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About Shamwari Game Reserve

Welcome to Shamwari Game Reserve, the ultimate luxury Big Five African safari adventure and conservation effort coupled with responsible tourism. Shamwari Private Game Reserve is home to Africa’s Big 5, and is malaria free and is situated in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. This reserve has received numerous international awards, including the World’s Leading Conservation Company and Game Reserve for many consecutive years.

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

Shamwari is situated in verdant bush along the Bushmans River, halfway between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, a pleasant drive from Cape Town and forms a natural extension to the famous Garden Route. Luxury accommodation is offered in 7 different lodges at Shamwari Game Reserve, all of which are 5 Star graded. Choose a lodge that perfectly compliments your ideal African experience.

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 six, 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.

For children on a Safari, this is 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.

  • Response Rate: 33%
  • Response Time: 38 hours
  • Type: Safari
  • Sleeps: 118
  • Check-in: 02:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 3 Reviews


  • Airport Shuttle
  • Wheelchair Enabled
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Room Service

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans


  • 5 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

• Rates are:
o applicable to new bookings only
o quoted, invoiced and payable in ZAR
o quoted per adult sharing per night
o subject to a 50% supplement for rooms/suites occupied by one adult
o inclusive of all meals, two games drives and selected beverages (premium brands not included), tourism levy and 14% Vat
o subject to...
• Rates are:
o applicable to new bookings only
o quoted, invoiced and payable in ZAR
o quoted per adult sharing per night
o subject to a 50% supplement for rooms/suites occupied by one adult
o inclusive of all meals, two games drives and selected beverages (premium brands not included), tourism levy and 14% Vat
o subject to change without prior notice
• We recommend a minimum stay of two nights throughout the year
Children Policy
• This policy applies to all persons from 0 up to and including 11 years old
• Persons from 12 years and older are considered as adults and will therefore require their own room/suite at the applicable rates
• Persons under the age of 16 years are not permitted on any walking safaris
• Children are accommodated at Riverdene Lodge and Sarili Lodge only
• Child rates are
o applicable whether children share a room with adults or not
o inclusive of meals, non alcoholic beverages, activities (age dependant) and the “Kids on Safari” program
• 0 – 3 Year old
o are accommodated at no additional cost
o may share with adults, depending on the availability of cots and/or rooms with a sleeper couch
o are not permitted on game drives
• 4 – 11 Year old
o are accommodated at 50% (half) of the adult sharing rate
o may share with adults, depending on the availability of rooms with a sleeper couch
o are permitted on game drives
• Sleeper couches can accommodate a maximum of one child each
• Cots can accommodate a maximum of one child per cot
• Rooms accommodating children sharing with parents contains one sleeper couch per room
• Child minding are done by lodge staff and can be arranged at an additional cost
Travel Information

We highly recommend that travel insurance is taken out

• Transfers can be arranged with reservations on request at additional costs
• All transfers are handled by accredited car hire and charter companies
• Transfer from/to private landing strips are complimentary, but must be booked prior to arrival
• 25% Deposit will be required within 14 days of reservation being made
• Balance will be required 30 days prior to arrival
• Full pre payment will be required at time of booking for reservations made within 30 days of arrival
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Reviews for Shamwari Game Reserve

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Anonymous, South Africa
29 July 2008

Fantastic Fantastic Fantastic! We will be back.

Mike Watson, United Kingdom
01 August 2006

The experience was marvellous with the game drives being the focal point of our stay. Our ranger, Darryn, was extremely knowledgeable and was persistent in ensuring we got the best possible chance to view as many of the animals as possible.The accommodation, quality of food and service were excellent. The bedrooms were luxurious. The staff couldn't do enough for you and were very attentive and efficient without being over elaborate. The food was very well prepared and varied.All in all an unbeatable experience.

philip bennett, United Kingdom
12 March 2006

Apart from the two Land Rover breakdowns that we endured on our first game drive! (which the staff handled very well), the experience was fantastic. For someone without much time (we only stayed for one night) you get to see a lot of game in just two game drives, from the pride of lions, wild dogs, elephants, giraffes and antelope. We didn't get to see buffalo or the elusive Hippo (despite the great effort of our knowledgable and lovely guide). Would recommend the luxury tented camp for an authentic safari experience.

Shamwari Game Reserve Map

Shamwari Game Reserve is 6.5km from the centre of Paterson , the nearest airport 73.6km (Port Elizabeth Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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