Shamwari Private Game Reserve
Shamwari, Eastern Cape
Home of the Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary, Shamwari Private Game Reserve has an impressive 25,000 hectares of land, packed with free roaming wild animals, exotic birdlife and indigenous flora and fauna. Game-drives leave twice a day, with your specialist ranger, in open 4x4 vehicles; during the morning and early evening ‘sightings’ of the ‘Big Five’ are plentiful. Guided walks are also a fantastic way to get to grips with your stunning surrounds and make sure you visit the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Accommodation is of the highest standard throughout the six lodges with Eagles Crag lodge recommended for those who adore privacy and serenity. Families are also more than welcome at Riverdene Family Lodge, it is very spacious indeed and has a range of child-friendly activities to take advantage of, the over 4’s are welcome on family game-drives too. As well as the wildlife, there’s a swimming pool with shallow area just for them, a kids club and outdoor adventure centre. Bayethe tented lodge offers a wonderful ‘back to the bush’ experience never to be forgotten and Sarili Lodge offers an intimate experience with only five rooms (perfect for families, groups and friends) with a large deck overlooking the Bushman’s River. Meals can be enjoyed in your lodge, the dining room or in the boma, feasting on traditional African dishes from the barbecue.
- Wheelchair access
Where is itOn 25,000 hectares of bushveld in the Eastern Cape. Driving time from Port Elizabeth Airport: 1 hour.
There are 6 different lodges in total: Riverdene Family Lodge - is perfect for families, with a very exciting and complimentary children's programme. This is a wonderful homestead with relaxed loungers, offering the perfect stay for families, with interconnecting rooms, childcare facilities and an excititing new outdoor kids activity centre, child-friendly game-drives for children from the age of 4 years, a child friendly dining room, pool and a place to relax and enjoy the bush. There are only 9 rooms, all with private facilities, air conditioning and TV, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child.
All Inclusive of: meals and selected local beverages. All game-drives and visits to Education Centres.
Lobengula Lodge - This lodge has been designed to reflect a traditional Africa Kraal and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Combining contemporary design with traditional African touches, the lodge offers 3 Junior Suites with a private terrace overlooking the main pool, and other 3 suites that have a private deck with private plunge pool, sleeping maximum 2 adults.
Sarili Lodge - Suitable for older families, couples or small parties. This luxury lodge consisting of 5 Luxury rooms sleeping a maximum of 10 people. Enjoy Bushman's River and plains view on the deck of this African thatch design villa. There are bar/lounge and dining areas and a child friendly swimming pool. Choose from a Luxury Courtyard Room (rooms are interconnecting via a passage so are suitable for a family) or a Luxury River Roo, each sleeping maximum 2 adults.
Bayethe Tented Lodge - This wonderful tented lodge is nestled along the riverbed, where you can enjoy drinks with the wildlife after dark, and relax in one of the 12 luxury tents. All with en-suite facilities, private outdoor shower, plunge pool and viewing deck.
Eagles Crag Lodge - This premium lodge, which has been newly refurbished, is for the traveller who wants to enjoy contemporary and modern African design alongside the traditional chic of the African bush. The upper level offers a great dining area and lounge with individual 'dining pods' that look out over cliffs. Your suite offers privacy and tranquillity, with your own private deck and heated plunge pool, indoor and outdoor shower, luxury en-suite facilities and a spa* for extra relaxation - and with only 9 rooms, you are sure to be spoilt. Sleeping maximum 2 adults.
Honeymooners: couples receive a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine in their room on arrival, a private candlelit dinner (either in room or in the dining room), a romantic turndown after an evening game drive and private lunch time picnic (can be taken in the garden, room or out in the bush). Valid for stays 1 Jan–31 Dec '19.
Virgin Holidays offer: all Virgin Holidays guests receive a complimentary 45 minute head, back and shoulder massage per person per stay.
Valid for stays between 1 May '19-30 Apr '20.
Traditional African bomas. African barbecues. Game-drives take place in the early morning and late afternoon. Kids on Safari programme, guides walks and night drives. Eagles Crag, Bayethe and Long Lee Manor all have a spa*. Complimentary WiFi. 2-day Explorer Camp experience* (guided walking safari available Oct-Apr). Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. New Welcome Lounge (for guests staying at Long Lee Manor, Riverdene Family Lodge, Sarili Lodge and Explorer camp).
Wheelchair adapted rooms with partially accessible amenities or facilities available on request (Riverdene Family Lodge). Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page
2 nights between 1 May-20 Apr.
* Denotes local charge.