Shamwari Sarili Private 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.


  • A heated swimming pool with a shallow area for the kids, Wi-Fi access, a comfortable lounge area with satellite TV, dining room and outdoor boma area.
  • Ideal for solo explorers, couples and families looking for an intimate safari experience.
  • Home to a variety of plants, birds, and animals.

You should know

Children of all ages are welcome at the lodge. Child rates are applicable to children from 4 years up to and including 11 years; irrespective of whether children are sharing with adults or staying in their own room/room (single or sharing).

  • Children under 3 year of age are accommodated at no additional cost on a sharing basis only with an adult.
  • The child rates are inclusive of the “Kids on Safari” program.
  • 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.

The Detail

Located in the southern region of the reserve, Sarili Lodge sits above the Bushman’s River and overlooks the grassy plains. This intimate and luxurious lodge offers an authentic bush feel and is the perfect destination for family getaways. This eco-friendly lodge has a home away from home feel and offers both exclusivity and privacy in 5-star comfort.

The lodge boasts five en-suite Luxury Rooms, of which three have private balconies that overlook the river and the other two have patios facing the courtyard. Each room features an en-suite bathroom with separate shower, air conditioning, under floor heating, television, minibar, in-room safe, hairdryer, international adaptors, and tea and coffee making facilities. One of the rooms has a sleeper couch which is ideal for young children.

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.

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.

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.

Price Includes

Accommodation, meals, selected local beverages, game drives, guided walks, laundry, private staff including house manager, personal chef and ranger and housekeeper, tourism levy, 15% VAT

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Rates & Pricing

All promotions for this lodge are shown below, you can also view all current safari specials here.
Book 4 consecutive nights and get 10% OFF your stay at Sarili Private Lodge between 1 May – 31 September 2023.
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$ 740 USD
$ 740 USD
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Rates are starting prices per person, per night sharing.
With specials, we always use the best promotion available, please contact our experts for more guidance.
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I don't know where to begin about our amazing experience at the Sarili Lodge in Shamwari Private Game Reserve! The only problem with the entire visit is that we only booked one night! My friend and I arrived early on Sunday, March 16th to be greeted by Liza the moment we pulled up to the lodge. We received welcome drinks and a tour of the facilities. Our room was ready for us, and we could order lunch any time we chose until two pm. I have been to three other parks and reserves in South Africa, and this experience was by far the best! Our room was extremely comfortable with every possible amenity. Our room faced the courtyard and the pool, and I wasn't sorry that we did not face the reserve because our overall experience was beyond expectation. All of our meals were delicious; the game drives led by the knowledgeable senior ranger Armand were outstanding. We saw the big 5 and cheetahs in less than 24 hours. I asked Armand if he actually guarantees seeing all of the game on the reserve. He, of course said “no”. Perhaps we were lucky, but we saw lions and a leopard in the first drive among other animals, and all of the other large game in the morning drive. My friend and I asked about a gift shop in the reserve. Armand offered to drive us the morning we were leaving. He took us to the property with the shop. On the drive back, we saw over twenty mother and children elephants. The trip was so unexpected we didn't even bring a camera. I was able to get amazing photos with my blackberry phone because were so close. He then drove us to other parts of the reserve to see more game. All of this happened after our check out time! I went back to work today and told all of my colleagues about this must-have experience in South Africa. Because it is in the grasslands, the landscape is entirely different from Kruger and the other big parks in the North of the country. I strongly recommend a trip and stay at Sarili Lodge!
Waar moet ik beginnen? Het is fantastisch!! Het personeel in de Sarili-lodge is uitmuntend. Dag en nacht klaarstaan om ons te helpen. Yolanda en haar collega's gaven ons een huiselijk, warm gevoel. Het ontbijt en het middagmaal werden geserveerd op het buitenterras met zicht op het Shamwari Game Reserve-park. Wat een uitzicht! Onze Ranger was Armand, een man met enorm veel kennis en ervaring. Een van onze gamedrives was letterlijk in het water gevallen, maar Armand stelde onmiddellijk zelf voor op hem te vervangen door een night drive, een belevenis voor het leven. Hij heeft ons naar 4 van de Big Fives gebracht, enkel het luipaard was niet te vinden, maar dat is zoooo zeldzaam. Op het moment dat we moesten vertrekken had iedereen in onze groep een gevoel van "Hier komen we ooit terug, zeker weten" Niet twijfelen, gewoon boeken!!!
My daughter and I visited Sarili Lodge in September. We had an amazing time during our three night stay. Everything exceeded our expectations! The staff were so friendly and welcoming,the food delicious and beautifully presented, the room very comfortable and the whole lodge had a great atmosphere. The game drives were brilliant, we saw all the big five, Armund the ranger was incredibly knowledgeable on creatures big and small and made each drive interesting and fun. Would return again at a drop of hat!
Could not have asked for more! Small homely feel where you can feel totally relaxed. Our ranger Almond made the few days we spent there and we really did not want to leave! Note to self - stay longer if we are lucky enough to go again. We stayed in room 5 on the ground floor which was so spacious we felt like we were in heaven!!!
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Nov 27, 2023
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your team is just the best. very very helpful even when I changed my plans several times. Congrats
ioma carvalho
Nov 24, 2023
Friendly, helpful, great experience.
Sara was very friendly and helpful. She gave a lot of information and tried to fulfill our needs as much as possible. There was a good and also fast communication. I will definitely book with again!
Nov 21, 2023
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Nov 18, 2023
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Nov 14, 2023
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Anja has really gone above for me. I changed my mind a couple of times but she has willingly worked her magic to get me my bucket list trip in September 2024. Cannot wait!!
Nov 13, 2023
Great Service
Great service and response time. Candis answered all my queries immediately and satisfactorily. She tailored our trip to our requirements really well. I would highly recommend her for your trips to South Africa.
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Nov 9, 2023
Very personal treatment and always…
Very personal treatment and always available to answer all of our questions.
Nov 8, 2023
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Keagan and his team were great at getting our reservation booked at Shalati. Timely and professional communication made this a great experience. Thanks
Nov 7, 2023
Sara was “Fantastic” a true…
Sara was “Fantastic” a true professional, found a solution so we could experience a wonderful Safari, with great hotels, the Revos train and flights. Great!
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