Kwazulu Natal » Nambiti Game Reserve » Lions Valley Lodge


LOCATIONNambiti Private Game Reserve bordering Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal. Close to the Battlefields.POOLYes - at the main area only
BIG 5 GAME RESERVEYesSPAIn-room Massages
CHILD POLICYNo children under 8 years allowedMALARIANo

  •   Ideal location - half way between Durban and Johannesburg.
  •   Malaria free big 5 game reserve.
  •   A luxury retreat where one can enjoy an authentic experience surrounded by the African bushveld.

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17 January - 30 June 2018 Luxury Suite R 2,925 pppn sharing special rate for advance bookings
01 July - 13 December 2018 Luxury Suite R 3,199 pppn sharing special rate for advance bookings
* Surcharges will apply during Kwazulu-Natal school holidays, holiday periods, long weekends and for 1 night stays

• Luxury accommodation
• Lunch, dinner & breakfast
• Two game drives per day with snacks and refreshments, including selected local beer and house wine on the afternoon drive
• Tea & coffee
• Single accommodation, based on a minimum 2 night stay, will be charged as follows:
• R 3, 749 per night valid 17 January - 30 June 2018
• R 4, 023 per night valid 01 July - 13 December 2018
• No children under the age of 8 years are not allowed at the lodge for safety reasons.
• When sharing with 2 adults, children aged 8 - 11 years will pay:
- R 1,737 per night valid 17 January - 30 June 2018
- R 1,829.00 per night valid 01 July - 13 December 2018
• When sharing with 2 adults, teenagers aged 12 - 17 years will pay:
- R 2,377.00 per night valid 17 January - 30 June 2018
- R 2,925.00 per night valid 01 July - 13 December 2018
** The above mentioned child rates are based on a minimum 2 night stay**

• Maximum of two children/teens per suite sharing with parents on a double sleeper couch.
• Children are to be accompanied by an adult at all times. The lodge is not fenced and this is a Big Five Reserve.
• Children are to be supervised by an adult at all times, particularly when on game drives, in the boma or dinning room and while making use of the swimming pool and the surrounding area.
• Children of 8 yrs and older are allowed on game drives at the discretion of lodge management and the ranger.
• At least one parent is to accompany their child/children on these drives.
• Battlefield tours (Additional cost)
• Massages (Additional cost)
• Walking Safaris (Additional cost & subject to guides being available)
• Rates listed above are strictly based on a minimum 2 nights stay. 1 night stays are on request and a surcharge will apply.
• Rates quoted are only applicable to South African Residents. Special discounted rates for International Residents are available on request.
• Collection time for all guests is 13h00 at the Memorial Gate entrance of the Nambiti Reserve.
• A Nambiti Rhino Protection Levy of R 40.00 (including VAT) per person, per day will be payable at the lodge on the day of departure and is subject to change.
Only 4 hours drive from Johannesburg. 3 hours drive from Durban to the main Elandslaagte / Memorial gate of the Nambiti Private Game Reserve.

10 Luxury Suites:
Africa Suite, Bird Suite, Livingstone Suite, Savannah Suite, Ndebele Suite, Nguni Suite, Romance Suite, Safari Suite, Homestead Suite and Zebra Suite


Lions Valley Lodge is a private game lodge situated in the centre of the 21,000 acre Nambiti Private Game Reserve. This luxury safari reserve is nestled in the Ladysmith area of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, within easy reach of the central Drakensberg and many of the historic battlefields. This malaria-free virgin bushveld area with its mixed vegetation of savannah grasslands, indigenous trees and shrubs is home to the Big Five as well as offering the ideal habitat for a large variety of antelope, smaller game species and an abundant birdlife. Visitors to Lions Valley Lodge are accommodated in exclusive, freestanding luxury thatched suites, offering guests maximum privacy.

The decor of each of the ten suites follows a special individual theme; and all are designed with areas for extensive relaxation.

The Africa Suite emanates an air of magical mystery with its decor of natural hides, traditional wooden masks and tribal cultural artefacts. This suite is the epitome of an African experience, allowing visitors to explore the magnitude of Africa's splendor throughout their stay.

The elegant decor in the Bird Suite is a reflection of KwaZulu-Natal's abundant birdlife. The original paintings in this suite are examples of some of the 183 identified indigenous birds on the Conservancy List.

The Livingstone Suite pays homage to the Scottish missionary and explorer, David Livingstone, who gained worldwide recognition for his travels through Africa in search of the source of the Nile River.

The Savannah Suite is decorated in the beautiful natural colours of this biome which is also known as the bushveld. The vegetation is predominantly grasses and thorny trees and in day’s gone-by large herds of game and elephant were typically seen in this type of area.

The Ndebele Suite is an accolade to the Ndebele people. They are known for their rich cultural heritage as depicted in their highly imaginative beadwork and brightly coloured mural patterns. Their culture is visible throughout this suite, from the beaded tribal artwork, and cultural artefacts that portray a sense of strength and pride.

The Nguni Suite is decorated with genuine Nguni Cattle hides and leather items as a mark of respect for the noble indigenous herds that form an intrinsic part of the KwaZulu-Natal landscape. These cattle signify wealth and prosperity in the Zulu culture.

The Romance Suite indulges the senses with gloriously romantic, decorative touches designed to stir the emotions and kindle the flames of passion. This romantic suite is the piece de resistance, a celebration of love and romantic devotion. It is the ultimate honeymoon destination.

The Safari Suite recalls nostalgic memories of the early years of African exploration when going on safari represented a daunting challenge. The decorative touches hark back to scenes from the bygone days of 'Out of Africa'.

The Homestead Suite offers guests a rare glance of rural home adorned with some unique decor pieces. The original painting in this suite is of the old farmhouse on the reserve known as the "Homestead".

The decor of the Zebra Suite features authentic zebra skins and zebra-patterned textiles that echo the grace and charm of these enchanting, nimble-footed animals.

Guests to Lions Valley Lodge enjoy informative early morning and late afternoon game viewing safaris, accompanied by our experienced game rangers.

They take pride in making every guests stay with us a memorable one. Whether you are celebrating a wedding, honeymoon, birthday, anniversary, or just enjoying a break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life we will Endeavour to help you relax, unwind and indulge yourself in the wonderful world of wildlife that inhabits this bushveld.


Nambiti Private Game Reserve is a private Big Five and Wonderful Seven bush retreat and game conservancy set on 20,000 acres of malaria-free bushveld in KwaZulu Natal. It has an incredible biodiversity including savannah, grasslands, thornveld and tall acacia trees. The Sundays River flows through the reserve and has two 40-metre waterfalls with magnificent ravine bush, home to several rare bird species The Nambiti Private Game Reserve has three times the carrying capacity of regions like Botswana and is the only reserve in the region with the big five. We currently have over thirty other species of game including giraffe, hippo, hyena, impala, springbok, and zebra. Encounter one of these magnificent animals only 3½ hours from Johannesburg and 2½ hours from Durban. The spirit of Africa will fill your soul and the experience will stay with you forever. The roar of lions and the ambience of a traditional boma will make you want to return, year after year.


  • Conference room
  • Dining Area
  • Boma
  • Fireplace
  • Reception area
  • Library
  • Swimming pool
  • Poolside loungers
  • Curio shop
  • Massage studio
  • Babysitting facilities
  • WiFi at the suites and main lodge area

  • Mini bar
  • Private deck
  • Indoor and outdoor shower
  • Walk-in cupboard



  •     Head for Ladysmith on the N3. Once you have entered KwaZulul Natal via Van Reenen, take the Ladysmith Toll off-ramp (at the bottom of Van Reenen's Pass).
  •     Turn left and drive towards Ladysmith on the R103. Drive straight through Ladysmith and follow the N11 road to Newcastle.
  •     Continue on the N11 for about 20km after the last robot leaving Ladysmith
  •     Ignore the sign that says Nambiti as this will lead you to the South Gate.
  •     Wait until you see the sign that says Elandslaagte and turn right here
  •     This road is the Glencoe Dundee R602. Travel for 2.3kms
  •     Turn right at the Elandslaagte P555 ( a dirt road)
  •     Cross the double railway line and continue for 200m to the Elandslaagte sign
  •     Turn left at the Elandslaagte Military Cemetery sign
  •     Drive 3.8km to the Nambiti Memorial Gate
  •     The guards will direct you to where you must park your car
  •     A Lions Valley Lodge game ranger will be at the parking area at 2pm to collect you in one of our game viewers and drive you down to the lodge

  •     On the N3, heading towards Johannesburg, take the Colenso/Bergville off-ramp. (This is the first off-ramp after the Shell Ultra City and is about 8km from the Shell Ultra City).
  •     Turn right back over the freeway and travel on the R103 to Colenso – travel for about 21km.
  •     Turn right at the Tugela Farm Market – a building with a green roof on the left hand side of the road. Sign says Ezakheni and Newcastle.
  •     Travel for 11km, you will cross over a railway bridge and come to a 4-way Stop.
  •     Turn left (quite a number of mini factories now on your right).
  •     Travel for 10km until you come to a T-Junction.
  •     Turn left, travel for about 5.5km. You will pass the Dunlop factory on your right.
  •     You will come to a set of robots. Turn right – this is the N11 Ladysmith Newcastle road.
  •     Continue on the N11 for about 20km. (Ignore the sign that says Nambiti, as this will lead you to Woodlands Gate on the South Side of the reserve.)
  •     Wait until you see the sign that says Elandslaagte and turn right here.
  •     This road is the Glencoe Dundee R602. Travel for 2.3kms.
  •     Turn right at the Elandslaagte P555 (a dirt road).
  •     Cross the double railway line - and continue for 200m to the Elandslaagte sign.
  •     Turn left at the Elandslaagte Military Cemetery sign.
  •     Drive 3.8km to the Nambiti Memorial Gate.
  •     The guards will direct you to where you must park your car.
  •     A Lions Valley Lodge game ranger will be at the parking area at 2pm to collect you in one of our game viewers and drive you down to the lodge


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