Well positioned on the main route between Johannesburg and Durban, situated in the picturesque, lush green KwaZulu-Natal battlefields, The Springbok Lodge offers you the perfect safari experience with beautifully appointed tented suites, service excellence, superb cuisine and prolific wildlife. Escape to African abundance just a mere three-and-a-half hour drive from Johannesburg and two-and-a-half hours from the coastal city of Durban
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 exceptional 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 hosts 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 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. Breath in nature with every African sunrise and embark on a safari with your experienced and knowledgeable field guide.
Luxury Tented Accommodation in a Big 5 Private Game Reserve
Our 15 elevated Luxury Tents sleep a maximum of 30 guests, offering 5-star luxury 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.
Each of our elevated luxury en suite tents have their own viewing deck with chairs for your comfort and a king-size bed (also available as twin beds).
Wheelchair Access to the Lodge and Luxury Tents
We cater for our wheelchair-bound guests as well with two of the tents adjacent to the lodge equipped with an access ramp instead of stairs. The main lodge and boma are accessible by wheelchair and the lodge boasts a uniquely-designed, wheelchair-accessible plunge pool.
After a hot day of game viewing and birding in the African bush, indulge in a deep, scented bubble bath or enjoy the rush of an outdoor shower under the star-studded sky.
Magnificent views from each tent deck allow you to watch the game on the horizon whilst sipping your morning coffee or favourite sundowner.
Springbok Lodge Activities Include:
Game drives (approximately 3 hours long, depending on sightings and weather)
Boma dinners (weather permitting)
Bush breakfasts (by arrangement)
Fly fishing (seasonal)
Zulu dancing (by prior arrangement and at an additional cost)
Massage therapy (by arrangement and at an additional cost)
Battlefield tours (by arrangement and at an additional cost)
Leisurely drives towards the majestic Drakensberg, with superb sightseeing and curio shopping.
Game Drives on Nambiti Private Game Reserve
A personal ranger and tracker will ensure that you have a unique safari experience in the open game viewing vehicle at daybreak or early afternoon. Head off on an open, game-viewing vehicle at daybreak or early afternoon. 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.
Boma Dinners at Springbok Lodge
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!
Fly Fishing on the Nambiti Private Game Reserve
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!
Nambiti Big 5 Game Reserve About the Area
Battlefields and Related Attractions In The Area:
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)
Nearby Golf Courses:
Adventure and Canopy Tours:
Worlds Smallest Church (Van Reenens Pass)
Maria Ratschitz Mission (Boschkloof Farm, Biggersberg)
Soofie Mosque (Ladysmith)
Come and Hug Our Cheetah!!
The Springbok Lodge is offering a once in a lifetime Cheetah Experience.
Guests can choose to enjoy this optional extra activitiy by either interacting with the cheetah through the fence or entering into the camp and enjoying one on one interaction
Bush Lodge Conferences and Safari Events
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:
Safari Weddings, Big 5 Malaria Free, KwaZulu Natal Private Game Reserve
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 to The Springbok Lodge
The Nambiti Private Game Reserve is situated 25 km's east of Ladysmith and is only 3½ hours from Johannesburg, 2½ hours from Durban and 90 minutes from the Drakensberg. Please see map for details.
The Springbok Lodge Rates - KwaZulu Natal Big 5 Game Lodge
Full board (3 meals a day) all hot beverages and two game drives & snacks per person per day.
Rates Exclude:All Beverages from the Bar and on Game Drive, Conservation Levy, Gratuities, Purchases from the Curio Shop and additional activities offered at the Lodge
The Springbok Lodge Reviews - Guests Comments
Susan Randall (USA, Florida)
Highlight of Stay: Too many to list - the staff, the setting, the lodge, the tents, the game drives, the restaurant, the fireplace, petals and candles in the hot bath after every chilly drive!
Overall Impression: A little bit of paradise. I wish you every success in the future and look forward to coming back!
6 - 9 June 2011
Erika and Jim Velissariou (Durban)
Awesome experience, fantastic down to earth staff!
11 - 12 June 2011
Craig and Suzette Bull (Hillcrest)
Highlight of Stay:Spotting the cheetahs in the wild and just Nambiti as a whole. This was the most fantastic experience. Thank you so much to everyone who made our stay truly special. God Bless!
Overall Impression:Fantastic experience. We'll be back again and again…
11 - 12 June 2011
Mike, Sandra, Laura and Ashleigh Redman (Hillcrest)
Highlight of Stay:Saw 4 of the Big 5. Friendly game ranger. We were well looked after. Excellent.
Overall Impression:Excellent resort. Friendly staff. Excellent game viewing. Outstanding service
14 - 17 June 2011
Dominic and Julie Doherty-Bigara (Durban)
Highlight of Stay:Seeing 4 of the Big 5 on one day in particular meeting your Lioness and Cheetahs and Elephants. Also brilliant food.
Overall Impression:Really enjoyed our mini break away and found Springbok Lodge to be very special. Your food was very good. It was great to be introduced to your special animals such as Trashcan (Lioness), the Cheetah boys and Timmy (wildebeest), Beefy (the Ellie Bull) and the Ellie Herd
16 - 18 June 2011
Bill and Brenda Kalyn (Canada)
Highlight of Stay: Viewing Giraffe, Hippo, Rhino. Experiencing the coutry landscape from the open air of the land cruiser. Being able to completely relax in peace and quiet of the lodge and surroundings. Terrific meals (expected only in urban restaurants!) Very hospitable staff. Spirit in Care.
Overall Impression: You have a facility that combines all the comforts of a very refined world with the peace and tranquility of the natural world. Every room detail was much appreciated. Well done!
09-12 May 2011
Scott and Sheryl Marlow (USA - Texas)
Highlight of Stay: The game drive was awesome.
Overall Impression: The best ranger in South Africa! Saw everthing we wanted to see and more!
05-06 May 2011
Sharon Phillips (Australia)
Highlight of Stay: The game drives. David was extremely friendly and excellent knowledge and communication skills.
Overall Impression: The is nothing I could suggest to better this experience. Absolute Gold!!
05-06 May 2011
Sue Main (Pinetown)
Highlight of Stay: Seeing Cheetah on the morning game drive with David.
Overall Impression: A wonderful bush experience. I felt like I was in the movie "Out of Africa". I think I am hooked.
04-06 May 2011
Heather and Donovan Du Plessis (UK)
Highlight of Stay: The amazing game drives with David and the fantastic service by all staff.
Overall Impression: FANTASTIC :-) Thank you xx
03-06 May 2011
Leory & Carole, Christopher & Alexander Azar (Sandton)
Highlight of Stay: Seeing Big 5 + Staff attitude to us and Great Rooms and Food Excellent.
Overall Impression: Very good value for money. Staff very friendly and efficient. Plenty of Game, excellent Rangers and terrific food.
26-28 April 2011
Leon and Chrissie Roodt (Johannesburg)
Highlight of Stay: Brilliant View from our Tent (16), lovely food, Great Service and 4 out of Big 5 and the Cheetah!
Overall Impression: Lovely rest and peaceful. Great for our honeymoon! Thanks!
23-27 April 2011
Greg Wyatt and Lisa Kremer (NZ & SA)
Highlight of Stay: Rhino!!! Loved the bath with rose petals too.
Overall Impression: Very clean & tidy. Professional tour guide with lots of interesting facts. We very much enjoyed our stay - wish it would have been longer. 20-21 April 2011
Please Note The Following:
On arrival at Nambiti Private Game Reserve, your vehicle is parked at our undercover car park and you are transported to and from your Lodge and around the reserve at all times on a game viewing vehicle with your ranger.
We are a licensed establishment thus no beverages will be allowed to be brought onto the premises.
It is at the discretion of your ranger to allow children (12 years and under) within 50m of a Big 5 sighting.
Check in time is from 12h00 (winter and summer)
Lunch is served at 13h30 (winter) 14h00 (summer)
Afternoon Game Drives depart at 15h00 (winter) and 16h00 / 16h30 (summer)
Dinner is served at the main lodge from 19h30
Morning Game Drives depart at 07h00 (winter) and 05h30 / 06h00 (summer)
Breakfast from 10h00 (winter), 09h00 (summer)
Vacate Rooms by 11h00, Check out time is by 12h00
1795 to 2495 pppn