About Shikwari Bush Lodge
Shikwari is owner-managed by the Lawrie family and set on a plains game reserve with two camps situated in the North Eastern Limpopo below the escarpment with majestic views of the Northern Drakensburg Mountains, on a plains game wildlife reserve.
Guided Game drives and walks with a FGASA guide are available here at the lodge and for Big 5 Safari’s to a nearby private reserve. Our reserve is close to Kruger Park, Nyani Cultural Village, The Panorama and Blyde Canyon attractions plus many other sightseeing excursions.
Shikwari - Main Lodge (Dinner, bed and breakfast)
Five affordable luxury thatched suites; tucked away in the bush are decorated with colonial style furniture and luxurious textiles. Relax on the open veranda taking in the view and cool off in the tranquil plunge pool. Caring staff give a home from home feeling; offering friendly relaxed service in amazing surroundings. The suites offer a choice of King or Twin beds both made up with fine percale linen.
Each suite that accommodates 2 adults has a private bathroom and outdoor shower and sitting area plus a small patio. Newly built is our Wild Fig Family room with separate room for children 10 to 13 years on bunk beds. Children from 10 years and older are welcome at this camp. Included in the luxury accommodation is a delicious 3 course Dinner and full Continental & English Breakfast. Cuisine is a celebration of South Africa and its different cultures and always served with love.
Our separate main lodge at Shikwari with cathedral-like thatch roof; offers a fully licensed bar, lounge and dining room and is also open to Pangolin guests for meals which should be booked with accommodation or 24hrs ahead and also use the free Wi-Fi during the day.
Pangolin Bush Camp (Self Catering)
A comfortable rustic selfcatering camp with 4 rondavels and communal amenities. There is a large family bathroom & outdoor shower, a separate second toilet and basin, fully equipped kitchen and lounge with premium DSTV. In the garden there is a pool and a boma for braai’s.
This rustic camp can be booked either individually or as a whole for family get togethers or a group of friends give complete exclusivitiy. Children of all ages are welcome at this camp.
Meet for a pre-dinner drink and chat at our convivial Warthog Bar with other guests, before sitting down to a delicious three course dinner either plated or served buffet style on our veranda or in our well appointed candlelit dining room served personally by us.
Our Chef might also do a South African braai (barbecue) on warm nights, in the boma around a fire. This brings one close to the sounds of the night and is an opportunity to see the wonderful night sky and stars.
Food at Shikwari has a distinctive South African flavor along with a touch of French and Italian flair. Favourite South African favourites such as bobotie, Durban curries, Karoo lamb, malva pudding, koeksüsters and Cape brandy tart are just some of the local treats. This along with homemade scones, pastries, pasta and French classic’s such as cheese soufflé’s, chocolate fondant and coq au vin blanc are the order of the day.
Get a way from the bustle of the city for that destination wedding of your dreams. Shikwari is set in mixed woodlands bush veld with views of the Northern Drakensburg. Take the stress of wedding planning out of your busy life. Our lodge is able to host an intimate wedding of 40-50 people and sleeps 16 of your retinue – other comparable accommodation available, through us, nearby. We are able to offer a complete wedding planning service from the invitations down to the flowers. We also have contacts for wedding dresses and bridesmaid outfits.
Your ceremony and reception can be held on our veranda facing the view of the mountain, a beautiful back drop for the most beautiful moment in your life. We also have a large dining and lounge area and for smaller wedding your service can be conducted around a fountain floating with candles and flower and the reception held on the veranda. We have many options.
Our chef will be happy to arrange the food you desire and make your wedding cake. We offer a three course or four course menu and can offer Vegetarian options.
Please feel free to email us for more information and cost. You are under no obligation to accept the offer. We also offer a nights stay to see the venue and reimburse you on payment of a booked wedding.
Our lodge commands wonderful vistas of the Skilderkrans Mountain, part of the Northern Drakensburg Mountains home to the Manoutsa Vulture Colony with up to 660 pairs of Cape Vulture. This is the fourth largest colony in the world. Take a nature walk or game drive around our reserve with Ann our FGASA Guide, she will show you a different aspect of the bush, taking in some of the lesser know flora and fauna.
Wonderful and informative Big 5 trips can also be arranged to a private reserve with Ann hosting and taking along snacks and drinks. The Panorama Route is also a must see. At the end of the days touring, watch the sunset turn the Skilderkraans Mountain into a rainbow of colour while having sundowners.
Spend the day out doing a boat trip on the Swadini Dam, in the Blyde River Canyon or see rehabilitated wildlife at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre. Lunch at one of the many great restaurants in the area or order a picnic at Franklyn Park they include a blanket and there is plenty of quiet shady areas to relax and enjoy you picnic. Take one of their walks or play the French game of Boule on the lawn.