Nestled in a dramatic spot in the heart of the Nambiti Game Reserve, Suite River is a tranquil hideaway offering both supreme comfort and proximity to raw nature. Blending the best of the warm Zulu hospitality, exclusive services and ethnic-colonial style, this chic retreat is a stylish setting to enjoy the great outdoors.
Perched on a dramatic hillside, in the heart of the reserve, only an hour from the Drakensberg Park, in one of South Africa’s finest reserves, the lodge is home to only five stunning suites, each overlooking the stunning Sunday River and surrounding bush and savannah.
With a boma, a shared sitting room, fire pit and infinity pool set in a sleek decking, there is ample communal space, while the delectable meals can be served under the stars. The award-winning restaurant is known for its cutting edge cuisine, blending both African and Gallic influences. The outdoor shower is a unique way to enjoy the spectacular surroundings!
Stepping inside, Suite River is a sedate and airy space, ideal for a couple, or a family of 3, offering high ceilings with exposed timber beams, natural raw materials and a billowing four-poster bed. With a regal-colonial air of grace, guests will sink back into the crisp cotton at the end of the day and enjoy the views from the bedroom.
Ethnical wall art, exotic silks, splashes of colour and style, finessed with the prestige of a world-class resort, guests will slip into the local pace of life. Perhaps a massage after a day on safari tour will hit the right note! Followed by a glass of South African wine as the sun softens over the savannah.
An idyll to remember - Suite River combines the most memorable of adventures along with grace and elegance thanks to the caring touch of the Parisian owners, bringing that element of “je ne sais quoi” to the abode.
Suite River is set in an exclusive lodge, Esiweni, which is located in the very private 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.
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.
As well as a day out enjoying a safari tour with an expert ranger, there are a range of other activities on offer in the region, including hiking, rafting, horseback riding, biking, 4x4 tours, fly fishing and boating. For something a little extra special, a hot air balloon ride can be arranged.
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.
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!