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During the heat of the day, relax by the camp’s poolside or bird watch from the lodge’s vast viewing platform which overlooks a bustling waterhole, winding dry riverbed and the Olifants West Nature Reserve's undulating landscape.

About the camp

Originally a family home, Nambu was built on an old anthill overlooking the landscape. The architecture of this unique building truly makes the most of the spectacular views it has in front, perfectly framing this wilderness scenery. 

Nambu’s spacious viewing platform overlooks a dry riverbed and waterhole where many of the bushveld’s inhabitants come to visit, from herd of elephants, towering giraffes, to the nocturnal and elusive predators. Spend the afternoons cooling down in the swimming pool, relaxing on the sun loungers or bird-watching around the camp's gardens. 

Simple, yet modern and stylish cuisine is served in the stunning open dining area. A light and healthy breakfast is served after your morning activity, followed by a more hearty brunch later in the afternoon. Canapés are served at sundowners in the bush then head back to camp for a delicious and elegant evening meal under the stars.

Features and Facilities

  • Safari-style, en-suite bedrooms - located amongst the trees with king size beds, modern bathrooms overlooking the bushveld with double showers and an outside deck. (Twin beds also available)
  • Accommodating up to 12 people, Nambu is a quiet and intimate safari camp.
  • Framed scenic views from the upper deck and an open-air viewing platform below.
  • Air-conditioning / Overhead fans in all rooms.
  • Tea/Coffee making facilities in each room
  • Bathroom products are supplied 
  • Swimming pool located on lower deck with waterhole views
  • Shaded and comfortable lounge areas on both upper and lower decks, perfect for wildlife viewing
  • Lodge boma area and fireplace / Fires are lit before the evening meal is served.
  • Daily turndown service / Laundry available upon request
  • Wifi available at the lodge
  • Yearly Features : Nambu Artist Residency  | Nambu Yoga Retreat      


Nambu Camp is located in the big five Olifants West Nature Reserve in the Greater Kruger, 16.2 km outside of Hoedspruit. The Eastgate Airport is a short 45-minute drive away, making it easily accessible for fly-in guests, while many might choose to self-drive from Johannesburg, which is a scenic 5-hour drive away.

Being located on a big five reserve, it means you are already in the heart of nature. The Olifants West Nature Reserve has an incredibly diverse landscape, from the flowing waters of the Olifant's River, the high and rocky outcrops, to natural springs and drainage lines, life can always be found here. 

Getting There

Directions from Hoedspruit- 

When entering Hoedspruit, turn left to Phalaborwa on R40. Travel 16.2 kilometers on the R40 to reach the Balule – Olifant’s West Gate on your right. Turn right into the Balule boom gate. The gate guard will ask your destination: Nambu Camp. You will be asked to fill in a visitor’s permit and to make a payment of R90 per car and R220 conservation fee (per person). Directly after the entrance gate, take a sharp left and drive along the fence for 890m. Keep right once you get to a road named Maroela Laan. Continue along this road for 5.7km until you get to a T-junction. Take a left, then an immediate right where you will see the Nambu Camp sign. Continue on this road for a short 40m and turn right up a slight incline for 80m. Take a left and follow a rocky road for 610m and you will reach the entrance to Nambu Camp. 

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