Poised halfway between Jo’burg and Durban and surrounded by Midlands hills and Drakensberg mountains, Nambiti Plains Private Game Reserve is about as convenient a safari destination in KwaZulu-Natal as you’re going to get. And it’s malaria-free to boot.
The Nambiti Conservancy covers an area of about 8,000 hectares through which the Sundays River flows, forming two delightful cascades along the way. Wildlife includes the famed Big 5 - rhino, elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo - plus cheetah, hyena, zebra, giraffe, hippo, kudu, eland and a great variety of antelope and plains game.
Accommodation is exclusive with just five large suites accommodating a maximum of 10 guests. The suites are built into the trees of local wood and thatch with open-air en suite bathrooms, private decks and large comfortable beds.
Nambiti Plains safari lodge is on the edge of a busy waterhole and the living area features an outdoor dining area with a campfire, a swimming pool, a terrace beneath the trees and a cosy lounge and bar area. Food is a feature in the Midlands area and Nambiti Plains is no exception: home-grown goodness and a rare focus on vegetarian and special diets is a refreshing change from the meat-and-two-veg standards. Game drives are offered twice a day with excellent rangers well-versed in the plants, birds, insects, animals and geography of this scenic region of KwaZulu-Natal.