Did you know?
Paul Kruger, president of the South African Republic, reputedly banished ‘difficult' Boer farmers to the Waterberg.
Shibula Lodge & Bush Spa is a five-star lodge situated in the heart of the untamed Welgevonden Game Reserve in Limpopo Province. This is Big Five Country, renowned for superb rhino sightings under the guidance of savvy rangers. However, Shibula is also known for its wonderful bush spa that allows you to indulge the senses at any given opportunity.
This Limpopo spa really does believe in the adage ‘local is lekker' and most of the products used in treatments have indigenous ingredients as a base. The idea of taking the ‘senses on a safari' is prevalent at this spa - and therapists ensure that you make the best of the bush experience combined with pampering treatments and time spent out in the wild.
The treatment menu has been carefully put together to ensure the local flavour: Try out the Full Body Scrub using apricot kernels, or the African Wood Back Massage with specially-designed ‘swarthout' (a local type of wood) dumbbells to ease out the tensions. There's also an African Body Butter Massage, a Full Body wrap and hot stone therapy treatments.
Couples are catered for at this spa in Limpopo, and treatments for two are very popular (honeymooners just love the notion). Shibula's therapists also make use of the Thera Vine Grape Extract products which are locally produced (and inspired by the Cape winelands). There's also a fully-equipped gym on the property for those who simply can't live without a good, solid workout.
Extra activities include going on game drives, taking part in bush walks and excursions to go and see the rock art in the surrounding caves. The Lodge is also well-known for its excellent cuisine and an extensive wine list and you'll soon agree that nothing quite beats dining under the stars...with the sound of a pride of lions in the background.
Shibula offers up a safari for the senses, and you'll soon agree that combining the bush and spa experience is a winning formula and the opportunity of a lifetime.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Shibula Lodge & Bush Spa:
Tel: +27 (0)21 882 8206 (for reservations)
Tel: +27 (0)14 755 4914/3 (for the lodge)
How to get here
It will take roughly three hours to get to Shibula from Johannesburg, as you travel along the N1 from Pretoria to Polokwane. A detailed map as well as written directions can be found on the website.
Best time to visit
The weather is temperate and balmy in the Waterberg. In summer the days can get very warm (sunblock, sun hat, sunglasses are all essential). In winter, the days are warm and sunny but it can get very chilly in the evenings.
Around the area
See the ancient San rock art, go on game drives, visit animal sanctuaries, take a guided walking tour through the Waterberg.
Guided game drives and bush walks are on offer.
What will it cost
Check the website for specials and costings on the spa treatment menu.
Length of stay
A weekend break is an excellent idea.
What to pack
Always take a warm jacket along to the bush. A sunhat and sunblock are essential. Binoculars and camera or essential items.
Where to stay
There are eight luxury suites (all with Victorian baths and private patios) and four standard suites with an outside Jacuzzi
What to eat
Eating around Shibulas boma is a wonderfully authentic African experience as you dine under the stars to the sounds of local musicians (and nature's orchestra).
A variety of top class spa products are available. Speak to your therapist in this regard.