An incomparable retreat, with private access to the Kruger National Park, is taking shape on the banks of the Crocodile River


Shawu’s Hills Wildlife Estate is named after the surrounding hills where one of Kruger’s biggest tuskers, the friendly giant Shawu, once roamed.

Set on a promontory of the Crocodile River that juts directly into Kruger, every single stand has views across the water towards South Africa’s oldest and largest game reserve.

Timeless, elegant and sophisticated lodges, cabins and recreational buildings have been designed by Boss Architects to maximise the unique location, optimising views, natural light and the sense of space and place. The modern architectural aesthetic is perfectly suited to the bushveld setting, structurally complementing the environment, its textures and forms. Timber ceilings and screeded floors, bounded by floor-to-ceiling glass, open to large private verandas and the riverine vistas beyond.

But it is the peace and tranquillity of Shawu’s Hills that will lure bush lovers. At sunrise, white-bellied sunbirds join the dawn chorus as migrant kingfishers dart for prey. As the day warms up, crocodiles bask and hippos wallow with an eye out for the Big Five, and myriad other species of wildlife, that come to drink. Imagine looking out from your deck, over your private rim-flow pool, and drinking in all that splendour.

The development’s tagline, Serenity Reimagined, is perfectly apt.

Approved plans include 93 full-title stands, 25 fractional lodges, 75 – 100 timeshare units and one commercial lodge. Each and every one enjoying river frontage, and each having access to the landscaped recreation area with its restaurants and sports offering.

The developer, Bluegrass Trading, is passionate about sensitive, sustainable development projects. Shawu’s Hills builds on their experience and the success of previous developments on the Crocodile River: Marula Sunrise, a 5-star lodge in Mjejane Game Reserve, and Simbini Lifestyle Estate on the outskirts of Malelane.

For more information, contact Lindi Le Grange: or call 074 444 0178. Visit our Instagram at @Shawushillsestate or Facebook: @shawus hills wildlife estate.

About Shawu’s Hills Wildlife Estate

Shawu’s Hills is a place apart. As sanctuary, a beautiful window onto the untamed world. Looking across the Crocodile River  to the guarded wilds of the Kruger brings a new peace that only those who know and love the bush have experience, We know just how precious it is.