The luxury safari hotspot Shambala Game Reserve in Limpopo has been given the award of the world’s leading private game reserve in the 2020 World Travel Awards.

South Africa is a well recognized and highly south after country when it comes to world safari destinations. This is because of its superior wildlife experiences and ranks highly as a safari destination, alongside other countries in East Africa which also offer similar experiences.

During this year’s award, Shambala Private Game Reserve, in the Limpopo province, snapped up first place on the prestigious annual travel awards’ list of the World’s Best Luxury Private Game Reserves ahead of three other nominees from the African continent:

Londolozi Private Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve in Kruger National Park);

Shamwari Game Reserve (Eastern Cape); and

Wolwedans Dune Lodge & Dune Camp (in Namibia).

The World Travel Awards has been on since 1993, as a way to acknowledge excellence in all the sectors of travel, hospitality, and tourism sectors. The process of selecting the best in these sectors is by allowing the public to vote throughout the year for their preferred options. Also involved in the voting process are experts from the tourism, travel, and hospitality sectors. The voting is done online.

Shambala Private Game Reserve, a member of Leading Hotels of the World, is situated on 10,000ha in the Limpopo province, is a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Johannesburg. The reserve is located in the picturesque Waterberg Mountains and is home to a variety of fauna and flora species.

Visitors can enjoy the African Bushveld while being allowed to have a view of the Big Five at the reserve. The Waterberg is a malaria-free area, so guests do not need to take malaria precautions when planning trips to Shambala.

“It is indeed a great honour to be recognised by the industry and our guests, and of course, I am standing here on behalf of my team,” Shambala executive director Anton Gillis said at the awards presentation.