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  • Balule Game Reserve
  • Safari style accommodation
  • Big Five
  • Excellently rated by guests

Elevated above the landscape and built on an old anthill lies Nambu Camp, located in the heart of the Greater Kruger in the Balule Game Reserve. This 6-bedroom safari camp overlooks a winding dry riverbed, bustling waterhole and the Drakensberg Mountain range which carves across the distant skyline. Views of this wilderness are framed by the lodge’s unique and open design. The camp has been in the Drinkwater family for almost 40 years, passed down through the generations and home to many memories with both family and friends.

The name Nambu means ‘river’ in the local language of IsiThonga, and this unique lodge has many ties to this natural source that flows through the traverse. From the family name to the flowing waters of the Olifant’s River nearby. Tawny eagles soar above and herds of elephants drink down below; this hilltop lodge is certainly a wildlife haven surrounded by nature. During the heat of the day, relax by the camp’s poolside or bird watch from the lodge’s vast viewing platform before a mid-day brunch up at the main camp. Here at Nambu there are two activities per day, situated in a big five reserve head out on foot or on safari and explore this vast and diverse landscape, you never know what you may find here in South Africa’s true wilderness.


  • Intimate safari camp
  • Big Five
  • Modern cuisine
  • Variety of bird life


  • Wi-Fi
  • Dining Area
  • Lounge
  • Pool
  • Viewing deck
  • Boma


Game Drives
A 3hour morning / 2hour afternoon safari in a big five private concession in the Balule Game Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger. Learn about the flora and fauna of the African bush. Early morning’s and late evening’s are the best time for game viewing. Stop for morning coffee or an evening sundowner during your safari drives. 

Morning Walk
During your stay here at Nambu there is an option to swap out one of the morning safari drives for a morning walk. Head out at sunrise, walk through the riverbed and along to the river. Walking in the wild not only allows you to get up close to nature, but you gain a more in depth understanding of the bushveld around you, everything from the tracks to the trees. There are many archaeological sites dotted throughout the reserve so walking allows you to explore these areas and different artefacts from hand axes, milling stones to soap stones which date back to the late stone age between 9,000- 12,000 years old.

Kruger National Park Day-Trip
Experience a full day-trip to the abundant and beautiful Kruger National Park with a private safari guide. Game viewing in the park is exceptional, leave the lodge in the early morning with a packed-breakfast and spend the entire day exploring the park searching for many of South Africa’s iconic animals before returning to camp for dinner.

Private Panoramic day-trips
One of the most scenic drives in South Africa. Take a day to explore the views of this dramatic landscape, stopping off at the many viewpoints along this picturesque journey.

Listen and look out for many of the bird species found here in the reserve and here at Camp. According to BLSA there are over 839 species of birds found here in South Africa, so it always helps having a pair of binoculars to hand, also our guides are always happy to help identify the birds you see.



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Safari Suite
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  • Shower
  • Air conditioning
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Outside seating area / patio
  • Daily turndown service
  • Laundry service available
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    • Three meals a day
    • Activities (bush walks & game drives)
    • Teas & coffees
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