A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the Waterberg region in South Africa’s Limpopo Province offers a landscape of breathtaking contrasts dominated by the Waterberg mountain range. True to its name meaning ‘water mountain’, this rugged region plays host to a spectacular tapestry of untamed wilderness, rivers, streams, swamps, wetlands, valleys and undulating hills that flank the blue-tinted expanse of the Waterberg Mountain Range.
The area is more than 3 million years old, and is one of the most important San rock art areas in South Africa. Here, nature and safari enthusiasts will find over 2 000 plant species, more than 380 bird species, and more than 129 mammal species including the legendary Big Five. This malaria-free region is only a 2 hour drive from Johannesburg.
This traditional Zulu-styled camp is nestled in the heart of the Shambala reserve, with a beautiful river frontage. The private decks of each luxury chalet open onto the surrounding bushveld. All of the 8 honeycomb-shaped chalets are furnished and decorated in a chic fusion of African and French Provençal styles.
They include a double bed dressed with exquisite linens, a French armoire and full-length mirror, and a direct-dial satellite phone. Secluded ensuite bathrooms offer both a bath and shower, with the additional option of a refreshing outdoor private shower. Our private butler will be on hand to assist at all times.
Mouth-watering meals, created with top-quality South African ingredients, will be tailored to your personal preferences. These are served in the bistro, or the outdoor dining deck which overlooks the river and a spectacular rock face. Guests can enjoy a cooling dip in the camp’s plunge pool, or indulge in a set of signature body and massage treatments at the Shambala Spa. Thrilling wildlife viewing adventures, elephant safaris, bush picnics, sunset cruises, and stargazing evenings will fill your day with the natural wonders of a day in Africa.
- Transfers to Shambala Private Game Reserve can be arranged by our reservations team.
- Continue this road towards East London.
- Approximately 9km outside Port Alfred, turn right at the Oceana sign.
- Once through the gate, follow the paved road until reception is reached.
- Driving time to Shambala Private Game Reserve is approximately 2½ to 3 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.
- Members may arrange transportation by helicopter. There are two helicopter landing pads at Shambala Private Game Reserve.
- The approximate flying time from Grand Central Airport is 55 minutes. Coordinates: S 24° 16’ 45.1” E 028° 02’ 01.8”
Weather & climate
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
The currency is the South African rand.
Visas and documents
Nationals of other African countries often do not require visas for South Africa. Visitors must be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of travel and should have two blank pages available in their passport.