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Address: Shakati Private Game Reserve, Vaalwater, Limpopo Province, South Africa
Contact : Gideon Louw
Fax : 086-6028490
Cell (1) : +27-82-4101808
Cell (2) : +27-82-5741228

Shakati Private Game Reserve is hidden away on the lush banks of the Mokolo river in the deep heart of the untamed 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.

Time spent at Shakati Game Reserve is about getting away from city life, work, traffic and stress. It is about peace and tranquility, clean fresh air and clear skies. It is about being quiet and listen to the jackal calling at night, to the paradise flycatcher singing in the morning. It is about seeing and walking with the animals, touching the fruits of the bush willow -and wonder about nature.

Shakati offers a 625 ha private game reserve with a small luxurious safari lodge. The main complex has seperate guest lounge, dining area, large braai/barbeque area, swimming pool and a beautiful, lush garden. The lodge has 3 fully equipped self-catering chalets with own braai/barbeque facility. The lodge accommodates 12 people comfortably and 18 at maximum.

Shakati 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) and Shakai is listed as a 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
  • Night safari - go with the manager on a night safari and spot the night active animals
  • Hunting camp with hunting at neighbouring areas.
  • Cell phone signal throughout the reserve.
  • Internet cafe in nearby Vaalwater town.

Accommodation at Shakati Private Game Reserve:

Three chalets:
2 bedrooms (twin plus double beds), lounge with 2 couches, kitchen with fridge/freezer etc, bathroom and outdoor romantic shower, private braai/barbeque area. Sleeps maximum 6 per chalet.

Self-catering or catering: Catering on request.

Game drives/walks: Go on game drives and game walks with the reserve manager.

Discounts: The entire complex (maximum 18 persons) can be rented at a discounted rate. Enquire for 3 to 4 day midweek specials.

Malaria-free: Waterberg and Shakati is malaria-free area

  • airport transfers
  • big game (less than 30km)
  • big game onsite
  • braai / barbecue - communal and onsite
  • braai / barbecue - onsite
  • ceiling fans
  • electronic safe
  • fishing onsite
  • fridge in unit
  • game drives onsite
  • guided nature walks
  • hunting (less than 30km)
  • kitchen (fully equipped)
  • lake onsite
  • laundry facilities onsite
  • linen & towels provided
  • lock-up safe
  • microwave in unit
  • nature trail onsite
  • outdoor pool
  • parking all onsite
  • pets allowed by prior arrangement
  • picnic basket
  • private airfield (less than 15km)
  • private entrance
  • private entrance - outside rooms
  • restaurant onsite
  • serviced
  • sun deck
  • tea / coffee making facilities
  • washing machine onsite


GPS Coordinates Main Gate S 24°8'18.86" ; E 28°2'31.54"

  •  Go from Jo-burg/Pretoria on the N1 North towards Petersburg/Polokwane. Turn off the N1 at the Nylstroom/Modimolle toll gate
  • 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 app. 60 km away -still following the R33. (In Vaalwater you can call the reserve manager Andre +27 (0) 76 866 3639 - he will then 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 saying R33-Ellisras/Lephalale (straight-on goes to Thabazimbi).
  •  Turn right following the road Ellisras/Lephalale road for app. 20 kilometers.
  • Turn left at the Shakati Game Reserve sign/dwelling into the dirt road. Continue app. 2 kilometres to the (locked) reserve gate, where the reserve manager will meet you and let you in.
Please note:
  • 20km from Vaalwater
  • Payment Methods
  • EFT / Bank Transfer EFT / Bank Transfer
  • Visa Visa
  • Languages Spoken At Establishment
  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • Bed Configuration
  • Flycatcher chalet (Sleeps 6) x 1
    • Room 1 - twin
    • Room 2 - double
    • Room 3 - double sleeper couch
  • Kingfisher chalet (Sleeps 6) x 1
    • Room 1 - twin
    • Room 2 - double
    • Room 3 - double sleeper couch
  • Nightjar chalet (Sleeps 6) x 1
    • Room 1 - twin
    • Room 2 - double
    • Room 3 - double sleeper couch
  • Special Categories
  • Conference Venue Accommodationdetails
    Accommodates how many people?
    Capacity : 6

    The following apply
    Exclusive / preferred service providers on call
    Restroom accessible
    Kitchen accessible
    Audio – visual equipment (request details)
    Food / beverage facilities for catering purposes
    Crockery and cutlery available for hire
    Catering done in-house
    Designated parking area
    Sufficient parking space
    Fully staffed (cleaning, servers etc.)
    Internet connection
    Wireless internet connection
    Air conditioning
    Good lighting that can be operated independently
    Liquor license
    Bar on-site
    A purpose-built and dedicated back entrance available for equipment loading and offloading
    Wheelchair friendly
    A specified area for coaches and buses to stop to allow delegates and guests to embark and disembark safely
    Dedicated storage space that can safely store event materials and equipment overnight
    Individual lockable storage available for storage of more valuable items
  • Fresh-Water Fishing Accommodationdetails
    The following apply
    Fishing equipment for hire
    Can bring own fishing equipment
    Boat available for use
    Boat available for hire
    Can bring own boat (no petrol motors)
    Catch and release
    Catch and keep
    Limited number of fish per day allowed
    Fly fishing
  • Guest Farm Accommodationdetails
    Is your establishment on a working farm?
  • Hunting Safari Accommodationdetails
    You provide hunting safaris at your establishment?
  • Interesting Place Accommodationdetails
    Why is your establishment interesting?
    Detail description : Shakati is a private game and safari reserve with own lodge complex, that accomodates only 12-16 persons. 3 guest chalets with 4-6 person in each. Self-catering or in-house catering by own Chef. Shakati is located in the heart of the protected Unesco Waterberg Biosphere Reserve just 3 hours drive north of Johannesburg. Beautiful river frontage with great fishing possibilities.

  • Quad/4x4/Bike Trails Accommodationdetails
    The following apply
    Bring your own bicycle
    Bicycles to hire
    Bicycle set trails
    Bicycle - free to explore
    Bring your own quad bike
    Quad bikes to hire
    Quad bike set trails
    Quad bikes – free to explore
    Bring your own off-road motorcycle
    Off-road motorcycles to hire
    Off-road motorcycle set trails
    Off-road motorcycle – free to explore
    4x4 vehicle set trails
    4x4 vehicle – free to explore
  • Sleeps 10 or More Accommodationdetails
    Your establishment has capacity to cater for groups of 10 or more.
  • Wedding Venue Accommodationdetails
    Capacity Information
    Overnight accommodation for how many people? : 18
    Max people allowed at the venue? : 18

    The following apply
    Reception area
    Area for wedding ceremony
    Undercover area for signing the register
    Fully catered
    Couple must provide own catering
    In house events coordinator (compulsory)
    In house events coordinator (not compulsory)
    Liquor license
    Fully stocked bar
    Cutlery and crockery rental
    Cleaning / serving staff
    Bridal suite
    Honeymoon suite
  • Wheelchair Friendly Accommodationdetails
    For every 25 parking bays, at least one should be 3500mm wide
    Number of bays : 4

    The following apply
    Ramps provided in close proximity to stairs
    Textured surfaces, such as roughened finishes, on all ramps, stairways and main circulation paths
    Route surface firm and even – surface should be hard with no gravel or cobble type finishes
    Clear unobstructed routes provided throughout the facility
    All areas well and evenly lit
    Door handles in the area located at a height of between 120cm – 80cm
    Signage displaying the international symbol of accessibility at the accessible pickup/drop-off point
    Fixed slip-resistant floor surface. Wooden floors, tiles or close pile carpet no higher than 13mm
    Re-positioning of furniture, and other obstructions in the room to meet guest requirements
    At registration any guest with a functional limitation [or any guest requesting such facility] is highlighted in the system, so that in the event of an emergency, special procedures can be taken to locate and evacuate these guests
    Floors should be level. If a difference in level is unavoidable this should not exceed a 1.3cm difference
    Floor surfaces at wheelchair areas should be level, stable, firm and slip-resistant. Carpet or carpet tile used on the floors must be securely attached, and be of a low pile type (1.3cm thick or less) with a firm pad
    Hand rails in the bathrooms
    Stable seating area in the bath / shower
    Minimum unobstructed space infront of doors
    A minimum of 90cm x 120cm
    Size of all door openings, when measured in the 90-degree open position
    Minimum of 76cm wide
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