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Idyllic Safari Retreat

Shambala Private Game Reserve covers almost 10 000 hectares under the watchful guardianship of the picturesque, malaria-free Waterberg mountains, and the magnificent African bushveld is home to a wide variety of remarkable flora and fauna.


How to get to Shambala


  • Follow the N1 North to Polokwane.
  • At the Kranskop toll plaza on the N1, keep to the extreme left tollbooth to Modimolle.
  • Drive straight through Modimolle to Vaalwater/Lephalale.
  • Drive through Vaalwater.
  • Pass the Bakkerspas sign (10km from Vaalwater).
  • Entrance to Shambala is the first big gate on your left, 2km after the Bakkerspas sign.

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Your own paradise is here, deep within the heart and soul of Shambala.

About Us

Have the experience of a lifetime at Shambala Private Game Reserve in South Africa.

Luxury Chalet


Select from one of our luxurious chalets at Zulu Camp or the Nelson Mandela Villa.

Stories From Camp

Step into the world of Shambala and uncover our unique stories.

Annete Nel

“Fantastic experience at Shambala! This is a bucket list type of a place! We loved the fine attention to detail and the sightings were amazing. A big thank you to our Game Ranger Shaun who was skilled, professional and on top of everything. Thank you for also keeping us alive during a Lion encounter. Our stay was extremely memorable!”

Annete Nel

7 Clifton

"We’ve been lucky enough to enjoy many excellent safaris around the world in the last 30 years but our recent experience at the Zulu Camp, Shambala must rate as one of the best. There is always an element of luck but in all four of our drives we were treated to some magical interactions with the wildlife. The staff perfect, the food excellent and whilst the gorgeous Zulu huts will be undergoing some renovations in the next few months they were still thoroughly charming and comfortable. Thank you especially to Shaun, Brendan and Abram. We will be back and look forward to a fully working telescope to enjoy the night sky."

7 Clifton

Fili V

"From the gate guard 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, buffalo, giraffe and just for good measure a cheetah kill...Monnique thanks for all the trouble with the extra flowers romantic rose pebble dinner.your always friendly and comforting gestures when i was nervous for asking the big question....guys this place is a must do for everyone."

Fili V

New Zealand Patriot

"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!"

New Zealand Patriot