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Shamwari Private Game Reserve: Luxury Inspired by Nature

The Shamwari Private Game Reserve is one of South Africa's largest and most iconic, with seven lodges and three education and rehabilitation facilities. Located in the heart of the Eastern Cape, it's more than just a safari destination. It's a conservation success story that exemplifies how a bold, ambitious conservation effort can turn back the clock, restoring a piece of Africa's natural heritage to its former glory.  Here you interact more profoundly with nature and learn about conservation efforts to save a vanishing way of life. 


At Shamwari Private Game Reserve, adventure awaits at every turn! Relax in nature or get your heart racing with bush walks, birding and game drives. With its incredible biodiversity and diverse terrain, Shamwari is a photographer's paradise, providing plenty of opportunities for unique activities.Don't miss out on the chance to discover the beauty of this magnificent reserve!


Big Five Game Drives

Experience animals in the calm moods of sunrise and sunset on a luxury game drive trip. Skilled rangers and guides will lead you on an adventure to see the Big 5 and beautiful birds of prey. You may explore when the animals are most active by taking morning or afternoon drives. If you have a specific interest, simply inform your guide, who will personalize the excursion to your preferences. The open, comfortable vehicles provide panoramic views of the area, and we take pride in providing unforgettable wildlife interactions at Shamwari Private Game Reserve. Expect to take away new insights, an appreciation for Africa, and an unforgettable experience.


Guided Walking Safaris

Guided Walking Safari at Shamwari Private Game Reserve
Enjoy a guided walking safari at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Step off the beaten track and immerse yourself in the stunning natural surroundings of Shamwari Private Game Reserve with professionally guided walking tours. Get up close and personal with the flora and fauna of the region as your expert guide leads you on a journey of discovery. Discover hidden animal tracks, dung, and elusive rare bird species as you learn about the fascinating history and culture of the area. It's a unique opportunity to gain a fresh perspective on the natural world, leaving you with a newfound appreciation for the intricate ecosystem of the reserve.


Bird Watching

African Spoonbill at Shamwari Private Game Reserve
Spot the African Spoonbill at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Step into a bird lover's paradise at Shamwari Private Game Reserve. Discover a dazzling array of beautiful birds, from tiny feathered friends to majestic birds of prey. Whether you're an experienced ornithologist or a curious bird-watching hobbyist, you'll be treated to an unforgettable display of bird life. Keep your eyes peeled for Black-shouldered Kites, Booted Eagles, Pale Chanting Goshawks, Secretary Birds, and more. Get ready to witness the beauty and diversity of these feathered creatures in their natural habitat, at one of South Africa's premier wildlife destinations.


Born Free Big Cat Sanctuaries

Born Free Big Cat Sanctuaries at Shamwari Private Game Reserve
Born Free Big Cat Sanctuaries at Shamwari Private Game Reserve is aimed to promote conservation

The Big Cat Rescue and Education Centres, located within the Shamwari Private Game Reserve, work in conjunction with the Born Free Foundation to bring attention to the suffering of wild cats worldwide that are trapped in impoverished, constrained environments. The Born Free Foundation, seeks to safeguard threatened species in their natural habitat while also developing humane alternatives for people and wildlife to coexist. The foundation rescues animals from captivity and provides lifetime care in extensive sanctuaries in collaboration with local communities. Shamwari House's rescue and education centers saved lions and leopards, offering guests with an eye-opening experience.


The Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

Shamwari Private Game Reserve's commitment to conservation is evident through its Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. The centre rescues and rehabilitates sick, injured, orphaned, or abandoned animals under the supervision of an experienced veterinary team, and releases them back into their natural habitat. Visitors to Shamwari can tour the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and witness its work firsthand. This is an opportunity to see the impact of the reserve's conservation efforts and support its mission to protect wildlife.


Relaxation Retreats

Spa Experience at Shamwari Private Game Reserve
Spa Experience at Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Indulge in a luxurious escape to the wild at Shamwari Private Game Reserve, where a range of safari spa experiences awaits you. From the pampering delights of the dedicated spa at Long Lee Manor to the serene wilderness spa surrounded by the stunning landscapes of the Eastern Cape. Here, you can unwind and rejuvenate, with treatments designed to revitalize your mind, body, and soul. Bask in the tranquility of your surroundings as you experience the ultimate in relaxation and leave feeling refreshed and renewed.


Kids on Safari

Shamwari welcomes children of all ages. On arrival, children aged 4-11 receive a Kids on Safari backpack, and all little ones get a soft toy. Newly renovated Riverdene has a kids club and outdoor Adventure Centre with walkways, ziplines and climbing walls. The Born Free Rescue Centre and Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre also offer educational opportunities for young conservationists.


Each of Shamwari's luxurious lodges provides its own distinct atmosphere, accommodations, and safari experiences, tailored to the diverse preferences and needs of guests visiting the reserve.


Long Lee Manor

Long Lee Manor overlooks the Shamwari plains and offers newly redesigned Edwardian-styled suites, a stunning rim-flow pool, and a restored Manor House. The tasteful design of the accommodation enhances the location's beauty and pays homage to the area's rich heritage. The lodge is perfect for groups, families and couples who enjoys hotel style amenities combined with African elegance.


Sindile Safari Lodge

Blending with the African bush to provide excellent vantages over the Bushman's River and surrounding plains. Sindile's nine free-standing tents offer uninhibited views. The result is a harmonious and intimate design to minimize the environmental footprint. This is a great option for couples and those looking for a more intimate experience.


Bayethe Safari Lodge

Bayethe means 'I salute you,' and embodies a warm welcome. The luxurious lodge is set in a tranquil canopy paradise. Here you are tucked away deep in the reseve in one of the 12 luxury tents positioned over the river.


Sarili Private Lodge

The beautiful five-bedroomed lodge overlooks Shamwari's grassy plains and the Bushman's River, providing the perfect setting for viewing the Big Five. Groups of families and friends will most enjoy the modern decor and exceptional amenities.


Eagles Crag

Eagles Crag is a premium safari experience that offers exclusivity and breathtaking views. Here you are surrounded by lush foliage and steep cliffs. From the lodge's top deck, panoramic views of the surrounding rock faces where eagles soar will leave you in awe.


Riverdene Family Lodge

Escape to the African wilderness and create memories to last a lifetime at Riverdene Family Lodge. Surrounded by stunning natural beauty, this newly renovated luxury safari lodge is the perfect place for families to bond and relax. Watch gentle giants roam in the distance while children engage in the Kids on Safari program. The lodge features stylishly furnished rooms with every amenity, a rim-flow swimming pool, playroom, and boma with views of the Bushmans River.




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