Suite River

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Sleeps: 2 - 3 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1


Pool Resort Villa
Wow Factor
Modern All Bedrooms En-Suite Romantic

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.

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • Not suitable for children under the age of 6 (unless the whole lodge is booked)
  • There is no mobile reception, although there is Wi-Fi in the main lodge - ideal for enjoying time at one with nature and loved ones without distractions
  • In a remote setting, 2.5-3 hours drive time from the major cities
  • No ‘off-road’ safari, the reserve protects the flora and fauna as much at possible (animals will come very close to the vehicle)
  • Some experiences - such as a hot hair balloon ride - will incur extra fees (as well as an enthralling experience!)

Property Features

Shared Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Safety Deposit Box Hairdryer All Bedrooms En-Suite Spa/Massage Heating Caretaker/Owner on Site Waterfront

The Suite

Suite River, as part of the exclusive Esiweni Lodge, boasts a luxurious setting with views of the Sunday River and a fully-catered stay for up to 3 guests.

- Bedroom with king-size bed or two single beds
- En-suite bathroom with standalone tub
- Sitting area
- Private terrace of 50 sqm with sun beds
- Outside shower or bath

Lodge Facilities

- Shared pool
- Sundeck with loungers
- Main hall with seating areas
- Bar area
- Restaurant with outdoor terrace with views
- Outdoor seating area and firepit

Additional Facilities
- Wi-Fi only available in the main lodge
- Underfloor heating
- Safety deposit box
- Tea and coffee facilities
- Sport and exercise equipment
- Bathrobes and slippers
- Hairdryer
- Transportation within the reserve
- One extra bed on request *
- Two safari tours per day
- Bush bar and lunch available
- Bush braai excursion available

* See T&Cs for more info


About the surrounding area of Suite River
Walk to Restaurant Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Golf Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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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.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Johannesburg Airport

(400 km)

Nearest Airport Durban Airport

(350 km)

Nearest Village Ladysmith

(38 km)

Nearest Town/City Dundee

(55 km)

Nearest Restaurant Esiweni Lodge Restaurant

(On site)

Sightseeing Nambiti Reserve

(On site)

Nearest Golf Ladysmith Golf Club

(45 km)


Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Teens

For a child over the age of 6, Suite River offers the ultimate adventure holiday - a compelling choice, with an authentic safari experience that the whole family can enjoy in the hands of experts.

Active youngsters will be in heaven, with activities such as river rafting, mountain biking and hiking on offer, and of course, wildlife lovers will have plenty to entertain them. Taking a day out into the reserve, enjoying the animals in their natural environment and learning about the reserve’s preservation work will be both a thrilling and educational experience for them.

When it comes to kicking back as a family, the lodge is on a stunning cliffside setting, with a sleek infinity pool, decking with stunning views, and fire pit for convening at the end of the day.

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Restaurant
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Waterfront

Services Available

  • Maid Service Included


Oliver's Extras

  • Yoga Classes Available
  • Spa Treatments Available
  • Transfers Available
  • Maid Service Included
  • Meals and snacks included
  • Welcome drinks on arrival
  • Two safaris per day (weather permitting)

At Oliver’s Travels 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 the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Safaris
- In-room massages
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport transfers
- Excursions

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!

Terms & Conditions

Please note the price rates for 3 guests is based on an occupancy of two adults and one child.

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit Credit card details requested as guarantee
Arrival time 12pm (noon). An additional charge of R1500 (£70 approx) per person will be charged if arrival at the gate before 11am or if departure from the logde after 12pm
Departure time 10am
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival.
Linen & towels included? Bed linen, bath and pool towels are included in the rental price.
Energy costs included? Yes, included in rental price.
Internet access? Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access included in the main lodge only. No phone reception.
Minimum stay 3 nights
Changeover day Flexible
Pets welcome? Not allowed
Smoking Allowed? Smoking & Vaping are not permitted.
Tax Not included: Menu alcoholic beverages, mineral water, soft drinks, telephone calls, gratuities, curios, Nambiti Private Game Reserve charge per person per stay, Conservation Levy per day and Rhino Levy, payable on day of departure.
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, personal belongings, public liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.
Other Ts and Cs Children over the age of 6 are welcome, an extra bed can be arranged for a fee

Rental Rates

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

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