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.

Shamwari Private Game 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 Private Game Reserve 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.

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Bayethe Lodge

Bayethe Safari Lodge offers guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in tranquillity, surrounded by the rich Shamwari Game Reserve.

Lobengula Lodge

The tranquil Lobengula Lodge lies tucked away in the depths of Shamwari Game Reserve, designed to resemble a traditional African kraal.

Long Lee Manor

Overlooking the magnificent plains of Shamwari you’ll find the exquisite Long Lee Manor, boasting stylish suites and a rim-flow pool.

Sarili Lodge

Sarili Lodge is an oasis of luxury overlooking the grassy plains of Africa and the Bushman’s River, with African wilderness at your doorstep.

Sindile Tented Camp

Sindile Tented Camp is a secluded, luxury getaway set deep in the African veld. The camp mimics a solitary leopard’s sanctuary, blending with the surrounding bush while providing excellent vantages over the Bushman’s River and surrounding plains.

What is the climate like?

South Africa enjoys a warm climate year-round. Winter temperatures range between 7 and 22°C while summer temperatures reach between 16 and 36°C.

What can my children do at Shamwari?

Shamwari offers plenty of indoor and outdoor activities for little ones. We recommend that families travelling with children stay at the Riverdene Family Lodge, which has a supervised children’s play area.

What will the daily programme be?

Your allocated ranger will draw up a customised programme for you on the day of your arrival, which includes game drives and guided walks.

People & Language

South Africa is a nation that is home to a vast amount of cultures. In total, we have 11 official languages, including English, which is widely spoken throughout the country. The local population groups and cultures include Zulu, Xhosa, Swazi, Sotho-Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Afrikaners, English, Cape Coloured, Indians, Khoi and San.


Apart from the Explorer Camp, all of Shamwari’s lodges come equipped with complimentary wi-fi.

What do I need to pack?

Shamwari is located in the Eastern Cape, a malaria free area. As such, there is no need to bring any preventative tablets or syrup, other than your prescription medication. However, we do highly recommend that you bring the following:

Cameras, lenses and binoculars
Light clothing for summer safaris
Bathing suits for the pool areas
Walking shoes
Sunscreen and hats
Warmer clothing for winter stays

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