BIG 5/GAME DRIVE EXPERIENCE
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.
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.
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
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!
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