Luxlife Travel: Esiweni Lodge, Nambiti Reserve, KZN

Esiweni Lodge is situated in the malaria-free, Big 5 Nambiti Game Reserve in the Kwazulu-Natal midlands, South Africa. The unique cliff top position offers one a dramatic view over the Sundays River whilst  relaxing on your private deck or having an outdoor shower.


After a memorable game drive, enjoy the tranquil atmosphere at the lodge or laze around the rim-flow pool.

Esiweni Lodge offers delicious meals with a range of excellent South African wines.  Also offer is an outdoor boma experience or a private dinner inthe intimate wine cellar.

Accommodation comes in the form of five, luxurious, individual suites. Each has an indoor shower, magnificent views from the bath and a private, outdoor shower. Two of the suites are interconnected for use as a family unit. Each suite has underfloor heating for cold winter nights and overhead fans for warm, summer evenings. The honeymoon suite has a private, outdoor bath with stunning views across the valley.



Fully retracting patio doors open onto private decks where you can enjoy the majestic views of the Sundays River, waterfall and valley below.


The décor of the main lodge is elegant depicting a colonial safari theme. Large, stone hearths warm the lounge and dining areas on cold, winter nights. During good weather, outdoor dining overlooking the valley is served on the vast, wooden deck.



An intercom system is in place to connect each suite to the lodge staff in case of emergencies. Safes are also provided.

Esiweni Lodge is distinguished by its cliff-top location and panoramic views. Guests can relax in the tranquil setting while enjoying the sounds of the bush and the river below. In addition, Esiweni Lodge also offers:

A Big-5 wildlife and nature conservancy in the 20 000 acre Nambiti Private Game Reserve.
Cheetah, hyena, hippo and more than 30 mammal species.
Extensive bird life.
A wide biodiversity including grassland, savannah, thornveld, ravine bush, acacia trees, grasses and aloes with topography ranging from plains to valleys, mountains and waterfalls.
A malaria-free location.
Two game drives per day conducted by a fully qualified, experienced game ranger in a comfortable game-viewing vehicle.
Night drives where you can enjoy and learn about the stars of the Southern Hemisphere in skies free of light and pollution.
Close proximity to the historic Anglo-Zulu and Anglo-Boer battlefields.
Elandslaagte battlefield and memorial is located on the edge of the Reserve.
Easy access from both Johannesburg and Durban.
A true African bush experience.


The following facilities are offered at Esiweni Lodge to enhance your stay:

A wine cellar with a wide selection of South Africa’s best wines
A well-stocked yellowwood bar to enjoy drinks before dinner
A spectacular rim-flow pool on the main deck from which you can enjoy the remarkable view
An intercom system that permits outside calls as there is no mobile cell phone reception at the lodge
An internet connection for your laptop
An unobtrusive electric fence around the lodge for the safety of the guests

Our rates include 3 delicious meals per day in our dining area, but as part of the experience we include the following options:

Bush dinners under the African sky
Barbecues in the open boma
Dinner on the main deck during balmy, summer evenings
Picnic bush lunches
Drinks and snacks whilst watching the African sunset
Private dinners in the wine cellar
Romantic dinners on the private deck of the honeymoon suite

For those interested in photography, our ranger has vast experience with game photography and can assist guests in taking those memorable pictures

Visa and Master card are accepted

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