Beautiful, Bountiful Bushveld Safari Resort
Our private 5-star Bushveld safari resort, Zwahili Private Game Lodge & Spa, is situated in the beautiful Waterberg region of Limpopo Province in South Africa, at the foot of the wondrous Waterberg (Water Mountain/s, the Afrikaans name of the mountain range, now used universally). Unlike many other Bushveld areas in this country, the Waterberg wilderness is malaria-free, enabling visitors to enjoy their stay at Zwahili without being concerned about possible unpleasant repercussions resulting from the odd mosquito bite.
Our Resort, Zwahili
“Zwahili” sounds a lot like “Swahili”. While we’re very much part of the great African continent, we’re very, very far from East Africa, and the land of the Swahili. They inhabit south-east African countries and islands such as the Zanzibar archipelago and the seaboards of Kenya, Tanzania, and northern Mozambique, a combined area that’s also known as the “Swahili coast”. The Swahili people belong to an African tribe of the same name. Ancient Swahili settled the coastal areas of their region, and were thought to have been great traders, according to archaeological evidence. They rely on fishing for their primary source of food, also regularly trading their harvest from the ocean with inland people.
Safaris – a Premier Attraction at Zwahili
It’s interesting to note that the name of one of the premier attractions and favourite activities at our resort and spa – the “safari” – also has a prominent connection to the Swahili language. In Swahili, “safari” is the word they use to denote a “journey” of any description. The Swahili journey may be long or short, on foot or by motor vehicle, donkey cart, or train. The destination could be anywhere. “Safari”, as we know it today, is a trip or journey into untamed Bushveld to view or photograph game animals, as well as observe other wildlife species, birds, reptiles, and indigenous plant life, all free and in their natural habitat and environment.
At Zwahili, safaris into the Bushveld that surrounds our resort take place twice daily, in the early evenings when diurnal creatures go to water sources for their last drink of the day, before ceasing most of their daytime activities, and the Waterberg’s nocturnal animals prepare to become active. Guests who participate in our early-morning safaris see nocturnal species find shelter from the African sun for the day, perhaps feeding on prey taken down during the night, while diurnal dwellers begin going about their daylight challenges.
Zwahili’s guests enjoy a variety of safaris:
- Game viewing from the comfort of open safari vehicles, accompanied by an experienced guide.
- Guided walks in the pristine Bushveld.
- Birding safaris – more than 400 species live in the Waterberg.
- Culinary safaris – outstanding 5-star cuisine that caters to western palates, with the subtle influences of African flavours.
Add into this mix of delights a touch of African spa treatments, luxurious private accommodation imbued with the essence of Africa, and discreet personal service par excellence, and you have the grand Bushveld holiday or getaway of your dreams. Zwahili Private Game Lodge & Spa is also not too far from Johannesburg and Pretoria, if a short break or weekend getaway is what you have in mind, and you don’t want to spend half of your leisure time travelling by the road to a resort. Our part of the Waterberg is only 200 km from Johannesburg and 150 km from Pretoria.
Of course, if you feel that this mode of travel may take too long, our resort is a lot closer to Modimolle Airfield. Zwahili also has its own helipad. However you decide to travel to our Waterberg Bushveld safari resort, and for how long you wish to stay, we’ll be right here to welcome you with typical Waterberg warmth and legendary hospitality, ensuring that your stay with us meets or exceeds your expectations. We hope to meet you soon.