The 4-Star Shikwari Nature Reserve is a unique safari experience. Hidden in the pristine Limpopo bushveld and surrounded by amazing landscapes – just outside Hoedspruit, close to the Kruger National Park, here, you can forget life’s worries.
Enjoy a relaxed individual, romantic, group or family stays on a private reserve that is home to giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, impala, nyala, waterbuck, bush buck and the duiker.
The Lodge and the reserve are within reach of most of the local tourist attractions and activities, making Shikwari a wonderful base.
Past guests have wonderful things to stay about the Shikwari facilities, experiences and the wonderful hospitality they received from the owner and her staff.
Your escape to Shikwari will be a source for many fond memories for years to come!
Accommodation at Shikwari Nature Reserve
At Shikwari Game Lodge, you can be accommodated in luxury suites or rondavels.
Shikwari Suites, There are six 4-Star TGCSA graded suites which offer relaxed friendly service in amazing surroundings. These thatched suites can accommodate a maximum of two adults & 2 children age 5-12yrs. Each comes with a private bathroom and outdoor shower, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, sitting area, a small patio decorated with stylish furniture and a choice of King or 2 single beds with percale linen, toiletries, towels slippers and bathrobes.
A stocked hospitality tray for guest’s enjoyment with fresh ground coffee, quality teas and homemade cookies, each suite also comes with a mini fridge that may be stocked on request. There is also an evening turn down service with homemade nougat.
Pangolin Rondavels Want a more bush style experience or travelling on a budget? Choose from their four comfortable thatched Rondavels; all have ceiling fans, two rondavels come with an outdoor shower, covered toilet and basin one has aircon, while the other two share a separate full bathroom and outdoor shower. All units have a choice of a King-size or two single beds with percale linen, tea & coffee tray, towels and toiletries. All rooms have a wardrobe, seating, and hospitality trays.
Guests at both camps take meals at the Shikwari Suites; meals are included either on Half Board only for Shikwari Suites or for Pangolin Rondavel we offer B&B or Half Board.
Child Rules: Children welcome – 5yrs -12yrs old are accommodated parents at 50% of the Adult sharing rate. Teens 13 -18yrs accommodated at 100% of the adult sharing rate in own room or with one other adult and/or 2 younger siblings. This applies to both camps
Facilities at Shikwari Nature Reserve
Facilities Shikwari Suites they include a well-stocked, licensed Bar; secured free open air parking, a paid laundry services, LED TV with premium DStv and complimentary Wi-Fi available to guests staying both camps. I
Dining at Shikwari has a distinctive South African flavour often with a touch of French or Italian flair. All ingredients are sourced fresh and bought locally as much as possible.
Breakfast and dinner is usually served al fresco unless the weather is inclement.
Enjoy South African favourites such as Bobotie, Venison, Durban Curries, Karoo Lamb, Malva Pudding, Koeksüsters and Cape Brandy Tart along with Homemade bread, scones & muffins all made from scratch.
There is an outdoor plunge pool for cooling off on those hot summer days as well as a tour/sightseeing desk for those wanting to venture out and see the area. It is best to make booking well ahead of time especially for guided tours.
Weddings – Tying the knot soon? Shikwari is also the perfect venue for bespoke rustic, relaxed bush style wedding – whatever your theme. Choose the deck boma. a romantic spot under trees or the lodge veranda with views of the Northern Drakensberg Mountain. They are well-equipped to provide a delicious reception meal any time of the day for you and your guests.
Activities at Shikwari
There is plenty to keep you occupied for days at Shikwari Nature Reserve. Take a dip in the plunge pool, enjoy a book from the library under a shady veranda, or take a walk with or without our FGASA guide. Bring your mountain bike to enjoy the bush.
Looking for adventure? Enjoy Guided trips to Kruger National Park and to The Panorama Route, Blyde Boat Cruise, hiking, horse trails, elephant interactions, sightseeing flights, abseiling, hot-air ballooning and many more activities. Bookings can be done before arrival by contacting the lodge or online with your accommodation.
Reviews from previous Shikwari Nature Reserve guests
“My wife & I spent the weekend of 19/21 September at this majestic place. The reception, the accommodation, the management & staff was top notch! We were also given advise about nearby tourist attractions which we enjoyed some of like visiting Jessica the Hippo and some places of note in Graskop! The entourage that we met there of other visitors was also It is just a pity that the autumnal grass was not that good and although we did see some wildlife – we even were invited to the feeding of the zebras – it was not ENOUGH!! The weather was fine – but much hotter than the Highveld (our home), the room was spacious, immaculate. The food was divine!! It really was a pleasure to have graced this gem and would not mind going back – the long drive is NOT a deterrent!!” wrote thabom47on their TripAdvisor page.
zelda143 added; “Our stay at Shikwari Nature Reserve was an awesome experience. The people of Shikwari Game Reserve has harts of gold, they are friendly and more than willing to walk the extra mile to ensure you have all you need. The room we stayed in was beautiful. The food which was prepared by Ann and Eunacia was tasteful and made with love. Noel, the guide wanted to introduce us to his best friend Boytjie the zebra; but our stay was too short for the honour. We saw the biggest male Kudu. The wild animals are well looked after. If you want to have a great experience Shikwari Game Reserve is your answer! Thank you all for the great experience, keep your passion in what you are doing.”
“We enjoyed our stay at Shikwari Game Lodge. The activities were amazing. Thank you to the staff for making our honeymoon a memorable one. We will happily recommend Shikwari Game Lodge to our friends and family,” said 210guyw.
Shikwari Nature Reserve is located along the R36 JG Strijdom Tunnel Road, Valley of Olifants, Hoedspruit, in Limpopo. Here is their location on Google Maps. For bookings, call +27 73 049 7494; email email@example.com or visit them online for availability and booking at www.shikwari.co.za. Follow them on Facebook HERE.