system and customised seating and table layout. Conference packages are tailor-made to your specific needs.
Our competitive rates offer value for money without compromising the world-class experience that the corporate market is accustomed to. Our corporate clients have already chosen The Springbok Lodge as their venue of choice for incentives and rewards for clients and team members.
We are suitably equipped to host:
Weddings at Springbok Lodge
Springbok Lodge has become a venue of choice to host smaller, intimate weddings and unions.
Our picture-perfect venue with its distinctive ambiance lends itself to making your big day unique. Packages are personalised to suit your requirements, including excellent accommodation and superb cuisine.
Directions - Durban to Nambiti Private Game Reserve via Bergville Toll
1. From Durban take the N3 to Johannesburg
2. From Mooi River toll gate travel +/- 90kms
3. Take the Bergville Toll Plaza off ramp (pay R12.00)
4. Turn right onto the N11 and head for Ladysmith (about 12kms)
5. At the T Junction turn left, take glide off to N11 / Ladysmith
6. Turn right at the stop street and follow this road towards Ladysmith
7. After the bridge (look out for Wimpy/ Engen on left), turn left into
8. Continue down Murchison street till you reach the intersection with traffic
lights and the Caltex petrol/ Gas station on your right
9. At this intersection turn right, then left at next traffic light
intersection. Continue on this road (N11) out of town
10. At the traffic lights continue straight on the N11 towards Newcastle for
11. Look out for the brown "Nambiti" sign on the left and a small sign reading
"D45". This sign is also on the left of the N11
12. Turn right onto the D45 road (road), travel for 10,3kms
13. Turn right at the Y-Juction (onto the D46) and travel for 2km until you
reach the entrance to Nambiti Private Game Reserve (Electric gate and thatched
14. Our gate guard will direct you to the undercover parking area where our
ranger will meet you and transfer you to the lodge
15. Please note that cellphone reception in the area is erratic
GPS reading for D45 & N11 Junction
South 26 degrees 29, 29 & East 29 degrees 50, 71
Directions from Johannesburg
Head for DURBAN on the N3.
Once you have entered KwaZulu Natal via Van Reenen,
look out for the Ladysmith Toll off-ramp and go through it. (pay R27.00)
This is at the bottom of Van Reenen's Pass.
Continue straight on R103 to Ladysmith
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 road)
BP Petrol / Gas Station on the left, traffic lights then Caltex Petrol / Gas
station on the left. Continue on, (landmark : FET College on the left)
At the 3 way traffic light intersection keep right till you get to the next set
of 4 way traffic lights. (landmark: SHELL Petrol / Gas station on the right)
TURN LEFT into Murchison Street. Continue on 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 on this road (landmark : BP Petrol / Gas Station on the
On the outskirts of Ladysmith you will find another set of traffic lights and a
4 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)
Turn Right onto the D45 Road (sand road), follow for 10.3Km's
At the Y - Junction turn right, travel along side the Game fence for 2 km until
you reach our gate and thatched guard house
GPS reading at N11 / D45 = Lat S28 degrees, 29.29 and Long E29 degrees, 50.71