Guests per Safari Vehicle
Esiweni Luxury Safari Lodge is a hidden jewel in one of the most beautiful private reserves in South Africa.
Nestled at the top of a cliff, here you will enjoy the peace and serenity of the great outdoors, comfort and privacy in your suite, the traditional French “savoir vivre”, dining under the stars, gazing out over the world from your panoramic terrace overlooking the Sunday River and encounter the “big five” accompanied by your Ranger.
At Esiweni Luxury Safari Lodge you will have a unique experience in the heart of the Zulu land with your family or friends, conveniently located only 3 ½ hours by car from the International Airport of Johannesburg.
Situated in the very discrete Nambiti Reserve, between Johannesburg and Durban, in the heart of Zulu land, this luxurious African lodge hosts a maximum of 10 guests to its ideal surroundings.
The 5 Esiweni suites overlook the Sunday River and offer staggering views of the savannah and the bush as well as several relaxing areas for your pleasure; the “boma”, the bar, the beautiful terrace, the patio and the infinity pool.
Our very spacious suites combine luxury and elegance. Independent from one another, each suite offers a private terrace for you to enjoy the landscape from your lounge chair. The sliding glass windows open entirely and offer a breath-taking view from your bed.
Each suite equipped with floor heating, an interior bath and shower, as well as an exterior bath or shower, separate toilet, a lounge area, a coffee/tea machine and a safe deposit box.
Nambiti is a Big 5 Game reserve which is situated near Ladysmith, in the heart of the battlefields area which is roughly 3.5 hours from Johannesburg and 2.5 hours from Durban. The location of the reserve allows for diversity and therefore lots of different wildlife. There are currently over 20 species of game in the reserve.
The game reserve started as a place of sanctuary for orphaned elephants. Soon after, as the elephant population began to grow, the internal fences were remover as well as the alien vegetation in order to create what would be the Nambiti Game Reserve. A Game fence was then erected to house the 22 000 acres of the reserve. Following the set up the reserve, the area was then stocked with naturally occurring game which had been driven out by the farming.
In 2005, there was a proposal to build lodges within the reserve. This proposal was taken on and 3 more of the surrounding farms were added to the reserve. There are now a handful of luxury lodges in the reserve, some made from the old farm houses on the land. In 2007 there was a claim for the land by the locals. The matter was settled and now the community is actively involved in the upkeep of the area.
The reserve offers the finest game viewing along with some of the top lodges in Southern Africa.
The area around the game reserve was where the Anglo-Zulu and Anglo-Boer wars took place. Majority of the battle fields have been preserved and there are many monuments and graves to see. This makes for a good day trip as they are just around the corner.
Some of the following activities are only available on a request basis and will be at an additional cost:
Children 6 years and older are permitted on drives at the discretion of the game ranger
King Shaka International Airport, Durban
4 hours from Johannesburg
3 hours from Durban
Esiweni Luxury Safari Lodge, Ladysmith, South Africa