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Shikwaru Lodge
Pretoria, South Africa
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2 reviews
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

Thanking the staff again for an amazing time......facilities and hospitality always amazing

Have returned for the 6th time and will again. every time it seems to be a greater and more pleasant experience.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Johannesburg
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

We stayed at Shikwaru Lodge in their luxury tented camp for a few days before Christmas to get some rest and relaxation!

We saw all the wildlife that's on the reserve with exception of buffalo and leopard. So got to see Wildebeest, zebra, red heart, sable, kudu, jackal and my personal favorite the giraffe! We saw something every time we went to base camp!

We chose the full catering option and the lodges chef Conrad who is from Zimbabwe is AWESOME! His food is exceptional and if given a chance I would have packed him in my bag and taken him home!

We did a bush walk with Zulu which was fantastic and also tried our hand at archery and discovered I am pretty good!

We had an awesome time and would go back again.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed December 30, 2013

The tents have inner and outer flaps on all the windows. the outers had no means to keep them open. NOT acceptable. Shower head was missing and the shower had not been cleaned in a long time.
A 4 sleeper with seating for 3 ??? And all units were the same. Meant that somebody had to sit on the floor.
I am recovering from major surgery, but when we got to Watoto, we had to carry everything to our unit ourselves. You should have staff to do that. The lady assigned to our tent helped by carrying one supermarket packet and then disappeared.
Crockery and cutlery was insufficient for 4 people. And NO braai utensils.
The lay-out is not ideal. People like the bush mostly because they want to get away from other people. The only access to the units is to walk right past (almost THROUGH) all units en route. This is NOT conducive to enjoying the peace and SOLITUDE of the bush.
It's small things like this that spoil what would otherwise have been a very nice stay.
If these points of contention are not addressed, we will not be back, nor will we recommend Shikwaru to anybody.
The couple 2 units up from us expressed the same disappointments.
Our neighbours, a couple with a child didn't like the fact that everybody kept walking past them while they were sitting outside the front of their unit, made worse by the fact that their braai facility was almost in the walkway that everybody was using.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Johannesburg
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed December 26, 2013

The lodge is nicely located and provided the possibility of game view. Rooms are proper and clean, staff is extremely friendly and helpful.

Advise:
1) The restaurant does not serve alcohol (for whatever reason), so bring your own beer, wine etc (they do not contest that).
2) You need a gate code to enter the site from the street (make sure you have this available from the reservation (we struggled a bit to find it at dark)

All in all highly recommended

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed December 23, 2013

We have now now been to Watoto twice, we are thinking of making it a biannual trip.

The best thing to do is to book the whole camp for you and your travelling mates. You get get complete privacy, enjoy nature and camp in luxury.

The staff are friendly and go the extra mile for guests. Great retreat.

Wonderful.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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ROSEMOUNT
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

Our stay at Shikwaru was amazing! The accommodations are fantastic - the staff seems to anticipate your every need. The location is absolutely beautiful! We enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere and the safaris. We cannot wait to go back!

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

2nd time to Shikwaru, planning the 3rd already. Wonderful experience. Whether you're planning a get away, safari, hunt, golfing adventure.... This is the place. If you need something, just ask. The staff goes above and beyond the call to make your stay better than home. You will not be disappointed

  • Stayed October 2013
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Property: Shikwaru Lodge
Address: Farm Geluk 285 | Sterkrivier, Limpopo Province, Mokopane 0630, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Mokopane
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Mokopane
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shikwaru is situated in the Waterberg mountain range biosphere in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The lodge is a mere 2 hours drive from Johannesburg and is located 28 km southeast of Mokopane (Potgietersrus). It is home to more than 20 species of exceptional African mammals coupled with countless bird and reptile species. Shikwaru is full of activities from bush walks and game drives, to swimming pools and putt-putt. Our family friendly atmosphere will be perfect to you and your loved ones of any age. ... more   less 
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