Shumbalala, which means ‘Where the Lion Sleeps’ in Shona, is built on stone foundations overlooking the seasonal Monwana River and a permanent waterhole that draws in a steady procession of game throughout the year. Leopards are popular visitors while elephants love stealing sips of water from the infinity pool.
As one of our 5-star lodges, Shumbalala is ideal for those guests wanting a more intimate experience either for a romantic holiday or special occasion. And with a capacity of only eight guests, a personalised and finely crafted time in the bush is assured.
Dinners at this superb lodge are five-course affairs next to the pool, in the wine cellar, on the deck, in the riverbed or on your private balcony. Our personable and extremely experienced staff, as well as the in-room spa treatments, will add an extra level of luxury to your stay.
THE HEART OF THE BUSHVELD
SHUMBALALA GAME LODGE ACCOMODATION OPTIONS
There are four elegant suites at Shumbalala – spacious and lavishly designed – one of which is the larger Presidential Suite. The suites are freestanding units and each come with their own private deck.
INSIDE THE THORNYBUSH NATURE RESERVE
Thornybush is a 14,000-hectare private nature reserve that shares a fenceless border with the famous Kruger National Park in South Africa. Big 5 encounters are the standout experiences for our guests, with visitors particularly impressed with the lion and leopard sightings. It’s the vast diversity of wildlife, however, that has seen Thornybush emerge as a leading safari destination. With our passionate and expert guide-and-tracker teams leading the way, our guests leave with a genuine understanding of our entire ecosystem and the enthralling cast of animals.
Shumbalala Game Lodge’s restaurant offers scrumptious dishes prepared by the in-house chefs. Dinners are hosted in the intimate and elegant dining room, as well as the uniquely designed cellar that offers views of the water hole.
The private suites have a bedroom and lounge, a large open-plan bathroom that interleads into the bedroom, large glass sliding doors and a private viewing deck with a view over the ever-active waterhole. Natural colours, wooden decks and thatched roofs compliment the bushveld surroundings. The open fireplaces add a romantic element to the rooms, which are especially useful in the colder winter months in the middle of the year. The bathroom suites also have large windows to ensure you never miss any of the action. The outside shower adds a sense of adventure to the suites, while the comfortable beds with lush duvets ensure supreme comfort.
The Presidential Suite is a true haven of opulence and space with, a total of 225sqm, which includes two full en-suite bedrooms, a private dining room, private lounge, fireplace, expansive wrap-around private deck with outside dining facilities, a private boma and plunge pool. Natural colours, wooden decks and thatched roofs compliment the bushveld surroundings.
BIG 5 GAME DRIVES
Get the real feel for the African bushveld by going on a morning or evening game drive. Driving in an open safari vehicle, along with a qualified guide – experience the Big 5 territory of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Please Note: No children under the age of 6 allowed on game drives.
Get your feel for Africa through a culture experience under a starlit sky, alongside a percussion band and interactive drumming circles to ensure guests have a full and joyous evening around the campfire.
HOT AIR BALLOON
Experience the only Hot Air Balloon operation in South Africa to launch from within a National Park, we offer a truly unique flying experience.
You can also enjoy holistic rejuvenating spa rituals, massages, facials and even more luxurious beauty treatments. For a more intimate experience, try out the couple’s treatment room with its own hydro bath.
WEDDINGS AT SHUMBALALA GAME LODGE
Your marriage made in heaven awaits at Shumbalala Game Lodge. Take your vows in the glow of a golden sunset as you exchange rings against a beautiful bushveld backdrop; or say “I do” in an opulent lodge ceremony, surrounded by the warmth of the people who matter.
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