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Esiweni Luxury Safari Lodge

Memorial Gate, Nambiti Game reserve, Ladysmith, 3370

About Esiweni Luxury Safari Lodge

Esiweni Luxury Safari Lodge is a hidden jewel in one of the most beautiful private reserves in South Africa.

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.

Esiweni is an exclusive and luxurious African lodge nestled at the top of a cliff.

We welcome you and provide you with personalized service to discover one of the most beautiful safaris of South Africa.

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 staff will provide service and attention at all times in order to make your stay memorable and insure that you enjoy the natural freedom of Africa.


The 5 Esiweni private suites appeal to the great outdoors. The suites are constructed on the side of a cliff overlooking the Sunday River and offering an exceptional view of the Nambiti Reserve.

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 breathtaking 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.


Chef Crystal Wentzel was born in Cape Town and raised in the famous Cape wine region of South Africa.

“My first job was in a German owned restaurant in Paarl, it taught me a lot about the great possibilities of cooking and also how to make a Strudel Call, my first own award winning recipe!

Then I stayed in the wine region near Capetown to develop my cooking skills and worked in some famous restaurants.

I enriched my tastes, my curiosity for new recipes and after a few years decided to further explore the wonderful world of culinary gastronomy.

During this period, I experienced the great possibilities of seafood while being sous-chef in the Caviar Restaurant group.

I had the chance to work with Chef Gabriel Leroux who opened my eyes and allowed me to discover molecular gastronomy.

Contact Us

T: +27 36 636 9002


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