About Shamwari Game Reserve
Shamwari Game Reserve is situated in the verdant bush along the Bushmans River, halfway between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown a pleasant drive from Cape Town, forming a natural extension to the famous Garden Route. Shamwari is about conserving a vanishing way of life. Steeped in Pioneer history, and dating back to the time when a multitude of game roamed wild and free, the reserve boasts five eco-systems, thus enabling the support of many forms of plant, animal and bird life. This is the ultimate African adventure and conservation effort coupled with responsible tourism.
Shamwari's highly trained game rangers, with skilled service staff will ensure a memorable adventure, personalised to your needs. In keeping with its conservation policy, Shamwari has a complete wildlife research team as well as it's own anti poaching unit, ensuring an ecological balance prevails on this reclaimed piece of wilderness.
ACCOMMODATION AT SHAMWARI
Luxury accommodation is offered 7 different lodges on the reserve. Choose a lodge that perfectly complements your ideal African experience.
LONG LEE MANOR:
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.
The colonial-style, Riverdene Lodge with nine inter-leading luxury rooms, rim flow pool, supervised playroom, spacious green lawns and jungle gym facility ensures entertainment for the whole family.
Bayethe is a splendid stone walled and thatch roofed lodge with a large deck area overlooking a waterhole. There is a double volume lounge and dining area which spills out onto the deck which is adjacent to the outside boma for traditional fireside dining under the stars.
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 and rest in supreme peace and comfort whilst the vibration of authentic Africa dances through your being.
Eagles Crag is nestled in a valley and provides the ultimate luxury for the most discerning of travellers. Each superior room has been built to maximize the privacy of the guest in the most tranquil of settings.
With African travel becoming a family affair, Sarili Lodge is a new luxury lodge exclusively for families. An environmentally friendly private African thatch designed villa with a spacious deck overlooking the Bushman’s River with expansive views of the plains, the lodge is positioned in the southern region of the Reserve.
Shamwari Explorer Camp
This unique walking experience is ideal for guests looking for an adventurous and 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 and granite extrusions on Shamwari. A truly magical setting awaits!
SPA AT SHAMWARI
Awaken your senses and allow us to rejuvenate body, mind and soul. Inspired by surrounding nature and elements that guide us, our selection of body and beauty treatments cater for both men and women. We strive for quality, excellence and distinction in all we do.
Our luxury Relaxation Retreats are situated at Long Lee Manor, Eagles Crag Lodge, Bayethe Lodge and Lobengula Lodge. Treatments can be arranged for guests staying at Riverdene Lodge and Bushmans River Lodge.
BUSH WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS
If your dream wedding includes a luxury honeymoon to one of Africa's finest, luxury, Big 5 game reserves, then why not extend the dream and get married in the wild? Shamwari offers a romantic wedding package based on two people (bride and groom) that does not include accommodation. Accommodation charges can be requested separately.
CONFERENCES AT SHAMWARI
This 25,000 hectare game reserve provides the ultimate team building experience. Whether its working together to track wild animals, helping our vets with darting programmes or even assisting with the release of Big Five game back into the wild, there is no better way to develop teamwork skills whilst also supporting vital conservation efforts.
When you visit Shamwari Game Reserve, we would want you to have the 'safari of a lifetime'. We will assign a personal game ranger to your group of 6. Your game ranger and lodge manager will design your daily program with you.
We want you to experience, learn and enjoy the very best that African wildlife viewing can offer. To achieve this goal, we have brought together the best that the area has to offer. There is great game viewing, in modern open game viewing vehicles that have been especially converted to maximise comfort and viewing potential. Your personal game ranger will provide insightful and valuable information about the fauna and flora.
In between game drives your time is filled with relaxing, reading, spa treatments, swimming, enjoying delicious cuisine, a game walk, or a visit to one of the two Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary's.
Kids on Safari
A truly unique, educational and fun family safari.
The colonial-style, Riverdene Lodge with nine inter-leading luxury rooms, rim flow pool, supervised playroom, spacious green lawns and jungle gym facility will ensure entertainment for the whole family.
Upon arrival, the children’s co-ordinator will discuss activity options with the family taking the family’s size, children’s ages and the weather into consideration. Child minding facilities are available at an additional cost for children younger than four years as they are too young to join game drives.
BORN FREE FOUNDATION
The Born Free Foundation is at the forefront of drawing the public's attention to the plight of wild animals confined in impoverished captive environments and promoting through education and public awareness, a humane agenda. It is the mission of both The Born Free Foundation and Shamwari Game Reserve to promote the conservation of species and the protection of habitat while maintaining a humane and compassionate approach to the welfare of animals.
In partnership with actress/conservationist Virginia McKenna's Born Free Foundation, Shamwari Game Reserve designed the Born Free Foundation Animal Rescue and Education Centre to incorporate a museum and educational facility whose goal is to create an awareness of the horrific way in which wildlife is exploited in captivity around the world. Over the years the Born Free Foundation has been able to rescue several big cats from situations where they are in serious danger and provide them with excellent life time care. Guests at Shamwari are able to see some of these rescued animals at the Born Free Foundation Animal Rescue and Education Centre.