Location: Nr Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, Eastern Cape
One Stop Reason To Go: The Sarili Lodge is perfect for families and Shamwari is the BORN FREE FOUNDATION HQ.
Shamwari Game Reserve is the ultimate luxury Big 5 African safari adventure with a strong ethos for conservation and responsible tourism in an outstanding malaria free location in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Shamwari is situated in verdant bush along the Bushmans River, halfway between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, a pleasant drive from Cape Town and forms a natural extension to the famous Garden Route. This reserve has received numerous international awards, including the World’s Leading Conservation Company and Game Reserve for many consecutive years.
Steeped in pioneer history, and dating back to the time when a multitude of game roamed wild and free, the 25 000 hectare reserve boasts five eco-systems, thus enabling the support of many forms of plant, animal and bird life.
Riverdene Lodge: The colonial-style, Riverdene Lodge with nine inter-leading luxury rooms, rim flow pool, supervised playroom, spacious green lawns and jungle gym facility ensures entertainment for the whole family. Rooms are fully air-conditioned; all feature television, telephone and small lounge area, en-suite sandstone bathroom and private balconies leading onto the landscaped gardens.
The lounge opens onto an outdoor barbeque area perfect for enjoying supper by the magnificent stone boma under thatch with a deck overlooking the Bushmans River or in the spacious dining room or the. The Shamwari wine list is especially selected and includes a choice of 12 red and 12 white South African wines. A further selection of rare and fine wines and imported French champagne is also available. A selection of Cuban cigars are on offer from the humidor.
Bayethe Lodge: Bayethe is a splendid stone walled and thatch roofed lodge with a large deck area overlooking a waterhole. There is a double volume lounge and dining area, which spills out onto the deck, which is adjacent to the outside boma for traditional fireside dining under the stars. The nine luxury tents are camouflaged under trees allowing for ample privacy and unsurpassed comforts. Each tent is air-conditioned and heated and has an en-suite bathroom, shower, private plunge pool and viewing deck.
The three premier tents at Bayethe Hills are the ultimate in tented luxury. These tents offer the additional luxuries of a fireplace, satellite TV, plunge pool and hammocks suspended out of the wooden decks.
Sarili Lodge: With African travel becoming a family affair, Sarili Lodge is a new luxury lodge exclusively for families. An environmentally friendly private African thatch designed villa with a spacious deck overlooking the Bushman’s River with expansive views of the plains, the lodge is positioned in the southern region of the Reserve. The décor emulates an old traditional farmhouse with interiors that reflect an easy living home lifestyle in a natural environment and consists of five suites and can sleep a maximum of 10 guests. The lodge features a child friendly swimming pool, dining and lounge areas, courtyard barbeque area and special children’s menu. Child minders are available at an additional cost. Shamwari offers a special “Kids on Safari” programme where children aged four and older have a chance of a lifetime to view the Big 5, view a special educational film and visit the Born Free Foundation and Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
When visiting Shamwari Game Reserve, guests can expect the ‘safari of a lifetime’, where they are assigned a personal game ranger to a group of around six fellow guests. The personal game ranger and lodge manager will design the guest’s daily program around them and their requirements.
When not reveling in the exceptional game drives at Shamwari, guest’s time is filled with relaxing, reading, spa treatments, swimming, enjoying delicious cuisine, a game walk, or a visit to one of the two Born Free Big Cat Sanctuaries. An idyllic stay.Show Less