Shikwari Bush Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation 
Strydom Tunnel, Valley of the Olifants,
A small exclusive luxury lodge nestled under the majestic Drakensburg Mountains. In a elegant and relaxed setting. This is an ideal base to explore the Limpopo Province and only an hour to Kruger National Park. 

Our lodge commands wonderful vistas of the Drakensburg Mountains which are home to the Manoutsa Vulture Colony with up to 660 pairs of Cape Vulture. This is the fourth largest colony in the world.
Our lodge is home to a variety of non-dangerous game such as Giraffe, Wildebeest, Impala, Livingstone’s Eland, Zebra and Bushbuck. Less seen are Leopard, Porcupine, Pangolin, & Warthog. Explore the bush on foot  or in our safari vehicle with our experienced FGASA Guide, do some birding and learn about the lesser known interesting facts of the bush. Remember to  take your binoculars and camera. You might just get a winning shot of our wildlife! The Drakensburg Mountains above the lodge are   Many other raptures may be seen. We are recognise by Birdlife SA as a birding spot and are on the Kruger to Canyon Birding route.


The Main lodge

The Main lodge area has a tranquil plunge pool and shady veranda. Watch the sunset turn the Mountains into a rainbow of colour while having snacks and sundowners then dine under a dark velvet sky full of stars or in our well appointed candlelit dining room.

Pangolin Bush Camp

Pangolin Bush Camp is set among mixed bush veld woodland with a flora and bird life. Accommodation is in large Rondavels (round huts) three have queen beds and one is a twin.

There is full shared bathroom, separate toilet, full equipped kitchen with oven, fridge and microwave on an open veranda. There is lounge for the cooler nights and a boma for Braais (Barbeque) under the African sky. Towels and sheets are supplied and braai fires are lit on request with wood supplied. Come and enjoy our wonderful relaxed self catering option with views of the Skilderkrans Mountain.

Retire when the day is done to our four luxurious suites, secluded amongst the bush. Each suite is beautifully decorated and well appointed with a hospitality tray and stocked mini bar. The en-suite bathrooms have large oval baths and outdoor showers. All have beds with percale linen and all rooms are air conditioned. 


  • air conditioner (all units)
  • babysitting service
  • bar fridge
  • game drives (less than 30km)
  • game drives onsite
  • parking all onsite
  • reptile park (less than 20km)
  • restaurant (less than 5km)
  • tea / coffee making facilities


Kruger National Park

A must see, largest big five park in South Africa. Please ask reception for the best drives and scenic routes to enjoy the Kruger Park to its fullest. We can arrange a full packed breakfast that can be cooked on a gas grill, hired from one of the picnic site +/- R15.00. They are known as skottels and are used extensively by South Africans. This is truly a memorable experience. One can also hire a guide to cook you breakfast and give you interesting information regarding the flora and fauna in the park.

The Blyde River Canyon (meaning River of Joy)

This route takes one on a breathtaking journey through the mountains. Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world. On route one can stop at well know view points such as: Three Rondavels, Bourke's Luck Potholes, God's Window & various waterfalls. There is an entrance fee at the Potholes.

Blyde River Dam

Take a boat trip on the dam in a completely unspoiled most beautiful area. See the Tufa Falls and spot varies animals on the 1 1/2hour trip. Trips at 9am, 11am and 3pm. Ask the lodge to book for you.

Panorama Route 

(on the R532.) One can visit the following:

Three Rondavels, Bourke's Luck Potholes, God's Window. Visit these and various wonderful waterfalls such as The Bridal Veil Falls, the Lone Creek Waterfall and Horseshoe Falls, they can all be reached from the scenic forest track along the south bank of the Sabie River.. 

Pilgrims Rest

Old gold rush village, visit the Robbers Grave, Pilgrim's Rest is situated on the magnificent Panorama Route on the eastern Escarpment region of the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. The entire town of Pilgrim's rest has been declared a national monument. Here, visitors can relive the days of the old Transvaal gold rush. Shop for souvenirs, visit the Robbers Grave and see panning for gold. 

Sabie Valley Coffee 

Lunch and see how coffee is produced. Tours at 11am on Wednesdays, or by appointment. Also a shop where one can buy coffee and coffee related products and gifts.

Meet Jessica the Hippo 

Drive towards Hoedspruit and on the left take the turning to Essex Road, the sign for Jessica is also at this turning.

Bombyx Silk Farm 

Excellent place for lunch. Silk Tours (free). Only the second silk farm in South Africa. Gives one an understanding as to how the silk is used.

Ann's Cotton Club Café - Bistro Style eatery

Situated on the Bombyx Silk Farm. Great Light lunches, Coffee's and Tea's. Nice shady garden in which to dine and relax.

Ballooning from Otter's Den