Shamwari Game Reserve

Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Shamwari Game Reserve is one of the most exclusive and luxurious safari options in the Eastern Cape. The reserve is malaria free and has a magnificent variety of wildlife including the big 5. Shamwari Game Reserve provides exceptional game viewing all year round and offers exclusive accommodation options in their exquisite 5 star lodges.

2 night minimum stay

5 star lodge

Port Elizabeth

Cape Town Safari to Shamwari

About Shamwari

Shamwari is an award winning private game reserve based in the Eastern Cape and it is one of the most exclusive 5-star private game reserves in the country. Shamwari Game Reserve is more than 7,000 hectares and has a huge selection of wildlife, including the Big 5 and an impressive selection of bird species. Shamwari Game reserve is home to five of the eight biomes in South Africa and provides rich vegetation types, which make an ideal home for the wildlife, flora and magnificent bird life to adapt.

The safari drives at Shamwari are three to four hours long and take you to all the hot spots around the game reserve. Shamwari is a populated game reserve and therefore there is an excellent chance that you will be able to see the big 5 on the safaris.  The high standard safari drives take place in open 4×4 safari vehicles and are three to four hours long. The safaris are led by an experienced game ranger, highly knowledgeable and passionate about what they do. You will learn about all the aspects of wildlife at Shamwari Game Reserve. At Shamwari there are six exquisite 5 star lodges, surrounded with breath taking views and scenery. The setting at Shamwari is truly magical. The service and hospitality is on point and here you will experience a true South African Safari in pure luxury at a 5 star safari destination.

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The safari Experience

This 5 star experience will have you blown away from the minute you arrive at Shamwari Game Reserve. The best time to arrive will be around 1pm in time for welcome drinks and lunch. You will be shown around the lodge and checked into your room. Then you will have some time at leisure to enjoy the beautiful surroundings at the lodge. In the afternoon it will be time for your first safari drive. After the safari, it’s time to relax before dinner is served in the dining room.

The next morning, it’s your wake up call, bright and early for the morning game drive. The days will be similar at Shamwari Game Reserve. There are two safari drives, one in the morning with coffee and tea and one in the evening, with a sundowner stop at sunset. The food is outstanding and breakfast, 3 course lunches and 3 course dinners will be served daily in the lodge. After lunch you can spend the day at the lodge, lounging at the swimming pool and enjoy the incredible views and scenery. You can book a SPA treatment or take part in the different activities Shamwari Game Reserve has to offer. In the afternoon, the second game drive will take you over the beautiful African landscapes, into the sunset. After dinner, you have time to enjoy the night out in the wild and watch the stars, or listen to the animal sounds.

Your final day will start off with a sunrise safari and then you will have breakfast. You will then have some time to relax at the lodge, before you depart to your onward journey.

Activities at Shamwari

There are great activities at Shamwari Game Reserve. The game drives, nature walks and bird watching are the three main activities at Shamwari. You will find luxurious swimming pools, relaxation lounges and viewing decks where you can unwind and enjoy the incredible scenery. Some lodges have a SPA and some lodges have in-room treatments. There are plenty of kids activities and programs to learn more about the wildlife. Child mining can also be arranged at Shamwari.

Essential Information

At Shamwari Game Reserve the game drives and all meals are included. Drinks, additional activities and SPA treatments are excluded. Children are welcome at Shamwari Game Reserve, but children under the age of 4 years aren’t allowed on the game drives. It is for their own safety. On the guided nature walks, no children under the age of 16 and over the age of 65 are allowed, a pregnant woman isn’t allowed either. Exclusive packages for groups and families can be arranged with private safari drives and exclusive accommodation. Transfers are available on request.

Itinerary

Arrival Day:

  • Welcome drinks
  • Lunch at the lodge
  • Sunset game drive
  • Dinner

Full day:

  • Sunrise game drive
  • Breakfast
  • Time at leisure
  • Buffet lunch
  • Optional extra activities
  • Sunset game drive
  • Time at leisure
  • Dinner

Departure Day:

  • Sunrise game drive
  • Breakfast
  • Time at leisure
  • Checkout

Location

Getting There

Fly to Port Elizabeth and drive for 45 – 60 minutes depending on the lodge. The flight time from Cape Town is 2 hours. The drive from Cape Town to Shamwari takes 8.5 hours along the N2 highway and takes you through the scenic Garden Route. Transfers from Port Elizabeth airport and Cape Town can be arranged on request.

Accommodation options

Shamwari private game reserve offers unique 5 star lodges that have their own energy. Inspired by nature, these lodges are ensuring a luxurious stay, within the bush. Shamwari has 6 different lodge options for you to choose from and one explorer camp. Making sure that you are able to get the experience of your dreams.

Below are the low season and peak season prices, children aged 4-11 years pay half price and children under the age of 4 years have no charge, but are not permitted on the game drives.

Long Lee Manor

Long Lee Manor is offering 17 luxurious rooms or suites and one suite that is a 2-bedroom suite. Large pool outside is great for the hot summer’s day. At the moment the Long Lee Manor is under renovations and will only be completed at the end of 2019.
PriceR8300 – R14515 per person, per night
Sleeps2 Adults
Includes2 x Big 5 game drives, lunch, dinner & breakfast
ExcludesTransfers

Eagles Crag

Eagles Crag is surrounded by mountain cliffs and offers you privacy and luxury. The only thing that you should know is that no children under the age of 12 are allowed here. There is a total of 9 junior suites available. This lodge has a private heated plunge pool.
PriceR10000 – R14515 per person, per night
Sleeps2 Adults
Includes2 x Big 5 game drives, lunch, dinner & breakfast
ExcludesTransfers

Bayethe

Bayethe is more than just a lodge. This is actually tented lodges. Tranquility and luxury are the first things that comes to mind, with these tented lodges. There is a total of 12 tents. Children under the age of 12 aren’t allowed. Offering a private plunge pool to cool off during the hot summer’s day.
PriceR8220 – R12780 per person, per night
Sleeps2 Adults
Includes2 x Big 5 game drives, lunch, dinner & breakfast
ExcludesTransfers

Lobengula

The look of the lodge is inspired by the African kraal. This lodge offering you views of the mountain and valleys. There are 6 junior suites to choose from. No children under the age of 12. It offers a private deck pool and sauna. Offers the privacy that people want.
PriceR7800 – R12190 per person, per night
Sleeps2 Adults
Includes2 x Big 5 game drives, lunch, dinner & breakfast
ExcludesTransfers

Riverdene

Riverdene is a child-friendly accommodation option. The lodge offers many different activities that are great for the whole family. 9 inter-leading rooms to choose from, and it has a kid’s adventure center. It’s newly renovated.
PriceR7910 – R12365 per night
Sleeps2 Adults
Includes2 x Big 5 game drives, lunch, dinner & breakfast
ExcludesTransfers

Sarili

Sarili Lodge is offering a luxurious stay for the whole family. There are 5 luxury rooms to choose from. The deck is overlooking the river and you even might see an animal or two. This is a luxurious stay, where you can enjoy privacy and views all around you. There are river view and courtyard rooms available.
PriceR7115 – R11930 per person, per night
Sleeps2 Adults
Includes2 x Big 5 game drives, lunch, dinner & breakfast
ExcludesTransfers

Explorer camp

The explorer camp is only for those that are adventurous and that is for sure not the most luxurious option. However, you are in the middle of the bush, enjoying a real South African camp experience. Only people between the age of 16 and 65 are allowed to stay here. There are three tents available.
PriceR5420 – R6020 per person, per night
Sleeps2 Adults
Includes2 x Big 5 game drives, lunch, dinner & breakfast
ExcludesTransfers

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