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Memorial Gate Elandslaagte, 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
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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#1 of 20 Speciality lodging in Ladysmith
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Tucked away in the centre of the picturesque Nambiti Private Game Reserve, a 21,000 acre, Big 5, malaria-free game reserve, lies Ndaka Safari Lodge. Located in central KwaZulu-Natal near Ladysmith, just 40 minutes from the Drakensberg and close to the Battlefields, in the heart of the wild, the lodge is the perfect halfway stop between Johannesburg (3,5 hours) and Durban (3 hours). Ndaka Safari Lodge has been converted into a family style getaway. Ndaka is a relaxed, "home away from home", family friendly lodge where children of all ages are welcome making it the ideal getaway for families and friends. The large lapa is home to the dining room, bar & comfy lounge area as well as a lovely deck with a stunning rim-flow swimming pool. Being family-friendly there is a large fully fenced-in indigenous garden, an outdoor playground as well as an indoor playroom for children to enjoy. The Lodge has seven spacious en-suite luxury tented suites for couples & young families as well as three double luxury tented suites with 2 en-suite bedrooms & a shared lounge in the middle for families with teens or 4 children. Close to the main lodge are three standard lodge rooms for the budget conscious and those wanting to be close to the lapa and pool .
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Free breakfast
Game room
Entertainment staff
Books, DVDs, music for children
Children's playground
Secured parking
Public wifi
Pool / beach towels
Swimming pool toys
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kid-friendly buffet
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Board games / puzzles
Children's television networks
Indoor play area for children
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Highchairs available
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Laundry service
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Room features
Seating area
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Electric blanket
Walk-in shower
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Memorial Gate Elandslaagte, Ladysmith 3370 South Africa
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Noleen T wrote a review 20 Sep
Durban, South Africa8 contributions
We have just returned from a visit to Ndaka with our children and grandchildren and I cannot recommend this camp highly enough. The accommodation, quality of the food, incredibly good service and magnificent game drives made this a weekend to truly treasure and remember. The owners of the lodge have done something seriously right here as the atmosphere amongst every single staff member was fantastic. The staff simply could not have been better. The bonus was the way children are catered for, something unusual at most game lodges. A real 5 star visit.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Malcolm S wrote a review 13 Sep
Westville2 contributions
It really was a great stay all around - good facilities, great food, and very solicitous staff. Ndaka really makes children feel welcome. They are used to having them around and are ready to accommodate to each family's needs. Our guide was also brilliant - in general and also with our kids. And we got to see so many amazing animals and birds - lion, elephant, cheetah, etc. I can't recommend it enough.
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Date of stay: September 2021
Response from Tracey Marshall, Owner at Ndaka Safari Lodge
Responded 2 weeks ago
Huge thanks for choosing to stay at family friendly Ndaka! We take great joy in enabling families to share safari experiences & make precious memories together. We are really chuffed that we ticked so many boxes for you. Thank you for your kind compliments - we all appreciate your kind recommendation! Our warmest regards from us all, Team Ndaka
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Palesa wrote a review 13 Sep
Durban, South Africa1 contribution
What an awesome stay and welcoming management and staff. We really enjoyed our stay. David our ranger, very kind, knows a lot about animals, easy to talk to, Have a way to answer all questions to your satisfaction. Sakhile , very welcoming, engaging, making sure that your stay is enjoyable. Max, kind full of jokes, makes you feel welcome and at ease. Thank you for delicious meals, and nice and comfortable rooms. Looking forward to visit soon with the whole family
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Date of stay: September 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Room with animal views
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Lerato wrote a review 12 Sep
9 contributions2 helpful votes
Thanks for a splendid week! Another special thank you to those who closely looked after us this weekend: Sakhile, David and Max. They worked hard to ensure that our weekend was truly worth it! Sakhile, thanks for your forever lively nature. David, your patience, friendliness & calm engaging nature towards our kids on every drive was a pleasant sight. Max, we appreciated your friendly serving nature! Another huge thanks to everyone else behind the scenes-ensuring our meals were divine 3times a day, our rooms were spick&span, the fix-it team that attended to problems asap. Thanks to management too😊 Accomodation:👌 Game drives:👌 Meals:👌 (food as well as effort put into making the meal areas exciting)
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Tracey Marshall, Owner at Ndaka Safari Lodge
Responded 2 weeks ago
We are delighted that you had such a happy stay with us! Sax, David & Max as well as the rest of the team really appreciate the shout-out. It was indeed our pleasure to host you & we hope to welcome your lovely family back to Ndaka when you next need a bushfix. Kindest regards & our very best wishes from us all, Team Ndaka
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Glen wrote a review 09 Sep
Mount Edgecombe, South Africa1 contribution
Amazing place, extremely accommodating, friendly staff and ranger. Great sights on animals, Was able to view 4 of the big 5 with close sightings. Very family friendly as we travelled with our 1 year old baby.
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Date of stay: September 2021
Sleep Quality
Response from Tracey Marshall, Owner at Ndaka Safari Lodge
Responded 2 weeks ago
Huge thanks for choosing to stay at Ndaka. We're really happy that you felt so at home with us & that you had such an amazing time making memories together as a family. Our warmest regards from us all, Team Ndaka
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South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalLadysmith
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ndaka Safari Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Ndaka Safari Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Nambiti Big 5 Private Game Reserve (3.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Ndaka Safari Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Ndaka Safari Lodge?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a desk, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Ndaka Safari Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Ndaka Safari Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Ndaka Safari Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Ndaka Safari Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.