Entrance archway Driveway Standard Hotel Room Drinks at the Pool Fenced Game Camp Heritage Restaurant Barry's Bar Glashuis Tennis Courts Wooden Deck Outdoor Chess Set Dinner at Shangri-La Standard Rondavel Zen Garden at night Standard Rondavels Mini Golf course Executive Hotel Room Executive Family Room Spa treatment room Jacuzzi at the Spa Reception Shebeen Chapel Basic Room Main building interiors Executive Rondavel Moroccan Room Wine Cellar Hotel Pool Standard Hotel Room Standard Family Room
Book Now

Nestled in the picturesque Waterberg mountain range approximately 70 minutes from Pretoria lies Modimolle (previously named Nylstroom), a bustling bushveld town. Named after the Sotho for the God(s) have eaten Modimolle and the surrounding Waterberg area boast plentiful free roaming game, birdlife and beautiful indigenous trees and plants.

A characteristic feature here is the impressive Kranskop Mountain, a natural beacon rising above the surrounding landscape. It lies next to the N1 Highway that runs between Pretoria and Polokwane en route to the Kruger National Park.

Nature and adventure enthusiasts need not travel far from home to experience a host of outdoor activities such as hiking, game viewing and abseiling. The Waterbergs numerous activities, coupled with its mild year-round weather and warm dry winters have boosted its popularity among people looking to escape the city for a few days.

Here, in the heart of Bushveld country on a 32-hectare farm 14 kilometres from Modimolle, lies a little piece of paradise. Shangri-La Country Hotel, hidden in a tranquil tropical setting, reflects the elegant allure of yesteryear.

Named after the mythical earthly paradise (described in British author James Hiltons 1933 novel Lost Horizon), the term Shangri-La has become synonymous with any permanently happy paradise land isolated from the outside world.

Guests wanting to escape the madness of modern life soon realise why the name is so fitting. Lush tropical gardens, a trickling waterfall and leafy stone pathways blend with luxurious pampering in 49 en-suite rooms to offer a delightful sense of tranquility.

In the open veld bordering this tranquil country hideaway hotel, wild monkeys and baboons play in the trees, while laid-back resident ducks and tame cats amble around.

For couples, friends, families and small groups that enjoy peaceful natural surroundings, finding your own piece of paradise at Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa is just an hours drive from Gauteng.

Accommodation at Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa:
Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa boasts a pleasing variety of accommodation from standard rooms and thatched rondavels, to spacious family rooms, executive rooms and the Executive Room with Jacuzzi for romantic couples. Guests may select from the following types of accommodation:

Basic Rooms
The entry level Basic Rooms have a double bed with crisp white Percale linen. The rooms also feature a bathroom with shower, TV with select DSTV channels, air-conditioning and coffee making facilities.

Standard Rooms / Rondavels
These hotel rooms or thatched rondavels have double beds with crisp white Percale linen. The rooms also feature a bathroom with bath or shower, TV with select DSTV channels, air-conditioning and coffee making facilities. Twin bed options are subject to availability.

Standard Family Rooms
Shangri-La’s standard family rooms offer a king/double bed with white Percale linen in main room and a single bed in the inter-leading room. The spacious units have their own bathroom with bath or shower, air-conditioning, TV with select DSTV channels and coffee making facilities.

Executive Rooms / Rondavels
Situated between the lush vegetation, these tastefully decorated country-style rooms and thatched rondavels feature a spacious bedroom with double/king bed, white Percale linen and bathroom with bath/shower. Each air-conditioned executive room has a TV with select DSTV channels, air-conditioning and coffee making facilities.

Executive Family Rooms
Sleeping 4 guests, the Executive Family Rooms consists of two private bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom with shower, white Percale linen, air-con, TV with select DSTV channels and coffee making facilities.  The Balcony Room Type offers a combination of a king sized bed that can also convert into two single beds, and a double bed in the second bedroom.  The Patio Room Type has one king bed in the main bedroom and two twins in the second bedroom. The interleading bedrooms each also have their own entrance.  The main bedroom offers a private balcony or patio.

Other in-room amenities that enhance all Shangri-Las 49 air-conditioned rooms with their different antique styles include a writing desk and stationary, Room Service, Laundry service, daily housekeeping service, television with select DSTV Channels, wake up call service, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a Mini bar or Safe (selected rooms only).

Shangri-La offers a variety of options for guests that enjoy delicious cuisine and fine beverages. Outside guests are also welcome to enjoy meals at Shangri-La, provided they make a booking beforehand.


Take a game viewing drive at one of the local reserves and experience unspoilt Africa in an open vehicle through grasslands, rocky ravines and beautiful mountains.

Let us pack you a picnic basket to visit Doorndraai Dam Nature Reserve at the foot of the scenic Waterberg Mountains approximately 90 minutes drive away.

Meet and interact with orphaned and injured wild animals at Sondela Wildlife Centre, open at specific times throughout the week. Pre-booking is essential.

Experience an eco-drive, cultural tour and braai under African stars south of Bela Bela with Kwalata Culture and Wildlife Tours. They also offer various adventure teambuilding excursions.

Take a walking tour at Bambelela Wildlife Care Farm. During these two-hour guided wildlife walks, you’ll learn more about indigenous vervet monkeys.

Watch crocodiles feeding at the Thaba Kwena Crocodile Farm.

Savour an unforgettable nature experience at the De Wildt Shingwedzi Cheetah & Wildlife Breeding Project. The centre offers two-hour tours where visitors get the opportunity to see and learn more about cheetah, wild dogs, caracal, serval, African wildcat and vultures.

Have a thrilling hands-on interaction with elephants. The Adventures with Elephants educational facility is located on a beautiful 300-hectare wildlife reserve 35 kilometres from Bela Bela off the R516. The Hensman family runs the facility, having trained more than 60 elephants since 1988. Learn more about these gentle giants from their friendly experienced handlers as you greet, touch and feed them. You can also go on a Starlight elephant-back safari or even swim with these delightful creatures that enjoy interacting with humans.

Take a walk on the wildlife side at the Dinokeng Game Reserve, which boasts abundant bird- and wildlife including zebra, giraffe, white rhino, warthog, black-backed jackal and the elusive African rock python. You can also see numerous buck species, including kudu, blue wildebeest, eland, waterbuck, impala, blesbuck, duiker, nyala and mountain reedbuck.

View beautiful exotic birds, one of South Africa’s largest private primate collections as well as white lions, tigers and cheetahs at Mystic Monkeys and Feathers Wildlife Park near Rust de Winter.

Visit the historical summit of Buyskop, situated approximately four kilometres north of Bela Bela. During the Republican days, the site provided fresh horses to travellers and acted as a halfway house for the mail coach that drove between Pretoria and Polokwane (formerly Pietersburg).


Offering charming old-world elegance, cheerful staff and a refreshingly uncommercialised atmosphere, this beautiful 24-year old hotel also boasts a romantic wedding chapel, several conference areas, swimming pool and tennis courts.

With a TripAdvisor Award of Excellence in 2013 and 2014 (for consistently high ratings from its travellers) as well as Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Award in 2014 Shangri-La Country Hotel has recently undergone extensive refurbishments to its main building. These include an Nguni-inspired promenade, outdoor wooden deck, cellar, airy 100-seater Bellows restaurant, 40 seater sun deck (ideal for summer breakfasts and sundowners), Baroque-themed Heritage restaurant and the cosy Barrys bar.

On the promenade, guests can find a cosy corner to read a magazine or enjoy freshly brewed filter coffee on the wooden deck under its leafy canopy. Exquisite antiques, chandeliers and oversized paintings adorn the lavish Baroque-themed Heritage Restaurant and lounge areas.

Spa at Shangri-la Country Hotel & Spa:
The renowned Waberberg Country Hotel, Shangri-La, has crossed the threshold into the international hospitality arena. In response to the high demand from its loyal patronage of the past 24 years, the romantic Country Hotel in the heart of the bushveld opened its very own Spa! The long awaited move elevates Shangri-La to new heights of decadence and service in an atmosphere of pure relaxation and sensual enjoyment.

Located at Shangri-Las iconic sparkling pool, the new Spa forms part of the relaxation area. We are creating a whole new space for our guests to enjoy the comforts of our well known destination, says owner Johan Jansen van Vuuren, who has recently also opened a similar concept at the 5-star Abalone House & Spa in Paternoster. We have long been wanting to offer this service to our guests, and have the past 2 years been able to provide a mobile spa service with a local entrepreneur, however, the feedback has been extremely positive and the demand for a permanent offering high. It was logical to take the next step.

Elegant simplicity is what guests can expect from the Spa, which opened its doors on 1 July 2014 at Shangri-La.

The Spa offers two calm treatment rooms one customized for couples. The services that guests can expect range from a variety of massages and skin and body care treatments. An enticing menu of face and body treatments is available to guests, and the beautifully soothing surroundings will ensure a deeply enjoyable experience.

Holistic Learning
Internationally acclaimed holistic edutrainer and owner of Aaha Learning Dr Bruce Copley, has been offering his unique learning shops at Shangri-La since 1991.

What makes Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa special?
When you need to unwind in the restorative surroundings of unspoilt nature with a loved one, friends or family members, Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa offers a delightfully tranquil Bushveld setting with easy access to Pretoria and Johannesburg.
Variety of country accommodation to suit different needs.
Ideal getaway to laugh, relax and socialise while you savour sumptuous meals, catch up on some reading, go for an early morning stroll or enjoy a game of tennis.
Facilities for conference and bush weddings, including a quaint brick-faced chapel.

Other facilities at Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa include:
24-Hour Front Desk
Complimentary Wi-Fi
Business Services
Concierge Service
Pleasing array of dining venues
Relaxing swimming pool with terrace loungers and umbrellas
Volleyball court with balls
Unique Labyrinth in honour of Dr Bruce Copley
Stargazing in the Amphitheatre
Tennis courts with rackets and balls
Indoor sporting facilities including snooker table, darts and table tennis
Plenty of open space for outdoor team building activities i.e. soccer, basketball etc.
Many guests that visit Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa claim their own piece of paradise by languishing around the pool, enjoying the well kept gardens, walking in the surrounding bush or simply watching the resident wild monkeys frolicking in the trees. For the more active, a variety of activities is available on site, including tennis, volleyball, jogging trails and bird watching.

Monkey business
Meercats, monkeys and baboons are an integral part of the unique African bush at Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa. As wild primates instinctively fear humans, we do not feed, tease or engage with the animals that call this place home. As a precautionary measure, we request hotel guests to do the same by keeping a respectful distance from them. They are unlikely to get up to any monkey mischief if guests simply remain alert, supervise children when animals are nearby and keep their hotel windows and doors locked when leaving the rooms.

Rooms and Units Available:

Basic Room

The entry level Basic Rooms have a double bed with crisp white Percale linen. The rooms also feature a bathroom with shower, TV with select DSTV channels, air-conditioning and coffee making facilities.

Amount of similar units: 10
Sleeps 2 Adults

Executive Family Room

Consists of 2 private bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom with shower, white Percale linen, air-con, TV with select DSTV channels and coffee making facilities.  The Balcony option offers a combination of a king sized bed that can convert into 2 single beds, and a double bed in the second bedroom.  The Patio option has a king bed in the main bedroom and 2 twins in the second bedroom. The interleading rooms have their own entrance.  The main room has a private balcony or patio.

Amount of similar units: 3
Sleeps 2 Adults and 2 children

Executive Room / Rondavel

Stylish country king / twin bedroom situated between our lush vegetation made up with Percale white linen. Room has a bath or shower with 10 DSTV channels, coffee station and aircon. Two of the rooms are thatched rondavels. 

Amount of similar units: 8
Sleeps 2 Adults

Standard Family Room
Elegant and spacious family unit with twin/double bed in main room and single bed in inter-leading room with bath only and made with Percale white linen. Standard 10 DSTV channels, coffee station and aircon.
Amount of similar units: 2
Sleeps 2 Adults and 1 child

Standard Room / Rondavel

These hotel rooms or thatched rondavels have double beds with crisp white Percale linen. The rooms also feature a bathroom with bath or shower, TV with select DSTV channels, air-conditioning and coffee making facilities. Twin bed options are subject to availability. Six of the roomtypes are thatched rondavels.

Amount of similar units: 20
Sleeps 2 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Honeymoon Couples
Laundry Service
Ironing Service
Conference facilities
Wedding facilities
Team Building
Bar on the Premises
Fireplace on the Premises
Parking (off-street - open)
Tswana / Sotho
Mini Golf
Swimming Pool
Tennis Court
No Pets Allowed
Rock Climbing
Mountain Biking
Horse Trail
Historic Sites
Arts and Craft

Cancellation Policy:

Please note that any no-shows will be charged for the duration of the reservation. Cancellations will be subject to the following forfeiture policy:
- More than 21 days before arrival 10% of booking value with a minimum of R50.00
- From 14 up to 21 days before arrival - 25% of booking value
- From 7 up to 14 days before arrival - 50% of booking value
- Less than 7 days before arrival - 100% of booking value


From Pretoria

1. Follow the N1 towards Polokwane (Pietersburg)
2. Take the Modimolle (Nylstroom) off ramp at the Kranskop Tollgate, turn left at the T-junction and follow the road towards Modimolle (Nylstroom)
3. Turn left at Eersbewoond and continue for approximately 3km until you find the Shangri-La Country Hotel turn on your right
4. Continue on dirt road for 3 km until you reach Shangri-La Country Hotel.

From Polokwane (Pietersburg)

1. Follow the N1 south towards Pretoria, pass Mokopane (Potgietersrus), Mookgophong (Naboomspruit) and take the Modimolle (Nylstroom) off ramp
2. Continue on this road until you reach the first 4 way traffic light intersection
3. Turn left into Nelson Mandela Drive and continue until you have left the CBD
4. Travel on for approximately 8km until you find the Eersbewoond Road on your right. Turn right at Eersbewoond and continue for approximately 3km, until you find Shangri-La Country Hotel turnoff on your right
5. Continue on dirt road for 3 km until you reach Shangri-La Country Hotel.

Map Place holder
Click to display the map
Bookings / Enquiries
Please enter the dates of your stay above to check Rates and Availability
  • Guests Rating: (2)
  • Accommodation Type: Hotel
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM