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Shambala Private Game Reserve covers almost 10 000 hectares in the malaria-free Waterberg mountains of the Limpopo Province. In this idyllic setting, a mere 2½ hours’ drive north of Johannesburg, Shambala Private Game Reserve is home to a rich diversity of magnificent wildlife including the Big Five. A visit to Zulu Camp is an unforgettable bushveld experience in luxurious surroundings


8 Luxury chalets, each with en-suite shower and bath, and outside shower.

Amenities and services

Entrance with seating area.
Main lodge area with plunge pool.
Dining and lounge area with fireplace and viewing deck over the river.
Complimentary WiFi access at main lodge area, not in the chalets.
Television is available only at the main lodge.
Lapa with open fire site.
Zulu Camp Spa with two treatment rooms and outside deck.
Luxurious en-suite bath and shower accommodation with outside shower.
Satellite telephone, mini bar with soft drinks, and umbrellas available in each chalet.
Mobile phone signal is limited to main lodge and certain parts of the reserve.
Electricity/power available 220V.
International plug point converters and hairdryers are available in each chalet.
Children welcome over the age of 5. No children under the age of 5 are permitted to stay at Zulu Camp at Shambala Private Game Reserve.
In the interests of safety, children’s participation in activities is at the discretion of the guide.
The luxury chalets at Zulu Camp may have a maximum of two occupants occupying a room. However, one child under the age of 16 years but not younger than 5 years can share with adults where a room is designed and furnished to accommodate three guests.

Shambala Spa

The Shambala Spa is a unique, intimate wellness retreat situated in a secluded bush clearing
along the riverside. The Spa is open from 8am till 8pm. The Spa has two treatment rooms and
a deck with a view of the surrounding bush.


Included in your package
Bush picnics
Game drives
Sundowner cruises

Activities at a surcharge
Big Five interaction
Game research and monitoring (minimum 18 years old)
Guided bush walks

Zulu Camp chalet inclusions

Luxurious en-suite accommodation
Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
Drinks (all soft drinks and South African wines, local spirits and liqueurs, excluding international wines and spirits)
Daytime and spot-lit night game drives and bush walks accompanied by an experienced guide
One sundowner boat cruise on the Douw Steyn Dam per stay
All taxes and tourism levies

Zulu Camp chalet exclusions

Transfers to and from the game reserve
Use of a private game viewing vehicle 
(supplement of R3 000 per vehicle per day)
Telephone calls
Spa treatments
Any activities not listed in the category of inclusions
Specific meal requests


High season 01 April to 31 October. Low season 01 November to 31 March.

Check-in/check-out times

Zulu Camp is open all year round.
Check-in time is 14:00. Check-out time is 11:00.
Earlier check-in times can be considered subject to the availability of the chalets. Guests to please advise expected arrival times.
Guaranteed late check-out will be subject to availability at 50% of the Flexible Best Available Rate. Guaranteed early check-in will be subject to availability at one full night’s bed and breakfast accommodation rate.

Best time to go on safari

Shambala Private Game Reserve is ideally situated in the malaria-free Waterberg mountains of the Limpopo Province and is a year-round destination. The winter months from April to October are traditionally considered the best time for game viewing as the grass is shorter and there is less foliage on the trees. During the summer months the bush is green and lush and the game reserve comes to life with abundant young animals.

Game species you are likely to see

During your stay at Shambala you can expect to see a wide variety of game species, from black and white rhino to elephant, lion, leopard and cheetah, as well as buffalo, giraffe, sable antelope, black impala, tsessebe, nyala, blesbok, waterbuck and klipspringer, as well as Cape zebra and even spotted hyena, in addition to abundant birdlife.

Seasonal temperatures

In summer, November to March, the days are warm, up to 28-32°C on average. The Waterberg has summer rainfall, normally brief thunderstorms. In autumn, April to May, the days can still be warm but the evenings cool down. The average daytime temperature is 22-28°C and the evenings are 10-15°C.

In the winter months, June to August, the days are temperate and the early mornings and evenings are cold, with temperatures between 5-12°C. In spring the days start getting warmer, with crisp mornings and evenings, and on occasion the days reach fairly hot temperatures.

Your packing guide

We recommend that you pack cotton clothing in neutral colours with closed footwear for going on game drives and bush walks. For the evenings we suggest smart casual attire.

We suggest that you pack clothing to suit the general seasonal weather conditions.

During the spring and summer months you will require casual summer clothes such as lightweight trousers, shorts and shirts during the day, together with a jersey or jacket for the cool morning and evening temperatures, especially for game drives.

During the autumn and winter months you will require warmer clothing, together with jerseys and jackets for the cold mornings and evenings.

It is advisable to pack the following items for an enjoyable bush experience: Comfortable walking shoes, hiking boots or trainers for walking in the bush, and sandals for wearing around the main lodge area. Sunglasses, sunhats and sunblock with swimming costume. Binoculars, video camera, camera and spare memory cards.


Your journey to reach us

By transfer

Guest transfers to Shambala Private Game Reserve can be arranged by Reservations.

By road

Driving time to Shambala Private Game Reserve is approximately 2½ hours from Johannesburg.

Follow the N1 north to Polokwane (formerly Pietersburg). Go through the first Toll Plaza. Continue and go through the Carousel Toll Plaza. At the Kranskop Toll Plaza, keep to the extreme left tollbooth to Modimolle (formerly Nylstroom). Drive straight through Modimolle to Vaalwater/Lephalale (formerly Ellisras). Drive straight through Vaalwater. At the ‘Bakkerspas’ sign (10km after Vaalwater) you will notice the decorated fence on the left hand side of the road, which is Shambala. Continue straight on for a short distance, then turn left at the small dam with the thatched domed entrance into Shambala Private Game Reserve.

By air

Guests may arrange transportation by helicopter. There is a helicopter landing pad at Shambala Private Game Reserve. The approximate flying time from Grand Central Airport is 55 minutes.
Coordinates: House site S 24° 19’ 53”  E 27° 57’ 29”