Shakati savannah Shakati Private Game Reserve Waterberg Unesco Biosphere reserve The lodge complex The cosy bar in the lodge complex The swimming pool The braai/barbeque area Lapa The lush garden The garden with one of the chalets Chalet Bathroom Kitchen Lounge Bedroom with twin beds Bedroom with double bed Lodge complex. Chalet Nyala View Shakati river River dam Giraf family in the reserve View towards Marakele National Park Animal tracks criss-cross the reserve Zebras like open savannah View Kudu male, they are common at Shakati Porcupine female with youngster The Shakati game viewing landcruiser Shakati waterhole Waterhole hide with chairs and 2 beds. Overnight and experience the night life of the African bush... Own walks are allowed Close-up encounters Evening drive in the bush Yellow-billed hornbill Paradise flycatcher
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Shakati Private Game Reserve is hidden away on the lush banks of the Mokolo river in the heart of the Waterberg Bushveld paradise. Waterberg is registered as an internationally protected UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Shakati Private Game Reserve is located 20 km west of the town Vaalwater, only 3 hours drive from Johannesburg.

Shakati offers a spectacular private game reserve with a small luxurious safari lodge. The main complex has separate guest lounge, dining area, large braai/barbeque area, swimming pool and a beautiful, lush garden. The lodge has 3 fully equipped self-catering chalets (each sleeping 4-6 persons) communal and private braai/barbeque facilities. The lodge accommodates 12 people comfortably and 18 at maximum. We also sell firewood.

Shakati Private Game Reserve boasts:
River frontage, rocks and ridges, spectacular views and large indigenous bush and savannah areas.

Plenty of wildlife - Giraffe, Zebra, Kudu, Gemsbok, Hartebeest, Eland, Waterbok, Blesbok, Warthog, Impala, leopard, Jackal, Porcupine etc. Due to the absence of Elephant and Lion it is safe to walk around in the reserve. Elephant and Lion you can see in the close-by Marakele national park.

Prolific bird life one of the highest bird diversities in the Waterberg with 270 bird species on the list. Waterberg is internationally registered as Important Bird Area (IBA). Shakati is member of BirdLife South Africa and listed as Birder Friendly Establishment.

Sleep at waterhole - The hide at the waterhole is equipped with benches and 2 beds. Overnight here and follow the night activity and sounds of the African bush.

Hunting camp with hunting at neighbouring areas.

Cell phone reception in the reserve/at the lodge, internet cafe in Vaalwater town 20 km away.

Accommodation at Shakati Private Game Reserve:
Main complex
Safari lounge, main kitchen, lapa with bar and dining area, boma with braai/barbeque facilities, swimming pool and large, lush garden.

The 3 Chalets/guest houses
The chalets are identical and consist of 2 bedrooms (twin and double beds), spacious lounge with 2 couches and dining area, self-catering kitchen with freezer/fridge, bathroom and outdoor romantic shower. Private braai/barbecue facilities. All chalets have excellent view to the garden and the reserve. Sleeps 4 persons comfortably and 6 at a maximum.

Catering All types of catering are done such as B&B, lunch, full board, day visitor package and arrangements for small weddings, corporates, special interest groups etc.

Game drives/walks Go on drives or walks with our reserve manager.

Tours outside Shakati:
Shakati is also ideally located for day trips to other areas and attractions. Go on day trips to:
- Marakele National park,
- Pilanesberg National park,
- D`Nyala nature reserve,
- Nylsvley international Ramsar birding reserve,
- Makapansgat World Heritage Site etc.
- The town Vaalwater is only 20 km away
- Larger towns in the area: Lephalale, Thabazimbi, Modimolle, Bela-Bela.
- Pretoria with its historical buildings and vibrant life is only 2 hours away.

More nearby attractions:
- Mama Tau lion breeding centre
- Masebe rock art
- Elephant-back rides
- Horse-back rides
- Several curio, crafts ad bead shops
- Butchers with various game meat
- Eventiria Private Zoo
- Gelucksfontein Goat Cheese Farm
- Orange-, Fruit- and Vegetable farms with road side shops
- Tobacco farms
- Spas
- St. John the Baptist Church
- Auctions and wild life activities


* Birding - one of the bird richest areas in Waterberg with 270 bird species on the list. Shakati is approved/registered as Birder Friendly Establishment (BirdLife South Africa)
* Fishing - enjoy fishing in the reserve river
* Game drives - morning or evening/night drive in a open safari vehicle. 1 free daily drive with manager
* Star gazing - the clear, unpolluted sky of Waterberg provides some of the finest and brightest star watching opportunities
* Bush walks - go on a self guided or guided bush walk and feel and touch the wild life and flora. 1 free daily walk with manager
* Hide at waterhole -view the wildlife and birds drinking, or sleep in the hide while listening to the night sounds of the African bush
* With Shakati as base you can visit i.e. the nearby Marakele National park, the Nylsvley RAMSAR flood plain, the UNESCO Cradle of Humankind and all the other listed activities

Clothing and Accessories:

Suitable for safari/game viewing visits all year round. Informal clothing, Green and khaki colours in the bush are best.
Bring binoculars, camera, practical shoes, sun screen and hat. A warm sweater/wind breaker for winter evenings and morning game drives.

Health and Climate:

Malaria free area.

Rooms and Units Available:

Chalets (Non Peak periods)
Each chalet has 2 bedrooms (double 2 single beds), lounge, a fully equipped self-catering kitchen with fridge/freezer, a bathroom and a romantic outdoor shower. Outdoor private terrasse with own braai/barbecue area.
Sleeps 6 Adults

Chalets (Peak season and school holidays)
Each chalet has 2 bedrooms (double 2 single beds), lounge, a fully equipped self-catering kitchen with fridge/freezer, a bathroom and a romantic outdoor shower. Outdoor private terrasse with own braai/barbecue area. Minimum 2 nights stay
Sleeps 6 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Children under 12
Honeymoon Couples
Airport Shuttle Service
Laundry Service
Ironing Service
Limited Room Service
Special Meals on Request
Wedding facilities
Team Building
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Dining room
Fireplace on the Premises
Parking (off-street - covered)
Hiking / Walking Trails
Swimming Pool

Cancellation Policy:

- If cancelled less than 30 days before arrival forfeit deposit
- If cancelled 15 days or less before arrival, liable for full cost
- Contact Shakati office (082-410-1808) re. arrival time as the manager must let you in to the reserve
- Please note: note that a refundable R600 breakage/security deposit is payable in cash at arrival

- Request transfer/tour needs at booking time as well and we will refer you to a tour company. We do not do transfers ourselves.
- Shakati reserves the right to amend all tariffs at any time. Confirmed bookings shall be honoured at original rates.
- Shakati reserves the right to terminate the accommodation arrangements of a guest who behaves in such a manner that is deemed to be unacceptable, or is detrimental to the enjoyment of other guests or the reputation of Shakati.
- Shakati reserves the right to claim back from the guest any costs or charges incurred due to damage to the property whether accidentally caused or not.
- It is a condition that all guests have adequate insurance and medical cover.
- Complaints by guests - In spite of Shakati's best efforts, very occasionally a problem may arise. If you are unhappy about any aspect of Shakati's arrangements, please address your complaint immediately to the Manager, who will make every effort to resolve any problems there and then.


From Johannesburg/Pretoria:
- Follow the N1 North towards Petersburg/Polokwane. Turn off the N1 at the Nylstroom toll gate (Kranskop toll plaza).

- When leaving the off ramp turn left (west) into the R33 west heading towards Nystroom. app 12 km away. Go straight through Nylstroom towards Vaalwater 60 km away -still following the R33.(you can call the farm manager Mike from Vaalwater so he can meet you at the reserve gate)

- In Vaalwater go right through the town and continue still a few kilometres until you on the left see Spar supermarket and on the right a road junction signposted R33 - Ellisras/Lephalale. (straight on goes to Thabazimbi).

- Turn left at the Shakati Game Reserve sign into a dirt road. Continue app.2 kilometres to the reserve gate.

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