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Nambiti Memorial Gate, Ladysmith 3370 South Africa
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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 21/12/05 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 21/12/05 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#2 of 21 Specialty lodging in Ladysmith
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An exclusive, Malaria-free Big Five Private game lodge situated on the Nambiti Private Game Reserve near Ladysmith, Kwa-Zulu Natal. It is geared for utimate relaxation and indulgence of wild life and natural surroundings of the bushveld. Visitors are accommodated in exlusive suites offering maximum privacy. There are a wealth of interesting activities for visitors to participate in. Lions Valley Lodge is situated near to historic battlefields and trips can be arranged. Bush braais and fishing in the dams can be arranged. Guests who want to unwind can laze around at the pool deck which overlooks the waterhole. Succumb to a massage by one of our trained therapists. Lions Valley Lodge offers a unique setting for corporate or team-building breakaways and conferences whilst being surrounded by the spectular sights and sounds of the African Bushveld.
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Property amenities
Free public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Bar / lounge
Fishing
Patio
Conference facilities
Spa
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Poolside bar
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Massage
Neck massage
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Fireplace
Housekeeping
Minibar
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Private balcony
Safe
Seating area
Sofa
Telephone
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Sofa bed
Electric blanket
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
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Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Zulu

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Nambiti Memorial Gate, Ladysmith 3370 South Africa
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Karin S wrote a review Jun 2022
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Guests are made to feel right at home. The park is large enough to have novel game experiences with very knowledgeable, friendly guides. Surprisingly varied terrain. Comfortable suites and lovely shared spaces. By far the most exceptional staff and good food. Electric blankets and a fire were provided in the winter; suites are huge. Guests do need to walk with a guide to and from the lounge and restaurant at night. Lovely experience.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 24 Jun 2022
Thank you Karen for your review. It is always good to hear that guests have enjoyed their stay at Lions Valley. I agree the staff are exceptional and they do go out of their way to make every guests stay a memorable one. Take care and come back and relax at LVL again.
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hernfam wrote a review Jun 2022
Herndon, VA47 contributions48 helpful votes
We had an excellent time at Lions Valley. The lodge is beautiful. It was amazing to see animals from your room deck. The food was excellent. The whole team was great!! We got massages and they were amazing. My wife said it was one of the best massage she has gotten. The game drives were awesome. The guide was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. The lion and elephant sightings were fantastic. We stopped for morning rusk at two amazing places overlooking the river. The reserve is beautiful.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Fiona Lines, Owner at Lions Valley Lodge
Responded 21 Jun 2022
Thank you for your very kind review. We are delighted to know that you enjoyed your stay and the facilities at Lions Valley Lodge. It certainly sounds like your game drives were awesome and that your guide ticked all the boxes. We hope you will be able to return someday.
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Jason wrote a review Jun 2022
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, United States17 contributions4 helpful votes
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We traveled to South Africa from the US. A friend of a friend who is a park ranger out there highly recommended this place. Everything looked great and the price was much more affordable than some other places so we booked it for 3 nights—ended up driving there from Durban. The whole experience far exceeded our expectations. The safari we expected to see animals in the distance, but we saw every animal there within 20 feet of the vehicle. Our guide Nicholas was excellent and expertly found these animals in this huge beautiful area. And then everything else was great too: huge luxurious cabins, great meals and very friendly and helpful staff. Couldn’t recommend Lion Valley Lodge highly enough.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Fiona Lines, Owner at Lions Valley Lodge
Responded 08 Jun 2022
Thank you for your review. We are delighted to hear that you had such great sightings and that you enjoyed your stay at Lions Valley Lodge. We hope you will return some day, enjoy the rest of your stay in South Africa.
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Szenta wrote a review May 2022
Valencia, Spain46 contributions10 helpful votes
There are really no words to describe how luxurious and comfortable Lions Valley Lodge really is. Outstanding comes to mind. How about Superb? Our suite – the appropriately named “Romance” – was enormous, gorgeous, filled with light, comfortable, hedonistic. Appropriately for the region, all stone, thatch, wood, and light. In two cases, I did not get what I wanted – a room assigned near the main facilities and no bath tub but.... Not to worry. Golf cart pick up and delivery on demand – one just doesn't walk in Nambiti; the animals own the territory; we are their guests. Tub overlooking the valley? No problem. Use one of the two showers instead – one outside, the other inside with views of giraffes that might amble nearby. The hosts knew better than I did exactly what I would love. Huge mistake on our part – we should have stayed longer. Three nights (and 5 game drives) just didn't give us enough time to relax and enjoy the fabulous accommodations. We were too busy. I can see why some of the other guests have returned several times to Lions Valley. They also far preferred Nambiti over Kruger NP, but I cannot comment personally about that, having never been to Kruger; but, if I were ever in South Africa again, I would head back to Lions Valley set amid rolling hills, valleys, and mountains. We certainly saw plenty of animals, thanks to the park management and our driver, Jordan – lions, elephants, white rhinos, tons of giraffes (my favorite), zebras, warthogs, wildebeest, kudu, Cape Buffalo, and even 2 cheetahs strolling along with our vehicle. Two hippos have taken up residence in the Lodge's pond. Not only is Lions Valley beautiful, it is beautifully managed. The three ladies who seem to run the place were efficient, friendly, cheerful, and always available. They have also decided not to expand (they have the land to do so), but to remain smaller, more intimate in order to provide personalized service and keep the prices affordable. Their decision certainly works to the advantage of the guests. The central area includes spaces opens to the environment but closed off with glass partitions – open decks, infinity pool, comfortable library for quite times, a bar for post-drive gatherings, open terrace for breakfast and lunch, fireplace dining room for dinner. The outdoors define the interiors. Meals were serve at appropriate times – breakfast following the early game drive; dinner following the afternoon drive, but with time for cocktails or a freshen-up. The spa – wonderful massage – is an added bonus. Each drive stops for either coffee and biscuits at dawn or a wine break at sunset. Quite civilized, I thought. Frankly, I don't know what else to say other than Lions Valley should head everyone's list. Absolutely everything was gorgeous, beautifully run, and a delight. I want to be there again – right now, this minute.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Fiona Lines, Owner at Lions Valley Lodge
Responded 29 May 2022
Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed review of your stay at Lions Valley Lodge. On the Guest Reservation Sheet that you completed before your arrival, you indicated that you had a mobility issue and that is why you were allocated a suite that required being transported in a golf cart. All the suites have two bath tubs, his and her indoor showers and 8 of the 10 suites also have his and her outdoor showers. We are pleased you were able to make the most of these facilities. Our guests are our priority and the staff at Lions Valley do try to make every guests stay with us a memorable one. I am delighted that you had excellent game viwing during your stay and that you also took the opportunity to experience our beautiful spa. We certainly hope that you will return for a second visit someday. Take care until we meet again.
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Heather M wrote a review May 2022
Durban, South Africa4 contributions2 helpful votes
Lions Valley Lodge is an absolutely unbelievable place! From the point of the warm arrival greeting to the very sad departure goodbyes, we were treated like royalty. From the tasteful interior of the rooms and lodge itself, to the dining experiences with our attentive waitering staff and the phenomenal game drives - I cannot fault this place at all and cannot wait to return! The staff pay attention to the most intricate details, from housekeeping to the waiters, management to rangers - what a fantastic team! Thank you to Matt, our Ranger - your knowledge and insight will always be remembered! Thank you again to the entire lodge for a wonderful time!
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Fiona Lines, Owner at Lions Valley Lodge
Responded 29 May 2022
Thank you for your review, our guests are our priority and deserve to be treated like royalty. Thank you for acknowledging this. We are delighted to know that you had a wonderful time, and we hope to welcome you back again soon.
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Caitlin wrote a review Apr 2022
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This is now my third visit to Lions Valley and once again, it was the most amazing experience! Our Ranger, Matt, was incredible. So much knowledge and always got the best views of the Big 5! Can’t wait to come again!
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 23 Apr 2022
Thank you for your review Caitlin, we are really happy to hear that you had an amazing time and that your game drives were great. Take care and we look forward to welcoming you back for visit number four!
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Kumaran Naidoo wrote a review Apr 2022
Durban, South Africa8 contributions
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10 years of many international trips, covid hits and travel halts. We always hear the saying “explore your country, support local”, which is 100% true. Our visit to Lions Valley Lodge was amazing from the beautiful accommodation, friendly team from the rangers to all the staff. The team always went the extra mile and treated every guest with love, care and making sure our stay was everything we want in a holiday (rest, good food and great sightings of the big 5 on our game drives). From our room we viewed quite a lot of the wildlife from many varieties of birds to waterbuck, impala, springbok, warthog, and the highlight was the lions stopping by for a photo shoot on the morning of us leaving. Not sure who was more shocked when there appeared, but to be so close to them was truly a memorable experience we won’t forget. We where spoilt when it came to the food, every meal was well thought out and catered for every pallet and nothing was an issue to prepare. It was a five-star experience everyone should treat themselves to. Thank you Lions Valley Lodge From Tanya and Kumaran Naidoo
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Response from Fiona Lines, Owner at Lions Valley Lodge
Responded 23 Apr 2022
Thank you Tanya for your review. We are delighted to hear that you had a good rest, good food and great sightings on game drives. It is a shock to look out and literally see lions on your door step! Stay safe and we hope to welcome you back soon.
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Connie M wrote a review Apr 2022
Portsmouth, United Kingdom6 contributions2 helpful votes
If I could give more stars, believe me I would.. When I say I had the absolute time of my life, this is no exaggeration! The staff are so attentive and friendly, the service is second to none, the food was so good, the lodge itself is absolutely breathtaking and so so so clean! I would also like to give an enormous shoutout to our wonderful ranger Matt.. I did not stop laughing and smiling from ear to ear and every drive was as enjoyable as the next. Even despite the awful weather in the beginning, Matt continued to remain enthusiastic, positive and made sure we were all smiling! I think I speak for the entire group that he made our time at Lions Valley Lodge, and we are already planning to come back as soon as we can. Thank you to Tommy, Nick, Greg for being good sports at the bar! And to the rest of the team, you were incredible… book this place, you will not be disappointed! Will miss you all ❤️
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Fiona Lines, Owner at Lions Valley Lodge
Responded 22 Apr 2022
I don’t really know how to respond to such an awesome review, other than to say a big thank you and to hope you come back and visit us soon. Take care.
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waitey56 wrote a review Apr 2022
Didcot, United Kingdom27 contributions31 helpful votes
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From start to finish this was a amazing place, we arrived late with the worst rain fall in years but the rangers were there waiting for us to take all our bags. It was completely amazing. I was stupid enough to get sunburnt on the second day whilst in the pool and Tommy and the other rangers could not do enough for me to make sure I was ok. The food they provide was amazing when you get back from your morning drive the breakfast was there ready for you. Your room was all sorted out for you. The range of alcohol was good. The drives were brilliant the rangers were full of knowledge and information Me my wife and the party we where with had the best of times. We really can’t thank you all enough for making that part of our holiday amazing
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Fiona Lines, Owner at Lions Valley Lodge
Responded 22 Apr 2022
Oh dear, sorry about the sunburn. We live in a country of contrasts. We are really pleased to hear your all over experience was a good one and we look forward to welcoming you back. Take care.
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AndyB wrote a review Apr 2022
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I booked our stay as a birthday gift for my beloved wife. To the LVL team I just want to say thank you so much for making our stay so amazingly special. Everything including the service, the game drives, the rooms and setting was in our opinion as close to perfection as humanly possible. While this may have been our very fist vist to both LVL and Nambiti the place has already cemented a special place in our hearts and would certaily love to return for future visits.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Response from Fiona Lines, Owner at Lions Valley Lodge
Responded 18 Apr 2022
Thank you Andy for your great review. It is such a pleasure to know that guests have thoroughly enjoyed everything that Lions Valley Lodge has to offer. We can’t wait to welcome you and your wife back for a return visit.
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PRICE RANGE
US$454 - US$504 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalLadysmith
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about Lions Valley Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Lions Valley Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Nambiti Big 5 Private Game Reserve (6.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Lions Valley Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Lions Valley Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Lions Valley Lodge?
Guests can enjoy a lounge, a poolside bar, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Lions Valley Lodge?
Yes, free public parking nearby and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Lions Valley Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Lions Valley Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Afrikaans, and Zulu.