We stayed at Shibula for 2 nights during our honeymoon. The staff and management is very friendly and provide good service - no complaints here. The game viewing is also great. The only downpoint is that it is not really exclusive - there are many, many other vehicles around - but then again the plus side of this is you get notified by other lodges when there is a sighting. The lodge itself was however a huge disappointment. I still can't believe this is a 5* establishment. Everything is okay. But really there is nothing special. Our room was a mix between modern, africa and just plain old decor. Further our aircon didn't work properly. There were holes in the duvet cover. The Spa is also old and the towels are a bit stained. The gym was closed for renovations when we were there - but I didn't see any renovations taking place or could see no evidence that renovations were in progress. The gym was just closed and a dustbin was turned over inside the gym - more a sign of neglect than renovations. We had quite a loud group that also stayed at the lodge and Laurie really did go out of his way to provide us with some privacy etc. Thank you! He also arranged a dinner in the cellar for us. While we really did appreciate this gesture - the cellar was another shocker. It was just an old room downstairs - with barely any wines. Honestly, I think the lodge is okay, but definitely not a 5star establishment and way too pricey for what you get. The website and pictures are seriously misleading.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shibula Lodge & Spa offers the discerning visitor a luxurious taste of wild Africa. Situated in the malaria free Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, Limpopo Province, a mere 2.5 hours' self-drive from Johannesburg. Look forward to an encounter with an lion on the hunt, a cheetah on the plains, a rhino calf with its mother or a herd of elephant during a game drive with experienced rangers.Return to the luxury of peace, experience nature in the comfort of each of Shibula's eight luxurious en-suite rooms. Equipped with telephone, air-conditioning, full bathroom, tea/coffee facilities, own patio and an outside shower. The Suite option of outside jacuzzi,private pool or inside spa bath caters for your preferential choice.Sooth the stresses of daily life with the sophisticated pampering of our Bush Spa, feast on fresh delights and experience Africa in all its untamed magnificence with our starlit boma dinners.Our superbly decorated main lodge boasts a reading corner and an elegant lounge and dining area. A sprawling deck with magnificent views leads one to the swimming pool overlooking the surrounding bush.Daily guided safaris on an open safari vehicle in the 36 000ha Reserve, afford guests the opportunity to get up-close and personal with some of Africa's untamed and most majestic creatures, as well as the magnificent plant life which abounds in this region of the country. The reserve is well stocked with lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, rhino, elephant, zebra, giraffe and many other mammals, birds and trees. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Shibula Lodge & Bush Spa Vaalwater, Waterberg, South Africa