Our Big 5 residents are game for
close-range encounters.

Experience unmatched sightings of the Big 5 and up to 52 recorded animal species, with two game drives daily, morning and evening.

Included in your stay with us are two 3-hour (morning and evening) game drives daily, through 10 000 hectares of untouched wilderness with our own expert Cheetah Ridge Field Guides.

Sprawling across 22 000 acres of pristine wilderness, Nambiti teems with diverse game and birdlife, offering our guests incredible opportunities to view the richest biodiversity at close quarters.

From your mounted seat in an open game drive vehicle, view the wide array of bird and wildlife that call Nambiti home, in their unspoilt habitat.

Traverse varied landscapes, ecosystems and vegetation zones, ranging from cliff escarpments and flat plains. to deep gullies and ravines, as well as grasslands and thornveld, through to thick bush and woody glens.

Morning and evening drives include a drinks stop, usually at a prominent vantage point, where we provide snacks as you take in the Reserve’s sweeping views and spectacular scenery.

I would like to experience a close-range encounter with the big 5!

Big 5 super-sized!

For many of our guests, a close encounter with one of our Big 5 residents – lion, elephant, leopard and Cape buffalo – is the highlight of their visit, but Nambiti offers so much more than this – a complete game-viewing experience that few other private game sanctuaries can beat.

Hippos are a regular delight, with a number of them occasionally wallowing in the watering hole in front of the Cheetah Ridge Lodge luxury suites.

Amongst our antelope species, expect to see Blesbok, Duiker, Eland, Gemsbok, Impala, Kudu (of which several roam our lodge’s gardens from time to time), Nyala, Oribi, Reedbuck (both common and mountain), Steenbuck and Waterbuck.

We also have giraffe, zebra, ostrich, and warthog in large numbers as well as common sightings of Red Hartebeest and Blue Wildebeest on the reserve.

Wildebeest and jackals are very common at Nambiti.

Rare sightings include the skittish Oribi, the Serval and the occasional Legewaan (water monitors).

There are a handful of cheetahs on the reserve. They are a highlight to many guests to see.

Big 5 & Mammal Movements and Activity.

Our game drives operate at those times of the day when our Big 5 mammals are most likely to be at their peak and most active. The following is a guide to where they’re most likely to be found – and what they’re most likely to be doing – during their most active times of the day:


  • During the heat of the day, lions conserve energy by remaining largely inactive. Instead, they hunt during the cooler parts of the day, and have special adaptations to help them stalk their quarry in twilight.
  • For this reason, they’re known as crepuscular mammals – meaning that they’re most active during the twilight hours (at dusk and dawn).
  • Lions can be found in any area – their movements are strictly dependant on other predator territories and prey activity.


  • Buffalo are diurnal mammals, but are usually only active in the early mornings and late afternoons when it’s cooler – they do however move to water sources during the day to drink.
  • Depending on water supply, they can be found in both grassy and thicket areas, but during the heat of the day, they can be seen in the shade ruminating, which helps them conserve as much energy as possible.

Our Field Guide was Exceptional.

We had a lovely 2 night stay at Cheetah Ridge Lodge.  Jonathan, our field guide, was exceptional. We got to see a wide range of animals & birds up close. His in-depth knowledge of the park & the animals was excellent. After some good rains this season, the park is looking green and all the animals are fat & healthy.

Tinks M – Trip Advisor


  • Leopards are wary, nocturnal animals. They hunt at night and early morning. They rest in areas with a good vantage point and coverage during the warmer parts of the day.


  • Elephants are diurnal mammals – meaning that they’re most active during the day when they feed and drink. However, they can cover vast distances both during the day and at night.
  • They can be found in densely vegetated areas during the day as they need to feed for most of the day to sustain their large stature. Elephants are mixed feeders and can be found in any area where there’s grass, trees, and shrubs.

I want a close-range encounter with the Majestic African Big 5!

Your Game-Drive Hosts

Our highly capable field guide team is one of Cheetah Ridge Lodge’s greatest investments – in fact, for some of our guests, it’s the main reason why they keep coming back! From guestbook comments to online trip reviews, it’s clear that their encyclopaedic knowledge, deep insights, charming personalities, and entertaining banter are an absolute hit with our guests!

Wonderful Location. Excellent Service. Amazing Game Drives.

The Game Drives, at dawn and dusk, were just spectacular. Special mention must go to our field guide Jamie, whose spotting skills are close to bionic and whose attention to detail, ensuring we saw as wide a range of game in a relatively short (2 day) period were hugely appreciated. A particular highlight was his speeding across the reserve one evening to show us an elusive cheetah and then thinking nothing of extending our drive well beyond the allotted time to maximize our viewing of this beautiful animal.

Chotitraveller – Trip Advisor

I want a close-range encounter with the big 5!

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