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Product Information > Safari> Shamwari Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa > 93 Bedrooms > Grade: Gold
The privately owned 25 000 hectare Shamwari Game Reserve is located in the Eastern Cape province (the province’s largest reserve) of South Africa, a malaria-free region and natural habitat of the famed ‘Big Five’ wildlife; five of South Africa’s seven biomes occuring in Shamwari. The geographical location forms a natural extension to the renowned Garden Route; it is the closest game reserve to Cape Town. ‘Shamwari’ means ‘friend’ in Shona (spoken principally in Zimbabwe); the reserve is most welcoming of families. A dedicated wildlife department of vets and ecologists supervise breeding and rehabilitation while educational programmes and an anti-poaching initiative have proved valuable and been recognised.
 

Game drives last for up to three hours conducted twice daily in open 4 by 4s accommodating a maximum of six. South Africa is blessed in regard to the impressive diversity of wildlife including the largest land-based mammal: the African elephant, the tallest: the giraffe, the fastest: the cheetah, the smallest: the dwarf shrew, the largest non-flying bird: the ostrich and the largest flying bird: the kori bustard. The famed ‘Big Five’ consist of lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and water buffalo (sometimes supplemented by cheetah and wild dog to make the ‘Big Seven’); visitors aspire to ‘tick off’ as many of these as possible in their viewing list safari journals...try to spot a dazzle of zebra or pod of hippos!, Africa’s second largest land mammal weighing up to three and a half tons. Other activities include guided trails, astronomical spotting, tours of the Animal Rehabilitation Centre, Animal Hospital and Born Free Foundation. Additionally, professional quality souvenir safari DVDs are made for you.

 

Air-conditioned accommodation comprises six lodges and a manor house. The general tone is one of grand neo-colonial housing with modern facilities such as the internet while private patios, viewing decks and infinity pools invite the outdoors in. Riverdene Lodge has nine family rooms while Eagles Crag Lodge’s nine detached suites are concealed in a gorge facing a cliff and riverbed featuring a library, fireplace lounges opening onto terraces and hydro bath, steam and sauna in addition to outdoor shower and private plunge pool terrace.

 
 

Lobengula Lodge consists of six suites in thatched properties in a valley bushveld setting complete with swimming pool with sunken cocktail bar, fitness room, steam room and sauna. Bushmans River Lodge is a four room underfloor heated restored Victorian homestead with swimming pool and a sleeping berth ‘lapa’ overlooking the Bushmans River as well as both indoor and al fresco dining facilities on a private patio.


The Sarili Lodge also enjoys a deck overlooking the Bushmans River, fireplace and television lounges, in and outdoor balcony dining and heated pool with a shallow end for children; an ideal family retreat. The refined Long Lee Manor, dating from 1910, is a restored Edwardian manor house accommodating 36 and specialising in gourmet cuisine. It boasts two pools, both indoor and outdoor dining, therapy and steam rooms as well as a sauna. There is also a honeymoon suite with balcony. The Bayethe Tented Lodge is a stone and thatched lodge set in the bush with viewing deck over reverie trees, the domain of crowned eagles. 24 adults can be accommodated in 12 detached tents all offering both indoor and outdoor dining while six have indoor baths and outdoor showers. Alternatively, three tents have indoor spa baths and showers. Plunge pools and decks are complemented by a hammock in certain tents.

Shamwari is reached by car in 45 minutes from Port Elizabeth served by daily international flights or by private airstrip with ranger transfer. Shamwari as part of the Mantis Collection (as is Sanbona) Wildlife Reserve) of international properties/ Dubai World Africa has won all manner of conservation and environmental awards including World’s Leading Safari and Game Reserve and the World’s Leading Conservation Company 1998-2008.

 
Bedroom Details
 
EAGLES CRAG LODGE
Name
View
Single Beds
Double Beds
Air Con
Fan
En Suite
TV
Junior Suites (X7)
Plain
 
King
Yes
Yes
Yes
None
Junior Suites (X2)
Plain
 Twin
Yes
Yes
Yes
None
 
VILLA LOBENGULA LODGE
Name
View
Single Beds
Double Beds
Air Con
Fan
En Suite
TV
Chief Suite with Plunge Pool
Plain
King
Yes
No
Yes
None
Junior Suites With Plunge Pool (X2)
Plain
King
Yes
No
Yes
None
Junior Suites (X3)
Plain
King
Yes
No
Yes
None
 
LONG LEE MANOR
Name
View
Single Beds
Double Beds
Air Con
Fan
En Suite
TV
Honeymoon Suite
Plain
Double
Yes
No
Yes
Sat TV
Manour Suite
Plain
Twin
Yes
No
Yes
Sat TV
Garden Suites (X4)
Plain
Twin
Yes
No
Yes
Sat TV
Palm Court Luxury Rooms (X4)
Plain
Twin
Yes
No
Yes
Sat TV
Sidbury Suites (X4)
Plain
Twin
Yes
No
Yes
Sat TV
Sidbury Luxury Room
Plain
Twin
Yes
No
Yes
Sat TV
 
BAYETHE LODGE
Name
View
Single Beds
Double Beds
Air Con
Fan
En Suite
TV
Luxury Tents with Plunge Pool (X3)
Plain
King
No
No
Yes
TV
Luxury Tents with Plunge Pool (X6)
Plain
Twin
No
No
Yes
TV
 
RIVERDENE LODGE
Name
View
Single Beds
Double Beds
Air Con
Fan
En Suite
TV
Luxury Rooms (X9)
Plain
Twin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Sat TV
 
SARILI LODGE
Name
View
Single Beds
Double Beds
Air Con
Fan
En Suite
TV
Luxury Rooms (X2)
River
Double
Yes
No
Yes
None
Luxury Rooms (X2)
Courtyard
Double
Yes
No
Yes
None
Suite
River
Sleeper Couch
Yes
No
Yes
None
 
 
 
 

 
Facility Details
 
 
 
BBQ
No
Jacuzzi
No
Pool
Yes
Spa and Fitness
Yes
Room Service
24 Hr
Families
Yes
       
Curio Shops
Yes
  Things to Do  
    Game Drives
 
Conferencing
Yes
  Birding  
Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre
    Born Free Big Cat Sanctuaries  
Special Events
Yes
  Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre  
Relaxation Retreats
    Safari Kids  
Photographic Safari
No
     
Dining
   
Elaphant Back Safari
No
  Every Lodge has their own team of  
cheffs
       
Night Safari
No
     
 
     
     
Walking Safari
Yes
Other
       
Game Drives
Yes
     
 
       
Internet Access
Yes
     
 


 
See links below for other Safari Lodge Accommodation
 

Royal Malewane | Ulusaba | Camp Jabulani | Zambezi Queen | Lion Sands | Abu Camp | Shamwari | Kleins Camp

 
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