The malaria-free Shamwari Private Game Reserve is located a mere one hour’s drive from the seaside town of Port Elizabeth, in the province of the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Shamwari Private Game Reserve is so much more than a leading big five safari destination and should be commended on their invaluable contribution to wildlife conservation. The Shamwari ethos is to practice responsible conservation and they have managed to do so successfully with the help of experienced veterinary staff, qualified ecologists, and advanced anti-poaching units. Looking at the Shamwari Private Game Reserve, it is hard to believe that this pristine 25 000 hectare big five reserve was once agricultural land. The Shamwari team have rehabilitated the land into a sanctuary that protects Africa’s most beloved wildlife, and closely monitor the vegetation and rare and endangered species such as leopard, black rhino and brown hyena. The well-known television series – Shamwari, A Wild Life, was filmed at the reserve’s animal rehabilitation center. Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, which helps to rescue, rehabilitate and care for sick, injured, abandoned or orphaned animals under the care of a professional veterinary team. Once these animals have been nursed back to health, they are released back into their natural habitat. The rescue center is home to lions and leopards from across the world and guests staying on the reserve are given a tour of the facility, along with the education centers. As part of your Shamwari experience, you are introduced to wildlife conservation through visits to the different centers, and get to enjoy an array of safari activities which include dawn and dusk open-vehicle game drives, guided bush walks, bird watching, bush dining, and rejuvenating spa treatments.
Our Top 5 Shamwari Private Game Reserve Lodges
The main deck at Shamwari Eagles Crag is a great place in which to relax and enjoy the views of the cliffs that are often visited by eagles.Shamwari Eagles Crag Lodge nestles in an idyllic area of the reserve and boasts incredible bushveld views. Surrounded by rocky cliffs, guests are often able to sight eagles gliding through the air. Eagles Crag prides itself on offering world-class facilities, exceptional service and gorgeous glass and stone suites that promise an authentic African safari experience.
The spacious suites at Shamwari Sarili Lodge lead out onto private verandahs which boast incredible views across the reserve.Sarili Lodge is perfect for a family safari vacation with only five luxurious rooms and a generous living space which consists of a cozy lounge, indoor and outdoor dining areas, and a heated swimming pool with a shallow area just for the kids. This gorgeous family home is designed to offer luxury and comfort whilst showcasing the Bushman’s River and the grassy plains that teem with wildlife.
Riverdene Family Lodge warmly welcomes families with their interleading room options, swimming pool with a shallow area just for the kids, and a supervised kids club and adventure center that offers little ones hours of fun, including visits to the education and rescue centers. The electrified lodge offers families the opportunity to bond with one another and enjoy the outdoors.
Shamwari Bayethe Lodge is a tranquil retreat that encourages relaxation and conversation among guests.Bayethe Tented Lodge is a bush relaxation retreat positioned in an area of the reserve that offers complete guest privacy and tranquility. The luxurious tented camp boasts twelve beautifully decorated tented suites, complete with outdoor showers, private decks, and plunge pools. It is the ideal place for couples seeking optimal comfort whilst enjoying the sounds and sights of the African bush.
Deep within the reserve lies the private Lobengula Lodge which boasts panoramic views of the mountains and valleys. With the option of booking the lodge exclusively, Lobengula is the ideal choice for large families and groups looking for a private safari experience. The lodge features six gorgeous suites, sleeping a maximum of twelve people. The lodge boasts incredible five-star facilities, including a deck lounge with fireplace, private swimming and plunge pools, a relaxation retreat, and a fitness room.
Wildlife to be seen at Shamwari Private Game Reserve
With Shamwari Private Game Reserve's close proximity to the seaside town of Port Elizabeth, travelers can easily combine their safari with a stay in Cape Town or a tour along the Garden Route. Let one of our Safari Experts help you plan your dream safari vacation.