Nguni River Lodge

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Nyati Concession, Addo Elephant National Park
Elephant National Park
Eastern Cape 
South Africa
+27 42 235 1022
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Nguni River Lodge

In 2000 South African National Parks (SANParks) embarked on a commercialisation program in terms of which a number of concessions were granted with exclusivity to private enterprises in the form of public private partnerships. The 14 000 hectare malaria free private Nyathi concession is home to Nguni River Lodge and is situated in the Addo Elephant National Park, directly to the north of the existing Addo Elephant Park Main Camp.

The name Nguni refers to a collective group of people who migrated from Central Africa south in search of grazing for their cattle and eventually settled along the eastern seaboard and adjacent hinterland of Southern Africa. This group divided into three broad divisions based on linguistic and cultural differences and comprise of the Zulu, Swazi and Xhosa, which account for about 60 percent of the Bantu speaking people of South Africa.

Today it is the ancestral cattle breed of these people that carry the Nguni name. The Nguni cattle breed is endemic to Southern Africa and is known for their fertility and resistance to diseases and characterized by multicolored skins, which can present many different patterns. To this day cattle is the symbol of wealth, status and respect among the Nguni descendants and forms an integral part in “labola” (bride’s price) transaction during cultural matrimonial ceremonies.

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