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Shiluvari Lakeside lodge

Come and share our secret … Set in the heart of a nature conservancy on the banks of the Albasini dam overlooking the Soutpansberg mountains, you will discover Shiluvari Lodge. Nestling amongst centuries old Wild Fig trees with sweeping views of the Soutpansberg mountains, Shiluvari Lakeside Lodge is the ideal base to explore the diverse natural and cultural heritage of the “Land of Legend.”

Once the old farmhouse, the main Lodge now boasts an intimate country restaurant and lounge area, complete with a fireplace and stunning views of the surrounds. Enjoy the sumptuous cuisine with it’s Afro-fusion style which incorporates both the best of local and European tastes. The tastefully decorated thatched chalets are each decorated with a different theme – all of which incorporates elements from the local artists. Choose from the Dragonfly, Bug or African room – each one has its own charm. Each chalet is tucked away from the other offering you secluded and intimate privacy, with your own view of the lake.

Shiluvari Lakeside Lodge is set in 30 hectares of natural vegetation and offers you the opportunity to walk through the estate where you may see some of the game species that frequent the area. Waterbuck, Kudu, Bushbuck and Duiker are often seen grazing and browsing in the lodge grounds. Enjoy a sundowner cruise on the “Savannah” on the Levubu river and enjoy a cocktail whilst seeing the sun go down and listening to the call of the Fiery necked nightjar as evening falls.

Shiluvari Lakeside Lodge is situated in the heart of many varied world renown artists and local crafters – this diversity is amongst the richest in Southern Africa and we will gladly arrange a visit for you – a truly unforgettable experience. So, come and share our secret and join us in a truly memorable experience at Shiluvari Lakeside Lodge.


Our accommodation consists of charming thatched chalets situated apart from the main Lodge and all have views overlooking the Lake. Choose between family cottages sleeping 4 or smaller chalets sleeping 2. All the chalets have en-suite bathrooms, lounge and kitchenette area, tea/coffee facilities, overhead fans, mosquito nets and a private verandah with a braai area. In keeping with the idea of escaping city life, one will not find a television or phones in the room, however both these services are available in the main Lodge, in addition to fax and e-mail.

  • 6 x Luxury thatched cottages each with own bathroom, veranda and kitchenette
  • 1 x family cottages each with own bathroom, braai area, veranda and kitchenette
  • 6 x double bedrooms each with own bathroom en-suite and open veranda.Birdwatching.A morning guided birdwatching walk and nature can be organised from 2-3 hours around the lodge semi-decidous Scrub forest.Birds that are likely to be seen are Gorgeous Bush-shrike,Crested Guineafowl,African Wood Owl,Red-Faced Cisticola,Brubru,Osprey,African Fish Eagle etc.