Lions Valley LodgeNambiti Private Game Reserve, Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal
Lions Valley Lodge offers superb accommodation, cuisine and a really good wildlife experience. Built on a hillside, the Lodge has views over the bush and a waterhole, enabling guests to enjoy seeing animals from their rooms or whilst relaxing on the deck of the main Lodge.
At Lions Valley Lodge, each of the ten brick under thatch luxurious suites are independently decorated. Twin or Kingsized double beds, a lounging area with fireplace and mini bar, a large bathroom with dual bathroom facilities, 2 hand basins, 2 baths, 2 indoor showers as well as 2 outdoor showers. Then an expansive panorama view deck, with comfortable loungers. These suites have ample places to relax. The chalets at Lions Valley Lodge are spread out and those guests accommodated further from the central amenities are transported by golf cart.
Lions Valley’s Main Lodge has numerous social areas – a lounge come library, the well stocked bar with adjacent lounge, a viewing deck and the large infinity pool with comfortable sun loungers.
For meals too, there are a number of options – private dinners in your room, dinner on the terrace, in the boma or in the dining room. One should not dine at the same table twice.
Guided game drives in open Safari game-viewing vehicles are offered early mornings and afternoons, into the evening by experienced Lions valley Lodge Rangers. The Nambiti Game Reserve has a wide variety of species, with lion, elephant, both black and white rhino, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, cheetah and a variety of antelope species frequently seen. Nambiti Game Reserve has beautiful scenery and often these settings are used to best advantage at the early morning tea / coffee break or when enjoying sundowners on the afternoon game drive.
Lions Valley Lodge morning and evening game drives, offer guests excellent game viewing opportunities in ‘open Land Rovers’. Our guides have an intimate knowledge of the area and the habits of the animals which ensures a rewarding experience. As trained conservationists, your guide will provide a fascinating insight into animal behaviour and habitat. On your drive, you will witness the incredible biodiversity of the area which includes savannah, grasslands and thornveld as well as two magnificent waterfalls which flow into the meandering Sundays River.
Nothing beats the thrill of tracking wild animals on foot with an experienced guide. Game walks really immerse you into the sights, smells and sounds of the African bushveld. At a more leisurely pace, your guide will point out interesting flora, birds, insects and smaller mammals as well as the larger species. Lions Valley Lodge is one of the few Lodges in the Nambiti Game Reserve that are licensed to offer these guided game walks, limited availability - must be booked in advance.
With almost 200 species of birds, the Nambiti Game Reserve is a bird lover's paradise.
Compete with the Fish Eagles and Kingfishers for a catch in the Sundays River or any of our well stocked dams. Fishing at Nambiti is an idyllic way to spend an afternoon.
The Nambiti Conservancy is situated in the heart of Battlefields country where the Anglo-Zulu and Anglo-Boer Wars were fought centuries ago. A tour with a battlefield historian recreates those turbulent times with such skill that one can almost hear the troops and sense the fear and trepidation. Even non historians become enthralled by the drama of the scenes unfolding before them in the very hills where these decisive battles took place. The Battle of Elandslaagte occurred on a section of the Nambiti Game Reserve near the Memorial Gate.
At the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains, is an 80km meandering route, stretching back to Pietermaritzburg. This is the Midlands Meander, a picturesque trail which takes in more than 160 places to shop, eat and enjoy life. The Meander was started many years ago by local artists and craftspeople who gathered together to open their studios and galleries to the public. It has since grown into an eclectic collection of studios, craft shops, country hotels, restaurants and farm stalls, selling everything from the finest pottery, art and leather goods to home made cheeses and preserves. If you are sick of mass produced goods dispensed out of concrete malls, then this is the place for you.