Ariel view of the main Shikwari area with pool View of Main lodge Veranda Shikwari Lodge entrance. Warthog Bar - fully licienced Shikwari Deck Boma Set for Breakfast at Shikwari Suites Veranda set for dinner in the evening. English Breakfast Shikwari's Continental Breakfast Warthog Bar at Shikwari Main Shikwari Lounge and Diningroom Shikwari Suites Pool area Patios at entrance to suites Suite bathrooms Game Vehicle and view of mountains Wild Fig family bathroom Wild Fig family bathroom Baobab Suite Baobab Suite Baobab Suite Jackelberry Suite Leadwood Suite Leadwood Suite Shikwari Outdoor Showers Marula Suite Entrance to Wildfig Wildfig Suite Wildfig Suite[ Child room Wildfig Suite Ariel View of Pangolin Rondavels View of Pangolin Rondavels & Pool View of Pangolin communal Kitchen and entrance to lounge  Pangolin communal Kitchen Pangolin Rondavels Communal Lounge. Communal Lounge at Pangolin Pangolin Communal Boma Woodpecker Rondavel Hornbill Rondavel - Exterior Hornbill Rondavel Hornbill Rondavel - Bush Bathroom Hornbill Rondavel Drongo Rondavel - Exterior Drongo Rondavel - Inxterior Shrike Rondavels Shrike Rondavel Pangolin Communal Bathroom Bush Camp Shared Outdoor Shower Pool at Pangonlin Rondavels camp
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  • TGCSA Grading: TGCSA 4 Star
  • Accommodation Type: Guesthouse and Game Lodge
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Shikwari Game Reserve - Owner-managed by the Lawrie family and offering two camps on a plains game reserve situated in the North Eastern Limpopo below the escarpment with majestic views of the Northern Drakensburg Mountains. The reserve offer view of plain game with walks or drives.

Shikwari with cathedral-like thatch roof; offers a fully licensed bar, lounge and dining room which is also open to our Pangolin self- catering guests for meals. These should be booked with accommodation or 24 hours ahead. Also to use the free Wi-Fi during the day.

Guided Game drives and walks with a FGASA guide are available here at the lodge and for Big 5 Safaris to a nearby private reserve and to Kruger National Park. Our reserve is close to Kruger Park, Nyani Cultural Village, The Blyde River Dam Boat Trip, The Panorama and Blyde Canyon, Jessica Hippo plus many other sightseeing attractions.

Accommodation at Shikwari Game Reserve:
Camp 1
Shikwari Suites 4 star graded
Five affordable luxury thatched suites; one a family suite, tucked away in the bush are decorated with colonial style furniture and luxurious textiles. Relax in the lounge or on the open veranda taking in the view and cool off in the tranquil plunge pool. Caring staff offer friendly relaxed service in amazing bush surroundings. The 3 course Dinner plus Buffet Continental and Plated English Breakfast included in the rate is served. Al fresco, weather permitting, either on our deck boma or on the large veranda at the front of the lodge or in the dining room if the weather is inclement.

The suites offer a choice of King or Twin beds both made up with fine percale linen. Each suite that accommodates 2 adults and 2 children age 10 to 12 yrs and has a private bathroom with outdoor shower and sitting area plus a small patio. The Wild Fig Family Suite with separate room for children 10 to 12 yrs on bunk beds.

Camp 2
Pangolin Rondavels
This is a comfortable rustic camp with meal option offering 4 rondavels accommodating 8 adults. Two rondavel shared a communal bath communal bathroom and outdoors shower and the other two have newly built Bush Bathrooms consisting of outdoor shower and covered toilet and basin. (semi open air). These are heated by Solar.

All the other amenities are shared such at the fully equipped kitchen and lounge with premium DSTV. In the garden there is a pool and a boma for braais shared between the four rondavels. Each rondavel has a choice of a king or twin beds, a wardrobe, dressing table, chairs and a small fridge with freezer. Tea and Coffee Tray.

This rustic camp can be booked either individually or as a whole for a family get together or a group of friends giving complete exclusivity. Children from 2 yrs are welcome at this camp and up to the age of 12 yrs old; 2 children can be accommodated in each rondavel are at a child rate when sharing with parents and a placed on our Snooza Beds. Teens from the age or 13 years are charged the adult sharing rate and accommodated in own room or with another adult or child in both camps.

Shikwari Suites
Dinner and Breakfast are included in the rates. The suites offer:
- Choice of King or Twin beds with the exception of the family suite which has a Queen bed in the main room and bunk beds in a separate room.
- Egyptian Cotton Percale linen
- Air conditioning
- Ceiling fans
- Hospitality Trays with Fair Trade coffee which is locally roasted and ground, a choice of quality teas and homemade cookies.
- Mini fridge stocked on request (order will be place on account)
- Private Bathrooms - Large oval baths and Outdoor showers
- Bathrobes and slippers
- Fluffy white towels and face clothes.
- Locally sourced natural toiletries - Liquid Soap/Shampoo; Hand & Body lotion is supplied.
- Magazines
- Hairdryer on request (deposit will be placed on account)
- Small seating area on veranda.
- Turn down Service with Shikwaris homemade nougat
- Feather and Re-puffable Pillows,
- Light, airy down Duvets or Synthetic for allergies
- Turn downs with Shikwaris homemade Nougat

Pangolin Rondavels
This camp is totally separate from the luxury 4 star graded Shikwari Suites. Next year hoping for grading 3 stars; after we have added all the Bush Bathrooms. Two are already done. Although not graded they are well received by all guest. Beds are all made up with Cotton Percale sheets, the decor is rusti and furniture is antique wooden cottage design. This camp has meal optons - Self cater, B&B, Dinner & Breakfast.

- There are 4 Rondavels accommodating two adults and 2 children in each.
- With bed, wardrobe, seating, luggage rack. Hospitality Tray and small Fridge/Freezer.
- Guests have a choice of either king-size or twin beds.
- Children under 12 yrs and under are accommodated with parents on fold out beds.
- Please advise on booking. 2 children per rondavel max.
- The camp has a communal lounge with Premium Satellite DStv,
- A large communal family bathroom with bath, toilet and basin services 2 rondavels
- Woodpecker & Hornbill Rondavels haveBush Bathrooms with outdoor shower plus a toilet and basin.Semi Open air.
- There is a fully equipped kitchen on an open patio with extra fridge/freezer, 2 ovens & Electric and Gas hobs, microwave, toaster & kettle also all serving dishes, crockery,cutlery glassware cutlery & placemats. For a Group one can also use the larger Fridge/Freezer in the lounge.
- In the garden there is a pool
- Towels for the pool are not supplied and guests are requested to supply their own
- Large communal Boma for braais. Wood and Charcoal is available from the filling station down the road
- The camp is serviced daily and the previous nights dishes washed next morning.
- Towels are supplied for the bathroom but not for the pool.
- Bed linen supplied is crisp fine cotton percale for a comfortable good nights sleep.
- WiFi is available between 10am and 5pm in the main lounge at Shikwari Suites

Should you not feel like cooking or are unable to?
Book a 3 course Dinner and/or English & Continental breakfast at our 4 star luxury lodge. Children under 10 years are not allowed in the main lodge for dinner. Please inquire about the delivered family meal 24 hours notice is needed for both the 3 course dinner in the dining room or the family meal at Pangolin or book with your accommodation. Booking is essential as we do not run a formal a la carte restaurant.

Please note: If you are booking this camp it is best to bring supplies for at least the first night as Hoedspruit is 35 kilometres away and there are no supermarkets or restaurants nearby, beside our dining room at Shikwari.
Clothing and Accessories:
We are in a very warm and temperate area. Most locals never use winter clothing and only use a jacket or cardigan for cooler days. We are not in a high risk malaria area.

We suggest you bring light weight clothing some in muted colours for game drives, and sandals for most of the year plus swimming costume and for Pangolin please bring your beach towel as they are not supplied for self catering.

A tracksuit, cardigan and/or light weight jacket and closed shoes would be useful in winter (mid May to end August) for the cooler evenings and game drives and walks.

No formal clothing is required unless stated.
Health and Climate:
We are in a low risk Malaria area but if you are intending to visit the Northern part of Kruger National Park and the Northern areas and further into Africa especially in the summer months we suggest you speak to your doctor for the right medication.

In winter one only needs use use Tabard Cream and spray from the early evening; just to be safe. The lodge is not in very wet area so mosquitoes are not so prevalent.

Temperatures:
Summer: Days: 30 - 40deg C Nights: 15 - 20 deg C
Winter: Days: 22 - 28 deg C Nights:10 - 13 deg C
Activities:
Within the area:
Kruger National Park
The Blyde River Canyon
Hippo Hike in the Blyde Canyon - enquire at reception
Swadini Dam & 2hr Boat trip
Panorama Route
Three Rondavels, Bourke`s Luck Potholes
God`s Window and various waterfalls
Pilgrims Rest
24 Deg South - Spa, 2 restaurants, vintage car museum, and some interesting shops and gallery.
Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre for Animals
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center & Cheetah Research
Nyoni Reptile Park
Jessica Hippo - Hand Feeding Jessica - she was rescued as a baby but is free to come and go
Mariepskop Drive
Magoebaskloof Adventures - Quads, canopy tour, River rafting
Cancellation Policy:
- 30 days or more prior to date of arrival, full refund.
- 29 to 15 days prior to date of arrival, 50% of Full amount.
- 14 to 00 days prior to date of arrival, 100% of Full amount will be taken.
- Over Festive Season and Easter full payment will apply from 60 days.
Facilities & Services available:
Honeymoon Couples
Airport Shuttle Service
Laundry Service
Ironing Service
Limited Room Service
Special Meals on Request
Wedding facilities
Team Building
Bar on the Premises
Dining room
Garden
Library
Internet Access
Tourism Information Desk
Wi-Fi
Afrikaans
English
Communal Television
Communal Satellite TV
Hiking / Walking Trails
Swimming Pool

Shikwari Game Reserve is a Guesthouse and Game Lodge in Hoedspruit Limpopo South Africa
Directions:

There is an airport (Eastgate International Airport) 40kms from us near Hoedspruit, SA Airlink flies from most major centres of Durban via Johannesburg, and Cape Town & Johannesburg direct.

NB: DO NOT attempt to use your GPS - Your journey will be much longer! If you follow these directions you will arrive in the time mentioned (without stops). Please request for other areas from our Reservations.

Travelling by car from Johannesburg is 5hrs - at legal driving speeds. This is 120 kilometers unless otherwise stated. Best done during the daytime to see the amazing scenery and visibility of the road which is quite dark. Take the N1 to Pretoria and then the off ramp to Witbank which is the N4.

From OR Tambo International Airport (or Pretoria):
Take the R21 to the Ni for Pretoria then to N4 to Witbank and continue on this highway past Middleburg and get off at the Belfast off-ramp.

Go through Belfast and continue to Dullstroom, (on R36), Lydenburg (Mashisheng) and Ohrigstad.

Continue over the Abel Erasmus Pass & through the J G Strydom Tunnel.

From there Shikwari Bush Lodge is approximately 8kms on the right-hand side. Black entrance wall & large tree.
Our gate is locked for security you will need to press the gate intercom for reception to gain access.

From Eastgate Airport and Hoedspruit:
From the airport gate turn right and continue to the T-Junction. At this Junction turn right continue for approximately 7kms you will come to a 4-way stop in Hoedspruit, at this stop turn left, continue through Hoedspruit and keep on this road for approximately 36kms when you pass the road to Tzaneen on your right, with a service station on the corner, continue towards the go past this and continue for +/- 3kms.

The lodge gates are on your left .On arrival press the reception button at the gate, we will answer and then open the gate follow the road to your respective accommodation.

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Latest Reviews
On our arrival we were welcome by the owner Sue Lawrie, who showed us the whole camp. We were at the Pangolin bush camp with cool rooms, the staff is very helpfull, the outside open kitchen was great and fully equiped, the outside shower was a great experience. We went for game drive within the lodge though we have spoted a few wild animals a Waterbuck, Eland and Wildebees. At night we listen to the sound of the wild animals, especialy the Jackal will come visit at night. Shikwari lodge is a place to be hope to come back in future.
Irene Mazibuko Dec 2010