Kwazulu Natal » Nambiti Game Reserve » Cheetah Ridge Lodge


LOCATIONNambiti Private Game ReservePOOLYes - at the main area only
OFF ROADYes (for Big 5 Sightings only)AIRCONYes

  •   Being one of only a handful of Big5 Lodges in South Africa that are child friendly, Cheetah Ridge Lodge and Nambiti House are the ideal family getaway, only 3 hours from Durban and 4 hours from Johannesburg
  •   Nambiti Big 5 Game Reserve is home to elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino, as well as over 30 other animal species. It is also rich in birdlife and indigenous flora often described as 'heaven on earth'
  •   The homely and inviting atmosphere at Cheetah Ridge, ensures that guests are welcomed to a home away from home

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01 May - 31 August 2018 Luxury Suite R 1,705 pppn sharing min/max 3 night stay special rate
Luxury Suite R 1,897 pppn sharing last minute special rate – bookings within 7 days of travel for SA Res
Luxury Suite R 2,045 pppn sharing special rate for advance bookings
01 September - 14 December 2018 Luxury Suite R 1,875 pppn sharing min/max 3 night stay special rate
Luxury Suite R 2,090 pppn sharing last minute special rate – bookings within 7 days of travel for SA Res
Luxury Suite R 2,250 pppn sharing special rate for advance bookings
15 December 2018 - 09 January 2019 Luxury Suite R 2,116 pppn sharing min/max 3 night stay special rate
Luxury Suite R 2,540 pppn sharing special rate for advance bookings

*LUXURY FAMILY SUITE* - min 3 / max 6 guests (2 aults & 4 children)
R 1,874 valid 01 May – 31 August 2018
R 2,045 valid 01 September – 14 December 2018
R 2,315 valid from 15 December 2018 – 09 January 2019
*rates listed above are per person per night sharing based on minimum 3 guests sharing
*Children 0 - 2 years will be accommodated free of charge
*Children 3 - 12 years will be accommodated on special discounted rates, please enquire with your BushBreaks consultant.

Family Suite Features:
Two en-suite bedrooms joined by a private lounge with private balcony
One room with 4 pillar king bed,
Adjacent room – either a king bed or two single beds
Air-conditioning & nespresso machine in each room

*NAMBITI HOUSE AT CHEETAH RIDGE* -  Exclusive use, Self Catering Accommodation (min 4 / max 10 guests)
R 937 valid 01 May - 31 August 2018

R 1,028 valid 01 September – 14 December 2018
R 1,205 valid 15 December 2018 – 09 January 2019
*rates listed above are per person per night sharing based on a minimum of 4 guests sharing
*rates include accommodation, full servicing of the lodge daily, and one game drive per day

Set apart from the Lodge, NAMBITI HOUSE is a fantastic family get away destination and can accommodate 10 people comfortably in 5 unique spacious bedrooms one of which is an en-suite bathroom.
Lodge Features:
5 spacious bedrooms one with en-suite bathroom
Two bathrooms situated in the house (one with shower and one with bath)
Farm style kitchen with scullery fully equipped
Private swimming pool, fireplace and private outdoor boma
TV with DSTV channels

* surcharges will apply over peak holiday periods & long weekends

• Luxury accommodation
• Three meals per day
• Two game drives with snacks per day
• Teas & coffees
• The cost for single accommodation in a Luxury Suite will be charged as follows:
• R 2,925.00 valid 26 January - 30 April 2018
• R 2,680 valid 01 May – 31 August 2018
• R 2,925 valid 01 September 2018 – 14 December 2018
• R 3,305.00 valid 15 December 2018 - 09 January 2019
• Children aged 0 - 2 years will stay free of charge when sharing with two full paying adults.
• Children aged 3 - 12 years will receive special discounted rates. Please kindly request an applicable rate from your BushBreaks consultant.
• Maximum of 2 children sharing with 2 adults
• Children occupying their own room will be charged normal adult rates

• Children under 2 years under are not permitted on game drives.
• Babysitting facilities are available and an extra fee applies
• Children aged 3 years and older will be permitted on game drives at lodge management's and ranger's discretion.
• Cheetah interactions/ Breeding Project Tour
• Star Gazing
• Fishing
• Additional Activities around Nambiti at an extra fee:-
• Drakensberg Mountains
• Battlefield Tours
• Golf at Ladysmith Golf Club
• Spionkop Battlefield
• A Rhino Conservation Levy of R 50.00 per person per night is to be settled at the lodge direct, subject the change without prior notice.
• All special rates quoted are based on a minimum stay of two nights.
• A minimum stay of 3 nights is required over Peak Season periods.
• Rates quoted are only applicable to South African Residents. Special Discounted Rates for International Residents are available on request.

Approximately 4 hours (387 kms) drive from Johannesburg and 3 hours (252 kms) drive from Durban
10 Luxury Suites
1 Family Suite
1 Self-Catering Unit

Cheetah Ridge Lodge is set within 10 000 hectares of reserve, situated in the southern section of the malaria free Nambiti Private Game Reserve in Kwa Zulu Natal.
Cheetah Ridge Lodge is the ultimate safari destination and comes complete with a swimming pool, tennis court, boma and 10 luxurious free standing suites overlooking a private waterhole, allowing guests to quietly observe African wildlife congregating from their front door. Cheetah Ridge is ideal for individuals, family vacations, photo safaris, game and bird safaris or conferencing.
Nestled alongside a 110 year old fig tree, Cheetah Ridge Lodge comprises of an enclosed veranda, games room with a full sized billiard table, and a quaint pub.
The fully catered accommodation comes complete with 2 game drives per day. Thanks to the experience and knowledge of the Guides, the game drives are a thrilling African experience and also deeply informative.
Being one of only a hand full of Big 5 lodges in South Africa that are child friendly, Cheetah Ridge Lodge is the ideal family getaway only 2.5 hours from Durban and 3.5 hours from Johannesburg.
Relaxation, the chance at seeing big five and excellent hospitality is their promise to you.

Nambiti House at Cheetah Ridge Lodge offers affordable self-catering accommodation.
Set apart from the Lodge, Nambiti House is a fantastic family get away destination and can accommodate 10 guests.
The private Boma is the perfect setting to gather around the fire and enjoy a traditional South African braai.
Dinner’s are also served in the dining room or on the veranda
Nambiti House caters for all seasons: In the warm summer months you can cool off with a dip in your own private pool and in the chillier winter months guests can curl up in front of the fireplace.

The Nambiti Game Reserve is within easy reach of the central Drakensberg and just 3.5 hours from Johannesburg and just over 2 hours from Durban. The malaria free reserve offers a variety of vegetation which consists of grasslands, savannah, thornveld and numerous tall acacia trees. It boasts diverse game and several rare bird species.
It is one of few reserves in the region where the “Big Five” can be spotted and the Sundays River that flows through it adds that little bit extra serenity to the setting. There are over thirty species of game to see, such as giraffe, impala, hippo and zebra, to name but a few. A visit to Nambiti Game Reserve will revive the senses and allow visitors to feel the magic of the African wilderness.
See Africa as you’ve never seen it before from the comfort of a 4X4 vehicle during a safari drive, or indulge in the knowledgeable guides who are more than happy to answer any of your questions and are fully equipped to keep you safe.
The Nambiti region also boasts a history that dates back to the 1800’s and is particularly well known for the Battle of Elandslaagte, which was fought on the Reserve during the Anglo-Boer War.
Two memorial sites on the Reserve commemorate Boer and English troops who laid down their lives for their countries, and the hospital still stands within the Reserve borders. Until just 8 years ago the Reserve was divided into cattle and maize farms, but the environment has since been completely restored into what is now one of Africa’s most exciting conservation initiatives, boasting three times the game capacity of regions like Botswana.

Lodge Features
  • Games room equipped with a TV and DSTV, a full sized billiards table as well as dart board
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis Court
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private Watering Hole
  • Credit Card facilities
  • Wake up call
  • Laundry
  • Beautiful Deck built around a 140 year old Fig Tree
  • Spa
  • Boma
  • Restaurant

Room Features
  • En-suite bathroom overlooking a watering hole
  • Air-conditioner
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Nespresso machine / tea & coffee station
  • King or twin beds can be arranged
  • Private deck




  • Head for Ladysmith on the N3. Once you have entered KwaZulu Natal via Van Reenen, look out for the Ladysmith Toll off-ramp (at the bottom of Van Reenen's Pass). Turn left and drive toward Ladysmith on the R103. When you arrive in Ladysmith, drive straight through, following the N11 Road to Newcastle. From the last traffic lights leaving Ladysmith travel for ± 7kms. Turn Right onto the D45 Road, follow for ± 10Km’s, at the Y-Junction turn right, travel along side the game fence for 2 Km until you reach the gate-house which is staffed.


  • Travel on the N3 through Mooi River Toll Gate (R32.00), past Escourt to Ladysmith (direction Harrismith / Johannesburg). After Escourt; take the Bergville / Colenso R74 (R103) off-ramp / exit 194, turn right at the top of the off ramp and travel past Colenso towards Ladysmith / Newcastle. Cross the bridge (Klip River [also known as First Wagon Bridge] into Ladysmith and continue following the directions for the N11 to Newcastle.
  • Look out for the following land marks: Marks Tyres on left, Game on left and Kentucky Fried Chicken on left). At the traffic light intersection with the Caltex Petrol Station on the left continue straight over the railway bridge and past TFS on the left and under another railway bridge. At the next traffic lights continue straight (N11) towards Newcastle. Travel for 10kms and 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. Turn Right onto the D45 Road (road), travel for 10,3kms; turn right at the Y-Junction (onto the D46) and travel for 2 km until you reach the entrance to Nambiti Private Game Reserve (Electric Gate and Thatched Gate-house).

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