Game Reserve (Eastern Cape) South Africa
Shamwari Game Reserve is Africa's most successful
conservation project stretching across 18,000 hectares of
land and spanning 5 ecosystems. Not only will you experience
nature this close and in their natural surroundings but also
pamper yourself in Shamwari's luxurious accommodations and
It has received numerous international awards, including
the World's Leading Conservation Company and Game Reserve
for three consecutive years.
The Shamwari Game Reserve is steeped in settler history,
and dates back to the time when game roamed freely in the
Shamwari means 'friend' in the Shona Language, but now
its about conserving a vanishing way of life and is the
realization of one man's dream, and the success of many
This private Game Reserve is malaria free and situated on
the Garden Route of South Africa and only 40 minutes by road
from Port Elizabeth.
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.
Long Lee Manor accommodates 38 guests in 15 elegant en-suite
rooms and 3 luxury suites.
Sumptuously prepared meals are enjoyed in the main dining
room, under the Pepper Tree, or around the open blazing fire
at the Barn. A river boma offers an outdoor option for
meals. The Shamwari wine list is especially selected and
includes a choice of 12 red and 12 white South African
wines. A further selection of rare and fine wines and
imported French champagne is also available. A selection of
Cuban cigars are on offer from the humidor.
Lobengula Lodge is a truly classical African experience.
Tucked away deep in the valley bushveld, this ethnically
decorated thatched lodge offers guests a tranquil, luxurious
and exclusive getaway.
Two of the 5 luxury suites have private plunge pools
whilst the remaining 3 suites are situated adjacent to the
large swimming pool. The Chief suite boasts a large lounge
with fireplace and private pool.
Lobengula Lodge serves lavish meals either on the main
deck, in the dining room beside the fireplace or in the
outside boma under the stars. A selection of fine and rare
South African wines are available from the cellar. A
selection of Cuban cigars are on offer from the humidor.
Riverdene Lodge consists of nine twin rooms, and sleeps
18 guests in total. Rooms are fully air-conditioned, with
television and telephone, and feature a small lounge area.
Each bathroom en-suite has a 'his' and 'hers' vanity
basin, separate shower and bath.
The public areas consist of two elegantly furnished
casual lounges and a glorious sunroom, a rim flow swimming
pool with sun deck and poolside bar.
Bushman's River Lodge
Bushman's River Lodge is a Victorian homestead that
offers an intimate atmosphere that is a welcoming reminder
of true South African hospitality. Beautifully decorated in
an artistic ethnic theme, this lodge is another
representation of the true uniqueness of Shamwari.
This 4-bedroom lodge is ideal for small groups of friends
or couples and offers a very private experience. Dining is varied between the dining room, the verandah,
which is adjacent to the pool, or the stunning boma under
thatch overlooking the Bushman's River. The Shamwari wine
list is especially selected and includes a choice of 12 red
and 12 white South African wines.
A further selection of rare and fine wines and imported
French champagne is also available. A selection of Cuban
cigars are on offer from the humidor and can be enjoyed in
the cozy lounge with fireplace. The ideal family lodge for an intimate experience.
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. The Shamwari
wine list is especially selected and includes a choice of 12
red and 12 white South African wines. A further selection of
rare and fine wines and imported French champagne is also
available. A selection of Cuban cigars are on offer from the
The 9 luxury tents are camouflaged under trees allowing
for 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.
The 3 premier tents at Bayethe Hills are the ultimate in
tented luxury. These tents offer the additional luxuries of
a fireplace, satellite TV, plunge pool and hammocks
suspended out of the wooden decks.
Eagles Cragg Lodge
Eagles Crag is nestled in a valley and provides the
ultimate luxury for the most discerning of travellers. Each
of the nine superior rooms has been built to maximize the
privacy of the guest in the most tranquil of settings.
The en-suite suites 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 suites provide stunning views of the
Our luxury spa offers a wide variety of personalized
treatments. The upper floor dining room and lounge, and
ground floor library, lounge and cocktail bar, all further
compliment the guests "African bushveld experience".
The perfect combination between a colonial and bush
experience. Perfect for families or small parties.
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.
The décor emulates an old traditional farmhouse with
interiors that reflect an easy living home lifestyle in a
natural environment. 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.
Shamwari offers a special “Kids on Safari” programme
where kids aged 4 and older have a chance of a lifetime to
view the Big 5, view a special educational film and visit
the Born Free Foundation and Shamwari Wildlife
Game Viewing / Activities:
Game viewing is carried out morning and evening on game
drives, when you are driven in your open vehicle (which
seats up to 6) over the rolling hills and valleys. If you
have a particular species you would like to see, please
mention it to your ranger; he will be happy to merge your
plans into the group. In the early morning (if you are keen)
you will leave before dawn, spending up to 3-4 hours
spotting before returning to your lodge for a hearty
breakfast. Blankets are supplied for those cold morning
The heat of the day is usually spent in the shade,
playing tennis, swimming, reading and, of course, eating a
large buffet lunch. Between 4:00 - 5:00pm, you assemble
again for the evening drive. As the animals emerge from
their midday cover, you may see elephants browsing, rhino
drinking at a waterhole, or perhaps the shy bushbuck
motionless in the dense bushveld. At dusk, the Land Rover
stops at some panoramic spot for a sundowner (from the
icebox ) and snacks.
Then, as the light fades, your ranger will plug in a
powerful hand-held light. With its help, you can sweep the
veld, seeing first the eyes and then the forms of a variety
of nocturnal animals. By 8:00pm you are back at your lodge
where a drink in the bar with your ranger, amid cheerful
recollections of the day's discoveries is followed either by
another great meal expertly prepared by our chefs, or a
barbecue next to a roaring fire. Finally, a hot shower and a
Accommodation Rates: From $530 per person per night
sharing. Please contact us for a quote and suggested