Eastern Cape

Shamwari Game Reserve, Eastern Cape

Shamwari Game Reserve wins Africa Travel Awards

At the 16th World Travel Awards for Africa, Shamwari Game Reserve won the World's leading conservation company.

Shamwari has won 'Africa's Leading Safari & South Africa's Leading Safari' at the 14th annual World Travel Awards Middle East & Africa category.The Middle East & Africa voting campaign reached a total of 167 000 travel professionals worldwide, including more than 110 000 travel agents. Hailed by the Wall Street Journal as the travel industry's equivalent to the "Oscars", the World Travel Awards may be regarded as the most comprehensive and most prestigious awards programme in the global travel industry today.

Welcome to Shamwari Game Reserve, the ultimate Luxury Big Five African Safari Adventure & Conservation effort coupled with responsible Tourism. Shamwari Game Reserve is home to Africa's Big 5 (Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Lion & Leopard), is Malaria Free & is situated in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

This Reserve has received numerous International Awards, including the World's Leading Conservation Company & Game Reserve for many consecutive years.

Shamwari is about conserving a vanishing way of life & is the realisation of one man's dream, & the success of many people's passion. Steeped in pioneer history, & dating back to the time when a multitude of game roamed wild & free, the 25 000 hectare reserve boasts five eco-systems, thus enabling the support of many forms of plant, animal & bird life.

Shamwari is situated in verdant bush along the Bushmans River, halfway between Port Elizabeth & Grahamstown, a pleasant drive from Cape Town & forms a natural extension to the famous Garden Route.

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Bayethe Lodge

Bayethe Lodge - Shamwari Game Reserve

Tented luxury and riverine privacy. in the Shamwari Game Reserve, "By-ye-ti", the welcoming salutation you will receive on your arrival at this splendid stone walled and thatch roofed lodge. Absorb the pulse of the African bush from the viewing deck, framed by riverine trees and overlooking river pools where antelope venture a twilight drink and crowned eagles glide on the darkening sky. While sitting next to the boma fire, allow it's crackling, a nightjar and the distant howl of a jackal to serenade you into relaxation. Bayethe Lodge offers the ultimate in luxury, tented accommodation. Each of the nine tents are nestled along the bed of the river, camouflaged under trees allowing ample privacy and unsurpassed comforts. Each tent is air-conditioned and heated and has an en-suite bathroom, shower, private plunge pool and viewing deck. Early morning and evening game viewing drives in open land rovers as well as guided nature walks and bird watching are all part of this magnificent experience.

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Eagles Crag Lodge

Eagles Crag Lodge - Shamwari Game Reserve

Eagles Crag Lodge is an avante-guard masterpiece of thatch, stone and glass for the most discerning of traveller who is looking for privacy and tranquillity.
Eagles Crag is nestled in a valley and provides the ultimate luxury for the most discerning of travelers. Each of the nine superior rooms have been built to maximize the privacy of the guest in the most tranquil of settings. The en-suite rooms boast a private deck with pool, as well as, indoor and outdoor showers.
Decorated in light and contemporary colours, with wall-to-wall glass doors on two sides, these rooms provide stunning views of the surrounding cliffs. Our luxury spa offers a wide variety of personlized treatments. The upper floor dining room and lounge, library, lounge and cocktail bar, all further complement the guests "African bushveld experience".

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Villa Lobengula

Villa Lobengula - Shamwari Game Reserve

Mother Earth gives the canvas - we paint the picture.

Villa Lobengula is a beautiful & tranquil space tucked away in the depths of the valley bushveld. It is a place where your soul can rejuvenate & rest in supreme peace & comfort whilst the vibration of authentic Africa dances through your being.

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Long Lee Manor

Long Lee Manor - Shamwari Game Reserve

Refined elegance from a bygone era with gracious living.
Long Lee Manor, originally built in 1910, offers a distinctive Colonial experience. This splendidly restored Edwardian Manor House offers guests refined comfort, congenial service and enticing cuisine in the African bush. Long Lee Manor accommodates 38 guests in elegant en-suite rooms, all with air-conditioning and heating, as well as family suites for the children. Sumptuously prepared meals are enjoyed in the main dining room or around the open blazing fire at the Barn. Between game drives guests can laze around one of the two pools, relax in the beautifully appointed garden lounge, or experience a rejuvenating treatment in our spa. Long Lee Manor is a reminder of an era of gracious living - positioned as the flagship of Shamwari - it overlooks the sweeping plains leading down to the Bushmans River. Our River lapa is a great view point.

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Riverdene Lodge

Riverdene Lodge - Shamwari Game Reserve

Elegance in the wilderness with a colonial african experience
Riverdene Lodge sleeps a total of 18 guests. Rooms are fully air-conditioned, all feature television, telephone and small lounge area. Each en-suite sandstone bathroom has a 'his' and 'hers' vanity basin, separate shower and bath. Private balconies lead onto the landscaped gardens. The two elegantly furnished casual lounges and glorious sunroom, as well as a magnificent rim flow swimming pool entice guests to relax and restore their energies. The lounge opens onto a spacious outdoor barbecue area. As with all the lodges at Shamwari, guests receive personal attention from their assigned rangers for the duration of their stay. We also have a deck lapa overlooking the river.

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Shamwari Explorer Camp

Shamwari Explorer Camp - Shamwari Game Reserve

This unique walking experience is ideal for guests looking for an adventurous & authentic option offering the ambience of a tented bush camp of old Safari lore. The camp is located on a plateau set amongst the only basalt & granite extrusions on Shamwari.
A truly magical setting awaits!!

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Sarili Lodge

Sarili Lodge - Shamwari Game Reserve

The perfect combination between a colonial and bush experience. Perfect for families or small parties. With African travel becoming a family affair, Shamwari Game Reserve will open Sarili, a new luxury lodge exclusively for families soon.
The lodge consists of five suites and can sleep a maximum of ten (10) guests. The lodge features a child friendly swimming pool, dining and lounge areas, courtyard barbeque area and special children's menu. Child minders are available at an additional cost.

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