Located in the foothills of the Southern Waterberg mountain range, Shakama Private Game Lodge is a piece of old Africa just over two hours north of Johannesburg & one & a half hours north of Pretoria. Situated in a malaria-free area, Shakama is set in a reserve of pristine natural beauty and absolute tranquility offering the best of African bush & mountain landscape views.




Christened after a rare wild plum tree that is found on the farm, Shakama comprises of three lodges on one exquisite game farm.

Guests can simultaneously be deep in the bushveld, enjoy the luxury of the facilities and have easy access to other desirable amenities – such as a world-class, 18-hole golf course at Zebula Country Club.

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 and Sable.

Shakama is ideally suited for eco-tourism offering clear views of game and an endless variety of natural habitat either from guided game viewing vehicle or walks.

Shakama is privately owned and managed by a group of well trained people who are all passionate about creating the best experiences and memories for guests and conservation of nature.


Self Catering Supplies

The closest town in which groceries can be bought is Bela-Bela (30 km away). Guests staying at Valley Lodge must provide their own supplies to preferably last for the duration of their stay. Chef service or catered options are available on enquiry.

Gate Access

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.

Nearest Fuel Station

The nearest fuel station is in Bela-Bela, guests that feel that their fuel is low, should for safety fill up in Bela-Bela.

Warm Clothing

Always bring some warm clothing for night time around the fire as it invariably gets cold after sunset.


Comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended - welcome to a piece of old Africa. Rooms are Air conditioned.

Malaria Free

Shakama falls in a malaria-free area so Guests have the peace of mind to enjoy the outdoors.

Road Warning

Visitors driving to the farm must be prepared to drive 19 – 22 km of dirt road to reach the lodges. Some areas of this road are not suitable for low-profile tyres and/or sports cars. Any visitors driving in cars should drive slowly and with caution to ensure a safe and trouble-free journey.






The perfect venue for conferences, family weekends or special events