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Shambala Private Game Reserve

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Shambala Private Game Reserve, Vaalwater 530 South Africa
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Situated on 10,000 hectares in the Limpopo Province, a mere 2½ hour drive or 45 minute helicopter ride from Johannesburg, Shambala Private Game Reserve is set under the watchful guardianship of the picturesque, malaria-free Waterberg mountains, and the magnificent African bushveld is home to a variety of remarkable flora and fauna including The Big Five.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Boating
Fishing
Airport transportation
Spa
Parking
Wifi
Pool with view
Heated pool
Plunge pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Walking tours
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Waxing services
24-hour security
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Concierge
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
Doorperson
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Room features
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Minibar
Refrigerator
Walk-in shower
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Telephone
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Laptop safe
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Mountain view
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NewZealandPatriot wrote a review Feb 2020
United States6 contributions5 helpful votes
Now I know how Her Majesty The Queen is treated! We arrived at Zulu Camp ( this is the part of the reserve that contains the chalets, restaurant, bar and spa) mid afternoon November 2019. While touring the camp I asked our manager Brendon where all the other guest were? He said there weren’t any other guest – you have the whole place to yourself. We stayed 3 nights in chalet number 2 which was beautifully appointed with full bath – separate tub and shower plus an additional outdoor shower overlooking the small creek running through the camp. Jan was our server, bartender & butler during our stay and truly made us feel special (like royalty). Our chef Matthew would inquire what our likes were for lunch and dinner and prepared several fabulous meals with his culinary flair. We had a game drive on the afternoon we arrived and two drives everyday: one early morning 06:30 and one in the afternoon around 15:00. They were all spectacular! One evening we had a sunset boat ride with our captain Tinus on the lake near the dam. Here we saw rhino and crocodile with wonderful cocktails and charcuterie. We did not use the spa however we did use the shooting range and Pieter and Dion were wonderful instructors (10 out of 10 at 100 yards .30-06 Springfield). By far the best part of our stay were the game drives. Our driver and guide Jacques did an outstanding job and we tip our hat to him. He really knows what he is talking about, is enthusiastic and answered all our questions. Shambala is owned by the same group that owns the Saxon Hotel in Johannesburg. See our review of the Saxon. As I mentioned in my Saxon review, everyone at Shambala is at the top of their game. We give 4.5 stars. My wife’s only slight complaint was no wifi. I loved being off the grid. We hope to return someday!
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Room Tip: CHalet 2 had an outdoor shower that overlooked the lake.
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Response from GeorgeCohen, Managing Director at Shambala Private Game Reserve
Responded 12 Feb 2020
Dear NewZealandPatriot, Thank you so much for your wonderful review of your stay with us at Shambala Private Game Reserve! It is such a pleasure to receive this kind of feedback from a guest, especially regarding our valued team members.We do look forward to welcoming you back again in the future! Best regards, George Cohen
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FILI V wrote a review Oct 2019
Boksburg, South Africa20 contributions2 helpful votes
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from the gate guard Simon..to the lodge manager Rhomello,our private butler Thabang..chef Dayne(thank you for the extra couple of pounds)..and the most fantastic Monnique,thank you all for making our engagement weekend unforgettable..even the game put their best foot forward..lions elephants,buffels,giraffes,and just for good measure a cheetah kill...monnique thanks for all the trouble with the extra flowers romantic rose pebble dinner.your alsways friendly and comforting gestures when i was nervous for asking the big question....guys this place is a must do for everyone
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Room Tip: we stayed in room 2 next to the waterdam
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Responded 17 Oct 2019
Dear FILI V, Thank you for your review of your recent stay with us at Shambala Private Game Reserve - and also for choosing to spend such an important weekend with us. We are delighted to hear that you had such a wonderful time with us on the farm and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Best regards, George Cohen
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snook60175 wrote a review Sep 2019
Saint Charles, Illinois16 contributions
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If you want to be treated like royalty, feel relaxed and comfortable while experiencing all the magic of African wildlife then this is it. The staff was amazing, attentive, and knowledgeable. It was very private as there is only 8 chalets. These rooms are beautiful, well appointed and very comfortable. The sound of a rushing water stream ran next to our room. Exceptionally fine and customized non stop dining. The boat in the dam was icing on the cake. We saw hippos, rhinos, elephants, zebra, lions, leopards, hyenas, giraffe, and about 5 other varieties. We even fished. Grace at the spa was also wonderful. My husband and I took our 22 yr old daughter and my 74 yr old mother, perfect for all and we had the experience of a lifetime. If you like nature and luxury, then you must go! There was WiFi at the main lodges area.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Room Tip: You might ask for chalet 4 or 5 or greater for some distance from the main area. But all are...
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Responded 16 Sep 2019
Dear snook60175, Thank you for your review of your stay with us at Shambala. We are delighted that you and your family enjoyed the time with us - and thank you for the compliments! We look forward to welcoming you back again in the future. Best regards, George Cohen
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Debbie H wrote a review Sep 2019
Johannesburg, South Africa18 contributions1 helpful vote
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What an incredibly relaxing 25th wedding anniversary weekend and last minute decision to add our 16 and 7 year old to the booking! The food was sumptuous and personalised- vanilla cupcakes and fillet steak were made for my daughter on demand, while I loved the variety and preparation of the fresh vegetables from the garden. The game drives were funny and informative and were preceded by a soothing and bubbly wake up call, a perfect dry flat white, fires lighting and warming our path and a hot water bottle and a blanket on the vehicle each morning. Shaun, the ranger entertained, schooled and quizzed my daughters and my 7 year old's speech on Monday needed no preparation. Quad biking was fun and the spa was relaxing ( when we arrived my daughter's favourite beverage and snack were served-such thoughtful details) Roemelo is calm, quiet yet very observant and an exceptional manager. The rooms were luxurious with turn downs, petals, bubbles and bubbly while our kid's chalet was discreetly straightened up after each mess! My children rated this as one of their best weekends (with no TV, no wifi and no sea!).
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Responded 16 Sep 2019
Dear Debbie H, Thank you for your review of your recent stay with us at Shambala - and also for choosing to spend your 25th wedding anniversary with us - congratulations! It is always such a pleasure to read this kind of feedback - this is the experience we strive to provide to guests, and we are delighted that you and your family enjoyed it. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the future. Best regards, George Cohen
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Suzy W wrote a review Aug 2019
Dubai, United Arab Emirates23 contributions5 helpful votes
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Just left our 4 day visit to shambala private game lodge, so sad to have gone but our time there was unforgettable. Thanks to all the staff especially Norman and Romelo who looked after us above and beyond. Special thanks go to Dane the chef food was amazing and what ever we asked for was always provided and tasted amazing. Of course massive thanks to Jacques our game guide, driver and provider of my fav bush coffees. He was full of amazing knowledge and a great tracker. Alex, Suzy and of course Leo our toy lion had an amazing time.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from GeorgeCohen, Managing Director at Shambala Private Game Reserve
Responded 13 Aug 2019
Dear Suzy, Alex and Leo, Thank you for your review of your stay with us at Shambala Private Game Reserve. It is such a pleasure to receive this kind of feedback from a guest - especially concerning our team members! We strive to make guests' time with us unforgettable and we are delighted to hear that you experienced it as such. We do look forward to welcoming you back again in the future! Best regards, George Cohen
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PRICE RANGE
US$625 - US$786 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaLimpopo ProvinceWaterbergVaalwater
NUMBER OF ROOMS
14
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Frequently Asked Questions about Shambala Private Game Reserve
What are some of the property amenities at Shambala Private Game Reserve?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Shambala Private Game Reserve?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Shambala Private Game Reserve?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Shambala Private Game Reserve?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Shambala Private Game Reserve?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Shambala Private Game Reserve have airport transportation?
Yes, Shambala Private Game Reserve offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.