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About Cheetah Ridge Lodge

Cheetah Ridge Lodge, formerly Woodlands Farm, is a historic safari haven in Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal, tracing its roots back to the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. Once a cattle and citrus farm owned by the Anderson family, it now houses a luxury lodge, blending heritage with modern comfort. The original farmhouse, built by Dudley Charles Anderson, is integral to the lodge, exuding character and warmth. Accommodations at Cheetah Ridge include 10 luxury suites, a spacious family suite for six, and The Farmhouse – a five-bedroom self-catering retreat with a private butler, boma, plunge pool, and panoramic bush views. Every suite offers a private viewing deck overlooking a watering hole, providing an intimate wildlife experience.

Cheetah Ridge Lodge Setting

Located within the southern expanse of the 10,000-hectare Nambiti Private Game Reserve in the KwaZulu Natal region of South Africa, Cheetah Ridge Lodge offers a scenic bush retreat. The reserve, a mosaic of savannah, grasslands, and acacia-studded thornveld, teems with diverse wildlife, including elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions, and rhinos. The unique landscape sets the stage for an extraordinary safari experience, where guests can immerse themselves in nature's bounty – from twice daily game drives, al fresco dining beneath a 111-year-old Natal Fig tree to rejuvenating spa treatments and more.

What's included

  • All meals
  • All house wines, local spirits, beers
  • Two game drives per day

Frequently asked questions

  • Is loadshedding an issue?

  • Is malaria a consern in this area?

  • Does the reserve have the Big Five?


  • Absolutely increidible

    We stayed in the Nambiti house - Amazing service, amazing sightings! And most of all what an amazing guide - Brandon went out of his way to make us comfortable and get us the best viewings! We really appreciated having him with us. We will be back again.

    Conservio.com review

    K. Clark

  • Highly recommend

    What an amazing 3 days at Cheetah Ridge. Food, Service, friendliness and attention to detail were fantastic. Above and beyond our expectations. Game Drives with Lebo were so exciting, and we got to see so much. He has such a wealth of knowledge to share. Accommodation was superb. Great choice of fabulous wines to choose from. Highly recommended, we will definitely be back.

    Conservio.com review

    M. Scott

Cheetah Ridge Lodge impact highlights

Cheetah Ridge Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal, formerly known as Woodlands Farm, has evolved into a remarkable conservation success story, making a positive impact on the local environment and community. The lodge's rich history, spanning back to the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, adds a unique layer to its conservation narrative. The property's commitment to conservation is evident in its transformation from farmland to a private game reserve, Nambiti Private Game Reserve. Rob Le Seur founded Nambiti Private Game Reserve in 2005, with a vision that extended beyond land preservation. He aimed to create a place where nature's beauty could be enjoyed comfortably and sustainably. This vision materialized in the form of Cheetah Ridge Lodge, which now stands as an unrivalled bush retreat within the reserve. The positive impact on the environment is evident in the lodge's careful integration with the surrounding landscape, constructing lodgings that blend seamlessly to ensure minimal disruption to the natural surroundings. Cheetah Ridge Lodge has also embraced sustainable practices, incorporating solar panels into their infrastructure to reduce their carbon footprint. Furthermore, the lodge actively engages with the local community by employing a majority of its staff from the nearby areas, contributing to the economic growth and well-being of the residents. The location within the Nambiti Private Game Reserve covers 10,000 hectares of pristine wilderness, offering a malaria-free sanctuary for diverse flora and fauna. The conservation efforts have resulted in the protection of 22,000 acres of undisturbed savannah, grasslands, and acacia-tree dotted thornveld. The biodiversity is evident in the variety of wildlife, including elephants, giraffes, zebras, buffalo, impala, rhino, and lion, creating a thriving ecosystem. Cheetah Ridge Lodge's focus on sustainable tourism ensures that generations to come can enjoy the beauty of the area while preserving its ecological balance. The lodge's journey from historic farmland to a thriving game reserve showcases the potential for sustainable tourism to contribute positively to both the environment and local communities.

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