Situated in the Southern section of the sprawling Nambiti Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal, you’ll find Cheetah Ridge Lodge; a place which provides a truly once in a lifetime experience.
If you are looking for an off road wildlife adventure yet desire the comfort of a luxury boutique style stay, add this to your must-do list immediately.
Offering full-board accommodation, a stay in one of the lodges 10 luxury suites is an absolute must for anyone who likes to try something a little more unique when they travel. These wooden chalet style rooms, complete with stand alone bathtub, views to die for and king size beds are perfectly located overlooking a private watering hole; a stunning backdrop for sundowners on your very own porch. The lush gardens of the lodge, offer a secluded retreat for those who want to get back to nature yet find a place of tranquility come sundown.
A nights stay at Cheetah Ridge doesn’t come cheap but with all meals included and the attention to detail of the menu, efficiency of the staff and the beauty of the surroundings it is worth every penny. Enjoy both a continental and cooked breakfast under the fig tree, dine on 3-course dinners of fillet steak and mussels on the deck and load up on fresh bountiful buffets come lunch.
Yet despite the splendors of the rooms and the incredible food, the real beauty of Cheetah Ridge is the Nambiti Game Reserve in which it is set. Home to the Big 5, as well a wide variety of other wildlife, birds and flora, a game drive around Nambiti will afford you the chance to witness elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and the endangered white rhino; all of which are dehorned in an effort to cull the poaching and save this magnificent creature from extinction.
Two 3-hour game drives are included in your stay here, on which you will be accompanied and led by one of the lodge’s knowledgeable and passionate rangers. Your first drive will commence at 4pm on the day of arrival and will involve a stop in the bush for sundowners as you get the opportunity to revel in the rolling beauty and craggy nature of the reserve. The second of your drives will offer a different vantage point as you head out at 5:30am. See the sun rise over the mountainous hills and sip coffee down a dust track road as you prepare for another day of seeking out the wonders of the reserve. But remember, the bush waits for no one, so whatever you do don’t over sleep; this mornings drive tends to offer up more splendors than the first as the bush and all of its wild inhabitants come to life with the rising of the sun.
Nambiti Private Game Reserve built a reputation as one of the best game reserves in Africa and it is easy to see why; driven by the vision and commitment of passionate people, the staff here embody a deep love and respect for South Africa’s wildlife and heritage and their efforts in conservation and perseveration are paramount. During all game drives take time to listen to your ranger as you take in the glorious surrounding and learn the importance of taking care of our wildlife and educate yourself on the importance of anti poaching regulations.
When you’re not out getting up close and personal with the reserves varied and endangered wildlife you can indulge in the many facilities the lodge boasts. Take a dip in the pool, work up a bit of a sweat with a game of tennis or spoil yourself in the on-site spa. Then later as you retreat to your room amongst the noises of the bush and the heat of the South African sun, take a moment to soak it all up; your time at Cheetah Lodge and the Nambiti reserve will be a memory that awakens your senses for years to come.
Words by Sophie Maguire