Shelanti Game Reserve | South Africa | Wild Safari Guide

Shelanti Game Reserve is located in the Waterberg region of the Limpopo province in South Africa and offers amazing safari experiences. Shelanti spans 17,500 hectares and sits between the rural settlements of Marken and Baltimore. It is privately owned and operated by a team of enthusiastic and committed people whose first qualification is their sincere love of the bush. Shelanti is proud to be part of the malaria-free Waterberg Biosphere Reserve. Shelanti is known for its extensive habitat diversity, which allows them to accommodate a wide range of birdlife and wildlife, making it ideal for any wildlife enthusiast. At Shelanti Game Reserve, safari-goers can see common plains game, as well as some wildlife favourites such as cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, buffalos, and elephants.

Furthermore, the Game Reserve boasts an active vulture restaurant on the open farm, where the White-backed vulture, Cape Griffon vulture, and Lappet-faced vulture are regular guests. There have also been sightings of the Rüppell’s vulture.

Shelanti Game Reserve is only three hours from Johannesburg and less than two hours from Polokwane.


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Shelanti Game Reserve is both happy and humbled to be able to show off African wildlife to its visitors. Animals on the reserve have the freedom to roam and live in peace, but they are also in danger, as nature intended. The reserve is home to a diverse range of wildlife that makes for an unforgettable wildlife experience. "Leave just tracks and preserve only memories," they say, because there is plenty to share and enjoy for animal lovers, enthusiasts, and those who are just curious. Safari-goers can enjoy the splendour of wild creatures in their natural habitat, a plethora of birds, and a diverse range of plants. There are over 50 species of mammals on the reserve and these include the elusive leopard, elephants, wildebeest, hippos, and hyenas.

At Shelanti, birdlife abounds, and birding enthusiasts will have a blast trying to identify some of the 260 or more species of birds. The majestic martial eagle, the noble black eagle, the fish eagle, and the weird bateleur are all included, as well as African hawks, Tawny eagles, Wahlberg eagles, and the brown and black-breasted snake eagles.

The dry winter months of May to September provide the best animal viewing in the Waterberg region. As the weather turns drier in the winter, the foliage thins out, and animals concentrate around water sources. The warmer summer months from October to April may be preferable for simply enjoying the bush ambience—with bush breakfasts, sundowner beverages, and evening barbeques all on the cards.

Shelanti Game Reserve has a lot to offer in terms of things to do and see. In open vehicles, game drives are done twice daily. Early morning drives allow you to get up early and enjoy the cold, pure air of the day. Animals are just beginning to become active, so now is a great time to get out of the car and identify some tracks to follow. There's a reason why the game drives are so popular.

The fascinating hippo may often be spotted wallowing in a cool stream of water while the elephants in the reserve offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If that isn't enough, safari-goers can check out the blue wildebeest, warthogs, and baboons, who tend to entertain for hours. Sharp-eyed visitors may see leopards, spotted and brown hyenas, and even bat-eared foxes at night. The most enjoyable aspect of a night drive is reconnecting with life while gazing at the limitless Milky Way. On Shelanti, there are over 50 mammal species, some of which are easy to find and others that are not.

Shelanti Game Reserve offers different accommodation options, from a three-star lodge (with a guesthouse) and a rustic bush-camp to a fully furnished luxury farmhouse secluded from the rest of the lodge.

The lodge offers both self-catering and full-board (dinner, bed and breakfast) accommodations where weary travellers can unwind, watch the clouds float by, or read a book in peace. For those who are more adventurous, a variety of activities can be organized from the lodge. Shelanti is an ecological haven for those who appreciate and respect the best of the African bush.

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