BIG 5/GAME DRIVE EXPERIENCE
Situated in the southern section of the Nambiti Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal, Cheetah Ridge Lodge is an unrivalled bush retreat, offering fully-catered, accommodation in 10 luxury suites, as well as a sumptuously-appointed family suite which sleeps up to six people.
Overlooking a private watering-hole, each free-standing suite allows guests the opportunity to observe a vast array of congregating African wildlife from the privacy of their personal viewing deck.
Whether you’re enjoying al fresco dining under the stars beneath an 111-year-old Natal Fig tree, experiencing a private bush dinner in a secluded corner of the reserve, or indulging in a rejuvenating spa treatment at our on-site spa, Cheetah Ridge Lodge is the ultimate “must visit” safari destination.
Sprawling across 10 000 hectares of pristine wilderness, this malaria-free game sanctuary boasts incredible biodiversity, with 22 000 acres of undisturbed savannah, grasslands, and acacia-tree dotted thornveld set in spectacular scenery.
From the moment you check into reception, the gamefest begins: herds of elephants, giraffes, zebras, buffalo, impala, kudu, eland, wildebeest, waterbuck, rhino, and lion, to mention just a few. More than the abundance and variety of game, though, is the quality of sightings that’ll hold you spellbound.
Occasionally, a resident group of kudu roam the gardens of the lodge, while a bloat of hippos—part of the reserve’s 17-strong herd—can often be heard wallowing in the pool close to the lodge’s rooms.
Located near Ladysmith, just four hours from Johannesburg and three hours from Durban, the area is steeped in history, with numerous Anglo-Boer War and Anglo-Zulu War battlefields to be found in the vicinity, having originally been occupied by San Bushmen, and later, Zulu tribes and European settlers.
Interestingly, for battle enthusiasts, the 1899 Battle of Elandslaagte, one of the few clear-cut tactical victories won by the British during the second Anglo-Boer War, played out to a large extent within the boundaries of Nambiti and the northern entrance into the reserve is now known as Memorial Gate.