Shamwari Game Reserve, Eastern Cape
Award-Winning Private Game Reserve
The Shamwari Game Reserve is 25,000 hectres of malaria-free, private game reserve situated in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
Shamwari is the longest established of the private reserves near Port Elizabeth. The reserve boasts 5 eco-systems, and supports many forms of plant, animal and bird life, including the Big 5 as well as wild dog, cheetah, hyena, giraffe, hippo, zebra and numerous antelope species.
Guests can enjoy morning and afternoon safari drives in an open game viewing vehicle, accompanied by an experienced ranger, who will tell you all you need to know about the wildlife you encounter as you drive through the bush.
The game drives normally last between 3 and 4 hours each, and include a sundowner stop at sunset and a coffee stop in the morning. Guided walks after breakfast can also be arranged.
Shamwari is in partnership with actress/conservationist Virginia McKenna's Born Free Foundation, and guests staying at Shamwari have the opportunity to visit Shamwari's very own Born Free Foundation Animal Rescue and Education Centre.
The goal of this centre is to create an awareness of the terrible way in which wildlife is exploited in captivity around the world, and over the years the Shamwari Born Free Foundation has been able to rescue several big cats from situations where they are in serious danger and provide them with excellent life time care.
The lodges in the Shamwari portfolio offer accommodation to suit all tastes.
Bayethe Lodge offers the ultimate in luxury tented accommodation, whilst Eagles Crag is an avante-guard masterpiece of thatch, stone and glass. Long Lee Manor is a splendidly restored Edwardian manor house. Sarili Lodge is a perfect colonial and bush combination, and Riverdene has a welcoming ease and warmth coupled with elegant comfort. Both these 2 lodges also welcome children of any age. Villa Lobengula is unique in that it can be booked out on a sole use basis, so it is ideal for large families or groups travelling together, as it also will allow children of any age.
For the more adventurous, there is also the Shamwari Explorer Camp, where guests go on a 2 day/night walking trail within the reserve, sleeping around the fire at night within the comfort of a mobile bush tent. The Explorer Camp operates every Friday and Saturday night throughout the year. Sunday night can be added onto the 2 night stay on request.
The combination of luxury safari lodges and the outstanding work that the reserve does with the Born Free Foundation has earned them numerous travel industry and conservation awards over the years.
The camp consists of just 3 mobile canvas (camping) tents sleeping a maximum of 2 people each. The camp site is unfenced to provide the true explorer ambience and tents are placed in fairly close proximity without encroaching on another tents privacy.
Shamwari Explorer Camp - Book for 6 people and 2 stay FREEValid: 15 April 2014 - 15 September 2014.
Pronounced 'By-ye-ti', the Bayethe Lodge offers the ultimate in luxury, tented accommodation. Each of the 12 twin-bedded air-conditioned suites are camouflaged under trees allowing ample privacy, and have an en-suite bathroom, under-floor heating, outdoor shower, and viewing deck.
The 15 elegant en-suite bedrooms and suites all have air-conditioning and underfloor heating. Sumptuously prepared meals are enjoyed in the main dining room or around the open blazing fire at the Barn.
Guest Rating: 4.5
Each of the 9 twin-bedded rooms are fully air-conditioned, and have a television and telephone, and a small lounge area. Private balconies from each room leads onto the beautifully landscaped gardens.
Guest Rating: 5.0
Sarili Lodge has 5 en-suite rooms in total - 2 luxury rooms with a balcony, 2 that open out onto a patio, and a suite. All the rooms have air-conditioning and a private minibar, as well as tea and coffee making facilities.
Each of the 9 superior rooms at Eagles Crag have been built to maximize the privacy of the guest. Decorated in light and contemporary colours, with wall-to-wall glass doors on 2 sides, the en-suite rooms all provide stunning views of the surrounding cliffs.
Selected Special offers for Shamwari Game Reserve