Eagles Crag Lodge is an avante-guard masterpiece of thatch, stone and glass for the most discerning of traveller who is looking for privacy and tranquillity.
Eagles Crag is nestled in a valley in the 25,000 malaria-free Shamwari Private Game Reserve, and provides the ultimate luxury. Game viewing is carried out morning and evening on game drives, when you are driven in your open vehicle over the rolling hills and valleys in search of the wildlife. The reserve is home to many forms of plant, animal and bird life, including the Big 5 as well as cheetah, hyena, giraffe, hippo, zebra and numerous antelope species.
The upstairs lounge with bar and fireplace opens onto a terrace with aerial viewing pods, plus there is also a downstairs lounge with a fireplace and TV. The dining room has intimate dining pods and also opens onto a deck.
There is also a luxury spa offering a wide variety of personalised treatments.
Guests at Eagles Crag are also able to visit the Born Free Big Cat Santuaries and Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, home to a number of big cats and other wildlife which been rescued from dangerous situations and are now provided with excellent life time care.
Each of the 9 Junior Suites 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.
Each room has both indoor and outdoor showers, as well its own private deck and heated plunge pool with an uninterrupted view of the bush.
Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.
In addition to the room rate, guests will also be charged the Shamwari Conservation Levy (pppn from 01 May 2019)
1 May 2019 to 30 April 2020
GBP 6 USD 7 ZAR 100 EUR 6
per person per night
All meals; drinks (only from 01 May 2019 and excluding French champagne and premium products); afternoon tea; twice-daily shared game drives; guided walks; tea/coffee; water; game drive beverages; a Born Free and Animal Rehab visit; and the Conservation Levy are included.
Children aged 16 years and older are welcome. Adult rates apply.
Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided walks in the reserve. Guests over 65 wishing to join a guided walk are required to have a letter or certificate from their doctor confirming they are in good health and are physically fit to do the walk. More details available on request.
Save 15% when you stay for 4 nights at selected properties in the Shamwari Game Reserve.
Valid: 1 May 2019 - 31 October 2019.
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All of the holidays we prepare are tailor-made, but this might give you an idea of how Eagles Crag can be included in you own dream holiday.
Cape Explorer Collection
The Garden Route
Shamwari Game Reserve
Destination: South Africa.
World-class settings, world-class views and world-class game viewing all come together in this 12 night self-drive itinerary. With just 4 stops from start to finish, you will wish you had longer to continue to enjoy the luxuries that this holiday is offering. And between 01 April 2018 and 31 August 2018, 2 of your nights at The Plettenberg will be completely complimentary!
This is a 12 night itinerary including Cape Town, Hermanus, The Garden Route and Shamwari Game Reserve.
*Prices are per person and are based on today's exchange rates. Exchange rates are subject to change and are updated daily.
Prices exclude international flights - ask us if you would like to include these.
Guest Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 based on 18 ratings
Well what can I say, South Africa is such a beautiful country and we had the
most amazing holiday! We had such a fantastic time that it is hard to say
what we enjoyed the most. One of the highlights has to be Shamwari, it was
absolutely brilliant. We saw all the Big 5 and more. We've never been so
keen to get a 'wake up' call at 04.30am!!
Eagles Crag was wonderful, pure luxury in a gorgeous setting and the staff made you feel so welcome from the moment you arrived. All in all it was an experience we will never forget and one that I wish everyone could have.
Thank you once again for all you help and advice on South Africa we really
did appreciate it and if any of our friends decide to go there we will have
no hesitation in recommending Travel Butlers to them, your customer service
Recommendations and service from Travel Butlers was great.
As we have stayed at 4 other One&Only hotels we knew the standard and it lived up to expectations.
Shamwari was excellent and we have recommended it to many others.
We will come back to you for recommendations for our next trip to South Africa.
Shamwari was everything we hoped for from a safari. Not only did was see the Big 5 and their young, we saw hundreds of other birds and wildlife, including cheetahs hunting, leopards eating kill, feisty baby elephants and black rhinos.
The accommodation was second to none, with superb rooms, great staff and lovely food and communal areas.
The incredibly diverse landscape was amazing and provided a very natural habitat for all the different wildlife, as well as meaning you didn't run into other vehicles very often.
Our guide was excellent, with an fantastic level of knowledge about all wildlife and plants at the reserve.
Seeing such beautiful animals in their natural habitat and in such excellent health so close up was truly a privilege.
Shamwari and Eagles Crag were excellent of course. As it was not very busy and with the schedules of arrivals and departures of other guests, I was fortunate to get a few individual game drives and the chance to do some walking with the ranger through parts of the reserve. Although on foot you don't get quite as close to the animals as in a land rover, it's a totally different and wonderful experience. To be standing a few metres from elephants and a cheetah was very memorable. I will be boring friends with many photos.
I don't think I will be visiting South Africa next year - having been back at work for a couple of days, I am already starting dreaming and thinking of somewhere different for my next holiday. But I am sure I will return to South Africa again in the not too distant future and I will certainly be pleased to use your really helpful service again.
Holiday fantastic!! We are very happy with the service you provided and were absolutely thrilled with Eagles Crag at Shamwari.
The whole package from the greeting on arrival, the accommodation, the food and drink and of course the game drives.
We would not hesitate to recommend it and are already thinking of returning ...
Eagles Crag Location
Directions For Drivers
From Port Elizabeth: Follow the N2 towards Grahamstown. Continue along the N2 until you reach a sign board showing Eagles Crag and Bayethe on the Sidbury Road. Turn left on the gravel road and follow this road, passing through the Kwantu Gate until you reach a T-junction. At the T-junction, follow the sign boards left to Eagles Crag.
From Grahamstown: Travel along the N2 towards Port Elizabeth, and follow the directions as above.
Please note that you drive through the reserve to get to the lodge - do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.
General Information For Guests
All rooms have air conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, a hair dryer, electronic safe, fitted international adaptors, international dial telephone, indoor and outdoor shower facilities, private minibar, and a private heated plunge pool on the deck. Wi-Fi is available in all the rooms too.
The main area has 2 lounges with a fireplace. The upstairs lounge has a bar that opens up onto the deck where there are viewing pods and a fire pit. The downstairs lounge has a large television and billiard table. There is also the dining room and deck, gift boutique, a fitness centre, and a Relaxation Retreat with a hydro bath, steam room and sauna.
A laundry service is available (additional cost).
Credit cards are accepted.
In collaboration with the Born Free Foundation, the Big Cat Rescue and Education Centres are situated within the game reserve. They aim to draw attention to the plight of wild cats, confined in impoverished, captive environments throughout the world. It is the mission of The Born Free Foundation, founded by actress and conservationist Virginia McKenna and her late husband Bill Travers, to ‘Keep Wildlife in the Wild’. Both Shamwari and Born Free aim to promote conservation and protect these species and their habitat, whilst maintaining a compassionate approach to the welfare of animals. The rescue and education centres home rescued lions and leopards from across the world and aim to be an enlightening experience for all visitors.
You also have the opportunity to visit the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre when you visit Shamwari Private Game Reserve. The Centre helps to rescue, rehabilitate and care for sick, injured, abandoned or orphaned animals under the care of professional veterinary team. Once these animals have been nursed back to health, they are released back into their natural habitat.
A compulsory Conservation Levy has been included in your rate - this contribution will aid conservation efforts as well as the anti-poaching unit.
Bush Walks / Walking Safaris
Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided walks in the reserve. Guests over 65 wishing to join a guided walk are required to have a letter or certificate from their doctor confirming they are in good health and are physically fit to do the walk. A guided walk can last a couple of hours and involve walking over uneven terrain that may contain dangerous wildlife in potentially high temperatures. Guests may need to move quickly and for a sustained period through rough bush terrain if instructed to do so by their guide.
Regardless of age or the provision of a doctors certificate, the final decision on whether a guest can join a guided walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.
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