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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 ★★★★★

    Bayethe Tented Lodge promises the romanticism of a tented safari without sacrificing the comfort of modern amenities. Its tented suites serve as the perfect base from which to enjoy a safari in the Eastern Cape wilderness. Whether it’s taking in the views from the lodge’s pool, sampling the gourmet cuisine or just relaxing in one of the lodge’s spacious suites, Bayethe Tented Lodge embodies the warmth of the African greeting after which it was named.

    sophisticated safari experience

    Eagles Crag ★★★★★

    Eagles Crag Lodge invites guests to return to nature in the most luxurious way. Surrounded by lush greenery and rocky canyons, the lodge offers uninterrupted views of the very best of Shamwari. Its stone-and-glass suites promise to immerse guests in nature, all while treating them to a plethora of facilities. However guests choose to spend time at Eagles Crag, the lodge’s staff will be on hand to cater to all their needs and requests.

    luxury bush camp

    Explorer Camp ★★★★★

    Explorer Camp at Shamwari Private Game Reserve offers a unique walking experience ideal for guests looking for an adventurous and authentic option. Offering the ambiance of a tented bush camp of old safari lore. The camp is located on a plateau set among the only basalt and granite extrusions on Shamwari. A truly magical setting awaits. The camp site provides the true explorer ambiance and tents are placed in fairly close proximity without encroaching on other tents privacy. Wild animals are able to move through the camps at any time and although all safety precautions have been followed in setting up the camp; this remains a reality.

    private lodge experience

    Lobengula ★★★★★

    Lobengula Lodge offers guests the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive paradise in the African bush. Families as well as tour groups can book the lodge for an exclusive, private holiday. Modelled after a traditional African kraal, Lobengula promises the sense of centuries old tradition, only with modern amenities. The shaded lodge area ensures that time between safari activities is as comfortable as possible. Dedicated staff will do their utmost to make this a reality.

    historical manor house

    Long Lee Manor ★★★★★

    Long Lee Manor offers guests the chance to step back in time courtesy of its antique interiors and perfectly manicured grounds, with modern-chic trimmings. Uninterrupted views of the plains of Shamwari greet guests from wherever they stand on its lawns. Attention has been paid to every detail of Long Lee Manor. From the thread count of its king-size beds to the items on the gourmet menu, a bespoke experience awaits guests from check-in to check-out.

    where families are always at home

    Riverdene ★★★★★

    Riverdene Family Lodge promises an unforgettable safari destination for families with children as well as travellers who enjoy a warm, welcoming atmosphere. The lodge looks out over the reserve’s vast plains and boasts various vantage points from which to view them. Its air-conditioned suites promise a comfortable refuge from the African sun. In addition to expert game rangers, a full contingent of lodge staff ensures that guests, both young and old, are well taken care of, wherever they may spend their time at Riverdene Family Lodge.

    private oasis for families, groups and friends

    Sarili ★★★★★

    Sarili Lodge seamlessly blends the authentic African wild with modern architecture. Boasting plush accommodation and bordering the picturesque Bushmans River, the lodge promises expansive views of the river valley below. It also houses a variety of facilities and amenities to make your stay in the African bush a comfortable one. Expert staff are ready to assist guests with anything they may need, between thrilling game drives and other outdoor activities.

    luxury tented camp

    Sindile ★★★★★

    Nestled within the lush vegetation of Shamwari Private Game Reserve, Sindile at Shamwari Private Game Reserve provides luxury tented accommodation within the wilderness. The luxurious lodge, catering to individuals over the age of 16, comprises of nine premier tents each with a private heated plunge pool. Sindile, Shamwari’s new luxury tented camp is a secluded, luxury getaway set deep in the African veld. Named for the famed leopard of Shamwari, 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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