What is included in the rate?
Rates include the following:
- Three meals per day
- Tea, coffee and water
- Two game drives per day
- Beverages on the game drive
- Guided walks
- Visit to educational centre
- Tourism levy and VAT
Other beverages, relaxation retreats and laundry are not included.
What does a typical day at the reserve entail?
The day starts early with a morning game drive. After enjoying a cup of tea or coffee while the sun rises, guests will be returned to their accommodation for breakfast. They can then enjoy a bush walk or a selection of other activities offered by Shamwari. Its then time for a hearty lunch, followed by a high tea at 3PM. Guests will meet their ranger before heading off for a sunset game drive. Come sundown, the safari vehicle will return to their lodge for a sumptuous dinner and to share their safari stories around the campfire.
What is the dresscode and what do I need to pack?
Neutral coloured clothes are recommended while on a game drive. Avoid colours like white and black in order to better blend in to the bush. Anti-malaria medication is not necessary but be sure to bring your own personal medication. We 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
Is tipping/gratuities expected?
Gratuities are not compulsory at Shamwari. However, gratuities can be placed in the courtesy envelopes which are supplied in all rooms.
How long should you stay?
3 nights is the ideal amount of time in which to experience all that Shamwari has to offer.
Other than safaris, what activities are there?
There is a variety of activities on offer at Shamwari, namely:
- Kids on Safari programme
- Family Safaris
- Pro Photo Safari
- Safari Spa
- Various conservation centres that can be visited
- Excursions to nearby attractions like Grahamstown
Is the reserve a malaria-free area?
Yes. Shamwari Game Reserve is located in the Eastern Cape, a malaria-free area.
How big is the reserve?
Shamwari is approximately 250km².
What wildlife can I expect to see?
Shamwari is home to the Big 5, as well as species like hyena, hippo and a large birdlife.
Is there a range of accommodation?
Yes. There are 7 different lodges within Shamwari, each with its own unique flavour and atmosphere.
How do I get to the reserve?
Shamwari can be easily reached via the N2 from Port Elizabeth. Alternatively, East Cape Tours can organise a transfer for you.
Is the reserve child friendly?
Yes. Riverdene Family Lodge offers a selection of family suites as well as a children’s safari programme.
What are the check-in/check-out times?
Check-in is at 13:00. Check out is by 11:00.
Can I take a toddler on a game drive?
Children under 4 are not allowed on game drives.
Does the reserve cater for weddings, honeymoons and conferences?
Yes. Shamwari does cater for weddings and even offers the services of their in-house wedding planner for an additional fee. The game reserve also houses two conference facilities with state of the art equipment and team building activities.
Is there mobile coverage in the reserve?
Yes. There is mobile coverage at all of Shamwari’s lodges.
What type of food is offered?
Kosher, halal, vegan, vegetarian dietary requirments can be catered for at no additional cost. Kosher and halal meals can be outsourced at an additional cost.
Which game lodge at Shamwari is best for wildlife viewing?
Most of Shamwari’s lodges offer unrivalled views of the animals that roam the bush, including the renowned Big 5. Bayethe Lodge, Eagles Crag, Explorer Camp and Sarili Lodge are amongst the best for stunning wildlife viewing.
What makes Shamwari unique?
Shamwari’s dedication to nature conservation and the many rehabilitation centres it houses is what makes the game reserve unique. What’s more is that these rehabilitation centres are open to guests.
Does Shamwari offer animal encounters?
Animals can be observed on game drives but Shamwari does not offer interactions with these animals.
Is the reserve wheelchair friendly?
Long Lee Manor, Riverdene Lodge and Bayethe Lodge are all wheelchair friendly.
Does the reserve offer wi-fi?
Apart from the Explorer Camp, all of Shamwari’s lodges come equipped with complimentary wi-fi.
What is the currency and language of South Africa?
The local currency is the South African Rand (R1=100 cents), which exchanges favourably with major international currencies. Take note that currency can be exchanged at banks, forex bureaus and at certain hotels. Foreign tourists can have their VAT (value-added tax at 14%) refunded at the point of departure, provided they present their original tax invoices. American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa cards are widely accepted. South Africa has 11 official languages but English is widely spoken wherever one might travel.
What is the climate like at Shamwari?
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.
Does the reserve take part in any conservation efforts?
Yes. Shamwari is home to Rhino awareness centre, a big cat rehabilitation centre as well as other wildlife conservation facilities.
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