The prestigious Shamwari Private Game Reserve covers 20 000 hectares of verdant bush along the Bushmans River in the Eastern Cape. The malaria-free reserve is home to five of the seven habitats found in South Africa, and its location close to the Garden Route, making a safari at Shamwari a perfect choice for those seeking to combine a tour of the Garden Route with a luxury Big Five safari.
Villa Lobengula provides a truly traditional African experience. The ethnically decorated thatched lodge is tucked into the valley bushveld, offering guests a tranquil and luxurious destination.
Villa Lobengula is booked on an exclusive use basis and includes a private guide and vehicle, lodge staff, and personal chef catering to their personal needs. The well-trained staff provide an exceptional service which makes for an unforgettable experience in the African bush.
The lodge boasts six luxurious Junior Suites each with a king or twin beds, an en-suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers, air-conditioning, hairdryer, in-room safe, minibar, international adaptors, tea and coffee making facilities, and a private patio. One of the suites features a lounge with fireplace and a private plunge pool. Two suites have private plunge pools and one suite is adjacent to the main swimming pool.
The lodge facilities include a lounge with satellite tv, deck lounge with fireplace, swimming pool, private plunge pools, fitness room, Wi-Fi access and a
Enjoy early morning and evening game drives that are led by professional guides and guided game walks that afford up-close encounters with the smaller wondrous creatures of the African bush. Visits can be arranged to Shamwari's Born Free Foundation Animal Rescue Centre, Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre, and the Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.
Shamwari is home to a variety of plants, birds, and animals. Guests frequently sight the Big Five during their stay, along with cheetah, caracal, wild dog and a variety of antelope. Evening game drives often reveal the more rarely seen nocturnal creatures, such as the hopping springhare, aardwolf, and brown hyena.
The Shamwari Game Reserve is the perfect place for bird lovers, boasting over 250 bird species. The reserve is home to a number of raptor species including Black Harriers, Pale Chanting Goshawks, Black-shouldered Kites, Booted Eagles and Secretary Birds. The Bushman’s River meanders through the reserve providing a great refuge for kingfishers, darters, the African Shelduck, finfoots and the iconic African Fish Eagle.
All additional beverages, gratuities, guest conservation levy, and all other items of a personal nature.
The purpose of the guest conservation levy is to support conservation efforts, particularly anti-rhino-poaching and other antipoaching efforts.
Children of all ages are welcome at Lobengula Lodge which is booked exclusively by families.
Children under the age of 4 years are not permitted on game drives and no children under the age of 16 years are permitted on bush walks.
From $ 714
Includes: Accommodation, all meals, high tea, tea and coffees, bottled water, guided bush walks, and twice daily game drives with local beverages.
|Dates||Rates (PPS)||Rates (SINGLE)|
|01 Sep 2021 — 31 Oct 2021||$ 714||$ 928|
|01 Nov 2021 — 31 Mar 2022||$ 893||$ 1,160|
|01 Apr 2022 — 30 Apr 2022||$ 714||$ 714|
"We had the most amazing 2-night stay/safari experience at Villa Lobengula within the Shamwari Game Reserve. We shared this stunning piece of property with 4 other couples. (We were told that the villa will only be rented out if at least five of the six lodges are booked by a group at the same time). There are six individual lodges, situated around the pool and the main building, which houses the reception, kitchen, a sitting room, and an absolutely beautiful open area for dining and lounging. Our lodge (#1) was very generously sized, with a king size bed, bathroom with double sinks, shower, bathtub and toilet. We also had a private patio with lounge chairs and a small pool. All was very clean and well taken care of. We had our own chef, wait staff, manager (Steff), and ranger (Asher). All were extremely professional, warm, courteous, friendly, simply wonderful to be around. They went out of their way to accommodate us (My husband is gluten free and the chef prepared the most delicious gluten free bread and chocolate muffins for him!) Just to give one example. Our ranger, Asher, was great. In addition to an evening and a morning drive into the bush, he also took us on a full day outing, and we saw an astounding number of wildlife (4 out of the big 5 and numerous others!) Because of his marvelous tracking capabilities, we were able to observe two cheetahs resting under a bush right after their kill. And we encountered several herds of elephants, munching on tree limbs. One of the highlights was to see a pride of 10 lions the morning of our departure day. We can definitely recommend Villa Lobengula and Shamwari and would love to come back."
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