Perched on the edge of a dramatic cliff, lies a haven of style and tranquillity, in the heart of the spectacular Nambiti Game Reserve. One of South Africa’s finest reserves, it sits on the edge of the striking Drakensberg Park, which holds UNESCO status. Suite Idyll blends elegant styling, impeccable services, quintessential Zulu warmth and hospitality along with award-winning dining.
This exclusive retreat is home to only five stylish suites, each with a decked terrace overlooking the Sunday River and the savannah. What better way to enjoy the retreat than a glass of South African wine as the sun goes down at the end of the day!
Suite Idyll’s unique extra feature is a stunning outdoor bath; imaging soaking at leisure amid the sounds and fragrances of nature! With stunning panoramas, ethnic-colonial charm, silk printed soft furnishings and crisp linen, with an abundance of natural timber, this retreat oozes authenticity.
With the perfect blend of privacy and communal living, there is a boma, a fire pit and open-air dining, as well as a sleek infinity pool to sink into at the end of a busy day on the safari, or recline on a lounger and enjoy the views.
With high exposed timber ceilings, a four-poster bed with billowing drapes and ethnic artefacts, the lodge brims with colonial grace and immaculate styling, and thanks to the Parisian owners, the restaurant features a fusion of Gallic influences and African flavours.
Suite Idyll is nestled in an exclusive lodge, Esiweni, which is located in the stunning reserve of Nambiti in the heart of Zulu country, about 2.5-3 hours driving time to Johannesburg and Durban, about an hour from the stunning Drakensberg Park and 25 minutes from the local town of Ladysmith, in the KwaZulu-Natal Province.
Nambiti is the only reserve in the region offers the “big five” prowling in their natural habitat, and has more than 40 other animal species including black rhinoceros and cheetahs, as well as circa 280 species of birds. The lodge offers expert rangers, 4x4 safari trips, guided by experts in their field.
The Drakensberg mountain range (translating as “dragon” mountains), is more than 200 kilometres long and combines rugged peaks with green valleys with spectacular silhouettes, creating a natural border between
the kingdom of Lesotho and the province of KwaZulu-Natal. Heading into the UNESCO status park, visitors can enjoy hiking, rafting, horseback riding, biking, 4 x 4, fly fishing and boating.
For something a little extra special, a hot air balloon ride can be arranged - what a magnificent way to enjoy the unrivalled beauty of the region!
With fine dining, a stunning infinity pool, communal areas and pampering massages, heading back to the lodge after a day out in the wild will be a pleasure, or sinking into the infinity pool followed by a sumptuous meal under the stars!
At Excellence Luxury Villas we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the
concierge request form or contact Excellence Luxury Villas Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:
- In-room massages
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport transfers
Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!