BIG 5/GAME DRIVE EXPERIENCE
Situated in the southern section of the Nambiti Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, Cheetah Ridge Lodge offers a luxurious bush retreat, in fully-catered accommodation in either 10 luxury suites, or a separate 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 own personal viewing deck.
Whether you’re enjoying al fresco dining beneath the stars under our 112-year-old Natal Fig tree, experiencing a private bush dinner in a secluded corner of the Lodge, or indulging in a rejuvenating spa treatment at our on-site spa, Cheetah Ridge Lodge is a ‘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 arrive, the game fest begins: look out for herds of elephant, giraffe, zebra, 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.
I very rarely take the time to send notes when I get great service but I must on this occasion. We spent two nights at the lovely Cheetah Ridge in the Nambiti Game Reserve last week and Jonathan, our guide, deserves to be called out. He really is an amazing guide and I actually think he could give David Attenborough a run for his money. His in depth knowledge of birds and animals is incredible. Jonathan loves what he does and freely shares his knowledge. He has patience with questions and children beyond belief. My lasting memory of my trip will be sitting in the jeep for about 40 minutes watching this one elephant do his thing while Jonathan gave us a running commentary as to what was going on. We learned loads and had a great laugh at the same time. Thank you Jonathan.
~ James from Ireland, United Kingdom
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.