The Shakama Game Lodge is a luxurious 5-star escape, hidden amongst some of Africa's most splendid vegetation in the Waterberg Mountains. The breath-taking views, stunning accommodation and superior service and amenities ensure that Shakama is ideal for romantic honeymoons, business trips or family holidays. Because this is not a malaria risk zone, Shakama is perfect for young and old guests.
In addition to near-perfect surrounds and excellent service, Shakama also boasts an impressive menu, wine cellar, wellness centre and spa. Its surrounds are home to many game and bird species as well as gorgeous vegetation. However, it should be noted that the farm on which Shakama is located is not, in itself, home to the full Big 5 complement (Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino and Elephant).
Each of the ten thatched suites that make up Shakama Game Lodge's accommodation is equipped with convenient en-suite bathrooms and private decks with impressive views of the ravine. Six of the ten suites have an outdoor shower in addition to the indoor facilities, luring guests into the authentic African bush for an entirely new bathing experience.
Guests wanting to experience the bush at a more "up-close-and-personal" level will enjoy the self-catering camp, which is made up of two split-level cottages, both with en-suite bathrooms. There is a communal kitchen and a lapa to be enjoyed by the guests. These chalets, called Eagle's Nest, accommodate up to eight people and are rented as a unit. Unfortunately, due to the slopes on which they are perched, this may not be suitable accommodation for physically disabled guests.
After a day spent enjoying the African bushveld or lazing under the summer sun, guests are invited to the bar, lounge and dining area to relax and share their day's experiences. The dining room opens onto a viewing deck for spectacular views.
The Boma is available for guests to sit around a roaring fire and enjoy a refreshing beverage and good company. Pre-dinner drinks and light snacks are also served in the Boma.
Shakama Game Lodge is situated close to Johannesburg, Sandton and Pretoria, As such, it is an ideal retreat for corporate guests requiring a venue for their training seminars, conferences, brainstorming sessions, and the like. The Induna Room is equipped with whiteboards, an overhead projector, screens, television, video machine (VCR) and a light projector. It can accommodate up to 24 delegates. The Wine Cellar is another great venue for smaller meetings of up to 10 people. It is air-conditioned and private. Additional facilities include seating areas for up to four break-away groups.
Telephone, e-mail and fax
There are clear signals for cell phones / mobile phones at Shakama Lodge. Unfortunately, there are no fixed line telephones available. There is Internet access available for 15-minute time pockets at an additional cost.
Being immersed in such natural beauty inspires many of our esteemed guests to indulge in some serious pampering of body and mind. The spa allows true rejuvenation, while the wellness centre is equipped with a gymnasium, Jacuzzi, sauna and several therapy rooms. The Shakama Wellness Centre is a thatched retreat in which various beauty treatments, massages and shaping treatments are enjoyed in the midst of the spectacular African environment.
Guests of the Shakama Game Lodge will enjoy the various walking trails, game drives and mountain biking trails available around the lodge. In addition, there are volleyball and table tennis facilities available, as well as a swimming pool, star gazing tours, bird watching opportunities, clay pigeon shooting, a gym and board games.
The area around Shakama (including Bela-Bela) is fast gaining global acclaim for its top-notch golf courses. There are two existing courses (Elements Golf Reserve and Zebula Country Club aka Mabalingwe) and three that are in the process of being constructed. Bookings are essential.
A rewarding excursion (subject to availability, prior booking essential) is a trip to the Shingwedzi Cheetah and Wild Dog Sanctuary, which exposes these magnificent hunters in all of their natural splendour. The lodge itself is situated within the Waterberg Estate Reserve, which extends for 5000 hectares and is home to plenty of animal-, plant- and bird life. Some of these animals include the Hippo, Rhino, and several other game species.
Important notice to all motorists
The dirt road (19km in total) is often in poor condition which makes it unsuitable for low profile or sports cars. If you are driving with a normal motor car you must be prepared to drive very slowly and excercise extreme caution to avoid discomfort or damage to your car.