Shambala Game Reserve, South Africa
At a Glance
Non-malarial Big Five reserve
Elephant back safaris
Nelson Mandela's African bush retreat
Luxury accommodation and faultless service
Just three hours by road from Johannesburg
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Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Zulu Camp or take a look at our itineraries to Madikwe and the northwest
Shambala Private Game Reserve is a Big Five reserve in South Africa's non-malarial Waterberg region, approximately 3 hours north of Johannesburg. Zulu Camp is the reserve's luxury safari lodge, and can be found right in the heart of this expanse of rugged, African bush. Beautifully appointed chalets and communal areas offer guests an authentic safari experience in luxurious comfort.
The lodge is built in the traditional Zulu style with streams from the nearby river running through the camp. The setting immerses visitors in the safari experience with wildlife regularly viewed from the elevated decks. Enjoy delicious dining from the highly trained and experienced chef team and allow your personal butler to prepare evening cocktails and assist you throughout your safari.
Experience exceptional game viewing accompanied by your professional safari guide from the safari vehicles, on foot during guided bush walks or even from the back of the reserve's elephant herd. Other activities on the reserve include sundowner cruises on the 30 hectare Douw Steyn Dam, the largest man-made dam in Southern Africa where you will see hippo, crocodile and a wide variety of aquatic bird-life. The safari experience at Shambala is also educational with the chance to participate in game research and monitoring, learn more about the anti-poaching efforts to protect the reserve's rhino population and understand the importance of the breeding programs for black rhino, buffalo, sable and black impala.
Zulu Camp welcomes children over the age of ten, under tens may be allowed to visit with their families when specifically requested. While all the activities can be tailor made to children, there are no specific child facilities at the lodge. Children over the age of ten will enjoy a fantastic safari experience with professionally qualified and trained staff and safari guides used to welcoming families to the lodge.
Guests at Zulu Camp can enjoy the beautiful setting of the lodge from the pool deck with views over the dam. During the period between safari activities, many guests choose to have a relaxing treatment or massage at the spa.
Dining locations are varied across the property, in the boma and out in the bush. All dietary requirements can be accommodated with some prior notice.
Enjoy morning, afternoon and evening game drives, walking safaris, water safaris and fishing trips. For a truly memorable experience head out on safari on the backs of African elephants. A very worthwhile and educational activity is to get involved with the breeding program and various other conservation efforts operated by the team at Shambala.
Location & Directions
Shambala Game Reserve, South Africa
Zulu Camp is set within the Shambala Game Reserve, three hours north of Johannesburg in the Waterberg Mountains of South Africa's Limpopo Province.
When to go
Summer (November to March) days can get quite warm (up to 28-32 degrees on average) but it is a dry heat. Summer rainfall, normally in the form of thunder storms are usually in the evening, however, the African climate is still always unpredictable. Fall (April to May) days can still be warm but the evenings cool down. Average day time temperature 22-28 degrees. Evenings 10-15 degrees. Winter (June to August) days are warm (temperatures in the mid-twenties) evenings and early mornings very cold with average early morning temperatures 5-12 degrees. It very rarely rains at this time when the bush is golden and dry.
Spring (September, October) days start getting hotter, evenings and mornings could still be crisp but not as cold. A very slim chance of rain.