Jessica Baker

Nambiti Plains Lodge

KwaZulu Natal

by: Jessica Baker

  • Why

    Vacation…and because I’ve got to try and go everywhere at least once.

  • When

    Early December 2012

  • Who

    Me, my friend Chloe and her amazing and hysterical folks

Highs + Lows

  • Rooms felt like home with insane views of the savannah.

  • Guides were very knowledgeable about both the land and animals – with great stories. By the end of the 3 days we were inviting our guide and innkeeper for drinks by the fireplace and hugging the staff goodbye.

  • Daily food menus were diverse, perfectly prepared, and could be served pretty much anywhere you liked.

  • Obsessed with their local, organic soaps and sea salts in the rooms by Africology.

  • Small shop with a few branded hats and fleece sweatshirts, wish there had been more products because there was plenty of stealable stuff…

  • A little more focus on music could really make a difference .

: 42/50
  • Design

  • Website

  • Mini Bar

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury Eco Lodge on the Nambiti Plains Game Reserve

  • Vibe

    Comfortable luxury – you feel like you are on safari and immersed in Africa…but far from roughing it.

  • Location

    Just outside the middle of nowhere.

  • Rooms

    5 Suites, 10 Beds

  • Music

    Whatever your lodge host feels like playing, in my case a mix of Chris Issak, Shania Twain and Mango Groove.

  • Year Opened

    Not sure the year but fairly new, 2 years at most.

  • Pool/Gym

    No gym, but a pool that wild elephants love to come drink from!

  • Restaurant

    Yes, amazing menus are listed daily on a chalkboard in the lodge and chef can modify based on your dietary needs.

  • Bar

    Yes

  • Wifi

    Yes

  • Children

    Totally welcome.

  • Price

    Pricey but includes everything but booze.

In the Area

where you can actually touch cheetahs, leopards and other cats that are in rehabilitation.

The Cheetah Project

R75, Kirkwood, 6120, South Africa

where you can actually touch cheetahs, leopards and other cats that are in rehabilitation.

on the drive back to Durban in a cool artsy area in the Drakensberg, helping local artists with a  focus on aids relief

Ardmore Ceramics Gallery

Caversham Road, Lidgetton, KZN, South Africa, Lidgetton, 3270, South Africa

on the drive back to Durban in a cool artsy area in the Drakensberg, helping local artists with a focus on aids relief

for that quiet beach action

Sheffield Beach near Durban

SHEFFIELD BEACH

for that quiet beach action

I sat out on this deck for several hours every day just taking in the sounds.

Nambiti Plains Lodge

Ladysmith, South Africa

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