All-Inclusive Big5 Shambala World’s Leading Private Game Reserve Award Announced

February 25, 2021 10:15 PM EST

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All-Inclusive and uncrowded Shambala Private Game Reserve has won the World Travel Awards 2020 “Worlds Leading Private Game Reserve” award. This Big5 game reserve, based in the magnificent Waterberg region of South Africa, is offering SA Residents all-inclusive deals.

Shambala Private Game Reserve, based in the magnificent Waterberg region of South Africa, won the World Travel Awards 2020 “Worlds Leading Private Game Reserve” award, making it the eighth year in a row that Shambala has won this prestigious award.

For more information about Shambala please visit: https://shambalaprivategamereserve.co.za/

The results follow a year-long search for the world’s top travel, tourism and hospitality brands. Votes were cast by travel industry professionals and the public, with the nominee gaining the most votes in a category named as the winner.

Graham Cooke, Founder, World Travel Awards, says: “Our World winners represent the best in global travel and tourism and my congratulations to each of them. They have all demonstrated remarkable resilience in a year of unprecedented challenges.”

Shambala offers the experience of a lifetime to visitors of this very unique game reserve in the Waterberg region of South Africa. The name ‘Shambala’ comes from the Tibetan word, meaning ‘Paradise on Earth’.

In a country that offers hundreds of luxury game lodges across all of the country’s provinces, Shambala combines numerous unique and remarkable experiences that has earned it the award of World’s Leading Private Game Reserve for an astonishing eight years in a row, starting back in 2013.

Shambala Private Game Reserve covers almost 10 000 hectares under the watchful guardianship of the stunningly beautiful, malaria-free Waterberg mountains. It is more easily accessible than most other reserves in Southern Africa, via a relatively short drive from Gauteng, a quick charter flight to nearby Vaalwater, or a short helicopter jump to the helipad located conveniently close to the lodges in Shambala.

One of the most prized advantages Shambala offers discerning guests is the surprising and unusual lack of other vehicles to interfere with game drive sightings. Very rarely are there more than one or two vehicles on game drives in the entire reserve, allowing for lengthy and peaceful encounters with the rich diversity of wildlife resident to Shambala.

Shambala has also been creative in rewarding guests with a wide range of activities to enrich the overall experience, more than any other Luxury Big 5 game reserve in South Africa. This includes Sundowner Cruises with snacks and cocktails on Shambala’s 30-hectare Douw Steyn Dam, the largest man-made dam in southern Africa.

Other activities include Fishing, Quad Biking, Stargazing, a Shooting Range, private Bush Walks and Bush Picnics.

Shambala is actively involved in wildlife conservation and also features a comprehensive anti-rhino poaching programme. In addition to the Big 5, Shambala Private Game Reserve is home to the endangered sable antelope, black impala, tsessebe, and black rhino, as well as disease-free buffalo.

There are two luxurious and individually spectacular lodges in family friendly Shambala: Zulu Camp and the Nelson Mandela Villa.

Zulu Camp is built in traditional Zulu style with streams from the nearby river running through the camp, creating a unique large private waterhole right next to the lodge that often features hippos for the guests to safely enjoy viewing from their dining tables, swimming pool or bar area.

Each of Zulu Camp’s 8 chalets is decorated in elegant Afro-French Provincial style, with a double bed dressed in the finest linens, French armoire and full-length mirror.

The luxurious bathrooms with bath and shower lead out to a refreshing outdoor shower on a private deck overlooking the surrounding bushveld.

Zulu Camp also features a charming newly decorated, romantic Honeymoon Suite.

The Nelson Mandela Villa offers five luxury bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and a spectacular Presidential Suite. This villa is typically booked by a single party and features a dining area with 14-seater table, two lounges with fireplaces, an outdoor deck with casual lounge area, two private studies, and an indoor/outdoor heated swimming pool situated on a viewing deck that overlooks a private waterhole.

The Nelson Mandela Villa also features a full business center and boardroom facilities. These are a legacy from one of the most noteworthy and least known aspects of the Shambala Private Game Reserve: It’s rich history with former President, Nelson Mandela.

Inspired by the legacy and by his deep friendship with the former President, Shambala owner Douw Steyn commissioned the building of the Nelson Mandela Centre for Reconciliation in Shambala Private Game Reserve. This special retreat gave Mandela the opportunity to work uninterrupted in peace and solitude and would provide him with the space and tranquility to strengthen his considerable efforts towards global and local reconciliation.

The exclusivity and privacy of this special piece of paradise, the Nelson Mandela Villa, set deep in the African bush is unique and unsurpassed.

For all meals, Shambala chefs create sumptuous dishes, tailored to the preferences of each of the guests at both Zulu Camp and Nelson Mandela Villa.

Both lodges feature a personal Butler, who is on hand to turn down guest rooms in the evening and to assist at all times.

Recently upgraded Wifi is complimentary and available in all rooms and lounge areas.

The Shambala Spa is a unique, intimate wellness retreat situated in a secluded bush clearing along the riverside. The spa has two treatment rooms and a deck with a view of the surrounding bush.

“We have been incredibly honored to again be recognized by the World Travel Awards as the world’s leading private game reserve” says General Manager of Shambala, Tinus Nel.

He adds: “We thank all of our guests for their votes and support. It is ultimately a testament to the special place in paradise that we have all worked so hard to create”.

With the steep reduction in foreign guests as a result of the pandemic and accompanying lockdowns, Shambala has been fortunate in being able to welcome South African residents to the reserve and lodges with an all-inclusive package.

Please contact the Shambala reservations center at +27 11 292 6030 or contact us through our website for details of the SA Resident promotional packages currently available.

Please review the Shambala website listed above for more information about the entire Shambala experience.

Contact Info:
Name: Krista North
Email: Send Email
Organization: Shambala Private Game Reserve
Address: R33, Vaalwater, Limpopo 0530, South Africa
Phone: +27-87-375-7777
Website: https://shambalaprivategamereserve.co.za/

Release ID: 88998834



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