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    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.

    Luxury Tented Camp

    Bayethe ★★★★★

    The name for this Shamwari lodge comes from the African greeting, pronounced “By-ye-ti”. The English translation for this word is “I salute you” and is one of the warmest welcomes in the African culture in this area of the country. For a luxurious, malaria-free experience, look no further than Bayethe Tented Lodge.

    A once-in-a-lifetime safari holiday, Bayethe Tented Lodge offers guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in utter tranquillity, surrounded by the rich vegetation of the unique location. This tented paradise provides privacy and a feeling of seclusion with spectacular views of the African bush.

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    Eagles Crag ★★★★★

    A sophisticated safari experience, Eagles Crag provides exclusivity and spectacular views. Making efficient use of its idyllic setting, guests can immerse themselves in nature’s magnificent beauty and marvel at the lush vegetation and rocky cliffs that surround this luxurious property.

    Eagles Crag blends exclusive luxury with the unprecedented perfection that nature offers. To ensure an unforgettable experience, the lodge’s upper deck with aerial viewing pods, provide panoramic views of the surrounding rock faces where eagles soar. The nine suites blend sophisticated interiors with the natural surroundings.

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    Explorer Camp ★★★★★

    During South Africa’s summer season, Shamwari Private Game Reserve expands its offering even further by opening the Explorer Camp.

    This once-in-a-lifetime experience takes guests on a guided walking safari of the surrounding land, allowing you to get up close and personal with nature.

    We firmly believe that travel needs to be simplified by going back to basics. This package not only reflects the core ideals of our safaris, but aims to deliver an eye-opening encounter with nature.

    Our wilderness bush camp itinerary comprises a minimum 3-night trail and is operational weekends only (Friday – Sunday). The camp operates from October to May.

    The Explorer Camp is discreetly fenced for safety reasons but retains true explorer ambiance. The tents are placed in close proximity without encroaching on the other tents’ privacy, while the camp is located on a plateau set among the only basalt and granite extrusions on Shamwari – a truly magical setting.

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    Lobengula ★★★★★

    Tucked away in the depths of the bushveld lies the tranquil Lobengula Lodge. This private lodge experience has been designed to resemble a traditional African kraal, boasting views of the mountains and valleys.

    Allow yourself to be immersed in an African Experience at Lobengula Lodge. This hidden gem with a rustic atmosphere within the valley bushveld will leave you with a fulfilling experience.

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    Long Lee Manor ★★★★★

    Overlooking the magnificent plains of Shamwari you’ll find the exquisite Long Lee Manor. This newly redesigned lodge boasts Edwardian styled suites and a stupendous rim-flow pool. Long Lee Manor redefines elegance in nature.

    In addition to the rolling landscapes, the extravagant Long Lee Manor boasts the original Manor House and offers several unique features that will keep you comfortable during your stay.

    The accommodation is tastefully designed to enhance its location, while the Manor House has been lovingly restored to pay homage to the area’s rich heritage, adding a bit of romance to any stay.

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    Riverdene ★★★★★

    Riverdene Family Lodge has a welcoming ease and warmth and is a place where families are always at home and where guests become friends. Here you will enjoy sunsets under the expanse of the African sky, leaving you and your loved-ones with memories to treasure forever.

    Surrounded by a wealth of natural beauty, Riverdene Family Lodge overlooks the widespread bushveld of the Eastern Cape. The newly renovated lodge is the ideal place for families to bond for hours as gentle giants roam in the distance, while children can engage in the Kids on Safari programme.

    private oasis for families, groups and friends

    Sarili ★★★★★

    Sarili is an oasis of exclusive luxury overlooking the grassy plains of Africa and the Bushman’s River, a sumptuous five-bedroomed lodge from where you and your family and friends can watch Africa’s iconic Big Five.

    Perched on the banks of the Bushman’s River, Sarili Private Lodge provides the perfect exclusive bush experience, with magnificent African wilderness at your doorstep. The modern interiors coupled with exclusive amenities, mean you’re never too far from superior comfort in the heart of the Eastern Cape.

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    Sindile ★★★★★

    Sindile, Shamwari’s new luxury 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.

    The nine luxury free-standing tents are elevated above the surrounding bush, allowing uninhibited views, unsullied by any other man-made structures or light pollution. The harmonious, intimate design minimises the environmental footprint.

    The dining area and bar are situated to make the most of the views over the reserve, with focal points including a large harvest table and fire pit.


    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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