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Nambiti Plains Lodge
is located in the Nambiti Reserve in the Battlefields
area of Natal Central
in South Africa
Nambiti Reserve is a fenced private wildlife area which extends over 220 square kilometres of open plains, undulating valleys and large granite hills. It has been stocked with a wide range of wildlife, including the big five and around fifty other major mammal species. The reserve represents a relatively rare non-malarial safari option and contains ten different accommodation options.
This particular lodge is perhaps the most traditional on the reserve. It is centred on a pleasant but modest main building, with comfortable lounge and dining areas under thatch, leading out to a decking area with a small swimming pool and relatively restricted views out across the surrounding plains. Guest accommodation is in a total of just four comfortable bungalows.
Activities include vehicle safari and a visit to the cheetah rehabilitation project on the reserve. The owners also advertise trips further afield, to the Drakensberg Mountains and the Battlefields, although we would usually be inclined to combine with properties in those areas if you wish to visit them.
One potential downside is that anyone who has been on safari in more wild areas may find Nambiti to be rather tame, this is very much a fenced and engineered landscape rather than a true wilderness, which is why the lodges here attract relatively low ratings. But perhaps that will not bother first time safari travellers, especially those with younger children.
We find ourselves recommending relatively small private wildlife reserves such as this relatively rarely, but if you are planning a self-drive trip through Natal and are not visiting any more substantial wildlife areas in your trip, then it may be worth considering staying here for a night or two.
Nambiti Plains Game Lodge is a reasonably attractive place, but architecturally not as impressive as some of the better options on the reserve.