Ndaka safari lodge - elephants

Game Drives

Experience the bush at its best. We’re still pinching ourselves at the privilege we have to be able to become totally enchanted by this magical piece of Africa.

It’s wild out there

Game drives at Ndaka are intimate and intense. On your game drive in an open safari vehicle, you’ll have access to the entire 26 000 acres that make up the Nambiti Private Game Reserve. With an incredible density of disease-free wildlife, you never know what you may find around each corner or behind each rock. Keen birdwatchers can look out for over 260 bird species (although the true twitchers suspect that there are well over 300 species!)

Our guide pride

Our guides are experienced, full of facts and brilliant with kids. They know you by name, and can’t wait to share their knowledge and love of the African bush with you. Because of our ethical guiding tactics, the animals we see are generally calm and at ease. Get ready, because this allows for close encounters, like a buffalo licking the dew right off your game viewer.

Guides are in constant radio contact with each other to keep track of animal movements, but we have strict vehicle limits at animal sightings so that you get an exclusive game viewing experience.

You’ll generally be assigned the same guide for the duration of your stay – they’ll be the one to pick you up as you arrive, take you on all your drives, and drop you off when it’s time for home.

Daily game drives

There are two game drives per day (the time depends on the season); each lasts about three hours.

The morning game drive normally leaves between 5 am and 6 am. Our guides will find a spot where you can take in the spectacular views while enjoying your rusks, hot coffee or hot chocolate (spiked with Amarula if you prefer).

The afternoon game drive leaves between 3 pm and 4 pm. After sundowners and snacks, our guides will use the spotlight to find nocturnal animals before returning to the lodge for dinner.

Children and game drives

Children of all ages are welcome to join us on our game drives. We have car seats available for children aged three and younger. However, we encourage parents to be sensitive and aware of the sometimes unpredictable behaviour of the wild animals (your own children may or may not be included in this description!)

Please carefully consider the safety and comfort of your children, especially those under the age of two years. Generally, drives with young children will not be allowed within 50 metres of a Big 5 sighting – however, this is at the sole discretion of the guide at the time of the sighting.

We will do our best to accommodate guests with children of similar ages together on game viewers, but in the event of this not being possible, parents are requested to be considerate of other guests also enjoying their experience in the bush. Children must remain quiet on drives to avoid inconveniencing other guests on the vehicle as well as other guests on other game drives. Any unacceptable behaviour cannot be tolerated, and may result in the game drive returning to the lodge and then continuing without these children and their parents.