Experience absolute luxury in the Eastern Cape bushland at Shamwari Private Game Reserve
Set in the malaria-free Eastern Cape and stretching over five of the seven biomes in South Africa, Shamwari Private Game Reserve is a popular and stunning safari getaway. The reserve is one of the leading private conservation initiatives in South Africa and provides travellers with excellent wildlife viewing opportunities, including the renowned Big 5. Shamwari offers a range of luxury 5-Star lodging including Eagles Crag, where travellers will experience some of the best mountainous views, Long Lee Manor, a large Edwardian manor house, Bayethe Tented Lodge, for a rustic, yet comfortable safari experience, and the luxurious Founders Lodge, an exclusive and secluded getaway. Shamwari prides itself in looking after the environment and ensuring future generations share the same love for the natural world – this is why the reserve offers family-friendly accommodation at Riverdene Family Lodge and Sarili Lodge.
Reasons to visit Shamwari:
- The wildlife in Shamwari is diverse, with the Big 5 and plenty more for travellers to see. Wildlife found in Shamwari include cheetah, giraffe, wildebeest, warthog, a plethora of birdlife, various buck species, zebra and plenty of smaller species
- Shamwari promises travellers the perfect adventure in the South African bushland – activities guests can enjoy include game drives with knowledgeable rangers, guided walking safaris, conservation safaris, the Born Free Big Cat Foundation and specialised children activities
- Shamwari: A Wild Life is a television show following the veterinarians and conservationist who work at Shamwari. The television show currently airs on Animal Planet
Birding enthusiasts can delight in the avian offerings of Shamwari. Whether guests embark on a game drive or relax on the lodge deck with binoculars in hand. expert rangers ensure that bird sightings are plentiful. Black shouldered kites, booted eagles and secretary birds are just some of the resident bird species at Shamwari.
Games drives at Shamwari rank among some of the best in South Africa. Expert guides take into account the wildlife that guests wish to see. They then take them out into the reserve in a safari vehicle and ensure that they get as close to these animals as possible.
There is no better place to unwind than within nature. A selection of spa treatments is available to all guests at Shamwari and include massage, facials and hand and foot treatments. Additionally, some of the lodges boast their own treatment rooms and spa facilities.
Shamwari prides itself on its dedication to wildlife conservation. As such, it is home to three animal conservation centres. Guests can enjoy tours of the Dr Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre, the Born Free Big Cat sanctuary and the Animal Rehabilitation Centre.