The only lodge set inside the 30,000 acre Shambala Private Game Reserve, Zulu Camp is located in the centre of this malaria-free Big Five game park, only two and a half hours from Johannesburg. In Tibetan Shambala means 'Paradise on Earth' and that's just what guests get a taste of at this exclusive retreat in the pristine bushveld.
Zulu Camp boasts eight luxurious beehive-shaped chalets dotted in the unspoilt bush between flowing streams. Wake to the cries of the fish eagle, heralding days of utter relaxation and excitement in this game-rich wilderness. Each day is a personalised wildlife experience of a lifetime, taking guests on exhilarating game viewing drives, bush walks and elephant back safaris in the wild savannahs and hills of the picturesque Waterberg Mountains. Shambala Game Reserve hosts abundant wildlife, with sightings including the Big Five (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard), cheetah and spotted hyena. The superb game viewing also yields encounters with zebra, giraffe and antelopes such as tssessebe, nyala, eland and rare sable, as well as lurking crocodiles and hippos in dam and river.
At day's end leisurely boat cruises on the Douw Steyn Dam are the perfect way to watch beautiful sunsets while having sundowners. As dusk falls the campfire and lanterns light up to create a romantic atmosphere, ideal for leisurely dinners with fine wines, before sipping on a night cap and falling asleep under starry skies to the night calls of African wildlife roaming nearby.
In between superb game viewing adventures guests are pampered in the blissful spa and served lavish dishes created to delight the specific tastes of individual diners, ranging from six-course feasts to hearty South African barbecues under the stars. Spectacular mountain and bush views can be enjoyed from the private decks of the chalets and the opulent main lodge areas or deck overlooking river, rock pool and the untamed surroundings. Sit back at the exquisite Zulu Camp and watch an array of birds and wild animals along the river and in the bushveld surrounding this haven. Retreat to the plush African-French inspired comfort of your private chalet, for a refreshing outdoor shower or sumptuous soak in an oversized bathtub.