This edition celebrates KwaZulu-Natal’s Top Selected Places. There is a vast array of holiday accommodation in KwaZulu-Natal that offers an equally diverse spread of different settings and experiences. Wildside has selected these places, for a variety of reasons that are all different but with the aim of profiling some of the best places in each category. Some of these places are amongst the most affordable and outstanding bush experiences, others real chilled out holiday places, others chosen for their excellent location, or because they are accessible to unique activities and adventure. There are places in this spread ideal for families and others suitable for a romantic escape. We hope you discover your selected place.
Drakensberg Springbok Lodge
Springbok Lodge is the ‘brain child’ of SA Rugby legends John Smit and Percy Montgomery – and is located in the heart of the Nambiti Private Game Reserve near Ladysmith in KZN. The Nambiti Private Game Reserve is a 20,000 acre malaria free Reserve and is home to the Big 5 as well as cheetah, hippo and over thirty species of plains game which roam freely through the extensive grasslands and thornveld which mirror the plains of Central Africa.
The Sundays River, which provides an abundance of water through the Reserve, creates a unique sanctuary attracting several rare bird species and an enviable array of raptors and vultures. Springbok Lodge is a great safari getaway to be shared with family (children very welcome), good friends and should be included as part of your local or international business associates trip to KZN. Wake to the first calls of the wild and enjoy picture perfect moments under the glorious African sky unttil the sun bids farewell over the plains. Accommodation at Springbok Lodge is offered in 21 luxurious, elevated, safari style air conditioned en suite tents with outdoor shower. Activities offered at Springbok Lodge include game drives – 2 per day included in the rate, spa treatments and massages at your tent or at the secluded “spa bush site”. Super romantic for honeymoon couples. Visits to the Kwa Cheetah Project should be on your to do list too. The conference venue caters for up to 40 guests – where else in KZN can you conference with the Big 5 right on your doorstep? For fishing enthusiasts try some bass fishing (catch and release) in the Reserve’s well stocked dams. Additional out sourced activities available include: Helicopter trips in the ‘Berg, horse riding and day trips to the nearby Battlefields can also be arranged. Springbok Lodge is a great choice for a “value for money” stay. Wildside can’t wait for you to experience this amazing little corner in Africa.