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Shibula Lodge & Bush Spa

4.5 of 5 Site 26 Welgevonden Game Reserve, Vaalwater 530, South Africa
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Johannesburg, South Africa
20 reviews 20 reviews
11 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The rooms are large & beautiful. The staff are very friendly & helpful. The food is good. The best thing for me was the peace & quiet and restful atmosphere. The gamerangers are very good. We saw allot of animals. I highly recommend booking a massage! Thank you for a lovely weekend.

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Budapest, Hungary
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

What a stunning setting, an amazing place and fantastic staff, Laurie, Larry, Frans, Ezekiel, Ronda, Isaac, Francine and Eva that make you very welcome! Our Ranger, Laurie, was brilliant and enabled us to see practically everything we wanted to see! We saw everything from the King of the Jungle to Weaverbirds! Highly recommended!!!!

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Shibula L, General Manager at Shibula Lodge & Bush Spa, responded to this review

Dear Matt Thank you for your fantastic Review. Our staff at Shibula Lodge and Bush spa pride themselves in making each and every guests experience uniquely memorable and one of a kind. The Reserve offers an abundant variety of wildlife and you are sure to see a some of the Big 5 if not all in one day. We hope... More 

11 reviews 11 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Saw big 5 out of six if you include the cheetah. Missed a buffalo. Great game drives and no overcrowding at game sites... All lodges cooperate with each other. Best boma and meal I have ever had. Relaxing, chilled, hidden and tranquil. Don't have time for a long game drive, this lodge offer time to unwind and relax. Will certainly... More 

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Shibula L, General Manager at Shibula Lodge & Bush Spa, responded to this review

Dear Gary We are very pleased to hear that you have enjoyed your stay with us and hope to have you visit us again soon. Warm Regards More 

Bellevue, Washington
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Wonderful lodge! Great service! The chefs prepared beautiful meals for our group. Spa was a really nice to have after some long hours in the bumpy jeeps. But, I would say the highlight of our trip was witnessing the circle of life right before our eyes. Large male lion stalking and taking down a zebra...pretty emotional for the group. Would... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

High level of service, friendly staff and game rangers. Good personal touches, and impressive presence of management. Amazing game drives, beautiful scenery, tranquil besides the noise of barking baboons. Very nice, fresh, home cooked food. Rooms are amazing. Very comfortable, well decorated, warm, and modern - a rare combination.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

We always go to Shibula for a a relaxing and exciting break. The staff and management are always welcoming and attentive. They listen to what you have to say, and endeavour to put things right. Sitting in a warm outside Jacuzzi, with a glass of champagne, no sounds other than the bush, what could be better! Our ranger Larrie was... More 

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San Francisco, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We got in last minute for a 3 day safari and had the best time with perfect weather. The staff put together an outdoor braai for our first nights dinner and even baked me a cake for my birthday. We saw lots of animals, but a few of the big cats were missing after a big storm that hit the... More 

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Braintree, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

This stay was for myself, United Kingdom and South African Swallow and my long-standing South African friend, Mary-Monica who lives in Jo'burg. She recommended the beauty of this area; my job was to search for accommodation; Shibula Lodge sounded to "Fit the Bill". Our stay was in every way amazing; the Staff, especially Greg and Tour Guide Cara were outstanding... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013 via mobile

Shibula is a 3-star lodge, striving for a fourth star. The problem is that the lodge claims to be a 5-star place and prices itself accordingly. They are therefore bound to underperform at all levels. Some of the disappointments: - Cigarettes in the shower, shattered glass on the patio, and half-used bags of coffee by the kettle. - Water-temperature in... More 

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Shibula L, Manager at Shibula Lodge & Bush Spa, responded to this review

Dear TripAdvisor Listing Owner, Thank you for taking the time to write a management response on TripAdvisor. Unfortunately, we cannot publish your response because it does not meet the following guideline(s): *Respectful of Personal Privacy No speculation as to the identity of the reviewer. Personal information of any person, including names, addresses, phone numbers or other information that may be... More 

The Hague, The Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Shibula is a beautiful lodge 3 hours drive from Johannesburg in welgevonden game reserve. It has a small pool with a beautiful view over the rocks. Nice game drives (we spotted big 5)!! and great food, friendly staff, beautiful rooms.

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Address: Site 26 Welgevonden Game Reserve, Vaalwater 530, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Waterberg > Vaalwater
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Shibula Lodge & Bush Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 8
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