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About Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Welcome to Shamwari Private 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 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 6 different lodges at Shamwari Private Game Reserve, all of which are 5 Star graded. Choose a lodge that perfectly compliments your ideal African experience.

When you visit Shamwari Private Game Reserve, we would want you to have the 'safari of a lifetime'. We will assign a personal game ranger to your group.

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.

Safari: Shamwari is the pinnacle of private game reserves and home to the coveted Big 5. Stretching over a vast, malaria free landscape and is one of the largest private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa.

Spa: Shamwari Private Game Reserve has relaxation retreats at Long Lee Manor, Eagles Crag, Bayethe Tented Lodge and Lobengula Lodge.

Family friendly: Riverdene has interleading rooms with sleeper couches (subject to availabilty). There is a kids club and outdoor adventure center, and "Kids on Safari" program. Children from age 4 can join game drives. Babysitting is available.

  • Response Rate: 67%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 8 hours
  • Type: Safari
  • Sleeps: 127
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 3 Reviews

Facilities

  • Airport Shuttle
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Swimming Pool
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Xhosa (isiXhosa)
  • Afrikaans

Grading

  • 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 30% supplement for rooms/suites occupied by one adult
o inclusive of all meals, two games drives, water, tea and coffee, and game drive beverages, tourism levy and 15% 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 30% supplement for rooms/suites occupied by one adult
o inclusive of all meals, two games drives, water, tea and coffee, and game drive beverages, tourism levy and 15% 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 Family Lodge and Sarili Lodge only
• Child rates are
o applicable whether children share a room with adults or not
o inclusive of meals and 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

Transfers
• 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

Payment
• 50% Deposit will be required within 14 days of reservation being made
• Balance will be required 60 days prior to arrival
• Full pre payment will be required at time of booking for reservations made within 60 days of arrival
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Specials

SAVE 10% Stay 3 nights and receive 10% off your accommodation

Stay between 01 May 2019 and 31 Oct 2019 and get 10% off on selected rooms.

  • 3 night min stay (check-in between 01 May 2019 and 31 Oct 2019)

SAVE 15% Stay 4 nights or more and receive 15% off your accommodation

Stay between 01 May 2019 and 31 Oct 2019 and get 15% off on selected rooms.

  • 4 night min stay (check-in between 01 May 2019 and 31 Oct 2019)

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  • Bayethe Tented Lodge Superior Tent Bayethe Tented Lodge Superior Tent Sleeps 2 Includes: All Meals Rooms / Units: 12 This tented paradise offers guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in utter tranquility, surrounded by the rich... see more
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      • Long Lee Manor Luxury Suite Long Lee Manor Luxury Suite Sleeps 2 Includes: All Meals Rooms / Units: 10 The Manor House is the ideal place for a luxurious getaway for either larger groups or a romantic couple. Twin beds... see more
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          • Eagles Crag Lodge Junior Suite Eagles Crag Lodge Junior Suite Sleeps 2 Includes: All Meals Rooms / Units: 9 Eagles Crag Lodge comprises suites fashioned of glass and stone. Not only is the accommodation classically beautiful,... see more
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              • Riverdene Family Lodge Luxury Room Riverdene Family Lodge Luxury Room Sleeps 3 Includes: All Meals Rooms / Units: 9 Riverdene Family Lodge affords you optimal comfort for an unforgettable family safari. This lodge has a welcoming ease... see more
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                  • Lobengula Lodge Junior Suite Lobengula Lodge Junior Suite Sleeps 2 Includes: All Meals Rooms / Units: 6 Tucked away in the depths of the bushveld lies the tranquil Lobengula Lodge. This private lodge experience has been desi... see more Features:  Twin beds, King beds, En-suite, Mountain views, Balcony/patio, Air-Conditioning see more Twin beds, King beds, En-suite, Mountain views, Balcony/patio, Air-Conditioning, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Bar Fridge, Wi-Fi, Safe, No Smoking in Rooms, Hair Dryer
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                      • Long Lee Manor Luxury Room Long Lee Manor Luxury Room Sleeps 2 Includes: All Meals Rooms / Units: 5 The Manor House is the ideal place for a luxurious getaway for either larger groups or a romantic couple. Twin beds... see more
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                          • Sarili Lodge Luxury River View Room Sarili Lodge Luxury River View Room Sleeps 2 Includes: All Meals Rooms / Units: 3 Sarili Lodge at Shamwari Game Reserve features majestic views of the Bushman's River and the grassy plains but also offe... see more
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                              • Explorer Camp Explorer Camp Sleeps 2 Includes: All Meals Rooms / Units: 3 Our wilderness bush camp itinerary comprises a min 2-night trail, Operational Tue & Wed and Fri, Sat with an optional... see more
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                                  • Sarili Lodge Luxury Courtyard Room Sarili Lodge Luxury Courtyard Room Sleeps 2 Includes: All Meals Rooms / Units: 2 Sarili Lodge at Shamwari Game Reserve features majestic views of the Bushman's River and the grassy plains but also offe... see more
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                                      Reviews for Shamwari Private 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.

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                                      Shamwari Private 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