Shamwari Bayethe Lodge

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Shamwari Bayethe Lodge

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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.


  • Whereabouts: Shamwari Private Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa
  • Experiences: Big 5 game drives, guided bush walks, bird watching, bush dining, spa treatments, a visit to the Ian Player Rhino Awareness centre, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and the Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary

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Child Policy

Children under the age of 12 years are not permitted at the lodge.

Children over the age of 12 years pay the applicable adult rate.

Persons under the age of 16 years are not permitted on any walking safaris.

The detail

Bayethe which translates to ‘I salute you’, is a luxury tented retreat that blends in seemingly with the surrounding bushveld and offers opulent accommodation, outstanding cuisine, and personalized service.

Bayethe boasts twelve luxurious Tents positioned on the banks of the river and hidden amongst the trees. These en-suite tents have wooden floors and canvas sides, with sliding doors that open onto a viewing deck and private plunge pool. Other features include minibars, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, in-room safes, electric blankets, hairdryers, international adaptors and telephones.

Three of the tents have indoor baths and indoor showers, while the remaining nine offer guests the opportunity of showering outdoors. Selected rooms feature additional luxuries such as a fireplace and hammocks on the private deck.

The thatched main lodge comprises of a large viewing deck that overlooks the river, sparkling swimming pool, lounge area, dining room, outdoor boma, business desk with internet access, gift boutique, and the Bush Spa that overlooks the waterhole.

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.

Shamwari Game Reserve is the perfect place for bird lovers, boasting over 250 bird species. Raptor species include 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.

Shamwari Bayethe Lodge is ideal for solo explorers, couples and families looking for a unique safari experience.

Price includes

  • Accommodation, all meals, high tea, tea and coffees, bottled water, guided bush walks, and twice daily game drives with local beverages
Rate Exclusions

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.

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Chantal Young
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Wonderful staff & great accommodations. Traveling alone was no problem. Arrived very late at night after traveling from NY and was greeted warmly and shown to a huge tent with incredible furnishings. Comfortable bed helped rising early next morning for great breakfast and off to first game drive. My ranger, Rynhardt, was wonderful and very knowledgeable and made me feel welcome. The drives were the best part and was able to see the big five and more as well as visiting the Born Free station. Ended up adopting Sinbad! Service staff was excellent. Loved the plunge pool and private deck. Only stayed 3 nights and wished it was longer. I have definite plans on returning one day. Totally recommend to anyone considering visiting.
No wonder, that Shamwari is "has been voted the World's Leading Safari and Game Reserve and Conservation Company for many consecutive years" (wikipedia). I agree. Real wild animals, no feeding, large area (25 000 hectares) Level of comfort is truly "the ultimate in luxury" as Shamwari itself says. Quite expensive anyway. But you can´t get the best at cheap price... Two days stay is absolutely minimum to experience all there is to see.
Dr Ted.
We were looking forward to this as it was the end of our holiday in SA and were not disappointed. The accommodation was superb and the meals which was full board was great. The safaris were mind blowing! being so near to lions, elephants ,hippos etc. Our ranger Richard was so knowledgeable and a great guy. Would recommend.
As this short trip to South Africa was a special one – I didn’t take chances and of course chose Bayethe as a returning guest. – My employee and I actually travelled to ZA solely to visit Bayethe for three nights and return back to Germany. Our stay was absolutely delightful and I am glad that I chose to come back to Bayethe so soon.Due to a delay of South African Airways and the driver getting lost we arrived barely in time for the afternoon game drive – but Penny welcomed us in a very distinguished but just as affectionate manner - and showed us to our rooms. All the while assuring us that we’d be fine – without pressuring for time. So pretty much within the hour we were accommodated to take part in our first game drive of this visit – and loved it.As I had the opportunity to meet Ben on occasion of my previous stay at Bayethe – it was nice that we were assigned to him again. Due to a recent back injury I was a bit worried about not being able to take part in the game drives. Thankfully I was accommodated in the front seat and therefore was able to enjoy the game drives and take part in all of them - safe and sound.Ben again impressed us with his wit and humor and sheer endless and impressive knowledge of and dedication to his profession. As during my previous visit to Bayethe - he went out of his way to show us all of the different wildlife Shamwari has to offer. We always – as we did within the Lodge – felt well taken care off and trusted his judgement and decisions. The roads were slippery and sometimes a bit tricky to maneuver around on – but there was never a moment where we didn’t feel in good and capable hands.Throughout our 3nights stay and 2 game drives each day as well as joining us for dinner – Ben never tired of sharing his extensive knowledge in such an articulate English, never missing a beat - , all the while easily adjusting to the various parties in his group.What impressed me again also, was the attitude amongst the staff at the Lodge in general – which seemed to radiate primarily from Penny who’s unbelievable servicemindedness and distinguished dedication to her position and the idea Shamwari stands for was always present. Again – receiving “a service at eyelevel”. Not a submissive, cap in hand kinda deal – fake and only skin deep. No – quite the contrary – one gains the impression of actually being a welcomed and valued guest!Having been employed in the travel industry for 35 years (and counting) I’ve seen various levels of luxury accommodations – and more often than not were we met with indifference and noticeably-put-on-smiles. None of that was even in the slightest detectable at Bayethe. We felt that everyone was proud to be part of such an exquisite team at such a wonderful location – playing a considerable role in the Shamwari Motto “Conserving a vanishing way of life” – by making a visit and repeated visits to Bayethe so desirable.
My wife and I stayed at the Bayethe Lodge in early November for 4 nights. The lodge is located in Shamwari Game Reserve which is simply amazing. 25,000 hectares of beautiful scenery and amazing wild animals to see. The animals were the star of the show - we saw the big 5 plus many more. We were lucky enough to see a bull Rhino charging, male elephants fighting, a leopard with its kill, and followed a pride of lions for hours on end. It was a fantastic experience in a wonderful setting.The lodge itself is modern but also very sympathetic to its environment, with wooden structures and thatched roofs. The "tents" themselves are very spacious and far more like a wooden hut than a canvassed tent, but they do somehow make the experience seem more authentic as opposed to staying in a contemporary hotel.The food and service is excellent too and there is plenty of it. A special mention goes to our ranger Jacques who is so passionate about the animals and gives his guests the best experience possible. He made it fun too, even getting up at 5.00 am every day!All in all a wonderful stay and I would highly recommend this lodge and Shamwari.
Will seek to review safari experience elsewhere, but safe to say Bayethe deserves all of the other very high ratings in this forum. Meticulous and generous staff and service, combined with fine meals and overall relaxed atmosphere earns my highest recommendation. Rooms well apportioned and unique - electric heating in beds for the winter, plenty of hot water and private dipping pools and deck with each "luxury tent". If you are not so adventurous for the private outdoor shower, there's always the bathtub indoors... Plenty of free wifi in and around main lodge, but not in rooms - but you're not on safari for the wifi, except to update the Facebook page with the awesome photos from the game drive, are you?
Our family of 4 adults and 3 children stayed for 3 nights. The safari sightings surpassed anything we have experienced in 6 trips to Africa including Kenya,Tanzania,Botswana and Zimbabwe. The tents and common room are relatively lavish compared with some other bush camps and to an extent we were disappointed because of that. All was quickly forgiven, however , because of the animal experience. We were disappointed with the quality of the food. Free wi fi is available in the lounge area. Highly recommended.
What an amazing experience. Our guide Jacque was awesome. If you are looking for a "guaranteed siting" this may not be for you. The animals are roaming free and what you will see is as unpredictable as the wild animals. We looked for 3 days for the water buffalo before we saw them and never did get to see the black rhino. One of the favorite moments is when a one month old lion cub came out of the her den and watched us for about 30 minutes. we could hear her mom calling her from inside the den. After a while the mom came in and "scolded her" and tried to get her back in the den. Precious! If you have never been in an open vehicle surrounded by elephants, you should do it! Once in a life time trip!! PS...if this is camping in a tent....I'm all in! It was amazing! one day we were getting massages and looked out the window to see 3 giraffes eating outside of the hut!
We just returned home after 3 wonderful nights at Bayethe lodge. We are South African and have experienced game lodges before, but Bayethe blew us away and totally exceeded our expectations! From the moment we arrived we were treated like royalty - no request was too great and the friendly staff all made us feel welcome. We were initially a little concerned about staying in 'tented accommodation' in winter but soon discovered how wrong we were - the rooms have central heating and there are lovely electric blankets on the huge, comfortable beds! The morning game drives were very chilly but we were provided with hot water bottles and blankets, which was a lovely touch.The attention to detail is fantastic - from hot chocolate, sherry and hot towels when we returned from our drives to the sun-downers at sunset in the bush! Bliss!The food was amazing.. We loved the South African additions to the menu and the waiters and waitresses were wonderful.Special mention must go to our game ranger, Vuyo, who we can't recommend enough! He was so knowledgeable, friendly and made us feel very safe during our game viewing experiences (even when completely surrounded by elephants!) His natural ability for tracking the animals and predicting their behaviour (not to mention his spectacular eyesight!) meant we were able to spot all the animals we had hoped for and more. We stayed at Bayethe for three nights and on our second full day Vuyo took us out on a drive for the whole day, which was magical. He packed a picnic for us which we enjoyed for lunch overlooking the park. Quite honestly we can't praise him enough!Next year we hope to go back to Bayethe and will put in a special request for Vuyo to be our ranger!
We stayed 3 nights at the the Bayethe lodge. On arrival we were told we would be treated like royalty. Now I am not sure how royalty is treated. But we were certainly looked after. The service was excellent. The accommodation clean and comfortable. The food excellent and plentiful. As for the game drives (which is why you go on safari). Our ranger Hedmond got us closer to all the game than we ever thought possible without ever putting us in danger. This was definitely the trip of a lifetime.
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191 reviews
Mar 8, 2023
Superb short Safari
We were referred to through a UK safari holiday company. We were dubious at first about dealing with a company in South Africa but we found and in particular Mr Keagan Davids, very easy to comunicate with. He was very communicative and made all the necessary arrangements. Unfortunately, the safari lodge we'd booked got flooded out so Keagan found an alternative lodge Called Kapama River Lodge. It was great. Very nice accommodation. Great efficient and friendly staff etc. We were not disappointed. All of the arrangements went like clockwork so we'd highly recommend
Gino Masoero
Mar 6, 2023
Incredible service
Incredible service! made our trip easy and simple! Even with our changes. Would highly recommend
Feb 28, 2023
Booking for Addo Elephant Park…
I made a booking for Addo Elephant Park through The instructions were clearly conveyed to me regarding the payment of a deposit to secure the booking. The service received from the lady I dealt with was very professional. For example, upon requesting a change in accommodation type, the request was promptly attended to and I was informed accordingly which I noticed was outside office hours. Proof of secured accommodation was sent promptly and reminder for payment of balance was send well in advance of final date. Finally, once payment was cleared, I received the booking voucher as well as forms to be filled in by all passengers upon entrance as well as the conservation fees to be paid. All in all it was a pleasure to deal with and we are looking forward to our stay in ADDO ELEPHANT PARK. Thank you.
Francois Barkhuysen
Feb 28, 2023
Excellent service from Heleen
Excellent service from Heleen. She was very helpful and friendly. Everthing you need to know or should, she will guide you.
Feb 22, 2023
Chantal Young is awesome to plan with!!!
Chantal Young was so nice and accommodating. We were between safari lodges and she really sold us on Dulini with her chill and approachable attitude. She gave us more than enough information while letting us feel like the decision was ours and was flexible to providing multiple options. Can't reccommend her enough!
Alex & Scott
Feb 16, 2023
Tanya Lomas is an amazing
Tanya Lomas is an amazing, kind, competant professional agent. Always willing to assist. Our 2nd holiday booking to Kruger through Tanya. Thank you.
Sarah Sewpersad
Feb 8, 2023
Spending 40 years in the travel…
Spending 40 years in the travel industry and taking several Safari to Kenya, my wife and I reached out to Dolan at to help plan our S. African Safari to Kruger. Dolan handled all aspects of the planning including transfers to and from airport, plane reservations and lodging at the 5-star Leopard Hills lodge. With just a couple of emails he made the planning seamless. every aspect was on-time, and all responses were very timely. We can't wait to go back and would highly recommend Dolan at
Feb 7, 2023
We had a lovely holiday!
Hi Chantal The Summit place guest house was First class , the warmest welcome Robyn was a first class host , the day drips to the wine region and Cape of Good hope etc where really good also. Limoni apartments where lovely, we were looked after by the maids and the property was fantastic . Amakhala service was fantastic, really first class couldn’t fault it. No issues with the cars or anything everything went well, thank you for organising it for us we would recommend you and your company!
Feb 3, 2023
Delt with Heleen
Delt with Heleen, who was super responsive and patient with us along the way! Will definitely make use of and Heleen when planning our trips in the future.
Feb 2, 2023
Reserving a bungalow at BERG-EN-DAL REST CAMP
The staff at promptly responded to my questions and helped me when I had trouble completing an online payment.
Joanna B Whittier
Feb 1, 2023
The person helping me was great
The person who was helping me with the booking, Carien, was exceptionally helpful and she made it very easy to get information and to get my booking sorted. The website was very easy to navigate and receive good information about which spots offer which amenities
Wynand De Villiers
Jan 27, 2023
I cant say much but safari is the best…
I cant say much but safari is the best when it comes to book coz they know client are always right and they help me very quicky.God bless u
Phathu Matshintshisa
Jan 11, 2023
Unorgettable trip in South Africa
We have spent 12 days as a family in South Africa with my 3 children and my wife who is in a wheelchair. Thanks to Pascal, consultant, we were able to spend an unforgettable moment with a great program while being well accompanied despite our constraints. I recommand particularly the "Monwana game lodge" for a safari in Hoedspruit. It's an amazing place with very nice people and a real family atmosphere. Thank you to the entire team for this unforgettable trip.
fabrice dont
Nov 26, 2022
We had an amazing first safari…
We had an amazing first safari experience with! 💯Thanks to Dolan for the well planning and ensure our itinerary goes smoothly and safely!
Nov 18, 2022
Cape Town miracle
I was in Cape Town, South Africa recently for an athletic competition and had allowed myself a week of personal time to relax and properly conclude the trip, but had not bothered to plan a safari to occupy the time. I was skeptical of the cost and whether I would enjoy the experience, however a couple days into that final week it occurred to me, in a bit of a panic attack, what a waste it would be not to take advantage of this opportunity. I hopped online and started looking at flights to Johannesburg (almost all the safaris in SA start there with an early morning pick up), but it was basically impossible to get a flight early enough and/or to coordinate with the multiple safaris operating in or just outside of Kruger. With no apparent options available to turn my remaining 4 1/2 days into even a 3 day safari I stumbled on the most obvious website one could imagine, I'd completely given up negotiating all the variables on my own but here was a safari travel agent that might be able to help me .. and they were based right out of Cape Town, literally a stones throw from my lodgings. Serendipity, or so i hoped. I immediately sent out an email and crossed my fingers .. for roughly an hour and a half, at which point Dolan from responded to me requesting I give him a call so that we could expedite potential arrangements. My in country phone plan wasn't able to make calls, but we arranged for him to call me and not 3 hours after being in the grip of despair Dolan got through to me and far from notifying me of how absurd it was to hold out hope for a literally, last minute safari adventure with barely 4 days available to me, he had already worked out all the details I'd sent and created a preliminary safari trip that would bypass Johannesburg airport for a flight the next morning to a closer, much, much smaller airport where I would be picked up taken, not to a 3 day safari, but a full 4 day safari, then back to the tiny, tiny airport for a return flight to Cape Town with 2 hours to spare for my return leg all the way home. It almost feels like an afterthought, after the minor miracle Dolan was able to conjure up, but the safari itself at Simbavati Lodge was just an absolutely stunning experience. The single "tent" he booked me was as luxurious as any 4 star hotel I've stayed in, the game drives, one every morning, one every evening were more amazing than I could have ever imagined, and the food, 3 meals a day with snacks and an open bar was sublime. I could go on about the wonderful staff, or the wonderful other safari goers you can meet and grab a drink with, or the different animals walking through the open lodge facilities daily .. but I've gone on long enough. I'll simply conclude by saying .. safari, absolutely, yes, do it, it is amazing. And when you do decide, will do you right and if you have the pleasure of working with Dolan, do give him my thanks .. the entire experience was the best part of my trip :)
Damian Glennon
Nov 12, 2022
A great company
What to say! We planned a South African Safari for 2020 with We researched companies and took a chance on one we had never heard of before. Henry Franklin was our agent, we gave him our budget and wish list. He came up with a wonderful looking trip and we made our choices! Then came Covid, preventing us from going. We couldn’t have been in better hands. Henry rebooked everything for the next year. He kept us updated on how things looked there. When in 2021, we decided it still looked iffy, he rebooked us a second time for 2022. We couldn’t have been happier with the service we had in a rough time for all. We had a wonderful experience on our trip when we finally got to go!! Henry had everything so well organized and gave us a detailed list of what transfer companies would be meeting us and when. When Airlink bumped us and put us on standby returning from Victoria Falls, we called the concierge number Henry had given us and Catherine worked hard on this and got us back on our flight. The team had our back and we have no regrets. Would definitely use them again. Our lodging was wonderful, saw the big 5 within first 2 drives. Henry definitely knew the territory and did a great job matching what we wanted with where he suggested we go and stay. Thanks, Henry and Catherine!
Heather Carlson
Oct 21, 2022
Superior service, knowledgeable, transparent, amazing can-do attitude
These guys get 10/10. I have booked with them a few times. To Kruger National Park, including both public and private(concession) camps, flights and car hire. Their senior agent, Dolan is exceptional. Nothing is too much trouble. Attention to detail, transparency, and 'can-do' attitude are out of the ordinary. I recently came into contact with Tanya at as well. It looks like all their agents are similarly well trained. Thank you. I cannot recommend Dolan and his team highly enough.
Sep 5, 2022
For a second time I booked a safari in…
For a second time I booked a safari in South Africa by and had the great pleasure to be assisted and followed by Dolan Sequera. I have to say I really appreciate his way to communicate with me by phone and/or WhatsApp/mail, I always got a very quick answer to my questions with solutions and or suggestions which solved the doubts/problems I had. A really very very knowledged and professional person I will surely suggest to friends of my or who ever is plannig to visit South Africa! Thank you very much Dolan
antonio caccia
Sep 5, 2022
Trip of a life time
Well where to starter, África always been my number one dream vacation, I found didn’t know anything about, but pascal made me feel very confident.pascal put my whole trip together (everything I wanted) a trip of a life time. Had the best time in Africa, was everything that I except and a little more. Pascal is the best and I will go back to Africa and will go through that I recommend and is 💯 legit.thank you for everything pascal, you rock!!!
Tricia moyses
Aug 31, 2022
I've recently interacted with Dolan and…
I've recently interacted with Dolan and hands down he's been the best travel agent that I've every worked with. He was a wealth of experience and knowledge which shows volumes. He took into consideration my budget and my individual needs to tailor make a package with recommendations for my preference,he knows Kruger and Greater Kruger like the back of his hands and I will wholeheartedly recommended his services. He is truly an asset to his institution.
Apr 21, 2022
The best company
I have booked several trips with and they are the best. They are personal and professional and always pay attention to the details to make your trip special. Casper is the best agent I have worked with. We are looking forward to booking another trip!!
Steven Hopson
Mar 8, 2019
Nelia Nyamhanza
Nelia Nyamhanza, was extremely helpful, knowledgeable and friendly in designing our trip every step of the way. She listened to our request of places we wanted to visit and advised us on what best to do. This made the whole experience wonderful. Every guide from Ilios was eager to share their culture with us and are kind people, as well as, the guide/driver from Elephant Camp, Victoria Falls. We will recommend others to you so that they can be part of your amazing country.
Jan 8, 2018
Excellent service by the agent Jayson…
Excellent service by the agent Jayson Scheffers (Africa Safari Expert). We had little idea of the place and things to do. He made it at all soo easy and planned it so well that it all went smooth. We had a baby with us so we were not sure about the things but he advised us well. All the hotels, pickups etc were well informed about our situation and we did not face any issues. He was always there to answer any questions 24/7. Very personalized service. Highly recommended.
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