Things To Do

Activities that are available in close proximity to Village d’Afrique include:

Village d’Afrique is NOT a big five reserve, however there is an abundance of game, such as Nyala, Kudu, Blou-Wildebeest, Zebra, Impala, Baboon, Vervet monkeys and many other common small game. Needless to say, the bird watching is plentiful, varied and rich in species.


Village d’Afrique is a place of rest, recharge and relaxation. As such, visitors are encouraged to slow down, enjoy the beautiful views of the Waterberg and enjoy quality time with family, friends, loved ones and colleagues. From early morning breakfasts at the fire pit, to sundowners on the pooldeck, to late afternoon drives to the river for a bush braai, the choice is yours, with no pressure at all. You come and go, and do as you please, when you please.


That is what makes this place special…we want you to unwind!

For those of you who want to explore at your leisure, perhaps taking your mountain bikes along is a good thing. Needless to say, there are many roads on the 330 hectare property which will offer those who want to cycle or walk the farm, more than enough exercise….be sure to take some water along.


There are a number of fair to challenging 4X4 tracks, which can be driven in your own vehicle should you so desire. Please note, that a vehicle with good ground clearance and low range with diff-lock/traction control is advisable. Needless to say, we live by that well-known saying, “tread lightly” as we treasure this environment and want it to remain as beautiful as it is for generations to come. As such, we request that you remain on the roads.

horse riding around the area
paintballing around shakila area
zip lining in surrounding area

Horse Riding

Paint Ball

Zip Lining

There is a quaint farm across the road from Shakila, privately owned and more than happy to offer rides. Fees to be discussed based on numbers and time of outride.

A mere 15kms form Shakila on the Bela Bela/ Modimolle Road, paintballing is available at extremely reasonable rates. Different packages are available, with three different courses. Two open combat courses and one close combat course, set around an old house ruin. Prepare to sweat and get the adrenaline pumping.

One of the longest Ziplines in South Africa, at 1.4Km in length is available just 13kms from Shakila. The average length per slide is 150m, with the longest slide being 230m. Come and enjoy the most breathtaking views of the Waterberg

bird watching in surrounding area
crocodile farm thaba-kwena in surrounding area of shakila
skydiving in surrounding area of shakila

Nylsvley Floodplain



If you are a keen Birder, then a visit to Nylsvley is an absolute must and a treat of enormous proportions. Nylsvley is one of South Africa’s largest and least impacted floodplain systems. When wholly inundated with water, it totals 16000 hectare. In the 2011 bird census report, 147 different bird species were counted. Not to be missed.

Visit the Largest Crocodile farm in South Africa. Thaba-Kwena is only a 17km drive from Shakila. Here you can see the typical Nile Crocodile and recently added family of American Alligators! By the way, they also have a curio shop selling vacuum packed croc meat, as well as various leather products. If you are adventurous, you can even enjoy a croc burger or croc pie at the tea garden. Needless to mention, there are other meals for the not so brave.

Skydiving at the nearby Nylstroom Airfield is also something that perhaps should be on your bucketlist. Again, this is a mere 15 kms from Shakila. Contact Skydive Extreme on : 0837593483

cheese farm in Modimolle area

Geluksfontein Goat’s Milk Cheese Farm

31km from Modimolle on the Vaalwater Road, lies this authentic Cheese farm. They boast a fully licensed A La Carte Restaurant. You can buy all the cheese products, as well as attend a milking tour at a small fee.