Shamwari Sarili Private Lodge

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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

$ 820 USD
$ 820 USD
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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!!!
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!!!
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!
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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!
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.
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
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
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
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!!
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