Shamwari Private Game Reserve
Deservedly popular, Shamwari boasts the best game viewing in the Eastern Cape, plenty of accommodation options and is malaria-free.
Years of conservation has returned the land of Shamwari Private Game Reserve back to the wildlife that once roamed here freely. Celebrating its 25th year, the reserve offers guests a luxury experience combined with responsible tourism where during your stay, you’ll be able to visit the two unique Born Free Foundation sanctuaries within the reserve. These sanctuaries are home to rescued lions and leopards from across the world and are an emotional and enlightening experience for all visitors. You’ll travel out into the reserve twice a day in open-sided 4x4 vehicles with your highly qualified ranger, giving you the chance to see Africa’s Big Five as well as other flora and fauna. The lodges themselves are among the most luxurious. There are six in Shamwari scattered throughout the north and south of the reserve and each is superbly appointed. Dining is a treat at each and alternates between private tables and boma-style dining with your group and guide. Riverdene Family Lodge, as the name suggests, is ideal for families, while Bayethe Tented Lodge and Eagles Crag Lodge offer the ultimate indulgence. For a stay with a twist, opt for Long Lee Manor – a restored Edwardian manor house. Lobengula Lodge is even more intimate with only six suites. Complementing the superb safari experiences, some of the lodges include unique Relaxation Retreats where you can unwind in complete comfort, immersed in your wild setting in the African bush as you enjoy a rejuvenating spa treatment.
Conservation and community
Wildlife conservation is at the heart of Shamwari. There are so many stories told by staff that really show the extent of how seriously conservation is taken here. There are the two Born Free sanctuaries, where visitors can see and learn about rescued big cats in a moving and informative tour. There’s a focus on caring for wildlife and the local community that makes Shamwari such a rewarding place to visit, whether it's raising orphaned pair of rhinos Noelle and Winston until their release back into the wild together to donating buffet leftovers to a local orphanage.