Shakama Game Lodge first opened its doors in 2001 and continued to operate as a luxury lodge, spa and conference centre up until 2018 after which it was sold to a Dutch consortium who have since converted the farm to a sanctuary for lions. This lodge, which was formerly known as Shakama Mountain lodge (@ Shakama) is currently closed for the general public.
In 2012, the owners bought the adjacent farm and established a smaller, more intimate guest lodge which then became known as Valley Lodge (@ Shakama). Since 2013, this property has become a firm favourite amongst families, small business groups and friends in need of a break away weekend.
Shakama now offers 8 comfortable air-conditioned guest rooms (all en-suite), sleeping up to 16 people with a central lounge, bar and dining area. The lodge has been designed to accommodate groups only offering exclusive use of all facilities during their stay.
The Shakama reserve is home to a large variety of Plains game, Birds (including some rare species that breed here), Reptiles and Flora. Shakama Wildlife, a division of Shakama, also breed a number of rare species including Buffalo, Sable, Golden Wildebeest and Black Impala.
Guests can still enjoy game drives on 1200 Hectares of unspoilt nature and view up to 17 species of game in their natural habitat.
Guests on self catering reservations must bear in mind that the closest town in which food and beverages can be bought is Bela-Bela (30 km away). Guests staying at Shakama Game Lodge must provide their own supplies to preferably last for the duration of their stay. Chef service or catered options are available on enquiry and must be booked at least 2(two) weeks in advance.
As all reservations are made in advance. Gates are access controlled with a keypad and code. We will provide you with a unique code for the gate before your arrival as codes are updated regularly.
The nearest filling station is in Bela-Bela. Guests are advised to ensure that they have enough fuel to reach town on their way back home.
Always bring some warm clothing for night time around the fire as it invariably gets cold after sunset. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
Visitors driving to the farm must be prepared to drive approximately 20 km of dirt road to reach the lodge. Some areas of this road are not suitable for low-profile tyres and/or sports cars. Visitors driving in cars are advised to drive slowly and with caution to ensure a safe and trouble free journey.
Shakama falls within a malaria-free area.
Children are welcome at our lodge however, parents and guardians must however ensure that their children are supervised at all times and must accept all risks associated with any injuries that may be sustained during their visit.
Children are INCLUDED in the maximum number of PERSONS allowed per room.
We regret to advise that NO PETS ARE ALLOWED on the property.
Our staff will ensure that firewood are supplied for all designated fireplaces. Guests are however requested to use wood sparingly as these come from a limited source. Any wood used above our normal daily quota will be charged as extra at a rate of R 50.00 per bundle.
The lodge itself offers a main entertainment area comprising an open plan kitchen, bar, lounge and dining table.
The boma area at the lodge offers a unique social atmosphere next to a braai area.
High-end gas stove, fridges, ice machine and 4 flat screen television screens on which a selection of DSTV channels are available including all sports channels.
The lodge and rooms are serviced daily. Firewood, linen and towels are provided
Guests have a choice between making a reservation on a SELF CATERING or FULLY CATERED basis.
The lodge, veranda and pool deck overlook a dam where game can often be seen drinking water and roaming the valley.
The lodge offers a sparkling swimming pool, large child friendly play areas and a pool table
Game drives can be reserved in open Landcruiser with a qualified ranger
Walking can be enjoyed on several trails on the farm. All walks and game viewing are undertaken at own risk. Supervision from management is advised.
Mountain biking can be done on the farm or surrounding dirt roads (on own bikes)
Golf can be played at Elements Golf Reserve (15 kilometres from Shakama)