The "Big Five"
Malaria free game reserve

Situated in the secluded Nambiti Private Game Reserve, Esiweni Safari Lodge is located in the heart of Zulu country. The reserve is home to the legendary Big Five: elephants, rhinos, lions, leopards and buffalo. In addition to the Big Five, Nambiti Private Reserve is also home to more than 40 other animal species including black rhino and cheetah, not to mention over 280 species of birds. The reserve's landscape will take you from bush to savannah through the immense plains that border mighty rivers. Discover waterfalls and a natural swimming pool, this is a biodiversity of a rare and unspoilt richness.

Biodiversity conservation

Esiweni Safari Lodge participates in a biodiversity conservation programme at the Nambiti Reserve. There are many animal species, including the much sought-after Big Five in South Africa. The reserve has set up animal reintroduction programmes, as well as anti-poaching programmes to ensure that the animals of the reserve are protected, cared for and respected by all. The reserve focuses on using renewable energy sources, such as solar power, to reduce ourcarbon footprint. Waste management, recycling and composting are an integral part of Nambiti's daily operations. Additionally, water conservation measures, from rainwater harvesting to water-saving appliances, underline our commitment to resource efficiency.

Nambiti, in the heart of zulu country

Located in KwaZulu-Natal near the town of Ladysmith, the Nambiti private reserve is set on 23,000 hectares of land. Ideally situated between Johannesburg/Pretoria (3.5 to 4 hours away) and Durban (2.5 hours away). Nambiti is also a short drive from the famous KwaZulu-Natal battlefields, one of the region's major attractions.


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Community spirit

Nambiti Game Reserve is one of the very few private reserves to support and help the local black community. In order to do so, the community has retained ownership of the land and leases the reserve to the lodges on a long-term basis. In exchange, the lodges are committed to employing local workers.​

A look back at our history

Nambiti lies in the midst of the historic battlegrounds where the bloody wars between the British, the Boers and the Zulus took place. The memorial to the Battle of Elandslaagte stands at the entrance to the reserve and the ruins of a military hospital can still be seen on the property today.​

More than just safari...

The reserve is only an hour's drive from Drakensberg Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park offers a wide range of activities, including rock climbing, rafting, horse riding, cycling, 4x4 driving, fly fishing and boat trips on the lakes. 


Nambiti is a malaria-free reserve.

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